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Comic Book Commentary’s Guy LeCharles Gonzalez is interviewed, mostly about being a poet and an agnostic. There are some good comments about how to review, though, and he says nice things about this site, for which I thank him profusely.

Via Fangirls Attack, a thought-provoking period comic ad from the 70s. (Gotta love those white pants!) The poster makes some good points, too, comparing then and now.

Doug has some tough questions about Marvel’s Sunday Spidey comics. The more I see them, the less impressive I find them.

giving away free fragments of stories that are 43 years old is not the most effective way to bring readers aboard for the modern Spider-Man. Anyone who goes out to buy a new issue is not going to get anything approximating what they find in the giveaway comics. And the flimsiness of these things makes today’s 32-page books on better paper absolutely luxurious in comparison.

If you have Windows Media Player 9 and want to see an artist at work, check out the Fabricari site. Steve Harrison is running streaming video of himself at the (metaphorical) easel most nights. Most interestingly, you can interact with him.

“The camera will be live whenever I’m sitting at the art table. It’ll be black if I’m offline. I usually sit at the art table from 9-12pm EST on school nights and anytime on weekends. Feel free to e-mail me or send instant messages if you see/hear me working!”

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One Response to “Wide-Ranging LinkBlogging”

  1. Chad Anderson Says:

    What have you been eating for breakfast lately? Post-o-rama!

    As for the Spider-Man inserts, much as I love Ditko Spider-Man, I’m kinda dubious about the choice to reprint these stories myself, given the outdated astronaut references in one story and, as Doug notes, the vast difference between these comics and what’s coming out now. Maybe old Roger Stern-penned issues mighta been a good compromise? Nothing too adult for the kiddies, but still closer to what you’d see today.

    That said, I could care less that they’re flimsy; in fact, I like it because it probably eliminates the possibility of any collectible value whatsover. And I do love sitting down with my 2-year-old to read them every Sunday for the two minutes that he’ll let me do it (he’s more of a Curious George fan at this point).

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