Need To Know… 10.2.14

by capelesst

only what you need

only what you need

Hey, Need To Know… is 50. Wow, that’s… ah, who cares. Age ain’t nuthin’ but a number, right?

Let’s begin with the campaigns that could use your support, shall we? This week, a Sequart documentary on the history of female creators in comics, which will almost certainly be more interesting and less sought after than the “Image Revolution” documentary with its fanboyish tack. Oh, wait, its by the same people. Well, anyway, a better topic! And then there’s the subscription you owe it to yourself to take out, with Yeah Dude! Comics. Honestly, look at that creator list. You needs it.

Since it looks like Matt Fraction comics may be a little way away, maybe you’d best content yourself with this beyond in-depth interview series over at Paste. Something briefer, but equally welcome, is a new entry on James Stokoe’s blog (sadly, it ain’t more Orc Stain). Stylistically in the same ballpark, have you checked out The Stamm? While we’re perving on art, does anyone doubt that Jerome Opena is the real deal? Anybody? Good. Ooh, and nice posters, Mister X.

Have you started planning for The Lakes yet, because Scott McCloud has? And that’s just one event, this year’s launch calendar is looking epic, as Zainab Akhtar will tell you. You should be able to pick up all those books from Bergen Street in New York, but you won’t be able to pick up any Marvel or DC floppies. Interesting, and admirably progressive, decision though it is, you can’t help but wonder if it’s a reaction against this kind of brokeback nonsense. Seriously.

We mentioned that last week marked an anniversary of Jack Kirby’s demise, and this seems like a fitting tribute. Similarly, Comics Alliance did a stellar job of elucidating Bill Finger’s Batman legacy, making last week a good one for remembering.

It was a good week for awards, too, as Slate Book Review and CCS announced the nominees for their Cartoonist Studio Prizes for Best Graphic Novel and Best Webcomic. If that doesn’t offer you enough further reading, check out this site that lets you pick webcomics to explore from just the first frame. And if it’s further comix reading you’re seeking, Comics Reporter and crew have some hot leads on cool reads for you. If making is more your line than reading, this may well be the best inker interview for you, but just don’t be uncivilized about it.

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s. I’m too old for all that stuff.