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This Is What America Looks Like Through The Eyes Of Genius #3

This is a scene from tomorrow’s Genius #3, by Marc Bernadin, Adam Freeman and Afua Richardson, published by Top Cow/Image Comics. I know it’s hard to distinguish this from the way America is being perceived right now by the media. But …

Swipe File: Bunny Suicide And Kellogg’s Squares

A Bunny Suicide strip. And an ad for Kelloggs’ Squares advert seen on Facebook. Or is that a Squash File? In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, …

The Milo Manara Spider-Woman Cover That Will Launch A Thousand Headlines

  This is the Milo Manara variant cover being used to launch Spider-Woman 1 from Marvel in November. Who would have thought that, in comparison regular series artist Greg Land‘s cover would seem feminist in comparison? But what is equally disturbing …

Frank Miller Tells Playboy About How Rod Stewart Took Away Masculinity And How Christopher Nolan Doesn’t Get His Batman

It didn’t escape many people’s notice that Frank Miller was looking more and more like some of the characters he’s drawn in Sin City, when he made an appearance at San Diego Comic Con. With all sorts of rumours flying …

Superior Foes Of Spider-Man Cancelled With #17, New Warriors Cancelled With #12

It’s the comic that everyone expected to be cancelled and yet never was. It also happened to be repeatedly really, really good. With a title that spun out of Superior Spider-Man, despite having nothing to to with that book, it …

DC Comics Holding The Line At…$3.99 Newsstand?

Grayson is the new DC comic, relaunching Nightwing as an international spy working for Spyder, as well as Batman. It is a $2.99 comic book in comic stores and the readers are grateful for that. But on the newsstand as …

Italy To Publish Portfolio Of Milo Manara’s Marvel Work

Italian artist Milo Manara is famed for, well, that kind of artwork. And he’s been doing a few variant covers for Marvel Comics of late. Just to keep his hand in. Well, now Panini Comics Italia is doing a portfolio collecting ten of …

IDW’s Sampler For Kids This Autumn – While Rocket And Figment Get More Printings

IDW are making a Bqck To School Kids Edition sampler of their published  Skylanders, Angry Birds, My Little Pony and Cartoon Network comics. And then throwing in sneak peeks of TMNT/Ghostbusters and Edward Scissorhands while they’re at it. Ask your comic store owner if he or …

Possibly The Only Remaining Copy Of Marvelman #26 Sells For Over $4000

Spread the word: Marvel is looking for a copy of MARVELMAN #26 from1954 (the second issue) so we can include it in the reprint hardcover. — Tom Brevoort (@TomBrevoort) June 15, 2010 Five years ago, Marvel’s Tom Brevoort was on the …

This Is 2014. Do You Know Where Your God Is?

In the last two weeks, Avatar Press have published four issues of God Is Dead, the series created by Jonathan Hickman for the publisher in which God dies, and all the other gods seize their opportunity to return. Two issues …

September 10th – Brian Bendis Creator-Owned Day?

According to Marvel scheduling statistics, four creator owned books written by Brian Bendis are meant to come out on September 10th. That would be Brilliant #6, originally meant to come out in May 2012. Powers: Bureau #11, originally for December …

Doctor Who’s Frazer Hines Cast In Outlander, Confirmed

The Herald newspaper has confirmed the story that Bleeding Cool ran at the weekend, that Frazer Hines would be cast in a role in the Scottish Highlander time travel series Outlander, the book series and TV show that he inspired. …

To Cop Or Not To Cop In Pop Culture – Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh

Adi Tantimedh writes: In the past week, the biggest thing happening in America has been the police siege of Ferguson, Missouri. Social media has given a fuller account than mainstream media of the lies, contradictions and outright violations of the …

Marvel, DC And Image – A Lay Of The Land Out Of San Diego Comic Con 2014

Okay, I needed a little bit of a break since San Diego Comic Con to write this up from copious notes. And I had a good couple of weeks taken up with surgery. But it also gave me time to …

What Every Retailer Needs To Know About Ordering Teen Dog – Thug Pug!

Boom’s newest imprint, Boom Box has been the home of comics like Lumberjanes and the upcoming Cyanide & Happiness: Punching Zoo collection. It seems to have the company mission statement to bring Tumblr into comic shops, something Boom also managed with Adventure Time and Bee & …

Lying In The Gutters – 18th August 2014 – Getting Ice Water Challenged

Sorry guys… @dandidio @axelalonsomarv @richjohnston You’re all on notice! You’ve got 24 hours! http://t.co/IS8tpH5DTD — Matt Krotzer (@mattkrotzer) August 17, 2014 … I would take your bucket of ice water challenge but I am still recovering from surgery. So you …

DC And Marvel’s Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

So what changes have occurred ‘twixt solicitations and publication in a week or two’s time? Well, a few worth noting… Kyle Higgins replaces John Layman on Batman Eternal #21. Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons are replaced on Aquaman #34 by …

What’s In Scott McCloud’s The Best American Comics 2014?

The Best American Comics is an annual volume, edited by a different prominent comic book person each year, and published by Houghton Mufflin Harcourt. The 2014 volume is edited by Scott McCloud. And here is what you are getting. Basically …