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4.04.2006

Tuesday Update - BEHIND THE COUNTER, Toth and Foundry

Mike Sterling, like most good writers, is hard on himself, and feels the latest column isn't quite up to standards, due to the pressues of real life. So let's just give this edition of BEHIND THE COUNTER an "A-" and curse the underachiever's name.

No underachiever, but rather one of the last living comics masters and a tremendous influence on many of the great talents working today in comics and animation, Alex Toth has been in the hospital the past several weeks and can use some words of encouragement, humor and appreciation. This message courtesy of the offical Toth Fans site run by Dave Cook. Please send your kind messages (I would think postcards are the way to go) to:

Alex TOTH, room 407
c/o Belmont Village of Burbank
455 E. Angeleno Ave.
Burbank, CA
91501-3083

Please, no requests for drawings or autographs. Just let him know what your work means to him and that you're thinking about him.

Finally, The Comic Foundry has relaunched as a monthly webmag, and the April issue is up right now, with interviews with the likes of James Jean (by Kevin Melrose), Patton Oswalt, Joe Quesada, R. Kikuo Johnson, X-Men: The Last Stand screenwriter Zak Penn and the Ex Machina art team, as well as articles on comics characters' anatomy and columns from Graeme MacMillan and former Galaxy alums Ian Brill and Marc Mason. I've just signed on as Features Editor but can't take credit for anything in this first issue. I did suggest a change in name to Comic Rendering Plant but did they listen?! Seriously, check it out. But write Toth first.

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