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Comics A.M. | Examining implications of Amazon-comiXology deal

Digital comics | Jeff Gomez examines the implications of Amazon’s planned acquisition of comiXology, opining that it will give comics a wider reach but also force publishers of superhero fare to broaden their appeal beyond the core demographic: “The books will now be exposed to millions of newcomers, so it will behoove major publishers to […]

Ming & Rachel explain the ‘Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men’ pinup

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  • Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 3:30 PM EST

Earlier this week many of us delighted at the reveal of Ming Doyle‘s homage to John Byrne’s classic X-Men #137 (Phoenix Must Die!). The commission was done for Rachel Edidin in anticipation of the first episode of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, Edidin’s new podcast with Miles Stokes that debuts this weekend.

Two #1s: ‘Batman Eternal’ and ‘Lumberjanes’

I have to imagine there were almost as many forehead-slaps as high-fives in the room at the meeting where someone suggested DC Comics devote their next weekly comic to the Batman franchise. There had to be as many people thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” as there were people saying, “Good thinking!” “More Batman” […]

Comics A.M. | Political cartoon removed from Revolution News Facebook page

Political Cartoons | Facebook has removed an article from the Revolution News Facebook page, issued a warning to the owners of the page, and banned one admin for 12 hours, apparently because the article included a cartoon by Carlos Latuff that “violated community standards.” The cartoon shows Death pulling a skeleton from the grave; the […]

‘Blue Estate’ rail shooter announced for PS4 and Xbox One

The “darkly funny” video game based on the crime comedy Blue Estate will also arrive for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Announced in September for PC, the rail shooter by French indie studio HeSaw and Focus Home Interactive is inspired by the 12-issue Image Comics series created by Viktor Kalvachev (now creative director of HeSaw), […]

Papercutz’s ‘Ninjago’ line passes 2 million in sales

It’s easy to become so wrapped up in the monthly direct market horse race that we overlook success stories in other channels. Oh, not the bookstore performances of The Walking Dead, Saga or Attack on Titan; we get regular reminders of that from BookScan. In this case we’re talking about Ninjago, the LEGO toy line […]

Talking Comics with Tim | Mike Pellerito on Archie’s kids line

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

Archie Comics is in an unusual position among North American comics companies, as not only is a majority of its titles geared toward younger readers, but a majority of that audience is female. Curious to learn how Archie maintains that readership, I reached out to President Mike Pellerito to discuss how he envisions the market […]

Noah Van Sciver’s ‘Youth Is Wasted’ does indeed arrive in June

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  • Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST

Before that fancy Street Angel hardcover arrives, AdHouse will release Noah Van Sciver‘s Youth Is Wasted in June — which unfortunately was left out of the current issue of Previews. As Publisher Chris Pitzer says on the AdHouse blog, “we are still printing it on time and we need to get copies sold.” “Youth Is […]

Best of 7 | Oni’s 2014 plans, new ‘American Vampire’ and more

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  • Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 at 1:01 PM EST

Welcome to Best of 7, where we talk about “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out. This week is pretty packed, as we have news, reviews, a con recap and […]

Grumpy Old Fan | Checking up on Earth-August

Although the five-years-later setup of Futures End won’t be here until May, it got me thinking about a not-so-new New 52. The current comics take place some five years after Superman and company debuted — plus, apparently, a year for the face-free Joker to recuperate — so if you add five more years, it’s like […]

comiXology offers 100 self-published books for $10

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  • Saturday, March 8th, 2014 at 6:09 PM EST

comiXology announced today that they will offer 100 self-published comics for $10, as they celebrate the “one-year anniversary of comiXology Submit at SXSW today.” The special deal is available through Monday at 11 p.m. Eastern. comiXology Submit allows independent creators and cartoonists to upload their comic book and graphic novels into comiXology at no cost. […]

Comics A.M. | Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience adds KidCon

Conventions | The Salt Lake Comic Con spinoff event FanXperience is shaping up for its April 17 debut with the addition of KidCon, a pavilion dedicated to younger attendees. “We don’t want the impression that we have KidCon there for everything else to become less kid-friendly,” says co-founder Dan Farr. “Although I would imagine 99 […]

Best of 7 | Rocket Raccoon goes solo, ComicsPRO buzz, Jellaby returns and more

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  • Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 3:21 PM EST

Welcome to Best of 7, where we talk about “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out. And what a week it was, as we learned about a new Rocket Raccoon […]

Comics A.M. | Taking a closer look at the convention boom

Conventions | Rob Salkowitz, author of Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, looks at the uptick in comics conventions — he pegs ticket sales at $600 million, which is 80 percent of the dollar value of the whole comics market — and discusses some recent events and trends, including the new cons that are […]

Comics A.M. | Pardoned Tunisian cartoonist may remain in prison

Legal | It looks as if Tunisian cartoonist Jabeur Mejri will not be released from prison any time soon, despite being pardoned by President Moncef Marzouki for charges stemming from his cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. It turns out that the mysterious other criminal case that’s been holding things up is a charge of embezzlement […]


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