Need To Know… 13.1.2014

by capelesst

only what you need

only what you need

Last week proved that you just can’t keep a good man down. Whether I’m referring to Dan Slott’s predictable reveal that, yes, Peter Parker is returning, or Alan Moore’s typically understated, intelligent interview following some Morrisonian bile, I’ll leave up to you. Of course, I could just be remarking the return of Kaare Andrews to comics, what with his new Iron Fist series being announced, and all.

That Alan Moore interview is billed as his last, so where oh where will you go for good interviews? The Comics Reporter, of course! There are few people better at intelligent interviewing than that guy, and while you’re on the site, you might as well check out the 2014 Angouleme Grand Prix short list. Then, once you’ve perused the list of names familiar and unknown, maybe read Andrew White’s post on Tumblr about whether we really all need a shared canon of comics to draw from, or whether we should make our own canon, drawing from as many sources as we can.

That’s all a bit thinky, so let’s cut to the popcorn. Image Expo was last week, which means there are tons of announcements to catch up on, all neatly listed here, on CBR. There’s only one really important question to be answered, though: whose previews are hotter, Ward, or Tocchini?

Not to be outdone, Marvel announced a new Doop series (Doop!), & a new lease of life for the Ultimate Universe (really?), this time with added Michel Fiffe (oooh). Oni upped the stakes with news of fresh Stumptown comics to come, an ongoing, even! There’s another brand new, cool-looking small press fest coming up in NYC, called Paper Jam. ELCAF stole the show, however, with their announcement that Chris Ware will be at this year’s event! He’s probably going to be mobbed, though, so if you’re hoping for any nuggets of wisdom or advice, maybe you’re better off peeping this interview with chimeric comics craftsman Ben Templesmith, who explains it all. Or, if you feel you need help figuring out how to read a graphic novel (and let’s face it, every day’s a school day), try this TED talk.

Argh, we’re back thinking again! Sorry! Look, Toby Cypress makes intricate kinetic imagery (watch out for The White Suits, soon from Dark Horse), Sloane Leong is more than a colorist, Poohdickery is here documented for your edification, or there’s this list of superhero webcomics you might enjoy, if, you know, you dig the digital spandexers.

Question: you likely know who created Superman, but who discovered him? And if the X-Men were always designed as a comic concerned with prejudice and diversity issues, then why so many white dudes?

If all else fails, you can retreat into 365 days of Kirby tech. Though none of that is as impressive as this vision for the future of drones. Mmmmm!

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