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Saturday December 11, 2010 1:19 pm

Weekend Reading: Walking Dead, Castle and Wonder Woman

Hagar The HorribleIf you need to take a break from Christmas shopping and sit down in front of a warm computer and fill your body with the sweet, sweet taste of egg nog, here are some nice links to keep you company.

I love Christmas cards from cartoonists, and Hogan’s Alley has posted a whole pile of them from Dik Browne, creator of Hagar The Horrible and one of the greatest cartoonists, ever. As if that weren’t enough, there’s this: “Every year since 1936, the Newspaper Enterprise Association has syndicated a Christmas strip. In 1968, Jack Kent produced a daily-only King Aroo sequence, which we are thrilled to present here!”

Castle: If you like Nathan Fillion’s TV series, you’re not alone. Here’s what one loyal fan created.

Amazons: David E. Kelley talks about his Wonder Woman project. The bottom line: don’t get your hopes up.

Suspense: What happens when a half-dozen mystery and suspense writers get together to launch a new site? If one of them - Max Allan Collins - also writes the occasional graphic novel then they get a link!

Mark Martin: The terrific cartoonist is writing part of a story every day and posting it. Check out “Maggie and Whitey Save the World! but not this one.”

Gold: Greg Baldino favorably reviews the graphic novel adaptation of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. “The best audience for The Alchemist graphic novel may be those looking to it as a gateway book.”

Insight: Good interview with my pal Mark Wheatley, artist on the graphic novel Lone Justice. This quote from Mark should be a tattoo: “Creative people have great power when we take control of our own creations and take the responsibility for getting the books published.”

Comics: Lew Stringer’s got a preview up of the upcoming issue of Comic Heroes. Looks good!

Eerie: John Zipperer at Weimar World Service finds a new book that looks like a must-have for those of us who like horror comics (and especially their cheap knock-offs): The Weird World of Eerie Publications.

Fantasy: SF novelist John Scalzi wins the internet this week with a look at accurate but misleading descriptions of beloved fantasy films. I won't pull a quote because it spoils the comedy, but for some solid laughs, get over there.

Dowdy: Ricky Sprague at Project Child Murdering Robot wonders why there’s a comic book about an aging attention-monger most people in the comic book industry don’t read and have never heard of: Maureen Dowd, whose work mostly appears in something called “a newspaper.”

Seth: Seth Godin, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” always has a lot of sensible advice and things to thing about. In one of his latest posts about Cliches, he gives a shout-out to Golden Age comics.

Walking Dead: When Hell is full and the dead walk the Earth, Comicmix’s Wayne Chang lists the 6 heroes (and anti-heroes) he wants on his side. Bonus: He encourages you to name your own six, not just disagree with his!

More Dead Walking: Comedy writer Ken Levine (M*A*S*H; Cheers) has a unique take on the AMC’s decision to get rid of the on-staff writers for The Walking Dead.

Destroy: If you’ve been enjoying the Destructor webcomic by Sean T. Collins and Matt Wiegle, you’ll probably love this interview with them from Curt Purcell.

Dead Again: And speaking of Purcell, while everyone else is talking about The Walking Dead TV series, he’s getting excited again about the upcoming story arc in the monthly comic book.

Yes, Minister: The SFWA has a nice, though short, interview with Minister Faust, author of From The Notebooks of Dr. Brain: A Self-Help Book for Super-Heroes.

Ghosts: Comic book and pulp writer Ron Fortier likes Ghosts of Manhattan by George Mann, about a steampunkish crime-fighter in 1926. “with its colorful steampunk setting, wonderfully echoes the exuberant fun of the original pulps.”

And finally, the guys from Little Britain, David Walliams and Matt Lucas have a new series that debuts on Christmas Day in the UK: Come Fly With Me. Here’s the commercial for it.

And if you like that one, here are special trailers for Come Fly With Me featuring Ronnie Corbett (The Two Ronnies) and a Dalek (from Doctor Who).

Now go forth and use your internets responsibly!

[Artwork: Hagar The Horrible (top), © King Features; Lone Justice (bottom), © Mark Wheatley & Robert Tinnell]

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