User Returns: How 2001 Online Plays Today

Back in 2001, Vertigo published a three-oversized-issue miniseries called User. Written by Devin Grayson, it was the story of Megan, an unhappy young woman who found her true self through text-based role-playing as a male knight. Megan’s everyday world was illustrated by Sean Phillips, while John Bolton did the art visualizing the fantasy. Typical of the era, going online is represented by characters flying through lines of code. There’s some cool fantasy art to represent the battles, although all the […]

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Why Isn’t There a Lego Batman Comic? Can Funko Fill the Gap?

With the success of The Lego Batman Movie — perhaps the best Batman movie, combining adventure, heroics, comedy, satisfying use of a wide range of related characters, and a knowing awareness of the diversity of the character’s history — the question has obviously been asked: Why isn’t DC putting out a Lego Batman comic? Certainly, there would be some licensing deals to negotiate, but they’ve been navigated before, with a whole month of Lego character covers in November 2014. It […]

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Dark Horse to Collect Andi Watson’s Glister

I’ve been a huge fan of Andi Watson’s work for decades now, from his gorgeous slice-of-life stories — Breakfast After Noon, Slow News Day — to his sojourns in action genres — Geisha, Love Fights — to his more recent fantastic fable, Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula. One of his best fantasies, though, hasn’t been easily available in the US for a while. Glister was a series of four short graphic novels about magical things happening to a young woman […]

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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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