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Year of the Artist, Day 320: Nick Dragotta, Part 2 – X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Nick Dragotta, and the issue is X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 2006. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 319: Nick Dragotta, Part 1 – X-Statix #20

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Nick Dragotta, and the issue is X-Statix #20, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 2004. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 250: Brendan McCarthy, Part 4 – Revolver #1-6 (or Rogan Gosh)

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Brendan McCarthy, and the comic is Rogan Gosh, which was serialized in Revolver #1-6, which was published by Fleetway and is cover dated July – December 1990. These scans are from The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, which was published by Dark Horse in 2013. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 249: Brendan McCarthy, Part 3 – A1 #1 and Skin

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Brendan McCarthy, and the comics are “The Hollow Circus” in A1 #1, which was published by Atomeka Press and is cover dated 1989, and Skin, which was published by Tundra and is cover dated 1992. These scans are from The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, which was published by Dark Horse in 2013. Enjoy! (There’s some Not Safe For Work stuff below the cut, just so you know.)
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Year of the Artist, Day 248: Brendan McCarthy, Part 2 – Paradax! #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Brendan McCarthy, and the issue is Paradax! #1, which was published by Vortex Comics and is cover dated April 1987. These scans are from The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, which was published by Dark Horse in 2013. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 247: Brendan McCarthy, Part 1 – The Electric Hoax and Vanguard Illustrated #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Brendan McCarthy, and the comics are The Electric Hoax, which was published in Sounds in 1978 and “Freakwave: A Stranger in Paradise” in Vanguard Illustrated #1, which was published by Pacific Comics and is cover dated November 1983. These scans are from The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, which was published by Dark Horse in 2013. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 154: Michael Lark, Part 1 – Shade, the Changing Man #58

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Lark, and the issue is Shade, the Changing Man #58, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated April 1995. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 140: Mike Deodato, Part 2 – Elektra #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Deodato, and the issue is Elektra #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1996. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 114: Chris Bachalo, Part 1 – Shade, the Changing Man #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Chris Bachalo, and the issue is Shade, the Changing Man #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated July 1990. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for September 2013

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“A fool tried to sweat me, actin’ like he was hard / I stuck him twice in the neck and left him dead in the yard”
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Comics You Should Own – Shade, the Changing Man

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Peter Milligan’s (and, to a certain extent, Chris Bachalo’s) masterpiece gets the spotlight!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 364: Shade, the Changing Man #70

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from Shade, the Changing Man #70, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated April 1996. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 332: Hellblazer #261

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Hellblazer #261, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated January 2010. Enjoy!
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Committed: Hellblazer – DC Shoot Themselves in the Foot (again)

Today I found out that Hellblazer is cancelled, and John Constantine is moving into the main, general DC universe (see the CBR piece for more about the mechanics on that.)

Unable to come up with any decent new ideas, DC has gone from fiddling with one 30 year old Alan Moore creation – Watchmen – to messing up another: Hellblazer. Of course DC has forced itself to continue this practice of pillaging it’s own powerful history of creations because it has hobbled the creation of new ideas. A champion against creators rights, and infamously instituting a policy of marketing-driven, decision-making-by-committee, the comic book publisher has become a bastion of tired ideas and restrictively tedious comic books. In this brave new world, there is obviously no space for a renegade division like Vertigo, and the gradual dismantling continues apace, as they hand the reigns of Constantine over to an American writer and place John Constantine (a characters who’s very raison d’etre is the juxtaposition of his own very British strangeness within the mundane “real” world) in the DC universe

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Committed: DC Got Their Marketing All Over My Constantine

The other day I finally got around to reading Justice League Dark #0. Now you can tell me that this is “a different John Constantine than the one in Hellblazer” or that “DC is a different universe than Vertigo.” I don’t buy it. Those are rationalizations, excuses for screwing up a well-established, well-rounded character with a ton of history and a strong following. If DC’s relaunch and their publication of these issue #0′s was anything more than a depressing marketing move aimed at capturing the attention of a dwindling audience instead of trying to increase their appeal by deepening and widening the type of books they publish, they would not have messed up this character’s history so completely.

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