Marvel Tries Again to Get Customers to Believe, Like Them

It’s sad to watch a titan tumble. Marvel Comics used to rule the comic stores, but with no clear sense of direction; a willingness to offend new audiences without consideration for how that will kill off future growth; no clear expansion strategy outside their fanboy direct market base (including the failure to reach out to bookstores and libraries); and the messages they’re giving off, like “we’ll go back to what the fogies used to like, will you buy us now?”, […]

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Strange Practice

Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw has an immediately grabbable premise — Dr. Greta Helsing is a monster doctor — that it uses to show a gripping battle to save the world among some unlikely allies. I really like Greta’s determination to keep her practice going in spite of money issues, time struggles, and difficult but rewarding work. She treats her patients well, and their unique issues are fascinating. I would have been happy just following her around, without the world-threatening […]

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Devil’s Due Comics Admits They Don’t Have Much to Offer

Under a press release blandly titled “Devil’s Due Entertainment Becomes Devil’s Due Comics”, I found some surprising statements from founder Josh Blaylock. The brand is changing its name “to reflect its new Publishing Platform for creator-owned titles. While most of the changes will remain invisible to the general public, other than a new logo, the company is focusing on alternative deal structures that appeal to what it sees as a growing culture of self-sufficient creators controlling their own properties through […]

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Don’t Call Your Readers Stupid About a Cover’s Purpose

A few months ago, I got an email from a creator. He had a book coming out in a month, and he wanted to start people talking about it, so he was providing preview images and an advance digital copy of the first issue. This is a very smart way to go about things, except… The book he was working on, with Gene Simmons to boot, was titled Dominatrix: Hellbent in Heels and the first issue looked like this. I […]

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Studio Ghibli Fest Returns for 2018

Last year, the Studio Ghibli Fest, an exhibition of six anime classics, was so popular that additional showings were added. Now comes the announcement for Studio Ghibli Fest 2018, this time with nine films. Each film is shown across three days, two dubbed (Sundays and Wednesdays) and one subtitled (Mondays). Here’s the schedule: Ponyo (10th Anniversary) — Sunday, March 25; Monday, March 26; and Wednesday, March 28 When Sosuke, a young boy who lives on a clifftop overlooking the sea, […]

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I Kill Giants Movie Has Release Date

I Kill Giants was an award-winning comic, collected in 2009, written by Joe Kelly (Action Comics, Deadpool), and illustrated by J.M. Ken Niimura. Now, it’s a movie, written by Kelly and directed by Anders Walter. The poster and trailer suggest fantasy adventure, but there’s an undercurrent (particularly to those who’ve read the book) that escapism is called that for a reason, that there’s usually something to escape from. Is Barbara really fighting giants? With comics, and now, thanks to CGI, […]

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Two New Doctor Who Comics Announced for Seventh, Thirteenth Doctors

The Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, will be appearing in the new Doctor Who series (Series 11) much later this year. And she’s getting a comic series as well. Titan Comics has announced “the Thirteenth Doctor will be debuting in comics this fall… alongside premiering in the Doctor Who season”. The ongoing series Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor will be written by Jody Houser (Faith) with art by Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor). I’m looking forward to […]

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The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman

Out in April is a graphic novel biography of a key superhero comic creator. The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman is a comprehensive overview of his life, driven by the creation of one particular hero. Perhaps too comprehensive, as I fear only the most dedicated, old-school comic fan will want to wade through the 160-plus pages here, particularly given how downbeat this gentleman’s life was. If you’re looking for evidence that “comics will break your heart”, this could […]

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