[Kickstarter Ahoy!] Then It Was Dark, Rock Paper Books, Oh Hell, & Feral NYC

ThenItWasDark

[Ends: Sun, May 25]

We’ve gotten some great comic-book anthologies thanks to Kickstarter – Womanthology, Smut Peddler, The Sleep of Reason, Cautionary Fables & Fairy-tales, Playlist, and In The Dark, to name a few great ones. What is amazing is how these have thrived. Spike Trotman with Smut Peddler, then The Sleep of Reason, and now the second Smut Peddler volume, has built a very sustainable publishing model, plus a great way to expose audiences to a varied and talented group of creators. Similarly, Kel McDonald has successfully funded a second Cautionary Fables & Fairy-tales volume.

These are all quality endeavors that are truly exciting, and a great way of discovering new creators, or simply a way to see the creators you love riff on a common theme. Either way, it’s amazing how such talent comes together again and again to produce these volumes. So imagine my excitement when I saw the latest such anthology hit Kickstarter – Then It Was Dark, which is being put together by Sarah Benkin. Read More

C2E2 2012 Journal: My First Con

Earlier this year I decided to apply for a press pass to C2E2. I didn’t expect to get one, after all back then my blog had only been up for a little while. To my surprise, I was approved, and so five days ago I flew to Chicago for my first Con ever. That’s right, I’ve never been to one before, but fortunately all of that changed this year. Whatever concerns I had were quickly washed away and in short it was amazing. I’ve come back with much reading material, which I will be writing about in the days to come, many pictures, which will likewise be posted in short order, and many other impressions and opinions. For instance, who knew Archaia Entertainment was so awesome? I didn’t, but in my mind they were the clear winner of the Con. Yep, take that DC and Marvel, more on that after the jump. Read More

The Fantastic Art of Renae De Liz

Odds are you’ve heard of Renae De Liz because of Womanthology, of which she is the Project Manager, and to which she is also contributing a story. Recently, she illustrated IDW’s graphic novel adaptation of The Last Unicorn, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog #198 and the Rogue Angel 5-issue mini-series.

Unfortunately, I have not become familiar with her artwork until recently. Sure, I picked up her name in conjunction with Womanthology, but her artistic endeavors remained a mystery to me. I’m sure there’s a meaningful comment to be made here about the necessity of an anthology of all women creators, but I digress.

Suffice to say, that I have recently made the trip to her website, blog, and deviantART profile, and have come bearing awesome art. Take a look below at some of my favorites, and make sure to visit the source for more good stuff. Read More

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