Webcomic Pioneer Still at It: Steve Conley Launches “The Middle Age”

Steve Conley has been making webcomics since 1998, when he launched Astounding Space Thrills. That makes him one of the early guys, out there on the digital frontier. (He’s also responsible, it turns out, for getting webcomics on the Eisner ballot in 2005.) But he’s still at it, having just launched his newest project. The Middle Age looks to be a blend of medieval fantasy with age jokes. It’s hard to tell yet, having only one strip available, but I […]

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Animation Allows for Never-Aging Group in Music Video

The second single from the new Monkees album, Good Times!, is “You Bring the Summer”. The first video used comic book art; this second one takes a limited animation approach. It made me happy. Particularly in the way they made a virtue of reusing certain action loops. Each time the band plays, they’re in another famous set of costumes, alluding to how the visuals of the TV show changed over its short run. They start in the red 8-button shirts, […]

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The Short History of Archie’s Dark Circle Comics

The recent mention by Diamond Comics that Archie’s The Hangman and The Shield comics were “cancelled by publisher” (with issue #4 and #3, respectively) made me wonder about the history and short life of Dark Circle Comics, the most recent take on an Archie Comics superhero imprint. Two years ago, in July 2014, USA Today had the news that the imprint was planned to launch in 2015, edited by Alex Segura (Archie’s senior vice president for marketing and publicity). The […]

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iZombie Season 3 Teaser

As we’re all rewatching iZombie season 2 (right?), here’s a quick teaser of star Rose McIver talking about what she’s looking forward to in the upcoming season 3. I’d forgotten about the change in the character dynamics after the season finale, and she’s right, it should make things more interesting. And I’m glad to hear that more zombies will be reflecting the characteristics of the brains they eat, since those “transformations” are fun. (On a cultural note, it’s weird to […]

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iZombie Gets Blu-ray Release, Season 2 Out Today

When iZombie (a wonderfully fun and suspenseful TV show) came out on DVD last fall, unlike the superhero DC TV shows, it didn’t get a Blu-ray release. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has now remedied that through its Warner Archive direct-to-consumer line. Which is a way for dedicated fans, either of the show or the format, to demonstrate their desire for the product without the company having to commit to up-front print runs or distribution. You can order through the WBShop […]

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Anime Expo Manga Announcement Round-Up

I wrote my first post for ICv2.com, the comic business news site, last week, covering manga announcements made at the recent Anime Expo. Find out more about what Dark Horse, Kodansha, Yen Press, and Seven Seas will be putting out over the next year. I’m most looking forward to Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, coming from Kodansha in March 2017.

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Don’t Be Childish About the End of a Publishing Relationship

Digital Manga seems to be having trouble, relying on Kickstarters to fund the publication of many of their books recently. Libre Publishing is the biggest Japanese publisher of boys’ love titles and a partner with Viz in the SuBLime yaoi English-language manga line. Previously, Digital Manga was bringing a number of Libre titles to English, but they are no longer working together as of the end of June. In letting fans know about this, Digital Manga’s press release about this […]

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