Interview With Todd Dezago on Perhapanauts

(This interview was originally published in PiQ #2, May 2008.) The Perhapanauts are a group of investigators of the weird who are themselves paranormal. The team’s made up of Big, a sasquatch; Molly, a ghost; MG, a smart guy with a secret; Arisa, the telepathic team leader; and Choopie, short for Chupacabras, a partially evolved goat vampire (and comic relief). With its blend of adventure, humor, characters, horror, and astounding abilities, the series is an entertaining, high-adrenaline read great for […]

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Stuff the Zuda Ballot Box

I’m sure everyone who has a webcomic strip in competition at Zuda has at various times encouraged their friends (and mailing lists) to vote for them. However, this is the highest-profile attempt to swamp the voting that I’ve seen: Valerie at Occasional Superheroine wants everyone to vote for Action, Ohio. In the post (link no longer available), she says it’s also about figuring out how much influence her blog has; later, in the comments, she says “vote Zuda” isn’t a […]

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Archie Aims for Diversity With New Writers, Characters

Archie Comics has announced two new writers who bring with them characters of different ethnicities. The first is their Mexican publisher, who’s been editing for 25 years: In 2005, Jesús Gil Holguí­n started publishing Spanish Language editions of Archie Comics in Mexico. Jesús is writing his first script for Archie Comics. The story will feature the first Mexican addition to Riverdale High when Toño Diaz is introduced. … Join Toño and his entire family for their first Riverdale adventure in […]

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Friends of Lulu Awards Move

The Friends of Lulu Awards, recognizing the efforts women make in comics, are moving from San Diego to MoCCA’s show. They will be held Saturday, June 7, at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in Manhattan. Along with the museum, this year’s sponsors are IDW, DC, and Archie. The official Board member quote comes from Treasurer Marion Vitus: “We are excited to bring an award event to MoCCA Artfest, and just as excited not to be competing with the […]

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Final Archie Sales Figures

I finally have the missing number that will complete this year’s Archie sales figures for their entire line. Title Average    Nearest Issue Veronica #187   14,119 13,633 That puts it between Archie & Friends and Jughead in sales rank, and I see that it’s declining when the most recent sales are compared to last year’s average. As for Sonic X, your guess is as good as mine. The numbers weren’t in #29 or #30, the two issues that came out with […]

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The Inkwells: Comic Awards Become Even More Specialized

Bob Almond is launching the Inkwell Awards to “celebrate the often overlooked and underappreciated artistry of inking within the comic book industry.” There are a whole bunch of categories: Favorite inker A) Retro (golden, silver & bronze age artists) B) Modern (1990s to present) Favorite finisher/embellisher (Known for doing finished inkwork over the layouts or breakdowns of a pencil artist) A) Retro B) Modern Most-adaptable inker (Showing exceptional ink style versatility) Most Prolific Inker Props award (Inker deserving of more […]

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Rachel Needs Your Help

I’ve had the pleasure of talking with cartoonist Rachel Nabors a couple of times at conventions, and I’ve reviewed several of her comics. She’s quite an inspiration, since she’s been freelancing since she was 18. Now she needs your help. Due to the screwy way we handle health coverage in the US, Rachel makes too much money to get assistance with a major dental procedure but not enough to actually pay for it. All the details are in the link. […]

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