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November 19, 2017


Go, Look: Ghost Comics #10

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

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

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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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Happy 43rd Birthday, Jesse Fuchs!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Steve Lightle!

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November 18, 2017


Go, Listen: Sarah Horrocks On Process Party

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Go, Look: What White Americans Misunderstand About Mixed-Race Latinx Identity

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

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If I Were Near Eugene, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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If I Were In Philadelphia, I Would Go To This

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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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