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    I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but I’ll be in Seattle this weekend for the Emerald City Comic Convention. I went last year for the first time and had a BLAST, so I’m really looking forward to it.

    If you’re going to the show and are interested in tracking me down for any reason (unless, you know, I owe you money or something), here’s where I can be found.

    3PM – 4PM – signing @ BOOM! Studios (Exibitor’s Area 502)
    4PM – 5PM – DC NATION Panel (Room 4C3-4)
    6PM – 7PM – signing @ BOOM! Studios (Exibitor’s Area 502)

    11AM – 12PM –  signing @ BOOM! Studios (Exibitor’s Area 502)
    12PM – 1PM – Vertigo Panel (Room 4C1-2)
    1PM – 2PM –  signing @ DC Comics (Exibitor’s Area 602)
    2PM – 3PM –  signing @ BOOM! Studios (Exibitor’s Area 502)
    5PM – 6PM –  signing @ BOOM! Studios (Exibitor’s Area 502)
    9PM – Krackle Fest at the Hard Rock Cafe

    11AM – 12PM –  signing @ BOOM! Studios (Exibitor’s Area 502)
    1PM – 2PM –  signing @ DC Comics (Exibitor’s Area 602)
    2PM – 3PM –  signing @ BOOM! Studios (Exibitor’s Area 502)

    Other than that, I can either be found at my booth C-09, wandering the floor, or holed up in a bar somewhere.

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    Dan Santat’s Sidekicks

    We are all huge fans of the work of Dan Santat around the MonkeyBrain household, and we’ll buy any book that he’s illustrated in a heartbeat, sight unseen. But ever since he started talking about his forthcoming graphic novel for kids, which he’s illustrating and writing, we’ve been really looking forward to it.

    And now Santat has posted a trailer for the book at his blog, if you needed any more convincing.

    And if you’re still not convinced, you could always dowload a PDF preview of the book.

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    Everything is STILL a Remix

    Hey, remember last year when I pointed out “Everything is a Remix,” a new project by Kirby Ferguson of Goodie Bag fame? No? Well, I did. So there.

    Anyway, Kirby is back with part two of the ongoing Everything Is A Remix project, and it’s every bit as fascinating as the first.

    Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

    I’m reminded of a fantastic essay on fanfiction in Michael Chabon’s Maps and Legends, which covers much of this same ground, but from a literary standpoint, using Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories as a unifying element. Well worth hunting down, if you haven’t read it.

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    Hey Kids, Comics!

    You love comics, right? And everybody loves free stuff. So how about some free comics? On the internet! It’s a lead-pipe cinch!

    I’ve been reading a lot of webcomics lately, some of which have been running for a while and I’m just now catching up, and others which have just started. In no particular order, here are four webcomics you should definitely check out.

    Bill Walko’s The Hero Business
    Last year I raved about Bill Walko’s fantastic Wonder Twins fan art, but at the time I wasn’t aware of his ongoing webcomic, “The Hero Business.” Set in a PR firm that handles superhero clients, the strip has alternated between longer story arcs and done-in-one gags, but along the way Walko is gradually mapping out the boundaries of his world and how it works, and using some clever twists on the conventions of the superhero genre along the way. Well worth checking out. 

    Justin Pierce’s The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
    I was late to the party on this one. Justice Pierce has been doing “The Non-Adventures of Wonderella” for years, but while I was vaguely aware of its existence I hadn’t really sat down to read it until very recently. On the one hand, now I’m sorry I waited so long to get onboard, but on the other hand, I had loads of archived strips to enjoy all at once. Wonderella is the titular star of the strip, a vaguely familiar superheroic Amazon with a tiara and an invisible aircraft, but like the title says, the strip is about her “non-adventures.” She’d much rather go out for tapas or get a drink that fight the forces of evil, and really, who wouldn’t?

    Doug TenNapel’s Ratfist
    As I said on my blog years ago, Doug TenNapel is a creative genius. A lot of readers might know him for his work in video games (Earthworm Jim) or television (Catscratch), but it was his work in comics that first caught my eye years ago. If you haven’t read Creature Tech, or Earthboy Jacobus, or Monster Zoo, or Ghostopolis, then you owe it to yourself to pick them up. Seriously, they’re fantastic. Now, TenNapel is a man of firm convictions, and isn’t one to shy from sharing his beliefs. But as I said when I first raved about his work online, “TenNapel’s politics in real life, like his religious views, aren’t my own, but that doesn’t get in the way of my appreciating his work as among the best comics being produced in the English language today.” And now he’s serializing his new comic online, for free. So what do you have to lose?!

    Faith Erin Hicks’s The Adventures of Superhero Girl
    If you’re not familiar with the work of Faith Erin Hicks, you should be. Her webcomic Demonology 101 was all the rage a few years back, and in more recent yeas her OGN The War at Ellsmere was simply fantastic. A few months ago, Hicks started a new webcomic, “The Adventures of Superhero Girl,” about the adventures of, well, a girl superhero. The fact that many  of these “adventures” involve doing laundry, shopping, and watching TV, makes the strip all the more charming. Check it out, why don’t you?

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    Aw yeah, Super-Pets!

    One of the highlights of every month around our house is the arrival of the latest issue of Art Baltazar‘s Tiny Titans, the all-ages title from the Johnny DC line. Consistently one of the best reads of the month, it’s at the top of the To Read pile both for me and for my six-year-old daughter Georgia. I like it because it is (a) funny, (b) beautifully drawn and written, and (c) makes great use of the DC Universe that I’ve spent so many years exploring. Georgia likes it because it’s a funny, well-drawn book about kid superheroes–but best of all, because we sometimes get to see their pets.

    My kid loves animals, to put it mildly. And her favorite issues of Tiny Titans usually involve the “Super-Pets” in one way or another (she’s a huge fan of the Krypto The Super-Dog cartoon for the same reason). So when we heard last year that Baltazar was going to be doing a line of Super-Pets chapter books with Capstone, we were very interested.

    And now they’re here…

    There are six books in the line all together (and hopefully more to come), and in the week or so since they arrived from Amazon we’ve read more than half of them. They are FANTASTIC. Anyone who is familiar with the DC characters at all will recognize all sorts of clever little nods and winks, but for young readers who have never encountered that world before these serve as a great introduction. I recommend them to anyone, whether you’ve got kids or not, but if you do have kids then you must get them.

    Capstone has posted a “trailer” for the line at YouTube, which is worth checking out if you still need convincing.

    Check out the Capstone website for more information. And then go buy them, already! I want there to be more of these titles to come, and that won’t happen if this first round doesn’t sell!

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    Superman/Batman 80

    Superman/Batman 80, the second part of the two-part “Worlds’ Finest” story that began in issue 79, is in stores now. Script by me, and art by the amazing Jesus Merino (ably assisted on colors by Blond). I’ve spent hours just staring at these pages (and in particular the spread on pages 16 and 17), and I can say without fear of contradiction that they look amazing. I’d love to post some of my favorite images, but will refrain, for fear of spoiling the story. But if you see it on the shelf, check it out. It looks great!