Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* here's an interview with that nice man and skilled comic-book writer Brian Michael Bendis about the current attempt to reboot Legion Of Super-Heroes. That's one of DC's broadly appealing and easy to grasp concepts, and should be something the company does well in the same way that the X-Men books should be a strength for Marvel. I am a spectacularly bad customer for its standard mix of nostalgic reverie for traditional square-jaw super-heroics and kids-culture values of the broadest sort, but I sured like[..]

Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon * names you may have heard of, at varying levels of initial success: Brian Pulido, Chuck Dixon, Michael Jantze. * here's another cartoonist of repute: Ted Rall. * two long-running campaign followed by this site feature Larry Shell and Jim Wheelock. * finally: people continue to donate to Gahan Wilson's care.

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this Gretchen Felker-Martin essay about the appeal of the Marvel movies coming from elements of their creation that are less than exemplary has received a great deal of attention and has something to say about that enormously successful series of films. They inform the perception of the comics, at the very least. It's interesting to read analysis tht makes a strong distinction about elements unique to the film because I think the comics have a completely different set of virtues. * here's an excerpt from [..]

Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

Happy 67th Birthday, Carl Potts!

Go, Look: Children's Rights At Cartoon Movement

Go, Look: Why It's Got To Be Bernie

Happy 39th Birthday, Will Dinski!

Happy 42nd Birthday, Derek M. Ballard!

Happy 43rd Birthday, Steve Ekstrom!

Happy 50th Birthday, James Owen!

Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon * I was promised a grant on-line project here, but all I got was pretty generic placeholder page. Maybe you'll have better luck. * missed it: there was a data break at a forum related to XKCD. I mean, it was a couple of months ago, but that's pretty good in terms of google routinely driving attention to news stories from 2012, etc. * digital comics of various kinds is by far the weakest area of this site, but today is very much all about comics with which I have almost no familiarity. * fina[..]

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Mike Kleine on The Death Of The Master. Mike Lynch on Feiffer On Nixon. * put Iron Jaw on the list of terrifying Golden Age superhero comics figures. * Brad Wheeler profiles Jeff Lemire. Extra credit for going with a non-standard headline there. * Liza Donnelly livedraws through a marathon for charity. * Rick Marschall is the focus of an article on one university's attempt to build a collection around political cartooning. Marschall is apparently America's foremost expert on pop culture now. Go big or go [..]

Go, Look: Bill Sienkiewicz Imagery

If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

Happy 45th Birthday, Chris Bolton!

Happy 49th Birthday, James Sime!

Happy 59th Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

Happy 65th Birthday, Bruce Chrislip!

The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

By Tom Spurgeon

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Keith Silva on The 7 Deadly Sins.

Go, Look: Boy Comics #10

If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

Happy 38th Birthday, Denis St. John!

Happy 48th Birthday, Peter Birkemoe!

Happy 58th Birthday, Mort Todd!

Happy 68th Birthday, Bill Mantlo!

This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases From Comics' Direct Market

***** Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America. I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though. ***** JAN190862 ART OF ROY G KRENKEL FATHER OF HEROIC FANTASY HC $59.99 I can find almost nothing on this week's list of direct interest to me -- -- so I'm going to recomme[..]

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Joe McCulloch on The River At Night. * Caitlin McGurk profiles that very nice person and all around comics hero Susan Kirtley, using as a jumping off point the Oregon-based academic spent at the Billy Ireland here in Columbus. * Gary Tyrrell notes that Chris Onstad is doing some themed drawing. * Happy 5th Shop Anniversary to Mike Sterling. * Paul Gravett does his first monthly scouting report with a 2020 in the title. * finally, a bit of By Request Extra: the Alternative Library in Bellingham is seeking [..]

Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon * From recent rumor to linkable post: Fantagraphics will publish Garth Stein and Matthew Southworth's The Cloven Book One next year. Southworth is a favorite human being of every comics person who has ever lived in Seattle post-1990, myself included, and his work on Stumptown was super-attractive. I don' know a thing about Stein. * there is a lengthy article here about John Jennings and Damian Duffy and each creator individually on occasion of their second adaptation of Octavia Butler's work[..]

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* congratulations to RJ Matson for winning this year's Berryman Award, and also for a magnificent mane of hair. * Irene Velentzas on Guts. * go, read: Thom Dunn tells the recent story of Pedro S. Molina. * Cesara Rossetti provides a primer on autobiographical cartooning. * here are a couple of articles on the brand new Ladies First exhibit at the Billy Ireland, one by Alison Holm and one by Joel Oliphint. * finally: go, watch: Chris Claremont's X-Men on Amazon Prime. That looks like one of a group of such f[..]

Go, Look: María Medem

If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

Happy 48th Birthday, Cheese Hasselberger!

Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

by Tom Spurgeon * it's great to see more money going to the defense fund designed to go to those sued by Cody Pickrodt. There was a definite second round of need that arrived to make sure that campaign is successful. I hope any of you that feel strongly about that situation will consider a donation.

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Philippe Leblanc on three by Allie Trigoso. * so apparently they're putting together another official timeline for the DC universe and this will be a line-wide thing. There was a time when people extolled the virtues of whole line narratives as comics' unique contribution to the creative world, and a time when it seemed like those companies were going back to ignoring them altogether. I'm kind of in-between. Those issues really bore me as foreground but I think can inform a fruitful approach to doing thes[..]

Go, Look: Black Rain On The Highway Of Death

Go, Look: Eleri Harris Interviews Masha Gessen

Go, Look: Post-War Color Gag Cartoons

Happy 33rd Birthday, Lizz Hickey!

Happy 52nd Birthday, Dave Cooper!

Missed It: CR Turned 15 Last Month

I missed my anniversary. CR started right around when Christopher Reeve died -- although it's hard to tell exactly when because I ran it silent for a while to get used to the software. Mr. Reeve died October 10, 2004. I'm thankful for the opportunity of Comics Reporter, touched by every single person that has spent some time here and/or otherwise helped and fully cognizant of all the times I've fallen short of promises made. I will figure it out or I will die not having figured it out. I hope by the time I'[..]

Happy 45th Birthday, Karen Sneider!


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Ho Che Anderson

Go, Look: Big George Cartoons From Virgil Partch