San Diego Comic-Con Cancelled for First Time

It’s the smart thing to do, but the San Diego Comic-Con, which was to be held this year July 23-26, has been officially cancelled. I’m not at all surprised, since California has locked down a lot of public gatherings and said that approach would continue through the summer. The ironic element is that this was the first year I was planning to go since — I don’t remember if it was 2003 or 2005 I last went. It’s been that […]

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First Second Announces Comics Relief Festival

Next Saturday, April 18, First Second will be holding a virtual festival they’re calling Comics Relief. From 11 AM – 5 PM (ET), “this free virtual festival will give comics fans an in-depth look at the key moments in comic creation, and you’ll hear from many beloved graphic novel creators.” Guests include Lisa Brown (The Phantom Twin) Lucy Knisley (Go to Sleep (I Miss You)) Kat Leyh (Snapdragon) Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please!: Sticks & Scones) Lily Williams & Karen Schneeman […]

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What Manga Publishers Are Doing During the Pandemic

During the pandemic quarantine, book publishing is mostly continuing and comic book publishing has mostly ceased. Which lead to me wondering what the manga publishers are doing. They have very little dependence on the comic market stores, so that shutdown doesn’t matter to them. But many bookstores are also closed, reducing the ability to reach customers, and manga series are serialized, making it important to keep readers hooked. The publishers, in general, are slowing down their release schedule and converting […]

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A Bit of Comic Direct Market History

Milton Griepp, who runs icv2.com, used to own Capital City Distribution, which was headquartered here in Madison, Wisconsin. Turns out that CCD was formed 40 years ago this month, and Milton has posted a brief reminiscence of the company’s history. (KC worked for CCD in customer service early on for a few years, by the way.) CCD was one of the biggest comic direct market (selling from publishers to comic stores) distributors, until DC’s decision to go exclusive with Diamond […]

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Sample Dark Horse Comics for Free

In this time of trouble, it’s great to have more entertainment options. Dark Horse has made “more than 80 first issue comics, along with a handful of full graphic novels” available to read for free via their digital outlet. Best of all, they’re doing it without requiring a credit card or any obligation, just an email address. Offer good through April 30. There’s an extensive kids section, including Disney’s Frozen and Scary Godmother; a “Mignolaverse” grouping (featuring Hellboy); a horror […]

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Watch Retro Anime for Free (With Ads and App)

A new service, Retro Crush, has just launched that promises classic anime streaming for free (with ads). You can access them by downloading their app for iOS, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, or Google Play. I haven’t bothered to check yet, but their publicity claims they have, among other viewings: Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (based on Rumiko Takahashi’s series about an alien girl in a tiger-stripe bikini) Black Jack: The Movie (based on Osamu Tezuka’s bonkers series about a […]

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Viz Originals to Adapt Beloved YA Novel

Viz Originals, an imprint from the manga publisher announced last year as an outlet for “original graphic novels developed by manga-inspired creators”, has made public news of one of its first titles. Due out in October is a graphic novel adaptation of Rainbow Rowell’s novel Fangirl. (I love this book. I had her autograph it in Chicago this year.) Fangirl: The Manga will be adapted by Sam Maggs (The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy) and illustrated by Gabi Nam (who […]

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A Whole Bunch of Dollar Digital Manga This Week

Two sales you might want to take advantage of, if you’re looking for reading material and don’t mind digital for your manga. The first is a whole flock of first volumes for 99 cents each. 270, to be exact, from Kodansha and Vertical. (Need some ideas? Here are all my Kodansha manga reviews.) This is a great way to sample the start of a series! Sale runs through April 13. Secondly, there’s a comiXology originals sale that includes the entire […]

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