Need To Know… 25.11.13

by capelesst

only what you need

only what you need

So that was the weekend that was, Thought Bubble happened, comics were bought and sold, and the second annual British Comic Awards were, um, awarded? But if you couldn’t make it to Leeds, don’t worry, just be here on Saturday afternoon and Jeffrey Brown will be leading a workshop and signing, to which kids are both welcome and encouraged to come!

Speaking of Thought Bubble, the CAB swag posts are coming in thick and fast, from The Beat, though Sean T Collins’ haul is bigger, but even that pales before Frank Santoro’s year long bounty of con comics! While we’re downloading lists of cool comics, its that time of year where people start picking 2013 faves, so here are two lists I can’t really fault, of comics, and of cartoonists. And this list of comics you really must own is definitely one for superhero fans, but it may surprise them.

Since it is the giving season, there’s a flurry of Kickstarters worth your attention, from Roman Muradov, closer to home from the coolest and hottest in UK talent in Mould Map, or if you like your art to come via Portland & unencumbered by story, you could say “Up Periscope!”. If, however, you’re wary of backing because you already have too many comics (we feel you), then try this new snazzy binder kickstarter. Ooh, practical! It ain’t a kickstarter, but Oily Comix subscriptions are a perfect comics Christmas present. Just sayin’.

You’re excited about She-Hulk returning, right? And about the Dan Slott trades being reprinted? If not, here’s why you maybe oughta be. Speaking of oughta, the comics industry discussion around gender and harassment that arose from the Fowler/Wood incident(s) has now generated enough great articles that I figure you might want a guide to them. Enter The Comics Reporter. The Laura Hudson piece he links to is fantastic. And yeah, I said I’d focus on story and comics, but this is important. As is Apple’s definition of pornography, and how they apply it to comics. Because it’s weird. Of course, it won’t matter soon. Looks like all the best comics are about robots now, anyway.

Apple may not get comics, but Slate magazine does, and boy its nice to see comics in publications like that one. Its also nice to see them free, online, like this from Gibbons and “Head Lopper” Maclean, or Kevin Huizenga. Sometimes you can even find a little comics history mixed in there, or Need To Know history for those of you that remember this strip’s precursor from last year! Of course, if history’s your bag, you need to check out this 8-part prehistory of the superhero over at The Hooded Utilitarian, or learn when we first encountered the Infinity Stones.

Okay, pause for art. Elliot Kruszynski, Sophia Foster-Dimino, and Cathy G Johnson all have beauty to spare and share. David Aja will go one further though, and share process with you, while this real-life archer kind of puts Clint to shame, doesn’t he?

This is probably the only comics criticism you need. But if you want more, consider why, and from who? Do artists do it better (spoiler, we think Ulises Farinas does)? If your main criticism is “where’s the manga?”, then check this list, it ain’t no Sailor Moon tribute.

Okay, kids, winding down now. Free, new Jeff Smith webcomic sound nice? It starts today. Here’s an interview to set you up.

And finally, how awesome a parent could you be?