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April 1, 2013

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* there was a rolling story last week about the use of terminology in one of the Marvel comic books that was interpreted, sometimes angrily, in the context of a longstanding assertion that Marvel's comics with mutants in them are most effectively regarded in terms of those elements that provide insight into bigotry. I commented on it here to say that I basically think that such a conception is at best a blunt, broad metaphor so of course it's going to break down almost immediately and under tons of circumstances, and that's despite all the legitimate and even enlightening uses for blunt, broad metaphors. The most earnest and thoroughly written article on the matter from the perspective of those that engage with those comics more regularly was probably here; the writer of the comic apologized for snapping at fans here; I agree with most everything David Brothers writes here.

image* how on earth did I miss these fun cartoonist portraits by Chris Schweizer? Here's one such post.

* not comics: here's a whiskey named after Loki. As much as whiskey has lied to me in the past, with its promises of no hangovers and that I would be better looking to women if I drank a bit more, this seems entirely appropriate.

* Allan Holtz and company attempt to solve "The Frank Moser Mystery." Those are nice-looking strips.

* David Harper talks to Dennis Hopeless.

* Bob Temuka on Hit-Girl. Rob Clough on Graphic Classics: Mark Twain. John Kane on a bunch of different comics. Sean Gaffney on Tokyo Babylon Omnibus Vol. 1. Brian Gardes on Bad Machinery: The Case Of The Team Spirit. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Hawkgirl: The Maw. Jeffrey O. Gustafson on a bunch of different comics. Joe Gordon on The Massive Vol. 1. Richard Bruton on Channel Evil.

* here's a piece on the use of Fourth World characters in Lois Lane, of all places. I always loved the way the Fourth World stuff interacts with the rest of the DC material. That stuff is really potent because it's Kirby, but it also settles uneasily into the core of that universe, I think, which is still this Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman triumvirate. It's like DC has this central myth to it and then this other myth, and the other myth is so vital it kind of crashes into the first myth constantly, like an angry storm slapping against a genteel seawall.

* no one would ever make fun of Superman for this.

* finally, Alex Buchet writes on Steve Ditko's collaborations with studio-mate Eric Stanton.
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