Next Time You’ll Think Twice: It’s a Comics Link Post

At Robot 6, Graeme McMillan outlines what makes magical realist/formal trickster Kevin Huizenga one of comics’ best young cartoonists:

There’s a vulnerability, curiosity and humor that is ever present, and keeps the more experimental moments grounded in feelings and moments that makes them more than high-falutin’ digressions or off-putting theory put into confusing practice. No matter how abstract Huizenga’s imagery may become . . . there’s always something to hook onto and empathize with.

At The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon talks Warner Bros.’s big impending plans for DC Entertainment, in a post that’s mostly inside-baseball-type-stuff but has like the most perfect metaphor for DC and the properties it owns:

There’s a certain amount of conventional wisdom out there that DC may have a shallow bench despite having those three obvious superstars at the top of the line-up — kind of the Miami Heat of copyright holders, with Wonder Woman as Chris Bosh . . .

Which does that make LeBron James Superman, because he’s the best of the best, or Batman, cause he’s also basically unstopable but totally alienates people?

El Desván del Abuelito is a blog I subscribe to even though I don’t really know what their agenda is and tend to gloss over the explanations in Spanish that accompany most posts. But check out these ’40s Batman knock-offs:

Robin wields a gun in nearly all of these

Speaking of Batman, Sean T. Collins liked Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving’s Batman and Robin #14 “more than any other single-issue Batman comic [he has] ever read” and it’s in my top ten, easy. Killing it! Collins has more at Attentiondeficitdisorderly.

And at Techland, comics writing big dog Douglas Wolk lists “more or less common varieties of comics that I would be happy to see quietly disappear,” including

Thinly disguised movie proposals. If your screenplay didn’t impress anyone, dividing it up into panels is not going to help. And dumping three genre tropes from this year’s popular motion pictures into a jar and shaking them until they congeal into an elevator pitch (“it’s like ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ but with vampires in ancient Rome!”) not only doesn’t make a good movie, it doesn’t make a good comic book.

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