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April 20, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* nominations are now open for the Manning Award. I like the Manning Award.

image* the great John Porcellino talks about the Post Office. I can't really speak to the political elements he brings up in the post, and I've long wondered why there wasn't an aggressive program to reduce the number of days we receive home delivery if things are really that cocked up, but I know that he's right in how important the post office is to a certain kind of comics distribution. It's probably the least talked about extinction event out there for an entire aspect of comics.

* Henry Covert on Lord Of The Jungle #3. Sean Gaffney on Durarara!! Vol. 2. Sean T. Collins on the comics of Shia LaBeouf. J. Caleb Mozzocco on various comics. Michael Buntag on Habibi.

* David Brothers finds a Frank Miller essay on Jack Kirby and Creators Rights from 18 years ago. Ken MacLeod profiles Kate Beaton.

* Tucker Stone talks to Seamus Heffernan. Paul Gravett profiles Tom Gauld. Caitlin McGurk profiles Richard D. Taylor. Leslie Lake profiles Mort Walker.

* it's low content week over at foundational blog Bully Says: Comics Oughta Be Fun. That means a lot more content than just about everyone else, I bet.

* I have no idea why there can't be an editorial cartoon category and a category on deft employment of other visual elements, except maybe that no one would pay attention to an article asking for the latter without dissing the former.

* has anyone out there read an actual copy of Action Comics #1, and does that matter?

* if you have a Pogo original, Fantagraphics would like to do business with you. And I would like to hate you.

* I very much liked this convention report from Heidi MacDonald on last weekend's C2E2 and its accompanying retailing summit. MacDonald uses her position to provide perspective the "my table went great" testimonials can't match, which is a huge part of the point of hearing from outside observers on shows like these. She also takes on both directly (broaching the subject) and indirectly (telling a story about a lo-o-o-ong walk) the thing about the show that as a former Chicago resident I've wondered about since before the first one (this is the third): the fundamental hesitancy of Chicago residents and particularly Windy City area suburbanites to move all the way through downtown in order to visit the place where they hold conventions like this: McCormick Place. I think Reed can make this one work, and I think that doing the pop-culture stuff makes sense because of its position on the calendar. That said, it's not a slam dunk, and the participation by publishers in what can be an expensive show bears watching.

* how does Mike Sterling know what's on my business cards?

* finally, when the American Empire's collapse finally turns ugly enough we all have to admit it's happening/it happened, I'll look back on this post and think, "Yeah, we deserved it." I don't envy editorial cartoonists their job, but I can't imagine there isn't a ton of more compelling material about which to be making cartoons.
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