Joe McCulloch has your weekly guide to the most interesting-sounding new comics in stores, plus some thoughts on Dragon Ball Z.

The nostalgia I felt watching the film had really nothing to do with anime or manga; I'd never even watched Dragon Ball Z on television. No, what struck me was how much this movie felt like an old Marvel superhero comics Annual, cramming a whole bunch of characters together for a 'big' (yet somehow also low-stakes) story set in active continuity but not especially effective thereupon.

And Aron Nels Steinke offers the second installment in his week as our Cartoon Diarist.

Meanwhile, elsewhere:

—Reviews & Commentary. Over at The New Republic, Jeet Heer wonders if the best comics are made by auteurs or collaborators.

Rob Clough continues an informal series of reviews on autobio comics with a piece on Corinne Mucha.

Greg Reese writes about Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance.

—Interviews. Someone calling themselves Neonpajamas talks to Jon Vermilyea.

Zack Smith talks to (Christopher) Priest about Black Panther.

—Money. This is a lot of money.

The most dedicated critic in alternative comics, Rob Clough, is raising funds.

6 Responses to Fire

  1. Not at all related to anything you’ve said – I generally find the little pictures you use in your ‘From the Blog’ on your front page really interesting and sometimes REALLY cool (today’s is cool).

    But 2 thoughts just occurred to me in the following order…

    ‘Wow, that image of the Martian is cool, I wonder who drew that… It’s really irritating that they don’t say who/ where these images are from’

    ‘Hey, this is the TCJ, they’re a professional website and here THEY are, use unattributed images, do they swipe them, do they even PAY to use these images?’

    ‘It sucks that they don’t link to the creator’s other work even if they DO pay.’

    So – please could you at least tell us who created the images, even better, could you link to their sites?

    Even better, could you PROMISE, cross your heart and all, that you will do both and ask their permission, before use and pay them for that usage?

    Just seems fair for the TCJ to be squeaky clean like that…


  2. Tim Hodler says:

    The images are always from stories that are linked to in the blog post in question, and it’s Fair Use as commonly understood. The picture used today is by Jon Vermilyea and from the interview I linked to above.

  3. OK

    not always going to follow those leads – hence the not knowing…

    I still personally think it would be really nice if there was some way to highlight which story the image linked to. I wasn’t going to follow the Jon Vermilyea lead, but now have to as the image is so cool.

    Still – your site so you get to choose


  4. Tim Hodler says:

    I appreciate the feedback; it’s worth thinking about. But click on every link!

  5. I have a family – I’m lucky enough to get time to read YOUR website!!

    Thanx for listening and explaining.

  6. another Tim says:

    hey you know thats exactly what i wish you’d change on here … sometimes I click through all your links in a post and still dont have clue where the tiny teaser image is from, when its actually the reason i looked at the post in the first place. Its frustrating and it would be cool if you found a way to change it. Otherwise thanks for maintaining one of the very few worthwhile comic blogs :)

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