Last Minute LinkBlogging: Chris Ryall on Spike, DC Cheer, Candorville Goodbye to Cathy, More

Some random things found stumbling around the internet today:

Candorville panel

I recently discovered the comic strip Candorville, and I’ve been enjoying it. This week artist Darrin Bell is paying homage to Cathy upon the strip’s upcoming retirement. This particular strip, from Tuesday (panel shown here), sums up a lot of reactions.

As a followup to the news that the Angel comic is returning to Dark Horse, IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has posted a FAQ containing the most commonly asked questions as well as a good deal of humor. Strangely, some of the answers appear to have changed from when the topics were originally raised, such as this, in relation to the Spike series, originally intended to be an ongoing.

Does this mean that Brian’s SPIKE series will be 8 issues only, and that’s it?

SPIKE has been planned as an ongoing series, and whether that stays the same or not is up in the air, at this point.

Compare to this interview, where he says:

A lot of people are worried about Brian Lynch’s Spike mini-series. Can you elaborate on the fate of that title?

Well, it’ll end when Angel ends. But until then, it’s going to be fantastic.

But then, sometimes that’s the business — you put out the most accurate information you can, and sometimes things change day-to-day.

The NPR Monkey See pop culture blog covers “Read Comics in Public Day”, this coming Saturday. I don’t feel a need to participate — but since I’ll be at the Batimore Comic-Con, maybe I will be anyway — but I adored this goofy cheer, found near the end of the post:

Hey hey, ho ho,
DC villains end in o!
(Clap, clap) Amazo!
(Clap, clap) Starro!
(Clap, clap) Despero!
(Clap, clap) Sinestro!
(Clap, clap) Titano!
(Clap, clap) Metallo!
(Clap, clap) Eclipso!
(Clap, clap) Computo!
(Clap, clap) Bizarro!
….Terminal vowel! Woo!

It’s so true!

I’ve stepped away from any further discussion on my post about digital copies of comics you’ve already bought, after things got a little heated and I had to dump some comments for violating site policy, but I can’t resist noting this Japanese tech trend: home scanning technology to digitize your own books “(a practice called ‘jisui’)”, according to the article.

Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy

they’re taking books they legally own and scanning them, so that they can store them as ebooks, and read them on various devices such as the iPad. I would have thought this wasn’t a popular practice, but at least one study found that 20% of iPad owners in Japan had done so, and another 30% were interested in doing so. … In Japan, digitizing your own books for personal use is apparently legal under that country’s copyright law, but some publishers are getting worried about this practice and are considering what to do about it.

Last, here’s a preview of Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy. The ten pages available at that link are cute, and at $6 for a 52-page graphic novel (so presumably a complete story), I’d consider ordering it — if print-on-demand pricing didn’t add another 50-200% to the cost. (My estimate for shipping came out at $2.73, $5.95, or $11.53 for UPS Ground.) I wish sites that used such delivery methods would be a bit more upfront about the pricing. It’s disappointing to the customer to only find out how much more you’re going to pay after it’s in your cart and you’re getting ready to check out.

I know it can be difficult to come up with an estimate that applies to every possible customer, but at the very least, when you list the cover price in your promotion, you can add a note that says “+ shipping ($3-5 in the US)” or something similar to give customers the idea that the price they see will not be the price they’re asked to pay. (Ironically, I found out about this comic via Mike Sterling, in the same post where he complains about eBay sellers who overcharge on the postage costs.)

6 Responses to “Last Minute LinkBlogging: Chris Ryall on Spike, DC Cheer, Candorville Goodbye to Cathy, More”

  1. James Schee Says:

    Its weird to think that as long as its been running apparently, I’ve never read a Cathy strip. My local paper never carried it.

    I really like Brian Lynch’s Spike work, so I hope DH gets him to do more work with the character.

    I wonder what the Japanese publishers could do to stop people scanning their comics in. As long as they people never put them online where they would be found or sold them. Heck somethings you just can’t stop. I’ve seen my local Goodwill store selling homemade mix tapes and CDs people brought in.

  2. Thad Says:

    Yeah, I’m all for people pushing comics awareness, but the idea of Read Comics in Public Day strikes me as…well, something people who are too embarrassed to read comics in public would come up with.

  3. Roel Torres Says:


    Thank you for the mention of “Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy.” I am sorry to hear about your experience with the shipping costs, and the issue had never occurred to me until you brought it up.

    I would be happy to send you a review copy, either electronically or by postal mail. Feel free to contact me at roeltorres (at) and let me know your preference.


  4. dcwomenkickingass Says:

    In conjunction with “Read Comics in Public Day” day there is a “Women Read Comics in Public” initiative designed to show off the many women who read comics. We’ll be collecting photos of women reading comics in public on a Tumblr. For anyone attending one of the two comic cons this weekend, it should be easy. There’s more information at my site

  5. John Vargas Says:

    Lightening Girl and Rocket Boy sounds a lot like the busiek story where Justice and Firestar joined the Avengers. As well as the “Young Heroes In Love” series from the 90s. Does LG&RB bring something fresh to the table?

  6. Johanna Says:

    I’m not sure I’ve read that Avengers story, and my memories of Young Heroes in Love are fading, but when I read the preview of Lightning Girl Loves Rocket Boy, I found it fresh. It didn’t remind of me of any other story, other than that I enjoy tales of young superheroes growing into their abilities and responsibilities. I liked that the characters felt like real college students, learning how to balance class with everything else they want to do.




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