Mimi Pond’s Followup to Over Easy Due in August

I quite enjoyed the time capsule autobiography of Mimi Pond’s Over Easy, her story of working in a cafe with some colorful characters during her time in art school. Due in August is The Customer Is Always Wrong, a followup with more “tales of the fascinating sleaze-ball characters that surround young Madge into her workaday waitressing life. Outrageous and loving tributes and takedowns of her co-workers and satellites of the Imperial Cafe create a snapshot of a time in Madge’s […]

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Sam Kieth’s Zero Girl Returns to Print

Sam Kieth was famous for his unique art style and quirky visions, with his work on The Sandman, Epicurus the Sage, and his own The Maxx, before I started reading those kinds of comics. Zero Girl thus may have been the first of his work I read. It was originally a five-issue miniseries from the Wildstorm imprint Homage (a part of DC Comics), who put out a collection in 2001. Now, IDW is reprinting that collection. Their description is: Amy […]

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Low Point for Women in Comics Reprinted

Coming this September, a collection of comics best known for big breasts and body paint costumes. Jim Balent’s run on Catwoman is being reprinted. He started as artist on this series relaunch in 1993, inked by Dick Giordano (although Balent inked his own covers), then Ande Parks and others. The stories were written by Jo Duffy. It’s kind of fascinating how this book is being promoted. The comic shop copy says: Gotham City’s Feline Fatale has turned a new leaf […]

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Lots of Swordfighting Likely in Wonder Woman/Conan Team-Up

Dark Horse has announced that they will be publishing a six-issue Wonder Woman/Conan miniseries this fall. Best of all, it’s by creators familiar with the Amazing Amazon. Gail Simone writes and Aaron Lopresti draws “an adventure unlike anything seen before — a collision of legends.” Our tale begins as Conan the Barbarian arrives on the shores of an unknown land, and soon meets the world’s most fearsome arena fighter — Wonder Woman. Ill-fated circumstances force them both into slavery. As […]

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Boom! Studios Gets More Movie Money

Back in 2013, Boom! Studios signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Film, following that up in 2014 with a similar deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Fox must have liked what it saw, since now, the studio has announced a strategic investment in the comic book publisher, acquiring “a significant minority stake in the largest independently-controlled comic book and graphic novel library.” “Fox’s investment will fuel BOOM!’s generation of more original content like Lumberjanes, Mouse Guard, and Grass […]

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Baltimore Comic-Con Announces New Industry Awards, the Ringos

Now we know why the Baltimore Comic-Con let go of the Harvey Awards last fall after hosting them for ten years. The convention is launching its own award program, the Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, aka the Ringo Awards. They’re aiming for “an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics. Unlike other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with an esteemed jury of comics professionals. More than 20 […]

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Best Graphic Novels of 2016

I know, it’s completely ridiculous timing, but while continuing to import old posts into the new version of the site, I realized how much I enjoyed looking back at my yearly roundups, which I last did in 2013. So here, for future reading, are my top ten graphic novel picks for 2016. Because ranking puts me into too many arguments with myself, they’re in alphabetical order by title. Brief Histories of Everyday Objects by Andy Warner — A fascinating collection […]

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Wizard World Hall of Legends Achieves Gender Parity

I made fun of the first inductee in the newly announced Wizard World Hall of Legends, but I’m more interested in the second one. Trina Robbins, the “first woman to draw Wonder Woman” [in 1986], will be added to the Wizard World Hall of Legends in Sacramento on June 16. But her historical impact extends beyond working on corporate properties: In 1970, Robbins produced the very first all-woman comic book, It Ain’t Me, Babe. She’s also written a number of […]

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