§ I don’t know what the Brevard Times is, but they are hiring a cartoonist.

Experience in caricature drawings.  Interested applicants should send their resumes along with a sample caricature drawing to [email protected].

No mention of pay so you might want to ask about that. I was also amused by some of their requirements for a reporter:

A personal computer that is less than 4-years-old.
High speed internet.


§ Michel Fiffe turned out 12 highly acclaimed monthly issues of COPRA this year, and now he contemplates Life After C O P R A. He ALSO did an Exit Interview

ComicsAlliance: So what was the feeling like when you put the last copy of Copra #12 into the last envelope and shipped it off? Were you relieved?

Michel Fiffe: I think I felt more of a sense of relief when I finally sent off the pages to the printer. I think that’s when I thought it was done for real, but it was such an unremarkable thing, just hitting “send” like every other month. It was a weird moment. It was sort of bittersweet, too. I was kind of sad that it was done, because I knew I was going to take a break, but I just couldn’t believe it, really. I couldn’t believe I finished this thing. It was a mixed bag. And when I finally mailed that comic, I gotta tell you, every month, I mailed those comics and it was like a mountain to overcome. The biggest hurdle, just mailing alone was like a job in itself. With the final issue, I think I took a break and read a book afterwards.

§ Tim Callahan is giving up his long running column at CBR, and here’s his exit interview. It’s a familiar story—suddenly a lot of the comics seemed like crap, there was so much to cover, etc. But still, love.

And yet, I am apprehensive about stepping away from comics in the sense that as much as I say I don’t care what Zeb Wells is writing or who is drawing “Detective Comics,” a part of me wants to go look that up right now and find out. I do feel a void in not knowing everything about comics, but I am hoping that it will pass. I don’t feel the need to watch every movie or read every novel any more. I have moved on. But comics has been a longer love affair, so I can’t imagine that I’ll stop reading comics entirely. It’s been a major interest of mine since I first picked up “Web of Spider-Man” #2, if not before. Certainly “Ambush Bug” #3 sealed the deal, and I can’t violate that sacred covenant by turning my back on the medium.

§ Area man adds up all the money he’s spent on comics in nine years and it’s a lot.

§ More departures. Matt Kindt is leaving Suicide Squad because he has a lot of work and had to give up something. No drama. Wow.


§ Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Graphic Novels of 2013

§ Kelly Thompson’s Best Of 2013

§ Flickering Myth’s Top Comic Books of 2013‏

§ Big Shiny Robot also had picks.

§ As did the staff of First Second

§ And DC Comics is rounding up ten moments that mattered .

§ Finally, the fine art of horn tooting.


  1. One of the reasons I still enjoy writing about comics – and perhaps why so many readers seem to enjoy my writing about comics – is that I abandoned any notion of keeping up with every thing or writing about everything DC or Marvel do. I don’t make a weekly trip to the comic shop – I don’t even go to any comic shop except on rare occasion – and, even when I did get comics weekly, I never felt I had to rush home, read them, write about them and post something immediately.

    What I do is write about whatever the heck I feel like writing about, which is, of course, easier to do because I write for my nigh-daily blog. But, even when I write my weekly “Tony’s Tips” for the Tales of Wonder site, I don’t feel I have to concentrate on the newest releases.

    We live in an era when most comic books, manga and graphic novels are readily available through multiple sources. Because of that, I feel comfortable writing about comics that came out months and years ago. In fact, in the “Tony’s Tips” column I’m finishing up today, I wrote about a Marvel series from 2000!

    There are gaps in my coverage. I don’t read many webcomics. I don’t see many small press comics unless I spot them at a convention. I don’t have an affinity for the artsy-fartsy stuff being more of a “just tell me a good story” guy. But there are plenty of columnists and bloggers who do cover those things.

    Anyway, I wish Tim well and I hope he finds other things to write about in the coming year.

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