By the end of 2014, it might be tough to name a comics publisher that hasn't offered up a Humble Bundle deal.
Oni Press is the latest publisher to join the ranks of the Humble Bundle crowd (others include Top Shelf, Valiant Comics, and Boom Studios), though it's put a bit of a spin on its offering of 24 titles and more than 2,500 pages of comics. Buyers can choose to donate the proceeds from their purchase to the charity Direct Relief, an organization helping to treat and contain the Ebola outbreak in Africa, among other humanitarian causes.
Kansas City's Planet Comicon has steadily grown into what may be the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the Midwest. After spending several years in the Overland Park Convention Center, a mid-sized facility in a suburb of Kansas City, last year Planet Comicon moved to Bartle Hall, a much bigger facility in the heart of downtown. This year, the convention doubled in floorspace, drew cosplayers likes flies to vinegar, and brought in a litany of television and pop culture stars, including legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, pretty much the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the puffy one himself, Sir William Freaking Shatner.
But this site is called ComicsAlliance, and what we really care about are the comics and the creators who make them. Click onwards for a sometimes-blurry Blackberry camera gallery of guests, friends, and artist alley residents of one of the fastest-growing cons in the country.
Hosted annually in Portland, Oregon, the Stumptown Comics Fest is one of the west coast's top conventions focused squarely on cartoonists and their work. This year's lineup of special guests includes a wide range of creators from the independent scene and beyond, including Stan Sakai, Michael Allred, Nate Powell, Peter Bagge, Jeff Lemire and Farel Dalrymple, along with publishers like Dark Horse Comics, Fantagraphics Books, Oni Press and Top Shelf Productions...
One of the highlights of Portland's Stumptown Comics Festival each year is the Trophy Award and Art Battle that takes place on Saturday night at Cosmic Monkey Comics, where the winners of the festival awards are announced and Portland-based creators engage in a live art battle...
Greg Rucka is no stranger to detective stories. He launched his writing career not in comics but in novels with the "Atticus Kodiak" private investigator series, and is currently in the middle of a critically-acclaimed run on "Detective Comics" as a solo book for Batwoman, with a backup feature for Renee Montoya -- a character he made a star in the police procedural "Gotham Central...
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