^ Douglas Wolk investigates the death of Sgt. Rock as envisioned by Len Wein and Joe Kubert.
§ The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has hired Robert Corn-Revere as its new legal counsel. Their former counsel, Burton Joseph, passed away earlier this year.
§ J. Caleb Mozzocco counts up how may books are coming out from each Marvel and DC franchise this fall and Batman really needs overtime pay, because he’s starring in 12 titles. His FAMILY stars in another 8. The Avengers and the X-Men each star in 11 books over at Marvel.
David Brothers looks at black stereotypes in comics —
Who knows, who cares, but a bunch of black dudes with basically the same moral compass is boring.
but even with all that he’s won over by the Jeff Parker Cage.
§ J. Caleb again, with a roundup of reactions to the Aacks falling on the Cathy comic strip. Meanwhile, Shaenon Garrity surveys the Aacks, with fattening pie charts.
§ Richard Bruton has a moment of enlightenment regarding John Porcellino’s ongoing moments of enlightenment:
His style, a construction of the minimal amount of lines required to tell his simple little tales, whether it be recounting childhood anecdotes, meditations on nature, or retelling Buddhist parables is so delicate and simple, but it unfailingly proves to be honest, stark, unforgiving and staggeringly effective, beautiful in it’s intensity and purity of thought and line.
§ Tim Hodler investigates the auteur theory in comics, which obliges him to quote Carl Barks on Kurtzman:
“Krigstein’s comments about space problems in comics were right on the nail. I’m sure the stories he wished to expand from five pages to twelve would have been much more readable done his way. Kurtzman’s problems as a writer and editor were well presented. He would have definite ideas about how his situations should be drawn, and would inevitably clash with artists who saw otherwise. However, as one who did both writing and drawing, I am inclined to side with the artists. It is so easy for writers to fill panels with windy dialogue and descriptive boxes that the Krigsteins are left with no room in which to move their characters’ elbows.”
§ Like many of us — The Beat included! — Johanna feels no moral pangs when downloading stuff she has already paid for:
My husband, an old-school comic fan, is a fanatic for keeping the periodical comics in near-perfect shape. Me, I’m not quite so careful with them (since for me, they’re to be read and probably forgotten before the next chapter comes out). My graphic novels are sturdier and hold up better to sloppy handling. So to keep the peace, and avoid having an unhappy husband, I’m contemplating downloading versions of the comics we have already bought. That way, KC has the paper objects, and I have versions to read without worrying about what condition they’re in or if I’m stacking them too high or piling things on top of them. Plus, I can take comic books with me while traveling, something I’d otherwise never do with individual issues. (I read them too quickly to justify the space in packing them.)