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May 28, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* hello, Hannah Chapman. Get back to work.

image* Kelly Thompson on This One Summer. Rob Kirby on It Never Happened Again. Paul Buhle on Bad For You. Bart Croonenborghs on The Last Tiger On Earth. Johanna Draper Carlson on Batman '66 #11. Laura A. Pearson on Heartless. Jake Austen on a trio of comics.

* not comics: I don't know if we're at peak superhero or if we're at a place where superheroes are just part of the landscape now. I do think there's a trend in movie-making and television shows where cheaper is better, and that there's going to be an adjustment to find superhero properties that suit that model of entertainment as opposed to the big fantasy blockbuster model. We'll see how the Guardians movie does -- with its emphasis on humor -- and, more importantly, the Netflix TV shows and how they adjust on that S.H.I.E.L.D. show to the realities of making something like that. DC seems to have found a way to do TV that should work for the next several years: plugging what they do into existing network storytelling modes.

* this is cute.

* Fantagraphics has released the first cover image from their partnership with the cartoonist Lucy Knisley: it looks very nice.

* I find the whole murky area of estates pursuing control of charactes one would assume have lapsed into the public domain freaking fascinating, mostly because of how unsettled it is, so I lapped up this Kevin Melrose post. One of the reasons I'm for creators making as much money as possible in as many circumstances that allow it is that I eventually want all of this stuff returned to the primordial soup of general culture without it feeling like something's been taken away from someone. I can hope, anyway.

* Patrick A. Reed in praise of Herb Trimpe -- which to my eye serves partly a reminder of how much Trimpe benefited from creative partnerships with Marie Severin and John Severin.

* finally, a rare freelance assignment for Mr. Chester Brown.
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