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April 25, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Reed is claiming 41,000 for this year's third C2E2, another 7000-attendee gain but one that sounds about right according to photos taken and word from the floor.

image* Shaenon Garrity profiles Tatsuya Ishida. Anne Elizabeth Moore talks to Lynda Barry. George Tramountanas talks to Rick Remender. Jeffrey Renaud talks to Scott Snyder. Josh West talks to Nate Simpson.

* 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.

* Rebecca Silverman on Higurashi: When They Cry Vol. 17, Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Vol. 1 and Kamisama Kiss Vols. 7-8. Philip Shropshire on Fatale #2. Sean Gaffney on Dorohedoro Vol. 6. Grant Goggans on Cynicalman. Chris Mautner on Jerusalem and Best Of Enemies. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Solomon Kane: Castle Of The Devil. Bart Croonenborghs on Leviathan.

* Paul Tobin talks about the appeal of writing genre fiction.

* Viz Media announces a new division to spearhead digital efforts. I'm assuming that isn't just a post from 2004 that surfaced recently.

* it doesn't look all that dreamy to me.

* 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.
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