Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics, Would Have Been 99 Today
Jack Kirby, the mighty heart of the American comic book industry, would have been 99 years old today. Below, for your ruminative and reflective pleasure, is a tiny, even insignificant sample of his awesome image-making power. Long live the King.
The top comics-related news stories from August 20 to August 26, 2016:
1. CBR redesign kills blog version of Robot 6, one of the more popular about-comics web sites for industry members and non-mainstream fans, and a transitional one spanning the individual link blog and content-heavy group-blog eras.
2. Sandman: Overturewon the Hugo award for best graphic story in a year when the awards' legitimacy was challenged.
3. Dragon Con starts an awards program, a further sign of how the apparatus surrounding comics has become thinner and more diffuse.
Winners Of The Week James Taranto, who got 85 percent of a respectable article out of the crazy sideshow of "Scott Adams, Political Guru."
Losers Of The Week Fans of the blog format employed by Robot 6. The good news there is there's not a ton of those people, people that want information served to them that specific way as opposed to other ways you can deploy articles like that. The bad news is we don't know how reformatting news can change news, and we don't know if any of the people that may check out from that specific delivery system going the way of the dodo might have something to contribute down the road had they been served for a longer time.
Quote Of The Week
"I wish I'd started reading Batman comics long before I did, but that's mostly because (a) I've wasted a lot of time not reading Batman that could have been spent reading Batman, and (b) my goodness, there is a lot of Batman backstory to get caught up on." -- RB Kelly
Festivals Extra: Water Glass Milestone Achieved At Tom Gauld Edinburgh Book Festival Signing
Here. That is some nice glassware going on there, maybe the fanciest ever provided a cartoonist at a book signing. it's my job to keep track of these things. Tom Gauld is one of comics' secret weapons and it'll be good to have him on the road this Fall in support of a new book.
* it should probably be mentioned that the closing of Robot 6 is part of a bigger presentational shake-up at CBR that likely bears watching. As I write this (Thursday late afternoon) they're getting pounded a bit for a headline style that doesn't allow for publication of everything in the headlines, which isn't a great look. I assume they'll rally. It reminds me of the SI.com changeover when everything got made to look like it needs to to maximize reading on phones, which is the direction of on-line content more generally. I think comics and on-like culture share a faith in new delivery systems that doesn't always match up to the reality of new delivery systems, with comics generally more tethered than it needs to be as a counterweight to those arguments. The moderately old ways always suffer as a result. I've thought this since the market seemed to be in such a hurry to get rid of alt-comics customers back in the '00s. I'll miss the blog format for the material Robot 6 was doing, but god help any digital strategy that has my consumption at the point of its spear.
* here are a few people paying tribute to Robot 6: Caleb Goellner, Chris Butcher, Chris Pitzer, Scott Kurtz. The reason this doesn't feel like a bigger deal is because nothing is a big deal right now; the comics industry is numb from the jawline down.