Need To Know… 29.7.13
SDCC is 7 days done, but still the reactions, feelings, and “insight” pour out. These two posts should cover most of the surprises and big news I might have missed, Tony Isabella seems to be providing the sunniest, most genuinely enthused coverage, and The Beat has a nice change of pace with an SDCC Small Press feature. Also, I’m preliminarily declaring this my favourite SDCC announcement, and this my favourite SDCC “thing”. That’s how my drawings look most of the time. The other benefit of all this coverage is the opportunity to update mental images of favourite creators, and see how Jim Steranko still looks younger and cooler than all of them. Almost. Oh, and Bandette wins the prize for best Eisner celebration: a free, new digital comic. On the topic of digital, don’t you sometimes wish digital comics could be… more? ; Mark Waid tells us to go hug a pirate, and The Beat debates DRM in the wake of Image’s game-changing news.
However, if SDCC was a little too much for your taste, then this experimental comics and art festival in Portland may hit the spot, but hurry, its Kickstarter ends TONIGHT. If Portland’s a little far, CAB just got announced for November in Brooklyn, Caption is a mere weeks away in fair Oxford, and Thought Bubble is getting bigger!
Eyes facing forward once more, here’s an Itty Bitty preview, Dave Johnson 100 Bullets Omnibus cover art, another Little Nemo announcement (with some stupendous names attached), Grant Morrison overseen animation (that maybe picks up on elements of his Vimanarama mini, remember that?), preview pages that will put you at ease regarding Sex Criminals, and Paul Gravett’s October picks (the stuff you might not have heard about, but will enjoy!). Oh, and since I finished that sentence a little artsier, let’s follow up with 5 highly recommended “graphic narratives”. I get the logic behind that term, but really?
People are still thinking about comics, specifically about Young Avengers and what it says about fan interaction in the online community. iFanboy, meanwhile, will make you fall in love with Action Comics Weekly, The Beat charts comics’ prediction and embrace of punk, Noah Berlatsky don’t need no stinkin’ Wonder Woman movie, but Bob Temuka topped them all with a blinding list of 101 great things in comics.
Incidentally, had you forgotten how great Spy vs Spy was? Or how cool Tom Strong and Resident Alien are as series’? Don’t worry if you have, Peter Hogan will be at Orbital Comics on August 17th to remind you. Wolverine’s forgotten more than you’ll ever know, but CBR are keeping track, thanks be! Of course that won’t help if you’ve forgotten how to draw, but this course might, or if you’re feeling helpful instead of helpless, then help Dredd get a sequel, and help prize-winner Corban Wilkin make his gorgeous graphic novel happen. Great Beast need no help, what with Isabel Greenberg joining the team (yay!). But if you’re really just here for the free stuff, then get wrapped up with Molly Brooks’ Agents Octopus, and then I double dog dare you to read this and not download the comic.
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You never forget your first sensual massage.
This may well be deeply, painfully familiar to you. It is to me.