Behind the Curtain: SDCC 2014

San Diego Comic-Con is a special time for comic and pop culture fans across the board. It’s our mecca, our Superbowl. All the biggest announcements usually come out, and it’s one of the largest gatherings of “our people” for the year. For a comic news site, it’s just as big, but for much different reasons. Given that San Diego Comic-Con just wrapped (well, over a week ago now), I thought it would be apropos to do a special installment of the column specifically on the work that goes on behind…

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Zone 4 #259: Starlight, The Veil & More

Zone 4 returns to Comic Frontline as the guys discuss Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Eric Stephenson’s controversial speech, headlines, Starlight #1, The Veil #1, and more. Find the full show notes here: http://comicrelated.com/news/24538/zo… zone4 @ comicrelated.com (no spaces) http://www.zone4podcast.com http://www.youtube.com/user/zone4podcast http://www.youtube.com/user/comicfron… Some past episodes can be found at: http://www.darkavengerinc.com Comics Podcast Network http://www.comicspodcasts.com Comic Related Podcasting Network http://www.comicrelated.com/podcasts.php The Bands of Zone 4: http://www.youtube.com/user/societysp… http://www.youtube.com/user/raywallband

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Behind the Curtain: Keeping Up with the Parkers

Like in any form of journalism – and yes, I realize “journalism” in comics reporting is a misnomer – one of the key aspects of success is keeping up with the latest news. Be it newly announced titles, new creative teams, the next big event or exclusive contract, or what have you. These are the types of things that catch readers’ interest, and staying on top of every move made is a monumental task, especially with a staff of three! When I worked for SBC, I was practically a one-man-band,…

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Zone 4 #258: Pork-Chops, Heroes & Skype Hates Us

Zone 4 returns to Comic Frontline as the guys discuss con etiquette, which turns into more of a list of don’ts. But before they get to that, there’s an update on Denver Comic Con, Heroes returning, Rocket Raccoon’s comic series, Big Trouble in Little China, Constantine, Star Wars, True Detective, Farscape, and much, much more! Find the full show notes here: http://www.zone4podcast.com/zone-4-258-pork-chops-heroes-skype-hates-us/ zone4 @ comicrelated.com (no spaces) http://www.zone4podcast.com http://www.youtube.com/user/zone4podcast http://www.youtube.com/user/comicfrontline Some past episodes can be found at: http://www.darkavengerinc.com Comics Podcast Network http://www.comicspodcasts.com Comic Related Podcasting Network http://www.comicrelated.com/podcasts.php The Bands of…

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Behind the Curtain: What it Takes

Before I even get started, allow me to apologize for the absence of this column for the past couple of weeks. I have been very busy with Comic Frontline’s official YouTube channel launch, CR, work and personal stuff, and I had about three weeks of ongoing colds and the like. So I’m sorry I did not have a column entry for you all. With that said, where were we? Ah, yes… 2009 was a banner year for Comic Related. As I said last time, we exploded! We had relaunched the…

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DC Comics Solicitations for April 2014

Comic Related has DC’s April 2014 solicits, click the title of the post to check them out! Several cancellations and a few new series beginning… http://comicrelated.com/news/23979/dc-for-april Nightwing, Superman Unchained, Teen Titans, Stormwatch, Justice League of America, and Suicide Squad all get the ax. Batman Eternal, Justice League United and Sinestro all begin. April is going to be an interesting month!

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Behind the Curtain: Comic Related Ignites

In 2008, I met a bunch of people and hit the convention circuit for the first time. I mentioned last time that my first ever convention was Wizard World Chicago of that year. The very second was Mid-Ohio-Con later that year, which is now also a Wizard show. At the 2008 show, Scott DM Simmons and I got tables for Wannabez, my comic. It was at that show I first met both John Wilson and Bill Gladman if I’m not mistaken. Mid-Ohio-Con took place in October that year, the first…

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IDW Solicitations for April 2014

Check out IDW’s solicitations for April 2014 over on Comic Related by clicking the title of this post. See the latest on titles like Star Mage, 24, Transformers (Megatron an Autobot?!), Red Star, Dexter’s Laboratory and much more! New series launching include V-Wars, Star Mage, a new Danger Girl miniseries, some of those mentioned above, and more! http://www.comicrelated.com/news/23951/idw-for-april

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Marvel Solicitations for April 2014

Comic Related has Marvel’s solicitations for products shipping in April 2014. Check out the end of Superior Spider-Man and the beginning of Amazing Spider-Man, Nightcrawler’s return, the All-New Ultimate Universe, Deadpool’s wedding, and so much more!  Click the title of this post to go to the solicits… …or go here: http://www.comicrelated.com/news/23920/marvel-for-april If it’s Comic Related, You’ll Find it There… And we’ll always be on the Frontline reporting!

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Ultimate Marvel NOW! (Ultimate Universe Relaunched)

Announced today, the Ultimate Universe is being reborn once more this April, with three new titles spinning out of the chaos that ensues in Cataclysm. You can read the full story on Comic Related by clicking the title of this post… …or by clicking here: http://comicrelated.com/news/23847/ultimate-marvel-now “Once again, we’re destroying something and building something new, but there’s an end game in sight,” he said of the move, noting that Marvel’s so-called Ultimate universe has always been noted by readers, writers and artists and editors for its “elasticity” and experimentation.” “We created…

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Iron Fist: The Living Weapon (New Series)

The Living Weapon is back as Iron Fist gets his own series in April 2014. Check out a first look preview on Comic Related before it even hits the site by clicking the title of this post… …or by clicking here: http://www.comicrelated.com/news/23827/new-iron-fist-series This spring, the fiery fist of vengeance strikes once again! Masterfully orchestrated by writer/artist, Kaare Andrews, Danny Rand once again channels the power of the ancient dragon, Shou-Lao, to become Iron Fist in an all-new series. Kaare explains, “I have two intentions with this project. The first is…

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Behind the Curtain: Haven & Comic Related

It was 2008, and I had just lost a potential job and a dream. Not the first for either occurrences, but to have it all happen at once, and in the way it did, really took its toll on me. I didn’t know what to do or where to go. I had some lettering work, but not enough to sustain myself. And, at the time, I was helping support my mom and brother. Mom had had knee surgery recently, and my brother was still in school. I began contacting other…

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Fixing the Black Character Death Problem

One of those bad TV tropes we’ve seen over and over again is the black guy being the first to die. We’ve seen this same trope ridiculed and played with in films, with a black character actually referencing that fact in a film. And it’s still prevalent. Just look at AMC’s The Walking Dead! Don’t quote me, but it’s possible there have been more black male deaths on that show than zombies! There are websites dedicated to this TV trope even. There’s even a Tumblr page dedicated to it, an…

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Action Lab March 2014 Solicitations

Action Lab has released their solicitations for products shipping in March 2014, and Comic Related has them! Fracture Vol. 2 comes to an end, the bi-monthly series Bo, Plushy Gangsta returns, and Skyward continues to deliver fantasy goodness. (click the title of this post to go to the solicitations.

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