Sunday, May 19, 2013



A Legend Remembered

Alter Ego no. 116, from Two Morrows, is a tribute to the legendary Joe Kubert.
The issue is just stuffed with interviews and articles spanning Mr. Kubert's career, and pages and pages of art. Included in the issue is a 2010 in-depth interview by Richard Arndt, an interview by Danial James Cox focusing on Enemy Ace, and excerpts from Bill Schelly's interviews with Kubert for the Kubert biography Man of Rock. Michael Gilbert's column features a special Joe Kubert sketchbook, and there is a touching tribute to Mr. Kubert as Alter Ego reprints a speech by Kevin Brogan at the 2012 Harvey Awards ceremony held at the Baltimore Comic Con, where Kubert was posthumously given the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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First Issue Collector's Item

The very first issue COMIC BOOK CREATOR hit my local comic shop this past week. It seems both new and familiar. Helmed by former Comic Book Artist editor Jon B. Cooke, this has all the makings of what could be my new favorite comics magazine. Yes, it's all the goodness of Comic Book Artist without boundaries, no single niche, no restrictions, it's all over the board, and genres of the medium. But the thing that struck me right from the start was Cooke's column pledging to be a crusading publication dedicated to creator rights.

Featured creators go from Alex Ross and Todd McFarlane, to Derf, and a Frank Robbins retrospective, sure, but it's not just the range it's the focus. The cover story, featuring Jack Kirby, "Kirby's Kingdom: The Commerce of Dreams" it asks the question, "if Kirby is the King, why haven't Jack's heirs made one measely thin dime out of the billions of dollars generated by his creations in Hollywood motion Pictures?" and aims squarely at the business of comics. Alex Ross in a revealing interview focuses on his struggling with his career direction, discussing the angst of choosing between creator owned work or avoiding financial risks in a sluggish economy.

Plus there are fascinating portraits of legendary collaborators Neal Adams & Denny O'neil, and comics historian Les Daniels, and Astro City's Kurt Busiek.

If you love American comics as a medium, and are mindful of creator's rights, you will love this magazine. It needs to succeed. Every time a publication willing to take a stand like this fails, no matter how weak or strong, a corporate lawyer gets his horns or slime or whatever lawyers would get that would be the opposite of angels getting wings every time you here a bell. Buy this magazine, it is stuffed full of everything you want to love about American comics, encourage it to be all it could be.

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Old school

During a recent hunt for trades at my local Half Price bookstore, I found these great hard cover archives from Dark Horse. Believe it or not silver age characters Nemesis and Magicman are goofy, fun comics, and pretty obscure for some of us. I was truly delighted to find them and at such cheap price. Keep a look out for them at your local used bookstore or you can find them under ten dollars online.

They are great, silly fun, and if you are like me, some of what you loved about comics in the first place.

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