By Todd Allen The November solicitations for DC have been released. As I was scrolling through them, I thought to myself, “that sure is a lot of crossovers.” How many crossovers does DC have in November? Let’s count them:
It’s an obscure title here in the US, but in the UK, The Dandy is akin to Sesame Street and Peanuts all rolled into one. It’s the UK’s longest running comic, but it’s 75 year run might just be at an end, the Guardian reports. With sales that have slipped from 2 million a week to in 50s to 8000 today, you can see why.
The Dandy was launched in 1937 as a children’s magazine, and featured such much-loved (and mocked) characters as Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat—and came packaged with a whistle. If these characters aren’t usually mentioned among the medium’s shining stars they were still reliable friends for kids from the 30s on. However the market for kids comics magazines just isn’t what it used to be.
§ This interview with former Marvel Talent Coordinator and color overseer Bon Alimagno may just be one of the smartest things I’ve ever read on comics coloring. Critique of color rarely goes beyond “I liked it!” since a study of advanced color theory isn’t exactly on everyone’s CV, and most people aren’t trained to go beyond “orange and green don’t go together.” This this study of why and how Marvel’s color schemes worked is incredibly illuminating:
The “under new management” Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con was held this past weekend, and even without the Situation on hand, we heard from all that it was very well attended. Industry analyst Milton Griepp also attended, and had some observations on the show make-up:
Although it really wasn’t logical to think that Joe Kubert would live forever, I think we can all be forgiven for thinking it might
just happen. So his death yesterday at age 85 comes as a real blow. With one of the longest, most productive careers in American comics, he was a pillar of such energy and strength that as dynamic as his art was, the man himself seemed to surpass it.