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May 14, 2010

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* from the Comics Comics hive mind comes two interesting audio pieces to take with you to the gym or listen to at your desk: a panel from TCAF 2010 with Dan Nadel, Jeet Heer, Seth and Evan Dorkin about reprints; a radio interview with Paul Pope and Dash Shaw conducted by Robin McConnell.

image* how did I miss the awesomeness of Tony DeZuniga's Facebook profile icon?

* some days I'm glad I'm not up enough on current Marvel comics to get the joke.

* Mark Evanier talks about the cancellation of Little Orphan Annie and admits to not liking the strip much. I adore the Harold Gray Annie, particularly the first 10 years. In fact, Gray's are among the handful the comics about which I've been the most obsessive these last ten years. The twin keys for me is that Annie was comics' best Decency Fantasy, this notion that if you worked really hard and were kind to people to the point of your heart ripping in two things would work out in the end, and that Harold Gray was maybe the best artist ever when it came to depicting space in the comics page. I'm not sad to see it go. It should have ended when Gray passed away, despite the fact that I'm sure there were some pretty good Annie comics between then and now. Certainly Leonard Starr drew some good-looking ones.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco writes about a couple of the more recent Obama/Kagan-related editorial cartoons.

* I'm not for building racial diversification in the worlds depicted in superhero comics by providing various ethnic types the "mantles" of older, whiter, usually more testicular heroes. That just seems to miss the point on how culture works and is vaguely colonial besides. Still, one of the ways the mainstream companies shoot themselves in the foot is by killing/maiming/turning evil these newer characters in part because they're able to without major ramifications because the "real" Mucous-Man or whomever is still available for duty. What you end up with, though, is a creative culture where the younger characters don't get a chance to stick around gain traction -- and they need a LOT of time to do so with today's limited audiences. I also can't help but wonder if there aren't a few kids out there that latch onto these characters and how potentially weird and troubling it could be to have that character murdered in order to get over some goofball super-villain or super-villain team that will likely be forgotten four months from now.

* I can't imagine a more charming con preview than this one for this weekend's Motor City Con by guest Stan Sakai.

* finally, I can't recall seeing a lot of unfinished Peanuts art. Here's one.
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