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February 26, 2009

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the comics business news and analysis site has a story up that there will only be one Alliance-Diamond Summit this year, the one held in conjunction with Baltimore Comic-Con October 11-13. There had traditionally been a summit in Fort Wayne, near the Alliance Game Distributors warehouse there. I'm very fond of Fort Wayne, but it's one of those towns that has to be the there in that area of the country because there's nothing else there, if you know what I mean. Grass Green lived there, I remember that.

image* the always-excellent Jog goes story-by-story on the new Greg Sadowski-edited Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes 1936-1941. That's a fascinating book. I'm already annoying people by repeating the crazier bit of dialogue in the panel reproduced here, but really something must be done.

* this video of cartoonists and cartoon-related stuff on an episode of Murder, She Wrote made me laugh.

* Michael Cavna calls out Sean Delonas, and good for him in doing so.

* the well-known science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer passed away recently. He gets credit not just for a raft-load of entertaining books with reach into general retail but one of the first major pieces of retroactive world-building, a template placed upon the great pulp literature offerings of the 20th Century that makes all the big characters related. I'm not sure why I feel compelled to mention that, but every so often you run across one of these ideas in fiction that shaped the way people look at the big comics companies' mega-storylines, such as the worlds within worlds idea and this one.

* male early twenty-something internship applications up 5000 percent at Drawn and Quarterly today.

* here's a story explaining the amount of time people spend at the top 30 newspaper web sites. Not only am I not certain what this mean, it seems as if the people that put together the information aren't quite sure what it means. It does seem to generally suggest that getting people to spend the amount of time on a web site where they'd be paying for content is going to be quite the struggle -- you don't really think of spending money on a site when you spend two minutes a day there.

* finally, people keep e-mailing me links to this post that apparently offers details on the personnel side of the recent Viz Media restructuring.
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