The Magic's Vanished (Weekend Pattering for March 2nd, 2018)


from The Beatles Story by Angus Allan and Arthur Ranson

Previously on Panel Patter

Cover of the Next Week

Kelley Thompson and Leonardo Romero's Hawkeye series has been a fantastic book.  Kate is just such a fun character.  I think it says something about her that a number of writers have had their take on Kate and most of them have turned out some pretty great stories.  I hope with all of the Fresh Start announcements Marvel's making that next week we'll find out what books these two creators are working on next.

Julian Totino Tedesco's covers have been a huge part of the character of this book, with his painted, southern-California moody covers.  The colors in his artwork just capture the mood of the stories that Thompson and Romero are riffing on.  That hazy yellow sunset is just so resigned to the fate of the characters and, more importantly, the fate of the series.


*** Sarah Horrocks Talks GORO, the Creative Process, and More! (Comicverse)-- I haven't had a chance to read any of Horrocks comics yet but I'm always interested to see what she has to say about the art of comics.
I think a lot of the composition of GORO owes a lot to Fassbinder and then like Italian films from the late 60s and 70s. Pasolini, Fellini, Pietrangeli, Bellochio, Antonioni (Brooke’s apartment is literally the apartment Mirella Ricciardi in L’Eclisse.), etc. Also, I like to look at film for set design stuff. It tends to be more innate than what people use in comics. And I think part of balancing my pages properly is occasionally drawing a good room for characters to move around in.

This and That

*** Diamond adds digital pull list service, revamps Previews and sees DC leave the catalog (The Beat)--  Out of Comics Pro last week, Diamond announced a digital pull list service that comic shops and their customers can use.  I'm actually pretty excited about this as I think it's a good idea for the shops' customers but I wonder how much how much big data is going to be in there that could be used to market and sell directly to the audience.  Not that I think that Diamond is going to do that or that the Direct Market is big enough for there to be that much usable data.

Developed from the ground up to help customers place orders with their local comic shop, PULLBOX handles monthly comic subscriptions, preorders for upcoming titles and products, and special orders all from Diamond’s consumer pop-culture website,, while also providing comic shop retailers with the back-end tools necessary to manage their pull-and-hold customer base.

From Justin Ponsor's Blarg blog.

*** Fundraiser Seeks to Aid Marvel Colorist Justin Ponsor’s Cancer Treatment (CBR)-- The prolific Marvel colorist Justin Ponsor is having to have surgery for a brain tumor.  CBR has the details on a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help Ponsor get through this surgery, treatment, and recovery.  The fund is currently just over $35,000 on a goal of #$50,000.
The colorist last detailed his cancer treatment on Feb. 18 on his blog, keeping his spirits up with some humor, as he indicated that he will indeed be needing surgery to remove a brain tumor. This surgery will require a metal plate to then be inserted into his head afterwards. “Guess who’s got two thumbs, one kidney and is getting a plate in their head,” he said, referring to his past and current treatment.
Ponsor is blogging about his treatment here.

*** Taniguchi Jirō’s World of Manga (Nippon)--  I want to read a manga called Hunting Dog Detective (above image.)  What do I need to do to get that translated and published over here?  Nippon has a nice but brief overview of Taniguchi Jiro's career.
When manga creator Taniguchi Jirō died in February 2017, the majority of the Japanese media described him as the artist of Kodoku no gurume (The Solitary Gourmet), the series he was best known for in his home nation. In France, however, detailed coverage in Le Monde and other press outlets primarily paid tribute to his solo works Aruku hito (trans. The Walking Man) and Haruka na machi e (trans. A Distant Neighborhood), which won acclaim in the country. Taniguchi may well be more highly regarded in Europe than he is in Japan. He took inspiration from Franco-Belgian comic artists like Mœbius and François Schuiten, and most of his works are available in French. His standing in France is apparent from his being one of just three mangaka to receive the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, alongside Akira creator Ōtomo Katsuhiro and Matsumoto Leiji of Ginga tetsudō 999 (Galaxy Express 999) fame.
*** February 2018’s Harpy Agenda recipient is Priya Huq, writing at Women Write About Comics (Harpy Agenda)-- I hadn't heard of this microgrant before but I think it's a great idea.  Congrats to Riya Huq for being the most recent recipient of it.
Second, we are awarding February 2018’s microgrant to Priya Huq, for her article “CB CEBULSKI’S ASIAN MASK: WHY THE ANGER?” published on Women Write About Comics. It was a deep analysis of the issues surrounding the Marvel Editor in Chief’s masquerade as a Japanese writer in 2004, addressing the systemic bias against acknowledging marginalization in the comics industry, and providing a platform for several other PoC voices on the issue.

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