Perhapanauts Returns!

I’m a long-time fan of the Perhapanauts series by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau. It’s a creepy, fun adventure series about monster hunters that are themselves supernatural/mythical creatures. A psychic, a ghost, a sasquatch, a mystery man, and a partially evolved Chupacabra make up a team working for the organization BEDLAM. I like this book so much I have occasionally helped at Todd and Craig’s table pitching it to passers-by. Just to be clear on my enthusiasm (and appreciation for […]

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Atari Force Mentions Recently

I’m jealous of Andrew. He has a bound copy of Atari Force. He had it made, of course, since the collection never appeared, and those were two separate runs anyway — the solicit was for the mini video game pack-in comics, while Andrew has the later 20-issue run collected. Anyway, fun post on memories of the series by Gerry Conway, José Luis García-López, and others, as well as how the binding was done. One of my fondest possessions is a […]

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Milestone Returns… Maybe for Real This Time

Sorry, I’m so jaded sometimes… I want to see Milestone return. This comic company, published by DC but independently run, brought necessary diversity to superhero comics from their launch in 1993 until they stopped publishing comics in 1997. Their launch titles — Hardware, Icon, Static, and Blood Syndicate — starred mostly Black characters and were written and illustrated by Black creators and other people of color. They are probably best remembered these days for a successful, award-winning cartoon series, Static […]

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Get Legal Information About Comic Contracts

Tomorrow, as part of the Small Press Expo’s virtual programming — I only realized today that I would have been there this weekend in any other year — there’s a panel that I’m glad to see. Jeff Trexler, the new interim Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), will be conducting a panel on “Comics and Contracts” at 11 Eastern on Sunday, September 13. As with the other panels, it can be viewed at the Small Press […]

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Valiant Offers Portfolio Reviews for Comic Writers

It’s rare enough any established comic publisher is willing to look at portfolios these days, let alone for writers! That work is harder to judge quickly, and it’s seen as easier to be a writer than an artist, so more fans tend to give it a go, which means a smaller percentage of good stuff to find. With a stated aim “to assist aspiring comic book creators and discover new voices for future projects”, Valiant is offering portfolio reviews for […]

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Comic Publisher Requires Adherence to Minimum Pricing

Do you know what a MAP policy is? A “minimum advertised price” policy requires retailers to avoid advertising a price lower than the producer dictates. They can sell the product for whatever they want, but they can’t tell people about it. Trying to control sale prices can lead to antitrust complaints, but MAP policies are legal because they are seen as trying to protect brand value. Online shopping has led to price erosion, and brick-and-mortar retailers complain they can’t compete […]

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Publisher Announces Call for Submissions

This is rare enough, these days, that I thought I’d make note of it. Source Point Press has released a Call for Submissions. I only became aware of them at this year’s C2E2 convention. They had quite the large booth, since they were local, and an old friend, Paul Storrie, had a comic, The Viking Queen: The Sleepers in Shadow, coming out through them. They’re part of a gaming company, which gives them some flexibility in surviving market ups and […]

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IDW Has Leadership Challenges

Last month, Chris Ryall announced that he was leaving IDW. He had been some combination of President, Publisher, and Chief Creative Officer of the comic publisher for most of the last 15 years. There was a hiatus during some of that, as IDW has had a lot of turnover in their executive staff for the last two years, since founder Ted Adams was replaced. Shortly thereafter, new executives were announced. Ezra Rosensaft become CEO of the holding company (formerly the […]

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