Friends of Lulu History Panel

Here’s a great thing to watch. Leila del Duca talked with Anina Bennett and Heidi MacDonald in March about Friends of Lulu, the non-profit formed to get women and girls into comics that existed from 1995-2011. The group was incorporated May 25, 1995, and its tax-exempt status was revoked as of May 15, 2010. The news that the group was defunct came out a year later. If you’d like to revisit the early days, I’ve posted the first year of […]

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No In-Person SPX This Year

I’m disappointed to once again miss gathering in Bethesda, but I appreciate an organization that wants to protect its attendees and guests. The Small Press Expo organizers have announced that “SPX 2021 will be held virtually” for health and safety reasons. With only four months to go until the show, it’s a cautious, sensible decision. The pandemic isn’t over yet, particularly given how many people are refusing to make the smart, scientific choice of getting vaccinated. I suspect they would […]

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Incredible Doom Collection Due

I wrote about Incredible Doom, a story about 90s kids using early internet bulletin boards, over three years ago. And this is why you should have a distinctive title, because when I saw a listing for the collected graphic novel in the latest Previews catalog, I vaguely remembered it. I’m excited to see the whole story! (Because I love computer history.) Here’s the description: Allison is drowning under the weight of her manipulative stage magician father. When he brings home […]

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SelfMadeHero Launches Graphic Anthology Programme to Build Diversity in Comics

UK publisher SelfMadeHero, thanks to public funding, is starting a mentoring programme (I said they were UK) “designed to find, develop, publish, and promote emerging comic-book artists from Black, Asian, Arab, mixed-race, Romani/Traveller, and non-white Latinx backgrounds.” Until March 26, they are accepting applications for the opportunity. Participants must be over 18, reside in the UK, not have a literary agent, and not have been published by a traditional print publisher. Eight artists will be selected for a 12-week online […]

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TCAF Asking for Programming Ideas

We still aren’t ready to have in-person conventions, so as with many other shows, the Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF) will be held virtually again this year, from May 8-15, 2021. They are asking, this week, for programming ideas: While we work with authors and publishers to generate ideas for these programs, we’re also interested in suggestions from the larger comics industry and community. TCAF has multiple streams of programming, including: • Readings, panel discussions, interviews, and other presentations • […]

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Love & Capes: In the Time of COVID Now Serializing Online

Thom Zahler launched a Patreon recently with the promise that he’d be creating a new Love & Capes story, in which the superhero and his wife cope with the pandemic. Now that that’s established, he’s posting the pages for anyone to read (with a three-month delay). Every Monday, there’s a new page, with three posted as of now. Mark and Abby now have two kids, so there should be plenty of family humor, as well as figuring out whether a […]

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Free Comic Book Day for 2021

Like so many things, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), the national comic holiday, was skipped in 2020 (in favor of spreading the special releases out over the entire summer). The date for 2021, in hopes that by then people can once again gather freely in large groups, has been announced as Saturday, August 14. That’s a departure from the usual “first Saturday in May” timing (based around when Marvel usually has a blockbuster film opening), but FCBD has moved in […]

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ComicMix Loses Seuss/Star Trek Mashup Appeal

In September 2016, ComicMix Kickstarted a Star Trek parody in the style of Dr. Seuss called Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go!. The book, written by David Gerrold and illustrated by Ty Templeton, never was published, though, as Dr. Seuss Enterprises sued to stop it. In March 2019, ComicMix won a court case on fair use grounds. Now, in a federal appeals court, that victory was overturned, as judges declared that the publication failed to meet the required standards for […]

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