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Comics strips | Terry LaBan and Patty LaBan are bringing their syndicated comic strip Edge City to an end after 15 years. In his farewell message, Terry LaBan cites not only exhaustion but also a sense that the funny pages aren’t what they used to be: “It’s rare to meet anyone who reads a newspaper anymore, at least anyone under the age of 50. Comic strips, which once occupied a place at the center of pop culture, have fallen completely off most people’s radar. As much as we love it, it’s depressing to work in a form that seems to have lost its relevance and is, for the most part, ignored.” [The Daily Cartoonist]
Events | An extensive exhibit in Taipei, Taiwan, devoted to Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga and anime has drawn more than 100,000 visitors since its opening on July 1. Overseen by Oda, the exhibition is the first of its kind outside of Japan, where it was held from 2012 to 2013 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the insanely popular manga. “One Piece Exhibition: Original Art x Movies x Experience Pirate King Taiwan” runs through Sept. 22. [Kotaku]
It’s as if someone took a Mike Hammer story and relocated it to 16th-century Siberia: Terry LaBan’s Muktuk Wolfsbreath, Hard Boiled Shaman is the story of a lone shaman-for-hire, written in a style that is strongly reminiscent of hard-boiled detective stories, right down to the beautiful woman appearing out of nowhere to hire him. (“I can take a look. But it’ll cost you a pound of caribou.”)
The webcomic is apparently new, but LaBan has written several Muktuk stories before. The first one appeared in his alt-comic Cud, and it was followed by a three-issue miniseries for Vertigo, illustrated by Steve Parkerhouse. But that was over 10 years ago; it’s 2011 now, and Muktuk has made it to the web. The comic is just 11 pages long at the moment, so it’s a good time to jump on and start reading.
(Via Scott McCloud.)