My Home Office & Library

My family moved in April from a large house to a more modest dwelling. At the old place I had a home office and a good sized library; now I had one room to make it all work. This post isn’t “shelf porn” or a tour through my collection: it’s about making your space work...

New Approaches To Convention Sketches

As regular readers know I’m a big fan of convention sketches. I try to pick up a few every convention I attend; check out my Comic Art website for a gallery. The tried and true method of attaining conventions is to get to the artist’s table before they arrive, wait in line, find...

“This pretty picture syndrome is not a good thing.”

Last week 20th Century Danny Boy posted a 1975 interview from Graphex fanzine with Jim Steranko. It’s a great read to get a glimpse into Steranko’s purview of comics; this quote nailed it. Drawing well is requirement in being a comic artist.  But, it’s not the drawing, look;...

Are there “rational” comic readers?

After reading two great columns this week about reading comics, a great When Worlds Collide and our own Across The Pond, it struck me that those who visit comic sites like ours aren’t “rational” comic readers but comic collectors. Give a read to the two links above and then...

Are comics “steeped in years of arcane mythology”?

A book review by Tim Marchman for the Wall Street Journal that barely mentions the book has attracted a lot of attention from the comic internet, leading with the following. If no cultural barrier prevents a public that clearly loves its superheroes from picking up a new...

No Credit For Choi On Green Lantern Vol 1

I picked up Green Lantern Vol 1: Sinestro HC last week as I’m a Doug Mahnke fan and wanted to see what the New DC 52 had in store. Looks like a straight continuation of the story, including references to plot points that you wouldn’t get if you didn’t read the previous...

Summer Drought

The summer is almost upon us and as such seems to mark a dramatic slowdown in my comic buying. I’m not quite sure why but every summer material I’m interested in dries up and my ordering list gets smaller and smaller. In the old days it was believed summer output from Marvel and...

FCBD, TCAF & The Avengers

Last weekend I had the opportunity to spend the day at a Free Comic Book Day event, hang out at TCAF and see The Avengers in IMAX 3D. Yes, it was a full weekend.

Creator Rights & The Average Reader

There has been a lot of press coverage about creator rights in the light of DC’s upcoming Before Watchmen and the new Avengers movie. Important topics, but to what extent should it affect the average reader? I’m offering three articles that capture the furor of the topics and...

Comic Collecting And Real Life

My family is moving next week so I’ve been packing up my comics “stuff” since I don’t let the kids touch it and my wife steers clear of my hobby. Box after box of hardcovers and trade paperbacks were carefully packed away and set aside for the movers. If was great to...

Comics: Review or Critique

Quite a few months ago I talked about changing my style of comic review here at Comic Book Daily. I wanted to pair down what was being presented: less about outlining the story or talking about the artwork. Since then I’ve had a good run of reviews and have honed my perspective but I...

Exploring & Secret Shopping New Comic Shops

Over March break my family was traveling in Ontario and I had an afternoon available to check out four local comic shops. I did an internet search for comic shops and came up with the four locations quickly; putting them on a map I decided my best route and put the four addresses in the GPS....

My Moebius Moment

It was around 1989 that my local comic shop Silver Snail brought Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, on a tour of their stores. Silver Snail in those days had a mini comic empire going on Ontario and it was truly a golden time of creator store signings. Unfortunately I was seventeen and had no idea how...

The New DC and Shazam: Way Too Serious

DC is just past six months into its relaunch (don’t call it a comeback; I’ve been here for years) and we’ve been shown the new Shazam. That’s right, he’s not called Captain Marvel on covers anymore since DC lost that to Marvel comics more than thirty years ago,...

Taking Web Comics Offline

I enjoy a lot of web comics but find since buying an iPad I like to read them there in my hand as opposed to my computer monitor. That works out when I have wireless internet access handy but when without I don’t get to read them. Since I’m a bit of a technical sort I came up with...

Is It Over For Con Sketches?

Original art is near and dear to my heart; I’ve been an active collector for a few years and really enjoy getting a completely unique piece of comic art when attending a comic convention. I diligently check the list of attending guests and then decide who I’m going to try and get...

IDW Artist’s Editions Cost Retailers More

As most of you are aware comic shops get their comics from Diamond, the main (sole) distributor for most comics. Retailers receive a discount on their book; for most it’s 50-56% off cover price. With that profit they pay for the store, staff, expenses and some even offer a discount to...

Diamond Previews: Fail!

Diamond Previews is a staple of the local comic shop; it lists upcoming items for sale, two months in advance. Images of the covers, creative team and a brief summary of the item, usually a paragraph, are standard fare. These solicitations are provided by the publishers and Diamond puts them...

Before Watchmen

We’ve had our fair share of speculation regarding a Watchmen prequel, but now we know for sure. DC is on a roll and they want to keep the momentum building. How better to do that then resurrect one of their best selling properties.

Store Closings & Our Part

A lot of news has been made over the closing of Dragon Lady Comics, a Toronto comic shop that’s been around for a long time, first on Queen Street and then on College Street since 1996. A good amount of the coverage comes from Toronto media outlets, bemoaning the closing of a legend in...