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November 17, 2017


Go, Look: Marvel UK Spider-Man Splash Pages

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CB Cebulski Replaces Axel Alonso As Marvel EiC

You can read a full report here, which in that publication will also give you an idea as to the strategies of the PR involved. Congratulations to Mr. Cebulski. Best wishes to Mr. Alonso in his next professional gig.

imageA change in this position -- one of the traditional Big Comics Jobs and basically the head/lead/point of publishing and creative for the comics company -- has been discussed ad nauseum in comics circles all year. The article cites some unpopular editorial moves (such as a major storyline featuring Captain America as a Nazi), some PR whiffs (a seeming lack of enthusiasm for diversity initiatives from other executives) and some title to title malaise (they're getting smoked by the top DC titles, which isn't their usual position). I would expect all things sales to be spun positively, and there are legit ways to do so. What I don't see in the article is a general talent bleed, some lethargy in the series' overall creative performance and a general dissatisfaction a lot of creators voiced about working for the media behemoth.

All editors-in-chief and their equivalents receive a lot of criticism from a lot of people in comics. It's a big part of the reader culture. A lot of what Alonso had to do was thread-the-needle difficult. I can't even imagine the pressure of working with icons working that well in movies in a medium that is much more difficult to serve commercially. Much as has been the case with Paul Levitz and DC, I imagine that a lot of Alonso's legacy will come from what happens next in terms of the company's performance and what his successor handles things. I would suspect that any accounting of Alonso's term there -- he settled into his current role in 2011 -- will grapple with diversity on the page and in the freelance pool.

I have no predictions for Cebulski's forthcoming time at Marvel other than that as he's a foodie I'm sure that the writers' conferences might see in uptick in where they all go for dinner. It strikes me as the kind of halfway choice DC tends to make -- Cebulski is an insider more broadly but worked most recently for international branding which makes him an outsider, too. He seems comfortable with social media and is tied to the perceived post-bankruptcy creatively fertile period, mostly in conjunction with the Runaways property created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. Marvel has lost some talent, but a lot of that has been business, not just culture. There's certainly room for a different voice and a break from the recent way of doing things. I'm semi-surprised they didn't get someone from another Disney division to come in and crack heads, but maybe that was never in the cards.
 
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Go, Look: Evan Waldinger

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Allen Peng talks to Reza Farazmand on the occasion of a second print collection of Poorly Drawn Lines material.

* good place to remind everyone that one of the two or three great webcomics creators of the 21st Century, Kate Beaton, is raising money to enable her sister to attend various clinical trials for cancer treatment. Please consider giving.

* finally: a belated happy anniversary to John Hambrock.
 
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If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Sean Solomon

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on a bunch of minis. John Seven on Present.

* saw the Justice League movie last night with a bunch of guys; I was super-grateful to be invited. The movie was better than I thought it would be. Although it wasn't ever good, it didn't seem to be trying to give the audiences a miserable experience. I can see fans enjoying it, I can see people actually watching it again on cable, and I think it does the job the studio wants it to. We'll see if a wider audience agrees.

It was interesting to me in a couple of ways. Many of the scenes seemed to be cut internally, I'm guessing to up the pace of the film from the excruciating, ponderous torpor of the last two movies with Superman in them. There was also a hint of Kirby not just in the Fourth World iconography/nomenclature but in its attention to strict power levels. No one wins a fight in this movie because they're morally virtuous: the nature of fighting ignores virtue. If as one would infer the next movie finds the League facing villains played by actors instead of more CGI things, that would be an advantage for them over the Marvel team sequel. Still can't see a Cyborg solo film, though.

* finally: Rossell Contreras profiles Lalo Alcaraz.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Cullen Bunn!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Ed Brubaker!

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Happy 56th Birthday, José Villarrubia!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Alan Moore!

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November 16, 2017


Go, Look: Juli Majer

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By Request Extra: Kate Beaton's Ask On Behalf Of Her Sister Becky Beaton

Start here and work your way through. The direct site is here. The money is intended to support cartoonist Kate Beaton's sister Becky during her participation in clinical trials, including in the US.

I hope that you will consider joining so many other fans, friends and fellow comics community members in contributing what you're able. Every dollar will help.
 
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Go, Look: Leesh Adamerovich

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* so I spent last weekend at the new CAB. Very good show, and very promising in terms of it having another long cycle of shows. No one missed the Church that I spoke to, and comics fans are so ruthlessly nostalgic I thought at least a few people would be. The Pratt campus worked out great -- both the auditorium and the hall in which the exhibitors were found were nice facilities with room to grow. I had a good time talking to Chris Ware, and watching my peers Nicole Rudick and Paul Karasik handle their business with Emil Ferris and a group of Pratt graduates (Kuper, Griffith, Deitch). Pretty good business on the floor. I actually followed Robert Boyd around the show floor for a bit watching him buy art because I can't really afford a lot of it right now.

* the big appeal of a New York show is going to New York, so I hope we always have at least the three current major options and a few oddballs along the way. I will go every year.

* finally, here's a poster for an SPX at that month-long comics festival affiliated with the San Mateo library.

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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Old Fall Vs. New Fall

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on To Your Eternity Vol. 1.
 
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Happy 54th Birthday, Jim Ottaviani!

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November 15, 2017


Go, Look: Dan Gearino Profiles The Teenaged Fan Photography Of Artist Mike Zeck

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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SEP172185 CARTOON COUNTY MY FATHER FRIENDS GOLDEN AGE MAKE BELIEVE $27.00
In a year of great books about comics comes another candidate for end-of-year lists: Cullen Murphy's memories of the cartooning community in Southern Connecticut in the near middle of the 20th Century. When I'm at work I dream of going home and continuing to read this one; it's like they're making books just for me now.

JUN170396 BATMAN THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 04 $75.00
I have no idea what this series is like but it has to be pretty interesting, right? There's a big chunk of Batman's publishing history we remember only in single images, while focusing on the very early, very '60s, very grim-and-gritty material.

imageSEP170708 BUTCHER BAKER RIGHTEOUS MAKER TP (MR) $17.99
Joe Casey-written comics sweat ideas and sideways observation, and this one is no exception. Mike Huddleston's slightly off-kilter, still grounded action art work make this a more memorable foregrounded experience than many books of its kind. Come for the mayhem, stay for the ahems.

SEP170378 WILD STORM #9 $3.99
JUL170791 EAST OF WEST #35 $3.99
SEP170744 INVINCIBLE #142 (MR) $3.99
SEP170751 MAGE HERO DENIED #4 (OF 15) $3.99
SEP170798 WICKED & DIVINE #33 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
SEP170799 WICKED & DIVINE #33 CVR B DAUTERMAN (MR) $3.99
SEP170938 BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #2 (OF 2) $3.99
Odd week for comics of the comic-book format variety. I'm enjoying Warren Ellis' recent round of adventure books as they get their feet underneath them. Jonathan Hickman is an interesting writer and all of his projects and this one is the most arch and majestic of his recent works. Invincible winds down with a conclusion to the hero's series-long conflict with the Robot character, a super-villain who improved things. Wicked & Divine ends an arc in the sense of the comic not the characters in the storyline. I mention the Black Panther because again, I'm not sure why it's smarter for Marvel to try to spread a character that hasn't done that many issue of comics in its current, core run. I guess you need to hit your market percentage somehow, but it's still depressing.

SEP171697 ADRIFT GN (MR) $14.95
This is Gregory Mardon, a family story, and 20th century maritime adventure. Sold. At least for a look-over at the shop.

JUL172036 BAD MACHINERY POCKET ED GN VOL 03 CASE SIMPLE SOUL $12.99
I buy everything John Allison does.

SEP171143 BIG BOX OF BIG NATE BOXED SET $39.00
SEP171154 DILBERT TP DILBERT GETS RE ACCOMMODATED $14.99
Two bookstore regulars in their comics shop offering. I would love to know more about people that continue to read Dilbert. I have a sense there's a billion of them, but it's no longer anyone I know. Except you, Steve. You're probably still reading these books.

SEP171430 VALERIAN GN VOL 19 AT EDGE OF GREAT VOID $11.95
I like these comics. That movie seems like it came out 38 years ago, like the same time as that Doc Savage film with Ron Ely.

SEP172189 HARVEY COMICS COMPANION SC $39.00
I know nothing about this, and wasn't aware one needed a companion for those comics, although I suppose there are people with a refined aesthetic for Hot Stuff just like there are people with refined aesthetics for just about every kind of book.

MAY170524 P CRAIG RUSSELL STRANGE DREAMS ARTIST ED HC $125.00
This is two Russell projects for Marvel, both of which were striking as originally published and should look wonderful in this format. It's amazing there aren't more pages of Russell doing Doctor Strange, but it's fun to stare at the ones we have.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Char Esme

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