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September 21, 2007

Dresden Codak explains the technological singularity

Dresden Codak has been reading Arzach

OMFG! Comics are for kids, but comics shops sure ain't

Okay, so Brian Hibbs [Tilting at Windmills] mentioned Tom Spurgeon's...

Brian Hibbs on dragging comics shops into the year 1997, kicking and screaming

Probably few are as interested in the business of selling...

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September 19, 2007

Mr. Wonderful

BookslutThe New York Times has started running Daniel Clowes's...

September 17, 2007

This Is How I'll Go, Then: With a Whimper, Not a BANG!

Achewood: "Ottawa Modified Death Company"...

Haikus from the comic book queers

Comic Book Queers Podcast Forum :: View topic - CB(hai)Q promo

From the CBQ forums:

Waiting for the trade
I don't know what's going on
Careful with spoilers

Born with mutant gene
Feared and hated by the world
Metaphors abound

Crecy, Fell, Nextwave,
Planetary and Transmet
Warren Ellis? God.

Crazy Emma Frost
For what you've done to Cyclops
My eternal love

Alison Bechdel
Her dad got hit by a truck
And she munched carpet

War of the World Comic, published online by DarkHorse

War Of The Worlds eComic Last year Dark Horse published...

September 16, 2007

Art Young in Hell -- Noah Berlatsky

I'm reprinting here the essay on socialist cartoonist Art Young...

September 14, 2007

How four unscrupulous reporters started the Boxer Rebellion

scans_daily: The power of the Press

By Joe Sacco. Click through for all of it.

September 13, 2007

The Savage Critic(s): A homicidal pirate, a dancing helper monkey, and eventually, a number of monsters

The Savage Critic(s) | Hi, I'm Abhay; Here's Part One...

TOTALLY SHOOTS LASERS!!

via Bookslut | Emily Flake's "Lulu Eightball" | Features of...

September 12, 2007

Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book by Gerard Jones (2005)

Boy, is this book good. If you care at all...

September 11, 2007

Whedon/BKV Interview

Bookslut | Joss Whedon and Brian K. Vaughan (who just...

Bookslut interviews The Comics Journal Online Editor Dirk Deppy

Bookslut | Bookslut's Indie Heartthrob Interview Series | This week:...

The Savage Critic(s): The Lion in Winter -- Stan Lee and the Subconscious

The Savage Critic(s) | Jeff Lester | He Worshipped A...

September 10, 2007

Dostoevsky's Batman

Again With the Comics: Batman by Dostoyevsky

Fully re-posted twelve page comic originally presented in Drawn and Quarterly #3.

Dialogue tips from Christopher Bird

Mightygodking.com -- On Voice

One of the reasons I’m good at [dialogue] is because I think a lot about character voice. I get the little bastards talking in my head and I know how they should be talking after a while of listening to them. And a trick I learned years ago to codify this is the revoicing trick.

The trick, which I pass on to you, is very simple and you’ve probably seen it elsewhere before, is this: take a famous passage, preferably a speech. Now rewrite that passage as if the character you want to write is saying it. I myself favour the Gettysburg Address, because it’s distinctive, not so long to make the work tedious, but not so short that you don’t learn anything in the process, and because it’s dramatic - Abraham Lincoln could write one hell of a speech. (Another good trick: imagine the character telling “the Aristocrats” joke.)

Consider, for example, Brainiac Five’s rendition of it.
Eighty-seven years ago our ancestors created a new nation here, dedicated to the principles of equality and liberty. Now we war against our own, and now we will learn if this experiment will work. Today, we come to Gettysburg to dedicate this cemetery to those who have fallen in battle - but our dedication pales in comparison to the dedication of those buried here. Long after history forgets my words, it will remember their sacrifice. It falls to us, today, to resolve ourselves to continue the struggle, that we be willing to sacrifice as greatly as they. We cannot allow their deaths to become pointless. We must ensure that our nation, our belief in equality and liberty, triumphs in this dark hour. We must.

Good tips here. He breaks down the finer points within.

September 07, 2007

Normality Restored: I have a class with Tim Powers!

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This is by loyal Mojonaut The Big Cheese.

Noah Berlatsky has a new blog: Grant Morrison, Transcendence, and Shitty Art

Noah, Noah, Noah... when you do this sorta thing, drop...