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March 28, 2011

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the cartoonist Scott Kurtz talks through his desire to join the NCS.

* not comics: I'm not all that movie-savvy, but it seems to me worth noting that the latest movie made from Jeff Kinney's hybrid-cartooned book series Diary Of A Wimpy Kid won the weekend box office, making back its production budget while doing so. I imagine that its success speaks to the appeal of those books in a significant way, as well as the role that the home rental cycle plays in building a potential theater-going audience for sequels. Nice story.

image* bunch of new stuff over Daniel Clowes' blog, including the previously unpublished portrait of Bill Murray, a portion of which touches this starred entry (I was tempted just to run the whole thing, but I figure you should go see it on his site). Clowes announces an eight-city promotional tour in support of Mister Wonderful here, links to a preview of that work here, and shows off his Stussy t-shirts here.

* here's a post by Esther Inglis-Arkell that's a kind of sideways review of a recent Marvel book about a bad-guy but maybe not all the way bad guy character called Daken, a name which for some reason always cracks me up. Anyway, if you're interested in the way Marvel does certain kinds of stories, seeing Marvel as this grab-bag of impulses, creative space-making and market goals, you'll want to give this one a peek.

* sitting around, reading Hitman.

image* not comics: Jillian Tamaki takes a first stab at the current President Of The United States.

* the Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe entries are the latest up in Bully's year-long reprinting of Thor supporting characters the "Warriors Three." One of the odder things about those books -- made up of page after page gamer-style entries on characters and concepts -- is that they came at a point in Marvel's history where things are just a little overripe, so you have these inane-sounding, largely unreconstructed plotlines making their presence felt in the final few sentences in a way that's slightly baffling to old-school and new-school comics fans.

* finally, it's fun to read about 1970s mainstream comics' stabs at soap opera because as story moments they're so, so awkward, particularly the DC material. Not that they're smooth now, but back then there was a sweet, oddball quality to it.
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