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February 6, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Paul Gravett provides a short essay on British Comics.

image* Tucker Stone on BPRD: Hell On Earth: Russia. Erica Friedman on Green. Richard Bruton on Paper Science #7 and The Undisputed King Of Nothing #1. Chris Neseman on The Arctic Marauder. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Batman: Gates Of Gotham and various graphic novels. Greg McElhatton on Winter Soldier #1. Sean Gaffney on Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Vol. 11. Bill Kartalopoulos on Is That All There Is?. Miles Fielder on Is That All There Is?. Nick Gazin on some recent comics. Katherine Dacey on The Art Of The Secret World Of Arrietty. Jason Thompson on Harlem Beat.

* James Naughtie talks to Art Spiegelman (thanks, Dean Abbey).Matthew Sheret talks to The King Of Things. Alex Fitch talks to Dave Collier. Meghan McGrath talks to Laura Park.

* did First Second finally suspend its blog? Or did it go somewhere I'm not seeing?

* not comics: I couldn't watch this Death Of Superman-related video all the way through, but I imagine for comics fans of a certain age and those that like staring at young starlets doing stuff with nerdy guys, this will be a gift.

* Jessica Campbell continues to do all of us monoglot and functional monoglots the favor of translating Guy Delisle's Angouleme 2012 comics.

* Austin English shows us around the Domino Books headquarters.

* that's a fine concept for an anthology. And this was a fine Super Bowl cartoon. Speaking of the Super Bowl, I noticed very little nerd-culture hand-wringing about the supposed inescapability of the sporting event, and a little uptick in the amount of disturbing attention spent salivating over ad teasers. So you win some, you lose some. I'm sure there will be some sort of ad-related comics news to talk about today (an advertisement for a comics-related movie or two; perhaps advertisements featuring comics characters), which I'm sure you can access pretty easily by poking around.

* Frank Santoro reports from the road. It's good to hear that he got 2.5 the number of people he expected to show at a recent outing. Santoro's fun to listen to on comics in any setting. Also fun: watching Colleen Coover make a cover.

* Johanna Draper Carlson picks some of her favorites from Hourly Comics Day.

* some days deep down we all feel like a lump of protean matter.

* the writer and comics historian Mark Evanier reminds that Morris Weiss may be the oldest living comics-maker.

* in case you were wondering, the perfect length for a manga serial seems to be thirty. I think the perfect length for a manga serial would be for somebody to publish the remaining volumes of Cromartie High School, that's what I think.

* here's a process post starring Simon H.

* finally, that's a nice-looking cover. Tim Lane's Riverfront Times cover through the week, I mean. The BPRD one above is nice, too.
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