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June 12, 2009

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* there isn't much to this supposed "special report" at Editor & Publisher on the dire job prospects facing editorial cartoonists -- it's surveyish, and not in a good way -- but it certainly is extra-bleak.

image* I don't know about you, but I plan on celebrating next week's Winsor McCay Day by waking up in a tangle of sheets on the floor next to my bed having just endured a frightening battery of nightmares. So nothing special.

* over at Bleeding Cool they're tracking an Internet tussle between John Byrne and Erik Larsen over events of 15 and more years ago. In related news, Peter David's republication of old CBR columns is deep into some of the things he wrote about Image at that time.

* so in shutting down Marvel's Ultimate universe, I guess they're bringing the stories of various characters to an end, which in comic book terms means killing them. I see thing like this snippet of that line's Dr. Strange buying it and it strikes me how boring most of those variations were, how solid in comparison the 1960s Marvel stuff was and how it seems like a good thing that the former group is going away.

* speaking of which, there's probably something semi-profound to say about the notion that Marvel reverses all of its major storytelling decisions over time and whether or not it's to the benefit of those characters and stories, but I'm not the one to do it.

* there are a bunch of funny, cutting lines in this review round-up.

* finally, I like this headline because it makes you think for a split second that Rob Liefeld and President Obama are working together.
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