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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?
Augie has a special video intro for his main review this week, "The PVP Aweseomology." Fans of the strip will have much to enjoy here. Plus, Jeff Parker & Steve Lieber team up for 'Underground,' and a lot of Pipeline Podcasts to catch up on.
Augie takes a look at some "Batgirl" covers from last week to see what lessons he can learn in cover design, including diagonals and lighting. Also, the new Pipeline Podcast format continues to roll out, with five new podcasts in the last week.
Pipeline goes Retro again this week to take a look at the earlier days of the modern Batgirl. Her original creators gave us a unique and fast-paced read nine years ago, and the stories still hold up. Plus, a podcast announcement.
Augie discovers a great series for you business action adrenaline junkies: "Largo Winch." Combining the best of action sequences and boardroom disputes, this is one to look for. Also, more lessons learned from The Purge of 2009.
Life changes us all. This week, Augie begins what was once an Unthinkable Task: purging his comic collection. Why? How? Also, what's going on at Wizard now? And did "Clock Maker" beat "Wednesday Comics" to the punch by six years?
"Captain America" #600 is all the rage this week, and Augie shares his opinions on Marvel's latest big media event. Does it live up to the hype? Also this week, Augie reviews Frank Cho's new art book, "Apes and Babes."
Pipeline is 12 years old this week, which is also roughly when "Quantum and Woody" came to life. In a dual celebration, Augie re-read the series and reports back on a superhero odd couple that remains sorely missed.
IDW and writer/artist Darwyn Cooke's long-awaited graphic adaptation of Richard Stark's first 'Parker' novel will be out next month. "The Hunter" is comic book noir at its finest, and Augie has your first review of it.
Augie took advantage of the just-finished long holiday weekend to indulge in a very special Pipeline Project: Can digital comics be read on a TV screen? Check out how he did it, and how well it worked.
Superboy is back, following a big event crossover! And he's getting his own series? Well, that's how it happened in 1994, at least, as Augie takes a look at the Karl Kesel/Tom Grummett series in this week's Pipeline.
In this week's thrill-packed edition of PIPELINE, Augie answers your Tweets, ponders what changes digital comics might bring to the medium, and discusses other parts of the comics world. It's a little of this, a little of that this week.
Augie returns to 2000 for "Gatecrasher," Black Bull's humorous teenage sci fi action/adventure story with a pretty solid pedigree. Also, an extensive look at Eric Wight's new book, "Frankie Pickle."
Augie flies back to 2000 this week, for a look at Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen's "Shockrockets" mini-series. Busiek used an interesting storytelling method for the book, and Immonen's artwork simply shines.
If comic books were to eschew the direct market to go the route of digital distribution, where would that leave today's burgeoning cover artist industry? What might replace them? Would comic book packaging simplify itself?
Deadpool has starred in at least three ongoing series at this point, but Augie's looking back at the first one, by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness. 12 years later, the humor holds up and the character is just as compelling.
Sure, he writes "The Incredibles" and "Irredeemable" today, but 12 years ago Mark Waid toiled in the coal mines writing "Ka-Zar" for Marvel Comics. Guess what? It's a hidden gem. Augie extols its virtues this week.
20 years after the fact, Augie finally reviews John Byrne's initial eight issue run on "The Sensational She-Hulk." Breaking the fourth wall was never more fun, but can a fondly remembered comic book from 1989 hold up in 2009?
Pipeline looks ahead with an early review of Dynamite's take on "Sherlock Holmes." And if you liked the "Fearful Symmetry" chapter of "Watchmen," Augie has a French comic you might want to take a look at - "Nogegon." UPDATED
Augie follows up last week's "tradewaiting" advice with a column devoted to the Local Comic Shop, musing upon its role in the comic book world of today and how the brick and mortar mainstay might need to change in a more digital future.
This week, Augie avoids any discussion about that movie and instead offers up tips for waiting for the trade and saving money at the same time. Also, the Pipeline Podcast is healthier than ever. Click through to find out why!
Three years in the making, Augie reviews "Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk" #3 (Finally!). Plus, what happened to the animals that miss Noah's Ark? And then what happens if Diamond Distribution itself collapses tomorrow?
Marvel's doing it. NBM is still doing it. Devil's Due is giving it a go. First Second runs with it. French comics are the new black, but Augie still isn't happy with them. What more can he ask for? Read this week's Pipeline to find out!
It's the smaller companies that put out the most interesting books. And the most recent "Previews" proves it. Plus, a review of Victorian England mystery series "Green Manor," from one of those smaller companies.
Augie visited the convention over the weekend and files his report, with a few bonus pictures including a spine-tingling near death encounter with the Hulk. Also, there are more copyright infringement/fair use flare-ups to discuss!
Augie focuses on the Comeback Comic for 2009, "The Savage Dragon," and how his enthusiasm for the series has recently been jumpstarted in a big way. Also, he's taking a look through the front half of the latest 'Previews' catalog.
What does Roy Lichtenstein's art have to do with the Obama poster we discussed last week? You might be surprised. Plus, thoughts on the big news of the week along with the death of a quirky trades paperback theme.
For Inauguration Day, Augie digs up a story about an iconic Obama poster, its potential copyright infringement, and what this all has to do with comic artists and photoreference. Plus, more ways to get rid of your comics!
Augie thinks that "Chickenhare" has what it takes to become the next "Bone." Also, some comics-related new year's resolutions, a few thoughts on a new post- Uderzo "Asterix" creative team, and lots of podcast notes.
In which Augie tracks down an artist from the 90s he lost track of, finds quite a lot to like in the brand-spanking new "Red Hulk" hardcover, and shares his random comics thoughts in a fresh batch of "one-liners."
In this week's Pipeline: THRILL! As Batman punches Green Lantern! CHILL! As Peter Parker punches a shark! And GASP! As Augie punches clear into into 2009! Also, where does poor storytelling end and the limitations of the medium begin?
As 2008 readies to give way to 2009, Augie ruminates on Top Ten lists, talks about comics he hasn't read, and shares some great scans from early Image comics. You won't believe what he's come up with!
Everyone remembers "The Authority." Augie looks back on the two years' worth of comics that preceded it this week, with Warren Ellis' "StormWatch." How does the series that made Ellis a star hold up, 12 years later? Pretty well.
For Pipeline's gala 600th outing, Augie delivers a post-mortem on 'Secret Invasion,' has an early review of Dynamite's 'Dead Irons,' highlights some of the podcasts he's listening to, asks Marvel for a 'McSpidey' hardcover, and lots more.
In the 599th PIPELINE, Augie has an early review of this Thursday's "Marvels" sequel release, plus he launches his reading journal for "Watchmen." Also: what came out this week in 2001, and show notes for a missed podcast.
Augie looks back at the beginnings of "Tom Strong" by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse. He also has a great idea for a website the world unfortunately doesn't need, and shares some sporadic thoughts on the issues of the day.
Pipeline has been around for 11 years (and nearly 600 columns!), but has never reviewed a mug -- until now! Also, how will rising comic costs affect Augie's comic book reading habits, and what's the deal with "Spawn?"
Augie pays his respect to hard-working webcomics wonders, shares some early "Noble Causes" artwork, looks at the new releases of nine years ago, and much more in this week's all-new PIPELINE.
This week in Pipeline: Augie ponders the role of a comics critic in a creator's life while offering lettering criticism along the way. Also, play a game of "Guess the Artist," Marvel comics from the mid-90s, and plenty more!