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This week, Augie maintains his Internet Pundit license, weighing in on the events of the New York Comic-Con. Also, "The Walking Dead" gets an art book filled with covers and it's a great process junkie read.
Augie plays catch up on "The Walking Dead" through the magic of trade paperbacks and discovers it's a different book when you're a parent. Also, what trades were we asking for in 2001 and which still haven't come out?
Augie looks ahead at this week's release of Vertigo's "American Vampire" hardcover, but also peeks back at nearly 20 years of WildStorm comics, highlighting a few of the imprint's forgotten or overlooked titles.
Augie looks back at what he was reviewing in 1999, and finds "Herobear." Also, how comics reminds him of politics, a one dollar comic that makes sense, Image readies for some Skullkicking action and more!
If a publisher releases a book and nobody notices, is it bad news for Humanoids? How long should a company wait to release a trade? Finally, take a trip back to 2005 with Augie to see what was hot 5 years ago.
Augie is feeling Smurftastic! He got his hands on the new Smurf books and has an early review of them for you. And if you're not listening to the podcast, click here for a sample rundown for what the show is all about.
Augie reads up on legendary inker Vince Colletta and learns a lot. He's also enjoying a travelogue/autobiographical comic. Plus, thoughts on the weekend's news.
Augie travels back in time to Marvel's "Infinity Gauntlet" days, reliving his comics youth and finding early reaction to the story from the internet at the time. Plus, reviews of "Mesmo Delivery" and "Scratch9" #1.
This week, Augie rereads "NextWave: Agents of H.A.T.E." and finds what he calls "the most perfect comic." Also, some thoughts on the coloring of "Kick Ass," the truth of "Peter Pan" and more on digital comics.
Augie is disappointed at DC's possible decision to kill their OGN line of Superman comics, CrossGen's "The Crossovers" gets a late review, Dark Horse releases "Brody's Ghost," and how many "Issac"s does Marvel have?
Augie discusses how he watched Comic-Con International: San Diego unfurl on his computer screen, and some of the games he played with it. Also, 'Absolute Planetary' finishes the series with a strong second volume.
Augie checks in and highlights some stories out of San Diego that you might have missed, has some thoughts on the incident in Hall H on Saturday, and gives his predictions for Marvel's upcoming CrossGen effort.
Augie looks at the big convention this week from multiple points of view: Where are the artists? Where's the news? And where can you sign up to be paid to play Papa Smurf? All that and a lot more this week...
Augie discusses on the art stylings of Bryan Lee O'Malley and John Cassaday this week after a rereading of "Scott Pilgrim" and "Planetary" gave him the chance to see how the two creators' work has changed over time.
In light of last week's Wonder Woman coverage, Augie breaks down the three stages of fandom he believes he's lived through. Plus, there's an evil comic book plot happening against Hawaii. Why do we all stand silent?
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?