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The Red Bee Asks James Robinson about Airboy

At Nothing But Comics, we’re excited to read the upcoming Airboy series from Image Comics, by writer James Robinson and artist Greg Hinkle.  In the comic, Robinson and Hinkle have been hired to reboot the Golden Age comic book aviation hero Airboy – however, things get strange when the character appears to the creators after they debauch themselves on drugs, in order to set the duo on the straight and narrow.  So we tasked superhero the Red Bee with asking Robinson an important question about the Airboy character.

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Certified?: Paper Sourcing and Comics

Attentive readers may notice the Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification label printed inside the comic books published by DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment.  The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a forest certification system provided by the non-profit organization SFI, Inc.  Forest certification systems provided by third-party organizations like SFI, Inc. should give consumers confidence that the paper products they are purchasing come from suppliers who follow good environmental and social practices:  protecting biodiversity and water quality, the quick replanting of trees, and working with the local communities affected by logging, among others.

However, some environmental organizations are critical of the SFI system, raising questions about whether the SFI label used by DC and Dynamite should assure readers that the paper in their comics was created in an environmentally friendly manner.  Also, other comics publishers are not as transparent about their paper sourcing, and were unresponsive to inquiries from Nothing But Comics about the certification systems used for their paper.

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Skeets Asks Jimmy Palmiotti about Starfire

At Nothing But Comics, we’re excited to read the upcoming Starfire series from DC Comics, by writers Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner and artist Emanuela Lupacchino.  So we tasked DC Comics’ futuristic robot Skeets with asking Palmiotti an important question about the Starfire character.

 

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Skeets Interviews Heath Corson about Bizarro

At Nothing But Comics, we’re excited to read the upcoming Bizarro series from DC Comics, by writer Heath Corson and artist Gustavo Duarte.  So we tasked DC Comics’ futuristic robot Skeets with asking Corson an important question about the series.

 

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Light Reading: How Much Do Comic Books Weigh?

It is debatable whether the content of comic books should be considered “light reading,” but it is evident that comic books are physically light.  But how much do comic books weigh?  To answer that question, Nothing But Comics took a sample of comics from different publishers to a U.S. Post Office and weighed them.  Examining the weight of the various comic books provided some interesting insights about the comics, and allowed us to determine the average weight of a comic book.

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Skeets Interviews the Prez Creative Team

At Nothing But Comics, we’re excited to read the upcoming Prez series from DC Comics, by creators Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell.  So we tasked DC Comics’ futuristic robot Skeets with asking the two creators an important question about the character.

 

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The Secret Origin (and Super-Funny Videos) of Patrick Willems

Filmmaker Patrick Willems has created numerous YouTube videos that make good-humored fun of our favorite comics characters and creators.  These creative, well-crafted videos provide comedic observations of comics culture, and portray funny, brilliant concepts, such as an Aquaman television drama, epic superhuman battles between comics creators, and alternate universe superhero movies made by iconic directors. Wanting to know more about the creator of these hilarious videos, Nothing But Comics emailed Willems to ask him questions about his background, his process for making videos, and his interest in comics.

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Why is eBay Removing Listings for Marvel’s Digital Codes?

Marvel Comics provides codes for digital copies of its printed comics. This free digital copy is an incentive for consumers to purchase the comics, which generally sell for $3.99 – readers get not only a physical comic book, but also a code, found inside, that can be redeemed online for a digital copy.  While some consumers value having this digital copy, some do not, and they may choose to give away, trade, or sell their unused codes.  The latter practice has created a secondary sales market for Marvel’s codes, with many sale listings on eBay and Reddit, among other sites.

Researching the secondary sales market for Marvel’s digital codes, Nothing But Comics conducted a month-long survey of eBay’s listings for Marvel’s codes – which included a random sampling of fifty code listings – to evaluate how many codes were being sold, and for what prices.  In the course of our investigation, we learned that eBay appears to be removing Marvel code listings from its site, informing some sellers that these listings violate eBay’s listing policy for digital media.

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“Taking a Knife to the Nerve of the Moment”: An Interview with Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy writes riveting, thought-provoking fiction: his novel Red Moon uses werewolves to explore our fear of terrorism, The Wilding depicts a suspenseful family hunting trip in the wilderness, and his upcoming book The Dead Lands is a post-apocalyptic adventure story inspired by the historic Lewis and Clark expedition.  Percy has written two issues of Detective Comics (#35 and 36) and will soon take on the DC Comics series Green Arrow with artist Patrick Zircher.  Nothing But Comics emailed Percy to ask him questions about how he came to write comic books, his prose and comics work, and his plans for Green Arrow.

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