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I hate that this needs to be posted, but here we go. The comic industry isn't dying. Sales aren't imploding. The most true thing about comics right now is that little has changed in the last 10-20 years. And that IS a problem... just not the problem we hear about. #comics /1
I completely get why some things are discouraging. Comics feel like they have changed a lot over the last ten years in particular, but in many ways comics have played it safe more than taken risks. But to a lot of readers the recent past is pretty disheartening. I get it. /2
Part of the problem is us. Me. You. We have access to a huge amount of content that 20-30 years ago was a bit harder to get. This means that amazing comics are at our beck and call whenever we want. It also means that the monthly crop of comics has no prayer of stacking up. /3
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Time for a few Hindi heroes from the 70s* and 80s: the first Golden Age of Indian #comics!

(*you can tell by the sideburns)
The original Super Commando Dhruva, from Raj Comics. He fights robots, when he has to...
Janbaaz Jwala, from Radha Comics. Apparently he cannot be hurt by fire. Axes however...
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Cambodia has a rich modern history of pulp art, comics and graphic novels. Today in pulp I look at the Cambodian scene and at some of the artists who made - and continue to make - it happen.
Cambodian pulp art was initially influenced by the French comic strip style, and later by Indian movie posters and hindi comics. But it also maintains a strong folk-art tradition, melded with contemporary themes.
In the 1960s Cambodian artists were able to make a reasonable living illustrating both comics and book covers for the domestic market. Flower Of Love, Flame Of Suffering by Hak Chay Hok (Khmer Books) is a good example of the genre. The cover is by Hul Sophon.
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Yesterday I talked about comic shops, and what more could be done to help. I wanted to THANK @Ssnyder1835, @GailSimone and @bryanedwardhill for their help in getting word out, and anyone please chime in with thoughts or arguments. Today I wanted to hit another topic... #comics /1
I mentioned yesterday that the number one “poison pill” for a book is silence. I have endless evidence to prove this statement, from @comichron and their numbers to the effect simple marketing and promotion does for a book. Noise helps. Silence hurts. Not exactly a new idea. /2
But (and here’s where I will get some argument I’m sure), one of the big themes of the last year has been the social media “presence” by creators, with a lot said about political or aggressive statements being a big turn off to readers. But that impact is very questionable. /3
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It’s time, stringlovers 😎 #inktober #creeptober
Oh yeah I should probably mention I’ll be working on a horror comic this inktober / creeptober based on the prompt “string”. So let’s call this 1/31?
String (a horror story)
2/31 #creeptober #inktober #comics #horror
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Yesterday I discovered that I was getting more copies of Iceman than I ordered. I posted a short thread which led to a lot of good conversation. But I wanted to take a moment to really explain "overships" and how they work. Being smarter about the business helps everyone! /1
First, what are overships? Simply put, it's when you (as a retailer) order 5 copies of a title and the publisher sends you additional copies beyond what you order. The retailer DOES NOT pay for these other than the shipping cost. Usually the shipping costs are insignificant. /2
One exception to this is when (Marvel specifically) decides to overship 10%-15% of their line. Now you're talking about hundreds of dollars of additional shipping costs. But this hasn't happened in over a year, and knock on wood won't happen again as people revolted. /3
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RIP to an incredible artist and trailblazer, "Mirthful" Marie Severin. Artist and Colorist of EC Comics, HULK, Daredevil, Conan, Sub Mariner, Dr. Strange. Co-Creator of Spider-Woman and countless more. #comics #marieseverin
Marie Severin’s hand rendered color guides were NUTS.
How to be a comic artist by Marie Severin from Not Branch Echh from the late 60's.
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And for my #visuallyimpaired folks, I will #type out the #text of that #image, down here. Cuz the data is #important. (one of these days I'll get all my comics done with text properly on the site)

Starts here: Hello, It's Trish Malone, creator of #NKVSSP and slightly hurty -
- artist monkey.
And it's just struck me now, so bear with me.
My forearm, right at the elbow, is needles and fire. It happens. And Overuse is the #1 suspect. Turns out today though, overuse is actually #2.

As a patient with #EhlersDanlosSyndrome, I have to be on top of, -
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After rummaging through a closet that I swear employs TARDIS technology, I found the @TerryMooreArt books I was looking for, + a few I had plumb forgot about. I'll spread these pics out over several days.
While the cover art may be familiar, these aren't actually SiP comic books.
I'll post another pic later this evening. (FYI: I'm in CA.) Years ago, Maida Carpio Scott (RIP) posted a then comprehensive @TerryMooreArt checklist online. Alas, that site appears to be defunct. Many of the publications I'll be spotlighting were on that list, but a few were not.
Not the pic I planned on sharing tonight, but fate intervened. It was announced today that @realbdw will be reprising his Lando role in SW IX. Issue 5 of @DarkHorseComics 1999 @StarWars Tales features Lando covers (photo cover shown) and the @TerryMooreArt story A Summer's Dream.
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1) Un petit guide sur les #SocialJusticeWarriors (#SJW) suite aux événements de #Tolbiac et tout le marasme qui s’en est suivi, parce que je suis assez étonnée de la méconnaissance des gens en #France et sur #Twitter. Il reste central aux #US depuis quelques années. (à dérouler)
2) Car oui, comme beaucoup de mouvements culturels celui-ci nous vient directement des US et du #Canada, et met la lutte militante pour le progrès social en son centre, tjs sous le prisme d’un rapport de force à une minorité : #genre, #handicap, #racisme, #sexisme, etc…
3) Donc si t’es twittos #anglophone tu vas sûrement rigoler, parce que tu t’es déjà retrouvé embourbé dans des échanges impossibles et que tu connais exactement le sujet… Tu pourras donc passer ton chemin, car tu n’apprendras rien de spé.
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OK, we need to talk about why this is nonsense, and why it matters - and it's far more important than 'nerds being wrong on the internet':

#BlackPanther #Comics #ComicsHistory #FakeNews
That image is a tweet that went viral last week, spurred by the movie's success. I first saw it posted by @ fatherdog, but I don't know if that's where it originated and it's since been deleted. However, the issue is that it racked up over 4000 retweets - and is completely false.
Here are the facts:
-Yes, Jack Kirby created Black Panther, in the pages of Fantastic Four#52-54 in 1966
-But. Black Panther's first solo stories were published in Jungle Action, from 1973
-That series was written by Don McGregor, with art by Rich Bucklin & Billy Graham
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This weekend was the premiere of the first issue of slice-of-life story "Well, This Is It" at #NYCC2017. I'm the editor! (thread)
So there's one unique thing about the cover you might not think about. @jojabarker did all the writing AND drawing on this. He's become...
...what Barker calls a one-stop-shop & I like to call a comicsmith & the art film people call an auteur. He could have taken all the credit.
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The city of DOMINION, created in ink & cardboard by the Canadian cartoonist Seth. More here: flickr.com/photos/1324410… #comics #architecture
The burgeoning cyberpunk megalopolis of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in THE SURFACE by @aleskot and @LangdonFoss. #comics #architecture
Retro futurism, German expressionism, and art deco noir: the metropolis of Radiant City in Dean Motter's MISTER X. #comics #architecture
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