April 23, 2014
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* Henry Chamberlain on Genesis
. Cefn Ridout on Rules Of Summer
. Larry Cruz on Pole Dancing Adventures
. Andy Oliver on Reads #4
. Tom Murphy on Beautiful Scars
. Levi Hunt on Superior Spider-Man #31
. Sean Gaffney on Attack On Titan Vol. 12
. Sean Kleefeld profiles Brumsic Brandon Jr.
J. Caleb Mozzocco on Batman: The Dark Knight Vol. 3
. Henry Chamberlain on iHero #1
* not comics: Jason reviews the movie Trust
* I don't even know what this
is about, but it's about the Charlton E-Man
comic, so I'm on board. That was a reasonably fun comic and is a really
interesting thing to look at 40 years later -- which put it on the other side if comic book history is cut in half. I bought a whole bunch of them last Fall in Muncie, Indiana.
* Calvin Reid talks to Max Brooks
. Grace Bello profiles Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
. Zainab Akhtar profiles Corinne Mucha
. Henry Chamberlain talks to Ken Pisani
* hey, it's the animated Ping Pong
* one of the grand older men of North American comics criticism, RC Harvey would like to tell you something about prose vs. pictures pacing in modern graphic novels
. I'm not sure I'm engaging enough with his point to care, which makes it difficult for me to find counter-examples in terms of what might work or might not work and why. My hunch is that comics is kind of a messy form in a lot of ways, and that some of the examples we see as clumsy or as maybe not even comics at one point are brought into the fold or seen with new eyes later on. At the same time, there are plenty of not great comics works out there from which all sorts of negative summary appraisals can be summoned.
* Lisa Brown profiles Lion Forge
is a very cute follow-up to some goofball's anti-fangirl t-shirt. I don't have any thoughts about fangirls as they relate to coffee, although I like both.
* in what is basically a lengthy aside on another critic's work, J. Caleb Mozzocco notes
how poorly served some of the mainstream characters can be by relaunches and reboots that have very specific parameters. In this case, the Dick Grayson character was defined in terms of the progression of relationships within that fictional universe whic are either compressed to inconsequentiality or gotten rid of altogether. What usually happens is that they just use that old perception anyway, despite whatever story is foregrounded now, which can be pretty fascinating in a super-nerdy way.
* finally, Matt D. Wilson recommends
the paper "Comics Economics."
posted 1:05 am PST
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