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.
* 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.
posted 10:00 am PST
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