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October 15, 2004

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The usual slow news Friday tends to send comics-interested readers scrambling for interviews and other related soft-news material. The morning yields up three pretty diverting offerings in the small press, mainstream and peripheral categories.

image* This rather long piece with small press creator Bryan Lee O'Malley is interesting beyond the content of the piece because it shows off how the blog platform can make a form of word-of-mouth advertising possible for books like O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.

* "We come in, we get hot and we're snuffed out to be replaced by the next bright, shiny thing." Yesterday's Mark Millar piece may not be as interesting for its perfunctory and hype-driven look at superhero title Ultimates Volume 2 as for the writer's matter-of-fact, mercenary, and slightly melancholy snapshot of his own career and those of his peers.

* There's barely a mention of comic books in this profile of writer Jonathan Lethem, but he fires off a pretty good one about changing attitudes among the literary establishment towards what was once considered pure junk culture like comics. "Now I think we take it for granted that literature is open to these notions."
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