Thursday, April 26, 2007

Loving the living planet. 

Scans Daily looks in at the Grendel miniseries I did many years ago. They also had an epic thread appreciating the latest issue of Jeff Parker and Juan Santacruz's Marvel Adventures Avengers #12. (Though they do manage to get through sixty-some posts without ever mentioning Juan or Jeff. Hey Scans people, these stories don't just happen. If you like the stuff enough to scan and upload it, why not take that extra second and mention the names of the people responsible? (My mock-outrage is purely on Jeff and Juan's behalf- the Grendel piece credited both me and the writer Jeff Lang.)

Ahem, sorry. Actually, a lot of people are talking about that particular issue of Marvel Adventures Avengers. It's the "Ego the Loving Planet" story: M C Sheffrey | Progressive Ruin | CBR | Eye on Comics | Warren Peace | Those Wednesdays | Every day is like Wednesday | HC Realms

Sam Hobart's Free Comic Book Day analysis says that getting behind Whiteout is "a no-brainer" and hopes that the movie will continue its development. For more on that, we check in at Greg Rucka's livejournal.

And finally, lets all take a moment and contemplate the existence of a comics-themed bed and breakfast.This place could've been AWESOME, in the mode of the Sylvia Beach Hotel but it looks to me like they didn't push the concept anywhere near as far as they should've.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Interesting exhibit of a local webcartoonist's work 

Ben Bittner is showing brass plate etchings(!) of his webcomic cooking with Anne at one of my favorite coffeshops, Tiny's on MLK. I missed the opening, but was glad to see the plates, which are lovely, fragile-looking objects. The comic itself can be read here. I haven't read too far in the strip, but what I've seen looks interesting. Rough linework anchored by solid composition in service of a post-apocalyptic story.

Posted by Steve, from Tiny's.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Two Mercury Spider-books came out on Wednesday: David Hahn's second issue of Spider-man Loves Mary Jane and The first issue of Jeff Parker's Spider-man/ Fantastic Four.

Hahn's book is getting nice coverage at Comixtreme and Dean Trippe's journal. And they're going ape over Parker and Wieringo at All this and Earth 2 , Comics should be good , Hasn't Happened Yet , Unnatural Devotions ,
Comixtreme , Dave Van D.

And in local comix news, Steve Lafler writes:
Greetings, I'd like to invite/remind folks about the Manx Media reading on Tuesday night at The Press Club (wine bar/cafe) 2621 SE Clinton St. at 7 pm. Ben Tanzer will be in from Chicago to read from his new Lucky Man novel, and I will be reading from my new comic book Cat Suit. Both Ben and I pledge to be clever and entertaining! We will sign books after the reading.The Press Club has been doing literary tupe stuff for a while; unless I'm mistaken this is the first time the comix community has sunk it's hooks into this venue. Hopefully it will become habit forming!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

What, exactly, does big imply? 

I went to something-Orchid, a hair salon in Portland's inadequate Chinatown that Colleen Coover recommended. The owner stopped right in the middle of someone else's style-job, leaving her sitting in the chair with strange things in her hair while I got my quick buzzcut. She made conversation, as all barbers will, and asked me if Sara and I had any kids. I said no. She seemed a little put off, then told me, "Oh you could have a lot of kids. You very big."

Posted by Steve.


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