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What Are You Reading? with Jamaica Dyer

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Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading?, our weekly look at what the Robot 6 crew has been reading lately. Today our special guest is Jamaica Dyer, creator of Weird Fishes and Fox Head Stew, which can be read over at MTV Geek. She also recently did a concert report in comic form from San Francisco’s Noisepop for Spin Magazine.

To see what Jamaica and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below.

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ComiXology collects Hickman’s Image minis into one digital bundle

Test Patterns

ComiXology and Image Comics both announced today that the former will release Jonathan Hickman’s various miniseries published by the latter in one big digital bundle. Test Patterns, which you can download for $34.99, includes The Nightly News, Pax Romana, Transhuman, A Red Mass for Mars and The Red Wing all in one digital edition.

The various miniseries are also available individually on comiXology, along with the first issue of The Manhattan Projects, his project with artist Nick Pitarra. They’ve also released a Test Pattern sample edition that includes the first issues of each of the Hickman series if you’d like to try before you buy.

“As an innovator in the world of digital comics, comiXology is the logical place to release the entire back catalog of my creator-owned work along with my latest work, The Manhattan Projects. Digital is here to stay, and I look forward to finding a whole new audience with these projects and with comiXology,” said Hickman in the press release.

“The Test Pattern collection is an amazing way to introduce fans to Jonathan’s recent back catalog all in one shot,” said comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger in the same release. “Getting creator owned comics into the hands of new readers is a top priority for us and as a long-time fan of Jonathan’s work myself, I couldn’t be happier!”

“From the moment I opened the package containing Jonathan’s pitch for The Nightly News, I knew he was a creative force to be reckoned with. The work he’s done for us since then has only reinforced my high opinion of his many talents, and it’s nothing short of an honor to associated with a creator of his caliber,” said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson, yet again in the press release. “We’re proud to partner with Jonathan and comiXology in bringing his entire catalog of creator owned work to digital comic fans everywhere.”

Comics A.M. | Heavy rains damage comics at Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum

ToonSeum

Comics | Heavy rains and a leaky roof led to the loss of between $20,000 and $25,000 worth of comics and books that Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum was storing temporarily in a warehouse. “I guess the best way to put it, the warehouse was where we kept things that did not individually have high value, but put together [were] worth a large amount,” said Executive director Joe Wos, who believes that most of the material can be replaced eventually. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Publishing | The digital comics distributor comiXology has hired Marc Goldberg as its chief technology officer. Goldberg formerly served as CTO for the Viacom-owned “multiplatform premium entertainment channel” EPIX. [comiXology Blog]

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Image Expo tickets showcase ‘Experience Creativity’ campaign

Image Comics has revealed the ticket designs for its first Image Expo, a three-day convention held Feb. 24-26 at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. Conceived by Jonathan Chan, the tickets spotlight the publisher’s new “Experience Creativity” marketing campaign with five designs featuring creators Ed Brubaker (Fatale), Jonathan Hickman (The Manhattan Projects), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Todd McFarlane (Spawn) and Brian K. Vaughan (Saga).

Check out the rest of Chan’s designs below. Tickets may be purchased on the Image Expo website.

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Comics A.M. | Appeal in Superman legal fight; Brett Ewins arraigned

Superman

Legal | The attorney for Marc Toberoff, the lawyer representing the Siegel and Shuster families in the bitter battle over the rights to Superman, argued last week before a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that Warner Bros. shouldn’t be granted access to sensitive documents stolen from Toberoff’s office and delivered anonymously to the studio in 2008. A federal magistrate judge ruled in May 2011 that Toberoff waived privilege to the documents when he turned over the files in response to a grand jury subpoena issued in the investigation of the theft. An attached cover letter, dubbed the “Superman-Marc Toberoff Timeline,” was determined in 2009 not to be covered by privilege, and become the basis for the studio’s lawsuit against the attorney, in which it claims he acted improperly to convince the heirs of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster to seek to reclaim the original copyright to the Man of Steel. Warner Bros. also alleges that Toberoff schemed to secure for himself “a majority and controlling financial stake” in the Superman rights. [Courthouse News Service]

Legal | Former Judge Dredd artist Brett Ewins was arraigned Thursday on charges of grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident last month in which he allegedly attacked police officers with a knife when they responded to a public-disturbance call. The 56-year-old Ewins, who reportedly has a history of mental-health issues, was remanded into custody pending a Feb. 17 preliminary hearing. [Ealing Gazette]

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Hickman continues his creator-owned work with Manhattan Projects ongoing series

Jonathan Hickman made his name with creator-owned comics like Nightly News and Pax Romana, and was quickly snapped up by Marvel as part of their next generation of writers. Although now entrenched at the House of Ideas writing four ongoing series (plus next summer’s Avengers Vs. X-Men), he didn’t forget how much fun he had off on his own. Earlier this year he and artist Nick Pitarra did the four-issue Red Wing series at Image, and now the duo are coming back for a new ongoing series titled Manhattan Projects.

“I think anyone that’s followed my work knows about my affinity for near-future/alt-history, and The Manhattan Projects pretty much represents the crown jewel of all the stories I’ve ever cooked-up in that vein,” Hickman says in a press release from Image. It posits that the secret project that invented the atomic bomb during World War 2 was one of many projects too dangerous to be revealed; projects that were more threatening than the atomic bomb itself.

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