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In this week's all-new PIPELINE: A toy store visit makes Augie happy. Will digital comics invert the back-issue market? Guy Davis is a Modern Master. And The Pipeline Webcomics Project begins now!
Lost in all the $3.99 an issue talk is the current increase in bi-monthly titles at Marvel. Augie's betting they'll still be late. Also: More discussion on the practice of phototracing and "The Uncanny Valley."
Photoreferencing is an ages-old practice in the world of art, but with the rise of the internet for image search and desktop tools for artistic creation, is there too much "photo tracing?" Augie weighs in this week.
What is the role of the iPad in comics today? Replacement? Outreach? Fad? Should comics change to fit the format? Also: Humanoids returns this spring with "Bouncer," so Augie looks back at the first two volumes.
It's "Toy Story" Tuesday in this week's PIPELINE, as Augie looks at both the new BOOM! comic book and the even newer Blu-ray releases of the first two movies. It all adds up to good news in the De Blieck household!
Augie finds the third volume of the "Hulk" hardcovers to be a return to hilarious glee-filled fun. He has one qualm on Soleil/Marvel's "Ythaq," but generally likes it. Plus, the return of the Pipeline Podcast.
Will digital comics hurt comic book conventions? Augie doesn't think so, and he makes his case this week. Also, it's Pipeline #666 and you know what that means! The Devil shows up.
In the wake of last weekend's Amazon graphic novel glitch, Augie ponders the pricing scale for digital comics, wondering where exactly is the inflection point? Also, more great Jason comics and a podcast recommendation.
Augie sells some comics on eBay on learns some valuable lessons about timing, the open market, and auctioning techniques. Also, some thoughts on Nick Simmons' plagiarism, the iPad's censorship worries, and more.
Augie likes what he sees from Jason's "I Killed Adolf Hitler" OGN, vowing to read more of the creator's work. Plus, some thoughts on last week's DC reorganization, and an interview with Mark McKenna on his new kids book.
This week, Augie enjoyed Kazu Kibuishi's "Copper" and lets you in on why it's so good for all ages. Plus, its the return of "One-Liners," with thoughts on the Captain America brouhaha, Todd McFarlane art, the iPad and more.
This week, Augie reviews "Batman: The Cat and the Bat" and "Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher." Both are great fun, but only one has a character with a jet pack. Also, more thoughts on digital comic distribution to the iPad!
This week, Augie has some thoughts on Flash for the iPad and getting your comic books onto Apples newest device. And is Wizard's NJ convention really so badly timed? Perhaps not. Plus, a little more Silver Surfer!
Pipeline Retro goes all the way back to 1991 for "Silver Surfer," including an interview about the popular cosmic series with its writer, Ron Marz. What was the fun of the title? What memories does it bring back for Augie?
Does DC credit their artists enough? Are point-and-shoot cameras the new scanners for artists? When will technology catch up to "The Human Target?" A little girl letting loose with a bunch of swear words is news? And a whole lot more!
Augie feels dizzy from spinning on the Marvel/DC hamster wheel and he wants to get off, happy superhero comics be damned. Also: a samurai comic, a Pipeline video, a failed manga company, and a quick Spider-Man movie thought.
Augie takes the time for one last look back at 2009 with a handy index to the best of last year's Pipeline columns. Also, see what comic titles he contributed to CBR's Top 100 list with his personal Top Ten comic choices for the year!
Augie concludes his look at a thousand comics he's glad to have read over the last 20 years with titles from Robert Kirkman, Brian Bendis, Ron Lim, Alan Davis, Alan Moore, Dave Sim, Mark Waid, George Perez and lots of others.
Forget the ten best comics of the year or even of the last decade - this week, Augie is looking at 1,000 comics that he's glad to have read over the course of the last twenty years. Read the first half of his massive list today!
This week, Augie brings us an early look at this week's big release from IDW, "The Rocketeer," collected at last! Also, he gives us a compelling argument on the futility of Top Ten lists, then provides a decade-ending list, anyway.
He's a bit late to the party, but Augie really, really, really liked the "Chew" trade paperback for its humor, its world-building, and its art. Plus, are DC Comics graphic novels new? And what's the forgotten story of the decade?
This week, Augie runs down some of the current comic book happenings across the internet, "Chickenhare" turns webcomic, a suggestion for Marvel regarding hardcover collections of Todd McFarlane's "Spider-Man" run and plenty more!
Augie's back this week to present a special Friday edition of Pipeline featuring his review of "Image United" #1 saying that the issue "delivers on the promise it made - big loud fun, cool art, and potential for a crossover story to carry it.
Augie longs for yesteryear as he looks back at the problem with expensive comics in 1995, reminisces briefly about a short-lived comics magazine from this decade, and comments on a couple of interesting Marvel solicitations.
If you're looking for the best way to catalog your comic book collection, Augie will tell you about one solution you'll probably want to avoid. Plus, Tyler Page wraps up "Stylish Vittles" with the long-awaited fourth and final volume.
Augie buys Marvel's new Erik Larsen "Spider-Man: Sinister Six" collection purely out of nostalgia and asks: does it hold up, nearly 20 years later? Plus, can modern printing processes accurately recapture newsprint's charm?
Three pieces of news from last week help push comics down the digital distribution road - Augie shares his thoughts on the trio of moves. Plus, Bruce Timm played Comics Critic all the way back in 1982, and we have the art to prove it.
Augie discusses why we shouldn't be so hard on the occasional misspelling or grammatical faux pas in comics. Production difficulties, character flaws, and human error are often to blame. Plus: Drew Carey and Pipelines of five years past.
Jamie S. Rich brings noir to comics, Red Sonja has a lot to teach the internet, does Marvel's reprint schedule spoil today's big events, and where can you buy Augie's favorite art book for cheap? Click here to find out.
Pipeline looks back at a pair of classic comic strip collections this week: "Bloom County" and "Family Circus." IDW does a great job on both, but Augie has a conundrum with how much he enjoys "Family Circus," in particular.
The last time that environmentalism and Big Business was all the rage, Marvel gave comic book fans John Byrne's "Namor." That's what Augie's looking at this week in a special Wednesday edition of Pipeline Retro.
Augie takes a look at the front half of the "Previews" catalog for December 2009, discovering new thrills and raising some troublesome questions. Plus, a tip on the single worst way to get Augie to read or review your comic!
Augie takes a look at 'Modern Masters: Chris Sprouse' and learns a lot about its subject. Plus, thoughts on The Kirby Estate's suit against Marvel, the most gratuitous Obama cameo yet, which publisher will sell out next, and more!
Augie wraps up the week in DC and Marvel business news, asking some questions along the way in an effort to figure out what it all means. Also, some thoughts on CrossGen, collection-purging, Dale Keown and the 9-11 tribute books.
Pipeline Retro returns with a look at Dale Keown's project, "Pitt." It has a confusing story, creative team, and a convoluted publishing history behind it, but Augie is here to sort through it all for you. Maybe. It gets tricky.
In the wake of yesterday's big news, Augie wonders how Steve Jobs, Mark Alessi, Don Rosa, Dan Raviv, Bill Jemas, Dan Schneider, and Spider-Girl fit into the Disney/Marvel acquisition? Augie tries to connect some of the dots.
Is DC guilty of a Photoshop Disaster? Could a new public health care plan in America change the way comics are made? Did they really make Spawn Pogs in 1993? Were comics really that crazy in the early 90s? Yes on all counts!
It's been two years since Mike Wieringo's untimely passing away, and in this Pipeline, Augie looks back on Ringo's career, and offers some updates and links to relevant happenings that have taken place and developed since.
It's the return of "one-liners" as Augie ponders Wizard's Chicago convention's future as a Small Press spotlight, a serious potential road block to comics on the iPhone, comics by the numbers, and comic anthologies as baseball pitchers.
Augie has some thoughts on what went on in San Diego this past weekend, with plenty of random commentary thrown in for good measure. Plus, is the 'comiXology' iPhone app the future of comics, or does the format hold back the material?