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March 12, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* congratulations to Charles Brownstein on ten years at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

* Johanna Draper Carlson looks at Archie Sales Figures for 2011. I know how positive a lot of people are about what Archie's been doing, but one thing I think works about their publishing initiatives is that they seem to be focused on achievable gains.

image* I keep meaning to mention this, but Lynda Barry's Tumblr has been full of fun, inspiring mini-reports from the teaching work she's been doing at the University Of Wisconsin.

* Greg McElhatton on Fairest #1. Brian Hibbs on a bunch of different comic books. Todd Klein on Legion Of Super-Heroes #3-4, Legion Of Super-Heroes #5 and Batman: Odyssey #3-4. Matt Seneca on Is That All There Is?. Richard Bruton on Hector Umbra. John Freeman on Superior.

* Gerry Alanguilan shares his rejection letters.

* Paul Gravett talks about a comics course in England as a tipping point.

* Tatsumi on the shelf.

* I'd ask "has it come to this?" but I think we know it ended up there a long, long time ago.

* whenever I see posts like this one about Golden Age comic books, it reminds me of looking at ancient baseball box scores or train timetables. I have no idea what's going on, but I'm intensely fascinated.

* the versatility of the better superhero designs never fails to amaze me.

* Frank Santoro talks to Zack Soto. Michael Armstrong profiles Jim Woodring.

* Jim Rugg pays tribute to the Palmer's Picks column in Wizard magazine, the place he first heard about a lot of indy- and alt-talent that he continues to read today. I imagine that that column played a similar role for a lot of cartoonists around Rugg's age, and I think it was clear even back then that its presence in those pages was a good thing.

* Johanna Draper Carlson recommends two shows I missed.

* finally, Bob Temuka writes on maybe the biggest change in fan culture over the last generation or so: comic book stores as a place to meet like-minded readers; the Internet and its various chat opportunities for same.
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