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February 3, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I was sent a link to this essay about a lousy experience an artist had at and with that Stan Lee-named convention, an anecdote that includes a lengthy description of watching Lee operate at that convention. It's stomach-churning and fascinating. I'm not sure what to do with the link other than to post it here and promise to post any comments and/or responses.

image* Walt Simonson draws Thor fighting a giant serpent. And here's a Joseph Remnant cartoon. I'm glad these are made public but I hope these cartoonists are also posting these elsewhere to people not their friends/fans.

* Gabe Fowler just sent out a letter soliciting advertising for his freely-distributed-in-NYC comics newspaper Smoke Signal. If that's something that would interest you, you should contact Fowler and perhaps he'd send one of those letters along.

* I hope to get to a small obituary for occasional cartoonist Frank Whitford, but if I don't, his passing should be noted.

* this is one of those rare "comics used to be weird, I tells ya!" articles that a) doesn't rely on weird Golden Age production speeds to get most of its oddness into perspective and b) is pretty good all the way through to the end. One of the great things about comics history is that there's all sorts of weird little corners where there's enough money for people to be paid to do things that are odd but no mass audience that might force them to take a step back and second guess what they're up to.

* Shelton Drum has a great original art collection.

* finally, Dalton Sharp looks back at 2013 and ahead to 2014.
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