Friday, July 3, 2015

Comic Round-Up: July 3, 2015

Mad Love by Valentina Tutic

"Mad Love" by Croatia-based Valentina Tutic

Interview: Christopher Butcher talks about the time lag between the big publicity push for a comic and its actual publication, and how that and the paucity of reviews for many non-superhero titles is hurting the industry.

Interview: Christine Marie talks to Steve Blatchford, the man behind ZCO.MX, a web site devoted to alt-comics that seems to be taking working cartoonists' projects that don't have another home, giving them a home, and allowing for the possibility that revenue can be generated on their behalf.

Interview: Daniel Maurer tells the story of how he went from ordained minister to drug addict to award-winning graphic novel creator; his Sobriety: A Graphic Novel won a Midwest Book Award in May.

Interview: Danny Boyd, creator of the graphic novel Carbon, which received some attention last year, is dropping plans for a trilogy and turning to IndieGoGo to fund his second book, Salt, because the sales of Carbon are not high enough to sustain it.

Interview: Kevin Stark, creator of the aging superhero Geezer, and Mike Buckendorf discuss their patriotic-themed comics.

Interview: Ronald Wimberly discusses his two newly announced Image Comics projects, Sunset Park and Slave Punk: White Coal.

Interview: Scott Chantler, creator of Two Generals and the Three Thieves series of children’s graphic novels, will be the first-ever cartoonist in residence at the University of Windsor, in Ontario.

News: Tokyopop announced Thursday at Anime Expo that it will return to publishing new manga from Japan, and it has also acquired some anime licenses.

News: Japanese publisher Shueisha is printing 3.8 million copies of 78th volume of One Piece, which last month set the Guinness World Record for the most copies in print of a comic by a single author.

News: Vertical Inc. has acquired the Attack on Titan spinoff novel Attack on Titan: Lost Girls and a new cat manga, FukuFuku: Kitten Tales (Fuku Fuku Nya~n Neko da Nyan), by Chi’s Sweet Home creator Konami Kanata.

Reviews: Hillary Brown on Stroppy.  Michael Buntag on Noah. Rob Clough on The Late Child And Other Animals.  Johanna Draper Carlson on So Cute It Hurts Vol. 1.  Greg Hunter on Pope Hats #4.  John Kane on a bunch of different comics.  J. Caleb Mozzocco on The Brave And The Bold #1-6. Alex Schubert on Blobby Boys 2.  Matt Seneca on Crickets #4

Reviews: Frank Miller’s All Star Batman & Robin Is So Bad, It's Actually Awesome

6 Terminator Comic Book Stories That Would Make Amazing Sequels

The 7 Types of Comic Book Panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 (and Which Ones to See)

Beth N. Gray pays a visit to Colossal Comics in Spring Hill, Florida, where manager Andrew Heeley talks about trends in the industry and the customers hang out playing games.

Kevin Feige Addresses When We’ll See an LGBTQ Character in the Marvel Universe

Today's Inspiration has begun publishing again after a lengthy hiatus.

Which Black Panther Will We Get in Captain America, Anyway?

Wonder Woman: Relevant or Ridiculous?

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