First Set of Ringo Award Nominees Announced; Fewer Than 20% Women

The Ringo Awards, Baltimore Comic-Con’s award program established earlier this year, have now announced their first set of nominees, assembled through a combination of jury selection and fan voting (which may account for some of the lesser-known nominees). Out of the sixteen categories, seven are creator-based. (See below; the publisher-based awards follow this section.) Those categories have from five to nine people (or teams, in a few cases) listed. They total 52 creators nominated. Of those, ten are women, or […]

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San Diego Comic-Con Legally Bars Competitor From Talking

Three years ago, the San Diego Comic-Con started trying to bar the Salt Lake Comic Con from using the term “Comic Con”. The Salt Lake show used this legal case as an excuse for more publicity. Until now. Last week, at the San Diego show’s request, a judge placed a gag order on the Salt Lake organizers. The San Diego show seems to be concerned that the case is being tried in the court of public opinion, and they’re losing. […]

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Snickers DC Comic Redoes History With Women

Back in the day, there was a tradition of Superman and the Flash racing each other. It began in Superman #199 in 1967, and it’s understandable that the young male readers of the time loved “who’d win” showdowns. Superman was super at everything, but the Flash was “the fastest man alive”. Which was more important, overall power or a specialized skill? Most of these races end in a tie for various plot reasons. Recently, I discovered that Snickers, the candy […]

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Master Keaton Volume 11

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the Master Keaton series — the last I covered was volume 8 last year — because it’s not your typical manga series. Each volume is best approached as a short story anthology, held together by most (but not all) of the chapters having an appearance by Taichi Keaton, insurance investigator (and former special forces soldier, which helps when someone tries to kill him, which happens more often than you’d expect). By this […]

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Dog Dish of Doom

Out next month is Dog Dish of Doom, the first “Agent to the Paws Mystery” starring a theatrical booking agent whose clients are animals. It’s written by E.J. Copperman, who also writes the Asperger’s Mystery series and the Haunted Guesthouse series. Last year, he launched the Mysterious Detective series, in which a mystery writer’s fictional detective shows up at her door. (There are even more under his other name, Jeff Cohen.) This writer knows his mysteries, in other words, and […]

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Beasts of Burden to Return With New Artist

Beasts of Burden was an award-winning series about a group of dogs (and the occasional cat) that protected their neighborhood from supernatural monster. It was written by Evan Dorkin, painted by Jill Thompson, and published by Dark Horse from 2009-2010, with occasional one-shots in 2012, 2014, and 2016. The most recent release was Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, which was published in May 2016 and just won an Eisner for Best Single Issue/One-Shot. Now comes news that […]

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Why Didn’t These “Twin” Female-Starring Comedies Get the Same Treatment?

It’s not unusual for Hollywood to put out two movies with similar concepts at the same time. The latest example is a pair of female-starring R-rated comedies about bachelorette party weekends. Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, and Zoë Kravitz, came out last month from Columbia/Sony. It cost about $20 million to make and made only $8 million its first weekend, so it’s considered a bomb. Good cast, but the plot, about these women killing a stripper, sounded like […]

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Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Comic Book Epic Tanks

If you want to go see Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets, based on a European comic book series, on the big screen, you’d better do it soon. Luc Besson’s visual extravaganza, made for somewhere between $170 and $200 million, just opened in the US, and it took in only $17 million, coming in fifth for the weekend. With more digital projection systems, it’s a lot easier to swap out underperformers and give more screens to, say, Wonder Woman […]

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