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Trouble with Comics, TWC News with ADD [123010]

TWC News with ADD [123010]

* Matt Seneca runs down ten comics he loved in 2010. Dude’s got good taste in comics, although it would take a profound and unlikely reshuffling of the laws of physics to ever convince me to read a Deadpool comic book.

* Tom Spurgeon interviews Dylan Horrocks, as his holiday interview series just gets more and more essential.

* Tony Isabella — one of the most outspoken and right-on advocates for creator rights — begins telling one of the definitive cautionary tales within that issue, his creation of Black Lightning. You’ll want to bookmark Tony’s message board and check back daily for upcoming installments of this story, which could very well change your perception of the corporate superhero comics industry.

* Steve Bissette and Dave Sim are having a very public chat (part one) (part two) (part three) (part four). This one could get very interesting. I remember well the Warren Ellis Forum incident that Bissette recounts, so damn, I must be old.

* Which reminds me, it was 11 years ago today that I first met and interviewed Barry Windsor-Smith. It was a memorable day for many reasons, including the fact that I got to meet and pick the brain of one of the smartest and most gifted comics creators of all time (not to mention a personal favourite comics creator of mine), George Harrison was stabbed that day, and it was less than 24 hours before the dreaded Y2K non-event occurred. The morning of the 30th I worked 5-11 AM at WABY (an all-news AM station) in Albany, met up with my friend Marshall for a quick lunch and then we hit the thruway to make the hour-long drive down to Barry’s studio. I ended up with something like four hours of taped interview, and had a mind-blowing time talking comics and more important issues with Barry, Marshall, and Barry’s studio manager Alex Bialy. At the end of this very long day, Barry treated Marshall and I to an incredible meal, Barry signed my copy of Opus Vol. 1, and we agreed that we would all talk again (which we did, many times). I drove back to Albany, where Marshall had left his pickup truck, and now it was something like 2 in the morning on 31 December 1999. I had to be at work at WABY again at 5 AM, so instead of driving an hour further north to Glens Falls to refresh myself, I just went to the radio station and tried unsuccessfully to take a nap. 5 AM came all too soon, and I zombied my way through my shift until I could finally go home at 11 AM, where I slept until evening, and then stayed up to watch the end of the world at midnight as the year 2000 was rung in. Needless to say, there was no catastrophe, the internet did not explode, airplanes did not fall out of the sky, and I went to bed, exhausted but quite pleased that my radio career and my interest in comics had intersected to allow me to have this amazing experience. Really the first time, but not the last.

Alan David Doane

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