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April 18, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* go, listen: The East River String Band with R. Crumb. There's a cute story about the Zwigoff film in there.

image* Don MacPherson on Batman Eternal #1. David Brothers on Space Brothers. Rob Clough on various comics and various other comics. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #29 and Aquaman #29. Sean Gaffney on Say I Love You Vol. 1. J. Caleb Mozzocco on various comics.

* Brian Gardes anticipates Warren Ellis at Dynamite.

* check out how many words get stuffed into the top panel of the two panel reprinted here by Bully. It's a shame to do that to Jack Kirby art, but as a kid I kind of liked how much text those 1960s Marvel comics could hold, because it made for what felt like a more substantive reading experience. That's probably a pretty shallow take on those kinds of comics, but it's one I earned at 7 years old.

* not comics: I like looking at people in costumes, but I'm still not sure what's driving that practice in such an intense way.

* Carl Antonowicz talks to Beth Hetland.

* Mike Thompson attends an old-fashioned con. Sadness results.

* not comics: one-time comics industry veteran Robert Boyd's arts-scene-in-Houston blog has been a lot of fun lately.

* Sonia Harris writes about something very specific here that I think a number of readers of this site will recognize: giving comics to your friends over the years and what they remember and like when comics is a very tiny part of their lives but a significant part of yours. I have friends from high school that still as after Bob Burden and David Boswell, 25 years later.

* finally, Bob Temuka writes about death in superhero comics. There was a time in the 1970s just introducing these "realistic" consequences was an automatic thrill, and I think a lot of what goes on with the use of that plot point is based on pushing back against the conventional superhero narrative established in the 1940s through 1960s.
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