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Sunday January 13, 2013 5:29 am

Weekend Reading: Star Wars, Gerry Conway, Bloodhound, & Mickey Mouse

Star Wars ScoundrelsThe internets are abuzz with all sorts of great stuff this week. Let's take a look.

Gerry Conway is one of my favorite writers. I love his Marvel work on Spider-Man and countless others, his Atari Force for DC is an unsung gem, and, more importantly, I think his work as a writer-producer on Law & Order: Criminal Intent gave that show its best episodes. This project with him looks very interesting.

Great news. An old DC book that slipped under the radar is getting collected by Dark Horse. It’s Dan Jolley’s (and Leonard Kirk’s and Robin Riggs’) Bloodhound. Here’s a solid interview with Dan at Robot 6.

Mickey Mouse tries to kill himself, in 1930.

A Star Wars novel as caper with Han, Chewy and Lando? Here’s a very favorable review from Randy Johnson of Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn.

Two smart people talking about comics: Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter interviews Heidi MacDonald at Comics Beat. The result? Stellar!

And then, here's Heidi talking about taking 2013 seriously and getting healthy.

Artist Aaron Lopresti (Amethyst) blogs about the influence of Neal Adams and Jim Steranko on his own work.

Screenwriter John August shares the story that screenwriter Billy Ray often tells about being a writer in Hollywood. Comic book writers (and artists) may find this appropriate.

Cartoonist Lew Stringer has hit the ‘pause’ button on his British comics blog, Blimey!, to focus 2013 on the pursuit of more freelance work.

Award-winning author John Scalzi looks back on the ten years since his first book - Old Man’s War - was published.

Wild Side Press is bringing back into print some great sf books by Ron Goulart.

I love this piece of original art by Jim Steranko from 1972.

Animator Michael Sporn at Splog posts a preview of a new art book on Albert Dorne. Seriously, that guy’s a great artist - go check it out.

Novelist Bill Crider calls attention to a collection of Modesty Blaise comic strips from Titan Books.

The writer Lance Mannion compares J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit to Peter Jackson’s version.

Cory Doctorow likes Warren Ellis’ new novel, Gun Machine.

And finally, if you’re old school and using brass pencil sharpeners, be aware of the lead content...

That's it for this week! Use your internets responsibly!

[Artwork: Star Wars: Scoundrels]

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