Party Like It's 1985 (Weekend Pattering for February 17, 2017)

Previously on Panel Patter

Cover of the Next Week

Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #1 by Elaine Lee and Michael W. Kaluta

So, I just had to check and I backed the Kickstarter for the hardcover of this that ended on April 15, 2013.  Almost 4 years after the Kickstarter ended, the comic is finally coming out.  Now compared to other long completed Kickstarters, this one doesn't bug me as much because I feel that Lee has done a pretty good job at keeping her backers updated on the progress of this.  It feels like it will still be a while before I get my hardcover of this book but I'm actually pretty o.k. waiting for this.

If nothing else, it will give me time to go back and reread IDW's excellent reprinting of all of the Starstruck material to date.

This and That

** The Hunters and the Hunted– DC Comics Reveals Looney Tunes Crossover Comics (The Beat)-- I don't even know if this is going to be an actual comic but I'm ready to declare Martian Manhunter vs. Marvin Martian by I believe Aaron Lopresti as the greatest thing of 2017.  

And only by the slimmest of margins, Sam Keith drawing a team up of Lobo and Wile E. Coyote comes in as the 2nd greatest thing of 2017.

** D+Q'S FALL 2017 CATALOG: BARRY; FINDAKLY & TRONDHEIM; GAULD; SIKORYAK; AND MORE! (Drawn & Quarterly blog)-- D&Q have a lot of great books coming out later this year.  Can't wait to see most of these.  I'm just amazed at most of the names that they're publishing within a few months span.  

** JABLONSKI’S BARNYARD (The Smart Set)-- Chris Mautner takes a look at Gerald Jablonski's Farmer Ned's Comic Barn, collecting the last couple of issues of Jablonski's Cryptic Wit.
The stories in Comics Barn play out in many ways in the same manner as your average TV sitcom or (perhaps more accurately) old vaudeville act, with the traditional straight man and comic foil relaying insults and punch lines along familiar themes ad nauseum. (Certainly, there is no lack of tired TV programs that drag out the tired “these kids today” saw or feature some wisecracking prepubescent.) Howdy and Dee Dee owe as much to Abbott and Costello as they do to the underground comics scene that birthed them. Listen closely and you might hear a “ba-dum-tish” or laugh track at the end of one of his panels. Certainly, his dialogue sometimes seems comes straight out of an old-fashioned “wacky riddles” book...

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