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Spider-Man struggles with life in Cairo in amazing photo series

With a metro population of 20 million, Cairo suffers from all the traffic, pollution and noise problems you’d expect from the wold’s 10th-largest urban area. Even lifelong residents can find daily life in the city’s crowded streets to be a struggle. But how would a superhero fare in Egypt’s capital? That’s what 20-year-old Hossam Atef […]

‘Fox & Friends’ struggles with Thor’s gender, Wonder Woman’s shorts

Despite what you might believe, the problem isn’t that female superheroes are oversexualized in comics and on film — no, according to Fox & Friends, it’s they’re not being sexualized enough. In a particularly odd segment of Sunday’s show that frequently tipped into full-on parody, co-host Clayton Morris began by worrying that test footage from […]

Quote of the Day | Jim Rugg shows how it’s done

Street Angel and Afrodisiac creator Jim Rugg was participating in one of those 10-question interviews when the website asked one he found problematic: F, Marry, or Kill. They used to play this game a lot on Howard Stern, so since I have no original ideas we’re going to play The Comics Tavern version. You must […]

AdHouse to release hardcover of Jim Rugg’s ‘Street Angel’

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  • Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 11:00 AM EST

AdHouse will collect Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca ‘s classic Street Angel into a fancy 176-page hardcover. According to The Comics Reporter, the collection will resemble AdHouse’s Afrodisiac volume (which was, indeed, pretty fancy). It also looks like the publisher is releasing a slipcase version so you can house your copies of Afrodisiac and Street […]

Comics A.M. | Amid Korea’s webtoon boom, cartoonists struggle

Digital comics | The Korea Times takes a look at the comics market in that country, where government suppression of comic books in the 1990s (and school-sponsored book burnings even before that) has combined with the current demand for free digital material (in the form of the wildly popular “webtoons”) to create an uncertain environment […]

Crowdfunding update: Patreon on the rise, Indiegogo struggles

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  • Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST

After growing to 2 percent the size of the direct market in the last quarter of 2013, the crowdfunding sector of comics stumbled in January, even while the younger Patreon expanded. Following up on my number-crunching and analysis from last month, I’ve continued tracking the progress of a market within comics that’s only beginning to […]

Comics A.M. | Online effort raises $5,000 for struggling store

Retailing | Fans of the Fall River, Massachusetts, retailer StillPoint Comics, Cards & Games kicked in $5,000 in a GoFundMe campaign to keep the store in business. The shop, which opened in 1997, had to close for 10 days last month after its power was shut off. [The Herald News] Publishing | Following confirmation last […]

The Fifth Color | ‘Avengers: Endless Wartime’ struggles with identity

It’s difficult to find solid synergy between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the current comics line. On one hand, that’s a good thing; not everything should stop and shift on a Hollywood dime. On the other, you’d think there would be at least one book that followed the Avengers movie characters. Anyone familiar with the […]

The ‘Supermag’ story: An interview with Jim Rugg

Jim Rugg is an interesting and fun guy to talk to. The Pittsburgh-based cartoonists, whose resume includes such diverse genre work as Street Angel, Adventure Time and the Plain Jane series for DC’s late Minx imprint, is someone who has clearly studied comics -– and certain comic artists specifically -– very closely, and has a genuine […]

Jim Rugg remembers that time Scarlett wed Cobra Commander

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  • Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 10:00 AM EST

These Jim Rugg-drawn variant covers for IDW Publishing’s G.I. Joe Special Missions comic aren’t exactly new, and in fact some of them have already been released into the wild, but I thought they were worth sharing because a) they’re awesome, b) I haven’t seen them before, at least not all together, so maybe you haven’t […]

Jim Rugg goes Extreme in Rob Liefeld tribute pin-up

Some people wear their influences on their sleeve, while others absorb it into their own style and, from time to time, shout it from the rooftops. Jim Rugg is doing the latter in a stunning pin-up he created for the recent Extreme Comics fanzine Rub The Blood. Extreme is the brainchild of Rob Liefeld, whose […]

Matt Hawkins celebrates life by sharing his own struggle with suicide

While many of us are preoccupied with Tuesday’s election, Guy Fawkes Day or what titles we’ll pick up at the comic store, Matt Hawkins’ mind is on something far more important, and far more personal: that day, exactly two years ago, when he nearly took his own life. On his Facebook page, the president and […]

Jim Rugg makes a zine

Jim Rugg has a fascinating post on his blog spelling out how he made his latest zine, a collection of old comics ads. It starts with an idea and runs through every part of the creation process, including such nuts-and-bolts matters as getting paper and refurbished printer cartridges to cut down the cost. Rugg and […]

Comic Book Independents explores mysteries, struggles of creativity

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  • Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 1:00 PM EST

Now available On Demand, the documentary Comic Book Independents by director Chris Brandt receives wider distribution at an interesting time. In the midst of a migration of comic book creators from work-for-hire to creator-owned projects, and just as a renewed discussion about creator rights gains momentum, this documentary offers fascinating insight on what it means […]

Long-struggling Comic Book Ink to close: ‘I have let you down’

In an emotional letter to customers, the owner of Comic Book Ink announced he’s closing the long-struggling Lakewood, Washington, store, a seven-time nominee for the Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award. “I am going to try my best to keep the doors open until July 9th …  the opening weekend of The Amazing Spider-Man,” John […]

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