MoCCA Art Fest Moved to Spring
The Museum of Cartoon and Comic Book Art’s annual art festival has moved its date from the heat of summer to the weekend of April 10-11 for the upcoming year. General speculation is that this is may be due to the crowded summer convention season, persistent complaints about the heat in the non-air conditioned historic venue at the Lexington Avenure Armory, or some combination of the two.

New Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest
A new comic con is coming to the New York area: The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest. Centered around independent talent, the event will be run by local comic store Desert Island and New York-based indie comics publisher Picture Box and take place on December 5th at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 184 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Dash Shaw and Gary Panter are listed among the featured guests. Admission is free to the general public.

Boom Studios Signs With Haven
While it will continue to distribute new comics through Diamond Book Distributors, comic publisher Boom! Studios has made a deal with indie-comics focused distributor Haven Distributors to bring Boom’s reprints and backlist to comic book stores throughout the country. Previously this year, Boom! also made distribution deals with Simon and Schuster, HarperCollinsCanada for the North American bookstore market and newsstand distributor Kable Distribution Services.

Viz Accepting Submissions
Manga publisher Viz has opened their original manga and graphic novel program to submissions from the general public. More details are available on their website.

Powers Returns with New Series
Brian Bendis
and Michael Avon Oeming’s Eisner-winning classic superhero cop comic Powers will return to print with brand new issues on November 11.

Marvel.Com Exclusive Animation Extras
, the Marvel Comics website, will now be posting exclusive sneak peeks at the cartoon development process that creates Marvel animation. New concept art, sketches, storyboards and more for such Marvel series as Iron Man Armored Adventures, Wolverine and the X-Men and The Super Hero Squad will be added to the site on a daily basis.

Archie Comics Creator at Big Apple Comic Con
Dan Parent, an artist and writer on Betty and Veronica, will be appearing at the upcoming Big Apple Comic Con in New York City the weekend of October 17. Parent will be appearing on panels as well as having a table in artist’s alley. Big Apple Comic Con is located at Pier 94 at 55th street and 12th avenue, New York, NY.

Bendis Interview on Fresh Ink
Eisner-winning comics creator Brian Michael Bendis talks with host Blair Butler about creator-owned comics, Powers, the future of comics and his upcoming Marvel story arcs in a very special two part episode of’s online show Fresh Ink.

Media Meltdown Free Digital Comic from Orca
Media Meltdown
, the latest installment in the Graphic Guides educational children’s graphic novel series published by Orca Books, is available for free download for a limited time only. Graphic Guides is an adventure fiction series that also teaches a new set of useful skills in each book.

This Week @ The Beat
This week Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat, hosted by Publishers Weekly, had info on MacDonald’s panel at the upcoming Royal Flush Festival, a request for books debuting at APE, analysis and history of both Long Beach Comic Con and the possible dirtiness of Dragonball, more details on the Boom/Haven deal, a link to Stardust artist Charles Vess’s new art book free in its entirety legally online, a list of the 2009 Harvey Award winners, writeups of this year’s Baltimore Comic Con and the star-studded NYCC bowling party, the scoop on indie comic creator Peter Bagge’s new tv deal, Archie dumping Veronica and Marge Simpson appearing on the cover of Playboy Magazine.

This Week @ Good Comics For Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids has discussion of Dragonball in school libraries,a review of The Dreamer, the 10/7 listing of comics suitable for all ages and an Archie and Anticipation themed links roundup from Brigid Alverson.