Need To Know… 23.6.14

by capelesst

only what you need

only what you need

This might be the last NTK for a bit, or at least, it may change in nature. See, I’m leaving comics retail and going into something very different, so I don’t know that I’ll still be filtering the comics press. You can always follow my Tumblr though, I’m often found reblogging cool art. Anyway, ONWARD!

September Solicits are up for DC, Marvel, IDW, Image, and Dark Horse, so go do your duty, and when you come across the solicit for POP, you can refer to this interview for reasons to support anything Curt Pires does. Since that’s a link to Multiversity, might as well do all the Multiversity links as they had another crazy good week of content, so: continuing last week’s “if you like it, pay for it” thread, there’s also a retailer perspective, and a handy reminder for next time you’re tempted to dismiss a creator’s efforts that hey, its hard making comics. The only thing harder is marketing them. Oh, and one last thing, wave bye bye to affordable comics.

Now, tell the truth, do you like the rough stuff? Amazon do. Do you dig on the art of death (Game of Thrones style)?

There are truly comics for everyone, be they kids, lovers of the “hybrid quirky graphic novel”, or those seeking a UK small-press subscription with flair. If none of those work, you could always go to Gumroad, where Claude TC has comics for downloading NOW.

Maybe you’re just seeking inspiration? Sorted. Or for a more technological approach, try the John Martz method. Chris Samnee’s art will do something to you, while early Tradd Moore may be Hateful, but it’ll damn sure give you ideas. And a mashup’s always good for shaking things loose, especially when it’s Frank Miller and Shulkie getting mashed. And back in the old days, NTK used to link to more of these.

Quick history lesson, anybody? Consider the noble toothbrush.

It’s worth reminding you all that Box Brown is bigger than Andre the Giant. Just like Kirby was bigger than anatomical precision. And Wally Wood was bigger than all of them (its illegal to see this and not reblog it). Moebius, of course, was biggest.

Not precisely comics, but here’s some interesting insight on the plight of storyboarders, and proof that some galleries tick every stereotypical snooty box. Snootiness leads nicely into this discussion of canon (which all too often means the obvious names). Really, its enough to make you Cringe.

Breakdown Press are making moves… alternative manga moves, that is. Whatever your taste in manga, or comics, this manga creator three-way talk is pure heaven.

Aaaand finally… WTF?