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22 April 2013

Other Comics News Parade-O-Links 04222013

(Superman #423 cover by Curt Swan stolen from wikipedia.)

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 0422013:

"One of the interesting things about the development of the Internet as a tool to have conversations is that the possibility of something taking place is often seen as the same thing as something that actually takes place. It's mistaking the abstraction of an argument as a direct correlative event to something in the real world. If we can argue something is possible, that's all we need to do: a potential bias = a bias, a potential construction by which something might happen = it could have happened and might as well have. It's very multiverse friendly. We should probably stop."  -Tom Spurgeon.

  • Hello brothers and sisters.  Welcome to another late special weekday edition of the Parade-O-Links.  I sort of talked around this last week but I'm still trying to find the best way to do this thing.  Ideally, a new installment would be up every Sunday morning but my weekends have been booked solid lately.  I'm still not sold on the idea of this being a weekday thing but maybe it will have to be.  Look, there is almost no stability in my life right now so I'd better not make any promises.  Things will happen when they happen.  Hang in there. 
  • Last week, April 18th to be exact, marked the 75th anniversary of the debut of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Superman and Lois Lane characters and arguably the birth of the comics industry in the USA, one of the main brands upon which the company currently called Time Warner Inc. would be built and decades of profits in toys, clothes, cartoons, theme park rides, TV shows and movies.  In light of all that success I was curious to see how the owner of Superman would acknowledge this historic day.  They didn't.  DC Comics, DC Entertainment and Time Warner Inc. made absolutely no mention of the event.  At least not on any of their websites.  And, curiously, it was one of the few weeks of the year where there was not any new Superman comics.  You could say that what Time Warner did to Superman last week was the opposite of celebrating his creation.   I was disappointed.  Superman is kind of a big deal and you only get one 75th anniversary.  Actually, most things never get a 75th anniversary.  Just think of the magnitude of the idea of Superman.  How many ideas do you have in your life?  How many good ideas?  How many of those ideas to you act on?  How many of them actually happen?  How many of them succeed?  How many of them are remembered or make any impact at all?  Just in entertainment alone think of all the ideas that have come and gone in the last 75 years.  All the comic books, comic strips, radio shows, TV shows, movies, toys, games, electronics, appliances, automobiles, fashion trends, food brands, retail chains, governments, countries... everything.  Just think of everything that has come and gone.  And there is still Superman.  One of the most successful ideas of all time.  And how did we treat the guys that gave birth to it?
  • Superman's "birthday" was celebrated though.  At least in Cleveland.  And here is an older article about the house where it all happened.  Comics Alliance posted some nice Superman art.  
  • Mark Waid and other folks talked on twitter about favorite Superman moments.
  • Kurt Busiek says that Superman should be in the public domain.  I agree.
  • Steve Bissette gives and example of how trying to do the right thing is actually a thing that is possible and has been done in the past and surprisingly did not bring DC or Marvel to their knees.
  • Whenever people that actually make money in comics talk about money it is either super encouraging or absolutely soul crushing.  Never in between. 
  • The creepy adventures of creepy DragonCon founder creepy Ed Kramer continue to be creepy
  • Amazon is making it easier for the indie creator to get her/his work on the Kindle
  • Here is a look at some of Carmine Infantino's early Timely work
  • I'm excited about this news of new Alternative Comics works by some of my favorite creators. 
  • Here is a look at the cover from Patrick Dean's next comic.  Dean all but has this season's Minicomic MVP wrapped up.  Let's hope he stays injury free through the playoffs. 
  • Adam Casey exhibited some music themed art. 
  • You can't tie down a banjo man. 
  • "i wrote ithat movie a while back. hard to remember what its about."
  • Haters just be jealous of Santoro's hair. 
  • It's always a good time to check in on what Eleanor Davis has been drawing
  • Ben Towle's Oyster War at io9.
  • Jim Starlin interviewed at CBR. 
  • The 30th episode of Robert Newsome's talking and music thing. 
  • And finally... contrary to belief, Colt Cobana didn't create Five Dollar Wrestling.  I know you all think because he has a "podcast" coming from "live from the studio"... apartment!
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,

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.
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