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February 29, 2008

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the writer and critic Dick Hyacinth has released his top comics of 2007 meta-list, compiling a number of various lists from various places and weighting them according to a system he's happy to explain to you.

image* if I were going to SPACE, I'd be stopping by Frank Santoro's table and buying copies of the new Cold Heat 'zines.

* you can support the comics charity HERO and remember Steve Gerber at the same time by buying their Howard the Duck print, drawn by the artist Frank Cho. And also it isn't the main point, this is the first time I've seen it suggested that Gerber might have been the target of aid by the group.

* James Vance writes on legacy strips.

* if I'm understanding this article correctly, conventions in Lucca and Naples are fighting over a calendar date.

* Titan has apparently purchased Egmont's various older kids titles/properties Roy of the Rovers, Buster, Action, Johnny Red, Major Eazy, Tammy, Misty and Rat Pack in order to do a series of collections. I'm only guessing that Buster and Action are two separate thing despite the linked-to article because I can't find another mention of such a title. I like how clear the publishers are about what constitutes a viable property for children and what is essentially a nostalgia property. the first book, The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1980s will be published in June.

* cartoonist Henri Arnold retires from his popular newspaper feature after a run of 48 years. Haven't heard of him? You've heard of his feature.

* a letter writer defends the treatment of soldiers and their various issues in Doonesbury; the way that Garry Trudeau has become a champion of certain issues is one of the more remarkable turns by any cartoonist, ever.

* here's a nice report on Keith Knight I nearly missed.
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