Need To Know… 26.5.14

by capelesst

only what you need

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?