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November 17, 2010


Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* it's odd to me to think that people still seem to be writing entire articles about what looks like a series of ad placement for comics, let alone that this would be of interest to anyone in the French-language industry, but here you go.

image* somehow I missed word of a Theo Ellsworth show at the Giant Robot in Los Angeles: if you're in LA and this is a place you occasionally go, you shouldn't make the same mistake. Another couple of pieces on display can be seen here, and the show page itself with prices and everything is here.

* this Mike Sterling post about how he's organizing his Superman comic books isn't for anyone, but for those of us still sharing living space with a lot of comic books for whatever reason, you may laugh and cringe. What a strange hobby.

* Sean Collins asks if there were a Netflix Watch Instantly feature, but for comics rather than for movies, what would you have in your queue? That entire question doesn't make a lick of sense to me, as I tend to only watch movies in the theater and then when they show up on TNT three years later while I'm waiting for Charles Barkley to come on. I admit that the movie-watching habits of both of my brother and most of my friends all have that particular Netflix feature as its primary facilitator, however, if not in exactly the way that Collins supposes. Here's my point: it could be that the comics companies that are trying out digital strategies should focus on that kind of comics reading as opposed to replicating in digital form the current comics-reading experience.

* Collins also has video up -- and a link to the host -- on an odd interview with Charles Burns.

* the linebacker and comics fan Lance Briggs is holding a comics drive in Chicago.

* I think Graeme McMillan too easily conflates news with publicity in this article, but he's right that a lot of publishers and creators have a hard time performing the basic function of getting the word out about what they're doing. I imagine there's a bunch of factors involved, including a kind of too-easy group consensus about what is news in comics, and a lack of resources generally in providing that kind of coverage. I'm doing the CR holiday gift-guide off and on this week, and the amount of material out there is staggering. Just covering all of it for one day is killing me. But I can do better, and hope to.

* Gary Tyrrell processes through the recent comiXology announcement of self-authoring tools for publishing comics on-line.

* not comics: Augie de Blieck Jr. has the first Walking Dead TV show review I've seen that cites In Bruges.

* David Brothers talks stories and wordplay. He suggests something early on that doesn't get mentioned a whole lot but makes a certain amount of sense: comics assist reading because of the forceful way they contextualize unfamiliar words. I know I learned the word "nascent" in an X-Men comic.

* Gina Gagliano discusses why book trailers are difficult. I'm probably not the audience for a discussion on the difficulty of book trailers because if all of them went away the next time I stepped on a crack in the sidewalk -- the longtime avenue for my family-harming magic powers -- I wouldn't even think about them being gone.

image* here's a page of script and related thumbnails from The Invincible Iron Man #500. You rarely see thumbnail drawings for comics like these until well after the fact, if at all. I enjoy those Iron Man comics whenever I'm near a comics shop to buy a couple.

* at moments like these I kick things off by asking, "When was the last time you cried?"

* not comics: this is probably the dumbest related example ever, but whenever I see these giant bookstores closing, I think of how grocery stores in my hometown started to dominate according to a high-end, multiple delis, shopping-experience model, followed by those same stores being absolutely crushed when stores opened on the giant warehouse, slashed-prices model. Anyway, fewer retailers overall is a bad thing for books and comics because it's one fewer way for a person to buy comics and the culture that surrounds good retail can encourage an even greater enjoyment of such works -- unlike food, you can reduce an area's consumption of books to 10 percent of what it was five years earlier and no one dies.

* Tom Richmond has begun a long write-up on a recent cartoonists rip to Afghanistan.

* Alice Otterloop in panel four is every field trip I had until about the third grade.

* finally, Ben Morse found the ending to the last issue of Thanos Imperative very satisfying. I find it odd that there was a comic book called Thanos Imperative.
 
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