Bleeding Cool: The Official Roy Thomas Characters, Concepts and Creations Database Launches For 2020. “Happy New Year everybody! In celebration of a new decade, my manager and friend John Cimino and I have a special treat for comicbook fans both new and old. What you are about to see is a Herculean labor called The Official Roy Thomas Characters, Concepts and Creations Database.” You can learn more about Roy Thomas here.
BBC: Rise of comic book piracy ‘a real problem’. “A comic book writer’s claim that the proliferation of piracy is “a real problem” has encouraged others in the industry to share their concerns. Jim Zub, who writes for Marvel and IDW, tweeted that 20 times as many people read comics illegally shared online, than pay for digital or physical works.”
New York Times: Superhero or Supervillain? Technology’s Role Changes Comic Books. “Comic books have been around since the 1930s, each story taking shape as it moves from its writer to its artists (usually a penciler and an inker) and then to its letterer and colorist. Today, that team effort, which also includes an editor reviewing the work and mindful of deadlines, remains largely the same. But while the way writers and editors work is relatively unchanged, computers and technology have broadened the options for illustrators — some of whom have traded pencils and inks for styluses — and revolutionized the roles of letterers and colorists, in speed, output and artistry.”
Bleeding Cool: ComicbookDB .com Closing December – But Will Return, New and Improved. “ComicbookDB is owned by CBS, along with ComicBook and ComicVine. Bleeding Cool understands that this announced closedown is merely temporary, however, and that there is something new and better is coming. The owners just need to temporarily close the main portal down for now. And maybe sort out something that will let the Europeans come and play as well.” Apparently ComicbookDB is having some GDPR compliance challenges.
The Daily Dot: How to follow along with San Diego Comic Con online. “San Diego Comic-Con is (almost) here, which means it’s time to dig through the laughably huge onslaught of movie trailers, interviews, and of course, panels. Lots and lots of panels. There are so many panels that it’s definitely impossible to catch them all, but even if you’re not lucky enough to have a Comic Con badge, you can still catch up with what’s happening at Comic Con by finding ways to follow along online. Here’s everything we know about how to keep up with Comic-Con 2019, including Twitter accounts to follow, apps, and how to stream Comic Con panels online.”
MakeUseOf: How to Organize Your Comic Collection Using ComicRack . “ComicRack is a great app which lets you read digital comics. But it can also help you organize your comic collection. If you have a large selection of digital comics in the .cbr or .cbz formats, you can use ComicRack to browse, sort, and display your comics in one neat library. Here’s how to organize your comic collection using ComicRack.”
Comicbook: Marvel Fan Creates Website to Search MCU Quotes as If They Were Bible Verses. “In the digital age, You never know what you’ll come across on the internet, for better or for worse. In a post-Avengers: Endgame world, Marvel fans are clamoring at whatever Avengers-filled content they can get their hands on and thanks to programmer Sean Lennaerts, those die-hard MCU fans can now treat Marvel movies like their Bible…literally.”