§ Another remembrance of Dave Simons, this time by the Hero Initiative, via a script he wrote before his death.

§ The Source reveals that James Robinson and Mark Bagley will be taking over JLA. The title has recently undergone some creative changes.

Starmanomn3§ Speaking of The Source, it also has a nice preview of the third STARMAN OMNIBUS. STARMAN wasn’t just good superhero comics, it was good comics, period.

The third Omnibus collection of writer James Robinson and artist Tony Harris’ STARMAN series hit today, continuing the adventures of the modern day Starman, Jack Knight. In this installment, featuring work from Robinson, Harris, Gene Ha, Dusty Abell, Phil Jimenez and J.H. Williams III, Opal City is terrorized by Dr. Pip, an eccentric bomber. Also, Starman teams up with a certain Dark Knight to save the life of Solomon Grundy. Collecting STARMAN #30-38, STARMAN ANNUAL #2, STARMAN SECRET FILES #1 and THE SHADE #1-4, the STARMAN OMNIBUS v.3 is the height of layered, engaging and powerful storytelling. I still have fond memories of sitting in my grandparents’ house reading the first batch of issues, and being excited an intrigued by not only the stellar work within the pages, but also sensing the care and thought both Robinson and Harris put into the creation of these stories.

§ Meanwhile, Vertigo: Graphic Contenthas a preview of the next Vertigo Crime book, THE CHILL, by Jason Starr and artist Mick Bertilorenzi.

(PS: The Graphic Content blog seems to be having a hard time with thumbnails….may we recommend Ecto?)

§ Dan Nadel recommends some good history books about comics.

§ The SF Examiner profiles Julia Wertz, who continues to have namer’s remorse:

What Fartparty.org visitors do find are simple, candid and very funny four-panel comics in which Wertz lampoons her own life. The artist, a former San Francisco resident now living in Brooklyn, first drew her autobiographical Web comic just to entertain friends and named it on the spur of the moment.

“It really is an unfortunate title though. I had no idea it’d stick when I made it, it was a split-second decision. Had I waited another minute, I might have an entirely different career,” she says.