Alphabetical Index of Books About Comics

Two More Comic Magazines Die

Comics Now!, which launched early 2008, has been confirmed as ending (link no longer available). #3, the last issue, came out on September 10, 2008. Wizard’s Anime Insider is also reported to have been shut down. This year hasn’t been good for Wizard properties, since this news comes after word that their convention schedule was sliced in half, ending Wizard World Texas and “postponing” WW LA. These two publications join Comic Foundry (closed by choice after issue #5) and Write […]

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Comic Foundry: How I Will Miss You

I eagerly dove into the final issue of Comic Foundry. I’m hugely disappointed that, now that it’s clearly become the best magazine about comics out there, that it’s ending, but that’s no reason not to enjoy these last few bon-bons. The thing I liked most about Comic Foundry was that it covered things no one else was talking about. The books they profiled were both good-looking and, in many cases, new to me (which is rare). Their coverage made me […]

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Marvel Chronicle: A Year by Year History

Review by KC Carlson Ever since I heard about the concept of Marvel Chronicle, I’ve been dying to see the book. I love books like this, packed with facts and trivia, and I think that every major comics company needs to have a publishing history/timeline like this. I’m not surprised Marvel got to it first. Obviously designed to be DK’s major comic-related book for the holiday season, Marvel Chronicle is a lavishly produced gift book, housed in its own illustrated […]

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Interview With Roger Ash: Modern Masters – Mike Ploog

This week, TwoMorrows released their latest Modern Masters volume — the 19th in the series — covering Mike Ploog. Old friend Roger Ash wrote it, so I asked him a few questions about his work and the book. Please tell us a little about the book and your contributions. Well, like the other Modern Masters volumes, it features a career-spanning interview with a comic artist. In this case, it’s Mike Ploog. The book was edited and designed by the creator […]

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A Bad Week for Magazines: Write Now! Ends

I would think that a magazine aimed at aspiring comic writers would have a built-in market, but maybe it’s easier to fill pages with art samples than scripts. Write Now!, published by TwoMorrows, announced today that its final issue would be #20. Write Now!, the professional “how-to” magazine on writing for comics, animation, and sci-fi, concludes its six-year run with TwoMorrows Publishing this February. The final issue, #20, is solicited in the December issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ Previews catalog, […]

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Comic Foundry to Cease Publishing

I was sorry to hear that Comic Foundry, “the best comic magazine being published” (to quote myself), will stop publishing after issue 5. Editor-in-Chief Tim Leong posted today I’m sorry to admit that I’ve reached the unfortunate point where my career no longer allows enough time to do the magazine. “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well,” my high school journalism teacher used to say. In this case, I’d rather cease publication than put out issues we don’t have […]

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How to Draw Stupid and Other Essentials of Cartooning

Kyle Baker’s How to Draw Stupid and Other Essentials of Cartooning is, as you might gather from the title, not your typical instruction book. Many how-to manuals inadvertently reveal more about the writer and their philosophy of life than intended. This one puts that material front and center. It’s not really a book about drawing, but about being a cartoonist, with all that entails. And the advice itself is simple, beginning with the very basic. If you want to be […]

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The DC Vault

Review by KC Carlson In his Forward, DC President and Publisher Paul Levitz states that there really isn’t a “DC Vault”. I, politely, beg to differ. While there may be no DC Vault like Scrooge McDuck’s legendary vault, or the original Fortress of Solitude with its vault-like door and giant key, there is a real DC Vault — and I worked there for about 8 years. It’s the DC office itself, currently in midtown Manhattan, filled with creative, intelligent, and […]

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