Wednesday, May 31, 2006

More About Toth And, Well, Just More About Stuff!

Tom Spurgeon, who has forgotten more about comics than most people will ever know, has compiled a brilliant page celebrating the life of career of Alex Toth. The page has an obituary along with some excellent images and links to blogs, tributes, news sites and more. You want to know why Toth was, and still is and always will be, held in the highest regards? Go and have a read of the outpouring of grief and see for yourself.

I've said, in a few places, that, in my eyes, there were pioneers in the world of comic book art. Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, Gil Kane, John Buscema, Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Neal Adams and many others. Then there was Alex Toth. For me he was always a cut above the pack and he'll always remain there.

Michael Netzer has made me blush. Let me say right here and now that's no easy feat. Michael is one of the beautiful people and I'm proud to be able to call him pal. He's one of the few honest people left in the industry and it never ceases to amaze me that I'm drawn to those people who are honest, call things as they see them and aren't afraid to speak their minds. Gotta love people like that.

Norm Breyfogle is still hard at work on the comic Of Bitter Souls. Written by Chuck Satterlee, this book is one of the must reads of the year - if you can find it. Many shops aren't bothering to import it into Australia, the swine! I'm thinking of buying a pile of trade paperbacks and selling them here myself at shows and conventions. If you want to chat about the book then there's a forum here, and there's always Norm's own forum.

For those who keep score, we're off to Camberwell on the weekend. We'll have a largish banner there - one of the few times we've taken it due to the space it takes up in the veehickell. Pop by and say hello if you're that way inclined. It's always a nice drive and a wonderful trip - four days away, living in hotel rooms (my favourite part) and shopping for all the things you just can't find here in Adelaide. I always manage to come back with a few boxes of books and comics, and I expect this time will be no exception. Gotta finish that collection of Newtons Comics!

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