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June 6, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Tom Murphy on Ordinary #1. Kevin Church on Nijigahara Holograph. Tom Murphy on Trees #1. Rob Clough on Maria M. Todd Klein on Detective Comics #31. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Wolverine: In The Flesh #1. Frank Santoro on Ritual #3. Rob McMonigal on The Black Feather Falls Book Two.

* there is nothing more beautiful than the mostly-handmade comics rack at a major comic book store. Okay, that's not true. But I like looking at them.

* this shirtless, masked-up, gloved-up Batman and whatever they call Dick Grayson now fight is a missive straight from the howling mad heart of modern comic books.

* the retailer Mike Sterling isn't fond of the lingering "New 52" designation.

* Andy Yates talks to Jim Rugg. Matt Emery talks to Ben Hutchings.

* I'm not really into speculative articles about forthcoming comics-related movies -- I figure those people know what they're doing for the most part, and are likely to make choices different than my own -- but it's always nice to see Dr. Strange art. You know, I don't like many of the Dr. Strange comics from his entire history save for the Ditko era, and don't care for some of the more recent iterations that a lot of people liked. So I hope they make some good comics if there's to be increased attention to that character.

* Sean Kleefeld talks about one way that mainstream comics get into trouble on issues racism or sexism: their casts aren't diverse enough to provide multiple points of view. I think that's particularly true of the superhero universes, which are supposedly representative of entire galaxies, as opposed to the casts of comics like both major Love & Rockets serials or Doonesbury.

* here is PW's BEA report.

* finally, I have no idea why this comic about Jack Kirby ended up back in my bookmarks, but I enjoyed reading it again.
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