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On the celebration of this year's Image Expo, Augie caught up on his Image Comics reading stack. Today, he goes over 15 books of recent note, including a few which won't be released until next week.
This week, Augies spends some time in France - well, with the French comic series "Orbital," at least - before heading back stateside to look at how letterers present translated dialogue.
Augie pulls Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti's "Ash" out of his longbox archives and is transported back to a garish time in computer production, as well as a series that didn't quite live up to its hype.
Augie is confused by Marvel's Ultimate Comics Universe and locates the problem with the publishing program. Also, can DC repeat Marvel's lessons from their late 90s comeback?
Augie dissects a couple pages of Darwyn Cooke's "Catwoman" artwork to discover how cinematic storytelling can blend together with comic book idioms to make for great comics.
Augie casts a fresh eye on an old favorite, "Herobear and the Kid," and while the art still charms, he finds a lot of shortcomings he didn't expect in the storytelling, lettering and a few more places.
This week, Augie likes a new graphic novel about a cowgirl in a bikini wandering the old west with her surfboard. Also, a look back at Chuck Dixon's "Marvel Knights" and Rob Liefeld's storytelling in "X-Force."
This week, it's a pair of blasts from the past as Augie dives into his growing digital comics collection and comes up with Robert Kirkman's "Irredeemable Ant-Man" and the opening chapter of Marvel's "AvX."
Augie saw "Iron Man 3" and rather enjoyed himself; as a roller coaster movie, it's a fun ride. Also, some thoughts on 3D and movie trailers, the future of the franchise and more.
25 years ago, John Byrne rebooted Superman. Today, Augie reviews "Superman" #1 and looks at the generational differences in comics storytelling. Plus, how Apple is like CCI, why "Jupiter’s Legacy" is unreadable, and more.
Augie looks back on the first issue of Chris Claremont's "X-Men Forever!" Plus, how can we make comics "special" again, where is Frank Miller's "300" sequel and more!
Augie looks at the week in "Saga" news to see where the competition was, how digital comics work and who made sense of it all. And then, remember "Mayhem"? Or WizardWorld NJ?
Augie appreciates the scale of Marcos Martin's art in "The Private Eye," asks if we have too many comics or not enough and wonders if digital comics will breed a new kind of fan.
Augie hits the highlights of WonderCon 2013, checks in on Jimmie Robinson's "Five Weapons" #2, and looks back at some Image second printing predictions from December.
It was the opposite of a slow news week, so Augie covers the highlights, including DC's hiring and retention practices, Marvel's Marvelman (lack of) plans, Quantum and Woody's return and more.
Augie wonders if last week's comic site outages portend a future of DRM-free comics. Also, Sean Wang's "Runners" makes a return via Kickstarter, and the end result is even better than the first book.
Augie recaps the weekend's Marvel/ComiXology free comics meltdown with a trip down memory lane, catches up on James Stokoe's wonderful "Orc Stain" and takes a quick look at the week in comic news.
Augie dishes out career advice to comic creators, shares his plan for when he runs DC, discusses the topic of streaming conventions and purges nearly a thousand comics from his collection.
Augie looks at Warren Ellis' recently-collected "Secret Avengers" run and loves the mix of stories and artists. Plus, digital "Previews," lettering in "Saga," a Rob Liefeld TMNT/Deadpool mashup and lots more!
Terry Dodson's "Muse" finally reaches American shores from France, and Augie has an early review of this beautiful full-size book. Also, an early look at Moebius' fill-in work in the "XIII" series from Cinebook.
Augie notices an unfortunate pattern in the pages of Garth Ennis' new series, "Red Team" #1. Also, a deposition shows lawyers having a hard time dealing with comics, comics will break your heart, bounding asterisks, and more.
Pipeline goes to France, with a review of "Spirou and Fantasio In New York' and news out of the comics festival in Angoulême. How much longer do we have to wait for digital Franco-Belgian comics?
Augie looks at Alan Davis' 1991 return to "Excalibur," dubbing it the "most professional fan-fic of all time." Plus, more links about French comics, digital comics and revisiting 2012 predictions
Augie reviews "Orbital," a science-fiction series out of France, while pondering a new method of learning the French language. Plus, a tool in Manga Studio Debut 4 that changes everything.
Augie gives his eulogy to The Comics Buyer's Guide, his entry point into the world of comics journalist. And an old comic strip friend,"Baby Blues," releases a book celebrating 20 years!
Augie looks back at his reviews from 2012, and ahead with reviews for six of Image's releases this week. Plus, a trip around the web for news of French comics and unpublished works.
Was 2012 the year of the creator? Or are we still working towards that? Will Franco-Belgian comics go digital in North America? And what can Santa Claus teach us about storytelling and S-curves?
Augie gives Manga Studio Debut 4 a run through, finds a nice way to create a workflow around creating digital comics and shows off some of his results. Also, who did DC fire by fax in the '90s? Augie has the answer!
Augie runs down Image's 2012 second printings, looking for patterns, and his conclusions may surprise you, Plus, Humanoids has a new title out, and some advice to wannabe comic creators.
Augie returns to the inappropriately named One-Liner format to look at past CBR columnists, Erik Larsen and the Savage Dragon's longevity, Tom Orzechowski's lettering output, Gail Simone's "Batgirl" dismissal and more.
Augie covers the cost of comics, the dreaded Comics Collector's Lull and how to get out of it. Plus, a random assortment of comics thoughts and links covering "My Little Pony," Rob Liefeld's "New Mutants" and more.
The ridiculously large and undeniably beautiful "Groo: Artist's Edition" catches Augie's eye, presenting an opportunity for some art lessons while revisiting one of comics' greatest funny books of all time.
CBR's own Augie De Blieck Jr. spends some time in the hot seat as the longest continuously-published online comics columnist looks back on his career as a comics pundit with Jonah Weiland.
Augie takes a look at the second year of Marvel's classic "Excalibur" series from Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. And just how productive was Ron Lim back then? Hint: Very.
Augie has his hands on an early copy of the "Art of Todd McFarlane," an awesome retrospective of the last 25 years of McFarlane's career, even with some narrative difficulties. Also, Dave Sim follows through on his lettering.
's Augie versus Hurricane Sandy, writers versus artists, and DC Comics versus alternate cover starvation as Augie hunts for gas, reads "Groo"and weighs in on 52 "Justice League of America" covers.
Augie looks at the first year of the classic 'Excalibur' series and finds much to admire from Chris Claremont and Tom Orzechowski. Time for writing and lettering lessons, kids!
Augie finishes his trek through New York Comic Con's Artist Alley, and brings the XFL footlball pictures to prove it. Plus, Todd McFarlane shows off his new art book and Dave Sim podcasts.
Augie attended the New York Comic Con last weekend and came back with lots of stories of cute costumes, encounters in Artist Alley and more good stuff from the con.
Augie travels back to his childhood to review the new "MacGyver" comic, whose transition to sequential art is sadly bumpy. Also, we have Cerebus, New York Comic-Con, "The Walking Dead" and more.