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January 28, 2010

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Mark Newgarden paints a wall in a restaurant and nobody is mad at him.

image* the Pulse reminds us that the cartoonist Pat Boyette -- who spent the comics portion of his career working almost solely for Charlton and the rest of his career doing things like working in radio, television and film -- died ten years ago January 15.

* details on the new edition of Hicksville. Oh, how I do love Hicksville.

* Mike Sterling dips into the 'zine side of things for his latest rare comics unearthing ceremony.

* I don't remember if I remembered to post the Library Journal list of best comics or not. I think not. They are:
+ The Book of Genesis, Illustrated, R. Crumb (Norton)
+ Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth, Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou and Alecos Papadatos (Bloomsbury)
+ Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert (DC)
+ Sandman: The Dream Hunters, Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell (DC)
+ The Photographer, Didier Lefevre and Frederic Lemercier and Emmanuel Guibert (First Second)
+ Asterios Polyp, David Mazzucchelli (Pantheon)
+ Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 1, Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka and Takashi Nagasaki (Viz)
+ Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vol. 1, Fumi Yoshinaga (Viz Media)
The selections are explained and a few supplementary selections are provided through that above link.

* here are my Muppet Lantern picks:
+ Red = Animal
+ Orange = Miss Piggy
+ Yellow = Sam The Eagle
+ Green = Kermit
+ Blue = Fozzie Bear
+ Indigo = Big Bird
+ Violet = Elmo
+ Black Lantern Avatar = Oscar The Grouch
+ Black Lantern Guardian = Charles Grodin
They're all pretty self-explanatory except maybe Sam the Eagle and Fozzie Bear. My other choice for yellow was Sweetums, because I found him scary as a child, but as an adult I'm much more frightened of censorship and misplaced patriotism. As for Fozzie taking the mantle of Blue Lantern, well, I can't think of anything more hopeful than hitting the stage for that many years with that act and thinking people are going to laugh.

* finally, it's taken me so long to remember to post this bookmarked link of Kirby portraits of God that I don't remember where I got them. Sorry, person I can't remember. Probably Robot 6.
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