Conventions in the Age of COVID

Less than a month until New York Comic Con! Are people ready? Should be interesting to see what this is like, as I can’t find any information on publishers setting up there. Guests — of whom the biggest names are William Shatner, George Takei, John Cena, and Chris Claremont — are appearing, but photo ops have no touching. Guest and attendee will be separated by plexiglass. Proof of vaccination is now required for attendees. Under 12 years of age will […]

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Underground Back in Print at End of Month

Underground was a miniseries, later collection, written by Jeff Parker, illustrated by Steve Lieber, colored by Ron Chan, and published by Image Comics back in 2010. I enjoyed the adventure story, about two rangers playing cat-and-mouse in a disputed cave system with those who are trying to kill them. The local businessman wants to turn it into a tourist attraction, regardless of what that would do to the ecosystem. He sends some hired hands to start the destruction, and when […]

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Read Suicide Squad for Free

I did not realize that DC Universe Infinite — the latest incarnation of the service, it no longer has video programming but merely online comic issues — provided a small selection of comics to read for free. (Registration required, as you can’t get something for nothing, and they want to build their mailing list.) The current offering consists of the first eight issues of Suicide Squad from 1987, the classic run by John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell, and Karl Kesel. Of […]

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The Global Market Hits a Tax Snag

This is more widely spread than the comic market, of course, but that’s the one that brought it to my attention. As of July 1, the European Union has implemented new rules for US and UK sellers. Per shipping provider stamps.com, Prior to July 1, 2021, no VAT fees were required for commercial goods valued up to 22 euros (approximately $26). Goods valued at 22 euros or less were able to be shipped into EU countries with no additional fees […]

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Win a Copy of All Summer Long!

I greatly enjoyed reading Hope Larson’s All Summer Long, and I’d like to share that enjoyment with you. One lucky reader will receive a paperback copy of this release. But first, if you’d like to double your chances, the publisher is giving away many more copies in a Goodreads giveaway. Mine will likely have many fewer entries. To enter to win this contest, leave a comment below with your favorite summer song. A winner will be picked randomly from all […]

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Another Indy Comic Publisher to Call It Quits

Whenever one of these notes crosses my awareness, I’m rarely surprised. Comics is not a long-term, sustainable business for many people. (As noted on Twitter by Joshua Dysart recently, Almost every single person who got their start in comics from my generation, & from most others too, had some kind of supplemental income, & many people who appear successful today are either being subsidized by a spouse, family money, or some other means. As to why… There’s no union, no […]

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Must-Read on Comic Retailing Today

In announcing he’s closing his second store, comic retailer Brian Hibbs makes a lot of cogent observations about the state of the direct market for comic books today in his latest Tilting at Windmills column. Some key points: I’ve lost a great deal of faith in the business of periodical comics and, more specifically, of many of the people in charge of shepherding it. Costs of operation are greatly increasing, profit margins are getting tighter, and the industry as a […]

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Another Faith Erin Hicks Work Reissued in Color

Last year, one of Faith Erin Hicks’ earliest works, The War at Ellsmere, was reissued in a partially redrawn color edition, now titled One Year at Ellsmere. (I previously interviewed her about the process.) Earlier this month, another of her works was also reissued. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, published in 2013, adapted a story by Prudence Shen. The new edition adds color, with no other changes. It’s the story of a friendship between the basketball team captain and the […]

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