Let’s start with the bad news: Dirk Deppey, who has long been responsible for The Comics Journal‘s Journalista news blog, has apparently been laid off, and today will be his final day. I honestly can’t tell you how much that news saddens me—at least not without sounding like I’m exaggerating—but I Deppey’s blog was on of the first places I visited on the Internet each weekday morning, reading it was something I looked forward to every day and, when Deppey blogged-in sick or took a vacation, I missed him. I hope you’ll join me in wishing Deppey the best in his future endeavors.
Two think-pieces of note: At Graphic Novel Reporter, Brigid Alverson discusses “The Pitfalls of Age Ratings,” while at The Comics Journal R.C. Harvey tries “Defining Comics Again.”
“Brainiac is an interesting case that we’ve been thinking about. As an intelligent computer, does he have rights under the Constitution?”: The New York Times‘ John Schwartz chats with the guys behind the new-ish Law and The Multiverse blog, which deals with legal issues in comic books.
Two for Christmas: Jesse Hamm re-gifts his art featuring various maids of might a-milking, and Top Shelf’s Brett Warnock shares some of the Christmas cards he’s been getting, including one in which Dean Haspiel draws a hell of a Santa Claus.