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Monday, August 20, 2007

The Monday Briefing -- Just a few quick thoughts this morning after a fairly busy weekend, probably the highlight of which was a Sunday afternoon picnic at a local park in which we brought extra bread to feed the ducks, and the ducks got a bit testy when we started eating our food instead of feeding them theirs, and started biting my wife's sandaled feet. "It wasn't painful at all," she told me, "Just surprising." Apparently ducks don't have teeth, so, at least there's that. Also: They like Cape Cod potato chips better than cornbread. Very interesting.

* I posted a couple of new essays to the ADD writeblog, if you're interested in my non-comics writing. I also reviewed Warren Ellis's Crecy, which was very good, certainly better than being bitten by ducks. Which is more than you can say for a lot of comics these days.

* Reader David Wynne also got me talking about non-fiction and historical comics and graphic novels over on the CBG forum. David's a guy who knows how to get me babbling about stuff I love to talk about; you're invited to stop by and join the conversation.

* Newsarama has a pretty amazing Mike Wieringo tribute up, a week after his tragic, much-too-early death. Thanks to Chris Hunter for pointing this out to me.

* After some lengthy delays, Avatar Press is releasing a mammoth 336-page collection of Alan Moore's Yuggoth Cultures. The title was originally a humble, three-issue mini-series, but Avatar has added a ton of special features and goodies to make this a truly impressive collection. And in the enlightened self-interest department, one of those features is a 5,000-word (or so) interview I conducted for an NPR affiliate a few years back. We discuss, among other things, Miracleman, Moore's prose novel Voice of the Fire, and his feelings about his impact on comics in the 1980s. It's one of the best and most rewarding interviews I've ever done, and I'm thrilled it will finally be in print. Bonus: The comics in the collection are pretty good, too!

* Get out your checkbook or debit card before you read Tom Spurgeon's great, illustrated rundown of notable fall, 2007 graphic novel releases. You're gonna need lots of money.

* Check out Blake Bell's fantastic TCAF photo roundup.

* Man, I hate that I missed out on TCAF. Thanks go out to Diana Tamblyn for offering to keep an eye out for any interesting-looking items, as she did for me back in 2005, too. She, like her comics, seriously rocks.

* Chris Allen doesn't talk about what passes for "comics news" much anymore, and here he explains why and talks about some anyway. He is large, he contains multitudes. Bonus: Some Chris Allen reviews of recent graphic novels.



Blogger Roger Green said...

Here's a question about your Writeblog: why don't you have the ability to leave comments there?

20 August, 2007 09:15  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...


It was conceived as kind of a closed universe, but if you think comments should be enabled, I'd be willing to consider your reasons...thanks for checking it out, in any case!

20 August, 2007 09:23  

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