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May 21, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this Luke Pearson illustration marking Nobrow's New York office sure is something.

image* Sean Gaffney on Showa: 1939-1944: A History Of Japan. Chris Cummins on André The Giant: Life And Legend.

* Jones walks his way through the X-Men comic books.

* Gil Roth talks to Mimi Pond. James from Black Hook Press talks to Eleanor Davis. Julia Lipkins (I think) talks to Karen Green. Gabriel Canada talks to Gene Luen Yang. Pádraig Ó Méalóid talks to Hayley Campbell. Brittney Mann profiles Sharon Murdoch.

* not comics: I don't discuss the movie side of comic book licensing a whole lot because this isn't a movie site, but every so often you read an article like this very good one, and it reminds that there are some really disheartening, miserable aspects to leveraging giant mainstream movie hits. The thought of something generating so much profit but being a disappointment because it didn't generate the profit it was expected to generate makes money an abstract principle in a way I find dehumanizing. I don't know what effect this has on the film industry, but I know when these kind of abstraction settle into the comics world hard-working people tend to lose their jobs, and resources start to be applied in very odd ways.

* Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and Dynamite came out of their rights dispute hot to make some comics, like the nerdiest courtroom romance movie ever.

* Gene Luen Yang names his top ten Asian Pacific American Comic Book characters. There are some interesting choices in there, including Lynda Barry.

* Steve Lieber lays down a barrage of solid, old-school values style advice on how to approach the difficulties of making comics pages. Lieber's prose is as uncluttered and straight-forward as his best comics.

* Rob Liefeld by way of a TV ad by way of twenty years passing by way of Ed Piskor by way of Boing Boing.

* the Guardian would like to see work from some of you.

* finally, Sonia Harris writes about the art she made for The Bounce #12.
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