Some things you really should read!

§ The A.V. Club tackles 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse) , and posting this before SDCC means there will always be something to talk about at cocktail parties. Seriously, it’s great to see Carl Barks on the list–Barks and the funny comics tradition in general have been slipping down the charts in recent years. (It’s obvious that Barks and other Disney comics had a huge influence on Robert Crumb, for one.) Some of the other choices are odd or debatable, but that’s what lists are for, right?

§ From Geekations, a useful list of cheap food around the San Diego Convention Center.

§ Another list! Another debate! Complex presents The 40 Most Violent Comics Ever…Devil Dinosaur? If you say so…

§ Phil Yeh is relaunching Uncle Jam and other things.

§ Scott McCloud reviews ASTERIOS POLYP and puts it in a whole new light. Honest.

§ Paola Loriggio at the Toronto Star investigates Supergirl’s new (under)clothes in a well-written wide-ranging piece, even though we weren’t quoted. But see also Chris Butcher’s unedited comments. Maybe we’ll run ours someday.


  1. Interesting articles.
    I think the Hernandez Bros have changed Mainstream comics, I see their influence in the work of other artists. Not so sure about the inclusion of George Perez.
    The 40 violent comics seem to fall (weave and stagger?) either into the “body mutilated” or “body not mutilated” category, err. I mean “pile”.

  2. Okay… it seems the list was restricted to COMIC BOOK artists (Walt Kelly? Charles Schulz? Milton Caniff?) living in the UNITED STATES (Herge? Tezuka? Uderzo? Moebius?).

    ‘t’would be interesting to survey comicbook artists which single artist was the most influential to his/her career.

  3. Okay… it seems the list was restricted to COMIC BOOK artists. . .

    Including comic strips, international comics, and related artists might have made a list too vague, and diminished reader interest.

    Burne Hogarth, who founded what is now the School of Visual Arts, should have been on the list. It seems odd to not see John Buscema mentioned.

    If Perez’s faces are similar (just one issue cited?), their sameness doesn’t detract from the artwork to the extent that, say, the sameness of Cheung’s faces does.