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The scariest webcomic

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As described on MetaFilter: "Scroll scroll scroll scroll AIIIGHH".

Inglourious Basterds, comic style

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Amazing (fake?) covers for an Inglourious Basterds 70s-Marvel comic adaptation. I would love a print of #5!

Nedroid Picture Diary

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There are so many great comics in the archive I will never get through them all. Life is so hard Beartatoooo!

Gunnerkrigg Court

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Gorgeous SF/fantasy comic set in a gothic boarding school.

The 40 Worst Rob Liefield Drawings

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How can you choose just 40? Hilarious commentary, though.

webcomics: Minus.

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Watercolour whimsy.

Webcomics: Dresden Codak

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As absurd as the Perry Bible Fellowship and as geeky as XKCD: solid gold.

Terry Moore's (Strangers in Paradise) new project

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The final issue of Strangers in Paradise came out this month, and Moore is moving on to... Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane?!

Monster: The Medical Annotation

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A close look at the Naoki Urasawa's manga thriller. I seem to recall there being less medicine in later volumes, but still, good while it lasts.

(From Polite Dissent, the only blog specializing in representations of medicine in comic books...)

Slave Labor Graphics offers downloadable comics for $0.69

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The comics piracy scene is huge, and the industry is well-aware of it. Thankfully, the publishers have not taken a leaf from the book of RIAA and sued their most avid fans. The downloaders, for their part, offer the usual litany of excuses -- that they sbuy the comics too, that they're waiting for the trades, that they buy other comics, etc. (In my experience, though, they're actually telling the truth. But that's another story.)

What really makes the SLG announcement notable is that the comics aren't in some closed, DRM-infested proprietary format: they're .cbz files. Not only is it an open format -- it's just a .zip file with a different extension -- it's one of the two main formats used by the scanners.

And for whatever it's worth, some of the larger comic-trading communities have banned those issues from their hubs and trackers now that there's a legitimate alternative.

22 comic panels that always work

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(Incidentally, highlights similarities to film composition.)

MTV Alan Moore interview

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It's a thwarted and frustrated and perhaps largely impotent American liberal fantasy of someone with American liberal values [standing up] against a state run by neo-conservatives — which is not what "V for Vendetta" was about. It was about fascism, it was about anarchy, it was about [England]. The intent of the film is nothing like the intent of the book as I wrote it.

The story of Fredric Wertham

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Fascinating article on the man credited by many with the introduction of the horrible Comics Code in the 1950s.

Marvel gets funding for ten more movies

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Captain America could be decent if he's fighting the Nazis, but it's unlikely. Black Panther and Hawkeye, no. No. No. Shang Chi: martial arts movies are occasionally brilliant, but I see no value in attaching one to this rightly-forgotten franchise. Nick Fury is just another action hero.

Cloak and Dagger has the potential to be excellent (think Sin City), and Ant-Man is different enough to be interesting even if it's mediocre. I actually think that Power Pack could be the best of the lot.

I doubt that the Avengers film will be made anytime soon: too many of the characters are in their own separate films for it to remain consistent with the other franchises.

Dr. Strange has promise, but it'd have to be an origin story -- Strange is far too unlikable and overpowered later on. I expect they'll ruin it anyway with a high-stakes villain like Dormammu.

Of course, it's Marvel, so they're all going to suck. Can't I dream?

brand new Mr. T comic

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It's absolutely terrible. It actually takes itself seriously, but isn't even bad enough to be funny -- you're better off with Marvel's A-Team series from the 80's.

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