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Jack Kirby’s Lord Of Lights For Heavy Metal Magazine – And Chris Burnham’s Take On It All

Those who went past Chris Burnham‘s table in Artists Alley at San Diego Comic Con will have had a nice surprise. We learned that Heavy Metal Magazine are reissuing Jack Kirby‘s Lord Of Lights prints from the seventies. Lord Of …

Spider-Woman Ongoing Announced, From Dennis Hopeless And Greg Land, At The Women In Marvel Panel. Of Course.

Announced at the Women of Marvel panel at San Diego Comic Con, and spinning out of the Spider-Verse event, a new ongoing Spider-Woman series by Dennis Hopeless and Greg Land. Time to refer to the checklist I think… I do hope we discover …

Monkey Robotics For Next Superman Villain, And More From DC Comics At San Diego

Peter Sailer liveblogged the DC Comics panel New Faces Familiar Places right here, This panel is supposed to be David Finch discussing what it’s like to draw Wonder Woman and John Romita Jr’s opinion taking on Superman. I think Greg …

Why This Is Chuck Rozanski’s Last San Diego Comic Con After 42 Years

Yesterday, after reading his comments about the problems with exclusives at San Diego Comic Con, I spoke with Chuck Rozanski of Mile High Comics at his booth. Easily recognisable along the front wall of the show, by its big Mile …

Willie Ito Awarded Inkpot Award

Nikolai Formich writes, On Saturday, animation legend Willie Ito was awarded the Inkpot award. Ito worked in animation as a character designer, layout artist, and story director, and his memorable work includes  What’s Opera, Doc?, Yogi Bear, The Lady and …

Look What The Hugo’s Could Have Won! Jonathan Ross At The Eisners

Remember when Jonathan Ross was castigated after accepting the invitation from Neil Gaiman to host this year’s Hugo Awards? It was quite a thing and made it onto the front pages of newspapers. Well, on Friday he was the final …

IDW Sells Out! But Establishes A Retailer Network

Paraded at the Retailer Lunch at San Diego Comic Con, IDW showed off a bunch of comics that they had previously cold out of, including this week’s Ragnarok #1 from Walt Simonson. And then one that they were expecting to …

Comic Sales For 2014 Are Still 12% Over The 2012 Numbers

Reported from the Retailer Lunch at San Diego Comic Con, Diamond Comic Distributors wanted to point out that, while sales may be a little softer in recent months, overall sales are still up 12% on 2012 sales so far. That …

Jesus, Satan, Godzilla And Galactus – The Protesters At San Diego Comic Con

By Nikolai Fomich Every year at SDCC, Christian proselytizers and counter-protesters gather outside of the convention to battle for the hearts and minds of the nerds attending. I spoke to both sides and asked why they were there. Nikolai Fomich: …

Milk For The Ugly Gets Read 400,000 Times In Four Days, Kicks Batman And Pony Butt. The Best Motion Comic To Date?

All by one person, of course. No, no, seriously now. Madefire have put up the Polish comic Milk For The Ugly on their digital distribution service. And it as been downloaded to read 400,000 times in the last four days, …

San Diego Comic Con Sends Cease And Desist To Salt Lake Comic Con

So here is a thing. According to the Salt Lake Comic Con, San Diego Comic-Con has sent them a cease and desist letter over their use of the phrase “Comic Con” Salt Lake Comic Con have issued statements in response …

We See The Footage From Ascension, Just As The Characters Do Every Year

Every year the crew of Ascension watch an old black-and-white film, from a German rocket scientist based on Von Braun, announcing the Ascension project. And now the audience at San Diego Comic-Con saw it too. “So the time has come …

Brian Michael Bendis To Star In Nailbiter

The Nailbiter is a big comics fan, but is not happy that Bendis killed Peter Parker, the Ultimate Spider-Man. Brian Bendis has agreed to appear in an upcoming issue of the Image comic Nailbiter, much in the way that Warren …

Hasbro’s Marvel Toys Create Variant Covers For October Based On Classics, Including X-Men And Amazing Spider-Man

Jeremy Konrad lets us know… Hasbro is partnering with Marvel to do exclusive Marvel Legends variant covers in October. Ten in total. First two are here.

Paul Levitz Pops By The Boom Panel At San Diego Comic Con

Peter S. Svensson drinks Gatorade and writes for Bleeding Cool. Boom Studios had their annual panel at Comic Con, which didn’t announce any new titles, but did tease towards the future. In attendance were: Filip Sablik – President of Marketing, …

Talking To Kieron Gillen About His New Darth Vader Comic For Marvel’s Star Wars Line

It has just been announced at San Diego Comic Con that Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron are the two new writers for two new Star Wars monthly titles to be published at Marvel Comics. Jason writing the Rebel Alliance, Kieron …

Maria Fröhlich To Adapt Neil Gaiman, Eddie Campbell To Adapt Audrey Niffenegger For Ray Bradbury Shadow Show From IDW

Peter S Svensson has been liveblogging the IDW Rocks panel. Catch it all here. But worth breaking out a few announcements from the panel. Such as the publication of Ray Bradbury: Shadow Show, a tribute to Bradbury, adapting the short story …

Stop Motion Is Horrible. “There’s No Reason Why We Should Do This Thing” – The Boxtrolls Panel At San Diego Comic Con

Joseph K Schmidt liveblogged from San Diego, for the panel for The Boxtrolls by Laika, based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters! Moderator Dave Parker introduced a featurette showcasing the making of the film. The stop-motion geniuses at Laika put an insane amount of care …