Wizard World May Not Last Through 2018

As reported by ICv2, the Wizard World convention company is not doing very well. It lost $1.3 million during the third quarter of this year on its shows. Although the conventions brought in over $5 million, the cost of making that revenue and operating expenses resulted in a negative balance. The cost of putting on the shows has risen by $1.3 million in comparison to last year’s third quarter, and attendance is down, which accounts for $1 million less income […]

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New Newlevant Work Coming Next Year

I’m thrilled to hear that we’re going to get a collection of Hazel Newlevant’s No Ivy League. Publishers Weekly reports that Lion Forge (where Newlevant is an associate editor) will be publishing the 200-page graphic memoir in late 2018. I’ve read the minicomics out so far, and I’m eager to see what happens. It’s the story of when Newlevant was 17 years old and working a summer job clearing ivy from a forest near Portland, Oregon, to make money to […]

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Incredible Doom, 90s BBS Comic, Using Every Model Possible

There are so many options for creators to attempt to make money off their comics today, and smart ones use whatever they can. Take, for example, Matthew Bogart, who last month launched Incredible Doom (co-written with Jesse Holden). As soon as I heard that the comic was “about ’90s kids making life-threatening decisions over the early internet” I knew I had to read it. (Mainly because my graduate work was about comic fandom in the same era.) And I really […]

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App for Comic Collectors (Remember Them?) Focuses on Key Issues

Until I got a request for coverage about this new app, I’d almost completely forgotten that the comic industry used to be driven by collectors, speculating on which comics were worth more money and which would increase in value. I’m only interested in reading them these days, which has become much easier with the greater availability of both print and digital reprints. Key Collector Comics is available for both iOS and Android devices and promises information on “over 7,000 key […]

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How Much Support Can a Shop Give a New Publisher These Days?

You’ve likely seen the piece where Jim McLauchlin complains about not being able to buy a new comic by a friend when it came out. “Wednesday, September 27 was release day for Fu Jitsu #1 from Aftershock Comics. Not the biggest of debuts, but hey—it’s written by Jai Nitz, who’s a buddy.” Now, the entire premise of this column shouldn’t have happened, because McLauchlin has been around the comic industry a long time, and he should know that if you […]

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Lumberjanes Special Collection Coming in March

Next spring, a Lumberjanes book collection will reprint the three special issues they’ve released so far: Beyond Bay Leaf (2015) by Faith Erin Hicks and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell turns a night stargazing into a quest to help a ghost pony. Makin’ the Ghost of It (2016) had two stories: the one by Jen Wang and Christine Norrie starts with a ghost story about an axe murderer in the gold rush mining camp days, while Kelly Thompson and Savanna Ganucheau show Ripley […]

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GL Jessica Cruz Joins DC Super Hero Girls Comics

Coming next week is the first issue of a new digital DC Super Hero Girls comic. Spaced Out is notable for introducing an existing DC character into the group: Green Lantern Jessica Cruz. Here’s the description: Meet Super Hero High’s newest student… Jessica Cruz! Being the new kid is tough, but life gets a whole lot tougher for Jessica when she learns that she must travel through space to be sworn in as a member of the Green Lantern Corps. […]

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Well, That Was Quick: Librarians Comic Ends With Issue #4

The first issue of The Librarians comic, spinning out of the TV show, came out a month ago. Now comes the chance to order the fourth issue of the series (Diamond code OCT17 1484), which has been labeled its last. It’s due out December 13 and the plot description could describe just about any episode of the show, with some allowances for scale. (Super-sized special effects remain cheaper to do in comics than on screen.) As the full-scale invasion from […]

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