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Tetris_BoxshotIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What was a stinker? Sound off in the comments!

Up first though, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Comics Alliance – In Defense Of T-Shirt Superman: Why ‘Action Comics’ And ‘Superman’ Are Seriously Great Right Now – Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?

The Beat – Coca Cola and Marvel are teaming up for the Super Bowl – Not too surprising.

Kotaku – Peek Inside the New Graphic Novel That Tells The Origin Story Of Tetris – This sounds cool.

Humanosphere – Graphic novel depicts life as an aid worker in Iraq – Again, awesome to see this.

The Guardian – African Avengers: the comic book creators shaking up superhero genre – Lots of comics to check out!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman: Europa #1-4

Talking Comics – Bizarro TPB

Talking Comics – Kennel Block Blues #1

Talking Comics – Mirror #1

Comic Vine – Nailbiter #20

Talking Comics – Paper Girls Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Spider-Man #1

Newsarama – Spider-Man #1\

Comic Vine – Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #2

Comic Vine – Uncanny Avengers #5

Comic Vine – Unfollow #4

Talking Comics – Voracious #1

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The weekend is here, yay!  Now, some news you might have missed to keep you busy during the day.

Around the Blogs:

The Hooded Utilitarian – A Conversation about Habibi’s Orientalism with Craig ThompsonA really good interview.

Bleeding Cool – Alan Moore Reacts To Frank Miller – “We Have Diametrically Opposing Views”One of these things is not like the other.

BET – Black Women Get Serious About ComicsInteresting…


Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – Uncanny X-Men #2

Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture

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Later this month John Jennings and Damian Duffy will be releasing an anthology, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture, that showcases independent African American cartoonists and the subculture of conventions, websites, and awards surrounding them.

Duffy and Jennings met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Jennings is a professor of graphic design and Duffy was a graduate student at the time and is currently a PhD candidate.  Their first collaboration was The Hole a sci-fi graphic novel which dealt with “issues of identity and consumer culture.”  They then followed that up with two art exhibits which focused on African American comic creators.

The contacts they made at these two shows lead to the graphic novel which serves as an introduction to this area of comic book culture.  People featured in it include Dawud Anyabwile, the creator of Brotherman, Keith Knight, the author of The K Chronicles who wrote the introduction, Turtel Onli the creator of NOG: The Protector of the Pyramids, Sustah-Girl: The Queen of the Black Age, and Malcolm-10, and up and coming artists like Ashley A. Woods the creator of Millennia Wars and Arie Monroe.

The book also focuses on the history and nature of the Black independent comics community and the subcultures that orbit it.   Online you can find some of that history and community in the The Museum of Black Superheroes which was founded by Omar Bilal.

Black Comix

Choice Quotes

Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield?

President Obama – I’ll risk my reputation giving a Presidential pardon to Captain America… because frankly, the Registration Act seemed un-American to me… but until Congress changes the laws, that’s the most I can do.

The Last Days of American Crime #1

Graham – Turns out Diesel is easier on the environment.  I read that — Gospel truth.  Not that it matters much anymore — but it’s interesting.  Stuff is easier on the environment and it’s the stuff nobody uses.  Suicidal.


Shelby – The days of Americans getting away with prideful arrogance for simply being American — far over.  It’s the decline.  Look around you’re soaking in it.


Kevin Cash – Behind all your liberal posturing, when it’s time to blame a bullshit crime on an imaginary man — that fucker will always be imagined black.

Choice Quotes

Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #2

Dum Dum Dugan – Jackie Robinson… Cassius Clay… the world wasn’t ready for him.  It was a different time.  A different world.

Tony Stark – That doesn’t excuse it.

Dum Dum Dugan – Never said it did.  But this wasn’t baseball or boxing.  It was politics.  Different animal, different rules.  You of all people should know that.  A black man with the power he had during that time in history made people feel… uncomfortable.


Kruetz – You hypocritical liberals are all alike.  You want the world to read like a mother’s day card.  But you don’t want to do what’s necessary to keep it safe.  A safe world costs something.  Someone, somewhere has to pay the piper when the bill comes due.

Tony Stark – Machiavellianism is often used as a euphemism for corruption.

Kruetz – You would know.

Choice Quotes

G.I. Joe #0

Chuckles – Never trust a Communist.  Even one who’s turned Capitalist.

Air #3

Narimar Representative – Narimar is a soveriegn nation now.  We have no quarrel with either of our neighbors —  We want only to be left in peace.

British Representative – A sovereign nation?  Narimar was a British colony for a century and befor that a part of India–

Narimar Representative – Lies.  Narimar never submitted to Indian rule.  We were a country of our own, recognized by the Kings of the nations of the Earth–

British Representative – Enough history, Jaraband.  We need to speak in maps and boundries.

DC Universe: Decisions #3

Huntress – But, if you had to go on record, whose ring do you throw your far too-stylish hat into?  Who’s your candidate?

Black Canary – Oh, it’s Brewster.  No contest.

Huntress – Really? Not Kate McClellan?

Black Canary – You mean “support the sisterhood,” gender solidarity and all that?

Huntress –  Yeah.  She’s the first woman with a real shot at the White House.

Black Canary -My vote’s too important to waste on an “it’s our time” symbolic gesture.  We aren’t electing a role model.  We’re electing a national leader.  And believe me, Davis Brewster is the leader we need right now.  Period.

Uncanny X-Men #503

Sam Guthrie – Did you know that it’s only been since the National Voting Rights Act of 1965 that African-Americans have been able to vote free from discriminatory practices?  It’s true.  Here’s to equality and tolerance, and funny old sayings your meemaw used to say that you don’t realize are kinda racist until it gets pointed out to you in a bar…

Guardians of the Galaxy #6

Skrull – We are followers of the martyr Anelle.  We deplore the aggressive tendencies of our mind.  The jihadist hardcore want us dead for our opposition to their schemes of conquest.

Interesting Panels from Comic Con 08

I unfortunately have not been to a Comic Con yet (next year I swear I’ll be there). Instead I’ve been watching to coverage provided by so many other sites. A part of conventions are not just the interesting displays on the floor or the dealers room, but they are often packed with interesting panels where you can interact with some of the creators and artists.

Two that I noticed have some greater social outlook than the usual, whats next with series so and so. Comic Book Resources has a nice recap of the two.

The Black Panel covers African American contributions to comic book and entertainment.

Women in Marvel is a panel of the talented female staffers at Marvel comics.

IGN also has an interview with the female force behind the new Marvel Cloak & Dagger series, touching about women in the industry.

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