Monday Runaround – Vote Klingon


Heidi MacDonald attacks the Comics Journal's almost all-exclusive male credits and focus. And does a little Gendercrunching on a number of issues.

As you can see, R. Crumb is so important that he gets not only a 200 page analysis in #301, but an extensive history of his lawyer, Albert Morse, in #302. Joe Sacco is also a double dipper but he is, to be fair, pretty fucking awesome. Al Jaffe, Roy Crane, Jeff Smith, Roy Crane…all fine creators, but this is beginning to look like a driving school in Saudi Arabia.


An ex-Star Trekker has been elected to office.

John Hertzler has played as many as 10 different roles in various "Star Trek" media, most notably as Martok — a Klingon warrior known for skill and leadership in the series "Deep Space Nine."On Jan. 1, he will be one of five board members in Ulysses, a town of 5,000 people in Tompkins County.


The Windsor Star reports;

Cousineau, the owner of Rogues Gallery Comics, has started a comic book drive to make sure every child gets a comic book.

Cousineau's goal is to collect 6,000 comics from the public – 1,000 more than last year – before Dec. 12. The need for 1,000 more distresses him a bit, he said, because that means there are more families in need in Windsor. But it's his mission to reach that goal regardless.

For people who do not collect comics or do not want to part with some of their collection, a $5 donation will ensure 20 kids receive a colourful comic book this Christmas.

Any publishers or fellow stores willing to help?


The Goat gets a Zero issue in Valiant's new origin stories.

The first set of zero issues will be Archer #0 and H.A.R.D. CORPS #0 in February, which writer Fred Van Lente hinted to Newsarama are very much on purpose, setting up the first real crossover of Archer and Armstrong with another big part of the Valiant Universe (more on that in a bit). Then in March, two supporting castmembers get their own origin stories, with The Goat #0 and The Bleeding Monk #0, revealing the pasts of two enigmatic characters from the Valiant Universe. Here's the full creative team solicitation:


Time to get up, stand up…

Bill Rosemann, Marvel Comics editor extraordinaire, is a jack of all trades when it comes to the comic book industry. Having held almost every job in the business, Rosemann literally wrote the book, the comic book that is, on superheroes, hard work and personal success.

Rosemann will explain how he did it, as well as answer many other intriguing questions, at his presentation, "Super Heroes — On and Off the Page." This event is being held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.


Why Ohio is a Mecca for comic strip enthusiasts;

[Milton] Caniff graduated from Ohio State and loved the place so much that he wanted his original art and other papers to be kept here forever. He handed it all over to the university in 1977. Along with library curator Lucy Shelton, Caswell then began urging his cartoonist friends to do the same. Two classrooms in the journalism building soon began to fill with the new comics archive.

Today, the museum collection includes more than 300,000 original strips from everybody who's anybody in the newspaper comics world, plus 45,000 books, 29,000 comic books and 2,400 boxes of manuscript material, fan mail and other personal papers from artists. The university says it's the largest collection of cartoon art and artifacts in the world.


North Carolina's News-Record is feeling the comic strip heat itself, wondering which strips to drop.

"Please do not cancel 'Doonesbury.' If you do, we will cancel our 24-year subscription."

"Don't even think about eliminating 'Zits' and 'Pickles.' I need a good laugh."

"Drop 'Beetle Bailey,' 'Judge Parker' and I drop the newspaper."

"I have picked 'Beetle Bailey' as my least favorite but I also have others that are my 'least favorite' and including 'Doonesbury,' 'Brevity' & 'Dennis the Menace.'"

One clever reader printed his or her envelope with a cartoon image of Judge Alan Parker in the corner normally reserved for a return address. "Don't Drop Me!" the text under the image said. "Don't make me send Sam Driver down there!" (Driver is a character in the Judge Parker strip.)

On the envelope's back was an image of "Curtis" from the strip of the same name, with this text: "Me! Me! Please get me outta here!"

From another reader. "I can say this truthfully to you: if 'Curtis' were 'to lose' and you then delete 'Curtis,' you will also lose me as a paid subscriber."


The Guardian gets worried about Marvel's new television strategy.

Here's the problem with the strategy, and it's the same one that comic books have faced forever: there becomes a point where this whole thing becomes so complicated that newcomers are intimidated by the scale of it. If I want to watch The Defenders, do I have to watch all the other four series for it to make sense? What if I don't want to watch a Daredevil show (and after the Ben Affleck movie, who wants anything to do with Daredevil)? Can I skip it? Will I need it to watch the Jessica Jones show, which, if it's based on the brilliant comic series Alias (which has nothing to do with the Jennifer Garner TV show of the same name) is going to be amazing?


George Romero told the New York Daily News that the mayor of New York in his upcoming Empire Of The Dead comic for Marvel, will be a zombie.

"The bloodsucking politicians are a little more literal," the 73-year-old scaremeister, a Bronx kid who left New York during his college days, told the Daily News. "They're Republicans!"


About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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