Things have been a bit busy here at stately Kleefeld Manor lately. Especially the past week with the recent hubbub about the Fantastic Four death issue. Prior to this blog, I ran a FF-themed website for over a decade and became reasonably well-known as THE expert on the comic. Despite the site being down for a while now, I guess I'm still considered pretty on top of the subject, so I've been fielding more than a few inquiries about this whole death thing.
I'll point first to a couple of pieces I wrote for MTV Geek. "It Started with Death: Twice" covers my initial introductions to the FF and how they both utilized a character's death. (That went live last week; I don't think I mentioned it here.) Today's piece is "My Hero Just Died" and focuses specifically on the Human Torch. There should be a third FF piece going up later this week (after I write it) and I'm talking with the editor there about doing more, not necessarily FF related, articles over the long term. Look for more of my work over at MTV Geek in the future!
My next piece is a guest commentary I did for Comic Book Resources today. It's essentially an overview of deaths in Fantastic Four going back to the 1960s and the impact they had on both the readers and the characters. I don't cover each and every death that occurred in the book over the past 50 years, but I hit most of the significant ones, I think. I was actually pleasantly surprised how the piece turns out; it's not just a straight listing of issue summaries in chronological order, but has it's own nice little narrative structure.
The last thing I'm going to plug won't be out for a while yet, but I figured I'd throw it in now since I'm on this self-promotion shtick already. Did you see this call for scholars back in October? Salem Press is going to be publishing a three-volume encyclopedia of comic information to be used primarily by libraries. I contributed the articles for Alice in Sunderland and Fax from Sarajevo to the project. They technically haven't approved what I submitted yet, but I'm pretty confident there won't be any major problems with them. Obviously, I'll let folks know as soon as I find out when these books actually ship.
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