January 18, 2011
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* in a move designed to make it easier for a Thor
series to catch some readers when the movie come out, if that's an end result, Marvel announced that what was a bunch of books of relatively equal standing will now have a Mighty Thor pretty-much flagship
: Matt Fraction writing, Olivier Coipel drawing. With readership being what it is, I kind of wish this was a strategy across the lines, both to allow for easy recommendations from shop owners and partly to facilitate small-account comics sales in all the places that lack them. Pipe dream, though, and probably not even a good idea.
* Brecht Evens' Night Animals previewed
. Whoa, pretty.
* not comics: I'm not a gamer, but I enjoyed this chart of role-playing game choices
. I like how it suggests incremental differences between the various games. I always thought that hobby did itself a slight disservice by focusing so much on design and very little on play in terms of how its coverage media is aligned.
* not comics: Top Shelf signs with ICM
* so is this
the best photo in comics history or merely one of the top five? I stop and stare at it every time I see it.
* the cartoonist Piers Baker talks about syndicating a comic strip
after that initial rush of interest wears off.
* there's more interest than usual in the serial comic book Superman
#707, as it's the first issue after the poorly-received "Grounded" storyline and the highly-publicized move by the writer J. Michael Straczynski from the title's full writing and scripting duties. Timothy Callahan reviews here
. Chris Sims digs into it here
. Graeme McMillan chimes in here
* not comics: they wanted to do a bunch of musicals in the 1970s, too
* the writer and cartoonist Matt Seneca writes at length
about genre and character.
* it looks like Dave Sim and Steve Bissette have ended their epic conversation
, if like me you've been waiting to dive in. Sim and Bissette are legendary talkers -- Sim's even a top 5 faxer -- so I'm greatly looking forward to taking the whole thing in.
* the writer Sean T. Collins presents
the first part of his Destructor story with (I believe) Matt Wiegle Prison Break
. I can't remember if this is brand new or if this is a representation of the best Destructor story, but either way it has my attention.
* not comics: this way of sending someone a check
is totally adorable, although it should spur in everyone looking at it a way of sending a check that is much less appealing.
* not comics: PictureBox is publishing an edition of Charles Willeford's Cockfighter
. I really liked their last Willeford effort.
* not comics: congratulations to the fine writer about comics, Matthew Brady, on the addition to his family
* finally, I'm confused by this article on the sales success of European comics
, if only that international best-seller Persepolis
is mentioned only as a cousin to Epileptic
instead of a already-passed bookstore titan.
posted 11:00 am PST
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