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Another week of big news means another PIPELINE EXTRA for CBR readers as Augie checks in to respond to a sea of jerking knees and ends up coming to the defense of Jim Lee and JMS' newly announced Wonder Woman costume.
Just what is the deal with Marvel and DC's royalty programs? Why were last week's war of royalty words ironic and semantic? Are retailers really to blame? And, finally, Augie surmises that competition is good!
It's a PIPELINE: EXTRA as Augie comments on today's big digital comics news, namely DC's digital initiative, which features a sliding price point, day-and-date comics and other aspects Augie gives a thumbs up to.
News of Humanoids canceling two series due to low sales and promising smaller sized collections pushes Augie to point to more things wrong with the Direct Market today and how Humanoids might help to fix them.
This week, Augie has one more thing to say about Marvel's pricing strategy on digital comics. Plus, thoughts on comic book lawsuits, conventions, oddball comic-related videos on-line, Venice, Italy and plenty more.
Is Marvel's day-and-date "Invincible Iron Man Annual" release a good test of digital delivery? Should Marvel buy Comixology next? And what are the craziest retailer reactions to the news? Augie rounds it all up.
This week, Augie goes back to 2005 and revisits "Joe the Barbarian" artist Sean Murphy's Oni Press-published graphic novel, "Off Road," finding that there's a lot to like inside the cover, with one caveat.
The Direct Market is blinding publishers to a potentially larger audience. Many arguments against digital comics are falling by the wayside, but there's still stoic silence and half measures from the biggest companies. Why?
Augie read his first "Omnibus" edition and has a lot of thoughts on the format and on "Invincible Iron Man" along the way Plus, some pondering on whether webcomics should be forgiven for publishing early and often.
Augie's catching up on his reading with reviews of the latest volume of "B.P.R.D.," the first volume of IDW's "Torpedo" collection, "Wolverine: Old Man Logan" and the disappointing "Asterix and Obelix's Birthday."
Augie finds common interests with Blu-ray fans who want newer and better editions of their favorite material, even if it doesn't exist. Also, did a new Dark Horse book break a rule of photography, and does it matter?
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.