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Monday, March 24, 2008

The Monday Briefing -- Hi, I'm back and feeling better. Thank you.

It was a busy weekend of posting, so I thought I'd summarize what's new here the past couple of days:

* I reviewed Mark Evanier's Kirby: King of Comics.

* I wrote about the forgotten foods of my childhood; then Chris Allen did, too.

* Finally, I wrote about the trauma of bent comics, which in retrospect I noted was my first experience with comics activism.

* Also of note today, Tom Spurgeon presents his Best of 2007. It's a good, long piece about great comics. And I agree with him about Paul Karasik's story at the end of I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets, it really does not belong in the book and takes away from its near-perfection. Well, Tom doesn't think it's near-perfect, he didn't care for the format, either, apparently, I'd guess because it looks like a museum catalog of what are essentially dog-eared old pulp comics. And he's not far from wrong, although I loved the book (and still do). But now that I've seen it, I bet the perfect format might have looked something more like Image's Next Issue Project #1? A facsimile-style effort would suit those comics just wonderfully. And since they're presumably public domain...hey, I'm just sayin'.

Before I got sick I was compiling the results of my poll on your comics retailing experiences, and I hope to wrap that up and present it to you here in the next week or so.

Enjoy your Monday.



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