(Captain America #344 1988. Cover by Ron Frenz and Al Milgrom. Stolen from Cover Browser.)
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 weeks ending 01232017.
- Hello sisters and brothers of teh intronets and welcome to another episode of your Other Comics News Parade-O-Links. My name is Shannon and I'll be your host. Last week was pretty crazy huh? But here we are. We made it. Most of us. Saturday was an inspiring day. Millions of people around the world making their voices heard. Millions standing together. I didn't march anywhere. I took care of my two daughters though so that has to count for something right? I'm not a woman (spoiler) but I am a dad and I tell you this, kids notice. Kids notice when women or minorities create their favorite comic books, cartoons, music, movies and video games. They notice when people stand up for themselves or others or for what they believe in. They notice when people march for a cause. They notice and it shapes their reality. The reality where it wasn't impossible no longer exists the second they see the one where it is possible. Much thanks to all of those that fight the good fight. It's bigger than you know.
- Lots of talk this week about "breaking into comics". I guess everyone on twitter had the same new year's resolution to finally get their act together and get paid to make comics. There were some good tips in there and some decent jokes. I recommend Robert Venditti's testimony on the subject. I don't know how to group tweets together or whatever but you can find his story of how he "broke into comics" on his twitter feed. He has what I think is an ideal comics career; mainstream work with multiple publishers as well as creator owned work. Read his story for yourself but the short version of how he built that career is that he 1) worked hard and 2) he put himself and his work in physical proximity to world of publishing. You might make it with either one of those two things but I doubt you make it without doing both. Especially the work. Even if you get lucky, and fool your way in, without the work, it will catch up to you.
- The Dollar Bin's Adam Daughhetee and company are making a documentary on comics creators that will include Laura Martin, Sanford Greene, Van Jensen, Joey Weiser, Andy Runton and others. The production blog has started here.
- Now you can easily make sure that everyone you know is aware of your feelings about Josh Latta.
- You comics folk are all reading Grant Morrison's The Savage Sword of Jesus Christ in Heavy Metal magazine right?
- Bane creators support Trump. I'm pretty sure Chuck Dixon has supported all the Republican presidents. I support Chuck Dixon Punisher and Batman comics but was kinda bummed out by Chuck Dixon Green Arrow comics. I vote against Chuck Dixon Green Arrow comics.
- Whenever the question is "where have I seen/heard that before" the answer is always comics.
- I bet the average day for cartoonist Shia LaBeouf is a lot different than most cartoonists.
- ABPN. Always be punching Nazis.
- And finally, our man Francis bids a fond farewell to 2016...
- Remember pals, life is hard. Never stop running unless it's to pick up a friend. Read comics and chew Glorp every day and you'll keep on livin' until you're dead.