§ We’re totally not into reading Twitter all day and reposting what comics pros say, but we liked this from Brian Bendis:
A couple of people on the plane reading comics!! They’re not just for kids any more!
§ Speaking of Twitter, Glen Weldon at NPR investigates the phenomenon of HOBODARKSEID and his epic pronouncements:
SO BE IT– THE CRADLE OF DARKSEID’S EMPIRE SHALL BE THIS DUMPSTER BEHIND BABY GAP. TREMBLE BEFORE ME!
and also reveals HOBODARKSEID’s real identity, and though it won’t be a shocker, it does kinda end one kind of fun, so proceed with caution.
§ Twitter trio: Tweeting for Harvey Pekar is no laughing matter for our SPX travel buddie Jeff Newelt.
§ Dennis O’Neil is explaining how to write comics at Bleeding Cool, and it’s worth a visit:
Sorry. Writing is self-taught. You acquire the skill by applying the seat of your pants to a flat object and moving a stylus across paper or tapping a keyboard, and you continue to do that until someone begins paying you to do it, and then you spend the rest of your life teaching yourself how to do what you’re doing. It is often a lonely life–you can get help before and after, but not during–and if the notion of closing a door behind you and manipulating verbal and visual language for many hours every week is abhorrent to you, then perhaps you would be happy applying your skill and intelligence and enthusiasm elsewhere.
§ Kevin Melrose wraps up everything you need to know about Stephen Colbert’s Spider-Pope .
§ Jonah Weiland remembers Marvel Mania Hollywood and thumbs through an old menu. (Marvel Mania was a superhero themed restaurant at the uNiversal City Walk that didn’t last too long. Bonus Fun Fact: We ate there ONCE with one of the people we link to below. WHO WHO WHO?
§ MORE ADORABLE/ENDEARING/INSIGHTFUL SPX wrap-ups.
Dylan Meconis’ marvelously illustrated account.
Rob Clough has a great report that touches on many of the themes we picked up on, and offers this on the new graduates:
* The influence of formal comics education. Schools like SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design), MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art & Design), SVA (School of Visual Arts) and especially CCS (Center for Cartoon Studies) are producing wave after wave of young, enthusiastic cartoonists. CCS-related cartoonists had a dozen or more tables, with nearly three dozen students or alums in attendance. In talking to a number of CCS folks, I was struck not only by how many alums stick around White River Junction after graduation, but by how totally sold out to comics they are. A culture has been created that not only provides support and encouragement but also demands a strong work ethic and a commitment to constantly growing.
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