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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This Year’s Eisners Need to Be Redone

With no in-person San Diego Comic-Con this year, the Eisners are still taking place virtually. However, there have been a lot of questions about how the voting took place. In short, it was shut down just before the deadline ended due to “an anomaly” which turns out to be some voters being able to access the data of others. It was reopened, for a complete revote, but it seems that some people who heard about the problem and thus didn’t […]

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Missing Con? Watch Us Talk About It

Heidi MacDonald wrote about the economic effects of a year without conventions. There have been no big shows since C2E2 in Chicago at the end of February, and everything else has been cancelled (except for ReedPop’s New York show in October, but I can’t see that happening). Heidi also does a convention-based podcast called “Women in a Hotel Room” that I’ve been part of. The most recent were two C2E2 episodes, found in that link above, and we also had […]

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The Comic Big Two Isn’t What You Think

Brian Hibbs’ yearly BookScan analysis is always worth reading for the insight it gives into how comics (mostly in the form of graphic novels and collections) sell in the wider book market (even with the caveats that this data doesn’t cover the entire market, only those that choose to report, and the data providers have their own restrictions, even more this year). The 2019 analysis ends with this particular pie chart that I found striking. The “comic big two” was […]

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Dash Returns as Kickstarted Graphic Novel

Y’all know I rarely do this, because I still have conflicted feelings about crowdfunding and its risks. But I like Dash, which can be reductionally described as “the gay hard-boiled detective comic”. The most recent out was issue #5 in late 2018. (They say issue #6 has come out, but Diamond has it listed for August, so … keeping up with comics is hard.) Now, they’re Kickstarting the collection. Written by Dave Ebersole and drawn by Delia Gable and Vinnie […]

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Clan Apis Returns in Color!

I have missed the wonderful true-science graphic novels of Jay Hosler. He’s put out, among others, The Sandwalk Adventures (about Charles Darwin and evolution, as told by eyebrow mites), Last of the Sandwalkers (the life of desert beetles), and Clan Apis (the biography of a honeybee). That last one came out 20 years ago, but in its direct yet caring approach to the subject matter, it’s timeless. Which is why I was thrilled to see his announcement that the book […]

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Is the Single Comic Issue an Outdated Format?

Well, yes, but I’ve been saying that the book-format comic is a superior format for decades, now. (I made a list, somewhere, but searching “graphic novel” on this site is futile.) What spurred the latest? Retailer Brandon Schatz in his column at the Beat has an entry titled “The Death & Rebirth of Print Single Issues”. He’s reflecting on how both DC and Marvel used the pandemic disruption to decide that some of their series — including Supergirl, The Terrifics, […]

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