Monday, March 9, 2015

Comic Round-Up: March 9, 2015

Thor by Daniel Scott Gabriel Murray

"Thor" by Daniel Scott Gabriel Murray

Event: With six cast members from AMC’s The Walking Dead on the guest list, organizers of Detroit’s Motor City Comic Con expect more than 45,000 people could turn out for the May 15-17 show.

Interview: The idea for the comic Southern Dog came to writer Jeremy Holt literally as he slept. "This story actually stemmed from a dream I had of a werewolf fighting off a bunch of [Klu Klux] Klansmen"

Interview: Ika Krismantari profiles Indonesian artist Chris Lie, who drew Tokyopop’s Return to Labyrinth manga. He now has his own studio and designs Spider-Man and Transformers figures as well as running the comics magazine re:ON COMICS.

Interview: Mark Millar talks Kingsman, Chrononauts and Thatcherites

Interview: Political cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz spoke to a student group recently about his work, including the 1992 comic Migra Mouse, which he described as “the first viral cartoon —  before viral even existed.”
News: Groot Will Be Starring In His Own Series Of Marvel Comic Books

News: Prolific animator and writer Gordon Kent, who worked on everything from Fangface to Bob’s Burgers, has passed after a battle with cancer. Kent was the original colorist on Groo and a much loved figure on the LA scene. Mark Evanier remembers his friend.

Reviews:  Todd Klein on Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1. Josh Kopin on various new comics. Matt Little on Spider Woman #5.

BoingBoing shared a gallery of Star Trek comics covers, which were posted by Tumblr-user AstroDevil as a memorial to Leonard Nimoy. They’re all pretty fabulous, but after a bit of debate, we voted for the civilization that had the sense to carve Spock into a mountain.

Check out comic book characters photoshopped to have more realistic bodies.

I don't know if it's possible to makes a sales success out of the Inhumans, but they've started off the series with a very strong creative team.

Prompted by the insult-filled message left by an 8-year-old for the newspaper editor who dropped his favorite comics, Michael Cavna asks Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce whether kids are still even reading comic strips in high numbers. His answer: "I’m a firm believer that kids will ALWAYS want their comics…but they’ll want them in whatever formats are the newest and shiniest. So: Yes, kids are still reading plenty of comics. They’re just not reading them in their daily newspapers."

Shaenon Garrity looks at Apocalypse Meow, a story of the Vietnam War told with a cast of cats; the original Japanese title, which licensor ADV did not retain for some reason, was Cat Shit One.

The Smithsonian is offering an online course about comic book history with Michael Uslan and Stan Lee.

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Caldwell calls Calvin and Hobbes America’s Most Profound Comic Strip: The hilarity of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was rooted in a 6-year-old boy’s inability to control himself—or the world.

Welcome to Bitch Planet: the comic that's reimagining feminism

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