Author: Rich Johnston

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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Bendis And Bagley Make Me Cry Like A Little Girl

I rarely cry at TV or movie shows. Last time I blubbed properly was watching Doctor Who: Father’s Day with my three month old daughter in my arms. There was a certain welling up during Tom Stoppard’s Rock’N’Roll play. But it’s a rarity. But I’m not sure if it’s ever happened reading a comic book […]

John Byrne’s Cold War Gets Its Cover Blown

The Associated Press reports details on John Byrne’s upcoming book that Bleeding Cool teased previously, Cold War: The Damocles Contract, under the Michael Swann Dossier banner. The first issue of the four issue mini-series is published in October from IDW and stars ex-spook Michael Swann, working black op freelance for the British government in the […]

Wednesday Runaround – Who Will Kill Cock Robin?

CockWatch: From the solicited cover of Red Hood And The Outlaws #2. It’ll never make it to print. ThorWatch: The cover to the San Diego Comic Con exclusive version of Walt Simonson’s Thor: Artists Edition. Courtesy of Walt Simonson. BoothWatch: Com.X show off their booth livery for San Diego Comic Con. SongWatch: Gail Simone’s Yellow […]

Kagan McLeod’s Infinite Kung Fu In Video

A motion comic trailer for Kagan McLeod’s Infinite Kung Fu from Top Shelf Comix. It looks amazing with some well constructed fight scenes towards the end too. And the graphic novel debuts at San Diego Comic Con next week. If you’re still on the fence, you can read the first 250 pages for free right […]

San Diego Debut: Heaven’s Echo by Siike Donnelly

Debuting at San Diego Comic Con… Title: Heaven’s Echo Creators: Siike Donnelly Publisher: Arcana Available: Booth # High concept: From the cover… Imagine for a moment, turning on the television as you get ready for work. On it, you see a man throwing a car at a helicopter, or a girl flying through the sky. […]

A Comic Show – On Bendis And Fraction Being Sell Outs

Aaron, Beaten-Up Mike and new star Atom, given the chance to plug all his stuff, run through this week’s comics, flexing in their very hands. There’s palpable joy for issue ones of X-Men Schism,  Captain America and Ultimate Fallout, the end of the War Of The Green Lanterns and the planet-blowing-up habits of John Stewart. […]

Paul Jenkins On Being The Other Half Of David Finch’s The Dark Knight

So DC released their solicitations for Batbooks in October. And Paul Jenkins is listed as the writer on The Dark Knight #2 with David Finch as artist. A curious affair, since it was reported that this was David Finch’s big writer/artist project. So I had a wee Skype with Paul Jenkins. Who’s having a mad […]

Oh, So The Mighty Are Spinning Off In Their Own Series In December?

The latest Marvel teaser for something new in December, being announced at the Fear Itself Panel on the Sunday of San Diego Comic Con is making things clearer. Iron Fist, Dr Strange, both members of The Mighty in upcoming issues of Fear Itself... which will be finished in December. So is this a book spinning […]

Lee Bermejo Vs Lex Luthor’s Lies

Bleeding Cool understands that creator Lee Bermejo has called for the latest Italian print run of the recent Lex Luthor: Man of Steel collection to be withdrawn from sale. He told Comicus that he wrote a biography for himself for The Joker that quoted Daniel Day Lewis in the movie There Will Be Blood, in […]

San Diego Debut: The Walking Dead Board Game

Title: The Walking Dead Board Game Creators: Z-Man Games. Publisher: Image Comics/Skybound Available: Booth #2729 High concept: the opportunity to play Rick, Shane, Andrea, and other favorite The Walking Dead characters as they deal with zombies, collect supplies and pick up the pieces of their lives. Format: Board game for 1-6 players Print run: TBA […]

A Few San Diego Variant Covers From Image

We’ve seen some of the exclusive debuts as San Diego from Image, including Marksmen, The Infinite #1 HC and XXX. But what about the exclusive variant covers to existing books? What about those? Well I’m glad you asked. Let’s have the new Skullkickers HC Con variant, the Samurai’s Blood #2 SDCC Variant, the Artifacts #8 […]



Taiwan Builds Village For Comics, Anime And Games Artists

Welcome to New Taipei City, where they are building an Animation, Comics and Games Artist Village with sixteen studios for March next year, intended to be a hub for Taiwan’s comics and comics-related industries. Taiwan Today quotes a Taiwanese city official as saying; “The village, which doubles as an incubation center, will provide eight aspiring […]

Tuesday Runaround – Why Does The Batmobile Look Like Cerebus?

SimWatch: Why does the Batmobile look like Cerebus? PartyWatch: On Friday, Geek Girl on the Street is holding their very first fundraiser at Challengers Comics in Chicago to raise money for the Heroes Initiative. And have issued a series of raffle tickets with some excellent prizes. $5 Ticket: 3 sets of Verum Corpus 1 & […]

San Diego Debut: Marksmen #1 by David Baxter, Javiar Aranda, Garry Leach and Tomm Coker

Title: Marksmen #1 Creators: David Baxter, Javiar Aranda, Garry Leach and Tomm Coker Publisher: Image Comics Available: Booth #2729 High concept: MARKSMEN begins sixty years after the nation’s oil supply has finally run out and debts have been called in, resulting in a civil war that has splintered America into warring fiefdoms. New San Diego […]


San Diego Debut: Severed #1 by Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki

Title: Severed #1 Creators: Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki Publisher: Image Comics Available: Booth #2729 High concept: SEVERED is mostly set in 1916 and follows Jack Garron, an idealistic 12-year-old who has taken to the road in search of his father, a wayward minstrel. Along the way, he meets up with a mysterious, […]


The Hunt For DC’s October – Updateable List (UPDATED)

So we’re having the big fifty-two DC Relaunch in September. But what about October? How many issues ones could we expect then? Probably a handful. But there are quite a lot of candidates for those few spots. So how another Updateable List to bookmark? Number ones that have been confirmed. The Huntress #1 by Paul […]