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September 15, 2011

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Brett Warnock reminds us that Frank Young and David Lasky are closing in on making their Kickstarter goals. The premiums are good on that one, considering they're driven by a Lasky-made print and original art, so you might want to check it out. Speaking of Kickstarter projects, Burning Building Comix is in the last hours of their graphic novel proposal and could use some consideration.

image* there's a longish article here on British comics magazine well worth checking out. Even if you don't like the words, it's very well-illustrated. The photo at right, for instance, proves that the Brits started "New Comics Day."

* Johanna Draper Carlson asks how to fix the convention press pass system. I'm glad that most of the major conventions value on-line coverage, and would rather they err on the side of letting a person in with a faked blog than to keep them all out. Then again, I don't begrudge any show of restricting their press list if that's what they want to do. I've paid for admission into conventions in order to cover them, just as I've purchased comics in order to review them. I always appreciate a courtesy, but it's a courtesy.

* Andy Burns talks to Charles Soule. Mike Dawson talks to Alex Robinson. Brigid Alverson talks to Eric Hobbs.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco passes along comics-making advice from Bakuman.

* here are a few DC links not reviews. 1) The writer Graeme McMillan wonders after specific factors in the Direct Market success of DC's new publishing initiative. 2) This is too bad; I liked that character the way she was. 3) Since I complained about DC not getting its character library into television deals when I wrote my grouse-a-thon a couple of weeks ago, I should probably note when they do so. (I still think Kid Eternity is the one: a kid bringing dead historical figures back to life! How is this not a best-selling comic and tangentially-related network TV show? I'll write the Li Po issue for free.)

* sadly, I don't think what Brian Bendis is talking about is weird as much as I'm resigned to that kind of thinking being out there.

* Don MacPherson, Brian Hibbs and Kevin Pasquino on more of those DC books. Greg McElhatton on Bake Sale. Sean T. Collins on The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969. Sean Gaffney on the 39th volume of Oh My Goddess!. David Brothers on Ultimate Spider-Man #1. Rob Clough on a bunch of new stuff from Silber Media. Patrick Markfort on The Comics Journal #301.

* I almost feel like buying one of these.

* finally, I'm not exactly sure why we get all of the lists that go into the final list, but it looks like the YALSA have started up another round of deciding their great graphic novels for teens.
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