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September 23, 2011

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* prominent retailers Brian Hibbs and Joe Field enthuse over the success of DC's re-launch. I'm very happy for the retailers that have done well.

image* the writer Tony Isabella, who manfully refuses to use subject tags or any other grouping mechanism, is blogging about a story he did with Steve Ditko several years back. It includes the pencil breakdowns and final pages. Here are six of those posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

* a profile of New Zealand comic shop owner Jeremy Bishop.

* not comics: the secret history of Spider-Man movies.

* here are a few things that John Porcellino learned while drawing a page of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's comics. I'd read something like this every day if it were possible.

* Julian Sanchez notes that the major rich superheroes inherit their wealth while the major rich supervillains tend to be self-made men.

* David Brothers on Casanova: Avaritia #1. Sean Gaffney on Ninja Papa Vol. 1. Don MacPherson on DC Universe Presents #1. J. Caleb Mozzocco not once but twice on Wonder Woman #1. Ed Chavez reviews various SPX mini-comics. Chris Sims on Batman #1.

* click-run don't click-walk to the second part of D+Q's photo array from Helsinki; this one has their visit to Tove Jannson's apartment and studio. Pretty great stuff.

* a short list of World War II-related graphic novels.

* Johanna Draper Carlson makes note of a digital-only DC Comics comic book related to the television show Fringe.

* the writer Sean Collins is looking for artists.

* Nick Abadzis draws Big Barda.

* finally, Mike Lynch alerts us to a dramatic performance of Tomb Of Dracula #10. I always thought performances of comic books would make some inventive theater company a very fine late-night series.
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