Fridays…with Greg Hatcher
Reading about all the news out of San Diego, it amazes me all over again how it’s okay to be a superhero fan today. For crying out loud, as I write this Julie is watching Comic-Con television coverage in the other room.
It sure didn’t used to be that way. Once upon a time, it could get you beaten up.
Thinking about that reminded me of the first time I ever met a real-life superhero. In the sixth grade. It happened like this.
Just for fun this week. A book survey, one of those blogger-meme things people send around, came to me and I thought it’d be entertaining to apply it to comics and see if it still worked. Feel free to play along at home, or below in the comments, if you’ve a mind to. Continue Reading »
Not really about comics, this week, but rather about their usual next-door neighbors on the newsstands when I was growing up. Continue Reading »
Suddenly I’m seeing a bunch of articles in the comics press about how it’s been a year since DC launched their whole “New 52″ thing, and that reminded me– it’s been about a year since I did my annual look at my pull list. So today, let’s do that. Continue Reading »
I’ve talked here pretty often about my first superhero comics, the DC Giants of the late 1960s. But I was reminded not too long ago that those weren’t my actual FIRST comic books. No, those I got… in Sunday School. Continue Reading »
June’s always kind of a rough month in our household. It’s busy busy busy for the first couple of weeks, and then school’s out, classes are done, and I feel ridiculously bereft.
But some Junes are rougher than others. Continue Reading »
This year’s excursion to the Olympia Comics Festival was, without question, the most painless field trip the Cartooning Class has ever done. Continue Reading »
I don’t actually know how I got on so many publishers’ radar all at once. I’m sort of dreading the day when something arrives that I really, really hate, because then I’ll feel guilty and ungrateful. I’m not really what you’d call a hard-ass reviewer guy. But so far, everything that’s been arriving ranges from, “This is pretty cool– maybe not really for me, but it’s nice that it’s out there,” to “Oh my God this is friggin’ AWESOME!!”
So this week I’m going to go through all that good stuff for you. Continue Reading »
No, not frequently-asked questions HERE, frequently-asked questions in my real life. Each time one comes up, I think, Hey, there’s a column, and then I sit down to do it and it’s really more of a column-ette. So here they all are together.
I’m tired of writing these damn obituaries, and anyway we should celebrate our other Greg’s birthday! So let’s all post silly comic-book-related videos up here in his honor.
Opening with this one…
What else you got, internet? Put your link in the comments.
Swear to God, my first thought was, “No way. A week after Tony DeZuniga? This is so not fair.”
But fairness doesn’t enter into it, I guess. We’ve lost another great one, just a week later. Ernie Chan has passed away at the age of seventy-one.
We are just losing too many good ones lately. Tony DeZuniga has passed away at the age of 79, following a stroke. Continue Reading »
Anyone who’s been reading this weekly thing of mine for any length of time at all will know how fond I am of crime fiction in general and crime comics in particular. Continue Reading »
We don’t really need a reason to hit the road. Generally, it’s just that either Julie or myself gets a case of mild wanderlust, coupled with a need to get out and away from under all the various work things that pile up. Continue Reading »
There are lots of trends in pop culture that make me feel like I missed a memo somewhere. Comes with getting older, I suppose. But the one that has consistently baffled me more than any other is the vampire thing. Continue Reading »