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It’s new comic book day! What are you all excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

University at Buffalo Reporter – Students around world create COVID-themed comics through UB program – Very cool to see.

Kotaku – Is Spider-Man: Miles Morales Better Than 2018’s Spider-Man? – What do you all think?


ICv2 – Plutocracy: Chronicles of a Global Monopoly


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It’s one of two new comic book days this week! What are you all getting? What excites you? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: BRAIN ANTHOLOGY messes with your mind – Free comics!

Kotaku – Spider-Man PS4 Saves Will Transfer To Spider-Man Remastered On PS5 With Post-Release Update – This is pretty cool.

ICv2 – Towards a Post-COVID Comics Industry – Where do you think the industry is heading post-COVID?


Atomic Junk Shop – Paying the Land

Paying the Land

The Nerd Store Gets a Moment in Jenny Wilson’s Mayoral Election

Comics and geekdom is political but you don’t often see members of the community in political ads. Jenny Wilson is running for re-election for Mayor of Salt Lake County and in their first ad, they’ve included testimonials from the many businesses and individuals she’s helped during these tough times.

The campaign recently went up on television with their first political ad called “Choices.” In the ad, Charles C. Prows of The Nerd Store talks about how Wilson’s work allowed the business to keep its staff on payroll during these tough times.

Check out the full ad and remember to vote!

Los Angeles Comic Con is Going Forward in December

Los Angeles Comic Con

In a not totally head-scratching decision, Los Angeles Comic Con has announced they are going forward with an in-person event in December. It’ll be one of the first conventions in Southern California to do so. The new dates for the convention are December 11-13 pushing things back from its normal October schedule. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 29.

Chris DeMoulin, the general manager of Los Angeles Comic Con stated:

Over the past six months, we’ve been struggling with a very important question: “Should we even ATTEMPT to have L.A. Comic Con in 2020?

Since March, we’ve been living in some version of a ‘Lockdown/Safer at Home’ world, trying hard to stay safe, hoping and praying for the health and safety of ourselves, our family, friends, neighbors and all of our fellow human beings. We’re wearing masks, keeping socially distant, and remaining thankful for frontline workers, hospital personnel and everyone working hard to make a difference.

And yet, we all yearn for just a little bit of normality, to reclaim some aspects of our lives pre-COVID.

Precautions are being taken,

The convention will utilize more space renting the entire convention center allowing greater distancing for attendees. Activities like shopping, main stage guests, autographs/photographis will have their own hall within the convention center.

There will also be “split schedules” with each day divided into two five-hour sessions with “deep cleaning” before, between, and after each.

There will be fewer fans with the number of tickets sold for a given single session being half the number of fans allowed into the hall in the past.

There will also be a dual virtual experience with main panels being live-streamed for anyone that doesn’t feel safe or wants to mix up their physical and virtual experiences.

Add in plans for limiting lines, requiring masks, six feet social distancing, the organizers feel like they can hold the convention safely.

As has happened with other conventions, it doesn’t mean this will absolutely go on. If the event is canceled, all tickets will be honored for the next Los Angeles Comic Con.

California has been seeing mixed results in cases lately with Los Angeles being one of the more active centers of infection. While infections are lower than they were in July and August, the state still has a long way to go.

Currently, Los Angeles County is considered “widespread” which means schools and nonessential businesses are supposed to remain closed. The hospitalizations have been steady with 1,000 new cases and 23 deaths per day. While the area has seen a dip since July, it hasn’t seen the flatten line of infections to show conditions are improving. The California Health Department currently has ordered convention centers in Los Angeles County to remain closed.

Baltimore Comic-Con Goes Virtual for 2020 and Returns in person October 2021

Baltimore Comic-Con has made a number of announcements regarding its 2020 event. Launching in cooperation with its friends at Mainframe Comic-Con, the 2020 show will be held as an online live event, replicating the comic convention you’ve come to love for these past 20 years but in a virtual environment! The Baltimore Convention Center has now confirmed that they will not be hosting any gatherings for the remainder of the calendar year while they continue services as a COVID testing center, as well as maintaining a COVID field hospital facility capability, housing hospital beds to support another surge should that occur. Exhibitors, retailers, Artists Alley, guests, the Ringo Awards, and programming will transition to an online live event, enabling fans the world over to experience the Baltimore Comic-Con!

The convention will be making announcements on its mailing list and social media, so please sign up and follow! If you’re a regular attendee, you’ll find yourself in a familiar environment. If you’ve never been able to attend (especially since geography and budget are no longer considerations), this is a great opportunity to come and get a taste of the show!

All tickets purchased for the 2020 event will automatically transfer to our October 22-24, 2021 show. Frank Miller Tickets will transfer as well — Frank has already confirmed his plan to attend in 2021. Additionally, AfterShock ComicsSource Point Press, and Valiant Entertainment have each donated $10 vouchers for ticket holders to purchase merchandise at their booths in 2021. Ticket holders will also receive comics and trade paperback/graphic novels electronically this year — Dark Ark Volume 1 and Animosity Volume 1 from AfterShock Comics, The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood TPB and DEK Volume 2 #1 from Source Point Press, and Bloodshot Book One TPB and X-O Manowar #1 from Valiant Entertainment. Additionally, BOOM! Studios will be providing PDFs of The Woods Volume 1 and Wynd issue #1, both by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas.

Funds received from ticket (as well as from exhibitor booth sales) enable the continuity of the show, paying for real costs such as the rental of the Baltimore Convention Center, ongoing operations expenses, and costs associated with marketing activities as examples. If you are suffering from a financial hardship due to the pandemic and simply cannot justify the wait until next year, the convention will do our best to issue refunds on a case-by-case basis, which may take time to do.

While guests’ availability changes from year to year, Baltimore Comic-Con is hoping to re-book most (if not all) of the previously announced 2020 guests again, as well as complete some pretty amazing plans that were afoot when the world changed, both guest-wise and overall with respect to events at the show! While they are still in the process of working with confirmed guests, as of now, they have re-confirmed Marty BaumannJohn BeattyBrett BreedingHoward ChaykinFrank ChoBecky CloonanSteve ConleyKatie CookKristina Deak-LinsnerGarth EnnisMitch GeradsJoe GiellaGene HaDean HaspielGreg HildebrandtJamal IgleTom KingJoseph Michael LinsnerBob McLeodCarla Speed McNeilFrank MillerTerry MooreJames PascoeAndrew PepoyDavid PetersenBrandon PetersonTom RaneyAfua RichardsonLouise SimonsonWalter SimonsonJohn K. Snyder IIIJill ThompsonRobert VendittiMark WaidGene Luen Yang, and Thom Zahler.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis #1

It’s new comic book day! What are you all planning on getting? What are you excited to read? Lets us know in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Star – Toronto police officer ordered to remove ‘Punisher’ patch from uniform – Good, this not a character cops should be looking up to.

Kotaku – How To Make The Most Of Avengers’ Endgame – Who’s playing and what do you think?

Atomic Junk Shop – A web comic everyone should be reading: COVID Chronicles – Definitely one to check out.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Magic is a virus and Noam the only survivor in The Fever King – Free comics!


CBR – Dark Nights: Death Metal: Trinity Crisis #1
Comics Bulletin – Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1

Working in a Comic Book Shop During COVID

“I’m so thankful that my job is to sell people art.” – John Arminio, Comix Connection.

Guest John Arminio shares what it is like working at a comics store during this unprecedented time and how fans can support comics retail staff. Plus he makes some great suggestions of comics to buy.

John is a long-time comic book devotee and retailer who peddles his wares at Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Along with comics, another of his great passions is film, and you can hear him discuss that artistic medium on recent episodes of the podcasts Hellbent for Horror, Film ’89, and 26 Movies from Hell.

John has joined Graphic Policy Radio before to talk about:

Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/QuasarSniffer 

Visit the Comix Connection here: https://www.facebook.com/comix.connection/

New York Comic Con 2020 Goes Virtual with YouTube

New York Comic Con logo

Today, ReedPop announced that New York Comic Con’s physical event at Javits Center will not take place as intended in 2020 and that they are officially partnering with YouTube on an all-digital event that will bring the excitement, community, and incredible content expected from NYCC directly to fans around the world. 

From October 8-11, the New York Comic Con YouTube channel will exclusively live stream panels from leading entertainment brands. Starz will bring the epic American Gods, CBS All Access will feature the legendary Star Trek Universe, DreamWorks Animation will showcase the best of television animation, and Hulu and FX will add to the slate of exciting programming for fans worldwide. More news will be made in the coming weeks about the content including premieres, announcements, fan contests, and more.

In addition to the panels streaming live & on-demand exclusively via YouTube, fans will be able to participate in talent Q&A’s during panels, turn every panel into a watch party and geek out with other fans using YouTube’s Community and Live Chat features. 

ReedPop will also give fans the opportunity for experiences that will get them up-close and personal with meet & greets, live Q&As, personalized autographs, videos, and professional workshops. And while fans won’t be able to stroll the Show Floor and Artist Alley aisles at Javits this year, ReedPop is creating a virtual marketplace for fans to explore where exhibitors and creators will share their newest items. There will be more information on these exciting fan developments unveiled in the coming weeks.

Leading up to New York Comic Con’s Metaverse in October, ReedPop will be hosting Metaverse August from August 13-16 and give fans the ability to assemble together for a one-of-a-kind virtual experience with celebrities and creators, discover new releases, explore a marketplace, and access exclusive merchandise.

Top Philippine Comic Talent Team to Raise Money to Purchase PPE

Working day and night, Filipino health workers tirelessly put their lives on the line in the fight against COVID-19. Throughout the global pandemic, they have proven themselves the real-life counterparts of our favorite comic book heroes. And, much like the superheroes who suit up to save the world, frontliners have their own kind of gear in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Comic Odyssey, in association with Filbar’s and Planet X, and in partnership with Wunderman Thompson Philippines, has launched a fundraising campaign, “#SuitsForHeroes” to help purchase PPE’s for the frontliners. Accessible at SuitsForHeroes.com, Comic Odyssey has pledged to reward each donor’s contribution with store credit which can be used for back issues at Comic Odyssey’s BGC branch.

To promote the campaign, internationally-renowned Filipino comic book artists have graciously donated their time and talents to create artwork that paid tribute to the heroic frontliners. The list of contributors includes Leinil Yu, Stephen Segovia, Kajo Baldisimo, Whilce Portacio, Mico Suayan, and Harvey Tolibao with Levi Ramirez on colors. Towards the end of July, these exclusive pieces will be put up for auction to raise additional funds.

All #SuitsForHeroes proceeds will go to the following: Frontliner Feeders Philippines, Kaya Natin, and Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation Incorporated.

Dragon Con Cancels its 2020 Convention Due to COVID-19

While it’s not surprising, Dragon Con has officially announced that they are canceling the 2020 convention due to the threat of COVID-19. This is the first time in 34 years that the convention will not be held. The convention was to be held September 3 to September 7 and was expected to attract around 90,000 individuals to downtown Atlanta.

The convention has announced that it will instead hold a virtual live-streamed convention for free which will feature both classic panels and original programming to replace the 2020 convention. More details will be announced in the upcoming weeks about that alternative.

Dragon Con will return in 2021 with a five-day event from Thursday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 6.

Fans who already purchased memberships for the 2020 convention will be able to exchange them for a 2021 membership or seek a refund.

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