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May 21, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Michael Cavna talks to Roger Langridge about his decision to stop working for mainstream publishers due to ethical concerns over their treatment of creators. I know some people think this is a small thing, but I'm convinced that comics was changed in the 1980s for the better because of those creators that took the lessons of the Jack Kirby Art Fiasco to heart and looked for new ways to express themselves, even as Marvel itself did not change its basic nature.

image* the art of writing about comics shows is becoming a rarer and more slippery thing, but there was a bunch of pretty good stuff up about TCAF that you can access in the Collective Memory section along the right hand column. One such piece was this post over at Sequential.

* Sarah Douglas talks to Robert Crumb. Shaun Manning talks to Matt Kindt. Kiel Phegley talks to Axel Alonso. Brigid Alverson talks to Michael Murphey.

* I don't think I've ever seen this Darwyn Cooke drawing of Ambush Bug.

* I don't know what to make of news of DC pruning its subscription services, except that as an old and fearful man I'm always unsettled by anything changing, even a tiny bit. The odd thing is, I'm actually at a point in my life where a subscription to certain comics might make sense -- I'm far away from a comics shop, for one.

* Jason Thompson enthuses over the miracle that was Cromartie High School, marveling at just how stupendously weird that series was and shaking his head in disbelief that even though it wasn't finished in the US that it was ever published anywhere at all. I concur. I imagine there are a lot of folks tired of hearing from me about that comic, but I'm still slightly stunned that a comic with a joke like naming all of its high schools after US-born Japanese major leagues baseball players ever existed. That's not simply "just a joke for me," that's the kind of thing I imagine in my head and then decide not to say out loud to my friends because it's too specific to my own sense of humor. "Oh, and here's the Japanese comic series with an Orestes Destrade joke." The mind still boggles.

* Stephan Pastis does a strip about abortion, and at least some readers noticed.

* Rob Clough on Coin-Op Comics #3. Todd Klein on World's Finest #1. Katherine Dacey on Honey Darling. Sean Gaffney on One Piece Vol. 62. Greg McElhatton on Rohan At The Louvre. Tucker Stone on various comics, old and new. Brad Mackay on Modern Cartoonist: The Art Of Daniel Clowes.

* Steven Ringgenberg writes about Tony DeZuniga. A big part of editing a publication like the Journal is allocating your resources, and I can't imagine a better use for Ringgenberg than putting him on appreciations like that one.

* the writer about comics Robert Fiore has a lot of strengths, but one that hasn't been absorbed by all the writers about comics that have followed him into the breach over the years is his strength with writing about animation. Here's a post that mixes the two.

* finally, why wouldn't you take advice from Neil Gaiman?
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