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The end

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

I’ve been writing about comics, in one form or another, for ten years… and the truth is, I’ve reached the point where I’m tired of it. I don’t feel as enthusiastic about it as I used to, for a number of reasons. Comics have become too expensive – $3.99 for 22 pages of a piece of a story is not a bargain. In Marvel and DC’s case, their superhero books rely far too much on continuity minutiae and excessive violence. And recent trends have made it clear they’re not interested in paying little more than lip service to the idea of multiculturalism. Yes, there’s still good stuff out there, and I’ve done my best to write about them, but after ten years… I need a break. I want to get back to making my own comics, which I started doing during my sojourn in Columbus, and I’m continuing now. But I need to get away from the industry at large for awhile. The Glyph Comics Awards will continue – I wouldn’t dream of giving that up. Great Black Comic Books will continue as well, however infrequently. When I have something to write about there , I’ll write it. Otherwise, that’s it – for now. My thanks to Jon Haehnle and everyone at PCS for all their support, and to you for reading.

The 2010 Glyph Comics Awards winners

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Story of the Year

Unknown Soldier #13-14; Joshua Dysart, writer, Pat Masioni, artist

Best Writer

Alex Simmons, Archie & Friends

Best Artist

Jay Potts, World of Hurt

Best Male Character

Isaiah Pastor, World of Hurt; created by Jay Potts, writer and artist

Best Female Character

Aya, Aya: The Secrets Come Out; created by Marguerite Abouet, writer, Clement Oubrerie, artist

Rising Star Award

Jay Potts, World of Hurt

Best Reprint Publication

Aya: The Secrets Come Out; Drawn & Quarterly

Best Cover

Luke Cage Noir #1; Tim Bradstreet, illustrator

Best Comic Strip

The K Chronicles; Keith Knight, writer and artist

Fan Award for Best Comic

Luke Cage Noir; Mike Benson & Adam Glass, writers, Shawn Martinbrough, artist

Cleveland Show video interview @ N’rama

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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Anthony Mackie in Real Steel

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 12, 2010 at 11:07 am

Rock-em-sock-em robots. Hugh Jackman will be in it too.

Also: Tune in to CBS’ Medium this Friday night. Robert Roach‘s comics, Menthu and The Roach, can be seen in a scene taking place in a comic shop!

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The Painted Man

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm

“Mixed-race children confront race on a rudimentary level. Where as one half of an interracial couple looks outwardly at their partner, rarely ever getting the chance to make a side-by-side comparison, this is the reality of the child. These kids confront race in their homes at a very early age and it is vital that parents acknowledge, embrace, explain, and encourage an understanding of the differences their children see.

“The Painted Man is a collection of coming of race memoirs that finds a dad confronted by racially charged questions posed directly by his young son and the people they come into contact with. Throughout the book father and son attempt to answer these questions organically, through experiences and interactions, or by soliciting the opinions of professionals in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Psychology.”

The Painted Man blog

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Battle illustrates Aspen’s ‘Scourge’

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm

“…When you first start with an artist, and certainly I’ve worked with hundreds of artists over the years, when you work with them, you get a sense of who likes the quieter moments and who likes the big moments. In some cases, they like one but don’t like the other. With Eric, they sent some samples of these characters in action and what got me really excited is that Eric is as dynamic and exciting as his gargoyle action sequences are. He is incredibly adept at stopping the action and dealing with the pure emotion of a scene – sometimes in alternating scenes, but also inbetween the action itself. So, Battle is a great name for ‘Scourge,’ but he might also want to name himself Eric Characterdevelopment or Eric Rooftopdialogue, as well. [Laughs] He’s just one of those guys who can do it all.”

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funkadelic Spider-Man song

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

It’s really good! And the singer is also a sci-fi author.

Banks’ Vampire Huntress coming to comics!

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

“…To have a strong lead character with complex sexuality/relationship dynamics going on along with super powers… to have an absolutely alpha Latino male lead hero with those same dynamics, and a supporting cast of characters from all walks of life, all ethnic backgrounds (white, Asian, Jewish, Latino, Native American, African American), and all religions, all forming a Guardian team that goes for 12 full length novels, is epic and unprecedented.  As the series got longer and longer, I slowly began to realize that I was building a paranormal fiction “ark” of sorts for multi-ethnic expression.  I really didn’t go into it with that thinking… I was just trying to translate a story into characters that I knew–ones I could identify with, and the Vampire Huntress Legends series evolved out of that.  I think Damali is a standard-bearer now because of that.”

LA Banks

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date set for the trial of Tintin

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

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War Machine: a history

Posted by: Rich Watson on May 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm

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