Dark Horse harbored dark secret: harassment

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Ron Perlman stars as Hellboy. Photo credit: Columbia TriStar Films Dark Horse Comics, the group behind such wonderful series as Hellboy, the Mass Effect comics, etc, etc, may unfortunately have harbored a dark secret for years: a physically abusive editor-in-chief. According to a report in comics [...]

The Fire’s SDXC slot may be its most compelling feature

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch opens its review of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 by admitting that it’s silly to make such a big deal out of removable memory, but it actually is one of the most compelling features of Amazon’s new Fire tablet line—it can support up to a 128 GB SDXC memory card. (Update, Oct. 2, 2015: [...]

Someone is right on the Internet: xkcd turns 10 years old

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

As Engadget pointed out, yesterday Randall Monroe’s Hugo-award-winning stick-figures-and-science webcomic xkcd turned ten years old. A mainstay of geeky humor, to the point where visiting an explanation wiki is sometimes necessary for laypeople to get the jokes, xkcd has provided fodder for a [...]

Storybundle, Humble Bundle offer diverse pay-what-you-want e-book collections

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

Storybundle is back with an interesting set of bundles. The main one that caught my notice was the “Women in Sci-Fi” bundle, which I saw mentioned on Mike Glyer’s “File 770” blog. Curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and featuring a number of her works, this collection features a remarkable [...]

Japanese citizens buy the most e-books per capita

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

Update: Nate’s questioning BI’s numbers. He could be right. A recent piece in Business Insider reports that Japanese consumers are crazy about their e-books. On average, they spend nearly twice as much on e-books per capita as the average US user ($86.50 vs $46). Indeed, the US is only [...]

Another VAT MOSS casualty: Schlock Mercenary PDFs

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2015 // 3 Comments

At Gen Con this evening, I got to spectate as Schlock Mercenary webcomic artist Howard Tayler and several other players took part in a playtest/demonstration session of the upcoming Planet Mercenary RPG. This RPG, financed by Kickstarter, lets players run a band of mercenaries adventuring in the [...]

Berkeley Breathed returns to Bloom County

By Chris Meadows
July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s another old media legend making a timely splash in new media. Berkeley Breathed, creator of Bloom County, has been drawn back into the satirical fray. Apparently the sublime silliness of Donald Trump was simply too much for him to be able to resist, and four new Bloom County strips so far [...]

Mobile technology foments leaks at Comic Con

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Ah, mobile technology. It’s giving people the power to e-read and consume other media pretty much anywhere—but it’s also giving them the power to record media pretty much anywhere, which is a problem for studios who want to control the distribution of stuff that’s just supposed to be shown [...]

Paper company creates 8-foot sheet of paper ‘superhero’ for Comic Con

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

San Diego Comic Con was this past weekend—a huge media convention that started out as being about comics but has since transitioned into being about TV shows and movies based on, that have some tenuous relationship to, or may even have nothing whatsoever to do with comics at all. However, as [...]

Interview with Swedish comic artist Peter Bergting

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

While in Sweden, I got in touch with local comic artist Peter Bergting. As per his official bio, Peter Bergting “has written four young adult novels in Swedish for a major publisher (Bokförlaget Semic), three American English, graphic novels (for Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics) as well [...]

Clive Barker needs comic artists: Stop. Read. Repeat.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yes, Clive Barker needs comic artists. The Clive Barker. Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Candyman, Tortured Souls Clive Barker. The Prince of Horror (though not the King). That Clive Barker. And he is advertising, right now, for comic book artists, right out there in the open on Facebook. Shared from Clive [...]

Grant Snider’s latest lovely tribute to reading

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

  The reading-friendly work of comic artist Grant Snider has appeared before multiple times in Teleread, but no apology for linking to the latest reading advocacy strip on his website, “A Reader’s Manifesto.” And you can see from the content just how in favor of reading he [...]

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