Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Comic Round-Up: July 1, 2015

Spider Wars by In-Hyuk Lee

"Spider Wars" by In-Hyuk Lee

Event: Steve Orlando is the writer for the current series of MIDNIGHTER from DC Comics and the sci-fi graphic novel UNDERTOW from Image Comics. He will appear at Escapist Comics in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, July 4th at 1:00 PM to sign comics. RSVP on Facebook!

Event: Zack and Nick Keller will appear at Dr. Comics & Mr. Games in Oakland, CA on Saturday July 18, 2015 from 3:00 till 5:00 PM to promote the release of Death Head #1! RSVP on Facebook!

Interview: "Well, They Can’t All Be Batman" Jon Morris on his League of Regrettable Superheroes

Interview: Steve Foxe talks to Marian Churchland.

News: Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, has signed a deal to remain at the Los Angeles Convention Center through 2019. This year’s Anime Expo, which will take place over the Fourth of July weekend, is expected to draw 100,000 unique visitors, its highest attendance yet.

News: Stan Lee, a man of 92, was taken to the hospital on Sunday but then showed up in fine fettle on Monday night for the Ant-Man premiere. Is this man immortal?

News: The writer and digital publisher Mark Waid announced earlier today that digital versions of Terry Moore's foundational self-publishing work Strangers In Paradise will be added to the Thrillbent site that he and John Rogers own.

Previews: Check out Girrion, a "Star Wars, Lotr, Dark Crystal Type Graphic Novel" now on KickStarter.

Reviews: Richard Bruton on The Penned Guin: Out & About and Thread Bear/Attic Space & Other Stories. Paul Gravett on Death Of The Artist. Todd Klein on Fables #150 and Fables Vol. 22. Shawn Starr on Lydian and Palm Ash

5 Reasons Miles Morales' Spider-Man #1 Marvel Comics Excites Us!

Although Mad Max: Fury Road was an amazing example of bringing feminist themes into an action movie, the subsequent comic, published by Vertigo and created entirely by men without Eve Ensler to watch over them, has a lot of very problematic elements, including rape scenes that the movie avoided.

The EE Times recommends Gobsmacking Graphic Novels

Frank Santoro muses out loud about the famous Ghost World color switch.

Fusion’s comics page has some great content, for example this piece where 8 LGBT cartoonists share their reactions to legal same-sex marriage, with comics from Hilary Price, Sophie Yanow and Howard Cruse’s which is really marvelous.

GeekTyrant Podcast: The History and Rise of Fan Films

Here’s a look at a steampunk graphic novel that speculates about what life would be like if the British were still ruling India

Is Ron Perlman Seriously Hinting at a Hellboy III, or Is He Just Teasing?

Is this the future of Marvel Comics? More than 40 new covers reportedly leak
Josh Cotter is close to finishing the first volume of his comeback effort Nod Away.

Jennifer DeGuzman reports from the ALA with and its big push for comics and diversity and comics diversity

Kinetic pencil work, dreamy watercolors, and nightmare versions of Saturday-morning cartoons make up the indispensable artwork in these new graphic novels.

Michael Cavna selects ten cartoons of note about the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage.

The Naruto spinoff Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, which is running simultaneously in the Japanese and American versions of Shonen Jump, will end in the July 6 issue.

Noelle Stevenson announced last week she'd be taking a step back from the full extent of her current duties with buzztastic series Lumberjanes.

Rob Salkowitz presents results of a recent survey of convention-goers conducted by the online ticket platform Eventbrite. Interestingly, they found almost complete gender parity (48.9 percent female, 48.7 percent male, and 3.1 percent non-binary/other) among convention-goers in general but much bigger skews in individual categories: “Comics, toys and gaming are predominantly male, while media, anime/manga and sci-fi/fantasy fandom are predominantly female.” A typical con-goer spends between $100 an $500, with comics fans being the biggest spenders and prints and original art the most popular thing to buy.  The survey updates and expands on a similar survey conducted last year.

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