‘BLACK COMICS’: Fresh off milestone Eisner Award, (Howard alumna) scholar goes deep beneath black-and-white of comics page at Fall for the Book [Q&A]

.   A QUARTER-CENTURY AGO, the late comics creator and pioneering minority-owned-business leader Dwayne McDuffie wrote a mock proposal for a new comic series, “Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers.” The Marvel memo unfurled a string of sharp sardonic points, including the pitch twists that this “new series” would feature skateboard-riding black superheroes with such names as […]

ALISON BECHDEL: ‘Thrilled’ graphic novelist breaks yet more ground with MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

  SITTING IN ITALY, basking in the peaceful and rejuvenating world of an artist’s retreat in Umbria, Alison Bechdel was tempted not to acknowledge the call. “I actually didn’t want to pick up the phone,” Bechdel tells The Post’s Comic Riffs this morning from Italy, of the ring that came three weeks ago from Chicago. […]

SMALL PRESS EXPO: Here are your nominees for the 2014 SPX Ignatz Awards…

Kim Deitch, Nick Drnaso, Sophie Goldstein and Jason Shiga are among the multiple nominees for the 2014 Ignatz Awards, the Small Press Expo announced Monday. The Ignatz, named for George Herriman’s famed “Krazy Kat” character, honors “excellence in independent comics.” The ballot is created by five cartoonists, and this year’s jurors were Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham […]

COMIC-CON EISNER AWARDS: ‘The Oatmeal’s’ Matthew Inman honored after creative shift: ‘Writing these comics was risky for me’

MATTHEW INMAN‘s “The Oatmeal” first became hugely popular as a satiric online feature, but the creator Infrequently did more autobiographical, narrative comics. More recently, the cartoonist set out to change that. “The past two years have been very transformative for me,” Inman tells The Post’s Comic Riffs. “At the end of 2012, I decided I […]

This just in: Amazon.com reaches deal to buy comiXology

IN DECEMBER OF 2012, comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger told me: “Comics is big enough to be interesting, but not enough for bigger [digital publishing] companies to spend the time to do it right. We’re the only multiplatform provider of this type of material that [gives comics] the care and love they deserve.” Now, […]