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April 24, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I'm not the biggest fan of receiving random pieces of PR, but without it I don't think I would have known that Heritage is currently auctioning off the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drawing. Most creative people have a drawing like that one somewhere in their past (mine was from 1979 and titled "Arafast Weird and the Quadrophonic Mutants"); few people build an entertainment empire from theirs. Hell of a story, that. Still.

image* what artists do other artists purchase on eBay? Looks like Sean Phillips and Declan Shalvey both recently bought Jorge Zaffino pages.

* Glenn Fleishman profiles the great Richard Thompson. Jerzy Drozd talks to Nick Abadzis. Marc Mason talks to Paul Tobin. Albert Ching talks to David Aja. Alex Dueben talks to Caitlin R. Kiernan.

* via a bunch of you (and thanks): sounding the doom of the comics.

* the second part of that comics effort on behalf of the labor dispute at The Strand is up on the new dedicated web site for those comics.

* it's a page of that Cromartie High School/X-Men crossover we've all been waiting for. Okay, not really. Still: Colleen Coover drawing one of the great non-sequitur pages in comics culture history, that's gotta be worth a click-through for many of you fine folks.

* Bryan and Mary Talbot have some comics recommendations for you.

* not comics: my friend Gil Roth sent me a link to this article about the fast-reboot nature of this year's Spider-Man film. A few things they leave out: one is that the strength of superhero movies is usually the origin story, so telling that story as frequently as possible makes sense; another is that last year's X-Men film is essentially a second shot at an origin story if you want to look at this Spider-Man movie that way; yet another is that comics fans have shown they will support multiple reboots, and the general audience is more like comics fans than we sometimes think.

* Andy Oliver on Science Tales. Dominic Umile on a specific aspect of DMZ. David Brothers on BPRD: Hell On Earth: The Long Death #3. Rob Clough on various CCS-related comics. Sean Gaffney on Higurashi: When They Cry Vol. 18. Johanna Draper Carlson on A Devil And Her Love Song Vols. 1-2 and a few books from Oni. Todd Klein on Aquaman #7, Night Force #2 and Dotter Of Her Father's Eyes.

* a couple of fun drawings: Bill and Ted and Milk and Cheese (don't worry: they're not lying next to each other in bed); Batman on a dinosaur.

* not comics: I would so very much watch a Warren Ellis cooking show.

* finally, Coast City Comicon wins the race to rope actor and comics-maker Shia LaBeouf into an odd and very, very comics-culture scheme. It sounds like a nice cause though.
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