March 22, 2011
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* still-reeling bookstore chain Borders is closing 28 more stores
. That gives them approximately 400 remaining stores if they work out all their lease issues, maybe 325-340 if they don't. I'm not sure what the number of stores they can run in this economy at this stage in the progression of the publishing business, but I can see people looking at them differently if they dip well under 300.
* not comics: it's maybe not the first comic in which most folks would see a stage adaptation struggling to break free, but it's certainly one that would be fascinating to see up on its feet. That's a Columbus-area theater company, and you can read the blog posts about the production here
. Thank you to Mr. Slaybaugh for sending in the link; everybody break a leg.
* a child's garden of mini-comics
* not comics: Peggy Burns endorses
a Clara Ware review of Tiny Tim's work.
* I love Jack Kirby like little kids love candy, but "To sword! Let us quickly dispatch yon rotund oaf!
" sounds a bit more like Lee than it does something Kirby wrote in the margins, and is very funny besides. Someone needs to do a really long piece on Lee's dialogue work, and that someone is not me.
* speaking of Stan the Man, he apparently came up with the name of the concept of the Man-Thing character
. Mike Sterling feels sort of bad for not knowing this, although it's difficult to think of that one coming up a lot with Mr. Lee.
* Paul Gravett on XIII
. There's a smart comparison of Jean Van Hamme's super-popular series of graphic albums to modern, addictive television serials like Lost
. That would explain some things about how that series works with its audience.
* it should be clear to everyone reading this site that "Beethoven Bunagan
" wins forever
the subject of "names of comics people," and that it's to the industry's everlasting shame that he was apparently lost to comedy.
* here's an early review
for the English-language version of Arne Bellstorf's comic about Stuart Sutcliffe and Astrid Kirchherr -- a bunch of people were interested in that one when a link to some German pages made the rounds.
* whatever you do, don't interpret this Avengers Family Tree
as entirely based on sexual relationships or you will get confused really quickly
* finally, the Sequential Artists Workshop has announced its initial fundraiser
, for April 24. That's the effort to put a cartooning school in Gainesville spearheaded by Tom Hart and Leela Corman.
posted 3:00 am PST
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