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SDCC, Day 0 | A roundup of the Image Expo announcements

Preview Night stopped being a leisurely affair several years ago, as Comic-Con International grew so large that four “official” days couldn’t contain all of the news. Heck, five days isn’t even enough, with more and more comics publishers rolling out major announcements before anyone even started packing their bags for San Diego (BOOM! Studios, Dark […]

SDCC | Mondo to preview ‘Iron Giant,’ Ninja Turtles toys

The folks at Mondo, the art boutique renowned for its limited-edition screen-printed movie posters, has been branching out, with VHS reissues, apparel, vinyl soundtracks and even a convention. However, they’re not stopping there: They’re moving into collectible toys, beginning with figures for The Iron Giant, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Alfred Hitchcock, which will be […]

Celebrating ’75 Years’ of Batman and The Joker

Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday this year, which may come as a surprise. I mean, look at that smooth, handsome face, or what little of it is visible beneath his cowl. Look at those ripped muscles, or the way he runs across rooftops and beats up criminals — why, Batman doesn’t look a day […]

SDCC | Highlights of the Sunday programming schedule

For its final day, Comic-Con International is keeping the focus on the kids. Today, the biggest con on the calendar revealed its Sunday programming slate, and the traditional kids day of the show lived up to its name. Publishers will roll out their best all-ages offerings in panels like Oni Press’ Monsterpalooza and IDW’s Kids […]

SDCC | Highlights of the Friday programming schedule

Comic-Con International organizers have rolled out the programming schedule for Friday, July 25, the second full day of the show. And what a full day it is, with comics adaptations like AMC’s The Walking Dead, The CW’s Arrow and iZombie, and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter all taking the stage. However, that’s […]

SDCC | Highlights of the Thursday programming schedule

The days of easing into Comic-Con International are but a distant memory, as the schedule for the first event’s official day, Thursday, July 27, oh so helpfully reminds us. As we’ve come to expect, the Thursday programming is a mix of comic books, television, toys and video games, with a smattering of film, plus several […]

SDCC | BOOM! Studios unveils convention exclusives

BOOM! Studios and its imprints KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box and Archaia are returning to Comic-Con International with a packed roster of creators — from David Petersen and Noelle Stevenson to Eric Powell and James Tynion IV — signing at the publisher’s booth (#2229). Of course, there’s also a long list of convention-exclusive variants, for the Cartoon […]

Talking Comics with Tim | Chris Roberson on ‘Edison Rex,’ ‘Aliens’

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  • Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST

Given that Monkeybrain Comics just celebrated its second anniversary, on the heels of Co-Publisher Allison Baker joining IDW, it struck me as the ideal time to quiz Co-Publisher Chris Roberson. In addition to discussing the new status quo for Monkeybrain (which surprisingly stays much the same as before, as Roberson explains), we also delve into Edison […]

Comics A.M. | U.K. charity store receives comic book windfall

Retailing | An American collector donated about 800 comics to the Books For Amnesty charity store in Bristol, England, just ahead of a planned sale of comics and graphic novels. Volunteer Richard Wallet said the collection, which goes back to the 1960s, is probably worth tens of thousands of pounds. The store, which benefits Amnesty […]

Talking Comics with Tim | Eleanor Davis on ‘How to be Happy’

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  • Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:45 PM EST

Lest you mistake Eleanor Davis‘ new collection How to be Happy for a self-help book, she spells out everything in the opening pages. It won’t help a depressed person become less depressed, but Davis does recommend two books that benefited her — a situation we briefly discussed. I’ve long had an affinity for the Athens, […]

‘Skadi’: barbarians at the table

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  • Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 10:00 AM EST

Last year pretty good year for Katie Rice, who won Penny Arcade’s Strip Search reality show competition. Her all-ages webcomic Camp Weedonwantcha, which follows a bunch of big-headed scamps as they try to survive the perils of camp living, appears in a prominent location on the Penny Arcade website, next to the highly trafficked main […]

Top Shelf unveils new ‘Incredible Change-Bots’ collection

Jeffrey Brown, whose Goodnight Darth Vader arrives next month, returns to the world of the Incredible Change-Bots in September with a 224-page collection that promises rare “odds, ends and missing parts” from his celebrated send-up of the shape-changing robot genre. According to Top Shelf Productions, Incredible Change-Bots Two Point Something Something collects both previously published […]

Barnes & Noble to split retail and Nook businesses

Struggling bookseller Barnes & Noble announced a plan this morning to split its retail and Nook businesses into separate publicly traded companies. “We believe we are now in a better position to begin in earnest those steps necessary to accomplish a separation of Nook Media and Barnes & Noble Retail,” CEO Michael P. Huseby said […]

Comics A.M. | Asbury Park Comicon changes cities, name

Conventions | Organizers of the growing Asbury Park Comicon have announced that, after three years, they’re relocating the New Jersey convention to the Meadowlands Exhibition Center in Secaucus and renaming it East Coast Comicon. Founders Cliff Galbraith and Robert Bruce say the nearly 40-mile move was triggered by a sharp increase in rates at the […]

HeroesCon ’14 | Day 2 photos

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  • Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 8:00 AM EST

Saturday, aka Day 2, of HeroesCon was much busier for creators, so I didn’t always get the opportunity to chat with them that I did on the first day of the Charlotte, North Carolina, convention. In those instances, in place of project updates I provide links to the creators and/or their related works.


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