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November 7, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I greatly enjoy whenever Bruce Canwell runs a bunch of high-quality strip scans from the same day. Latest: February 15, 1946. A single page of comics is such a valuable historical document when tracing a community, a newspaper and a time.

image* Tim O'Shea talks to Renée French.

* I don't have the grasp I should on manga as its own market, and I sure as hell don't have any idea what's going on with anime -- a feeder/beneficiary market for that material. This sounds kind of depressing, though. Is it mean to suggest that maybe there was a big generational/faddish component to that flurry of manga sales starting several years ago? I don't mean that in an argumentative way, because certainly there's going to be an audience for great comics no matter what tradition from which they hail and that's my primary interest, but I am sort of interested in that mass-market side of things as well. Furiously stating "Well, they're still better than sales for XYZ kinds of comics" doesn't seem all that helpful in terms of figuring out the size and scope of that audience right now.

* Rob Clough on comics about travel. Vik Gill on The Underwater Welder. Henry Chamberlain on Vampirella Vs. Fluffy The Vampire Killer.

* Anders Nilsen with an election report. And here's an installment from Steve Weissman's Barack Hussein Obama. Bleeding Cool has a round-up of comics industry professional tweets.

* Johanna Draper Carlson talks marketing and publishing goals, including telling folks that serialized comics are almost entirely better off on the web at this point.

* Michael Cavna is having people vote on their favorite election-day cartoon.

* finally, I totally missed this David Brothers piece about blatant advertising being treated as publishing news content by industry journalism outfits. I always thought that was a weird thing, too. We do live in a world where people are falling over themselves to post news about forthcoming movies and trailers and the like, but it's not a world in which everyone -- or really, anyone -- has to participate.
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