It’s Never Too Late to Say Sorry: Artist Apologizes for Work on Marvel Mangaverse

Would that more people had the willingness to reexamine their past actions and recognize changed viewpoints… Lea Seidman Hernandez (Cathedral Child, Rumble Girls: Silky Warrior Tansie) drew an exoticized revamp of The Punisher for the Marvel Mangaverse event back in 2002 (when comics were $2.25!). Those event books have recently been reprinted (although I can’t imagine why anyone thought that would be a good idea; people have been asking for Marvel to better support the bookstore market for years, but […]

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Dark Horse Loses Another License to Marvel

Announced Friday was the news that Marvel would be publishing “the iconic Conan franchise” beginning in 2019. In keeping with Marvel’s current fetish for trying to recapture their glory years — it’s a down market, and retailers blame Marvel — it was builded as a “return to Marvel”, who published “over 650 issues from 1970 to 2000”. “We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel and look forward to the new adventures in store for Conan,” said Fredrik Malmberg, President of […]

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Archies Monkees Cover May Be Super Exclusive Because They Can’t Ship Correctly

Last month, I ordered one of the “limited to 1000 pieces” “exclusive” “collectible” covers to The Archies #4 from Monkees.com (which is run by Warner Music). I was heavily disappointed by what I got. They dropped the comic into a cardboard mailer with no other protection. The result was a book with numerous spine creases, a scrape mark across the front cover, and a half-inch tear on the back cover. Even if I only cared about the cover art, the […]

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Amazon Includes Graphic Novels on Lifetime Reading Lists

Amazon last week released “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime“, a wide-ranging suggested reading list. They wanted to cover a full life, so it includes fiction, non-fiction, classics, modern works, and even children’s books. As for graphic art, it includes the following comic titles and related works: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, a graphic memoir about growing up in Iran Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware, a design-heavy work steeped in […]

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Interview With Drew Ford, It’s Alive! Publisher

Drew Ford runs It’s Alive!, a publishing imprint dedicated to collections of out-of-print comic books. His releases (funded via Kickstarter and distributed through IDW) so far include Red Range, by Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman, and Trina Robbins’ adaptation of Sax Rohmer’s Dope. At the time of this writing, you have a day to pledge for the latest release, The Silver Metal Lover. This never-before-reprinted graphic novel, an adaptation by Trina Robbins of a book by Tanith Lee, is […]

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Two Days Left to Apply for MoCCAFest 2018!

One of my favorite reasons to visit New York City is the MoCCA Arts Festival, held every spring by the Society of Illustrators (formerly the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art). This year it’s taking place on April 7-8, 2018, but applications to table close December 31, so if you’re interested, apply now! From their policies: Exhibitors are restricted to comic and cartoon artists and their representatives. This includes: Artists of creator-owned comics, publishers, and writers, selling only comic/cartoon art, […]

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Faith Erin Hicks Has a Novel Coming in 2019

One of this site’s favorite creators, Faith Erin Hicks, will be stretching her creative muscles with a young adult novel. That’s prose, not drawn, but given the title, I suspect it will be of interest to her fans. Roaring Brook Press will release in February 2019 the 336-page Comics Will Break Your Heart, and here’s the cover. She created individual art pieces to use in the letters. She described the book on Twitter as well. The rest of the book […]

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Annie Goetzinger Passes Away

NBM, publisher of her works in English, has announced that Annie Goetzinger has passed away. She created comics in France since the 1970s, but her first work brought to the U.S. was Girl in Dior, a fantasy biography that played to her strengths and background in fashion design. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting her during her convention tour for that book, and she was exactly as charming as you’d hope. My copy of her work was dinged on […]

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