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May 16, 2014

Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* there's a nice one-day sale at comiXology of the classic Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne run of X-Men from the late 1970s. It's funny. I think those are effective comics, but I also think their reputation was so driven by nostalgia that they're actually underestimated now because the age of the bulk of readers of X-Men things is such they have those feelings for later comics or even the cartoons. That's one of the reasons why it's important to criticize and analyze -- it allows works to survive past their natural point of nostalgic favor.

* Shaenon Garrity has penned a very good piece here about how the various established comics awards have treated webcomics. She includes the Reubens and the Hugos, which is smart -- Garrity goes to the Reubens, as I recall, so that makes sense. The thing I like about the piece is that it's an even-handed dissection of what's been done according to the historical record rather than a thundering piece of antagonistic rhetoric designed to make Garrity look good. You'll remember more of the details for this approach.

* finally, to make this one of the rare installments of this column that has news in it all the way through -- I'm trying to cover this stuff, I'm just not succeeding yet, I'll get better -- Gary Tyrrell notes that Max Temkin will be stepping in to fulfill the incentives that were abandoned by John Campbell during a much publicized public semi-meltdown that the talented cartoonist suffered. That's a very community-driven way for this to resolve itself, and I think you only get in trouble if you saw the initial story less as something that happened and more as something to argue.
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