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Monday, June 22, 2009

Whatever Happened to The Comic Book Message Board of Tomorrow? -- This report card on a number of currently active message boards pertaining to comics is a good, funny and mostly accurate summing-up of the state of the, uh, art.

It does leave out my favourite comics forum, but that's okay, they wrote their own entry.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Five Fondly Remembered Convention Experiences -- That was Tom Spurgeon's most recent Five for Friday topic, and you can find mine in there somewhere.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Comics Day -- It's Wednesday, the day new comics come out in comic book stores. There, title justified, I can move on to things I am interested in.

* Tom Spurgeon's Melvin Monster review is really good, and really lays out why these comics are of interest all these years later. I agree with pretty much every point Tom makes, although I did say to myself all the way through the book, "Why aren't the covers included?" The thing I loved most about the design is the same thing I loved about the Free Comic Book Day version, which is the vintage look to the paper, as if you are actually reading the old comics. Which is funny, because I actually hate actual old comics that have browned with age. I think the difference is that new books that utilize this as a design element (see also that Image Next Issue Project) don't have the texture of cornflakes and the smell of Grandpa's underwear.

* Tom also had some good comments on the end of Z-Cult FM, which in its heyday was the place to download pirated comics scans. There are plenty of better and more reliable places extant right now, but like Fight Club and Judy in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, we're not gonna talk about that.

* If you ever doubt that Sean T. Collins is sharp as a tack, check out the first two points he makes in this edition of Carnival of Souls. Ouch.

* The general buzz seems to be that this year's MoCCA was too hot and not as well-organized as previous years. I've never been, although I would love to go some year, but "too hot" and "me" really do not mix well and I am quite glad I missed out this time around. Note to all convention organizers, everywhere: If you can't keep the air conditioning at a constant 65 degrees, don't bother. Sweat and comics fans are a lethal, disgusting combination.

* Man, I wish I had one more point so I could go out on a more positive note than that. Sorry.






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