• Mike Dawson, Angie Bongiolatti, and the Shortcomings of Small Press Comics Publishing

    Mike Dawson, Angie Bongiolatti, and the Shortcomings of Small Press Comics Publishing1

    • August 15, 2014

    Earlier this month, Mike Dawson wrote a brutally honest tumblr post about a cartoonist and their failure to find success. The title, “Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience“, might have come across as condescending except that he in fact wrote the post about himself. It is a rough read,

  • Captain America #22: A Retailer’s Perspective

    Captain America #22: A Retailer’s Perspective0

    The last week has seen a lot of mudslinging online involving the ill-received Captain America #22 by Rick Remender and John Romita, Jr. Fans and creators have  been vocal in their opinions, many unbelievably (but not) receiving threats over their positions, and it got ugly very quickly. One voice that has been noticeably quiet throughout?

  • DC Changes Creator Contracts: Better Deal or Better Business?

    DC Changes Creator Contracts: Better Deal or Better Business?0

    This week DC announced significant changes to their creator payments, and more visible a shift for fans, colorist credits will be added to comic book covers. The additional changes to DC’s creator contracts are less discernable as being positive without us being privy to actual sales numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts. Time will tell if this new

  • Cons & Panels: How Fans Drive the Conversation

    Cons & Panels: How Fans Drive the Conversation0

    I attended my first comic book convention ten years ago this summer. I was about to leave home for college and decided that it was time I fully immerse myself in my nerd habits. I made myself a Dark Phoenix costume and never looked back.

  • Noelle Stevenson Signing at Challengers Comics

    Noelle Stevenson Signing at Challengers Comics0

    • April 16, 2014

    Lumberjanes, the highly anticipated new mini series from Boom! Studios, made its debut this past Wednesday. Co-writer Noelle Stevenson stopped by Challengers Comics + Conversation in Chicago, IL for a flannel filled signing. On our way to Challengers for the Noelle Stevenson signing, I began to suspiciously eye each person on the bus wearing flannel.

  • Comic Shops and Safe Spaces: Why Retailers Are The Real Gatekeepers1

    • February 26, 2014

    Noelle Stevenson’s recent comic about her decision to stop shopping at brick and mortar comic stores has garnered many different reactions from fans. Exasperation that these negative experiences still happen, empathy from those with limited retail choices, and of course those eager to point out that their girlfriend / sister / wives had never been treated