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Augie wraps up his review of "Y The Last Man" with a look at the best issues, the lettering and more. Plus, various thoughts on 'graphic tees,' movie release timetables and Kickstarter,
Augie finally catches up on reading "Y The Last Man" and raves over Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's seminal Vertigo series. This week, he examines why it works, down to the lettering and coloring.
Augie thinks about rereading favorite works and why he doesn't do enough of it. And should he? Also, some thoughts on the McFarlane art auction, his "secret identity" and "The Walking Dead" #100.
Augie has a spoiler-free review of "The Dark Knight Rises," and generally like what he sees. Plus, take a look back at "Batman Begins," and dive deeper into the world of intellectual property.
Augie responds to some of the news out of San Diego over the weekend. Is Marvel done culminating yet? Did Image win the show? And is Hollywood really all that evil, after all?
Augie asks the questions he hopes to hear answers to about Marc Silvestri's Kickstarter campaign before offering up a suggested walking route for your San Diego experience this week. You'll need help
Augie wraps up his look at "Daredevil: Born Again" by focusing on Frank Miller's writing and Joe Rosen's lettering. Plus, does DC's New 52 reboot have a problem with too many choices?
This week, IDW Publishing releases "David Mazzucchelli's Daredevil Born Again Artist's Edition." It's a giant book with a big legacy, and Augie likes what he sees. Really likes it.
Augie finally sits down with Mark Waid's "Daredevil" run and likes what he sees: A font. Go figure. Also, Image's "Planetoid" #1 Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man and plenty more.
Augie looks ahead to three titles from Robert Kirkman's Image imprint, as well as the collected editions DC Comics will release this fall, not the least of which is an Amanda Conner art book.
"Batman" and "Justice League" are two of the most popular New 52 titles from DC Comics. This week, Augie looks at their first collections before weighing in on the latest "Before Watchmen" promotion.
Augie likens Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo's 'Wolverine and the X-Men' to the classic Giffen-era 'Justice League.' So, yes, he likes it. Bunches.
As Augie reminds himself of why he doesn't venture out into comic book message boards anymore, he ponders the idea of applying modern coloring techniques to older comics.
Augie talks about "The Avengers" in terms of box office, camera choices, 3D effects and more. Plus, the mother of all original art pages is going up on the block! Save your pennies. And gold bars.
To sum it all up: Augie thinks "The Avengers" is the best superhero film ever, was disappointed by "Captain America'" and enjoyed "Thor" more than he expected.
Augie sees his comic shop through a three year old's eyes, and an Apple developer's conference through jaded comic convention-going eyes. Plus, "Before Watchmen" and unions!
Augie gets an early look at "Mind the Gap" #1 and catches up on a number of other recent Image titles including Jonathan Hickman's "Secret" and "The Manhattan Projects," Erik Larsen's "Savage Dragon" and more.
Augie recaps his recent visit to DisneyWorld as only a comics fan can: By comparing it to CCI: San Diego. Lines, geeks, costumed characters and everything else is included!
Occupational hazard: Everything you see and do relates to comics. This week, Augie saw "Wicked" on Broadway and a lot of it seemed familiar, as a comic fan.
Augie shows off his sketchbook, conveniently located in a new app on his iPad. Plus, a heartbreaking tale of a man and his dog, and some newsbits from Seattle.
How can you mess up fly boys and a war with robots? Augie read "Rust" and figured it out. Also, Guillem March's art book is here, and what's wrong with the "Monkeyman and O'Brien" logo?
New iPad in hand, Augie takes it for a test comics-reading spin and finds much to be excited about with the best digital comics reading experience he's ever had.
Augie chimes in on the techno-babble behind Marvel's new announcement, poor paper stock quality at Vertigo, a feminist reading of The Smurfs and the fun of "Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine."
Augie sits with the second collection of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's "The Invincible Iron Man," has an advance look at Jimmy Palmiotti's "Queen Crab" and revisits Arthur Adams' "Monkeyman and O'Brien."
Augie has a crazy guess about Brian Michael Bendis' post-Avengers gig, a tip for scanning original art, a look back at Image Comics' tenth anniversary, a possible future for conventions and lots more!
Augie surveys the state of con sketches today and has a hard time recommending artists remain complacent, saying it's not Chicken Little; it's good business practice. Plus, coloring and lettering tips!
IDW re-discovered Chuck Jones' lost comic strip and made a book. Augie likes the book, even if the strip isn't so good. Also, is "Comic Book Men' any worse than "Big Bang Theory?"
This week's Pipeline begins with a look at "Joe the Barbarian," a 200-page low-blood sugar attack. Plus, an alternate vision for the comics industry, and what can the Wiggles teach comic creators?
Augie opens up the new "John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man" and talks of is newfound appreciation for the art at large size. Also, Alan Moore did a funny "Spawn" spin-off once that's worth a second look
Augie's review of the recently-collected 'Wolverine and Jubilee' miniseries quickly turns into an appreciation of Tom Orzechowski's lettering.
"Modern Masters: Ron Garney" leads to a lot of talk about inking while Image Comics' "Screamland: Death of the Party" proves to be an enjoyable murder mystery.
Augie explains why 2012 will be the year of the creator with Image Comics set to be the publisher of the year. Also, "Rocketeer Adventures" is a great compilation of short stories by top comics talent.
Augie looks at some pretty French comics, explains why no comics publisher will defend the internet against SOPA and has a new business model for digital comics to consider.
Basking in the post-Christmas glow, Augie raves about "A Tale of Sand," the new graphic novel from Archaia based on Jim Henson's lost screenplay as adapted by cartoonist Ramon Perez.
Augie looks at some of the hardcover titles recently solicited for March 2012, with special mention of the last Todd McFarlane "Spider-Man" collection and the first of Erik Larsen's new "Savage Dragon" hardcovers.
Augie has an idea that would keep comic prices down, promote regular creative teams and save publishing companies money. Also, a look back at Rob Liefeld's first issues of "New Mutants."
Tis the season, so Augie's looking back at "The Last Christmas" and some Santa Claus trading cards. Also this week, one company stops short of innovating digital comics while one creator takes a stance against digital.
Augie takes an early look at "Cow Boy," a funny new book from Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos about a ten year old bounty hunter. Also, some thinking out loud over digital comics and this week's lack of new releases.
Augie recommends "Reed Gunther," a comic book about a bear-riding cowboy. Also, how to completely misread a press event, why Augie waits for the trade and more digital thoughts.
Augie offers up a couple of business ideas to Diamond Distributors to keep up with the times. Plus, Norm Breyfogle returns to Batman, and a word of consolation for Frank Miller fans.