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August 6, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Aquaman And The Others #4. Don MacPherson on a bunch of different comics.

* Steve Morris talks to Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, Danny Djeljosevic and Team Dungeon Fun.

* Johanna Draper Carlson reminds us that social dysfunction is more charming on TV or in a movie than in your face at a convention. Actually, it's not that great onscreen, either. Be nice, be professional.

* some of the cruder covers presented here by J. Caleb Mozzocco are amazing-looking, including and maybe especially the one he calls one of his favorites of all time.

* finally, speaking of Mozzocco, he does one of the posts here where he walks through the various Guardians Of The Galaxy characters and notes their creators. I might do a post like that next Monday. I saw the movie -- it's harder than you think without paying but not stealing -- and it's a charming, 1980s reminiscent big-audience entertainment. I liked best how attractively dismissive it was of spoon-feeding the audience as to the significance and import of various details, which is a quality that will allow it to play well on TV replays for years to come and should boost its return business this summer. I wish the characters had more agency, and I think it could have been tighter in a way that didn't require some of the gassy exposition. I get why people like it, though. Those Marvel films are making an explicit value of both teamwork and the underlying friendships that facilitate teamwork, which is super-savvy culturally.
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