Free Comic Book Day Free For Whom?

Free Comic Book Day is scheduled for May 5 this year, its sixth. At this point, it’s a fairly well-established promotion for direct market comic book shops, designed to entice new customers into stores where they can be reminded comics still exist and see the variety of stories now available. In order to benefit them all, publishers create free comics (which may be new material or reprints) and offer them at reduced prices to retailers, with Diamond Distribution also pitching […]

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24 Hour Comics Day Announced

This year, 24 Hour Comics Day will be October 20, 2007. (It’s moved from April to put it further away from Free Comic Book Day.) Watch for more information later in the year about which locations will be holding events. Update: In the interests of providing greater context to new readers, the 24 Hour Comic is an artistic exercise created by Scott McCloud in which you attempt to create 24 pages of comics in 24 hours. 24 Hour Comics Day […]

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Where’s Sweet Cream?

It’s terribly ungrateful to read all the news and previews coming out of the New York Con and focus on what WASN’T talked about, but I do share Chris Mautner’s question in noting CPM’s panel: “Does this mean we’ll finally see the release of Sweet Cream and Strawberries?” The josei manga was being promoted in May 2006 after originally being solicited a year ago, but a new release date has yet to be announced.

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Whiteout Returns

I’m very happy to hear that there’s going to be another Whiteout comic. I just adore Steve Lieber’s art, and Greg Rucka’s writing has never been better than in this story of a U.S. Marshal in Antarctica. From an interview at Comic Book Resources: in the fourth quarter of 2007… Rucka and Lieber reunite for the third chapter of Carrie’s story, Whiteout: Thaw, once again from Oni Press. Like the two previous series, Thaw will likely debut as a four […]

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Naoki Urasawa’s Monster Volume 1

In Monster, Naoki Urasawa turns the usual expectation of good and evil on its head. Dr. Tenma is a brilliant Japanese surgeon working in Germany. He’s a rising star due to his skills, and he’s engaged to the daughter of the chief of the hospital. She’s got his advancement all planned out so she can be the wife of a rich and powerful man. He’s got bigger concerns, though — his risky operation on an opera star brought the chief […]

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Tokyopop Manga Magazine MIA?

Got a postcard today from Tokyopop… it said “We know you’re eagerly awaiting your next volume of Manga magazine, so we just wanted to assure you we’re working hard to get you the latest previews and hottest insider information–we definitely haven’t forgotten about you.” It continues with promotion for four fighting titles “filled with bone-crushing art” and an “exclusive 25% discount on … all Tokyopop manga this month.” I hadn’t noticed the magazine seemed to have disappeared until they pointed […]

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CSI: Dying in the Gutters #5

I haven’t seen anyone talk about the comic book convention mystery CSI: Dying in the Gutters, and after they worked so hard to draw direct market attention to it, too. Maybe everyone’s waiting for the trade (due next month)? Here’s the premise: at a Las Vegas comic convention, internet gossip Rich Johnston is killed, electrocuted when he touches a rigged microphone while standing in salt water. So many creators have reason to kill him that the CSI team has trouble […]

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Tokyopop Revising Rating System

Tokyopop Revising Rating System: With “more than 40 content indicators divided among five age ranges”, perhaps a better verb is “complicating”. It’s due to debut this fall. [A] general set of content indicators in addition to the ratings icon will be printed on the cover of each new series. The new system will provide prospective buyers with far more information about a book’s content than the previous system (that Tokyopop pioneered), which simply provided the age rating alone. That’s a […]

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