Cancer Author Passes Away

Miriam Engelberg, who wrote about her struggles with breast cancer in the autobiographical Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person, has passed away. A close friend sent out an email which included the following: Miriam Engelberg died at home earlier today. She had her family and close friends with her and was not in a coma. As far as I can tell, she didn’t suffer and was spared the intense pain many go through with cancer. I like to think the […]

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Selling Online Chapters

Slave Labor takes another step forward with their digital comic sales plan: SLG will be taking what it considers to be the logical next step by serializing Whistles as downloadable-only comics, following with a print version of the comics in graphic novel format being made available to the book trade and direct markets in the late spring. Readers will be able to read Whistles this October, when SLG offers the first issue on their webstore.The issues will cost $0.89 and […]

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Platinum Studios Snows NY Times

Platinum Studios must have a great press agent. Although they have yet to publish a comic, they’re written up in the NY Times, this time for being webcomic leaders. I can’t begin to count the inaccuracies and misleading statements in this piece. How about the first paragraph, which says that the webcomic audience is “limited to a niche group of comic book creators and their most ardent followers”? Webcomics are more widespread and have more outreach than print serial comics. […]

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Slave Labor Leads the Digital Comic Revolution

Many fans have long requested that comic publishers consider selling digital versions of their comics online at reduced prices. Now Slave Labor is leading the way. … Only 69 cents per comic! Just go to our webstore and choose “Downloadable Comic Books” from the drop-down menu at the top, and you can choose from The Super-Scary Monster Show #1-3 and Emo Boy #1-2 (Emo Boy #1 is available as a PDF as well as a CBZ). We will be adding […]

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Small Publisher Decisions: Athena Voltaire

Athena Voltaire, originally a webcomic, started in print from the now-dead publisher Speakeasy, where the first issue sold out. (I know, in a world where many publishers print to order, that may not mean much, but it does indicate demand.) Here’s the creator’s description: Athena Voltaire follows the globetrotting adventures of a 1930s aviatrix as she crosses paths with Nazis and battles occult forces against a diverse backdrop of exotic locales. Debuting online in 2002, the series received a 2005 […]

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Girls Rule

I was rather pleasantly surprised to see the following card flyer given out at my comic store a couple of weeks ago, promoting Scholastic’s Graphix line of graphic novels. The back text reads as follows. (I’ve inserted links to their website and my reviews of certain titles.) From Scholastic’s Graphix, the official home of Bone, new graphic novels for girls of all ages. Become BFF with the new Baby-Sitters Club! Ann M. Martin’s original series is now a graphic novel […]

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More History on the Groping Scandal

Here’s a list of key links. Ronee Garcia Bourgeois reveals Taki’s name and announces the FOL Fund. L.R. Jonte nicely summarizes some of the reaction to the fund announcement while Katherine Keller lists key questions that needed to be answered (as well as pointing out that a messenger should pay attention to how she presents herself when representing a group) and discusses potential conflicts with the group’s charter. Jane Irwin writes a terrific piece about how she’s conflicted in supporting […]

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Naming Names

The Comics Journal finally names names in the groping scandal that’s resulted in lots of chest-puffing and finger-pointing online. As much as organizers have worked quickly to research the legalities of the [Friends of Lulu “Empowerment” Fund] and place it on firm ground, it’s hard to deny that it has come about out of desperation; it is the result of a profound wish to have something good come out of the sordid misery that in tiny increments and one unretractable […]

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