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June 12, 2008

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I had massive computer problems this morning that just got solved... right at the end of my available time for updating this site. I apologize.

* the artist Mike Manley continues his thoughts on the state of the industry, as a disquisition on 2008 catchphrase of the year "babymen" warps into a analysis of the oncoming digital media tsunami. I think I disagree with a lot of this, but I don't have the time today to gather my thoughts on the matter in a way that Mike deserves. In general, I think that comics hasn't really been an art form for the masses since the late 1940s, and the assumption that it should act that way or even could act that way leads to a lot of distorted reasoning. Also, secondary art forms have strengths and weaknesses that allow them to negotiate technology changes differently than those that seek a mass, casual audience.

image* the great Lynda Barry is appearing about three miles away from me as I write this sentence.

* the Eisner Awards voting closes this Friday. I've been voting every day for weeks now.

* the artist and author James Owen reports on the Eisner exhibit at Storyopolis right around BEA.

* the cartoonist Jim Davis is interviewed and sounds so laid back and mellow I de-stressed just by reading it.

* I totally missed this report of flooding at the Thornton, Colorado Mile High Comics store, and my apologies to whomever saw it recently and caused people to send me e-mail about it.

* any kid that wants to start smoking because he or she .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) has a lot more to worry about than cancer.

* finally, here's a massive on-line roundtable on webcomics' role in the next several months if the nation slips into a recession, or there's an Internet bust 2.0 or some other dire economic circumstance.
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