Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Comic Round-Up: March 31, 2015

Event: Artist Matthew Fox will appear at Elite Comics in Overland Park, KS on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of UFOlogy from BOOM! Studios!  RSVP on Facebook!

Event: Award-winning and best-selling artist Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen and Kingsman: The Secret Service, will appear at Flying Colors Comics on April 22, 2015 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM! This event is co-hosted by Madefire. RSVP on Facebook

Interview: Doctors, Secret Wars and Hitchhiker’s Guide with Ninth Doctor issue 1 writer Cavan Scott

Interview: Nate Powell Has Plenty to Say You Don’t Say.

Interview: Nick Abadzis discusses his work on Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor

Interview: Rich Tommaso talks about working with indie publishers, his decision to return to self-publishing, and why he goes to comics shows.

News: Dana Simpson’s kid-friendly comic strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn starts appearing today in over 100 publications around the country. Simpson won the the Amazon/Universal Uclick Comic Strip Superstar Contest in 2009, and the prize was a two-year development contract.  The comics reminds me a little of Calvin and Hobbes.

Reviews: Sean Gaffney on Oh My Goodness! Vol. 47

6 Manga that Twist Western Culture in Strange Ways

"Convergence" and "Secret War" Get to the Heart of the Matter

Girls' Comics of Yesterday:  From the 1950s to the turn of the 21st century, generations of British girls enjoyed weekly comics full of text and picture stories.  The first of the classic girls' comics was Girl, launched in the 1950s as sister paper to the Eagle. After a complex series of mergers, the last survivor, Bunty, folded in 2001. In between came Judy, Jinty, Mandy, Tammy, and Misty, among others.  You can find out what these comics meant to their young audience by reading Jacquelyne Rayner's essays for the BBC and the Guardian (also linked here previously), or this essay by Dr Mel Gibson, who has built her whole academic career on the study of comics. Perhaps you'd like to know more about what went on behind the scenes in girls' comics publishing?

Here's a deconstruction of the comics sales of the 1940s as they were supposedly upended by comics censorship movements in the 1950s.

Is Miles Morales Going To Be Joining The Avengers?

Kurt J. Kolka takes a broad look at the state of newspaper comics, talking to readers as well as the local librarian and Gil Thorp writer Neal Rubin, Dick Tracy writer Mike Curtis, and Stone Soup creator Jan Eliot. Interviewees comment on the continuing popularity of legacy strips such as Blondie as well as the fact that many readers discover comic strips in collections rather than in the funny pages.

Nigel Parkinson works in traditional UK kids' comics. So when asked to give his advice on how to become a cartoonist, he basically explains how he ended up where he is.

Paste Magazine’s list of eight reasons why this year is already looking better for comic fans than last year is an interesting read.

Why Marvel Was Smart to Commit to New, Diverse Heroes

Why more and more British actors are the best choices to play American superheroes.

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