IDW Adds Kickstarter Imprint “It’s Alive!”

Drew Ford, most recently acquisitions editor with Dover Publications rescuing forgotten comic graphic novels (such as Wandering Star and Private Beach), has now created a new imprint at IDW for similar reprint efforts. It’s Alive! was announced with “plans to publish 5-6 titles in 2017 with each title raising its money for publication via Kickstarter.” Which brings up the now-perennial question “if it’s not providing funds, what does a publisher do?” In this case, IDW will provide premier space in […]

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DC Releases Sneak Peaks for Upcoming TV Show Seasons

DC has released promo footage, as shown at the San Diego Comic-Con just past, for almost all their comic-book-inspired TV shows. (Supergirl doesn’t have one.) Check out these highlight reel videos for reminders of what’s happening with each and what’s coming up. First, my favorites: Lucifer (starring Tom Ellis), which is launching its second season in September on Fox, and iZombie (starring Rose McIver), going on a third (but we have to wait until midseason for it). Before we get […]

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Aftershock Reminds Me of Something…

Aftershock Comics launched in April 2015 and shipped their first comic (Replica) in December of that year. They’ve currently put out 17 series and miniseries, and their strong point is how many of their creators and staff have long-running comic industry careers, with names like Mike Marts, Joe Pruett, Brian Azzarello, Paul Jenkins, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Amanda Conner. Their logo looks like this: It’s eye-catching and nicely symbolic, but every time I see it, I remember this: I know, that […]

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Scholastic Seeks New Graphic Novelists Through Contest

Scholastic, the well-known children’s book publisher and distributor, is the parent of Graphix, which puts out acclaimed graphic novels, including the perpetual best-selling Smile, Sunny Side Up, and the color edition of Bone: Out from Boneville. They describe the imprint as focusing on “creator-driven books that bring exceptional art, rich content, and strong storytelling to realistic fiction, memoir, fantasy, and more.” Now, they want to find new talent, so they’ve launched a contest. If you are unpublished, a U.S. resident, […]

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Google Play Books Launches Bubble Zoom

One of the reasons ComiXology took off the way it did in the field of digital comics was its Guided View approach (trademarked and patent pending). Turning on Guided View allowed a comic to be shown panel-by-panel instead of a page at a time, which would be too hard to read on smaller screens. Now, Google Play Books has announced a competing technology: Bubble Zoom. Instead of focusing on the panel, it uses machine learning to zoom into speech balloons […]

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Wynonna Earp Gets Second Season

Wynonna Earp, the TV show about a demon-fighting gunslinger, has been renewed for a shorter second season by Syfy. The first season’s 13 episodes began airing in April 2016. The second season, scheduled to debut in 2017, will have 10. The supernatural western show stars Melanie Scrofano as Wyatt Earp’s demon-fighting great-granddaughter. Congrats to friend of this site Beau Smith, the writer of the comic the show was based on! It’s now published by IDW. The show was developed by […]

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Death on the Sapphire

Death on the Sapphire introduces Lady Frances Ffolkes, a proto-feminist and suffragette in 1906. It’s the first in a new series by R.J. Koreto. I liked the heroine more than the mystery. She struggles with the constraints on a “proper” lady in her time, but she still does what she wants — moving out of her brother’s house to live independently (accompanied by her ladies’ maid, Miss Mallow), handling her own finances (mostly an inheritance), and exploiting expectations of what […]

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Keith Knight Has 2 New Books

I’m impressed by how Keith Knight has managed to continue three ongoing comic strips: The domestic Knight Life, formatted like a newspaper strip The original K Chronicles, a rougher, more indy-weekly-paper styled commentary on cultural issues The explicitly editorial (th)ink Those last two each have new books out for the summer convention season. They premiered at the just-past San Diego Comic-Con and are now available for sale at Knight’s website. Go East, Young Fam! is the seventh K Chronicles collection, […]

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