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June 12, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the writer and editor Rachel Edidin will soon have some time open in her schedule. I worked with her a couple of times and she was very good.

* so 100K of the astounding sales for the forthcoming Rocket Raccoon title come from a single source. I don't have any thoughts -- whoever wants to buy what and how is up to them, and the royalty to the creators I imagine does not depend on number of buyers -- but it does mean that if you look at the sales charts in terms of getting a handle on a specific kind of support for a book the idea of incentives and special edition really messes with that.

image* Paul O'Brien on Amazing X-Men #7. Sean Gaffney on One Piece Vol. 71. Rob Clough on various Nobrow works. Todd Klein on Dark Horse Presents #29-30. Paul O'Brien on Amazing X-Men Annual Vol. 1. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Godzilla: Awakening and X-Men: No More Humans. Alex Hoffman on Operation Margarine.

* my favorite Spider-Man villain is J. Jonah Jameson, back when he functioned that way.

* Brian Nicholson engages with Lisa Hanawalt's design work for Patricia Lockwood.

* not comics: I would figure an option distinct from using some sort of analysis tool is not to consume news like a loon, jumping from source to source as if they're all the same thing. That battle was lost about five years now. People over 40 don't believe me when I say what little news the young people I know consume comes in a heavy percentage from really basic social media tools: what their preferred twitter, tumblr, and facebook feeds bring their way. This is even a break from an RSS feed strategy, because in most cases the people I'm talking about don't use these tools for news; the news just sort of accidentally gets in. People tell me flat-out "if someone doesn't post about it, I won't see it." Something to think about.

* I greatly enjoyed this Patrick Rosenkranz article at profiling Glenn Bray and that assounding Blighted Eye book that came out earlier this year, a kind of walk-through his original art collection.

* Jen Vaugh talks to Andrew Farago. Evan Henry profiles Ranae de Liz. Paul Constant profiles Gary Groth as part of that Stranger Genius Award program (Groth is a nominee and potential winner; they haven't been named yet). One piece of good news in that Groth piece is that Fantagraphics is going to publish a big book of Groth's best writing next year. That should be something to behold.

* not comics: Alexis Madrigal breaks down on what basis media sites are launched now. It's not coverage area.

* look at that primetime Jaime original art. Jaime Hernandez's primetime will run the length of his career.

* finally, Sean Kleefeld on the comics history of the jeep.
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