Thursday, May 28, 2015

Comic Round-Up: May 28, 2015

The Dark Knight and The Joker by Mark Sparacio

"The Dark Knight and The Joker" by Mark Sparacio

Event: Artist Greg Hinkle will appear at Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim, CA on Wednesday, June 3rd at 5:00 pm to sign the first issue of the AIRBOY reboot!  RSVP on Facebook!

Event: Paul Levitz will appear at Midtown Comics Downtown in New York City to sign Dr. Fate #1 on Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 PM!  RSVP on Facebook!

Interview: Gil Press reports on a talk by Sydney Padua, creator of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, which started out as a joke, turned into a webcomic, and is now a full-blown graphic novel.

Interview: Guy Gilchrist, who has been the artist for the comic strip Nancy for the past 20 years, talks about the timeless nature of the comic, the changes in the medium, and how his Christian faith affects his work.

Interview: Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters talks about his double life as an editorial cartoonist and a daily strip cartoonist.

Interview: Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis talks about meeting Charles Schulz, collaborating with Bill Watterson, and changing careers from law to cartooning.

Interview: Peggy Burns, who’s succeeding Chris Olveros as publisher of Drawn and Quarterly, talks about how she and her husband Tom Devlin (who will be the new executive editor) came to D+Q in the first place and how the company and its retail store have developed over the years.

Interview: Van Jensen interviews Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man), focusing on how he constructs a story from beginning to end.

News: A comics-as-poetry anthology seeking submissions.

Reviews: Sean Gaffney on A Silent Voice Vol. 1. Emily Greenhouse on The Secret History Of Wonder Woman.

Ben Towle buys a Leroy Lettering Set, a mechanical aid that was popular in the Golden Age, and tries it out for himself.

If you missed yesterday's comics-culture Internet thing involving the very talented Sam Hiti, this sympathetic essay provides enough information for you to backtrack, I think. Basically: a shut-down of social media accounts belonging to Hiti suggested a death, and for a time no one knew if that death was real or if it was a "career death" until Hiti was reached by phone. Some folks had already memorialized him on Twitter and other social media platforms as if he had physically died.

The Michigan Comics Collective, whose first title Wild Bullets debuted at Motor City Comic Con, is a group of creators and retailers who want to put Michigan on the map as a center of comics creativity. “Look at what The White Stripes did for Detroit,” said retailer John Cashman of Cashman’s Comics, one of the founders of the collective. “It’s a scene, it’s a sound. It just brings attention to that area. I can see Michigan doing that, because there’s a lot of talented artists doing that here that probably wouldn’t be discovered if it wasn’t for the collective.”

The owners of five local businesses discuss their experiences at Denver Comic Con.

San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, which announced last month that it would have to move by the end of June, will be able to remain at its current location at 655 Mission St. through September, thanks to a lease extension. Skyrocketing rent is forcing the museum to leave property that’s been its home since 2001; officials have yet to find a new location.

Tumblr takes the question of “how did they defrost Cap” really seriously.

What characters Marvel uses in what titles isn't really something I find interesting, but it's worth a reminder that many of the team books serves as character rehabilitation vehicles.

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