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Augie has thoughts on some of the C2E2 news from last weekend, a theory on why lighting should play a role in judging Wonder Woman's costume, some adventures in comics marketing and more digital comics mayhem.
It's a slow week in comics, but Augie pieces together some thoughts on DC's June solicits, the timing of the "Flashpoint" push, unfinished comics projects and the lack of a Nathan Fillion for "Powers" campaign.
"Wizard" has changed formats, but Augie notices that very little else is different from before, unfortunately. Plus, an Emerald City Comicon post-mortem and five art books he'd like to see immediately, please.
Augie looks at this week's release of Bendis and Oeming's OGN "Takio" and likes what he sees. Also, join him on a trip back 20 years for the first issue of an upstart comics magazine not named "Wizard."
Augie pulls triple-duty and reviews this week's issues of Image Comics' status quo-changing "Savage Dragon" and "The Mission,'" analyzes Morris' approach to art in "Lucky Luke" and runs down some lookalike logos.
Augie goes in-depth, exploring the artwork used in a four page sequence from Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo." What can we learn about depth, directionality and symmetrical storytelling from these pages? Click to find out.
Augie has some thoughts on the recent sell-out of Comic-Con International ticket, the joys of Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" artistry, Marvel's growing of lots of spines and Image's unpublished hardcovers.
Augie has an early review of this week's "Daytripper" collection from Vertigo and likes what he reads. A lot And what can/should we do for creator owned comics in a distribution system that's not built for them?
It's time to say good-bye to "Wizard Magazine," and also time to dance on its grave. Also, is the two dollar digital comic the wave of the future? Augie has a proposal for potential digital publishers to mull over.
Archie’s move to day and date digital comics makes a lot of sense for a Direct Market that does little for them, leading to “De Blieck’s Digital Divide,” Skottie Young's eBook and a rally for digital "Savage Dragon."
Augie says good-bye to the Pipeline Podcast after six years. Come relive the fun times. Also, Cinebook's "Lucky Luke" series gets a fresh look, the horror of independent sales figures and a sketch app to check out.
This week's PIPELINE touches on DC Comics’ new letters columns, Fantagraphics' upcoming Carl Barks hardcovers, more trouble in bookstore land, the unintended consequences of $3.99 day and date digital comics and more.
Augie recaps 2010 as viewed through the lens of the Pipeline, taking a look back at the year in digital comics, "The Walking Dead" and an awful lot of reviews plus a look ahead at 2011's offerings from Cinebook.
"EmiTown" is a machine gun autobiography that's utterly charming in its randomness. Also, Marvel releases details on the return of CrossGen, DC announces some hardcovers, and plenty more news and observations.
This week, Augie delves further into the work of European artist, Sergio Bleda, with "Vampire Dance" and "The Wednesday Conspiracy." Also, what should owners of original art do to better preserve their collections?
Augie had a couple of false starts in his reading stack this week, but happily found a potential hidden gem in Dark Horse's "The Wednesday Conspiracy." Also, how will digital comics in comic shops work?
Augie read "The Walking Dead" digitally this week and has some thoughts on how reading the zombie survival epic on an iPhone affected the storytelling. Also, it doesn't get much prettier than a Jim Lee art book!
Augie is pleasantly surprised by the new direction of the Batman family of titles, runs down the reason for a "mighty" Thor cancellation, ponders ticket purchasing, and calls foul on Image's current teaser campaign.'
Augie discusses the difference between tension and shock and how "The Walking Dead" ends up on the right side of that line. Also, why does the Kirkman written series sell so well and why are we all to blame?
Augie has an idea for the next installment in Marvel's "Strange Tales" series of miniseries that could also be a major publishing coupe: forget indie talent and go straight to childrens' storybook artists!
Augie likes both DC's new "Superboy" title and Michel Gagne's "The Saga of Rex" collection. Also, some of the costumes Augie noticed this past Halloween inspire hope for the future of comics. Or do they?
Augie takes a look at this week's highly anticipated "Superman: Earth One" graphic novel, and sees some promise. Also, travel back to the 90s once more for a look at the Ultraverse's F.A.N. Committee and more.
Augie flashes back to the '90s for some of the comics that best exemplify the time period. You'll find 3D comics, Death-related crossovers, Cyber comics, serial numbers, baseball cards and more in the 700th Pipeline!
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!