FOOCing around

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Forget Kickstarter! Let’s talk OLD SCHOOL SUBSCRIPTIONS! Micropublisher Oily Comics has a DEAL for you. Center for Cartoon Studies alum, two-brick Ignatz winner and future Fantagraphics author, Charles Forsman is offering a subscription service for a few more hours! Days after subscribing I received a package full of comics. BAM!

Nice Art: Raw GAGZ

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The Blown Covers blog recalls the gag insert in Raw #8 which included an one page gags by Burns, Marischal, Panter, and the rest of the Raw gang. The punchlines were created by commitee however:

Harbinger #3 Preview

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I’ve been handed a preview for Harbinger #3 by Joshua Dysart, Khari Evans and Lewis LaRosa, due out on August 15th. In this chapter, our hero finally lands at the Harbinger Foundation. As I’ve said before, and probably will be saying for the foreseeable future, this is a comic that does not flinch at embracing the dark side of super powers. It looks like the slow build towards a particularly twisted conflict of moral agendas is picking up a little momentum.

Advance Review: Hawkeye #1

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Does the first issue of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s new Hawkeye series… sigh…. hit the target?

Digital Comics: $3 spent

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If you are one of the last souls who has yet to buy WANDER or DRACULA THE UNCONQUERED #2, allow me to convince you. Put away that latte money for I have something better for you to enjoy.

Skyfall Trailer 2: 007 vs. Wikileaks; Javier Bardem as Julian Assange

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The latest Skyfall trailer trailer has dropped. Have a quick view and let’s discuss:

Webcomic alert: Battle Zoo

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I actually don’t know anything about this, but the cover alone has got me. It’s the creation of Brad McGinty.

Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic are Worthy (to write Thor)

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The next Marvel teaser suggests that Aaron and Ribic will be the team for the relaunched Thor series, which I guess they’re going to call ‘The Worthy Thor’? Or perhaps it’s a team series.

Must Read: Women Write About Comics

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As an addendum to the previous post, and for further reading, there’s currently a Women Write About Comics roundtable going on, with interviews with lots of smart people. The most recent is with Alexa Dickman of the Ladies Making Comics tumblr and her indispensable Women in Comics wiki which is doing an amazing job of bringing to light tons of forgotten women in the comics industry. Lots of smart talk, including this gem:

More on comics, women, branding and the future

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My essay on Marvel and DC as dedicated safe spaces for male-focused entertainment got quite a bit of talk going, which is the best possible reaction to any essay. Several very smart people wrote rebuttals, and these posts also generated very thoughtful comment sections.

Preview: Tonight on Adventure Time: Burning Low by Rebecca Sugar

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Tonight it’s an all new episode, by Cole Sanchez and boarded by Rebecca Sugar who offered this charming preview image.

MONTREAL COMIC ARTISTS – West Coast Book Tour

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August 17-25, members of Canadian independent comic book collective Colosse tour from San Francisco to Vancouver BC with multimedia readings of their acclaimed and edgy works, followed by book signings. Authors include Sophie Yanow (In Situ, a graphically daring, poetic journal strip) and Francois Samson-Dunlop and Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau (Pinkerton, an indie-rock rom com about getting over a truly 90s breakup in a post-90s world). Don’t miss this rare West Coast appearance!

Nice art: Eric Shanower covers THE ROAD TO OZ #1

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Oz-o-phile Eric Shanower has created this nice variant cover for the first issue of Marvel’s ROAD TO OZ adaptation, which he’s also writing. The insides are drawn by Skottie Young, so it’s win all around.

You may recall that this is the first proper sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ, written by L. Frank Baum, and finds Dorothy returning to Oz and confronting rising tensions with rising third world countries and issues of gender and identity. And I’m not even kidding.

The Walking Dead #97-99 get second printing with landscape cover

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After WALKING DEAD #100 became the best selling comic in 15 years, folks wanted to go back and read the first three parts of the storyline, in WALKING DEAD #97-99. Thus a second printing has been necessitated. The new printing will have new covers, by Charlie Adlard, depicting the villain Negan and his now-infamous baseball bat, Lucille.

Comic Rocket now indexes 9000 webcomics

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A while ago we told you about a new service called Comic Rocket that had indexed over 2000 webcomics, and functioned as a portal to aggregate your webcomics reading in one handy place. Well since then they’ve added some 7000 comics by teaming up with Comic Fury, a free web-hosting service for webcomics. PR below:

Third Hobbit movie a go!

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Oh MAN! Director Peter Jackson has confirmed that he’s going to use extra footage and the Appendices and make THREE WHOLE MOVIES OF WHITE COUNCIL GOODNESS instead of two: