Need To Know… 24.2.14
Sorry about last week, everyone. What can I say, hitting 50 of these NTK’s triggered a rapid, super-condensed midlife crisis, but now I’ve bought hairplugs and a convertible, so I’m good. What makes missing a week worse is that I couldn’t tell you about these three awesome Multiversity pieces: about the diminishing role of artists (what?), a roundtable on Marvel Knights, and a cheat sheet for readers and reviewers, basically enabling us to all talk about the art in comics without just saying “it’s so pretty” over and over. Although, this is pretty. Yeah, they had a great week, they even had a Declan Shalvey process post!
I also neglected to direct you toward this interview with Liz Prince, after which you might just want a bookplate edition of her latest…. and Orbital Comics can help! They can also help with comics guidance generally, but if you prefer to hear from other, less biased sources, try Comics Alliance’s Reader Survey. Or just go here and dive straight into some abstract comics. They rock.
I have a new hero this week, Josette Frank. San Francisco will soon have a new hero too, as DD is moving, but while you’re waiting for his flight to land, check out this Fraction-al analysis of some DD pages. Or if you prefer your heroes military or robotic, be patient. They’re coming. Speaking of heroes, though, you are aware they’re not your bitches, right? Just checking, and while we’re checking, have you shown Kevin Nowlan some love recently? That whole Year of the Artist CBR feature is great, if a little obvious, but Nowlan deserves every credit possible. Same could be said for Steve Lieber, especially when he’s sharing how to build worlds on a budget. And hell, while we’re praising, its always nice to see Stokoe’s Godzilla getting some intelligent coverage. Oh, and remember that time Jaime Hernandez did an Alan Moore strip? Wow Cool!
You may remember I linked to Jed McGowan once before, and his golden silences. Here’s more coming your way. While it’s quiet, listen out for the Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Didja hear them? That’s the question.
A crowdfunding update for you all, have you heard of Patreon? Get to know. Then get on over to Kickstarter and back Pinoy! Or if you’re in the knowledge-soaking mood, go listen to Bill Boichel. He’s Copacetic, y’all, and will drop a big load of knowledge (and opinion) on you, so if you’re in the mood for big news to match, let’s go big with Becky, bigger with Attack on Titan, and colossal with Witzend. Oh yeah.
Finally: this. This explains a lot.