§ Johanna Draper Carlson annoints a new Era of comics:
I predict that in the future this comic era will be known as the West Coast Era of comics. (Maybe I should better say I nominate this nomenclature for future scholars to understand what drove the comic industry in this era.) For these reasons.
§ Con news:
• Paul Pope will be a special guest at the Stumptown Comics Fest, to be held April 25-26 in Portland. OR.
• Exhibitor tables at this year’s Small Press Expo Small is sold out. There is a waiting list.
§ Shaenon K. Garrity is curious about more Intellectual Amos
The serial adventures of a bald, brainy, loquacious little boy in overalls and his sidekick, Wilbur the Goblin (and occasionally other recurring characters, like the brilliantly named Horrible Horace, The Ghost Who Failed)! Purveyor of useful facts about ants, malaria, mercury, and other things a boy needs to know! How simultaneously awesome and nerdy! Creator André LeBlanc was a lifelong journeyman cartoonist best remembered, if he’s remembered at all, for drawing the still-popular Picture Bible in the 1960s. His art on Intellectual Amos is clean and illustrative, full of careful detail, more reminiscent of a good children’s picture book than of a comic from the 1950s. LeBlanc may not have been a creator on the level of Barks and Mayer, but from what I’ve seen he compares favorably to classic workhorses like John Stanley, and his work deserves a closer look.
§ The triumph of Nerd Culture is complete as a sequel to Tron Legacy is already in the works after the original languished in cult purgatory for 25 years.
§ We were saddened to read of the recent death of writer Mike Valerio.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.