Sunday Readings 8-07-11

Good Afternoon! It's a rather pleasant 90 degrees (saying that is so strange) so why not go outside with your favorite electronic device and have some Sunday Readings?

It's not been the best week for President Obama, and DC made it worse by sticking him in Flashpoint, a universe created by an evil villain, when he's home reading Conan comics in the regular, real DCU. Maybe Bully can make him feel better with this post on his various comic book appearances. On second thought, maybe not!

This is a little late, but it's a nice interview with Eric Stephenson at Image. He's got a lot of good things to say, and you can definitely see Image really maturing as a publisher, while still being the place where you can get your really crazy Liefield-inspired work, too, if you're so inclined. It's so nice to live in an era where all kinds of comic fans get what they want--even if some get more attention than others.

In other great small publisher news, Graeme McMillon has some positive words for Boom!'s collaboration with Stan Lee, who knows a thing or two about universe-building.

I'm not a huge fan of licensed comics, but Chris Sims has some good, unanswered questions, about Disney's comic properties. Are they all gonna end up at Marvel?

Meanwhile, Robert Crumb wins the Ray Bradbury "Farenheit 451 is Not About Censorship" Award for denying his enthusiasm for Genesis, a book I seem to recall him liking quite a bit when it came out. Perhaps next he can do a biography of St. Peter, since they have so much in common.

Deb Aoki pointed out this interesting article to me, about how to do well at cons if you are an artist, specifically the San Diego Comi-Con. I would add "have something cheap for me to sample" to that list, especially if you are going to more than one show a year or have a reliable online store for me to patronize later. I also wholeheartedly agree with the "have your own stuff" comment.

My friend Johanna shares an awesome act of kindness that would be impossible today. Have fun trying to figure out who all the artists are!

Matt Dembicki has a write-up of the DC Zinefest, which I had to skip because I was moving. I hope to get there next year!

I know this has been all over the internet map already, but this might be the single funniest Dinosaur Comics ever. And that's saying something.

Not enough large sauropod action? Here's Matthew Petz doodling about with Japan's biggest monster.

Lastly, Dave Watcher does great character work. Here's another set of Bat Villains as well as a shot of one of my favorite versions of the Hulk. Mr. Watcher will be at the upcoming Baltimore Comi-Con on August 20th and 21st.

What are you reading on this fine Sunday?