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December 26, 2013

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* there was very little of this this year, and almost none of this. We're only about five years removed from the entire Internet PR machine shutting down on the holidays. I prefer a slowdown around Christmas -- or at least a shift in modes -- because I think breaks are necessary and I believe that a lot of the eyeballs for which people clamor are elsewhere during the holidays. I suspect a general comics industry burnout will set in pretty early next year, and this will be one reason why.

image* Epic Illustrated was the comics magazine we bought during the summer: back issues at the local used bookstore and current issues at the drugstore next to Klink's grocery. I was a perfect audience for its mainstream-comics version of Heavy Metal, a publication that intrigued me but was also a bit scary. We underplay at times how much for a lot of readers, myself included, comics of the late 1970s and early 1980s were a sideways extension of our appetite for fantasy literature rather than its own thing. I don't think I've ever read this publication as an adult, although a few things have come into my home in collected form. I preferred the earlier issues to the later ones, and the appearance of Marvel-owned character Galactus significantly dampened my interest in the magazine and provided an opportunity to break with regular purchases. I can still remember the bedroom cabinet in which they were kept, a cabinet that didn't shut all the way without curling these publications the slightest amount.

* I couldn't figure out why anyone would send me a link to this cartoon of Keith Knight's and then I saw the first comment and realized that some people really do think this way. I can't even imagine conceiving of this kind of thing as some sort of sneak-attack in the culture wars, although I imagine there will also be folks that delight in this kind of thing that way in a positive fashion.

* that's really one of Spider-Woman's powers? Huh.

* Sean Gaffney on Pink. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Avengers Arena Vols. 1-2. Henry Chamberlain on Black Paths. Johanna Draper Carlson on Bad Houses. Kelly Thompson on A Boy And A Girl.

* it may be a couple of days before this site does a "By Request" update so I will let Rob Clough -- a recent recipient of comics' largesse -- remind you that Sparkplug and La Mano are both seeking some extra support this holiday season.

* finally: make a list, check it twice, lose it, despair.
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