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November 23, 2011

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Michael Cavna at Comic Riffs is assembling a list of Best Webcomics and a list of Best Comic Strips. He's a nice man; you should send him an e-mail.

image* so Fantagraphics is offering a bunch of special mini-comics for people that make qualifying orders. I don't really have much more to say about that, except I want as many as I can get my hands on. The lack of a collector's market for alternative books except in some rare circumstances is beginning to freak me out a bit. Who wouldn't want to have that Matt Groening Xeroxed comic book that only had 20 copies that they show in that new Lynda Barry book over just about anything more traditionally bagged and boarded? I have a hunch that there may be more Golden Age comic books in existence than early alternatives, especially when you go deep in both categories.

* Dave Richards talks to Kieron Gillen. An old TV show profiles Dash Shaw.

* that is a pretty great photo of Seth and Dan Clowes.

* this piece of comics art is making the heavy link rounds, just because it's beautiful.

* another holiday Christmas list at Hero Complex and the first anti-list of the season at Robot 6. The comics industry should find something official-ish to do with Black Friday or Small Business Saturday.

* I'm still a tiny bit confused why avowed Harvey Pekar fan Anthony Bourdain isn't anchoring some kind of straight-ahead foodie comic book publication as opposed to something about food-related kung fu, but what little I know about Bourdain suggests that he's doing exactly what he wants to.

* JK Parkin recommends Varmints. Rich Clabaugh on Lost In The Andes. Todd Klein on Nexus Archives Vol. 12, Green Lantern Corps #1-2, Wonder Woman #1-2, Aquaman #1-2 and a pair of those Retroactive DC comics. Don MacPherson on Mudman #1. Johanna Draper Carlson on Green River Killer: A True Detective Story. Draper Carlson also picks five DC New 52 titles she feels are worth reading. Sean Gaffney on The Melancholy Of Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan Vol. 4. Kate Dacey on Dawn Of The Arcana Vol. 1.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco makes a good point about Superman's cultural capital.

* Graeme McMillan would like you to know about his choice for the best-looking new comics blog on the Internet.

* finally, Sean T. Collins looks at the latest developments in Wizard Entertainment's sometimes curious on-line endeavors. Heidi MacDonald digs into SEC filings to find out the latest on Wizard's convention front.
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