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May 11, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I totally missed this post from Secret Acres about this year's MoCCA Festival, and the slew of poignant commentary that follows. I don't think I've encountered a single person that buys for a second the claims that attendance went up this year. I've also talked to at least two other prominent exhibitors who declared this will be their final year at the show -- although that kind of sentiment sometimes softens.

image* Sean T. Collins on Baby's In Black. Bob Temuka on the Mignolaverse. Dan Morrill on the Jumpstart Comic Activity Book. Charles Yoakum on the Avengers movie. John Kane on a variety of comics. Sean Kleefeld on Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellant? J. Caleb Mozzocco on a variety of comics. Michael Buntag on some recent superhero comic books. That Ross/Hitch one was kind of odd.

* Caitlin McGurk profiles the most prominent comics work that you could read upside-down. I remember one of the contributors to the TCJ Top 100 list was a huge advocate for that strip.

* when Dagwood Bumstead split the atom. How much better would Blondie be if Dagwood were going to work at the Manhattan Project every day? (Don't e-mail me about the University of Chicago; I know.)

* a case for buying contemporary comics art.

* sometimes Mike Sterling does posts that are seemingly just for me.

* hopefully, the target-rich environment that some folks seem to think basic citizen rights will keep our nation's editorial cartoonists from doing any more cartoons about eating dog.

* hey, new Kate Beaton.

* I can't tell if this is the worst idea I've read about this week or the best one.

* Alex Dueben talks to Sal Buscema and Ted Naifeh. Michael Cavna talks to Matt Bors.

* Paul Gravett reports in from the London Super Comic Convention.

* Bruce Canwell puts up a comics version of one of those diagrams you see on the wall of a TV show.

* not comics: Emi Lenox makes a Studio Ghibli-related poster.

* that's a nice Avengers page. I always liked Kang. For one thing, his name is "Kang."

* finally, I learned a new, sort-of made-up word today.
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