Need To Know… 10.6.13

by capelesst

only what you need

only what you need

Beginning as ever with the Big 2, DC wants you to choose your own digital adventure and wait longer for cheap online comics, while Marvel are getting Mighty Diverse with another Avengers team (because we need at least one more, right?), which doesn’t change this unsettling situation. Bottom line: Al Ewing will write the hell out of that book, and we should focus on the double positive of a talented young writer on an Avengers title, AND a new book with a more diverse cast. IMO.

Speaking of diversity, comics made out pretty good at the Lambdas (that article also gives a little context on the Cannes win, too), while the whole annoying “Kelly Sue only has a career because of Matt Fraction” thing got rehashed, which was sad, but did permit various people to rally inspiringly. All of which lead to the question: “do we write about gender too much?”. Well?
The 2D Comic Con in Derry happened the weekend before last, and from the sound of it should be an easy add to your convention calendar, especially with launches like this one by Roger Langridge happening there. Of course, this weekend just passed was HeroesCon in Charlotte, and by way of a taster Tom Spurgeon interviewed two legendary Heroes panellists who every year host an epic panel on a different topic, this year’s involving Peter Bagge and music comics. If all this gives you the comics travel bug (but you haven’t got San Diego bank) then some say Brussels is the spot that’s hot.
Darwyn Cooke is pretty great at art stuff, isn’t he? And so I want to believe he’s just about the greatest guy, too. But Hooded Utilitarian takes a close look at his work on Before Watchmen, and has some strong words for our boy. Controversial, perhaps, so lets go with the positivity of the art link, and let Rob Davis talk us through his Quixotic process. While we’re communing with the makers, here’s Todd McFarlane keeping it simple, Moore making new magic, Mizuno being the best kind of mad, and Matt Miner talking Liberator (there are only so many “m”s!). Particularly with the Moore and McFarlane interviews, they’re good reminders of how much more interesting some creators are than the fan worship they inspire. I’m sick of hearing about Moore, the mage/genius, but this interview was beautiful, clear, and unpretentiously inspiring. Just like every other interview I’ve ever read with him. And McFarlane’s just refreshingly offhand.
Since this NTK was clearly brought to you by the letter M, let’s address Manga. If you’re not a regular manga reader, here are two perfect entry points, out now, and a whole load of art that may sell you on Sunny’s creator, while for those particularly interested in Horror Manga, the Mercurial Blonde wants to hook you up. Plus… the perfect place to read manga. Is there a comics equivalent? Also, Bartkira. Its no joke. Nor is a new blog post from James Stokoe, especially if you’re jonesing for Kaiju.
We’ve had Summers of Valiant, but it loos like this summer is going BOOM! with Six-Gun Gorilla in June and Day Men in July. Good-looking comic-booking. But there’s a new player in town this season, Fried Comics, and they’re taking your orders for Deadskins and Pregnant Bitches of War with some tasty covers. Yeti Press have some sizzling summer deals on their books. Don’t know Yeti? Now you do. Pretty sure I’ve mentioned these before, but Heck, it’d be a shame not to mention them again. Lot to take in so far, isn’t it? Well, don’t get distracted, just look straight ahead.
If you’ve been thinking of trying out some Jaime Hernandez stuff, how about sampling a scary freebie of his online? Or if you’re pressed for time, surely you can make a minute for a Tiny Story? The Comics Journal has a quartet of webcomics worth your eyeballing (especially Meat and Bone), but if you’re really that worried about making reading time then ask yourself “is the world my park, or my cage?“.
We’re almost there, so time for treats. Here is the secret of how events are made. Yes, this is the Best Art Ever (This Week). And allow me to introduce Peter Kuper, a very talented man.
Last, a word of support for Inkstuds, one of the best comics interview podcasts out there. To support the continuing podcast activities, there’s a Digital Book of all the creator interviews he’s done. Should be a great read. Especially for $5.
Keep your noses clean kids. Don’t wanna end up like these guys.