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November 11, 2010

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Jeet Heer draws attention to Karen Green's recently-expressed thoughts on comics in libraries. He also talks about Seth and Stuart McLean.

image* a magazine called QunoSpotter has a video interview up with Oliver East of Trains Are... Mint fame, giving me the excuse to run some Oliver East art in this post.

* it's hard not to share this level of bafflement at some of the sequences in Batman: Odyssey.

* can't read the language, but I have to say I kind of like the look of this.

* this video of people at APE by Chris Diaz is roaring around the Internet, mostly because it's adorable and everyone looks nice.

* Jerry Robinson is selling a couple of pieces of original art from his collection. Since it's Jerry Robinson, the pieces are iconic Golden Age superhero comics covers. That Fred Ray Superman/Eagle piece is one of the really memorable covers of that entire era.

* the latest One Piece volume sold two million copies in four days. That's a pretty good four days.

* not comics: oh, my goodness; this is awful. My condolences to family and friends and best of luck in establishing that fund.

* the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund profiles Neil Gaiman and his work with that organization on the writer's 50th birthday. I think Gaiman's work on behalf of free speech advocacy has been consistent and admirable, especially since he enjoys a fan base that may or may not be able to easily process the nuances of certain expressions of those issues.

* not comics: I, too, knew at least two kids with whips; it was an Indiana Jones thing.

* the always-thoughtful Scott McCloud talks about comics' real future, and instant markets.

* finally, it seems like there's a decent amount of writing on the wind-down of the Brand New Day effort with Marvel's Spider-Man character, like this longish post that seeks to place the move in a broader narrative context. One reason I find this kind of thing fascinating is that there's so much material devoted to these characters that it seems to me like it compresses the life span of the general narratives. It not only seems like there's ten years of Brand New Day material as opposed to three, in 1978 publishing terms there really is ten years worth of material.
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