Chicago cartoonist Ed Siemienkowicz is fighting the battle of his life yet again. A little over two years ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which it seemed like he had pretty well beaten by having part of his pancreas, intestines and lymph nodes removed. Then it came back and his entire pancreas was removed. Now it's back again and Ed is in the fight of his life yet again. He has documented part of his battle over on his crowdfunding page, Team Ed. This article about Ed is in three parts, my personal feelings about Ed and his battle, how you can help, and a soapbox.
Canadian comic artist Gisèle Lagacé, known most recently for her work on Jem And The Holograms, Archie Meets The Ramones and Betty Boop, was scheduled to be at Artist's Alley and the IDW table at C2E2 in Chicago this weekend. Unfortunately, she won't be there due to problems she encountered at the US Border with Canada. Here is the full recounting she shared on her Facebook page.
We get a lot of press releases about Kickstarters, and for the most part we pass them by. If we posted every Kickstarter, the site would fill up pretty fast. Sure, maybe we should be a little more fair, but the comics section of Needless Essentials Online is where we share a love of the
Alterna Comics is trying to draw in new readers with one of the oldest business tactics, lowering cost. I'm not mentioning prices, because that is a different issue. Alterna is lowering their costs by using cheaper paper, specifically newsprint. This has the dual effect of sparking nostalgia for those of us that get a kick out of the smell of newsprint. Newsprint also has a unique look that modern paper just doesn't have. However, due to this reduced printing cost, Alterna's cover prices are very noticeable for how low they are. Is it a good strategy? It is if the books are good.
Let's set the stage for this week's Review of Old Comics. In 1992, Jim Shooter had been ousted as Editor-In-Chief of Valiant Comics. A year later, he founded Defiant Comics in the crowded direct market of the 1990s. To stand apart, it was decided that the first issue of their flagship series, Plasm, was to be produced as a trading card set. When the cards were put into binder pages, they would reveal the complete story. Due to varying allotment, gaining the entire story proved difficult. There was a print version made available through Diamond Comic Distributor's catalog, Previews, but aside from that, readers had to wait until it was collected in Warriors Of Plasm: The Collected Edition.
The Comic Lover's Wife is back, this time just with a question that has nagged at her brain for a while. Hopefully it can generate some discussion between you and your friends not into comics and provoke some thought.
I'm resurrecting another favorite old series of mine, Elementals, by Bill Willingham. This time it's an issue that I remember being exceptionally good. Will this be another case of memory being fooled by a more critical eye years later? Let's have a look.
Sequart's latest contribution to comics scholarship is The British Invasion: Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, and the Invention of the Modern Comic Book Writer. This is a subject that has been touched on in the past in various outlets for comics journalism, but never comprehensively. The British Invasion looks to be a serious effort to not only tell the story of the early careers of these three writers, but the lasting effect they have had on the comics medium.
Black Mask Studios sent us a preview of next week's Kim & Kim #1, which is part of a huge push of new titles that they're making this year. There looks to be a lot of anticipation for this title, so seeing it arrive in the inbox was a real treat. How does it live up to the anticipation?
With next fall's television schedule packed with comic book shows, it seemed like the perfect time to break out a list of comics we'd love to see as a TV series. The rules are simple, the comic cannot have already been adapted for television, nor already be adapted from a television series. Sorry, Jem and the Holograms, but seriously bring that back with the tone of this current comic series. Also, animated adaptations are not included in being previously adapted. We're talking about live action television series here.
We're currently reading Black Mask's new all-ages title Jade Street Protection Services #1. Until we can get a review up, here's a preview sent to us by Black Mask.
While you wait for the sequel to We Can Never Go Home, the series that put Black Mask on the comics industry map, you can not pass by 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. Matthew Rosenberg is slowly unraveling a mystery that is drawing in four misfit kids. It's a fantastic set-up that is unfolding nicely. The first issue's second print arrived in shops next week and the second issue arrives this week. You should be able to catch up easily.