Author: Rich Johnston

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

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Jean-Marc Lofficier Takes Guardian Of The Republic on a Big Hexagon Crossover – and an Eric Powell Cover

We like to keep an eye on Jean-Marc Lofficier‘s Hexagon Comics USA line, European comics mostly written by Jean-Marc Lofficier, translated into English and distributed solely through his website, Amazon page or at conventions. Selling enough copies to make it more than worthwhile, as well as making certain comics available to a wider English speaking audience. Retailers can purchase […]

“The Future Is Young” Batman Dark Knight Message Now Part Of Hong Kong Protests

Over the weekend, Bleeding Cool reported that DC Comics has withdrawn a tweet using the Rafael Grampa upcoming cover of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child. This came after criticism from Chinese critics that it made reference to Hong Kong protests, featuring Batwoman dressed in black throwing a molotov cocktail and that the use […]

Vengeance of Vampirella Covers The Spice Girls' #2 Become #1...

Vengeance of Vampirella Covers The Spice Girls’ #2 Become #1…

It’s weird how The Spice Girls’ single 2 Become 1 has become a recurring Christmas pop song, by dint of shoving some snow on the video. Anyway, this is Vengenace Of Vampirella’s attempt to muscle in on that territory. Somehow it slipped Dynamite editorial’s that the Ben Oliver cover for Vengeance of Vampirella #2, published […]


Emily Flake to Judge New Cartoon/Comics Category for Cagibi's Annual Macaron Prize

Emily Flake to Judge New Cartoon/Comics Category for Cagibi’s Annual Macaron $1000 Prize

Cagibi is a New York-based literary journal publishing seasonal digital issues. They also run an annual Macaron Prize in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will and this year introduce a cartoon category. Featuring 2020 guest judges, Andre Dubus III in Fiction, Emily Flake in Cartoon, Jill Bialosky in Nonfiction, and Nick Flynn in Poetry. Emily Flake is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and performer […]


The Daily LITG, 2nd December 2019 – Happy Birthday Frank Cho

The Daily LITG, 2nd December 2019 – Happy Birthday Frank Cho

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 10 most-read stories yesterday DC Comics Keep Rafael Grampa’s Cover on Dark Knight Returns Despite Chinese Protests Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips Launch […]


Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips Launch "Pulp" in May 2020

Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips Launch “Pulp” in May 2020

Mistakes, misshapes, misfits, raised on a diet of broken biscuits… One of the biggest selling original graphic novels in comic book shops this year was by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips‘ My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies. Well, for 2020, they have another just as likely to hit the charts. It’s called Pulp. […]



Marvel Trademarks S.P.D.R. Bot - For Christmas Future

Marvel Trademarks S.P.D.R. Bots – For Christmas Future

Steve Ackerman, trademark lawyer acting for Marvel Characters has registered a trademark with the US government for S.P.D.R. Bot, under the subject of… Education and entertainment services …as well as… Toys, games and playthings; gymnastic and sporting articles (except clothing); hand-held units for playing electronic games for use with or without an external display screen […]

The Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 1st December 2019 – A Slow Week In Comics

The Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, 1st December 2019 – A Slow Week In Comics

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. This week saw two Dawn of X top the charts […]

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Ken Quattro’s Invisible Men: Black Artists of The Golden Age of Comics, For 2020

In September 2020, Yoe Press look to rewrite the history of the comics industry one more time, with a book by comics historian Ken Quattro, often known as The Comics Detective, about black comic book creators – not now, not in recent time, but in the nineteen-thirties, forties and fifties, known as The Golden Age. And […]

Things To Do In London If You Like Comics - December 2019

Things To Do In London If You Like Comics – December 2019

Things to do in London in December 2019… if you like comics, of course. Exhibitions followed by events… let us know if we missed any. Exhibitions: Middlesex University’s new Children’s Book Illustration and Graphic novels MA is delighted to invite you to an exhibition of work by our latest graduating students. Alex Moore – Christos […]

The Daily LITG, 1st December 2019 – Happy Birthday Frank Tieri

The Daily LITG, 1st December 2019 – Happy Birthday Frank Tieri

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 10 most-read stories yesterday DC Comics Keep Rafael Grampa’s Cover on Dark Knight Returns Despite Chinese Protests “Buffy” & “Supernatural” Crossover That Was Meant to […]