High Moon, First Zuda Contest Winner, Returns in Print

Zuda Comics is probably not remembered much these days, since it started a decade ago. It was DC Comics’ attempt at doing webcomics, launched in October 2007 and shut down in July 2010. It ran on a contest basis, where each month, a group of submissions was voted on and the winner would get paid for creating more content. The first contest winner was a horror western called High Moon by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis. It featured cowboys, bounty […]

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Thom Zahler’s Next Project: Drunk Time Travel!

I’m a big fan of Thom Zahler’s work, because he’s one of the very few cartoonists creating comic book romantic comedies that work as both love stories and funny books. His best-known is Love and Capes, which follows a superhero romance with more emphasis on the characters than the heroing. I was also fond of Long Distance which, as the title suggests, explored a cute couple separated by distance who fell in love at an airport. He’s now announced his […]

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Spell on Wheels #5

The crime caper/road trip/family of witches story wraps up successfully. The three young women confront their burglar (who’s also a manipulative, jealous ex-boyfriend), but first, there’s time for a magical fashion change, because even when you’re fighting for justice, you should feel good about how you look. We find out who’s behind the plot to steal their artifacts. We knew the ex was trying to gain his own power — and how timely is a plot about a pouty white […]

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Don’t Split Hairs Over Industry-Specific Terminology

I was confused when I saw a press release from Titan Comics about continuing their Hard Case Crime comics line with three new titles. One of them was described as the following: Presenting a new vision of the worldwide bestselling Millennium novels by Stieg Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the first comic book adaptation of Lisbeth Salander’s harrowing story ever to appear in English. Wait a minute! DC Comics put out an official graphic novel adaptation in […]

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Drawn & Quarterly Releasing Another Tom Gauld Collection

I really enjoyed reading You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, a collection of Tom Gauld’s insightful, clever comic strips. I’m impressed by how creative his ideas are, expressed in deceptively simple fashion but evoking a wide range of references, from classic literature to modern online culture. Now comes word from Drawn & Quarterly that they will be releasing a followup in October called Baking With Kafka. This 160-page color hardcover will list at $19.95 and collect more of Gauld’s […]

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An Essential Convention Resource

If you’ve ever thought about exhibiting at a comic convention, you must read Steve Lieber’s latest Dilettante column. He breaks out what you need to successfully negotiate the show and season, from months ahead to the day before. There are several components to working a show, from getting there and settled with a minimum of stress to being prepared to do business to promoting yourself and your work. Steve tackles all of them. And if you’re not going to be […]

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Love Is Love Now Available Through Digital Library Service

Love Is Love is a 144-page anthology co-published by DC and IDW and created to benefit those affected by the 2016 hate crime nightclub shooting in Orlando. All of the content was donated by the writers, artists, and editors and all proceeds went to victims, survivors, and their families. (That didn’t stop the book from selling out upon its release in December, with people trying to turn first printings on eBay for their own profit.) Now the anthology is available […]

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Dark Horse Announces MST3K Comics

There is a remarkable lack of specific information in this announcement, but Dark Horse has just announced “a new partnership with the popular entertainment brand and cult-hit comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), which is slated to include a brand-new comic series as well as a variety of Dark Horse–designed products.” “Dark Horse is one of a number of licensees to sign on for the MST3K consumer products program” following the MST3K Revival Kickstarter, which raised over $6.3 million […]

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