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Talking Vampire Hunting with John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake

Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander are doing a Kickstarter campaign for a new graphic novel about a vampire hunter during the Civil War called Kros: Hallowed Ground. It’s almost completely funded with just two days left, so you can help put it over the edge! I figured I’d have a talk with Tom and John about the comic and the campaign.

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Heavy Metal Makes History With Heavy Metal #275!

Heavy Metal is making history with their upcoming #275 issue of the long-running series, which will be available this Thursday. In it, besides the latest installment of a serialized story (“The 49th Key” by Erika Lewis, JK Woodward and Deron Bennett), the entirety of the issue is written and drawn by Mexican comic creators. One of those artists involved in the project is our own Axel Medellin, the long-running Elephantmen artist who is also a long-time contributor to The Line it is Drawn. I talked with Axel about this historic issue…
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“Life With/out a Frankie Doll” Talking Frankie Comics with Rachel Dukes

Rachel Dukes is the writer/artist of Frankie Comics, a hilarious comic series about the misadventure of Dukes’ cat, Frankie. I raved about the series last year. She now has a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce plush doll version of Frankie, as well as put out the fourth issue of Frankie Comics. I figured I’d have a quick chat with Rachel about the project and the comic.

Enjoy!
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“With Great Power Comes Great Marketability” Talking Hero Business With Bill Walko

Longtime Line it is Drawn artist Bill Walko is doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to do a print collection of his excellent webcomic, The Hero Business. I figured I’d have a talk with Bill about the project and the comic.

Enjoy!
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Fabian Nicieza’s Five Favorite Justice League Issues

Fabian Nicieza is re-visiting the Justice League Detroit era of the Justice League with his Convergence: Justice League America series (the first issue came out earlier this week). As Fabian looks to the past for the writing of this new project, I thought it would be interesting for him to look back at his history with Superboy as a reader. So here are five of Fabian’s favorite issues of Justice League. Everything from this point on is Fabian’s recollections of five of his favorite Justice League issues.
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Fabian Nicieza’s Five Favorite Superboy Issues

Fabian Nicieza is re-visiting the Zero Hour DC Universe with his Convergence: Superboy series (the first issue came out earlier this week). As Fabian looks to the past for the writing of this new project, I thought it would be interesting for him to look back at his history with Superboy as a reader. So here are five of Fabian’s favorite issues of Superboy (both Clark and Kon-El). Everything from this point on is Fabian’s recollections of five of his favorite Superboy issues.
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Fabian Nicieza’s Five Favorite Teen Titans Issues

Fabian Nicieza is re-visiting the Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe with his Convergence: Titans series (the first issue came out earlier this week). As Fabian looks to the past for the writing of this new project, I thought it would be interesting for him to look back at his history with the Teen Titans as a reader. So here are five of Fabian’s favorite issues of Teen Titans. Everything from this point on is Fabian’s recollections of five of his favorite Teen Titans issues.
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Let the Girls Take the Lead

Here’s a guest piece by longtime comic book writer Barbara Slate – BC

I have been following the widening discussion of girls and comics that began with Janelle Asselin’s critique of Teen Titans last month. We all know why women are sexualized in boys’ comics. Boys like boobs. Therefore grown men who draw the comics will continue to draw big breasts because they like to and because they know that it sells comics. We may never get them to stop drawing humongous mammaries, but the industry leading publishers can and should have a counterbalance. Instead of just trying to “educate” the boys, give the girls the lead.
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Quote of the day from the late Bernard Krigstein (1919-1990)

When told in 1965 that Stan Lee was helping revitalize comics over at Marvel, Bernard Krigstein responded:
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Random Joe Casey Q&A (August 14, 2012-January 29, 2013)

The second half of the near year-long weekly Q&A interview that I conducted with Joe Casey. The first half is here.

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The Twelve Best Covers Of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen

Among the many great lists in my new book, Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? (which you probably still have time to buy for someone for Christmas! Go buy it!), is a list by John Rozum (the awesome creator of both Xombi and Midnight, Mass.) about the four best characters introduced during Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol run.

However, John is so awesome that he actually wrote a SECOND list that we had to cut because of space constraints (there was too much awesomeness to fit into just one book!). So now, here, for your enjoyment, is John Rozum’s take on “The Twelve Best Covers of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen”…

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Random Joe Casey Q&A (March 6 – July 31, 2012)

Beginning with the March 6, 2012 edition of Random Thoughts, I’ve been doing a weekly Q&A with Joe Casey. For those that have missed it and don’t want to go searching through months of Random Thoughts just to read Joe’s thoughts on a variety of subjects, here’s a post compiling all of the questions I’ve asked and Joe has been kind enough to answer.

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TOP FIVE BRITISH COMIC CHARACTERS (OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD)

When editing began on my new book, Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? (which you can buy for yourself – just click on the image of the book on the right side of the screen!), my editor Kate had a tough time. I had submitted a whole lot more material than we had room for, so she had to make a whole lot of edits. When it came to cutting things, 90% of what was cut was my material as she naturally did not want to cut much from the comic book creators who were kind enough to contribute lists to the books. That said, some of the contributor lists did have cuts. Mostly stuff like instead of a top five list it became a top four list or instead of a top six it became a top four. That sort of thing. The list of Kieron Gillen (the great writer of books like Phonogram, Journey Into Mystery and Uncanny X-Men), though, probably was edited the most of all the contributor lists that made it into the book, especially the many hilarious asides that Kieron made in his original list. So I thought it would be a fun “Director’s Cut” type of thing to share with you Kieron’s original list, in all of its offbeat glory. So from here on out, it is Kieron’s writing. Enjoy! – BC

When asked for my comics secret origin, I normally say something like “I didn’t really read comics until I was in my twenties” because it’s easier that way, and also dodges a lot of awkward follow-ups. But it’s also a lie. I just didn’t read many comics when I was a teenager When I was a proper kid, with chirpy optimism and undescended gonads, I read whatever comics I could find. And even if I didn’t buy them as a teen, if they were left around, I’d totally have a good old flick. I’ll read anything, especially if it involves a dude’s head exploding in a suitably transgressive fashion. Or emotions. Always up for head-exploding and emotions, me.

Anyway – this is everything you need to know about five great British comic characters you probably won’t have heard of, unless you have, in which case well done you. I find you alluring. Yes, sexually. I’m going to try and choose ones which won’t have appeared in Zenith or Albion or in the corner of a panel in whatever League issue Moore’s putting out. Because talking about them is Jess Nevins’ job, and I’m no scab.

I really do find you very alluring, by the way.
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My Five Most Influential Croatian Comic Book Artists

Goran Sudžuka is an acclaimed Croatian artist who started off working in animation before he began working in comics, as well, initially with the great Darko Macan. Sudžuka has done a number of series for DC’s Vertigo line of comics, including being the regular alternate artist on the award-winning and extremely popular Y the Last Man series with writer Brian K. Vaughan. Recently, he worked on Wolverine with writer Jason Aaron. – BC

Although this is my list, I’m sure you would find the same names on most such lists made by Croatian artists of the younger (forty-five and below) generation.

But first, let me give you a brief history of Croatian comics.

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