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Friday, April 30, 2004
  Miscellaneous Friday Links
Time to welcome another new blogger to the Comics Blogosphere:  Steve Pheley's Gutterninja is off to an auspicious start, with great posts on what American comic publishers should have learned from the successes of manga and how everyone in comics is haunted by the ever-present specter of superhero comics, even when they're not publishing, reading, or discussing superhero comics.  Good stuff.  (I especially liked the comparison with the movie industry and how DVD boxes don't feel compelled to explain defensively "Not all movies are about people falling in love with Meg Ryan...")  Welcome, Steve.  (And thanks to Franklin Harris for pointing out Steve's blog.)

It's that time of year again:  time to cast your vote in The Squiddies  (Link via Johanna Draper Carlson, co-admin for The Squiddies.)

Forgot to link to this earlier, but I'm really looking forward to reading Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá's new all-ages graphic novel, Ursula, due out in July from AiT/Planet Lar.  I've been enjoying the potential stories suggested by single panels from Moon and Bá over the past month or so, so I'm really excited to see what they can do in a 72-page GN.  It's already added to my cart but I wouldn't be opposed to reviewing an advance copy (hint, hint).

Greg McElhatton takes over the "Things to Come" column over at Ninth Art and spotlights several other interesting comics coming out in July.  I'm particularly interested in The Walking Man (which I found some preview pages for here) but I'm sure I'll end up ordering a couple other things from Greg's list as well.

Going through manga news withdrawal?  Well, here's an interview with Tokyopop CEO Stuart Levy over at Japan Today (via James Schee) and a short New York Daily News article on the thriving manga boom (via Kevin Melrose).  I know it's not as much fun as NBA or Dr. Pepper tie-ins, but there's always next week.
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