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Wed, June 25th, 2008
This week: the strange and premature Internet death of Dan Didio and other fan pipe dreams; more adventures in the Old West; an end to mentors; and gobs of cultural and comics notes in Steven Grant's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, June 18th, 2008
This week: in memory of underground comics, with who should be remembered and how; an apology; what really happened at the Little Big Horn, anyway? ; nations against freedom, and none of them are the USA for a change; and tons of brief notes.
Wed, June 11th, 2008
This week: the top warning signs for freelancers of companies on their way out; more cowboys; more reviews; and a slew of cultural and political notes from the onslaught of San Diego to the dumbest idea France has had in a long time.
Wed, June 4th, 2008
This week: a look at what's good and bad about alt comics and where they should be heading; mystery artists from the 1950s; and Bo Diddley, artificial scarcity, primordial disease and a slew of other notes in this week's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Thu, May 29th, 2008
This week: San Diego's on the horizon again - and Steven tells you why you can't go, and why going this year is a good idea. Plus the difference between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, an "Iron Man" movie review and much more in PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, May 21st, 2008
This week: Crisis on infinite crossovers, a barrage of fan mail, and lots of notes from the death of Rory Root to the new return of Napster in Steven Grant's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, May 14th, 2008
Reminiscing about a screw-up project and what can and can't be done about them; Williamson/Frazetta comics plus ads of the 1950s; why the candidate pickings are slim; plus Gene Colan, "Speed Racer" and other notes. UPDATED
Wed, May 7th, 2008
This week: How audacious should comics be, anyway? Plus reviews, inside the new Clinton energy plan, the Grant graphic novel report, Internet comics radio, red meat and tons more in Steven Grant's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, April 30th, 2008
A potpourri, including the problem with late comics, the real status of creators in the new indie comics, assessing "Countdown," suffering through remakes, plus comics reviews, "Southland Tales," on the road with John McCain and other culture notes.
Wed, April 23rd, 2008
This week: independent comics and where the business is going; more vintage Wally Wood comics; your salvation from Squaresville, Daddy-O!; plus the heat death of the Internet and gobs of other notes in Steven Grant's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, April 16th, 2008
This week: demolishing the icon; the end of Fu Manchu; what's so funny 'bout peace, love & the graphic novel; even the Bedouins hate their phone company; and gobs and gobs of short notes in Steven Grant's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, April 9th, 2008
This week: the graphic novel vs the serialized comic, round 2 - why one is one step forward and the other is two steps back. Plus mail, what's new in war, where to find Ed Brubaker this week, movie reviews and more.
Wed, April 2nd, 2008
What the Siegel Estate victory on Superman means to us, plus why writers (and other creators) don't have the same rules as other working stiffs, more Wally Wood, strange apparitions in Superhero Movie and much more!
Wed, March 26th, 2008
This week: where comics retailers are today (or were last weekend) and what new problems face them in the coming decade, plus Wally Wood and much more.
Wed, March 19th, 2008
This week: Alter Ego and the birth of modern comics, and how we're still paying for it today. Plus Alex Toth comics, a fistful of reviews, mad secrets of the Comics Cover Challenge and more.
Wed, March 12th, 2008
This week: navigating the new world of comics and the importance of experience; letters, clubs and Yubiwaza; Steve Ditko does crime; tales from the campaign front; and lots of notes from under the floorboards, including the rock group all Watchmen fans should hear
Wed, March 5th, 2008
This week: the care and feeding of captions (AKA "Captions - Threat Or Menace?"), plus funky Irish western comics, the myth of fingerprints, film reviews, lights out for HBO and much more.
Wed, February 27th, 2008
This week: a brief history of comics' eternal struggle between form and content, and what it means for our future, plus February's best books on review, who's afraid of the New York Times, when music pirates go bad and much much more.
Wed, February 20th, 2008
This week Steven's sick as a dog (physically, we mean) and fills in the void with a host of great comics ripped from the public domain.
Wed, February 13th, 2008
This week: Now ain't the time for your tears - the life, times and lonesome death of Steve Gerber.
Wed, February 6th, 2008
This week Steven puts some thought into thought balloons and explains why they're useless and why they don't need to be, answers mail, wonders where the Super in Super Week is, and lots more.
Wed, January 30th, 2008
This week Steven catches up on reviews, examines what makes a good first issue (or, rather, what doesn't make one), looks at old newspaper strips, anticipates his $600 windfall, smells an internecine Democratic war bubbling over, and much more
Wed, January 23rd, 2008
Looking at the crises of 2008, real and imagined; what the comics shop war against convention comics sales is really about; more '50s Kubert; letters; lies, damn lies and political campaigns; and more
Wed, January 16th, 2008
This week: the origins of "grim'n'gritty" meet myths of the Silver Age, plus Boom!'s Internet invasion and its ramifications, Primary overload, why Wonder Woman isn't a feminist icon, film and TV reviews, Comics Cover Challenge and tons more.
Wed, January 9th, 2008
A stroll through the Consumer Electronics Show; make-or-break year for Marvel and DC?; analyzing Iowa as the Democrat-backed gestapo emerges; plus DVD notes, JUNO redux, the perfect New Year's resolution and lots more
Thu, January 3rd, 2008
This week: Words of wisdom from Bernie Krigstein; thoughts on '50s science fiction, '80s action heroes, future superhighways, EC creators, fanzines, and many recent publications; more on comics as education bribes, the Human Fly and Quicksilver & the Scarlet Witch; plus reflections on Ron Paul, speculations on the Internet in 2008 and more
Thu, December 27th, 2007
Steven wraps up 2007 with holiday greetings, an inside look at creating Marvel Comics in the old days (classic Avengers fans will want to read this), letters on the nature of resonance, the limits of fanfic, wrestling videos, why Marvel Comics' online comics system isn't as good as pirate scans, and more.
Wed, December 19th, 2007
Complexity, complication and the big challenge for comics in the new Golden Age; artists' Xmas cards; Mike Diana, comics companies in digital crisis, free legal music, killing higher education, Marvel wishlist, Huckabee's follies, movies, TV, and more.
Wed, December 12th, 2007
The law and comics: Marvel & DC vs the Internet, and manga vs Congress. Plus the fun of political catfighting, a holiday invite for artists and gobs more. - Updated!
Wed, December 5th, 2007
This week: a holiday potpourri with more chats about comics inking and selling independent comics, this year's recommended seasonal listening list, Steven's early Xmas present, more Crimebuster, Comics Cover Challenge and much more.
Wed, November 28th, 2007
Comics Publishing For Dummies 2008 model, what people see when they buy comics in bookstores, how to take advice, inkers, more comics you should be reading, how the Democrats murdered democracy, and more.
Wed, November 21st, 2007
It's a busman's holiday, as Steven pays homage to a golden age great with two complete comics stories, takes his lumps over Sal Buscema, reveals more comics everyone should be reading, wonders what's wrong with the Democrats and much more in this week's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, November 14th, 2007
Steven checks in this week by discussing late books and other ways publishers and creators sabotage themselves, Sal Buscema's place in the comics pantheon, Grant Morrison's secret blessing, reviews and much more.
Wed, November 7th, 2007
Ten comics you must read, right now, plus what Pakistan really means to us and more in this week's edition of PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, October 31st, 2007
The changing music industry - is it a possible model for a new comics industry? Plus Sparky's dating tips, shell games in Washington and Iran, the screenwriters' strike, Amazing Race, the weekly Comics Cover Challenge and more.
Wed, October 24th, 2007
Is it wrong to want to write super heroes? That's the question one indie creator asks Steven and he tells you why it is wrong -- and why it isn't. Plus, more Sparky Watts and much more in this week's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, October 17th, 2007
Steven takes a long look at the possible strike facing members of the Writers Guild of America, the next chapter in the Sparky Watts story following the first chapter posted last week and much more in this week's PERMANENT DAMAGE.
Wed, October 10th, 2007
This week: The current state of comics news, a worldbreaking blast of the past, Warners vs. Women, what's happening in the war on terror, Microsoft embraces piracy and much more.
Wed, October 3rd, 2007
An international comics call to arms, the last word on the bar code blowout and how it changes the face of comics, indy reviews, war reports, "Two Guns" news and tons of other notes.
Wed, September 26th, 2007
This week: Steven talks about bar codes, the great parasites of comics and media, and other tales from the comics wars. Plus the great "Highwaymen" debate, what's really going on in Iraq, a media update and much more.