The Small Press Expo has announced the 2016 nominations for the Ignatz, the annual awards for independent comics. Indie Comics mainstays like Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine are represented, alongside newer stars like Carolyn Nowak and Tillie Walden.
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Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse's Resident Alien has been going strong at Dark Horse for the past few years, and it's back next month in a new miniseries titled Resident Alien: The Man With No Name, which sees the government getting closer to catching the stranded alien trying to make the best life he can in the circumstances.
Dark Horse has provided a preview of the first issue ahead of its release in September.
It seems like whenever we start to become desensitized to the mix-and-match mash-up nature of popular culture, something new comes along to shock us out of our doldrums. Whether it's Phineas And Ferb crossing over with Star Wars, Hello Kitty teaming with KISS, Archie's hometown of Riverdale getting devoured by zombies, or Minions advertising in the produce aisle of your local supermarket, mainstream society has adopted a comic-con mentality where all things coexist and cross-promote at all times, whether or not the combinations make any logical sense.
But even so, I don't think any of us foresaw a world where the stars of Toy Story would be reimagined as giant mecha-warriors, joining together to save earth from the kaiju threat of a mutated Trixie The Triceratops.
Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker's Invincible has been going strong for over thirteen years with relatively little disruption and almost no major creative team changes, a rarity in modern comics. However, today in a blog post Kirkman announced that Invincible will in fact be ending, and the creative team is set to bring the series to a close next year with Invincible #144.
Earlier this week we wrote about Funko's upcoming, much-awaited Batgirl of Burnside Pop vinyl figure, but it turns out that was just an opening salvo for today's announcement. Alongside the Batgirl vinyl, DC has announced the first wave of Legends of Tomorrow vinyls featuring heroes from the hit CW series.
The past few years have seen both Marvel and DC paying far more attention to female audiences, and making an explicit and concerted effort to appeal to different demographics with titles such as Batgirl, Ms. Marvel and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
In a new interview with Marvel's senior vice president of print, sales and marketing, David Gabriel, the executive talked about the company's shift towards women readers, as well as the importance of original graphic novels and Deadpool, as contributing factors towards Marvel's success.
The dream of a live-action Pokémon movie has been alive for the past twenty years of the franchise's existence, with fans around the world imagining the day they'll see an approximation of a real Charizard or Mewtwo on the screen.
Talks have been ramping up about that possibility becoming an actual reality as of late, and it seems our dreams may come true with the news that Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel screenwriter Nicole Perlman may be working with Gravity Falls' Alex Hirsch on the upcoming adaptation.
Otto Messmer will be forever associated with one character, and it's a character he didn't even get credit for creating until years after the fact.
Messmer was born in Union City, New Jersey (then called West Hoboken) on August 16, 1892. As a student at the Thomas School of Art in New York City from 1911–1913, he provided illustrations for fashion catalogs as part of a work-study program with the Acme Agency. But what he really wanted to do was get into the relatively new artform of animation. He was fascinated by early cartoons like Winsor McCay's How a Mosquito Operates, and was already drawing his own comics for local papers by the age of 20.
Funko is pretty much the ruler of the vinyl collectible game at this point, with lines such as Mystery Minis, Dorbz, and of course the ever-present and rapidly expanding line of Funko Pops that everyone has at least two of. The blind bag formula of the Mystery Minis seems to be working a treat as Funko is going even smaller with the announcement of a new line of 1.5" collectibles dubbed Pint Sized Heroes.
The new line takes what everyone loves about Pops and Dorbz and combines them, while featuring the blind bag aspect of Mystery Minis to create something totally new and even cuter.
Titan Comics is constantly curating its publishing line-up to truly provide comics for every kind of reader, whether it's fans of crime, horror, video games or even experimental European graphic novels. Next year, Titan will release an English language edition of Junko Mizuno's critically acclaimed Ravina The Witch?