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Month: May, 2014

Need To Know… 26.5.14

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only what you need

Now, over the past fortnight, something has become clear. If you’re not reading Comics & Cola on a regular basis, you are probably missing out on nice things and good writing. So Go Fish, check out a freebie, or plummet into the curious case of OK soda. Of course, Zainab isn’t the only comics blogger out there making good noises, Sean Kleefeld has some deep words for you on labels.

Cannon’s almost here… permission to squeal and hop from foot to foot GRANTED!

And how much are you enjoying the current all-ages renaissance? Wayward is looking like a sweetspot bullseye already, and any title that can generate two separate but interesting interviews has to have something going for it, right? But do all-ages comics really sell? Or is it just Tumblr noise? By way of an answer, what’s Batman’s monthly print run again? Heh. Plus, we have a new, European take on Doom to await, and you didn’t forget about Chicacabra, did you? And if all-ages isn’t quitedoing it for you, have a CAKE preview, too, from a certified Space Queen.

Let’s get this out of the way, Big 2 news this week was dominated by DC’s tragic/ironic/cynical bad math, and David Goyer’s limited/offensive take on She-Hulk, a complete timeline of whose fallout is here. As ever, Comics Alliance had some thoughts on the matter, worth reading. If that leaves the fans of strong female protagonists a mite jaded, Kickstarter has you covered for comics, or for action figures!

Many things are happening on Kickstarter at present, actually, like the superlative Oh Joy Sex Toy campaign, the more esoteric Bright Spiral campaign, and a look at just how many comics Kickstarters get funded. It’s pretty good news.

Dynamite are stepping up their game. Good. David Ziggy Greene wants you to get Scene and Heard (do it, do it!). And its never too late to be welcomed to the Metrodome.

Going into new territory, you may enjoy charting Lale Westvind’s intergalactic terrain, and Terry might just be your left-field purchase of 2014. But beware the Man Cat! And watch out, Sam Alden lurks in the Hollow. On a lighter note, you know how to pre-order a comic, don’t you?

Why do we insist on using film terminology for comics? Well, because. If that isn’t clear enough, maybe Darwyn Cooke, Steve Lieber, Emma Rios, Frank Santoro, or Eleanor Davis can guide you to a right way of thinking about comics. Then maybe next year you’ll be one of these folks.

How much have you actually thought about creator rights? Just askin…

And most important of all… Do you love yourself?


Need To Know… 12.05.14

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only what you need

It’s good to break your own rules every now and again. If you haven’t already seen this Constantine trailer, hopefully when you have, you’ll understand NTK breaking it’s “we’re about comics, not movies/TV/videogames” rule. Along the lines of moving pictures drawing attention to comics, the upcoming TMNT movie looks and sounds like a turkey, but a plus is it’s throwing light on TMNT history. For a more niche half-shell hero, check out Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero. Classic thrills and encoded themes all in one! And the most interesting thing about the recent Spider-Man movie? Deciding whether it’s a hit or a flop (though this article on Gwen Stacy’s death is eye-opening).

This is just one of those interesting confluences, as The Beat revisited the Kirkman/Bendis fracas from a few years ago, and Danny Djeljosevic talks setting up online in the NOW. Which nicely segues into a larger than usual “aren’t Study Group amazing?” link for this week, as they’re going Pro with a couple new hires, and going BIG with cool comics titled Land of Possibilities and The Age of Play. Both rock. But if they just aren’t paper-y enough for you, here’s proof that Matt Kindt feels you, brah.

Been to the library recently? Or did you make it to TCAF?

This conversation is still going. As it should be. Supplementary reading includes Kleefeld on -isms and historical context, and io9 on why we care what super-ladies wear.

If that was all a mite heavy, here’s a Bill Sienkewicz gallery. And some classic (instructional) Disney. Or some Romance, RoyalBoiler style or with a sci-fi inflection. And this guy, who’s just out there. Maybe not as out there as this guy, though.

Back in the room? Good! Then set course for a second helping of Treasure Island, check out a Fabulous Five from Koyama, a resurgent Oni Press preview, and the graphic novel re-issue that oughta go on your must-read list.

We may have opened with a rule break, but try as we might, we can’t go a week without a DC dig. Nor can Bill Finger’s family. Maybe some people at DC need to read these great books on comics, and get their facts straight? To be fair though, they have given us (via CBR) this sweet top 75 allies and enemies for Bats.

Try a Brazilian.

This is the interview of the week, some process, some history, some industry perspective, an interesting creator life, and a damn fine graphic novel to hang it all off. Seriously.

And when life gets you down, just remember, even Snoopy had worries.

Need To Know… 06.05.14

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only what you need

Sweet cream on an ice cream sammich! It’s been how long? THIS SHALL NOT STAND!

Apologies for the skip week last week, but this bumper edition should reassure you that you were, as they say, always on our minds…

By now you’ve doubtless heard the Amazon/Comixology news, but The Comics Reporter has collated everything you could possibly need to read about it, then written his own take. It’s worth a read. For those of you behind on news, you may be behind on reading newspapers too, so its just as well the Guardian put the star-laden comics from their Saturday supplement up on their site, isn’t it? In industry news, Marvel’s mid-list has something amiss, while DC may have forgotten what business they’re in, or at least, how to keep creators happy. Oh, and there were cons, too, which we won’t even pretend to be up to date with, but here’s CBR’s C2E2 coverage, and more appealingly, a rundown of the burgeoning Seattle underground scene.

There have been a couple of standouts in the world of comics coverage recently. Zainab Akhtar has been killing it over on Comics and Cola, with everything from Breakdown Press previews, through infuriating us with tantalising tastes of foreign-language comics we can’t read and hand-holding us into the world of manga, to curating your May in comics for you. Similarly, Multiversity are celebrating turning 5 in style, initially with their Lettering Week (complete with obligatory Nate Piekos interview); and latterly with a slew of industry figures talking ch-ch-ch-changes of the last half decade, AND still finding time for cool previews. They’re killing it, though nothing looks as nice this week as the Bartkira exhibit over at Floating World Comics. Wish we could have been there. Wish we could’ve made this Vanessa Davis/Ben Katchor/Anders Nilsen/Mimi Pond talk too, although this post-talk catch-up may be more in depth than the talk was.

Do you know your Spidey outfits? Do you really? Or are you a lying cosmic scoundrel? Did we lose you? Here, have a comic map. And a growing selection of the ultimate #protips.

Are you comics?

Hadn’t thought of this perspective on male and female superhero comics before, but it is compelling. Alternatively, you might like a more scientific perspective. And hey, who’d a thunk it? Anyway, maybe after reading about all this backward comics behaviour and thinking righteous thoughts, you’re left feeling a little sluggish, lethargic even. Could be your diet. You comics diet, that is, and Robot 6 has a plan for you! Alternatively, you could just be asking the wrong questions.

Poor crow. He looks like he needs some Decadence in his life. Or some Vanessa Davis. Hell, a little Basewood might do the trick!

And finally, just in case anyone was unclear