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June 6, 2012

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I dreamt I missed this Bob Mankoff post on cartoons and dreaming and when I woke up my pillow was immaculately fact-checked.

image* Michel Fiffe talks to Tony Salmons: 1, 2, 3, bonus material. I thought that one was particularly interesting, and suggest if you don't have the time to spend with it right this second maybe bookmark the links for later consumption.

* Zack Soto comments on webcomics formatting issues.

* Graeme McMillan writes about objections to a recent Spider-Man storyline that finds the hero condoning torture. That sounds like really bad art to me, but it's hard for me to be all that upset about some character to whose new adventures I enjoy absolutely no relationship, nor is there a web-sized hole in my life were such a relationship could go. It's sort of like hearing the Fonz got arrested for drunk driving. At the same time, I know the character remains meaningful to a lot of fans, and that the new issues are part of where they find this meaning. One of the reasons it seems to me you get stuff like this is that no matter how great a character is that character probably can't sustain 75,000 different stories told about them without some goofy ones sifting their way to exposure in the pan. I suppose there's also an element of "get the people talking."

* Heather Logue talks to Jeffrey Brown. Graeme McMillan talks to Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. Someone at Interactive Design Institutes talks to Rian Hughes.

* not comics: Bryn Havord profiles Michael Johnson. Also, this, which is really pretty. Also: Colleen Doran tells a story about bats.

image* Caitlin McGurk continues her strong Billy Ireland posting with this piece on E.G. Lutz.

* now that's commitment.

* not comics: Ruben Bolling reviews Groundhog Day.

* here's word of one of the CBLDF's major fundraisers.

* Bruce Canwell on writing.

* Gary Tyrrell notes a pair of anniversaries.

* Philip Shropshire on Supreme #63. Grant Goggans on the wonderfully-named Ampney Crucis Investigates... Vile Bodies. Rob Clough on Picket Line.

* here I am on Inkstuds, pretending I read the comics being discussed.

* finally, here's a preview of that Man-Thing issue written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Kevin Nowlan. I couldn't remember who created Man-Thing, so I went and looked: Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Gray Morrow are credited in a pair of places and Stan Lee shares that credit in the wikipedia article.
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