§ Top Story: Brigid Alverson read comics on an iPod Touch. TRAITOR!!!!

It may never replace print, but the iPod Touch is starting to emerge as a pretty good platform for comics, at least in the short term. It has several advantages over the Kindle—it has color, the graphics are nice and sharp, and a lot of people have iPods anyway for other reasons. For readers who value portability, it’s a handy alternative to carrying around a stack of books, and even purchased chapter by chapter, comics are generally cheaper in the iTunes store than in print form. A handful, such as Yoshitoshi ABe’s Pochiyama, are only available that way.

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§ Sean Rogers writes about the joy of ligne clair master Joost Swarte in The Walrus. Above, a portion of Swarte’s charming cover for that issue.

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§ The Sydney Morning Herald profiles Aussie cartoonist Nicola Scott.

§ Brian Cronin has been spotlighting “Art Stars” as chosen by other artists all month and it’s a fine list.

§ Jim Burns remembers the late Dave Simons at Robot 6.

§ Former NY Daily News editor Jere Hester wonders if tough times mean that folks like the old timey heroes, like the Lone Ranger, will return. Hm, what a tough question.

§ The Miramichi Leader looks at the strange history of CrossGen .

The comic book industry grave yard is filled with the bodies of once proud comic book companies that for one reason or another went belly up.

Some had a long illustrious history, such as Charlton Comics, while others were popular for a while, but eventually faded away, such as Chaos Comics.

But one company stands out from the crowd for it’s rise to prominence in the comic book industry, only to suffer a most humiliating fall.