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November 23, 2010

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* here's the must-read of the day: Gary Tyrrell directs us to a sizable analysis of webcomics economics, including the data set used.

image* this D+Q post examines a crazy, supposedly but not really bootlegged edition of the new Charles Burns book, which you'll then almost immediately forget because the photos of the crowd at the gallery opening are amazing.

* I'm not actually surprised that only 13 percent of a subset of comics have women working on them, except maybe I'm surprised it's double digits. One problem with turning that around and bringing in more talent and more voices is that I think there's a pretty good argument that real change has to be brought to bear gradually and insistently over time, and the very nature of such a solution brings with it the risk of extending the problem.

* Matt Madden has posted a bunch of his students' constraint-based comics and introduces the group of them here.

* Don MacPherson looks into how and why a solo credit was given to Paul Levitz for creating the Huntress character on a recent DC-related cartoon, when the best evidence seems to suggest that it should be a shared creator credit. It sounds more curious than nefarious, and the other creators don't sound bothered, but it's something to keep an eye on. I'm not sure why DC couldn't just say.

* Brendan Wright has a fine post up on the recent digital piracy issues, looking at the recent relayed experiences of Steve Lieber and Colleen Doran as the structural basis for the mini-essay. He avoids a lot of hyperbole, and makes several points while keeping the notion out there that these are limited examples of a broader story in extended development.

* not comics: well, that's a creepy-looking bugger.

image* hard not to fall at least a little bit in love with Dill's Winter hat.

* the cartoonist Dustin Harbin talks web-discussion etiquette. I agree with most of it, but I do think there are times when someone is right and someone is wrong. Definitely not all the times the participants in a discussion think that this is the case, but definitely some arguments break down that way. It's kind of amazing to me that people won't use their real names 16 years into widespread comics discussion on the Internet.

* it's two months away, but it's hard not to be jealous of those attending Angouleme when you read this report on the opening press conference.

* Bob Temuka takes the long view on all things X-Men. I think if you're going to stay in one kind of storytelling mode for 35 years, with only Grant Morrison's time representing a significant break from a lot of the old structures (and even then in the form of an homage to the core comics), you're going to get a book that functions exactly like a TV soap opera in a lot of ways, including eventually burning through older readers.

* Simon Gane draws Lemmy. Good to know my mind-control powers are still effective when I want them to be.

* finally, Brigid Alverson makes a good point that any analysis of digital piracy of manga needs to keep in mind the core fan and how they approach the entire issue, as opposed to adults and certainly opposed to adults talking in abstractions. I'm not sure it changes the issue a ton -- for one, I think it's a bit of a fallacy that one's orientation towards an issue needs to be based on the probable success of one's proposed correctives -- but it should inform those discussions for sure.
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