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September 5, 2016

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Rough Age. Todd Klein on Unfollow #9. Monica Johnson on Gorgeous. I might have already mentioned that one, but it's not like it's a bad thing to be directed there twice. Nick Gazin writes about a pretty strong slate of comics.

* Todd Klein has a fun look at the lettering of Ira Schnapp, and pulls some work on logos for the Two-Face character from his files.

* Shea Hennum writes about the idea of making new characters bear the mantle of old superheroes. I have almost no opinion on this, except to roll my eyes when old white guys push back against this kind of thing. This is an element of shared creativity through corporate ownership just the same as all of those narratives where those characters' original identities and cultural profiles were supported and reinforced. I agree with Hennum's suggestion -- as I understand it -- that talking about it in blunt fashion is a rhetorical ploy meant to reinforce a political narrative about modern culture, and that it doesn't even begin to engage with any of the interesting things about the practice.

* Mark Peters focuses on the use of the Batwoman character in Detective Comics.

* not comics: I'm sure a lot of people will like this review of Stranger Things Season One. The notion of play as discussed here is something that a lot of comics get into, the idea that at a certain point every iteration of everything is its own thing.

* here are the best Jonathan Hickman comics as selected by Team Paste. Hickman is an interesting comics-maker, and I believe he's only a little over a decade into what I hope will be a long and prolific career.

* finally, this is a nice look at an unfinished Al Columbia piece in terms of how the work might get layered in by the talented artist.
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