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Sunday May 8, 2011 8:25 am

Weekend Reading: Gottfredson, Satan, Starlin and Comic Book Guy

Son Of TomahawkI hope you enjoyed your free comics on Free Comic Book Day!

I don't know how successful the event is at growing the industry, but I do like getting a lot of free comics to sample - it's like opening up a birthday present and finding Christmas inside.

Let's see what else is free:

Comics: Lance Mannion visits the local comic book shop, on the streets of New York City.

Cowboys: At Western Fictioneers, Troy Smith lays out his favorite Western comic books of all time. Bonus: Son of Tomahawk!

Mickey: Mark Evanier got himself an advance copy of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse: "Race to Death Valley" (Vol. 1) by Floyd Gottfredson, published by Fantagraphics Books. And there was much rejoicing.

West: I love this poster by Thomas Perkins.

Bongo: Over at Bongo's blog, Comic Book Guy runs down a list of comic book places where he'd like to live.

Satan: Mike Sterling at Progressive Ruin has ended his two-year run of Sluggo Saturdays. He's onto something new, I think.

Starlin: Daniel Best at 20th Century Danny Boy has a message from Jim Starlin concerning the impending release of ‘Breed III #1. I’m in!

Writing: I missed this, but the writer J.M. DeMatteis has a nifty post up about how he broke into the comic book business. Its title: “Blame Levitz.”

Atlas: Do you what I need? More Ironjaw. Steve Niles will answer that request in Wulf The Barbarian #3.

Renounce: Critic Bill Sherman takes a look at Action Comics #900, that issue where Superman vows to give up his U.S. passport.

And finally, John Scalzi’s new book, Fuzzy Nation, a rebooting of H. Beam Piper’s Fuzziverse, is coming out this week. You can read the first two chapters for free, courtesy of John and his publisher, Tor. Go. Now.

Now use your internets responsibly!

[Artwork: Son Of Tomahawk, © DC Comics]

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