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July 9, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 3. Henry Chamberlain on Freak Out Squares #1. Johanna Draper Carlson on My Little Monster Vols. 1-2, The Zoo Box, Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vols. 8-9 and a bunch of manga volumes. Kelly Thompson on Rocket Raccoon #1.

* here's a piece on items of interest in one of the strong but little talked-about repository for comics out there -- the holdings at the VCU library. These aren't the kinds of secrets all of which are going to blow a comics fan's mind, but is aimed more at a general audience. Also, you can hold one of Darwyn Cooke's Eisner Awards.

* here's a piece on building a Mt. Rushmore of comics, which I appreciate for the fun of it and for the old-school bravery of doing a Mt. Rushmore -- it's the most sausage-fest shorthand for pantheon building we have. Anyway, I think these are interesting exercises, particularly in a time like now where people will send in 42 items for a top 10 list and shrug their shoulders and declare that they're all tied for being equally awesome and what are you going to do? That's a good group right off the bat there, too.

* in "stuff that could actually appear in the Daily Bugle" news, it looks like we're going to get some character other than Steve Rogers being Captain America for a while. That seems odd only in that Captain America was recently dead, and it seems like they've shotgunned him pretty quickly through the "super soldier" and "back to cap" stages. It might not feel that way if you're a teen reader of these comics, I'll grant that. I'm still curious as to how the major entertainment publications are going to cover comics companies and their moves where the characters are so strongly stressed over the creators involved. I guess we'll see articles like this one.

* Will Dinski wrote in to suggest this podcast by Brad Listi with cartoonist and prose author Ariel Schrag. The occasion is her novel, but there's a lot of comics talk in addition to biographical material.

* finally, Greg Stump and Dave Lasky will have class starting soon. Teaching certainly keeps you young.
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