September 30, 2008
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* officials expect a resolution soon
in a dispute between Geppi's Entertainment Museum and the state agency that rents space to it. Depending on how you look at the world, you may be more shocked by the rent figures being thrown around or by the fact that Geppi's museum isn't a non-profit.
* if I'm reading this
correctly, the Seattle Times
is in the midst of a massive changeover to emphasize on-line content, which should include the liberal use of editorial cartoons. In fact, this makes me think that editorial cartoons may not even be in the print edition anymore -- or appear much less frequently than they used to. The Times
is a real meat-and-potatoes newspaper in a lot of ways, so I'll be interested to see how this goes over.
* the interesting thing to me about the forthcoming Windy City Comicon
on October 25 is that it's being held in within Chicago proper, at the Center on Halsted, which is basically three blocks towards the lake from the Waveland side of Wrigley. Being inside of a city like Chicago means you might be slightly less accessible to people in the suburbs and in, say, Milwaukee, but you're a lot closer to a lot of city folk that don't want to go all the way out by O'Hare. I think a number of people will be checking in on this to see how they did.
* the writer Paul Gravett offers up a 2001 article
about comics reading habits around the world -- I had not seen those figures for Mexico before. Judging from what I saw in Rome's airport last month, you're much more likely to find manga there today than you are a copy of a Joe Kubert
* building on this theme, Matt Thorn takes a two
look at the latest Mainichi newspaper manga reading survey compiled in 2007 and published earlier this year.
* this article suggests that United Media only recently offered their on-line and e-mailed daily comics in color
* those of you with a fondness for goofy superhero comic books that prefer the days when there wasn't a super-obsessive, moralistic fan community digging into plot points according to some precious conception of a favorite character and thus ruining the simple joys of junk-culture might join me in making a yuck face whenever today's fans decide to go over some narrative from 30 years ago
in that same, relentless, bordering-on-miserable fashion.
* this DC panel report by Tucker Stone
from last weekend's Baltimore Comic-Con captures the essential strangeness experienced any not-diehard fan that rolls into one of these presentations, although I'm happy to hear that the Green Lantern milieu has been thematically re-worked to better correspond to Jimi Hendrix's "Axis, Bold as Love
." I've long wondered if you could have an entire panel made up of presentations from old panels without anyone knowing the difference.
* site note: I should be caught up with 50 Things A Comics Collection Should Have
additions by the time this rolls out; thank you to all that participated so far and please keep them coming if it interests you.
* finally, I love the suggestion made here
, perhaps unintentionally, that a reason why webcomics cartoonists do their originals on paper is to facilitate original art sales.
posted 3:30 pm PST
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