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Urban Fantasy Authors Serve Up Justice At The 2012 New York Comic Con

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

A slew of authors made an appearance at this year's New York Comic Con, representing paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, young adult and urban fantasy genres, among many others. Urban fantasy authors gathered during the Thursday panel "Justice is Served" to discuss their otherworldly heroes and heroines that fight crime of the supernatural variety. Authors Amber Benson, Christopher L. Bennett, G.T. Almasi, Jacqueline Carey, Kim Harrison, Myke Cole and Thomas E. Sniegoski made up the panel, which was moderated by fellow author Michael P. Spradlin.


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New York Comic Con 2012: Library As Myth Oracle

BY Elisa Verna, OCTOBER 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

Geek is chic, and over the past decade or so geek culture has been slowly making it's way into the mainstream. Comic book characters are getting their big-screen debuts, academics are taking a serious look at fictional superheroes and heroines and their worlds and a new type of hero is taking the place of the brawny superheroes of the past, creating a "modern mythology" of tech-savvy characters that rely on brains as much as strength.

New Jersey librarians Craig Anderson, Megan Kociolek, Michael Maziekien and Tyler Rousseau made up "Library as Myth Oracle" panel at this year's New York Comic Con and discussed how the intellectual hero is becoming a cornerstone of contemporary geek culture. Part of a series of panels sponsored by the American Library Association, panelists explored how superheroes (and heroines!) and librarians are more closely connected than we may think.

Panelists addressing an audience of fellow librarians, readers and industry professionals


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New York Comic Con 2012: An Overview In Photos

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

It's a bird, it's a plane ... no, it's the seventh annual New York Comic Con! NYCC keeps getting bigger and better every year, and 2012 is no exception. This weekend the Javits Center in Manhattan will be jam-packed with artists, authors, industry professionals, retailers and of course — tons of fans dressed in costume! We love seeing fans cosplay as their favorite characters and pop culture icons almost as much as we love seeing the creators, authors and artists who are responsible for bringing these characters to life. Below are some photos highlighting what we experienced during our first day at this year's NYCC:


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Anne Elizabeth's Fall Comic And Graphic Novel Roundup

BY Anne Elizabeth, OCTOBER 03, 2012 | PERMALINK

Author of both romance novels and graphic novels, as well as an RT columnist, Anne Elizabeth brings us some news and coverage of comics and graphic novels this season. From New York Comic Con events to the latest, most exciting releases, Anne Elizabeth has got the genre covered!

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COMIC NEWS

A new surge in “funding” campaigns for comic book creation, production, and launches is burning up the wavelengths. There’s an unusual trend by which comic writers, artists, and creators have begun soliciting money for their projects. Much of the action begins at Kickstarter. Where, in exchange for dollars or other types of support, a donor can receive a signed book, make an appearance in a comic, or even become a shareholder in a graphic fiction project. The world of art and publishing is changing and adapting to these financial challenging time ... by leaps and bounds!


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Cover Chat: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel

BY Janine Johnston, MARCH 16, 2012 | PERMALINK

When I read that there was going to be a graphic novel adaptation of Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, my eyes rolled so hard I thought they were going to fall out of my head. No more, I thought. The Dragon Tattoo wave has crashed, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Stieg Larsson is turning in his grave, wishing that he were able to enjoy the financial benefits of his internationally successful Millennium trilogy.


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So You Want To Read A Paranormal Graphic Novel ...

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

Do you want try out a paranormal graphic novel but don’t know where to start? All of our coverage of Comic Con 2011 got us in the mood to check out some new illustrated tales. So for some expert advice on which new supernatural stories to pick up, we called in RT reviewer Ruth. Today, she shares how she started reading graphic novels and recommends four of her recent finds.

I enjoy romance comics! When I was a much younger woman (I am in my sixties, now) my husband would walk with me to the corner drugstore where we would buy two bottles of Coca-Cola and two comics. For several years, this was our routine, walking hand in hand and enjoying the balance of our life together. Being newlyweds we didn't have much money and still this was a favorite treat. His preferred issues were Captain America and Spiderman, but I liked anything with a romantic story. 


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Inspirational Comic Books From Kingstone Comics

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author and RT’s Columnist on comics, graphic novels and manga, Anne Elizabeth shares a look at Kingstone Media Group and chats about how faith-based comic books have found their niche with Kingstone Comics’ President Art Ayris.

There’s a new comic book company joining the shelves alongside Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse and IDW: Kingstone Comics. 

Today the president of Kingstone Comics, Art Ayris, gives RT readers the inside track on why he began this faith-based company and what it means to him. 

“My wife was a television director and producer and I had some friends in the film and television business so I had been around that part of media and communication for years, but more on the fringes. Then I had some success in screenwriting with winning some writing awards, including Best TV Movie in Hollywood's Next Success contest. About the same time we saw some niches that were not being adequately served in the graphic media market and decided to throw our hat in the ring as a publisher so we could manage and promote great new content - as well as market it to film and television companies,” Ayris told me. 


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Three Newly-Announced Graphic Novel Projects We Can't Wait To Read!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

New York Comic Con 2011 may be over, but the deals we are hearing about are heating up. In addition to our NYCC coverage, we absolutely could not wait to pass along the news about three upcoming graphic novel projects coming from some of the biggest authors of the year. 

The Millennium Trilogy is going graphic! Stieg Larsson’s runaway bestselling series — which started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — will be adapted by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo. In traditional format, these books have sold over 60 million copies worldwide and spawned two film adaptations so we were particularly interested to hear that the series will now be adapted into graphic novels. Although Vertigo has not yet announced an artist or adaptation team that has been signed to work on the series, we expect those details to come down the line shortly.


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New York Comic Con 2011: Author And RT Columnist Anne Elizabeth Reports — With Contest!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

There was tons of action taking place at New York Comic Con 2011, and we couldn't cover it all ourselves. So, we got author and RT's Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels Columnist Anne Elizabeth to share a few of her highlights from the event. And at the end of her guest blog, find out how you can get drawn into a zombie-filled graphic novel!

The vibration of feet stampeding through the Javits Center was a welcome feeling and sound on preview day, Thursday, October 13th. When the doors opened at 4 p.m., some fans raced to their destinations as others strolled to spots and stood vigil by comic book publisher booths waiting for the latest NYCC Comic Book Exclusives, the special comic books that are only handed out at this event.

Among the favored items were George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones: Issue 1 from the Del Rey Booth, the partial of book II of the Twilight Saga graphic novel and Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl Psycho Killer partial graphic novel from Yen Press. I must admit even my own NYCC Exclusive, the teen-rated short story comic, The Hall of Insides, flew off the shelves. 


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New York Comic Con 2011: Overview — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

Last week we gave you a peek inside of the bustling world of New York Comic Con 2011. You got a chance to experience a workshop, check out Artist Alley, go behind the scenes of Marjorie Liu's latest Dirk & Steele story with a special author interview, find out what's next for Patricia Briggs, and more. But, the fun's not over yet!


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