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December 20, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this is a major story, at least from a digital publishing perspective. Andrews McMeel + comiXology = Giant + Giant. It looks like I'm going to have to go last on that one, but I certainly want you to go look at the story as reported elsewhere now.

* this, on the other hand, is a deplorable story, even for one that operates at the far ends of the fan entitlement and anonymous asshole cultures that are a big part of the 21st Century. I hope instead of a flash of anger including this part of this post that someone finds the sustained fury to deliberately track down and pursue action against as many stupid people as possible here.

image* Emily Nilsson talks to Zack Soto. Whoever these people are talk to Roger Langridge.

* this is as good a post from a creator previewing a new book as I've seen -- clear, to the point, art up front, super-attractive.

* Sam Costello on the departure from Vertigo this March of Karen Berger. It's a thoughtful piece, although I personally think the fact that high-end alt-publishers like Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly were publishing graphic novels and other comics for adults is worth more time in contextualizing Vertigo's achievements than a "to be fair"-type aside might offer that discussion. It's a tough call, though, because for a lot of Vertigo readers, those books really did exist in something of a vacuum.

* it's always a good thing when the writer Matt Fraction posts about process, like this one about the throwaway pages at the front of old Master Of Kung Fu and how they helped orient him towards working with 20-page comics stories in Hawkeye.

* Richard Sala draws Batman.

* finally, Nate Powell looks forward and looks back. So does Colleen Doran.
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