April 10, 2008
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* a new Steve Ditko comic book!
* the cartoonist Mike Mignola dispenses advice to younger cartoonists in today's installment
of First Second's Mentors Corner.
* it's another one of those stories I swear has come up a bunch of times, but it probably hasn't: Soleil has a new web site.
* Marc Sobel continues his march through the greatest comic book series of all-time, Love and Rockets
Vol. 1, with a look at issue #31
. If I remember my L&R
correctly, this is either the end or near the end of a very specific period in that title's publication history, where Los Bros were really mixing effective and ambitious long-form series with a slew of killer short stories, like "Tear It Up, Terry Downe," "Frida Kahlo" the transcendent "Flies On The Ceiling" and this issue's "Spring 1982." Man, what a comic book.
* the cartoonist and magazine editor Mike Manley sums up the last couple of days of his Babymen Essays
. The money quote: "If you are 30 years old and angry that some cartoon on TV isn't getting the character right because it's aimed at kids, designed for kids -- then you have a serious fucking problem, and the cartoon is the least of it!"
* the writer Sean Kleefeld takes a quick look at historical figures in comics
, particularly those that are utilized in fiction.
* the Chicago Defender takes a quick look
at an historical figure of
comics, Jackie Ormes.
* people are still talking about The Brave and the Bold
, using as a springboard an out-loud comment by a prominent blogger as to the series' sales decline and the release of the new trade. Don MacPherson provides an overview
. John Jakala suggests that maybe people aren't buying it because it has a lot of problems.
I still think the more interesting question may be why anyone is asking the question in the first place.
* the writer and reviewer Graeme McMillan looks at the elements of an effective mega-crossover
of the kind so loved by the big mainstream American comic book companies right now.
* the cartoonist, writer and editor Paul Karasik would like you to look at his cartoon in the latest New Yorker carousel
. They could be moving around randomly, but if they aren't I think it's in the first few.
* because of my misspent youth, I probably carry a superior rating in "Marvel superhero comics released between 1974 and 1980 including all appearances of The Shroud" but would rate only an adequate at best in "duck comics from mid-20th Century." Therefore, I found this interview with Jack Hannah about Donald Duck Finds Pirate Gold
to be well worth a read.
* is manga porn?
* newspaper industry bible Editor & Publisher takes note of the Eric Devericks story
* the author and early 20th Century print champion Nicholson Baker writes about Wikipedia and seems to argue
that the webcomics purge from a couple of years back was a sign of a cultural shift within the community that keeps and supports that site.
* the writer Steven Grant talks about the problem of making longer stories in serialized parts
* FLUKE previewed.
* the writer and critic Tim Hodler has interesting and unkind words
for an interview with David Hajdu.
* finally, here's something not comics: a writer recants his own blurb
writing on behalf of a book he later read and didn't like. Once upon a time, recommendations within comics and endorsements on covers used to be the only way outside of The Comics Journal
that alt-comix fans found out about other great comics to read, a practice that devolved in the 1990s to a more crass, glad-handing exchange of PR benefits.
posted 3:30 pm PST
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