* Graeme McMillan extols the virtues of his local comics show, the Stumptown Comics Fest. Would that we could all become invested in a local comics show like that; it'd be like Tom Devlin's dreams of 100 SPXs finally come true.
* Timothy Callahan looks at the Captain America comics that were done right before the writer Ed Brubaker came on board. It's sort of fun to look at the way that mainstream comics companies have oriented themselves towards certain properties at certain times. I actually sort of see articles like these as modern shopping guides, as I only buy comics like that in dollar bins a few times a year when I get to a comic book shop or two.
* Brigid Alverson unpacks a recent announcement by iVerse about adding a lending capacity to the services it offers libraries.
* finally, Alan Gardner at Daily Cartoonist points out Matt Wuerker's response to a criticism that infographics are a more vital visual component in today's journalism than editorial cartoons and thus deserve their pulitzer prize. Wuerker's response is solid, but I thought the initial criticism so lame and so obviously designed to attract attention because of the timing of the criticism that I almost wish there had been no response except shrugs and general derision.