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1. All-New By Its Cover Special (Season Finale)

This will be the final installment of By Its Cover for 2015. Don’t be alarmed, it’ll probably return in 2016. Having a day job at a major online Halloween costume retailer means the second half of my year is always busier than the first, which makes it a little harder to keep up. While each column might […]

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2. MATT CHATS: Skullkickers Word Artist Marshall Dillon on the Life of a Letterer

It’s widely acknowledged is that a great letterer is one that you don’t notice. Marshall Dillon is often an exception to that rule. He made a big splash with his work on Skullkickers, a series with explosive action and silly sound effects.  Dillon has deepened his footprint in the comics industry on titles like Prince Valiant, the Thrilling Adventure Hour […]

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3. Vanesa R. Del Rey and Aja join Robinson on Scarlet Witch

Marvel recently announced that writer James Robinson would be tackling an upcoming solo series starring the Scarlet Witch spinning out of her on-screen debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Initially…the comic did not have an interior artist,  however, news came yesterday from Newsarama that Hit: 1957 artist Vanessa R. Del Rey will be pencilling the first […]

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4. Weekly Shonen Jump and Kodansha join Comixology

Digital manga—more available than ever before. Both Weekly Shonen Jump and Kodansha have just joined Comixology and the Kindle store. The digital Weekly Shonen Jump makes such favorites as One Piece, Bleach, Blue Exorcist available on the same day as the Japanese release throughout North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. […]

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5. Preview: Alex Robinson is back with Our Expanding Universe

Cartoonist Alex Robinson is a charter member of the pioneering :”indie comic graphic novel club” with Box Office Poison, an award-winning ensemble slice of life that covers the kind of Brooklyn life that existed before gentrification followed the Kale Trail out east. Originally published in serial form by Antarctic Press, Top Shelf published the collected […]

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6. “Mind MGMT” Editor Brendan Wright Leaves Dark Horse Comics to go Freelance

Today, Dark Horse editor Brendan Wright announced his departure from the company via Twitter.  The Grindhouse and Mind MGMT editor got an early jump on his comics career at the company, taking on an editorial assistant position at the age of 24, and has remained there for the seven years since then. The news is surprising, given that […]

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7. Interview: Ben Hatke meditates on friendship in newest graphic novel, Little Robot

Renowned for his wonderful children’s series, Zita the Space Girl and last year’s Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, Ben Hatke is one of the leading talents in young person’s graphic literature. His latest effort, Little Robot, which releases in stores today, tells the tale of a young girl who discovers a robot in the woods. […]

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8. Garbage Pail Kids Painter Programs His Computer to Create Comics!

Last month, Wired posted an update about John Pound, the co-creator of the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, and how he uses somewhat archaic software to create random comics! Many comics cognoscenti know that Art Spiegelman created the Garbage Pails Kids concept, as well as that of Wacky Packages. What most don’t know is that […]

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9. Feige escapes from Perlmutter’s rule as Marvel Studios restructures

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige will no longer report to the notoriously difficult Isaac Perlmutter, but instead will report directly to Disney Studios head Alan Horn, a move that will give him much more freedom.

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10. Tony Todd cast as the voice of Zoom on The Flash

Candyman star Tony Todd, who isn’t wholly unfamiliar with DC projects, having played a one episode “freak of the week” role on Smallville over a decade ago and more recently portraying the voice of Icon on Young Justice, will now be joining the cast of The Flash for its second season as the the voice […]

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11. Interview: Paul Johnson on “Mercy,” “Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight,” and “The Invisibles”

by Alex Dueben Paul Johnson worked in comics for a relatively short time, but during those years, the British artist and painter worked with some of the most talented writers in comics. His collaborators included Neil Gaiman (Books of Magic), James Robinson (London’s Dark, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight), Grant Morrison (The Invisibles), Steve […]

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12. DC’s $4.99 Line Is Already Here

With all the talk about comics prices, the number of $4.99 #1 issues in the Marvel relaunch and the general chaos over at DC right now, it might interest you to know that DC already has a line of $4.99 comics.  If you didn’t know that, you probably weren’t looking in the right place.  These […]

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13. Starbrand and Nightmask Enroll in Empire State University after Secret Wars

Marvel has just decided to give a pair of newly reintroduced Avengers heroes their own title: Starbrand & Nightmask. The pair first appeared in the Marvel Universe in the ‘1980s in the alternate reality known as the New Universe. Starbrand was originally created by Jim Shooter, while Nightmask was created by Archie Goodwin. The new title is […]

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14. Talking Homage, Adapting from Nothing, and Atmosphere with ‘Over The Garden Wall’ creator Pat McHale

The Beat chats with Pat McHale, creator of the Cartoon Network miniseries "Over The Garden Wall" and writer of the 4-issue limited series at BOOM.

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15. Set Your Alarm Clocks! Star Wars: The Force Awakens Schedules a Three-Day Launch for Merchandise!

So, you might have heard there’s this new Star Wars movie scheduled for December, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”…. You’ve probably not heard much, as Disney and director J.J. Abrams are keeping a tight lid on what gets revealed, when. Well…that’s all gonna change this week, as Star Wars schedules a massive reveal and release […]

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16. Job watch: courtroom sketch artist takes another crack at Tom Brady today

As we all know, paying jobs for artists can be in short supply. One of the more obscure but potentially full-time gigs is courtroom sketch artist—although cameras are increasingly allowed in courtrooms, sometimes a sketch is still the only way to bring the drama to the public. The cautionary tale of Jane Rosenberg would remain […]

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17. Silvestri’s Cyber Force now available free on LINE Webtoon

LINE Webtoon is a popular digital comics platform, based in Korea, that came to the US last year. As previously announced, they're bringing Marc Silvestri's Cyber Force to the platform, starting today, with free downloads. . Cyber Force was one of the original Image Comics titles, and follows a group of cybernetically enhanced do gooders who have adventures while being rendered in Silvestri's fine line style.

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18. Interview: Descender’s Mail-Bot Speaks About Plutona and All Things Jeff-Bot

Descender's Mail-bot reveals comic creators who are in fact actually robots and speaks about all things Plutona. The answers may shock you.

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19. DC president Diane Nelson to head up WB Consumer Products

If you were wondering if any of the recent turmoil at DC Comics would affect president Diane Nelson's standing at WB, the answer is no. She's already proven herself a strong executive who gets the way Warners works, and as a result she's just added running Warner Bros Consumer Products to her portfolio, along with DC Entertainment and CCO of Warner Bros. Interactive, THR reports. She replaces Brad Globe, who served as president from 2005 until now and announced his retirement for next spring.

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20. DC and Scholastic Tease A New Title for January 26, 2016! What Could It Be?!?

☛ CAVEAT ☚ All of which follows is readily and publicly available online. (Until someone plugs all of the leaks.) I have not used any confidential sources. The original catalog citations which I quote below (with embedded URLs) are not hidden or behind a paywall at Edelweiss. Further information was all found by Google searches, and […]

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21. New owners appear to have wiped The Palm’s once cartoon-covered walls

The famous murals at New York's Palm restaurant appear to be gone.

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22. NO a school did not ban a cute Wonder Woman lunchbox

Was that letter everyone linked to about a sweet Wonder Woman lunchbox getting banned at a child's school real? Or are we all just sheeple who believe everything we read on the internet?

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23. It’s Jack Kirby’s 98th birthday…why not give to the Hero Initiative today

Jack Kirby, the titanic force of US comics, would have been 98 years old today. While it makes you wonder what exciting things we'll be doing for his centenary, it's also a reminder that it's a good day to contribute to The Hero Initiative, as Kirby's granddaughter Jillian suggests in the above video. For several years, Jillian has promoted the Kirby4Heroes campaign to raise funds for the charity which aids creators in need. I can attest to the many people that this organization has helped, and in a field where 401ks are non existent, it's sometimes the only safety net poplar have.

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24. Coming Attractions: DC Announces DC You Trades, Plus Lots of Classics for Early 2016!

Wonder Woman: Earth One! Absolute Matrix Helix! Absolute Vertigo! Elseworlds! Batman cosplaying as Superman!  (Is that a SPOILER?) Plus lots of the DC You titles! Will they sell well in trade? Or will they die in the cradle, and never mentioned again? (Also, DC, what’s with the “volume one” numbering on your ongoing New 52 titles, like Superman, […]

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25. Kirby: to recolor or not

A lot of people celebrated Jack Kirby's birthday on Friday by posting a lot of his art, and it is always pleasant to page through galleries of the King. One thing that I did notice on all this art was how stunning (to me anyway) the original limited coloring looks.

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