May 16, 2011
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* Joyce Farmer wins
, perhaps for all time, the "most fascinating day job ever held by a cartoonist" contest.
* new Sam Kieth pages previewed at Chris Ryall's blog
* the writer and critic David Brothers responds to that whitening of the X-Men article in resolutely critical fashion
. Brothers is much more ensconced in mainstream comics than I am, and I appreciate reading his perspective on that front. I think we would agree that these issues are important and that the author of the essay loaded his arguments to the point of being untrustworthy on the issues raised.
* here's a story that I assumed was run that I can't find in the archives so it gets a big fat missed it
: the opening of Fantastic Comics in the old Comic Relief space, with Image's Erik Larsen as one of the partners
. Sometimes there are stories that you know you just sort of assumed you wrote something about; my bad. This is of course the second of two stores to open in the wake of the collapse of legendary Comic Relief, after The Escapist Comics Bookstore
. If only multiple stores leaped to life every time we lost a great shop. CR
reader Charlie Hancock, in writing in says "As of a few days ago, it's kind of sparsely stocked, but has all the new comics, a variety of collections & graphic novels, and a giant Thor's hammer display in the middle of the floor that some kids were climbing on."
* Top Shelf co-publisher Brett Warnock provides the expected, photo-driven report
from the SPX in Stockholm some 8-10 days ago. Here's a cool photo set
from the cartoonist Vanessa Davis from that same event.
* this strip
gets that much better with that line tagged on the end.
* there was a bunch of good Bill Gallo-related stuff that went up late last week with the cartoonist's passing. There was a nice post at Cagle
. There was a reaction post
at Daily Cartoonist
. Also at Daily Cartoonist are links to some audio recordings
featuring the great sports cartoonist.
* the cartoonist Ty Templeton explains all things God Of Thunder
in four panels.
* not comics: the Financial Times
has an article up that rejects the made-up standards by which magazine articles judge the most livable cities by substituting a bunch of made-up standards of its own and being snarky about the old ones
. I swear to God, the entire feature writing world is becoming threads from a comics message board circa 1998. Suggesting that no not-rich people live in Vancouver -- I know about 50 -- and that a qualifying standard for a livable city is that it's easy for some out-of-town goofball to tick off things to do on a Sunday afternoon (even I know the difference between livable and fun to visit) hardly makes for a compelling case. To suggest that Monocle
's list is the same as everyone else's probably isn't a safe bet, either, and reducing that publication's relentlessly articulated notions about a certain kind of artisanal commerce as a lifeblood of communities as accounting for big cups of coffee makes me glad that the whoever wrote that dismissive one-liner likely won't ever be living in the same city I will.
* not comics: the Kevin Cannon-illustrated Ben And Lucy Play Pond Hockey won a bronze medal in its kids' book group
at the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. There were two graphic novel categories
46. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book -- Humor/Cartoon
Gold: The Adventures of Jasper: Secrets of the Petroglyph, by Glen Lovett (Lovett Pictures)
Silver: Bogus: An Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel, by Karla Oceanak; illustrated by Kendra Spanjer (Bailiwick Press)
Bronze: Revenge of the Pun!, by Barry Corbett (Corbett Features)
47. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book -- Drama/Documentary
Gold: The Nature of Wonder: Volume Three, by Frank Beddor, Liz Cavalier and Sami Makkonen (Automatic Pictures Publishing)
Silver: David: The Illustrated Novel, by Michael Hicks Thompson (Shepherd King Publishing)
Bronze: Mi Barrio, by Corey Michael Blake (Round Table Press)
but I can't for the life of me recall if I've ever heard of any of those books.
* not comics: I had no idea there was an animated version of Buddha
being done, but Mike Rhode sent me this link that says it is so
* early Marvel: scorn for the Invisible Girl and 10,000 jokes about touching Thor's hammer
* finally, if you ever doubt that Wizard is functioning in some sort of strange world of positioning brands and naming boards of directors and offering stock related to a publishing venture that's barely breathing except as a thing that issues stock, all you have to do is look at whatever current PR they've sent out
. The only way I'll ever make a million dollars is if someone gives me five million and I'm allowed to lose four million of it, but it's always weird to me how things end up.
posted 3:00 am PST
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