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May 5, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob McMonigal on Me Likes You Very Much. Kris Shaw on The Tower King. Marc Arsenault on some different books -- Arsenault never reviews comics, or at least doesn't very frequently.

* Robyn Chapman on "How To Talk To A Micro-Publisher Without Sounding Like A Jerk."

* super-fun mini-essay here by the writer, critic and occasional comics author Paul Di Filippo about the lack of connective, shared-experience technology in Calvin & Hobbes. It's not new to note that Calvin has a different childhood experience than kids do now, although it's always a point work making; what distinguishes this piece is that Di Filippo suggests a continuity between Calvin's experience and the experience of kids going back to the times of Skippy, asserting that while things like television did not fundamentally alter the course of kids' lives as lived, changes since have.

* I like this drawing Sarah McIntyre did of her parents.

* Jen Vaughn profiles Anna Pederson. Oliver Sava talks to Jason Aaron and Jason Latour. Abraham Riseman talks to Brian Bendis. Jeffrey Renaud talks to Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

* Michael Dooley presents a comics-related panel featuring Ben Katchor, Mimi Pond, Anders Nilsen and Vanessa Davis from the LA Times Festival Of Books.

* I was unaware -- or it hadn't registered with me -- that the CBLDF has a podcast now. Nice line-up here.

* it's great to see that Oliver East received necessary funding to work on a project. His comics are extremely interesting and entirely his own.

* not comics: J. Chris Campbell on Amazing Spider-Man 2. That's a funny title.

* Julia Wertz draws an overheard moment.

* not really sure how this link to an "Original Writer" grouping made it into my bookmarks -- likely Facebook -- but it is sort of funny to see it presented that way. It's explained here, if it doesn't ring any bells.

* Alex Cox notes why some comics professionals and devoted fans of the medium get frustrated with Stan Lee, or at least the apparatus that Lee has allowed to form around himself in his later years. I do think this kind of thing could be better policed in general, for sure, although I'm not sure every single instance could be.

* finally, Robert Beerbohm remembers his friend, the late Bill Blackbeard. If you've ever read an archival comic strip collection, you have likely benefited from the work or influence of Bill Blackbeard.
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