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December 19, 2013

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* here's another feature article on Neil Cohn's study of comics as a unique and important language.

image* if you're a big enough comics nerd of certain age and you think about it for a while, you'll probably figure out a single purchase or series of purchases that changed the course of your life. For me it was discovering early indy comics at Comic Carnival in Indianapolis that were published and were purchasable in roughly the same manner as the mainstream comic books that I liked. It's the combination that was crucial: I knew other types of comics existed, but being able to go to a devoted shop and buying them was a big deal in terms of my becoming an active comics reader in a way that random Saul Steinberg books and Peanuts collections had no chance of being. Cerebus during this time period was everything I liked about the adult world I wanted to be a part of: politics and humor and violence and melodrama. I loved those days when a new issue appeared on the stands.

* Benjamin Woo continues to unpack material learned from his cartoonist surveys.

* not comics: Jason reviews Thor: The Dark World.

* these presentations at CCS look a lot more fun to put together than my 37-page paper on photojournalism depicting violence in 1960s Latin America.

* every single superhero is someone's favorite. Except maybe Sentry.

* Paul Gravett does another one of those giant profiles, this time on Yves Chaland.

* apropos of nothing, this Matt Bors comic made me laugh.

* I don't know that I've looked at Cameron Stewart's site in a really long time. There are a lot of nice-looking prints available there.

* finally, there's a new comic, Anxiety, at Letters From Schwarzville.
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