The Week In Links



In case you missed it, here’s what I wrote at ComicsAlliance this week:

The image above comes from a round-up of my favorite Next Issue blurbs from Kirby’s run on Captain America, which are awesome. I’ve heard that some people were complaining that I didn’t credit the letterer, but — and I could be completely wrong about this — I always assumed those were a product of Kirby himself, since they’re consistent across all of his work in the ’70s, from New Gods on to Devil Dinosaur. Of course, as usually happens with this sort of thing, Bully did it years ago.

In other complaint news, I wrote a few jokes about Before Watchmen and other Alan Moore titles DC could stripmine for sequels, and in violation of my usual rule, I totally read the comments. I figured they would be both hilarious and rewarding, and was I ever right about that. My personal favorite was the dude who said he was personally insulted by things I wrote about DC Comics. I can only assume that he is the company itself, having gained sentience in a weird mystic rite designed to protect its employees from Alan Moore’s 9th level Wizard Spells. Either that, or JMS reads my columns. Either way, pretty exciting!

Along the same lines, I wrote some jokes about strange moments in Avengers history to educate fans of the movie. I haven’t looked, but I will bet fifty dollars that someone is upset because I chose my favorite tidbits rather than providing a comprehensive timeline detailing every single bit of history.

Man, I’m complaining about readers a lot today! But not you guys. You guys are super cool.

Anyway, in happier news, I picked up some great mini-comics at Fluke and wrote about the ones I was most excited about. A lot of these people are at Stumptown this weekend, so if you’re in Portland, pick up their stuff!

In this week’s installment of Ask Chris, I break down a bit of Batman’s origin that was better left unexplored in order to pad out an answer that, if I was honest, would’ve just been the words “Iron Fist.” It’s how I roll.

This week’s War Rocket Ajax featured Brian Clevinger, telling us all about Atomic Robo and his ill-fated plans to work with DC. This was a good one. And speaking of Brian, he and I will both be appearing at Ultimate Comics in Chapel Hill, NC next weekend for Free Comic Book Day! Come by and say hello! I will be way less grumpy about comments in person (THIS IS A LIE).

Finally, David Uzumeri was off this week, so Matt Wilson and I teamed up for some writing in addition to our usual podcasting, and the end result was a look back at the 90s Spider-Man cartoon and its “Secret Wars” arc. No joke, you guys: This show was awful.

That’s the major stuff that I’ve done this week, but as always, there are additional pieces at CA that you can find under my byline or by following me on Twitter. Have a great weekend!

The Action Age Comics Last of the Southern Gentlemen World Tour 2012 hits Athens for Fluke!



It’s been a while since the heights of success reached by the Action Age Comics Never Look Back Never Say Die World Tour 2011, but Convention Season is once again upon us. That can mean only one thing: Chad and I are loading up the car and hitting the road for the Action Age Comics Last of the Southern Gentlemen World Tour 2012!

We’ve got a busy schedule over the next couple months with stops at Chapel Hill’s Ultimate Comics for Free Comic Book Day, Myrtle Beach for X-Con, and of course, HeroesCon in Charlotte, but this weekend, we’re kicking it off with a trip to Fluke in Athens, Georgia! Last year was our first trip to Fluke, and it was one of the most fun shows we’ve ever done, so if you’re in the area or feel like making the trip down to the 40 Watt Club, swing by, say hello, and pick up a copy of Awesome Hospital or Monster Plus in print or drop a buck for your very own terrible sketch.

Plus, my pal Catie Donnelly, who was kind enough to draw the art for this year’s tour poster, will be there too! It’ll be a great time! Find out more about Fluke here, and we’ll see you in Athens!

Linkin’, Linkin’, I’ve Been Thinkin’

It has been a while since I’ve done my usual round of self promotion, mostly because things have not been super great here at ISB Industries. But the work goes on! Here are a few things I’ve written over the past few weeks:



First up, ComicsAlliance’s In-Depth Review of Superman II has expanded into three parts: Part One, Part Two, Part Three. Please join us as I yell about how I hate another movie you loved when you were six.

The Bizarro Back Issues series got a few new entries: the Avengers and the X-Men fight an evil wizard from the days of Conan and everybody dies (spoiler alert!), and, perhaps more importantly, a robot from space gets Superboy laid so that he can start referring to himself as Superman. Seriously.

Ask Chris continues to be a thing I do every week: In #100, I celebrate a milestone by answering one hundred reader questions in one column, and I am never ever doing that again. In #101, I talk about the Riddler for a while. Shocking, I know.

War Rocket Ajax #107 featured Nathan Cosby, joining us to talk about Pigs and Cow Boy.

I saw The Hunger Games and thought it was a lot like The Great Outdoor Fight.

I talked to Gene Yang about the Avatar: the Last Airbender sequel comic.

And finally, I read a lot of Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft, which not only did not help my mood, it is also starting to mirror my life.

There’s more, too, so if you want the full experience, check out all of my articles at CA. Enjoy!