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Exclusive: Sheldon Vella jams with Ghost Rider in Strange Tales II #2

And finally, here’s a look at a page from Super-Tron creator Sheldon Vella‘s heavy-metal Ghost Rider tale that will be featured in the upcoming second issue of Strange Tales II. Check it out in all its glory after the jump.

The book lands in shops next week and includes contributions by, among others, Paul Hornschemeier, David Heatley, Scott Richardson and Jaime Hernandez (who did the cover).

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What Are You Reading?

A Drifting Life

A Drifting Life

Welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading. Our special guest this week is Katherine Dacey, a former contributor to Pop Culture Shock and current contributor to the Good Comics for Kids blog. She also is the driving force behind the impressive new blog, The Manga Critic.

To see what Katherine and other Robot 6ers have been reading lately, click on the link …

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What Are You Reading?

Swallow Me Whole

Swallow Me Whole

Welcome to this week’s edition of What Are You Reading? Today our special guest is blogger and critic Matthew J. Brady (not to be confused with the other Matt Brady). He and everyone else at Robot 6 have been reading some really interesting stuff, so click on the link to find out what …

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Six by 6 | Six ‘retired’ artists we’d like to see return to comics

Tales of the Great Unspoken

Tales of the Great Unspoken

Making comics, as we all know, is hard work. And — particularly if you work in the “indie” side of the aisle — it’s not always good-paying work.

Small wonder then that many talented individuals leave the medium to find a career in illustration, animation, sales, or hell, anything that paid better than comics.

Still, while I understand the financial necessity, there’s a number of artists I wish would come back to the fold, if just for old time’s sake. For example:

1. Aaron Augenblick. In 1999 Augenblick created a charming little mini-comic, Tales of the Great Unspoken. It was inventive, clever, superbly crafted and very funny. It won a Xeric. It was, all in all, a great debut that showed enough promise to suggest that Augenblick had a great career ahead of him in comics. Then he decided to chuck it all and make animated cartoons for Adult Swim and MTV.

It’s a shame. The kid really could have really made a name for himself. Still, it’s not too late Aaron. You could give up all that sweet, sweet Nickelodeon money and come back to comics anytime …

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Everyone’s A Critic: A roundup of comic-related reviews and thinkpieces

Violence Jack

Violence Jack

• How have I blathered on all this time without calling attention to Derik Badman’s great volume by volume analysis of Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix series? Obviously I need my head examined. (In backwards order, Karma, Yamato, Space, Future and Dawn).

• Craig Fischer has nice things to say about Patsy Walker: Hellcat : “It’s not designed to be immortal art–in other words, it’s not Raw or Love and Rockets–but as far as mainstream comics go, it’s clever and fun, virtues that are too easy to take for granted.”

• Takekuma Kentaro, co-author of Even a Monkey can Draw Manga wonders why the manga version of Hayao Miyazaki’s Naussica is so hard to read: “Each individual panel is too complete, and the characters and background are drawn with lines of equal thickness. This leads to the characters not standing out.”

• Awesome Engine is doing a series of posts on Go Nagai’s Violence Jack who lives up to his name rather well (link is so NSFW by the way).

• Paul Gravett provides an interesting look at the work of Italian comics artist Gianna DeLucca.

• Andrew Wheeler didn’t care much for Joseph Patrick Larkin’s Arcade of Cruelty. He does, however, have nice things to say about Jimmy Gownley’s Amelia Rules!

• Noah Berlatsky doesn’t care much for Alan Moore’s proposal for the Wonder Woman rip-off Glory, but he did like the first volume of Fruits Basket, though it took two readings.

• Stripper’s Guide’s Allan Holtz offers some capsule reviews of recent comic strip-related releases.

What Are You Reading?

Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5

Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5

Welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading. This week I’m pleased to announce that our special guest star is Dash Shaw, who wowed the critics last year with his doorstop family drama Bottomless Belly Button and was just nominated for an Eisner for his recently completed Webcomic Bodyworld (soon to be published in book form by Pantheon).

To see what Shaw and the rest of us are reading, click on the link below.

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Is the ship sinking? A short chat with Peggy Burns

Crickets

Crickets

Continuing our occasional series looking at how small press and indie comics publishers are weathering the downturn in the economy, not to mention Diamond’s recent policy changes, today we’re talking with Drawn and Quarterly’s Associate Publisher Peggy Burns.

D&Q rather unintentionally became regarded as one of the first martyrs of Diamond’s new cut-off policy when two of their serialized comics, Sammy Harkham’s Crickets and Kevin Huizenga’s Or Else, were cancelled. The fact that said cancellations were due to the separate decisions of the artists themselves and not the publisher or Diamond didn’t matter much at the time; its close proximity seemed to have a direct cause and effect.

I was curious as to what Burns had to say about that matter and the industry climate in general, since she’s one of the most intelligent and candid people working behind the scenes in comics today. She didn’t disappoint and I’d like to thank her for taking the time to respond to the plethora of questions I emailed her.

Can you give me any idea of how close Crickets and Or Else were to missing Diamond’s new cut-off before the respective creators pulled the plug on the series?

I don’t really want to get into a numbers game with our authors whose comics fell below or near the Diamond minimum. Obviously, the titles (Or Else, Lucky, Crickets) that have been announced as ending in their pamphlet form hovered around the minimum, though the conversation with Or Else happened before the minimum news. Ending a series is not something we want to do. The artist wanted to tell their story in this form, and we have the job of telling this form is no longer viable. It’s not an easy decision and wasn’t fun to do.

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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Welcome to Send Us Your Shelf Porn, where you, the reader, sends us your shelf porn. Our special guest this week is our very own Tom Bondurant, who took time out of his busy schedule to snap some photos of his own extensive collection. Regular readers of this site know Tom and his insightful columns well enough that I shouldn’t have to go into a lengthy introduction but merely say “Take it away Tom!”

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Send Us Your Shelf Porn!

Welcome to another edition of Send Us Your Shelf Porn, Our special Guest this week is  Rickey Purdin, who works as a Representative — Marketing Publications at DC. You may also know him from his previous stint as Entertainment Editor at Wizard Magazine, or via one of his two blogs.

Remember, we here at Shelf Porn can’t do it alone. We need your help. If you love feasting your eyes on the bookshelves of others, then take the time to consider a donation of your own. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about donating your pictures to Shelf Porn, but have just been too busy. Or tired. Well, there’s never been a better time than today! Just email your photos to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and we’ll send you absolutely nothing except for our thanks. Oh, and we’ll post your pictures here for everyone to see.

Speaking of which, let’s take a look at Rickey’s collection. What have you got to say about this stuff sir?

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What Are You Reading?

Sam's Strip

Sam's Strip

Wow, has it been a week already? Welcome to another round of What Are You Reading. Our special guest this week is the mighty blogger, photographer and writer Kevin Church. To find out what he and the rest of the Robot 6 crew are currently reading, just click that little link below …

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Enjoy a taste of Mahler’s ‘Spam’

Illustration from Mahler's 'Spam'

Illustration from Mahler's 'Spam'

Cartoonist Nicolas Mahler (Lone Racer) has a new book out entitled Spam, where in he illustrated … well, I’ll let him explain it:

hello. i collected 15.000 spam-mails. i illustrated some of them. you may buy the collection in book form. or just follow this blog. if you`ve got a small dic`k, don`t blame your parents.

And on the seventh day, he humped his Devil Girl statue

Crumb Genesis Sketches

Crumb Genesis Sketches

The official Robert Crumb “newsletter” is reporting that the famed cartoonist has finally finished his adaptation of the Book of Genesis that he’s been working on for the past several years:

Robert has finished the Genesis project. It’s 201 pages. He has also finished the Cover, the Introduction, the commentary (for the back sleeve) and also the Map, which will be in the beginning of the book. The book is soon going to production and it’s planned to be released this fall.

And what are his plans now that this huge project is complete? He has to catch up on his correspondence which has been building up some time now. And then a little break—a journey to the States. He and Aline are talking about collaborating on a book upon his return, but that’s later this summer.

I think it’s pretty safe to say this is one of the most hotly anticipated books of the year, so the news that it’s completed and off to the publisher is good news indeed.

Send us your shelf porn!

Welcome to Send Us Your Shelf Porn, where bookshelves are the name and photos are the game.

Remember: we are always looking for new contributions, so if you think your shelves are special enough, send photos to cmautnerATcomcastDOTnet and we’ll post them here. Heck, send them even if you don’t think they’re special. We’re not picky.

Our guest this week is Fantagraphics promotions director, Mome editor and cartoonist (no, really, he’s quite good) Eric Reynolds. Mssr. Reynolds has quite the collection to share, but let’s let him talk about it, shall we?

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Is the ship sinking? A short chat with Dylan Williams

Reich #5

Reich #5

Besides being a cartoonist in his own right, Dylan Williams is also the brains behind Sparkplug Comic Books, which has published such noteworthy titles as Bookhunter by Jason Shiga, Reich by Elijah Brubaker and Asthma by John Hanckiewicz.

Wondering how a small press operation like Sparkplug would be affected by the turn in the economy, not to mention Diamond’s new policy changes, I sent a list of questions to Williams over email and he was kind enough to offer some thoughtful replies. Here’s what he had to say:

In general terms, how has Sparkplug Books been doing financially over the past year?

In general terms, Sparkplug keeps on growing. Last year was best one yet. It used to be that we’d get one order a week and now I can basically spend most of my time filling orders. It is kind of great and I keep on crossing my fingers. Money-wise, it is still a break-even affair but it is nice to not having to be “on the grind” as much as I was four or seven years ago.

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What are you reading?

The Color of Earth

The Color of Earth

Welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading? Our special guest this week is Brigid Alverson, whom dedicated manga fans will know as the force behind the excellent Mangablog. If that’s not enough, she’s also a contributor to the Digital Strips podcast, and oversees the School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids blog, which is about … well, you figure it out.

Anyway, click on the link below to find out what Ms. Alverson and the rest of the Robot 6 gang is reading this week.

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