I don’t mean to bust chops, but I can’t be the only one to find this amusing, right? Comic Foundry was originally denied distribution by Diamond because Diamond didn’t think that a black and white comic in the style of Comic Foundry would sell. Comic Foudry head honcho Tim Leong said at the time – “So, to be a timely magazine with topical content (and feature images of comic characters) it has to be in color? I’m sorry, I’ve thought about this all afternoon, and I don’t really see how this makes sense.” And now, after the first issue of Comic Foundry came out in black and white, the magazine has been re-tooled to be…yep, you guessed it, all in color. Come on, that’s at least kinda funny, right?
Anyhow, what’s Comic Foundry (the color version) like?
Well, basically the same as the first issue (which I did a bit on here).
Comic Foundry is basically Wizard, only if Wizard wrote almost entirely about comics, and their decisions regarding what comics to talk about were based on which comics they think are the coolest. So for a fan of good comics, you’ll likely enjoy and/or be familiar with most of the comics being discussed in this issue.
By the by, speaking of the change to color, it is a HUGE improvement over the black and white pages. The book looks a lot better in color.
Anyhow, like the first issue, the book was a lot of fun, but it was fun you mostly forgot about as soon as you finished reading the issue. That’s not really a bad thing, per se, as a fun read about comics is always appreciated, just noting that there is a lack of “heft” to the magazine, as it stresses a rapid-fire succession of short features – sidebar, sidebar, sidebar, sidebar – coming at you like machine gun fire.
The notable exception was the featured interview with Matt Fraction (I like this cover with Fraction a lot better than issue #1’s cover) by Laura Hudson. Hudson did an excellent job on the interview making it feel quite substantial and interesting – and there was even a cute sidebar to the interview on TOP of the interview (detailing one of Fraction’s earliest “comic book works”).
Oh, and the Venture Brothers spotlight piece was good, too.
And while the Final Crisis/Secret Invasion pieces seemed fairly routine, I DID like that they got a quote from Morrison complaining about how no one ever uses his continuity changes – it’s true, and I always figured it must irk him, but this is the first time I recall seeing him actually SAY it.
So Comic Foundry is a nice-looking book featuring a lot of disposable fun comic features – not a bad book to have, no?
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