We get these press releases for a lot of independent comics. Most of them are not to the level that I feel like they need to be. Rather than seem disingenuous, and promote something that I don't feel has promise, I let them pass and go on my way. However, I still open these e-mails hoping for that comic that shows promise work checking out. Surfacing shows that promise that I hope for. I don't know that this is the next We Can Never Go Home, but it does look rather good, and most importantly, like the creators are trying to do something with this book to make it worthy of the reader dropping five dollars on.
I've not covered Alterna Comics too much. It's one of the smaller publishers out there, and I can appreciate that restraint in overextending a company in an effort to become a larger player. I also appreciate the love of comics as a medium, evident by their move to $1.50 newsprint comics. I even personally know the writer of Amazing Age, Matthew D. Smith, whose work on that title is some of the best writing at the publisher. However, from the moment that I got publisher Peter Simeti's 12th anniversary message, I gained a new respect for the publisher.
Hi. everyone, Stan Ford, here, chief of the comics side of the web site. I need to address some things that may have been nagging some of you the way that it’s been nagging me. There’s a dearth of comic articles on the web site, and I need to explain why, if for no reason,
Artist Gisèle Lagacé announced on her Facebook page that Pixie Trix Comix and its collection of webcomics, including Menage a 3, Dangerously Chloe, Eerie Cuties, Sandra On The Rocks, Sticky Dilly Buns, and Magick Chicks, will stop by January 2019. While money is cited as a major issue, Lagacé made a point to note that Menage a 3 had an end planned out around Volume 10. Here is the full text of her post.
Missy Peña is a really good artist, who's done some fantastic covers for BOOM!'s Steven Universe series. Back in March, she shared a great idea on her Tumblr page, a convention spending tracker.
I was online recently checking to see if anyone in our region had a new comic book exhibit to go to. We love to adventure and every once in a while you can catch one of the museums or colleges doing a comic book exhibit. While I was browsing, I was really surprised at just how many colleges and larger public libraries have a comic book collection. They varied in how big and how old their books were, but I was still excited to see so many institutions starting to catch on that comic books are an art form and cultural phenomenon that deserved to be collected and preserved.
Saga ran away with the lion's share of the Eisners this year, nabbing four. This gave Image Comics five awards. The second runner-up was Sonny Liew's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, from Pantheon.
Being married to a comic book collector and reviewer, we do have regular conversations about popular or interesting comics he comes across. Some of these are hard copy books available in the comic book stores some are web series or digital books. One such conversation got my mind going about the overall comics industry and the future of hard copy comics.
I was at the last Charlotte Comicon and overheard a couple of dealers telling an attendee about their store in Concord, NC. Bear in mind that for the first few years since I returned to Charlotte, comic stores north of uptown simply didn't exist. Now it seems that there has been an explosion of new stores in the past few years. Chances are, you've seen it in your area as well, as the demand for comics facilitates new outlets for comics and merchandise around them.
When I was younger, like I imagine most of you, I was into role-playing games. I limited myself to super-hero RPGs, primarily the Marvel Super-Heroes Game, although most of the campaigns we played had very little to do with the Marvel Universe. I tried to get into the Mayfair DC Heroes RPG, but it hit just too late in my development, and without enough of a social circle to get a good campaign together.
Chicago cartoonist Ed Siemienkowicz is fighting the battle of his life yet again. A little over two years ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which it seemed like he had pretty well beaten by having part of his pancreas, intestines and lymph nodes removed. Then it came back and his entire pancreas was removed. Now it's back again and Ed is in the fight of his life yet again. He has documented part of his battle over on his crowdfunding page, Team Ed. This article about Ed is in three parts, my personal feelings about Ed and his battle, how you can help, and a soapbox.
Canadian comic artist Gisèle Lagacé, known most recently for her work on Jem And The Holograms, Archie Meets The Ramones and Betty Boop, was scheduled to be at Artist's Alley and the IDW table at C2E2 in Chicago this weekend. Unfortunately, she won't be there due to problems she encountered at the US Border with Canada. Here is the full recounting she shared on her Facebook page.