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February 27, 2013

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Koyama Press sent out a release two days ago indicating that Ed Kanerva would be coming to work for the company as a full-time publishing assistant starting March 1. Congratulations to the company and to Mr. Kanerva on the new arrangement.

image* Brian Garde on Zombies Hi. Carla Hoffman on the latest round of superhero spy comics. Charles Hatfield on Fairy Quest: Outlaws #1.

* Marvel's Stephen Wacker dispenses advice.

* Tim O'Shea talks to Paul Allor. Chris Arrant talks to Joe Keatinge. Andy Mueller talks to Duane Swierczynski.

* not comics: I find this super-weird.

* I think I already mentioned this, but there's a DC plotline where one of its name characters is killed off -- not even the classic name character, someone relatively new that's wearing the costume. There are some attempts to kind of focus on the story being told as it's an exit book for Grant Morrison as he wraps up this big-icon phase of his at DC. Still, what fascinates is all the other stuff, if only briefly and without much heat: the fact that mainstream media loves running stories like this now, that DC is happy to "spoil" a storyline for the PR boost, that this will send people into comics shops looking to buy comics that will be worth a bit more than cover value only if a lot of people run into comic shops wanting this comic book, and that although they're getting rid of a pretty good character and one of the few newer ones that might make a comic with him in it distinguishable from a comic book DC released in 1997 that this isn't seen as something they can't walk back if they want to.

* finally, Kevin Melrose has a write-up on the significant amount of money brought in by auctioned Watchmen cover artwork. That's a lot of money, but that's not money I begrudge anyone making as long as they obtained the original works legally and honorably, which I believe to be the case here.
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