June 18, 2012
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* that charitable fellow and all-around good man of comics Neil Gaiman has a number of new items up for eBay auction
that will benefit that fine charity the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You should go stare at some of that stuff. Bid if you like.
* Gary Tyrrell pays tribute to the achievement of Kris Straub
. We add our congratulations as well.
* well, it doesn't get much cuter than this
. Also, it's weird to think that Sam Henderson and I were hanging out near one another some 15 years before we met.
* not comics: so people are going to the movies less frequently
. Really, things have been dying and changing since forever. People don't buy Big Little Books anymore; people don't walk on the promenade anymore; people don't go to roller derby. Actually, they do all of those things; they just don't do them in great numbers. One of the wonderful things about treating art as an art rather than as a public commodity is that you focus on the quality of the experience and benefiting the artists directly; you don't worry about the size of something for the sake of worrying about the size of something. Also, just to say: I watched all those Avengers ads coming out and I don't think it ever once crossed my mind that it was being sold as an event. Avatar
was sold as an event. I think that's projecting on the writer's part.
* Mason J. Moray on Detective Eye
. Lauren Davis on Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether
* I'm usually fan of Eric Stephenson's mini-editorials, but I think this one is more a germ of a good idea than a well-executed piece
. It's right to say that there shouldn't be summary dismissal of comics that work out of a desire to cross into multiple platforms. It's also right to say that making comics a place where people can make a living doing comics is a fine goal for us to have. At the same time, there are just a shit-ton of awful comics out there that read like bad movie or TV show treatments in a way that I don't think there's anything close to a similar group of comics that read like a bad something else that's not a comic. I also think it's really generous to say that the majority of such creators are comics-first people.
* finally, congratulations to Brad Mackay and family
posted 10:00 am PST
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