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Two disparate articles from OZY and The Simple Dollar have recently put me to task on my hobby of choice, reading. First, here’s a definition of tsundoku. “Tsundoku” (n.) is the…

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No, you haven’t stumbled into a financial website on your way to the latest comic tips and reviews. Unfortunately it’s still about money, and like most discussions involving it, it’s…

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I started following Tonci Zonjic on Twitter because I like his art and he lives in Toronto so I had hoped to hear about any signings or events directly. I was checking my feed just before heading to Toronto when I spotted this: free art hidden at The Beguiling.

Read the PostArt Drop Day, Tonci Zonjic and Lobster Johnson

Earlier this year I discussed the nostalgia that comes from a plain brown paper bag: in that column I mentioned having a stack of promotional shopping bags from my early…

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I don’t believe Fan Expo needs or really wants any press coverage: they have 100,000 or more email addresses of people who attend their show. A built-in captive audience they can sell to whom they know like the product they offer. One free pass means one body in the show who didn’t pay and is taking a spot in a packed convention centre that could have been occupied by a paying customer.

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I recently stumbled my way across an animated Corto Maltese filmed titled  La cour secrète des Arcanes, or The Arcane Secret Court, released 2002. Like almost all Corto Maltese material it’s…

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This is not a column about collecting comics: this is about reading comics. I’ve been an avid comic reader for 34 years now and things have changed in the industry and in my life that affect how I buy comics.

Read the PostAre comics a rich man’s hobby?

ComiXology has had their share of bad press lately, with the Amazon buyout and the shutting down of in-app purchasing. To counter some of those woes with the public they’re running a promotion called Summer Reading, offering one free comic every day until June 14th.

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I received an email from Hobbystar Marketing this week promoting guests of the upcoming Toronto ComiCon, March 7-9 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This used to be a comics only affair every spring, for a while even having free admission. Since the death of Wizard World Toronto Hobbystar has positioned it as a mini Fan Expo, and why not.

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Beginning with the November 2013 issue Marvel Previews will be free for all in its digital form. Since it’s a catalog that only makes sense, but Diamond has been charging all of us for years to see what’s coming out soon by way its Diamond Previews magazine. A few years ago Marvel left Diamond Previews and began publishing its own glossy catalog but continued the practice of charging for it, which will still be the case for the print format.

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