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Jonathan Cape *didn’t* send us their entire 2016 catalogue gift-wrapped in fivers, and what happened next may surprise you…

For the last few years The Guardian has done a “best of the year” comics roundup. It’s pretty good. Lots of sites do it. We do one too – it’s practically a Christmas tradition.

Just as much of a tradition, however, is pointing and laughing at The Guardian’s for being:

  1. basically just whatever Jonathan Cape published that year
  2. a little bit nose-in-the-air Worthy/joyless

This year’s did not disappoint:

When I began writing about graphic novels a decade ago, I remember worrying slightly about the supply line: would I really be able to find a good one to review every month?

[but…] if there isn’t something to suit everyone on the bulging list that follows, I’ll eat my copy of Persepolis.

Uh huh…

Anchoring your readers on Persepolis, saying “Graphic Novels”, authorizing yourself with the decade thing, and worrying that (in 2006, FFS) there weren’t enough? There’s a klaxon or two sounding there, a grasp for validity.

The list that follows is – of course – mostly from Serious Publisher Jonathan Cape.

But is our scepticism really fair? We did a budget data journalism to find out.

Read On…

Thought Bubble 2016 – our hot picks and odd excitements

Here at Consequential dot net, Thought Bubble is our absolute favourite festival occurring between Halloween and the Beaujolais Nouveau.

Seriously though, it’s  probably the best comics event in the UK, and it’s a great time to:

  1. discover some amazing new comics.
  2. dance like several hundred people are watching, but are all just too lovely and welcoming to even form an opinion about that thing you’re doing with your hands.

We love the ol’ T’Bubz, and here’s a selection of things we’re looking out for, including some old favourites and interesting debuts.

The Nameless City - Faith Erin Hicks & Jordie Bellaire

The Nameless City – Faith Erin Hicks & Jordie Bellaire

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Thought Bubble 2015 – what we’re excited about

Thought Bubble! It’s Brit-nerd new year! Or something!

9781473326965_MULP_02_CoverLook, it’s a big old mess of just all the comics and the comics people, and the fun and the dancing, and probably too much beer, and the podcasting, and the new things, and the cosplay and the shiny, and yeah. It’s pretty great.

It’s also a cracking time to stumble on new stuff. But we try to go prepared. We’re like the boy scouts of spending far too much money on comics, with a throbbing hangover.

Last year, we had a few bits of advice on how to get the best out of comics shows, and this year we’ve picked out some things we might just consider buying.

So here’s a few titles and publishers you should check out at T’Bubz

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Podcast Episode 7 – Women and Comics

Podcast Episode 7

The whole monolithic business of comics hasn’t been especially great to women historically, and in recent weeks there’s been a flare up of tone deaf and flat-out stupid anti-woman statements from some of the biggest names in comics. What can we do? Have a bloody good moan, as it turns out. We also look over some recent releases. Read On…

Seduction of the Innocent by Max Allan Collins


The Seduction of the Innocent Max Allan Collins

Yes, this is a novel. But there are pictures in it and it’s about comics, and we make the rules around here, Sonny Jim. Seduction of the Innocent is the third book in a series of hard-boiled crime novels set in the comics industry of the early 50s. I can assure you that no previous knowledge of the series is required to enjoy the book however, as I only found out about it myself thirty seconds ago via Wikipedia. Read On…