(Brad McGinty sticker image of Bradwick J. McGinty as portrayed by Brad McGinty stolen from Brad McGitny.)
Here are some things I found interesting in the world of minicomics, small press, self publishing, zines, webcomics, cartoons, digital comics, other, etc. during the week ending 07152012:
- The big news in comics this week was and is Comic-Con. I don't really have any thoughts on that. I would love to go some day. I have a lot of pals there and I hope that it has been everything they want and need it to be. But, for me, I just can't afford it and I try not to waste too much time thinking about things I can't afford. In a few years when my young adult erotic graphic novel series, Fifty Shades of Avenging Vampire Slaying Zombie Spider Honey Badger Bear High School, is a huge crossover phenomenon... I'll let my publisher pay my way to Comic-Con. In the meantime, I'm sure the world's greatest comics blogger has covered or linked to everything worth covering or linking too.
- One small little Comic-Con thing though: The Eisner's. Comics Reporter has the winners listed. Looks like Daredevil and the Jim Henson library had big nights. I'm happy to see that James Kochalka, Evan Dorkin, Craig Thompson, Mark Waid and Tom Spurgeon won just because I'm a fan of their work. I would have liked to have seen team Archie win something. I think history will eventually recognize Life With Archie as one of the more important comics of 2011. I have not read enough of the nominated titles to really deserve to have an opinion though. Hell, I've not even read Habibi and I love Craig Thompson. Comics is very expensive yo.
- Oh, one more little Comic-Con thing. Fantagraphics announced a digital comics partnership with Comixology which will begin with Love & Rockets. This a big deal for me. I've never had much look accessing Love & Rockets through the direct market. In fact, I don't think I've ever bought a Love & Rockets related anything through the direct market. I've had to find it comic conventions or but it online. To be able to buy the next Love & Rockets digitally the same day it comes out will be a nice option to have.
(Battle Zoo stolen from Battle Zoo.)
- And then one morning Brad McGinty woke up and exploded teh intronets and made Battle Zoo. Battle Zoo! The comic you have been waiting for all my life for free on teh introwebnets!
- I wrote reviews for the DC New 52 comic books Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Green Arrow, Justice League, Challengers of the Unknown, Demon Knights, Batwoman, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and Earth 2. You can read it here.
- Julia Wertz has finished her new book and it will come out from Koyama Press in the fall. She has been posting bunches of random sneak peaks on her site and it looks to be pretty great. I think I've read all of the Fart Party stuff that was online as well as Drinking at the Movies and I liked them plenty. She is very funny and never shys away from going all in on a joke. Which is rare in auto bio work. Hell, it's rare in comics period. The new work seems to have a more unified theme than the previous stuff. At least from what I've seen. Wertz recently had an interview at Words Away and she has been posting some fascinating photo essay things about abandoned communities, shipyards and things. I guess what I'm trying to say is, maybe you want to go subscribe to her website/blogg/rss /etc.
- Sarah Morean is reviewing minicomics at a thing called Indie Reader. If you make minicomics, maybe you want to send her one.
- People just will not shut up about this Jim Rugg notebook sketchbook thing. Peeps that have seen it have reported that it made their brains go all exploded. AdHouse only printed a few so you probably want to go buy one right now.
(Stan Lee and Matthew Roldan stolen from This is me, is that you?)
- How do you like your hearts? Personally, I like my hearts warm. Here, go read this HeroesCon report and get your heart all warmed up. I had seen some pics of the cute little fella in the report but I did not know the story. You might want to have some tissues ready before you click this link.
- And speaking of HeroesCon, this kickstarter for a documentary ends Monday. I'd like to see it so maybe if you have a couple of bucks to spare you might consider backing it.
- Hey look at that Ben Towle Oyster War t-shirt. Go buy me one!
- Hey look at J. Chris Campbell t-shirt. Go buy me one!
- Hey look, Atomic Elbow is having a contest. I might enter it myself.
- Robert Venditti talked to Comics Alliance about The Surrogates: Case Files and digital comics.
- Heather Peagler reviews Jeff Lemire's Underwater Welder.
(Image stolen from Mike Dawson.)
- "I think it’s always worth remembering, for all of the air-time and media attention the Tea Party receives, they still ended up nominating a Massachusetts moderate with absolutely no ideological core as their next Presidential candidate."
- Comic books are now burning in a brand new hell with a new number 1! Just like comics! ("I think Alan Moore smokes enough pot that he's watched the Lion King.")
- Oh, and Mary Poppins is totally a Time Lord.
- Heidi MacDonald has been writing about comics since before she was born. I think she is just plain super. A pillar I tells ya. One of those "without whom..". Bravo and here's to many more.
- My pal Jeremy Massie has started his first new full length graphic novel since The Deadbeat. I'm excited.
- Mini-Comic Of The Month Club? Yep, that sounds pretty great to me.
- The list of the final Xeric. The Xeric was certainly a swell thing and past lists have been a who's who of folks to watch out for.
(Image stolen from bandcamp.)
- He goes James Kochalkalaka boom.
- You can read now read all of Josh Latta's A Rabbit in King Arthur's Food Court here as a full color webcomic. And it looks great. Just scroll to the bottom and find the 1st page. (You do know how to use teh intronets right?) You can also buy his full color book that has that Rashy Rabbit story and more.
- A group called the Naive Project hopes to raise money for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation through the magic of comic art.
- Do you know about The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Reduxe Edition? You should.
- According twitter, Drive Thru Comics is a place you can read some rad looking comics digitally. Maybe. I've not had time to dig through it yet but I'm excited about the possibilities.
- Gotta go raid on Tuesday. (You sonsabitches.)
- And finally: The world is nothing but a big gimmick isn't it?
Oh, and one more last thing! Did you know you can leave comments on these posts here at file under other? It's true! And, I'll probably respond. Twitter and facebook killed the message boards but that's no reason why you can't argue with me, praise me or leave me recipes. It's your intronet. Have fun!
And that's just a taste of some of the interesting things going out there in the wonderful world of comics and things. I can't keep up with it all but I do keep up with a lot of it on twitter and I try to re-tweet the good stuff. You should probably follow me there. If you did something to make comics better this week then high-five!
Your best pal ever,
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.