CBR, PIPELINE, PODCASTING, ETC.: THE META STUFF
So, CBR looks all new and shiny and blue, doesn't it? It may not be as drastic a change as our last redesign was, but I think everything looks new and spiffy. There are always little wrinkles that will be ironed out over the course of time, but the team behind this did a very good job. I like the way PIPELINE looks.
The big addition to the PIPELINE arsenal is a new PIPELINE-only RSS feed. If you go to the new PIPELINE Archives page, you'll notice an RSS bug in the header above the archives. Subscribe to that and you'll get a feed containing links to PIPELINE as the columns go up.
One question I've gotten a couple of times now is about the new CBR Reviews section that I'm editing and how it might affect PIPELINE. To make a long story short, it won't change anything. I'm still free to write reviews in PIPELINE, and that's the plan. CBR Reviews is a bonus, not a replacement. In fact, once we get CBR Reviews running like a well-oiled machine, I plan on contributing a review a week or so. Watching all the reviews come in and being the first to read them is nice, but it makes me want to join in. That'll be happening soon enough.
PIPELINE has never been a static creature. It changes at my whim. I made some plans at the beginning of this year to change some things around, and nothing's changed there. While I haven't been able to increase audience participation in this column just yet, I think I've done well in cutting back on the length of each column and in adding a graphical element to the column with the original art scans. (Ironically, there's no original art in this week's column. It'll be back next week.)
If the number of reviews increases or decreases in PIPELINE, it has nothing to do with CBR Reviews. It's just coincidence. PIPELINE always comes first.
Back to the website now: The one casualty of the big CBR redesign is that THE PIPELINE PODCAST is temporarily unavailable. We never thought to test it as we developed the new site. Whoops. There are a couple of known issues we're working around behind the scenes to get everything back up and running. By the time you read this, in fact, it might be working for you again. We're sorry for the delay, but please do go back and listen to last week's show when it appears. It's entertaining on many levels.
You can see the full archives for the podcast over here.
I'm pleased that THE COMMENTARY TRACK is getting back to a normal schedule now, though. We'll see a new Track from Ron Marz about "Witchblade" #116 on CBR today, with another one coming up at the end of this week from the creative team of Image's new OGN, "Aqua Leung." I have another one lined up for next week, but the schedule is clear after that. If you're a creator interesting in sharing a little behind the scenes information on your upcoming late April or May book, please make contact. I'll put you right on the schedule.
Looking at this month's "Previews," I'm a bit overwhelmed. There's so much good stuff to talk about in there that I don't know how we're going to limit it at all down to an hour PIPELINE PREVIEWS PODCAST. It's scary.
Even scarier: If I had the time and the equipment, I think a video PIPELINE podcast would be fun to do. I know I long ago vowed never to subject you to my face like that, but I have some ideas. Just no time. Ah, well.
I read Lewis Trondheim's "Little Nothings: The Curse of the Umbrella" this week and loved every page of it. Trondheim is a French cartoonist, famous for an overwhelming number of titles that we see only a small percentage of here in the States. You've seen NBM's editions of "Dungeon" and "A.L.I.E.E.E.N", for two examples. I've reviewed other books of his, including "Li'l Santa" and "Mr. O."