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Pay what it's worth or he'll piss in your garden

Every issue of Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman, is now available for free download from his creator David Boswell's side. For those who haven't had the pleasure to encounter Reid yet, here's an 1991 interview with Boswell, courtesy of CBC's Midday, as well as a 2011 appreciation of Reid Fleming by Tom Hawthorn for the Globe & Mail, written when Boswell was induced in the Canadian Cartoonists Hall of Fame.
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 27, 2013 - 25 comments

Mutant Women of Earth

How Chris Claremont Reinvented the Female Superhero
posted by Artw on Feb 19, 2013 - 54 comments

365 Days of the Black Hero

Last year, freelance cartoonist and illustrator Wardell "War" Brown drew a daily sketch of a different Black hero, both fictional and real life, starting with Storm and ending with Muhammad Ali. For those clever clogs who'd now like to point out 2012 was a leap year, he got you covered.
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 16, 2013 - 7 comments

Super No

Superman is a good guy. More than that, Superman is the best guy. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1932, he's the archetypal superhero, a man of enormous power who places himself in service to the powerless. To borrow a famous phrase from the 1940s Superman radio serial, he stands for "truth, justice and the American way". - Why Orson Scott Card isn't the right man to write Superman. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Feb 14, 2013 - 255 comments

“An entire ‘vault,’ like a Money Bin, filled with 40,000 comics.”

The DON ROSA COLLECTION is a deluxe 9-volume set of books published by Egmont that tells the story of my life with comics, particularly the $crooge McDuck and Donald Duck comics for which I have become best known... As part of the special texts in the series, I wrote an autobiography of my life, at least as it pertains to comic books. As a conclusion to those texts it was always planned that I would write a sort of ‘epilogue’ to my career, the subject of which would obviously be the reasons for why I quit... At the last moment the Disney Corporation refused to allow my text to appear in a book series that was published under their license... So I agreed to allow set #3 to go forward as long as I would be allowed in volume 9 to direct interested readers to the ‘epilogue’ as it is appearing on this private website.” Don Rosa: “WHY I QUIT [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Feb 13, 2013 - 12 comments

"In comic books life is worth nothing; there is no dignity of a human"

In 1954 Fredric Wertham wrote Seduction of the Innocent which, in no small way, led to the Comics Code Authority. Carol Tilley, a professor of library and information science, has proven that the book misrepresented and altered the original data. (previously, previously)
posted by nadawi on Feb 12, 2013 - 28 comments

oh my god i can see forever

What happens to comics if newspapers go away? Garry Trudeau imagines a terrifying void. Webcomic artists think Garry Trudeau is silly. But if you, too, fear the vast abyss of a world without newspaper funnies, and lack the patience to search for all the treasures of the webcomic world, what you want is a comic that never ends. Pandyland and Mezzacotta each offer an infinite supply of three-panel comics, so that you'll never have to go without a brief moment's amusement. Sure, 99% of the comics you see might be crap, but there are gems amidst all the rubbish.
posted by Rory Marinich on Feb 11, 2013 - 101 comments

Size matters

The degeneration of the newspaper comic strip in one handy picture. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 9, 2013 - 63 comments

A woman walks in to a comic book shop

HaterfreeWednesdays, a new tumblr to help comics fans find shops that are friendly to those of us who aren't straight white guys. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore on Feb 9, 2013 - 23 comments

"Print and digital can co-exist; we’re trying to level the playing field"

What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag? What on Earth could draw the two of you back together again?. Insufferable is a new web comic from Mark Waid (writer of Captain America, 52 Kingdom Come and Daredevil among others), creator of Irredeemable, and ex-chief creative officer of Boom Studios) being offered via Thrillbent, a platform he he and others hope will revolutionise digtial comics. Waid's goal in the long run: to create a collective of new creators and industry veterans who want to aggregate their content and use the digital medium in new and different ways. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Feb 8, 2013 - 22 comments

Also I Have Dinosaurs!

On a mountain top somewhere in the Andes mountains, a small group of very, very, very old nuns maintains a cozy orphanage. The kids have lost their families, and it may never stop snowing, but there's always a fire in the fireplace and a never-ending supply of snowballs just outside the front door. It's Snowflakes, a comics series in 5 Acts, by James Ashby, Chris Jones and Zach Weiner.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 8, 2013 - 2 comments

There are no Black comics writers at Marvel or DC

"As near as I can tell, throughout DC Comics' more than 75-year history, the publisher has only ever hired two black women writers on monthly titles: Felicia Henderson on Teen Titans and Angela Robinson on The Web, both in 2009. That should be put in some perspective: If those numbers are accurate, it would mean that DC has more white women writing monthly books for them right now than they've had black women in the same role in more than three quarters of a century. That said, they are potentially doing better than their principal competition: Try as I might, I cannot find a single black woman who has ever written a monthly ongoing comic for Marvel in the publisher's history." -- Joseph Hughes talks about the lack of Black comics writers at Marvel and DC both right now and historically. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 7, 2013 - 50 comments

Invasion of the Literaries

We might not get laughed out of the room, but the question is: would we want to be stuck in it with some guy who would ask: Since we already have Aristophanes, who needs Kurtzman? Since we have Erasmus of Rotterdam, why would we want Steve Martin? With Wagner still available, who cares about the Firehouse Five? Furthermore, would we let that guy organize the party music?

What appears at first to be taking a more stringent view is in fact applying irrelevant criteria. It dismantles the idea of a comic and leaves the parts hopelessly undone.
Eddie Campbell on fallacies of comics criticism.
posted by rollick on Feb 7, 2013 - 18 comments

An affected, narcissistic creep, but he’s also a genius.

Batman vs. Koolhaas. Critic Martin Filler reveals the true villain of DC's Batman: Death by Design.
posted by xowie on Feb 5, 2013 - 8 comments

"If you take away the penises isn't this a Scott Snyder Batman comic?"

For their Comic Books are Burning in Hell podcast Joe McCulloch, Tucker Stone, Matt Seneca and Chris Mautner take on Tim Vigil and Faust. Featuring extensive notes and artwork perhaps not suitable for viewing at work. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 4, 2013 - 8 comments

Spielberg's adventures of Hergé

Everything you always wanted to know about The Adventures of Tintin
posted by Artw on Feb 3, 2013 - 25 comments

The Comics Reporter's holiday reviews

In order to make it easier on himself during the Holiday season last year, Tom Spurgeon ran a series of interviews with various comics professionals on his site: the complete archive is now available. Interviewees range from Alison Bechdel to Mark Waid and from Joe Sacco to Carol Tyler, providing as wideranging a cross section of American comics as you're likely to get anywhere.
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 3, 2013 - 3 comments

"A kind of literature to end literature..."

Huib van Opstal at Yesterday's Papers on illustrator-writer George du Maurier's work for Punch and the earliest international origins of comic books and strips.
posted by Lorin on Feb 2, 2013 - 2 comments

Luthorcorp- It's a name you can trust!

Wonder Woman's Half-Brother Has Defeated Both Batman and Spiderman [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Feb 1, 2013 - 23 comments

X-Mensch

Magneto the Jew
posted by Artw on Jan 29, 2013 - 60 comments

Hell in Living Color

Jim Rugg reflects on the coloring in printed and digital comics. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Jan 24, 2013 - 15 comments

Please alert interested parties

"It looks all but inevitable that Twitter, who acquired Posterous last year, will be eliminating the blog platform. This means that all my blogs will vanish, which is a shame, because all my blogs are actually compendiums of very specialized comic book material, meant to be permanent galleries, available forever."
posted by misterbee on Jan 24, 2013 - 41 comments

Soon, you too can become a flash drive.

Scientists at the European Bioinformatics Institute successfully encoded several different file formats onto strands of synthetic DNA, which were then sent to an American lab and sequenced to extract the data. Selections included Shakespeare, audio of Dr. Martin Luther King, and photos of their lab. If the idea sounds vaguely familiar, you've probably been reading Dresden Codak.
posted by BZArcher on Jan 24, 2013 - 23 comments

Journalist and artists labeled as terrorists for creating comic book

In 2010, journalist David Axe spent a month in the Congo reporting on the Lord's Resistance Army. When he returned, he wrote a book titled "Army of God: Joseph Kony's War in Central Africa", illustrated by Tim Hamilton and edited by Matt Bors. The book first appeared online, but the paperback rights were acquired by publisher Public Affairs, with plans to publish an expanded edition in 2013. The deal included an advance, which was wired to Hamilton's account. That's where the U.S. Treasury department comes in. Specifically, The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Jan 22, 2013 - 45 comments

Add Some More Bourbon - One Day We'll All Be Dead

Saveur's utterly charming "Recipe Comix" features illustrated recipes/short stories by some of the web's best cartoonists covering a wide range of meals.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 21, 2013 - 14 comments

The Secret Life of Super Heroes

The everyday life of comic book legends: grabbing a bite, scratching an itch and getting it on (NSFW). See also: Paper Heroes. Artist: Greg Guillemin.
posted by DarlingBri on Jan 19, 2013 - 33 comments

"STARK MADE HULK BIG PHONE!!!"

Texts from superheroes. (SLTMBLR, does what it says on the tin.)
posted by MartinWisse on Jan 15, 2013 - 31 comments

"Name Withheld" needs to find another letter column

The Comics Buyers Guide was founded in 1971 by Alan Light, morphing over the decades (not in the least due to postal regulations requiring a certain amount of editorial content) into the most widely read industry newsletter, highly influential in its heyday under the editorial guidance of Don and Maggie Thompson in the eighties and early nineties. Now its run has come to an end as it will stop publishing with its March 2013 issue. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Jan 10, 2013 - 16 comments

Cosplays with Color

Cosplaying While Black
posted by griphus on Jan 6, 2013 - 26 comments

When Wolverine met Freddy Mercury

In 2010, Marvel Comics artist Steve Bunch posted an anonymous page to his blog that featured X-Men frontman Wolverine inexplicably encountering Queen frontman Freddy Mercury, an art submission originally sent to Darren Auck, then head of Marvel's art-correction team, in the 1990s. Portland-based comics artist Colleen Coover read Bunch's post, and in 2012 she decided to do something about it: she decided to recreate the page, adding color (both literal and metaphorical) to the meeting of these two (actual and arguable) mutants. Since then, other comic artists have decided to recreate the historic meeting depicted on that original, baffling/brilliant page: Some are magical; some are professional grade (pages one and two); some are prosaic; some are, frankly, adorable. Not all of them are on Coover's page. Do you hold the secret to this story? Coover would like to see your take: "I invite other artists to do the same, by which exercise we may one day come close to the fictional Truth of the matter."
posted by firstbest on Jan 4, 2013 - 39 comments

The Bowdlerization of bande dessinée

Europe has a long-standing comic tradition, at least equal to that of America. Beyond Tintin and Asterix, there are hundreds of fantastic titles with astonishing art, most of which never see the shores of the USA. However, when a lucky title does get the nod, something bizarre happens when European sensibilities face American censors. [more inside]
posted by themadthinker on Jan 4, 2013 - 39 comments

Keiji Nakazawa, 1939-2012

Keiji Nakazawa, the manga artist and creator of Barefoot Gen (previously),his autobiographical account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, died on the 19th of December, still living in Hiroshima. His obituary is up on The Comics Journal website, while comics blogger David Brothers adds a more personal note about discovering Barefoot Gen as a preteen.
posted by MartinWisse on Jan 4, 2013 - 15 comments

It's not all doom and gloom

Tom Spurgeon lists fifty positive comics news stories that happened in 2012.
posted by MartinWisse on Jan 3, 2013 - 45 comments

name four vegetables

This past fall, comedians Sara Schaefer and Nikki Glaser (hosts of popular podcast You Had to Be There) had "the amazing privilege" of hiring a writing staff for their upcoming TV show, Nikki & Sara Live. Sara "was flattered and honored when hundreds of people applied. It was a super fun experience, but it was also an incredibly illuminating one. Reading so many packets made a couple of things very very clear: there are some really easy, basic things you can do to improve your chances of getting a job writing for TV." Step 1: Dedicate Your Entire Life to Comedy
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 2, 2013 - 19 comments

I'm not a kid, I'M A SHARK

Nimona is the shape-shifting, hell-raising sidekick to Ballister Blackheart, the biggest name in supervilliany. [more inside]
posted by mokin on Dec 27, 2012 - 25 comments

Who the fuck are the Los Angeles Dodgers?

How Steve Rogers copes with being woken up into a world he never made, seventy years after being frozen in ice: diary comics. (SLTMBLR)
posted by MartinWisse on Dec 23, 2012 - 31 comments

"There’s a lack of pretentiousness to the word ‘comic book’ that I think suits the medium itself very, very nicely."

The NYT Book Review just named it one of the 5 best fiction books of the year. The AV Club helpfully posted a video to show you what happens when you open it. Actually, lots of folks posted videos to show you what happens when you open it. Other folks raved in print about the author and his career. The Comics Journal asked a dozen critics of the author's work to send in reviews; this one focuses on the role of disability in the narrative. This one notes the book "is in a very primary sense a comic about women and the private lives they lead, and it investigates more fully than any other comic I have ever read the way they age, fall in love, explore their sexuality, come to terms with compromises they’ve had to make as they’ve grown, accept their limitations, confront squandered ability, have children (or choose not to have children), marry (or stay single), and make sense of the world around them." You might find Chris Ware's Building Stories worth a look or two. Or fourteen. [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Dec 19, 2012 - 28 comments

dun-dun-dun-DUN-dun-dun

The X-Men animated series opening sequence redone in stop-motion (SLYT).
posted by griphus on Dec 18, 2012 - 28 comments

friend-love

"I have a confession to make. I think I'm in friend-love with you. I don't want to date you or even make out with you. Because that would be weird. I just so desperately want for you to think that I am this super-awesome person because I think you are a super-awesome person" -- A single link webcomic by Yumi Sakugawa.
posted by MartinWisse on Dec 17, 2012 - 82 comments

I'm in, like, the nicest housewares store.

Something nice.
posted by 256 on Dec 16, 2012 - 52 comments

More than just the Beano and 2000AD

"British comics go through peaks and troughs, and currently we’re in a peaky bit. In the mental graph I’m going to attempt to construct in your head, the x-axis begins around 1977 and the y-axis is the amount of interesting stuff happening. Up, down, up, down. Imagine at the moment that we are up." -- Hayley Campbell on "why we're banging on about comics so much", as The New Statesman holds a week of British comics blogging. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Dec 14, 2012 - 24 comments

Dad, are you a superhero yet?

You better watch out. My dad's a superhero! A short and sweet story from artist Jon Laing.
posted by jbickers on Dec 11, 2012 - 5 comments

Viva La Superpants!

In defense of Superman's underpants
posted by Artw on Dec 7, 2012 - 114 comments

Spin out of control

Executive editor Karen Berger will be leaving DC Comics' Vertigo imprint in 2013 Reactions from the comics industry.
posted by Artw on Dec 4, 2012 - 54 comments

Inked by favstar

Comics based on the greatest tweets of our generation: it's Twitter, The Comic [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 4, 2012 - 20 comments

Comic Writer Services 2.0

Interested in writing comics? Here are dozens of links on how to do it.
posted by Artw on Dec 3, 2012 - 23 comments

The Hawkeye Initiative

The Hawkeye Initiative Hawkeye drawn in some "classic" comic poses.
posted by drezdn on Dec 2, 2012 - 36 comments

Say It Ain't So, Bazooka Joe

What adults may remember best about Bazooka, however, is disappearing. The tiny comic strip featuring the eyepatch-wearing brand mascot Bazooka Joe that has been wrapped around each piece of gum since 1953 is being replaced.
posted by chavenet on Dec 1, 2012 - 49 comments

Groovy comics

Belts, boots, collars, gauntlets and flared, flared shoulders, a treasure trove of Dave Cockrum art, the artist who made the X-Men popular, all from 1975 to 1985.
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 30, 2012 - 28 comments

Trashman Forever

Spain Rodriguez Fought the Good Fight - underground comics artist Spain Rodriguez, most famous for his violent antihero Trashman, passed away yesterday.
posted by Artw on Nov 29, 2012 - 30 comments

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