Birdcage Bottom benefit backs ACLU

Publisher/distributor J.T. Yost shares more on his current fundraiser.

Birdcage Bottom Books, which publishes minicomics and distributes for other small presses and individuals, is running a fundraiser through the month of February: 50% of the sales of selected comics will go to the ACLU. This is a great opportunity to pick up minicomics by rising and accomplished creators such as Glynis Fawkes, Whit Taylor, Hazel Newlevant, Kevin Budnik, and Jonathan Baylis, and help a great cause at the same time.

I checked in with J.T. Yost, who runs Birdcage Bottom and publishes his own comics there, to find out more about the fundraiser—and ask for some personal recommendations!

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Paul Pope helps Nike land a new pair of Air Force 1’s

Nike is whipping up a new pair of Air Force 1 sneakers in their lab, and to help promote them they brought in artist Paul Pope.

Pope created a short comic strip featuring the new shoes in action against the backdrop of a futuristic game of basketball. Visit the Nike site to check it out.

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‘Love is Love,’ ‘Lumberjanes,’ ‘Black Panther’ among 2017 GLAAD Award nominees

DC Comics, IDW, Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Image and Black Mask Studios all represented as comics category expands to 10 nominations.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD, have announced the nominees for their annual Media Awards, which recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives.

DC Comics and Marvel Comics both received three nominations apiece (Dc shares one of theirs with IDW, as the co-published the Love is Love anthology), while BOOM! Studios received two — which include last year’s winner, Lumberjanes.

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Hobos punch toward paradise in Starks’ ‘Rock Candy Mountain’

New image series from Kyle Starks to feature hobos, magic, punching and the Literal Devil.

Kyle Starks, creator of the high-octane books Sexcastle, The Legend of Ricky Thunder and Kill Them All, has a new book coming from Image Comics in April — Rock Candy Mountain. Image describes it as an action comedy, filled with “epic stakes, magic, friendships, trains, punching, kicking, joking, a ton of hobo nonsense, and the Literal Devil. Yeah. The Literal Devil.”

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Reading for Resistance: “Rolling Blackouts”

Brigid Alverson kicks off a new column highlighting comics that explore issues in the news, starting with an interview with Sarah Glidden.

Reading for Resistance is a new column highlighting comics and graphic novels that shed light on issues in the news.

On Saturday, everyone was talking about refugees. Six years ago, Sarah Glidden made a journey through parts of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria with a group of independent journalists who were focusing on refugees and their situation throughout the region; they were accompanied by a veteran of the Iraq War who was recording his own reflections. Last September, Drawn and Quarterly published Glidden’s graphic memoir of that trip, Rolling Blackouts.

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Oni to publish Joey Weiser’s ‘Ghost Hog’

Here’s some very welcome publishing news: Mermin creator Joey Weiser will soon be working on his next project, Ghost Hog, which Publisher’s Weekly reveals will come out from Oni Press in 2018.

The story stars Truff, a young boar killed by a hunter, as she navigates the afterlife and tries to let go of her desire for revenge. “She’s a bit of a grump, but you would be too given the circumstances,” Weiser said on Tumblr. “Ghost Hog, naturally, is a little darker in concept than my past work, but will still have a similar tone to Mermin, The Ride Home, etc.”

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Geek out about Ghost Rider with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Gabriel Luna

Gabriel Luna (Credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC)
Gabriel Luna (Credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC)
If you are in Austin, Texas, then this could be your lucky day! To celebrate the release of Ghost Rider #1, then you have a chance to “geek out about NEW GHOST RIDER COMICS!” with the Gabriel Luna, the actor bringing Ghost Rider to life.

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Corey Lewis’ ‘Sun Bakery’ anthology moves to Image Comics

Image Comics will re-release the previous four issues beginning in February.

Following a four-issue run from Press Gang and Floating World Comics that concludes next month, Corey Lewis’ Sun Bakery anthology will move to Image Comics in 2017.

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Holiday shopping deals from comiXology, Fantagraphics, more

It’s Black Friday, the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season (Unless you’re my sister-in-law, and you started in July). But anyway, yes, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday season mean that lots of things are on sale. Here’s a rundown of some comic-related things to check out.

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