Weekend LinkBlogging: Year Ahead for You and Top Shelf, When You Die, and a New Zorro

Pink Bunny by Lea Hernandez

Next month, according to the Chinese Zodiac, it will become the Year of the Rabbit. Or, as Lea Hernandez has it, the Pink Bunny. So cute! Tokyopop’s latest newsletter (couldn’t find a link) says “the Rabbit brings a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves. It is a time for negotiation rather than force. To gain the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and your relationships with women and children. Make it a goal to create a safe, peaceful lifestyle, so you will be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.” Doesn’t that sound lovely?

An online game: name the 81 characters who have appeared in more than 1000 comic book issues. And note that 24 of them are not superheroes or part of their franchises — which are also the ones not guessed most often.

Have you thought about what will happen to your online life after you die? Your blog, Twitter account, YouTube videos, all those various places with friends who may only know you there? I’ve created a list of account passwords filed with my will, but I hate thinking about it.

Zorro from Silver Fox

Top Shelf has released their publishing schedule for this year. It includes new printings of old favorites, an Owly children’s book plus a new comic volume, and these other books I’m really looking forward to:

  • Jess Fink’s Chester 5000, a steampunk porno about a Victorian sex robot
  • Gingerbread Girl, by the talented Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin (turns out the publisher is also promising an omnibus of Coover’s Small Favors at some future date)
  • Jennifer Hayden’s Underwire, a humorous autobiographical webcomic

Plus, they’ve created a goofy giveaway fake newspaper for conventions.

It’s not my kind of thing, but a new Australian comic publisher, Silver Fox Comics, is putting out a new take on Zorro involving “drugs, samurais, the supernatural world, gypsies, and zombies!” The latter counts me out, but it’s always interesting to me to see where people draw the line on long-running brands like this — how much of a fresh take can you do to keep a property modern without crossing the line into no longer faithful to the core character? It’s a difficult balancing act.

2 Responses to “Weekend LinkBlogging: Year Ahead for You and Top Shelf, When You Die, and a New Zorro”

  1. Jamie Coville Says:

    That 1000 characters game missed some key characters. How can Richie Rich, Casper and some other popular Harvey characters not be among those on the list?

  2. Grant Says:

    I kind of liked Topps Comics short lived Zorro comic from the early 90s, but over all I haven’t enjoyed the majority of comic adaptations of movie,tv,literature. They just always seem so dry and lifeless.




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