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June 10, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Mike Sterling provides a few graphs of straight-forward talk about how wearying the practice of incentives are in terms of flooding the marketplace with comics that can't be sold at the retailer level, but were already "sold" non-returnable into that market. It's a rotten system.

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga Book Two. Todd Klein on Swamp Thing #31. Henry Chamberlain on Adventures In China: Monkey King.

* eighty percent of the photos in Sarah McIntyre's posts look like publicity shots from a stageplay version of the television show Pushing Daisies. That is totally a compliment, too.

* one of the very best things about Sean Kleefeld as a comics blogger is he brings up stuff that no one else does. This is one of those times.

* I'm not exactly sure what's going on here in terms of context, but there were a couple of observations about working in a field without a supportive industry I found interesting. One is the notion that making good work is the same as making work that succeeds through these highly-commercial facilitating agencies. Another is that at some point you just have to decide whether or not making the art is important to you or not, and what standards you apply to get there.

* MTV is going to bring a fandom awards to San Diego because I guess it's not possible to actually invest in any of the existing awards that exist down there. I dunno, some of these satellite events seem ludicrous to me, and I'm a longtime supporter of there being satellite events. I'm not sure if that's a case of "be careful what you wish for" or "you lack this particular kind of imagination."

* hey, a Crumb print. There aren't really a ton of Crumb prints, or at least I've never seen one that's suited me and I'm more of the seething-jealousy-over-something-I-can't-have type than I am the naaahh type.

* finally, Michael DeForge promises a longer version of this comic about meeting Chester Brown.
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