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November 29, 2010

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Alan Moore provides an example for the rest of us to follow.

* numbers fans can rejoice as John Jackson Miller gets closer to restoring information about the days when the market shattered into multiple major distributors with exclusives and very particular ways of doing things.

image* Devlin Thompson wrote in after this site extolled the virtues of the cover to My Favorite Martian #1 that pretty much all the My Favorite Martian covers are awesome in some way or another. It's difficult to disagree with Mr. Thompson.

* Richard Burton follows some Cerebus-related art around the Internet.

* on Thanksgiving, David Welsh selected a number of 2010 books for which he is grateful. Me, I'm grateful for this hissing ball of nutbaggery.

* the cartoonist Craig Thompson makes pattern and page numbers.

* that's a very cute cover for Axe Cop.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco digs up the comics from the Big Two (Marvel, DC) that sold worse than the recently canceled Thor: The Mighty Avenger.

* Pete and Alice go to Powell's.

* if you're doing some comics-related Christmas shopping this year, be sure to keep an eye out for sudden, personal sales offered by a variety of cartoonists on their personal web sites, such as this extended Black Friday book and art sale from Julia Wertz.

* Dash Shaw enthuses over Osamu Tezuka and his secrets of creation.

* not comics: my brother and I were seeking a comedy series to watch during spare moments together -- just say no to network football halftime shows -- and decided to finally take the plunge on this. Not perfect and not for everybody but genuinely funny and skillfully performed. I'm curious as to why it's never been talked up over here the way some of its other comedy show peers have been.

* for some reason, I always derive a bit of pleasure from articles about rich comics dudes translated, however roughly, into real world terms. In fact, I always wonder when they give Uncle Scrooge's financial breakdown if they aren't underplaying the "sentient duck" angle to his potential, real-world fortune. That's got to be worth something on a speaking tour.

* finally, Mike Zeck shows off a handful of his original art from celebrated Filipino artists.
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