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Comics A.M. | Middle-school mother objects to Dungeon series

Dungeon Monstres

Libraries | A middle school library in New Brunswick, Canada, has been asked to remove Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim’s Dungeon series for review after the mother of a 12-year-old student complained about the depictions of sex and violence in one of the volumes. The CTV News reporter goes for the easy gasp by showing the scenes in question to a variety of parents, all of whom agree they don’t think the book belongs in a school library, and in this case the mom has a good point: The book received good reviews but is definitely not for kids. [CTV News]

Publishing | John Jackson Miller has been looking at the fine print in old comics — the statement of ownership, which spells out in exact numbers just how many copies were printed, how many were sold, etc. One of the highlights is Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, which sold more than 1 million copies, making it the top seller of the 1960s. “It’s meaningful, I think, that the best-seller of the 1960s should come from Barks, whose work was originally uncredited and who was known originally to fans as ‘the Good Duck Artist,'” Miller concludes. “Fandom in the 1960s was bringing attention to a lot of people who had previously been unheralded, and Barks is a great example. He changed comics — and now comics were changing.” [The Comichron]

Publishing | David Brothers challenges Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley’s assertion that “we do not do ‘crossover’ events,” calling the comments “a blatant lie, an untruth, a falsehood, the sort of thing your mother would and should swat your lips for.” [4thletter!]

Dial H #1

Publishing | Speaking at the annual ComicsPro meeting in Dallas, DC Comics’ Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne described fantasy author China Miéville’s pitch for Dial H as “the best proposal I had seen since Neil’s proposal for Sandman.” [Nerdage]

Editorial cartoons | Ted Rall has written an open letter to the editors of The New York Times, protesting their new on-spec submission process for their Sunday Review section as well as their paltry fees, and 58 cartoonists have signed it so far. [The Daily Cartoonist]

Creators | Rob Clough interviews Matthew Thurber, creator of 1-800-MICE and Ambergris. [The Comics Journal]

Creators | Roger Langridge reveals that Tom Neely will be illustrating some of the Popeye comics he is doing for IDW Publishing. [Hotel Fred]

Creators | Mark Long, the co-writer of the new graphic novel The Silence of Our Friends, reminisces about the Texas prison rodeos of his youth, which make an appearance in the book. [Speakeasy]

Manga | Shaenon Garrity writes about Fuyumi Soryo’s Mars: “This may well be the only teen manga where characters discuss Dali and Egon Schiele. They stick up for one another. Beneath all their interactions is the quiet, powerful thrill of discovering someone who gets you—the thrill of falling in love.” [Anime News Network]



Word to the Wise for Avengers vs X-Men

Perhaps Marvel actually thinks they ‘do not crossover’, but it’s a fact that people’s money does crossover to Marvel titles printed w/ the ‘Marvel-does-not-crossover’ event logo.

Remember when Marvel’s bit intra-event “The Return” was supposed to be Quesada’s uber-significant event of the decade? …and you people reading this are thinking, ‘I never spent money on that book’. One-shot it may be, it is still a crossover book that was ‘pumped-and-dumped’ on us. Please remember, -why say to yourself a few weeks/months from now -I knew I could have saved my money instead of buying some $4.50 comic that now has zero relativity in Marvel and I will never even re-sell it for its cover price: Automatic LOSS the second you pick up that over-hyped AvX one-shot, or some irrelevant tie-in w/Daredevil that will have Wolverine or some ‘brand-recognition’ image on it. Which is the only reason we have Beast back on the Avengers as well as Wolverine since 2005 -the movies, the customers, the merchandising, your money, neither your savings account nor a ‘real story’.

We are not the doom and gloom pundits, but we are the people who are sick of the Marvel Zombies. You want good talk about comics?-Then improve the economy so that I do not have to worry about every penny I have already spent, as the price of comics is at $4.50… God I feel sorry for you people who actually allow yourselves to think you should spend money like that on comic books. Hello: Used book stores, the back issue bins, online retailers.

@AAB, hey I ENJOY the comics I get.

David of the Impeccable Taste

February 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

A crossover by any other name is still a crossover.

@The Dusk Knight -AWSOME.
How long have you been reading?
How much money do you have in your savings account?
Do you actually spend money on the issues you read?
Or do you read pirate copies? or friends’ books?
What do you enjoy about them?
How much do you spend/week on comics?
What is your weekly income and how much do you save/month?
What percentage of your comic cook/merchandise expenses each month is on DC/Marvel?

More sloppy Internet reporting. Uncle Scrooge sold over 1 million issues EACH MONTH

As for Marvel crossovers – sorry – I’m not mush-brained enough to still buy any of that crap. The drones who do, and who try to defend them, amuse me though


Right on. Young adults and kids need to be aware that -If You Stop Spending Your MONEY on crossover event ‘tie-ins’ and irrelevant on-shot’s, then those publishers will print books that will be actually have quality…???

*** Does anyone even think that it is possible these days? -For the large global firms like Time/Warner and Disney to actually pay attention to what people want, instead of just advertising what a consumer is ‘supposed to need and want’? Why should they care about ‘quality stories’ when they can just tell us to buy Ghost Rider because it has an AvX symbol on it. Alan Moore has it RIGHT ON with the art/magic concept. It’s like magic: Alla-KA-zaM!!! put an AvX logo on a book -Hocus!!!Pocus!!! money out of people/consumers’ pockets!


Exactly. I really wish people would just stop buying these crossovers for a couple of years. Then marvel would have to revert to something else – such as getting new talent and telling good stories. All it would take is for people to just lay off the crossovers for a year or two

Great way to make fun of the events Marvel and D.C. expect us to spend money on:

Marvel and DC do not care about story quality -they care about making up convoluted stories so that we GIVE them OUR WORK/MONEY…!

Parents: you should pull that comic from every middle school library -definitely.

Shouldn’t parents have just as much awareness in literature that gears children intt being consumers, as opposed to being a person ( -not a corporation. I mean and ACTUAL HUMAN BEING PERSON).


AAB: I think you may need to consider switching to decaf.

Also, and unrelated to the previous remark, I’m really looking forward to Langridge’s “Popeye.” I think that’s going to be a fun comic.

@Christopher Burton

Please explain what you mean exactly. Thank you.

I think he means your over-excited, frothing tone, which at times threatens to bubble over into incoherence.

“Switch to decaf” pretty much always means “calm down and take a breath.”

Make no mistake, nobody’s taking Marvel’s side here, but your ranty tone just serves as a distraction by calling attention to itself.

My middle school library introduced me to Sherlock Holmes, and that was a dude who used cocaine to help him think.

@Ed (Jack Norris)

Oh,… -your right. Thanks.

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