Interview: Michael Cavna talks to former United Feature Syndicate editor Amy Lago about how she handled questionable content in comic strips, using the “Uranus-Hertz” Dilbert strip as an example.
Interview: Tom King Shares His Familial "Vision" for Marvel's Synthezoid Avenger
News: Despite reports of its demise, Quaker Square Comics in Akron, Ohio, won’t be closing after all; instead, the comic shop will move from the Quaker Square General Store at the University of Akron to a downtown location, where it will be renamed Rubber City Comics.
Reviews: Michael Bround on COPRA. Johanna Draper Carlson on Elk's Run #1. Mark Dickson on Lady Killer Vol. 1. Alex Hoffman on Pluto. Andy Oliver on A Bit Of Undigested Potato. Abraham Riesman on Chicago.
Bill Holbrook's Kevin & Kell turns 20 this week. That one is widely recognized as one of the first on-line strips of the modern variety, and the one that's run longest in continual fashion.
BookScan’s list of the Top 20 graphic novels sold in bookstores in August is an eclectic mix of old and new, superheroes and other genres. The top seller, for the second month in a row, is the deluxe edition of Batman: The Killing Joke, with hardy perennials Fun Home, American Born Chinese and Watchmen all making the charts.
Breaking Into Comics As A Writer: 4 Rules All New Talent Needs To Follow
Christopher Butcher's Japan travelogues are a comics Internet classic.
Chris Sims writes about the use of 9-panel grid page in the new Omega Men title.
How Fresh Romance continues to subvert notions of female sexuality in comics.
In "If You Don’t Like It, Make Your Own’ Is a Terrible Argument" Andrew Wheeler writes that you don’t have to be able to do something in order to criticize it.
The Muslim Manga Project is creating manga-style comics to educate readers about the positive aspects of Islam, present Muslims in a good light and demonstrate how they might react in given situations. I think that this is an amazing idea, and as a long time sociology enthusiast, I can't wait to see the results.
This piece from Vox has been making the rounds: X-Men creator Jack Kirby was the original comic book social justice warrior based on a snippet of Gary Groth’s interview with Kirby that was quoted in a Tweet.
Spielberg says superheroes will go "the way of the Western." There have been a lot of rebuttals and denials of his comments, but he's right. I once took an entire college course on the cyclical natural of film and television programming, and the gist was pretty much that genres come and go with each new generation and remain unpopular until that genre is completely forgotten and rediscovered.
Todd Allen looks at the shaky ground that the comics industry growth is based on
The thing that's fascinating about this superhero article is that there are more than five permutations of a pretty basic plot point: a "death" horseman for a villain called Apocalypse. If you want to argue that superheroes can be exhausted as a genre, this is the kind of thing you might point to.
Trouble With Comics on comics done by people other than the creator.
The Wall Street Journal’s gossip column checks in on Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s new graphic novel Ann Tenna, which is about a gossip columnist.