And here it is...
After a long silence the voice returned. “We've still got a big stack of them,” I was told and so I hung up without so much as a thank you and was out the door headed for Memphis Comics & Collectibles.
Memphis' Rock and Roll Renaissance man Mike McCarthy has a bit of a David Bowie obsession. In fact, the filmmaker, comic book artist, and musician behind cult classics like Superstarlet A.D. (watch Craig Brewer watching it here) and Teenage Tupelo is such a fan his obsessions are occasionally noted by the Thin White Duke himself. Or at least by the folks who run his official website.
Today is Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) around the world. Started by industry distributors in 2002 and supported by major comics publishers, the event has grown into a major promotional event for the industry.
All visitors to participating comics establishments will, naturally enough, get a free comic book. DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and other companies publish special FCBD issues.
This year, free comics appear from titles such as Avengers, Green Lantern, Wolverine, Savage Dragon, Love and Rockets, and Archie.
It’s a sour-sweet week for me here at Sing All Kinds. Unless you’ve been living under a rock — a very nerdy, unsociable, awkward-around-girls rock — you would have absolutely no idea whatsoever that this week saw the release of the last-ever issue of comic book series 100 Bullets.
For the uninitiated, 100 Bullets is an R-rated crime series of the imprint Vertigo, which publishes "Comics and books for mature readers." 100 Bullets #1 came out in August 1999, a shot across the bow of American sequential art, fired by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso. Ten years and multiple Eisner and Harvey awards later, issue #100 has been released. Its passing marks the end of the defining comics story of the current decade.