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July 10, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, the poster boy for resistance to authoritative crackdown on political expression in India, apparently believes now that going on a reality show soon after the arrest that put him in the public spotlight was probably a bad idea. It wasn't a vehicle for him to serve their views; his views became a vehicle to serve the show.

image* in praise of Justine Mara Andersen. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Marvel Knights: X-Men -- Haunted and The Batman/Judge Dredd Collection Part One: Judgment on Gotham. Michael Buntag on Boxers And Saints. Richard Bruton on Reel Love Vol. 1.

* Jillian Tamaki shares photos of This One Summer original art. Many of those pages are really, really, really attractive.

* not comics: a number of people have suggested this article to me, and a couple have sold it as a writer being honest about the amount of money they're making from a book. I don't actually see that -- there's some fudging, and this isn't a typical story to my experience at least even though the numbers tossed around sound more modest than what we're used to hearing. What I do like about it is that it asks its readers and all prospective professionals to break away from the idea that signing a book deal is a magic bullet for all of life's problems, a get out of jail card for financial difficulty. People feel this about mainstream comics gigs, syndicated comics launches and even something as modest as a small-press book contract, and it really distorts matters to the point that it can be harmful.

* finally, I found this long, rambling description of the last few years' of X-Men/mutant plotlines fairly entertaining. "Rambling" is probably very unfair; that's a lot of plot being summarized.
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