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28 March 2014

Other Comics News Parade-O-Links 03282014


(Star Wars issue 103 published by Marvel in 1985.  Cover art by Cynthia Martin.  Stolen from ComicVine.)

Here are some things I found interesting in the world of minicomics, comic books, graphic novels, small press, self publishing, zines, webcomics, cartoons, digital comics, other, etc. during the week ending 01052014 01132014 01192014 01222014  03282014

"To hell with every greedhead operator who flocked here throughout history because you wanted what we had, but wanted us to go underground and get it for you.  To hell with you for offering above-average wages in a place filled with workers who’d never had a decent shot at employment or education, and then treating the people you found here like just another material resource—suitable for exploiting and using up, and discarding when they’d outlived their usefulness.  To hell with you for rigging the game so that those wages were paid in currency that was worthless everywhere but at the company store, so that all you did was let the workers hold it for a while, before they went into debt they couldn’t get out of."  -Eric Waggoner speaking on the situation in West Virginia and/or the situations the majority of Americans are living in right this second.




Your best pal ever,

Shannon Smith

p.s. Say you want a leader but you can't seem to make up your mind. I think you'd better close it and let me guide you to my twitter feed.
p.p.s. Let's pretend we went to high school together on facebook.
p.p.p.s. Google + is another place you can read the same thing I posted here.
p.p.p.p.s. I'll tumblr for ya.
p.p.p.p.p.s.  Yeah, I do Instagram too now.  I guess it's a law or something.

29 December 2013

Other Comics News Parade-O-Links 12292013

(Doctor Who issue 12 from 1985.  Cover art Dave Gibbons, I assume.  Stolen from ComicVine.)

Here are some things I found interesting in the world of minicomics, comic books, graphic novels, small press, self publishing, zines, webcomics, cartoons, digital comics, other, etc. during the week ending 12292013:

"Nobody said anything interesting this week for me to quote here." -Shannon Smith

  • Hello brothers and sisters.  Christmas is done and New Year's to go.  Christmas was... not as awful as it could have been.  This was the first Christmas for my family without both by father and my uncle.  That is two major absences from the family Christmas dinner but children do a lot to fill that void.  It was alright.  
  • Here is some stuff I got.  (I am an adult.)


  • How was your Christmas?  Grab a sharpie and the most recent comic book you bought and write a list of everything Santa brought you on the back of the comic.  Mail the comic to 16624 Lee Street, Saint Paul, VA 24283.  (I will not mail you anything.)
  • My kids did have nice Christmas and they did get a lot of nice things.  We also got some quality Lego time in.  My favorite thing in the world to do is not go to work.  I got to not go to work for several days.  I also watched a lot of Doctor Who.  Mostly Doctors 3, 4 and 10.  Read some Doctor Who comics on Comixology too.  Not working, Doctor Who and Legos ain't a bad holiday.
  • This year's Doctor Who Christmas special was terrible by the way.  Maybe the worst Moffat episode ever.  I liked the bit with Clara and her family but that was about it.  The actors were fine and enjoyable but that script/plot... yikes.  Total catastrophe.
  • I cant' stop listening to that dumb Tame Impala song.
  • Not a lot of news this week or at least not a lot that I had time to pay attention to.  Mostly end of the year wrap up stuff like this one at The Comics Journal.
  • SPX is going to a lottery format for the tables at its next show.  Details here.  There was some worry in the the reactions from some folks but it makes sense to me.  It had basically already been a lottery for the past few years.  Would your check get there before they were sold out?  Would you get the website to work before they sold out?  At least the playing field is more level now.  I hope to be there. 
  • Aw Jeeze.  Now they will never stop breeding. 
  • This Jack Davis tumblr has a lot of great stuff on it.
  • I've never read Copra because I don't think I've ever been within a hundred miles of a copy of it but, it sure does sound neat-o
  • This Wook Jin Clark Megagogo art looks fantastic. 
  • There is a new issue of The Atomic Elbow out so you are going to want to buy that. 
  • And finally..."I did not choose the candy life, the candy life chose me."
Your best pal ever,

Shannon Smith

p.s. Say you want a leader but you can't seem to make up your mind. I think you'd better close it and let me guide you to my twitter feed.
p.p.s. Let's pretend we went to high school together on facebook.
p.p.p.s. Google + is another place you can read the same thing I posted here.
p.p.p.p.s. I'll tumblr for ya.
p.p.p.p.p.s.  Yeah, I do Instagram too now.  I guess it's a law or something.

22 December 2013

Other Comics News Parade-O-Links 12212013

(Masters of the Universe No. 46 (UK) .  Stolen from James Eatock.)

Here are some things I found interesting in the world of minicomics, comic books, graphic novels, small press, self publishing, zines, webcomics, cartoons, digital comics, other, etc. during the week ending 12212013:

"Cartoon Network gravy train is a bit closer to those little handcarts where you pump the handle up and down and roll down the track behind the gravy train. It's a cool replacement for a lame dayjob, but from what I've been told the pay's about the same. All things considered, I'd rather be back in the David Heatley days than wait for Adventure Time/Regular Show/Steven Universe to save us all." -Sean T. Collins.


  • Merry Christmas everybody.  And if you don't celebrate Christmas then, Merry Christmas!  And I don't mean that to be antagonistic or as a way to try and convert you to my religion.  I mean it exactly for what it is.  A greeting in the tradition of the customs in which I was raised and live.  It means that I wish you and yours good health, good fortune, merriment and joy this season.  If you or anyone from any culture, language or faith would greet me with well wishes in your own custom I would accept it graciously and appreciate your kind thoughts.  Respecting the customs of another human being does not mean that you embrace those customs or that you have been submissive to them.  I just means that for about a half a second, you mustered up the human strength to be polite to someone that was trying to be polite to you.  It's pretty easy.  Shalom.  Merry Christmas. 
  • Robert Newsome over at Second Period Industries has prepared some Christmas music for you to download and enjoy.  Also, he let The Robot host his most recent podcast and it is a little bit scary. 
  • It is the holidays so that means the Holiday Spurge is rolling out his holiday interview series faster than I can read them.  So far I have very much enjoyed the Paul Pope and Sean Collins/Joe Mculloch interviews. 
  • I don't know that I've ever read an Ed Luce comic but the stuff in this Rob Clough piece looks interesting. 
  • Chip Zdarsky has a hilarious hobby and this Sex Criminals cover is magical. 
  • Frank Santoro put together a list of best of lists from 2006 to 2012 because that is the kind of thing Frank Santoro does. 
  • Sparkplug could use your patronage. 
  • It is ridiculous how good Boulet is
  • The great Sam Henderson talked to CBR
  • This week, a great many comics folk learned how to spell LaBeouf. I think the guy stealing from a Picturebox about page is twice as strange as him stealing from a comic to make a movie.  We give people Academy Awards for stealing from a comic to make a movie.  (Seriously people, Diablo Cody straight up used the Dan Clowes/Terry Zwigoff screenplay from Ghost World to write Juno and they gave her a freaking Oscar!  Of course Shia LaBeouf would steal.  The Academy practically commands you to!  Jeez-Its people.)
  • This is literally the first best of list I've read this year where I thought, yeah, some of that stuff is pretty good. 
  • Fluke really is awesome and it will also be on April 19th at the 40 Watt next year. 
  • I hope someone is keeping score.  I'm starting to lose track. 
  • I'm hopeful that all of Pussy Riot will be freed and will be able to live normal quality lives. But the only way I'll watch the Olympics is if Pussy Riot plays the opening ceremonies.  (After which, I will immediately stop watching the Olympics.)
  • And finally..."ones for guns, I know at one, and the other's for whenever you're shootin' off your guns you can say whatever you want". 
Your best pal ever,

Shannon Smith

p.s. Say you want a leader but you can't seem to make up your mind. I think you'd better close it and let me guide you to my twitter feed.
p.p.s. Let's pretend we went to high school together on facebook.
p.p.p.s. Google + is another place you can read the same thing I posted here.
p.p.p.p.s. I'll tumblr for ya.
p.p.p.p.p.s.  Yeah, I do Instagram too now.  I guess it's a law or something.

16 December 2013

Other Comics News Parade-O-Links 12162013


(G.I.JOE A Real American Hero issue 2.  Cover by Herb Trimpe.  Stolen from ComicVine.)

Here are some things I found interesting in the world of minicomics, comic books, graphic novels, small press, self publishing, zines, webcomics, cartoons, digital comics, other, etc. during the week ending 12152013 12162013:

"I also think that a lot of the defeatist horseshit that gets passed around about comics being really hard and hey, what are you going to do is something in which non-creatives as a collective whole maybe shouldn't get to traffic in because, with very few exceptions, they simply haven't accomplished enough to merit that cynicism."  -Tom Spurgeon who celebrates a birthday today.  Well, I don't know specifically that he is celebrating it.  I can't see him.  I don't have laser eyes or mind bullets. He may simply be ignoring a birthday today.  Whatever works best for him.  Regardless, he deserves it to be a nice day.

  • Hey brothers and sisters.  Christmas is close with New Year right behind.  I just have to make it through five more days of work until I take a nice vacation.  I'm not going anywhere.  I'm just not going to work.  Were in the height of "best of list" season.  I hope to post mine before the new year.  Maybe.  In the meantime, myself and a bunch of other people (possibly all men, I'm not sure, I have not seen all of their genitalia) named off some favorite comics over at The Comics Reporter.
  • There is not a doubt in my mind that Ed Kramer will be strolling through the hotels of next year's Dragon*Con footloose and fancy free.  Well, maybe he will be in a motorized wheel chair.  Either way, he will be there looking like the villain in a Rob Zombie directed James Bond movie.  It's gonna be gross and it's gonna suck.  

  • This one is old but I never get tired of reading about Jim Shooter
  • As we get close to the end of 2013 (the worst year of my life) I'm thinking about Superman and Warner Bros complete failure in commemorating the 75th anniversary of Siegel and Shuster's characters.  Sure there was a movie (I'm sure its timing was just coincidence) and sure they made that video (which completely ignored they Byrne era and a bunch of other big things) and that awful awful awful logo, but I feel like there should have been more.  A TV special maybe.  At least a parade.  Was there a parade?  Did I miss the parade? 
  • Personally, I hate graphic novels.  This is because I cannot afford them.  I used to be a retailer with a national book chain that sold a lot of graphic novels and manga.  That book chain is out of business now.  Others will follow.  I don't know what the future holds. I don't know what the answers are.  But I do know that I recently bought Love and Rockets collections and Richard Sala's last comic on ComiXology for less than $6 each and I was pretty happy about it. 
  • This one was short pals.  December is a slow moth for comics and a super busy month for everything else in my life.  But fear not.  Soon it will be new year and we will dance like Ann Margret on LSD. 


Your best pal ever,

Shannon Smith

p.s. Say you want a leader but you can't seem to make up your mind. I think you'd better close it and let me guide you to my twitter feed.
p.p.s. Let's pretend we went to high school together on facebook.
p.p.p.s. Google + is another place you can read the same thing I posted here.
p.p.p.p.s. I'll tumblr for ya.
p.p.p.p.p.s.  Yeah, I do Instagram too now.  I guess it's a law or something.

08 December 2013

Other Comics News Parade-O-Links 12082013

(Detective Comics #389.  Image stolen from an incredible set of Neal Adams art at The Golden Age.)

Here are some things I found interesting in the world of minicomics, comic books, graphic novels, small press, self publishing, zines, webcomics, cartoons, digital comics, other, etc. during the week ending 12082013:

"When I heard that Ed was accused of child molestation, I had a hard time believing it. I knew Ed. I couldn’t see it. But that is the way of sociopaths that they can make themselves look innocent and normal in the eyes of everyone else."  -Kathleen David on Ed Kramer.

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  • Dan Nadel announced that Picture Box will not be publishing any more books.  It is certainly not good news for comics.  You can't just assume that someone else will pick up the kind of books Nadel would have been publishing if he had carried on and you certainly cannot assume that they would be published with the same quality.  I personally did not buy many Picture Box books.  I just couldn't afford them.  Sorry.  You can make they greatest work of human expression of all time but if it costs over $15.99 there is a good chance I'm never going to read it.  Back when I worked at Borders as an inventory manager, I made sure my store stocked a lot of small press graphic novels if for other reason that I myself could read them.  But I left Borders and moved to the cow fields about the same time Picture Box started.  I picked up a few things here and there at conventions and when I visited civilization.  But I missed most of what Picture Box did.  You can't have it all.
  • I still pick up Brian Chippendale's Maggots and flip through it about as much as I flip through anything.  It is still fascinating.
  • I also couldn't afford anything on Fantagraphics Kickstarter.  Sorry.  You small press comics book publishers let me know if you start publishing any comic books under ten dollars. 
  • David Alan Doane is back to comics blogging.  That's swell. 
  • I enjoyed this article on the evils of smarm.  But if you really want to learn about smarm, watch professional wrestling.  Bo Dallas is the human smarm.  


Your best pal ever,

Shannon Smith

p.s. Say you want a leader but you can't seem to make up your mind. I think you'd better close it and let me guide you to my twitter feed.
p.p.s. Let's pretend we went to high school together on facebook.
p.p.p.s. Google + is another place you can read the same thing I posted here.
p.p.p.p.s. I'll tumblr for ya.
p.p.p.p.p.s.  Yeah, I do Instagram too now.  I guess it's a law or something.