C2E2 2013 summary

I’ve finished attending yet another C2E2 comic-con in Chicago. Here’s a summary of my experiences at this year’s show: The line this year to get in was long as usual. For some reason, I didn’t see a ton of costumes while in line, though two guys near me were dressed as (in their words) “Batman … Read more

Diversity issues and Black writers at Marvel and DC

Recently, there’s been much discussion online about the diversity problems facing the “mainstream” (read: DC and Marvel) comic industry. Particularly for African-Americans, the odds of working for DC or Marvel at all are apparently nearly nil. Out of their 70+-year-long histories, Marvel and DC have hired only about two dozen writers for an ongoing series … Read more

RIP Hostess (and Hostess comic book ads)

The news has made the blog rounds over the past several days, but it looks like the Hostess company (makers of Wonder Bread, Twinkies, Ho-Hos, Ding-Dongs, etc.) is shutting down, claiming they can’t afford to meet the demands of their striking workers (despite indications otherwise). Hostess’ woes sound like a combination of anti-labor attitudes by … Read more

Anthony’s trade paperback picks for October 2012

Here’s trade paperbacks of interest coming out in October 2012. DC Showcase Presents: World’s Finest, vol. 4, on sale Nov. 21, $20 Archie Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale, on sale Oct. 31, $12 IDW Archie: Best of Dan DeCarlo, vol. 4, on sale Oct. 30, $25 (hardcover) Boom Studios It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown!, on sale … Read more

Comics review: Life With Archie #1, Tiny Titans #31, Super Hero Squad #8, Darkwing Duck #3

From time to time, I’ll be writing reviews of recently-read comics. I should note there’s plenty of spoilers below. Life With Archie #1 Written by: Michael Uslan Art by: Norm Breyfogle “Life With Archie” is a continuation of the “Archie Marries Betty/Veronica” alternate-futures storyline from last year, and is being published as a magazine-sized comic … Read more

Comic reviews: Tiny Titans #24, Brave and the Bold #14, Super Friends #24

Thought this might make for a useful addition to the blog—instead of just reading the suggested comics (in all those “Anthony’s picks” posts of mine), may as well make mini-reviews of them, so (yes, SPOILERS):Tiny Titans #24Written by:Art Baltazar, Franco (guest co-writer: Geoff Johns)Art by: Art Baltazar In this issue, we see Superboy (the modern … Read more

Happy New Year… except for Peter Parker’s marriage

Happy arbitrary measure of the passage of time, all. In the comic strip world, looks like 2009 is starting off with dubious baggage from 2008. Marvel is forcing their “Brand New Day” strip onto the Spider-Man comic strip, albeit without involving deals with the devil. No real reason for the change, except to sync the … Read more