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September 10, 2013

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Matt Singer makes an interesting point about the strategy of making more than 12 issues of a comic a year, a point that could be extended to cover comics more generally. That's going to be perceived as a lot of money compared to other forms of entertainment. For those that really value that form of entertainment, that's not going to be a lot of money, but not everyone falls into that fervent camp and there's a very delicate back and forth between those who are willing to pay top dollar and those that shift to another strategy -- even to cheaper comics options, of which there are many. I like to read and own some mainstream comic books, but I shifted some years ago from a point-of-release buyer to a delayed, $1-or-less buyer.

image* Richard Bruton on A Handful Of Groats. John Ernenputsch on The Star Wars #1.

* I don't know how the heck I ended up here, but I hope it never happens again. The idea of scanning multiple decades of comics history as if there's enough internal consistency to make firm storyline judgments seems like the craziest thing in the world to me.

* not comics: the veteran writer-about-comics Chris Mautner picks five second- and lower-than-that tier Alfred Hitchcock movies for your viewing pleasure. I always enjoy watching Foreign Correspondent.

* Abhay Khosla responds to the recent barrage of Internet-related feuds and gossipy stories.

* the thread of responses underneath this Jack Kirby birthday article has morphed from an interesting and mostly cordial plunge into the various arguments regarding original Marvel authorship to a sort of State Of The Last Five Years Of Arguing Lee Vs. Kirby. There's a lot of stuff in there with which I'm not conversationally familiar, including, for instance, a whole line of argumentation about whether or not Jack Kirby may have done presentation material for the early Marvel characters, work that may have been re-purposed into some of the character spotlight material those titles published. For a long time I've mostly fallen into the "great contributions but not what we tend to think of as authorship" school of things when it comes to Stan Lee, but there are worlds within worlds. This is also one of the first times I got a real sense of this being an arcane argument far from the mainstream of what the main thrust of comics is concerned with right now. People always flip out when that idea is introduced, the notion that people invested in other forms of comics-making don't naturally share the same set of concerns in which others are invested: you get people that are disgusted by this, and people that are really into that fact, super-happy about it. I just think it's natural, and I think it's something that's constantly negotiated.

* I would imagine this site is worth your attention for the next several days. That Brooklyn festival seems pretty heavily invested in its comics-related elements as its own thing and as a vital cog in publishing right now. A lot of festivals are like that, and I think it will be good if that continues.

* Matthew Santori-Griffith talks to Ethan Van Sciver. Andrew Tsurumi talks to Jon Lewis.

* finally, David Robertson on where to shelve comics in public libraries.
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