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Monday April 16, 2012 4:54 am

Weekend Reading: Spider-Man, Steve Gerber, John Scalzi and Dr. Goyle

Dr. GoyleIf you’re at C2E2 this weekend, I hope you’re having a great time. And if you’re not at C2E2, what’s your problem, buddy?

This is the weekend that I close out a lot of tabs and polish off some links that have been in my inbox for a couple of weeks. But if you haven't caught these stories yet, that makes them new, right?

Daniel Best has been on fire lately with his posts on Gary Friedrich and the Archie Comics lawsuits. He’s got another good one up now - a look at the behind-the-scenes backstabbery and finger-pointing surrounding the Spider-Man musical.

I like this political cartoon by Monte Wolverton.

Creator/writer/artist Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary) talks about writing, especially sub-plots, and he illustrates his points with comic strips.

Want more writing advice? Of course you do. Here’s a batch of tweets from the editor of The New York Times Magazine. Don’t laugh. It’s all good.

An old link from my pal Don McGregor took me to some memories he jotted down about Steve Gerber after his passing.

Then I found that Don had some thoughts about the city he loves while the woman he loves - his wife Marsha - was in the hospital. Good reading.

Another friend of mine, artist Mark Stegbauer, has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for his book, Dr. Goyle. "If you are a fan of The Tick, Johnny Quest, Scooby-Doo, and Sherlock Holmes, then this comic is for you!" It looks like fun!

Award-winning sci-fi author John Scalzi (Old Man’s War, the upcoming Red Shirts) talks about his comic book experience.

And speaking of Scalzi, Lynne Thomas writes about her new book, Chicks Dig Comics, an anthology of essays “on the form and culture from Seanan McGuire, Jill Thompson, Marjorie Liu, Elizabeth Bear and many other comics and science fiction notables.”

Dean Haspiel says smart things.

Rod Lott at Bookgasm reviews Tezuka’s Dororo: The Omnibus Edition, calling it “a lighter work than Tezuka masterpieces like Ode To Kirihito or even the medical madness of the recently concluded Black Jack, but no less pleasurable or important.”

The writer Phil Nugent looks at horror television, from Twilight Zone to Night Gallery to X-Files and The River.

At Longbox Graveyard, Paul O’Connor has a few things to say about his recent WonderCon experience, both as a guest and a panelist.

Warren Ellis rounds up opinions on magazine publishing’s rumored demise.

Comic Strip Of The Day looks at what killed comic books and ties it into the “Superman Is A Dick” meme.

The world’s first cartoonist-scientist? Royston Robertson at The Bloghorn has the details about cartoonist William Rudling’s experiment.

Graham Nolan gets himself interviewed at Comic Book Movie.

W. Byron Wilkins also gets interviewed, at Eat The Funny Pages.

And who’s W. Byron Wilkins? He’s right here.

Artist Sara Light-Waller discovers some new brush pens that other cartoonists might need to check out.

John Zipperer at Weimar World Service posts a nice visual appreciation of Moebius.

The horror-and-mystery novelist Christopher Fowler (I’m a big fan of his Bryant & May mysteries) has a new standalone horror book. Fantastic Reviews describes Hell Train as “a horror novel in the Hammer style about the making of a Hammer movie.” I’m already in!

And finally, here’s a very nice interview with SF writer Jay Lake (Rocket Science).

Now go forth and use your internets responsibly!

[Artwork: Dr. Goyle, © Mark Stegbauer]

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