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Comic Book Fix: Meaningful Characters and Pointless Deaths
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:06 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 19 September 2012 02:06
I started reading Gail Simone‘s original Birds of Prey comics. I’ve been meaning to read them for a while, but never knew where to start. Was her entire run available as trades? Would I have to pick my way through the back issues of local comic shops? And if I did, how many issues did Simone write? Fifty? And if you throw in her Secret Six books, and her current Batgirl run, that’s, what, more than 100 individual comics, isn’t it? Where in the world would I find room for all that? And then it hit me. I didn’t need to track down the single issues of Simone’s work. I didn’t have to clear space on a bookshelf or get a new short box. All I had to do was search for her name using the comiXology app on my tablet computer and there they were, all of her comics, just sitting there, waiting.
I probably never would have bothered to try to find physical copies of all of Simone’s work. Too much effort. No guarantee of success. It was either download the issues or hope that someday DC would put together nice, updated collections of her comics. And who knows when, or even if, that will ever happen. It’s taken DC almost 20 years to release decent collections of the whole Batman: Knightfall saga. Who wants to wait that long?
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Comic Book Fix: Read Digital, but Buy Creator-Owned
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 02:15 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 12 September 2012 02:15
I’ve been reading a lot of digital comic books lately. Ever since I got my tablet, I’ve been trolling comiXology during the week, but especially on the weekends, when they have great sales. Ninety-nine cents for single issues, collections for $5 or less. I’ve gotten a bunch of books from Image, like PIGS and Peter Panzerfaust, and from Dynamite, like Jennifer Blood, comics that I hadn’t really read much of when they first came out as print books, but dangle a great sale before my eyes and I’ll read just about anything.
More than anything, though, I buy and support creator-owned. Read on to find out why.
Comic Book Fix: Digital Comics Fail
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 03:05 Written by david golbitz Thursday, 23 August 2012 03:05
I’ve had my Nexus 7 tablet for a little more than a month and a half, and while I love using it–it has a bright, beautiful screen and a fast, intuitive, easy-to-use operating system–I’ve noticed something about my digital comics purchasing that struck me as a little odd, and something that should make comic book publishers rethink their digital publishing strategy.
I’m not buying new comics. Are you?
Comic Book Fix: Joe Kubert, 1926 – 2012
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 02:11 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 15 August 2012 02:11
I’ve gone to my fair share of comic book conventions over the years, from San Diego and San Francisco to Chicago and Boston. I’ve met a bunch of creators, from self-publishers like Jeff Smith (Bone) to comic book rock stars like Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee. I came thisclose to meeting the venerable Will Eisner at his last Comic-Con appearance in 2004; he died in January the following year. I was maybe 10 feet away from Eisner while he was being escorted across the convention hall, and I saw a few people who recognized him go up to him and chat and get an autograph. But not me. I didn’t know what to say to this amazing, transformative figure who literally changed the way comic books were written and illustrated. What could I say that he hadn’t already heard a thousand times before? So I stayed where I was, and I watched him shuffle down the aisle. And to this day I kick myself for not simply walking up to the man, shaking his hand and telling him how much his work has meant to me.
Which brings me to the passing of another industry icon, the legendary Joe Kubert, who died on Sunday, August 12 of multiple myeloma, three weeks shy of his 86th birthday.