§ Brian Heater begins a four-part interview with Frank Santoro, who always has something fresh to say:

But the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival was small enough—and I don’t mean in terms of it being curated, because that’s not what happened—it just was a small show, and it sold out fast. I thought that was an interesting take, because it was Williamsburg. There was a diverse enough crowd that it was an interesting cross-section, from my experiences, and that’s New York. So, yeah, you’ve got that embarrassment of riches, for sure, but I still didn’t see a lot of people that I would see at a Comic Con event, and that makes sense, because it was an alternative festival, but there were still some major names there. It was weird. New York’s funny that way. And I like it.

§ Sean was right. I totally geeked out over Matt Maxwell’s history of comics message boards, websites and blogs!!!


§ If you are not one of the millions of people haunted by terrifying flashbacks to GHOST RIDER, THE WEATHER MAN, or NATIONAL TREASURE, you will find the blog Nic Cage as Everyone funny. (Found via Comics Alliance.)

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§ Of all the shelf porn we’ve ever lusted after and despaired over, this comics-dedicated basement, complete with jaunty, homemade bookshelves the color of a fresh, runny egg, filled us with by far the most despair and envy. It even comes with cats.

§ Also from Robot 6, Kevin Melrose reports on how the award-winning YA graphic novel SKIM has terribly offended a conservative blogger. We admit it — we’ve been expecting one of these “comics aren’t for kids and they should be” attacks to get some traction over the last decade, but nothing has risen above the local level.

§ David Brothers reviews AFRODISIAC, Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s ode to blaxploitation.

§ Ng Suat Tongfinds men behaving like women completely unbelievable in Ooku, and for some reason that cracked us up.

§ Arvid Nelson reveals the secret past of Bill K.

§ Do you remember 1987? Man, that was scary.