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Monday, July 16, 2007

The Monday Briefing -- This past weekend seemed to go by faster than usual, probably because of:

* A comic book convention smack dab in the middle of it. I wish it had been one of those conventions where you come home with piles of mini-comics and graphic novels and other goodies to occupy your time, but the truth is my son spent more money on comics (and action figures) than I did. I bought three books at an "all for a dollar" table, including an Ed Brubaker Batman annual that ended on a cliffhanger (kind of aggravating) and that I soon realized I had already read when it originally came out (really aggravating). I also got a cheap copy of the Roy Thomas/Wayne Boring/Jerry Ordway Secret Origins #1 featuring the Earth-Two Superman, and a DC Millennium Edition reprint of Detective Comics #1, just out of historical interest.

* The dealer I bought those from had a huge box of Millennium Editions for a buck each, which has to be selling them at a loss, as most of them were $2.99 to $3.99. That's a shame, because that brief reprint program put some of the most significant superhero comics in history back into print, and while it's nice to be able to buy them for a buck, it's too bad dealers seemingly took a bath on them.

* I would have loved to spend more money at the convention, but I didn't have a lot to spend, frankly, and (I guess thankfully) there weren't many of the kind of things I am likely to drop coin on anyway. It was mostly back issues, and I'm not into those at all, as you might have picked up on over the years.

* Local newspapers covered the convention. Here are day-after reports from The Glens Falls Post Star, The Albany Times Union and local Saratoga Springs newspaper The Saratogian.

* What else did I do this weekend? Well, I reviewed Tyler Page's new graphic novel Nothing Better Vol. 1, and the comic whose title tells you literally everything about its contents, Martha Washington Dies. As someone once said, "I read it so you don't have to."

* Matt Brady looks at some great, silent panels in American Splendor Presents Bob 'n Harv's Comics, an absolutely essential collection. If you've never sampled American Splendor, or have read a story or issue here or there and thought it wasn't for you, Bob 'n Harv's is the one book that will make you understand why Pekar is one of the most important and entertaining writers in North American comics history.

* You know, at one time I kind of liked Alex Ross's work. Both Kingdom Come and Marvels had some real storytelling high points, and even came by them honestly. But this solicitation for an upcoming issue of JSA is enough to convince me Ross is strictly in it for the money, now, not a love of superhero comics: "Alex Ross joins Geoff Johns as co-writer for Part 1 of 'Thy Kingdom Come,' the epic story years in the making, springing from KINGDOM COME! Not a hoax! Not a dream! Not an imaginary story! Welcome the newest member to the Justice Society of America: the Kingdom Come Superman! Coming from an Earth plagued by heroes-gone-extreme, how will this Superman react to an incarnation of the Justice Society he never knew? This Superman’s world needed better heroes. So does ours." Well, this world needs better superhero writers than Geoff Johns, that's for goddamned motherfucking certain. Isn't Ross the guy who once criticized Mark Waid for his sequel to Kingdom Come? And now here he is working with the chief perpetrator of The Fan-Fiction Age of Superhero Comics, on a storyline that could not be more fan-fictiony. Pardon me while I choke on the sad, pathetic irony.

* At Comic Book Resources, Todd Allen examines DC's public statements to date about Zuda Comics, with special focus on how to protect your rights and what sort of money you can expect to make (hint: not much, at least at first) if you decide to participate.

* Roger Green talks about Albany, New York and other issues in a new Five Questions meme; I'm hoping Roger throws five at me. (Update: he did).

*Tony Isabella looks at Comics in the Comics. META!

* Comic book retailer (and all around good guy) Mike Sterling talks about the rise and fall and rise again in value of a key Marvel comic from the 1970s. This is of interest to me both because I remember buying that issue new off the stands, and more so because of what it says about "hot" comics and their grand place in the scheme of things. Also, note to Mike: Those Punisher comics that tanked in the 1990s? That had to be in part at least because they weren't very good, like most Marvel comics prior to the Heroes Return event that briefly ushered in an era of quality storytelling in some of Marvel's core titles. Briefly. Then Chuck Austen came along...

* With Dirk on vacation this week (have fun!), I thought I'd grab some interesting comics news headlines. And here they are:

* Red Sonja Ownership Trial to Begin.

* Retailer/Blogger Christopher Butcher Rips DC's Sexist, Misogynist Batgirl Cover.

* Tintin Book Called "Racist" Sees Skyrocketing Sales.

* Graphic Novels Aid in SAT Prep.

* High Schoolers Advised to Read "Something Other Than A Comic Book".

* Doug Marlette Laid to Rest

* Nerd Know-How Required to Work in Specialty Shops.

* Sean Penn and Iggy Pop Voice Persepolis Characters.

* New Site Needs You To Sell Your Comics There; Thousands Waving Cash As They Wait For You To Click This Link.

* Read Yourself Raw July Edition now Online. Go read it.

* Star-Tribune Reviews Rutu Modan's Exit Wounds.

* Christopher Allen Reviews Invaders Classics Vol. 1.

* Tom Spurgeon Interviews Cartoonist Graham Annable.

* The Savage Critic Gets New Look, New URL, New Critics. ADD faves Abhay Khosla, Jog and Johanna are all signing on to the new incarnation of this long-running review blog. Abhay talks about joining the new Savage Critic site here; Johanna does the same here. Good luck, gang!

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Blogger Roger Green said...

Left you 5 questions in my comments section. I'm afraid they're FantaCo heavy.

16 July, 2007 09:44  

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