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May 3, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* please read this lovely obituary for the publisher Josep Maria Berenguer. And then please read Bob Levin on Bill Mauldin. You've already had a good day.

image* I'm catching up on old tweets. Thanks to everyone that communicates to me that way. Someone about a week ago responded to a Bob Powell Golden Age comic to which this site linked by pointing out that old comics are hard to read and newer, indie-focused titles like Scott Pilgrim are much easier to read. Okay. I'm not sure that I can 100 percent endorse those examples in all cases for everyone, but I think it's true that some comics are easier to read than others even within the realm of what the marketplace offers right this moment, or over the last 10 years. The thing is, I'm never sure what to do with that beyond acknowledging it's true and hoping that people are in a position to use that fact to sell some books to customers or to give books to their friends to read who might not be soaked in comics particulars. I mean, I know that I have friends that would find Marjane Satrapi easier to understand than Ted Jouflas; I suppose that's a major reason why I lend out Perseoplis more than I do Filthy. Both are fine books, and the art form is better off for our having both. Is there anything more to it than that?

* if you're completely unfamiliar with Jouflas' comics, here's a short story from 1988.

* Rob Clough on a couple of new Michael DeForge comics. Sean T. Collins on Night Business #4. Don MacPherson on Earth 2 #1. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Hulk Smash Avengers #1 and Daredevil #12. Lauren Davis on Gronk.

* finally, it's not comics, but some of these photos are indeed pretty great.
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