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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The Daily LITG, 14th October 2019, Happy Birthday

The Daily LITG, 14th October 2019, Happy Birthday Mark Seifert

Welcome to the pretty-much-mostly-daily Lying In The Gutters. A run around the day before and the day ahead. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here. The 15 most-read stories yesterday Epic Games Trolls Fans By Ending “Fortnite”, Causes Twitch Errors “Oathbreaker” Ban List Updated – “Magic: The Gathering” Suspended “Hearthstone” Player […]


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A Look at the American Return of Spitting Image

I am a child of Spitting Image. The rubbery puppet satire show that ran on Sunday nights on ITV for over a decade in the UK taught a generation who their politicians are, at the same time as destroying them onscreen. Turning the work of cartoonists and comics writers into three-dimensional reality without any CG […]

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Mark Millar Still Playing the Media Like a Maestro

Bleeding Cool remains in awe at Mark Millar‘s manipulation of the media. We first noted it when he managed to get a local journalist to run puff pieces on his work in the Scottish Sunday Times, with relatively looser editorial strictures than the main paper. Only for the pieces to then appear on the main […]




Alfred Pennyworth Critiques Batman as a Rich Man Just Beating Up Poor People

This week’s The Batman’s Grave when it wasn’t reinventing the Wayne family graves, alongside the freakiest gift that loving parents can get their child, and getting thematically interrupted by adverts for chocolate bars, had Alfred Pennyworth destroying the entire concept of The Batman. It would have been cheaper to buy Gotham. Or, at least, buy […]

The Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 13th October, 2019

The Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 13th October, 2019

This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the “Wednesday Warriors”, those who can’t wait till the weekend to get this week’s comics. And Powers of X goes out with a bang,… Top […]

Batman's Grave

When Snickers Came to The Batman’s Grave

Late comics into London this week saw be go digital. Which is also how I missed out on another Snickers ad managing to destroy a perfectly good comic book story. In the past we have had Snickers ads drawn by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado that seemed to follow on from one of the comic […]

Comic Store In Your Future – 25 More Hot Comics

Rod Lamberti of Rodman Comics writes weekly for Bleeding Cool. Find previous columns here. Announcements of new movies and shows based on comic properties continues to spread interest of back issues. Rumor is Bloodshot teasers for next years Bloodshot movie may come out this month which should further interest in all things Bloodshot, such as his first appearance […]


Paul Rainey’s Jog On Appears on the Walls of The Centre MK in Milton Keynes

Paul Rainey is the creator of There’s No Time Like The Present, Thunder Brother: Soap Division and Book of Lists and is an occasional contributor to Viz Comic. His current big project, Why Don’t You Love Me, appears regularly in ACES Weekly. His new project however is a little more… public, in the centre of […]

The Daily LITG, 13th October 2019

The Daily LITG, 13th October 2019, Happy Birthday Dan DiDio

Welcome to the pretty-much-mostly-daily Lying In The Gutters. A run around the day before and the day ahead. You can sign up to receive it as an e-mail here. The 21 most-read stories yesterday The DC Comics Timeline From New York Comic Con Was Not Ready to Be Published “Star Wars”: John Boyega’s Agent Confirms […]

The Most Annoying Moment of New York Comic Con, Uber Everything?

The Most Annoying Moment of New York Comic Con, Uber Everything?

Comic book creator Joyce Chin, most recently drawing Vampirella in Playboy Magazine, did not have a great C2E2 and it did not get better. Thankfully New York Comic Con went a lot better. However, she did have one moment to share which may be very familiar to all manner of in-demand comic book creators. She […]

New Art Team for the Black Cat Annual #1

Black Cat Annual Adds Juan Gedeon to Joey Vazquez and Natacha Bustos 

The artistic credits to the upcoming Black Cat Annual, keep on changing. Originally announced with art by Javier Pina, known for his stellar work on Captain America, Suicide Squad, Manhunter, Swamp Thing, Black Panther and Soldier Zero, it was then announced to be drawn by the art team of Joey Vazquez of Marvel Team-Up and Charismagic and Natacha Bustos of Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur, Go Go Power […]

Thank FOC It’s Saturday, 12th October 2019 – Spitting Rooster Teeth

Thank FOC It’s Saturday, 12th October 2019 – Spitting Rooster Teeth

Welcome to Thank FOC It’s Saturday, a semi-weekly mailing list, similar to The Daily LITG, but (mostly) every Friday and planned to coincide and cover the demands of Final Order Cut Off. The date when retailers have a last chance to amend their advance orders for comic books without penalty. A final chance for publishers […]

Spawn #300 Gets Its Third Printing

Spawn #300 Gets Its Third Printing – And Looks a Little Familiar

The stats aren’t out yet for Spawn #300’s performance in the direct market. But it’s a train that keeps on going. And now it’s getting a third printing straight from Amazing Spider-Man #300… SPAWN #300 3RD PTG (W) Todd McFarlane, Scott Snyder (A) Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell, Jerome Opena (A/CA) Todd […]

Is Tempus Fuginaut DC's Answer to Marvel's Watcher?

Is Tempus Fuginaut DC’s Answer to Marvel’s Watcher?

Tempus Fuginaut was a character created by DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio in his comic book Sideways with Kenneth Rocafor. The Fuginauts, a race of cosmic beings tasked with preventing intrusions from other Universes, and especially from the Dark Multiverse into the normal one. Tempus was tasked with the protection of the Prime Earth’s universal boundaries, […]

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Math Beats Magic Every Time in the Masters of Mathematics

Brian Poller writes, Math is better than magic. It has secret symbols unlocking special knowledge. I just think that math is cool. But to be honest, I was never a great math student. I never enjoyed studying or taking math tests. I struggled through high school and college courses, and yet I still believed that […]