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Saturday December 18, 2010 4:42 am

Weekend Reading: Cowboys & Aliens, Jacques Tardi And Adrienne Roy

Cowboys & AliensIt’s the week before Christmas for many people, and we begin, unfortunately, on a sad note. Veteran industry colorist Adrienne Roy passed away this week. ComicMix has the details of her long-running career as a colorist for hundreds of DC’s Bronze Age comics. I did not know that she was once voted "Most Beautifully Tattooed Female." She was well-known and highly-regarded, so there are certain to be other remembrances - like this one by Mark Evanier - around the internets.

Cowboys: Robert Orci talks about the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens movie, and Harrison Ford: “I’m assuming Spielberg called in some kind of a favor, because we were shocked to hear that he was interested.”

Crime: Novelist and funnybook writer Gary Phillips chooses his favorite crime and mystery graphic novels of 2010 for The Rap Sheet. Yes, Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: The Outfit is in there, but so’s a bunch of other cool stuff I need to check out now.

Tardi: Rod Lott at Bookgasm takes on Fantagraphics’ latest book: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Volume 1, translated by my old pal Kim Thompson. Here’s Rod: “With its cerebral gags and secret tunnels, the work carries a slight burst steampunk in a knowing, winking vein of Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”

Conan: Author Paul Herman has made his award-winning bibliogaphy of Robert E. Howard (the creator of Conan) available as a free PDF. The Neverending Hunt is a 600-page backbreaker that “includes information about every REH story, poem, and letter, as well as where they are printed, be it book, periodical, chapbook, or other source.” If you love the Howard, this seems like a sweet Christmas gift to someone like you.

Nuclear: The Forbidden Planet blog looks back at Raymond Briggs’ classic graphic novel. “When The Wind Blows manages to be sentimental, gently funny and horrifying in equal measure, proving yet again that Raymond Briggs may well be the greatest living British comic artist.” I agree.

Nurse: Marty McKee at Johnny Larue’s Crane Shot has a look at Marvel’s 1970s comics-for-the-ladies initiative with an issue of Night Nurse.

Archie: Jaime Weinman at Something Old, Nothing New remembers the work of artist Jon D’Agostino, best known for his work on America’s favorite red-headed teenager. “D'Agostino's inking style is similar to, though just distinguishable from, that of his friend Joe Sinnott.”

#6: I loved looking at this gallery Evan Lewis posted: covers to DC Comics’ The Prisoner by Dean Motter and Mark Askwith.

Internets: There are going to be a lot of interesting business models developed by cartoonists trying to make a living in the internet economy. Steve Gadlin is about to be overwhelmed by the success of his.

Yo!: Forces of Geek interviews “comics archeologist” Craig Yoe.

Ultramarines: SciFiNow interviews writer Dan Abnett, who talks a lot about Warhammer.

Fiction: Will 2011 be the year of superhero fiction? Adam Christopher has some thoughts about it. Regardless, he points me to one book I’m now looking forward to: The Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes.

[The previous two links from SF Signal]

And finally, there's this trailer for the new Simon Pegg/Nick Frost movie, Paul, that is must-see for me. Can't wait!

Now go forth and use your internets responsibly![Artwork: Cowboys & Aliens]

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