Comics Are Not Normal: Poor Publishing Practices Standard for the Industry

Sometimes, those of us paying close attention to the comic industry forget that the way things are done may not be normal. The comic business is unusual in a lot of ways: the huge number of SKUs (product items) released every week, the way self-publishing isn’t looked down on, the preponderance of work-for-hire so that popular creators may not share in the benefits from properties they created. These practices may not always be positive or ethical, but they are perpetuated […]

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MoCCA Arts Festival My First Con of the Year

My convention year kicks off with the MoCCA Arts Festival, held April 1-2 in New York City by the Society of Illustrators. That’s less than a month away! The show will be held in Metropolitan West, located on West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, while programming (a small but quality list of panels) takes place at the Ink48 hotel (653 11th Ave). This year’s guests of honor are: Acclaimed French cartoonist Blutch, whose graphic novel Peplum marks his […]

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Raina Telgemeier Is the Most Important Comic Creator of the Current Age

Why not state the obvious? Brian Hibbs’s yearly BookScan sales review column is now up, looking back at the top-selling graphic novels of 2016 through the bookstore market. The obvious fact is this: of the top seven, six are by Raina Telgemeier (and the seventh, Dork Diaries, isn’t a comic). Between her illustrated memoirs, her fiction, and her Baby-Sitters Club adaptations (reissued recently in color), she has sold over 1.3 million books in just the last year. As Hibbs says, […]

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IDW and Hasbro Team for a Clue Comic

IDW and toy company Hasbro have had a productive relationship in the past. Hasbro owns My Little Pony and Transformers, among other properties, which have been successful comics from IDW. Now, IDW has announced an upcoming comic based on a Hasbro property that’s a bit more of a stretch. The five-issue Clue series launches in June. I’ll be very curious to see what approach they take with this. Will it be an actual deducible mystery? Or will they put more […]

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Jem/Misfits Crossover Science Fiction Miniseries Announced

When news broke a couple of months ago that the ongoing Jem and the Holograms series was ending, there was mention of a new project coming this summer. Now we have details. There will be two three-issue miniseries, written by series writer Kelly Thompson. Jem and the Holograms: Infinite, art by Stacey Lee (Silk) and The Misfits: Infinite, art by Jenn St-Onge (the current Misfits miniseries), will crossover into one story with an issue shipping ever two weeks starting in […]

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Does File-Sharing Help or Hurt? Depends on the Product

In our connected world, there has been a lot of debate over how file sharing has changed or damaged or helped creative industries. Heck, people can’t even agree over whether to call it sharing or copyright violation or piracy. Because it’s such a fraught topic, actual facts are few. Some say any pirated copy is a lost sale (but it’s unlikely that every read would have been a purchase); others say that it works as marketing to draw attention to […]

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Read Comics for Free (If You’re Not Too Picky)

I checked out PowFolio (available on iTunes or Google Play), a free, ad-supported comic app. It lives up to its promise — you can read comics for free. My problem today, though, isn’t “I don’t have enough comics to read”. It’s “I have too many comics to read, so they better be worth my attention”, and these aren’t in that category. I don’t want to paint with too broad a brush, but most people aren’t paying attention to the publishers […]

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