Revealed for the First Time: The Early Shuster and...
dcwomenkickingass: Do I have a treat for you today. As you know, this year is the 75th anniversary of Superman and Lois Lane. In April I ran a series of posts from some of the creators who wrote Lois to celebrate the character. Brad Ricca is a well known authority on the history of the creation of Superman and Lois and we discussed his doing a guest post for the series. The result is this post...
The Bird and The Bat: Gutters on Female Comic... →
dcwomenkickingass: I woke up this morning to find many messages from readers telling me to check out the Gutters. Today’s comic, written by the always amazing Jill Pantozzi with art by Amy Mebberson, addresses an issue pretty near to my heart. And, of course, the comments have the usual…
Insufferable V2 is here!
How cool is this? Thrillbent is now allowing their new comics to be embedded in other sites! Take a look at my own favorite — Insufferable!
Why Digital Comics Sales are Irrelevant to Piracy
At comicbastards.com today, Dustin Cabeal posted an opinion piece titled “How Digital Comics Have Made It Easier For the Pirating of Comics”. Dustin has “discovered” that large format comics reading devices (best example, the iPad, though it works with in-browser readers as well) allow the user to capture a full page at a time as a screen capture. He believes that this...
DC Women Kicking Ass: Why Batman 66 is So Smart... →
Needless to say, I couldn’t agree more. I’m ready to buy a Justice League Unlimited title along with the three Beyond titles. dcwomenkickingass: I stopped by one of my LCS yesterday and the owner was absolutely giddy about the announcement that DC Comics will be doing a digital first comic based on the 1960’s Batman show. He knows it will ultimately bring people who remember the...
The Limits of Marvel Unlimited
When Marvel tied the established Marvel Unlimited subscription service to a new iOS reader app this week, I decided I had to take a serious look at it for the first time. (In the process, they changed the name from the much more unwieldy “Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited”, which eliminates the confusing and unfortunate acronym “Marvel DCU”.) My reason for not doing so in...
The Good, The Bad & the Conflicted: Thoughts on...
THE GOOD: DC Comics has been taking a good, long look at the success of the Legends of the Dark Knight digital-first series. This out-of-continuity title has been a place where a variety of writers and artists can tell great Batman stories in a non-series format. Stories and creative teams run for one to three issues, as needed to tell the story. The result has been some wonderful Batman tales,...
A Joke too Far with the DCAU Justice League
Sometimes, I get an idea in my head and I can’t let it go until I beat it to death with a stick. You’ve been warned… Brian Cronin’s The Line is is Drawn #124 at CBR’s Comics Should Be Good (Twitter: @csbg) suggested a really interesting topic this week: Pick a comic character (or two) and have them replace a member(s) of a famous band. Spider-Man as the lead...
APE IN A CAPE: I Am So Fricking Fortunate It's... →
gailsimone: Seriously. Okay, well, if you read the news on Bleeding Cool, I unfortunately have the sad duty to confirm that it’s true. As of Wednesday of last week, I was informed by an email from my new editor that I am no longer the writer of Batgirl. I cannot express my disappointment at this. I think…
Next: Digital Subscriptions
My humble thanks to James Bott (@honestcreative) and the ever-inspirational Andy Ihnatko (@ihnatko) for the Twitter exchange that prompted me to write this post. The conversations of true fans, when shared to the community, moves all of us to further thought. I hope this essay can move you in a similar fashion. - Guy (Couchguy) McLimore The digital comics experience continues to get better and...
Kick Ass Tournament Semi-Finalists: The Case for...
dcwomenkickingass: Later this week, the four semi-finalist in the 2012 Kick Ass DC Woman tournament will fight for a place in the finals. I’ve asked some readers to write essays on why each entrant - Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, Dinah Lance and Wonder Woman should have your vote. Yesterday I ran essays on Stephanie Brown and Wonder Woman. Today we’ve had Dinah Lance and now Barbara Gordon....
Green Lantern: The Animated Series: There is a way... →
scarletscapegrace: But it is bit tricky. You start by signing onto the iTunes store to get to the “TV Shows: Animation” subpage. There, you will see the “Green Lantern: Steam Lantern” icon on the front under the “Latest TV Episodes” slider. Now here is the key part: DO NOT click on the…
Where is DC Nation?
Apparently the entire block of DC Nation programming has been withdrawn from Cartoon Network for at least this weekend and next. This must have been a last minute decision at CN, as all cable guides and listings ( with the exception of CN’s own web-based schedule) continued to list new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice right up until air time. Instead, two...
WeDiCoLu Review: Highlights 10/3/2012
WeDiCoLu stands for Wednesday Digital Comics Lunch, my weekly ritual of taking an hour away from everything else and having a good time absorbing the new releases for the week. This time, I’m going to share my reactions to some of what I read today, hitting what I found to be the highlights (and, occasionally, disappointments) in my stack. Be aware, spoilers do lie ahead! Before Watchmen:...
The Best DC Universe Ever - Part 3
Miss parts 1 and 2? Check them out here: The Best DC Universe Ever - Part 1: The New 52 The Best DC Universe Ever - Part 2: The DCAU The first segment examines the DC Comics New 52, one year after it came to replace DC’s decades-long core continuity. While successful in increasing sales and bringing DC Comics to more people via their simultaneous digital comics initiative, The New 52...
The Best DC Universe Ever -- Part 2
Did you miss the first segment of this series? Find it here… The Best DC Universe Ever - Part 1: The New 52 In my first segment, I described how the DC Comics New 52 failed to accomplish one of the main goals that was specified for it — to unify, strengthen, and simplify the core DC Universe and broaden its appeal among those not already reading DC comics. The line made a great start...
The Best DC Universe Ever -- Part 1
The best of the DC Universe — the very heart and soul of it — lives on and is better than ever. But not necessarily where you’d expect it. Here’s the beginning of a three-part series examining this idea. Part 1: The New 52 Why the New 52? “(T)he new #1s will introduce readers to a more modern, diverse DC Universe, with some character variations in appearance, origin and age. All...
Help Molly Danger save the world!
If you haven’t heard about Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger, hurry! She’s a ten-year-old super heroine who is just what we’ve been waiting for — a comic character that might just bring more young female readers to comics! There are only a few days left to support Jamal’s Kickstarter effort to get Molly’s story told, so get moving! I really want to read this...
APE IN A CAPE: I Don't Know What To Say →
gailsimone: I am a writer, even at the worst of times I am rarely at a loss for words. In this case, I am afraid words fail me entirely. I just received a note that verified a fear that had been lingering in the back of my mind since the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado. Not that long ago, I went to the…
DC Women Kicking Ass: A little Amy Reeder to start... →
dcwomenkickingass: Amy Reeder, one of my favorite creators, has posted a few con sketches on her Facebook and I’ve included them below. Reeder, who left Batwoman earlier this year, is working on two projects that are expected to be announced soon. She posted a bit of artwork from story she is doing for… Some amazing work here by Amy Reeder! The panel at the top of the post is full of...
Kick Ass Costumes for American Girl Dolls
couchguy: dcwomenkickingass: If you’ve got an American Girl Doll (We’ve got like 5 here thanks to way too generous grandparents) or want to make Molly, Addie and Ivy a little bit more awesome, then I’ve found the perfect thing on Etsy; Wonder Woman Batgirl and Supergirl costumes. I’m ordering that Batgirl costume. Superheroine costumes for the American Girl dolls! Barbara fell in...
DC Women Kicking Ass: DC Conducts a Second Nielsen... →
dcwomenkickingass: As they promised DC Comics is once again having Nielsen survey readers about the new 52. If you remember the first survey showed the DC failed at its stated goal at bringing in new readers with the survey showing just 5% of the reboot readers were new readers. In fact the survey basically showed…
DC needs the Digital Children
As a long-time fan, I’ve found a lot to be pleased about in the DC New 52 and same-day digital restructuring. The one place I do think the effort has been less than successful is in bringing all-new readers – especially young ones – into comics buying. The younger media fan should have been a target audience, because they are already tuned in to the digital way of buying media. With music, with...
My 1000th Digital Comic
I’ve been absent from this Tumblr blog for about 6 months. These days, I do most of my digital interaction via Twitter, where I can be found as @couchguy — and where you likely came from if you are reading this. Still, I felt the need to commemorate a certain personal milestone in a bit longer format, so I’m back, and I will try to post here more often. A lot has changed in the...
Bleeding Cool: Archie Comics To Relaunch Superhero... →
This looks like it could be a worthy experiment. I was a fan of the classic Archie superhero characters like The Fly, The Jaguar and The Shield, and none of the revivals so far have done then justice. (I was very disappointed in the most recent short-lived DC revival.) We’ll see how this goes.
Conversations about race in the DC new 52 - Equal... →
Image Comics Goes Same-Day-As-Print with... →
Image, the first major company to do a same-day digital release with The Walking Dead, goes same-day on all their major titles. Outstanding!
Newsarama.com : DC Digital Graphic Novels Coming... →
This is interesting… Does this mean that Amazon won’t be upgrading the Kindle app on other platforms for color content? If so, I’m disappointed in Amazon! I’m not going to buy a Kindle Fire just to read graphic novels on a 7” screen. But I might buy them to read in my Kindle app on my iPad — if they are available. The entry for Watchmen (now available for...
Shortpacked offers a remedial math lesson to DC →
Best comment yet on the “reboot” of Starfire in Red Hood and the Outlaws. DC take heed!
Op Ed: Digital Comics Must Be Released At... →
Though the headline and some of the language may be a bit… too unequivocal… I admit I am swayed by Alex Zaiben’s argument for release of digital comics at 12:01 am EST on Wednesday is today’s MTV Geek op-ed. I have been seeing how much comic traffic is being driven to stores by the Twitter and Facebook buzz on Wednesday mornings and it is providing a considerable amount of...
Kyrax2, the famous SDCC Batgirl, has an even more outrageous DC Comics digital pricing proposal than mine below. Brave and bold, indeed! (And so, so smart…)
DC: Get serious about digital comics pricing!
“What is wrong with this freaking picture?” This is the official DC Comics subscription service, offering one-year subscriptions to the print editions of the DC new 52 titles. Note that the prices of subscriptions are from 30 to 35 percent off cover price. OK, let me get this straight: DC will print and mail a year’s worth of titles to me as they come out, and give them to me...
Now that publishers get it, comics and the iPad... →