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Comics A.M. | Industry’s digital inroads; exploiting new comics formats

"Insufferable," by Mark Waid and Peter Krause

Digital comics | George Gene Gustines takes a quick trip through the landscape of digital comics, dropping in on Mark Waid, comiXology’s David Steinberger and Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men Infinite Comic. Much of this is familiar territory to regular readers of this blog, but hey, it’s The New York Times noticing digital comics! [The New York Times]

Digital comics | FreakAngels writer Warren Ellis looks at three recent digital comics, noting how they all limit themselves to “two-tier storytelling”: “Accepting and exploiting new limitations is always part of a new format. These three projects, though, can’t produce even a full-page spread without some serious scheming and dancing.” [Warren Ellis]

Digital comics | Dave Sim launched a Kickstarter to produce a digital edition of his 6,000-page comic Cerebus. He started with a modest goal of $6,000 to just do High Society, but donations hit that mark in a matter of hours. The digital comics will include all sorts of extras, including covers, essays, and audio of Sim reading the comics aloud. [ComicsAlliance]

Empowered, Vol. 1

Creators | Deb Aoki talks to Empowered creator Adam Warren about his strong women characters, his upcoming books, and his epiphany upon discovering anime and manga: “Most of the comics work I’ve drawn before encountering anime and manga were glum, deadly serious fantasy or sci-fi epics, dwelling on manly-men protagonists and their heroic sacrifices. Dirty Pair and Urusei Yatsura showed me a better alternative: that of funny, fast-paced, lively stories with strong, highly entertaining female characters.” []

Creators | Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray guest on the latest comiXologist podcast to talk about Ame-Comi Girls, All-Star Western, “Night of the Owls” and plenty more. [ComiXology Blog]

Creators | Writer Dara Naraghi posts his pitch to IDW Publishing for a Ghostbusters one-shot and discusses how it went from pitch to finished comic. [Dara Naraghi]

Conventions | Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler has an amiable writeup of his experiences at Houston’s Comicpalooza! festival. [The Thom Zahler Weblog]

Conventions | Dore Ripley reports in from San Jose’s Big Wow ComicFest. [Graphic Novel Reporter]

Conventions | Stan Lee will be a guest at this year’s Baltimore Comic Con, along with a host of other creators; as Johanna Draper Carlson observes, “For the old-school fan, this is a must-see show.” [Comics Worth Reading]

Retailers | Effin Comics owner and creator Thomas Leavy is profiled. [Delaware County News Network]

Commentary | John Parker takes a look at “the unofficial Bible of comics activism, Brian Wood’s Channel Zero. [ComicsAlliance]



It’s great to see CEREBUS garnering this level of support by fans. It’s one of the watershed comics of the indie comics movement, indeed, arguably one of the watershed comics of all time. A recent book of essays, edited by yours truly, attempts to come to terms with this massive 6,000 page tome: CEREBUS THE BARBARIAN MESSIAH: ESSAYS ON THE EPIC GRAPHIC SATIRE OF DAVE SIM AND GERHARD and it’s available at bookstores and comic shops everywhere!

I contributed to Cerebus within the first couple hours, it was a no-brainer. I’ll be taking an active role in trying to get people to support it, b/c the book was a big deal for me growing up.

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