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December 17, 2007

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* it doesn't matter how many Christmas parties you've attended, this is the most interesting anecdote you'll hear all holiday season.


* another Top Comics List For 2007: Salon, as selected by their comics columnist, Doug Wolk. Books mentioned, although you'll have to read it to know which ones he ranks and what he says about them:
* Apollo's Song
* All-Star Superman, Vol. 1
* Beyond Palomar
* Bookhunter
* Chance in Hell
* Death Note
* French Milk (cover image above)
* Heartbreak Soup
* Human Diastrophism
* I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!
* Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays
* Maggie the Mechanic
* MW
* Ninja
* Perla La Loca
* Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
* Speak of the Devil
* Terry and the Pirates, Vol. 1
* The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus, Vol. 1
* The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S.
* The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
* The Salon
* Two-Fisted Tales, Vol. 2
* The Blot
* the comics business news and analysis site has published their Direct Market sales estimates for November 2007. Not a surprise: World War Hulk leads the way, and keeps the bulk of the sales from the previous issue. Actually, I'm not sure why a last issue wouldn't sell slightly more, but maybe that's 1980s-style thinking. It also looks to me on a first glance that the X-Men titles are starting to creep up. Anyhow: story, analysis, top 300 comics, top 100 trades.

* the cartoonist and occasional writer-about-comics Shaenon Garrity will be January's cartoonist-in-residence at the Cartoon Art Museum, says E&P.

* not comics: it looks like someone is doing a movie on Bill Watterson. In other movie news, people seem awfully excited about this trailer where Beetlejuice fights Batman, causing the caped crusader to enlist the aid of Easy Reader. Also, Michel Gondry is set to film an adaptation of Gabrielle Bell's Cecil and Jordan in New York with Bell co-writing the short piece.


* another Top Comics List For 2007: Jeff Lester, from Savage Critics, and again I'll list what he mentions and you can go to the list itself how it's pulled out and talked about:
* American Elf Vol. 2
* Azumanga Daioh Omnibus
* League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
* Buffy Season Eight Vol. 1
* Crecy
* Criminal: Coward
* Criminal: Lawless
* Dr. 13: Architecture & Mortality (cover image above)
* Drifting Classroom
* Exit Wounds
* Flower of Life Vols. 1-3
* Fourth World Omnibus Vols. 1-3
* Kamandi Archives Vol. 2
* King City Vol. 1
* Misery Loves Company
* Monster
* Parasyte Vols. 1-2
* The Professor's Daughter
* Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
* Apollo's Song
* Ode to Kirihito
* MW
* Yotsuba&! Vols. 4-5
* ComixTalk hosts their annual virtual roundtable of pundits and commentary-makers. Virtual roundtables are kind of like convention panels except afterwards you don't have to stand in the hallway talking to people for 10 minutes.

* five highlights of five years of The International Cartoonist Conspiracy.

* here's a nice long talk with Jeff Smith, whose RASL is among the most anticipated releases for 2008.

* not comics: whenever I see something about E. Simms Campbell or his work at Esquire, even tangentially related, I always wonder if RC Harvey has seen it yet. Also, I know that time speeds up when you get older, but I swear this Forbes list of rich fictional people, along with that list of rich dead people, comes out more than once a year.
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