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Here's a note of some hope from the always excellent Beehive Books that I am passing along here to those that can use it:

We're instituting a pay-what-you-can policy on our digital editions. If you can't afford our prices on eBooks, just shoot us an email at info @ beehivebooks.com, and we'll send you any of our titles free of charge.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 3 January 2020 19:34 (six months ago) link

Was just thinking about 2020 Visions yesterday! Love early Delano but never got around to that one.

Drive Like a Demon From Steakhouse to Steakhouse (Old Lunch), Friday, 3 January 2020 19:37 (six months ago) link

TIL the Bryan Talbot Grandville books are a direct reference to a 19th century French artist: http://www.tcj.com/j-j-grandville-a-matter-of-line-death/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=j-j-grandville-a-matter-of-line-death

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 4 January 2020 11:48 (six months ago) link

https://www.polygon.com/comics/2020/1/9/20995875/politics-in-comics-dc-marvel-superman-trump-lois-lane-art-spiegelman

honestly, ewing's immortal hulk strikes me as the most explicitly political book in mainstream comics; it just doesn't go TRUMP TRUMP FACEBOOK TRUMP in the text

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:15 (five months ago) link

It's been coming pretty close recently!

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:55 (five months ago) link

indeed, but i love that ewing allows the subtext to be that; it allows him to get utterly crazy with the story without running afoul of marvel's twitter troublemaker policies

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:00 (five months ago) link

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7jX3OujYIH

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 20 January 2020 23:57 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Going to a Kieron Gillen “Guardian masterclass” tomorrow in London on how to write comics and stuff. Will report back! I’ve quit Die as I found it too difficult to follow/boring but I generally like his Marvel stuff (more than the indies tbh)

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 17:58 (five months ago) link

Was caught unaware of the new Forbidden Planet Glasgow. To start with I was dismayed by sheer quantity of merchandise and more of the bloody Funkopop but as I was leaving, I realized there is an upstairs (exclusive Frank Quitely art created for the stairway?) and there's more of everything and some new stuff the never had. More prose books than they've had in years (admittedly a lot of it looks like old stock), so I was quite impressed overall. Hope this goes well.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 16 February 2020 03:10 (four months ago) link

Funkopops are everywhere and are the most loathsome things.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 04:15 (four months ago) link

They recently opened a huge retail store in Hollywood: https://www.funko.com/hollywood-1

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 05:28 (four months ago) link

Funkopops are everywhere and are the most loathsome things.

OTM, just fucking hideous.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:27 (four months ago) link

The funkopops and other merch are, needless to say, what keeps Forbidden Planet Glasgow afloat. Certainly not comics or graphic novels. If and when the funkopops craze dies away, I imagine a number of comic shops will be in pretty dire straits financially.

It's nice to have more space to browse in Forbidden Planet Glasgow - the old Buchanan Street shop was a no-go zone on a Saturday, it got so crowded - but their new back issue section is rubbish. Poor selection and high prices.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:35 (four months ago) link

tbf I avoid the Forbbiden Planet in London because it mostly feels like a shop for geek culture merchandise, stick to Orbital and Gosh which seem to be keeping afloat (knock on wood)

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:38 (four months ago) link

I suspect they do keep some shops afloat, but if that is what it takes, let the industry die.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 11:06 (four months ago) link

Comic shops have had to rely on this kind of merchandise to stay float for decades, whether it's collectible card games or beautifully detailed busts of questionable taste. I'm fine with it. GameStop/ThinkGeek occupies a lot of that market, and modern chains like Newbury Comics and FP make it something like 95% of the store.
(Though I do kind of want to let the industry die to kill its ridiculous ordering system.)

Nhex, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 13:35 (four months ago) link

funko pops are the backing currency of comics stores, much like petroleum underpins the petrodollar

mh, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:58 (four months ago) link

These vast seas of inert, blankfaced fuckwit things, huge pockets of landfill in waiting.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 20 February 2020 02:27 (four months ago) link

but enough about the current ruling class, let's talk funko pops

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 20 February 2020 02:30 (four months ago) link

lol

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:43 (four months ago) link

i dunno who at marvel thought that 2020 was the perfect time to introduce a character called 'brittania' (not 'britannia' for some reason) draped in the union jack as part of something called 'the union' but i suspect it's not gonna be entirely well-received on this side of the pond

They wanted her to give them heroes. Meet Brittania in "The Union" #1, coming in May. #MarvelComics pic.twitter.com/EFpW956OBH

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 18, 2020

Generous Grant for Stepladder Creamery (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:48 (four months ago) link

Last year, the main comic book mart in London gave over a large part of its floorspace to funko pop dealers - they drew an almost completely different crowd from the usual smelly old comic book fans - much younger, many more female fans. So I think there is the possibility of using these (basically harmless if useless) model toys to broaden and grow the comics audience a little bit; not sure most comic book stores would know how to go about this tho.

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:49 (four months ago) link

It's not entirely clear most comic book stores would want to!

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:53 (four months ago) link

dunno who at marvel thought that 2020 was the perfect time to introduce a character called 'brittania' (not 'britannia' for some reason) draped in the union jack as part of something called 'the union' but i suspect it's not gonna be entirely well-received on this side of the pond

dunno if he created the characters but this series is written by Paul Grist

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Thursday, 20 February 2020 10:58 (four months ago) link

I mean, Captain Britain is already a thing in Marvel, and the team will also feature, er, Union Jack.

Debuting in a five-part series spinning out of the forthcoming Empyre storyline, The Union teams Union Jack — a hero who first appeared in 1976’s The Invaders No. 21 — with four all-new characters, each one representing different countries in the U.K.: Snakes from Northern Ireland, Kelpie from Scotland, The Choir from Wales and team leader Britannia.

So yeah I'm going with Britannia as the least worrying of these, particularly if she's darker without the light source that appears to be coming from her cleavage.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:03 (four months ago) link

hmm, maybe it deserves more benefit of the doubt then, but either way someone at marvel marketing needs a starter guide to uk politics xp

Generous Grant for Stepladder Creamery (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:03 (four months ago) link

'the choir' from wales is cracking me up tbh, maybe this will be good after all

Generous Grant for Stepladder Creamery (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:04 (four months ago) link

I'd argue investing more in manga produces the same result. Customers in Gosh and Orbital (and the Gosh reading group!) pretty young and diverse.

Not that I begrudge comic stores stocking some of those funkos.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:07 (four months ago) link

I think Snakes might actually be a clatter of snakes in a trenchcoat!

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:08 (four months ago) link

snakes in a trenchcoat / two bits

Generous Grant for Stepladder Creamery (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:08 (four months ago) link

yeah I'm going with Britannia as the least worrying

call her by her name

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:19 (four months ago) link

Her name's Britannia.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:26 (four months ago) link

It's ok. I know how it's spelt.

— paul grist (@mistergrist) February 18, 2020

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:29 (four months ago) link

feel we should honour and respect the intent of the legal author itt

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Thursday, 20 February 2020 11:49 (four months ago) link

well, there it is

Why have Marvel created a UVF mural? https://t.co/710LwfR30l

— Jamie (@jamieplsstop) February 20, 2020

Generous Grant for Stepladder Creamery (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 February 2020 16:02 (four months ago) link

I hope the funkopop owners and their inheritors believe in recycling instead of binning when the time comes to decide.
One of the greatest comic shop successes had to be one with the least craft.

Are all big manga successes ones with anime versions? Are some fans reluctant to read unless there is a version to watch?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 22 February 2020 17:10 (four months ago) link

For all the stereotype of geek culture being for loners I think there might even be too much emphasis on community and sharing because nobody seems to want to try anything unless there is versions in different mediums, merchandise and a busy fanbase ready to talk to you. Surely all the crap like funkopop is just to show other people your bedroom and all the stuff you like?

Just imagine book and music stores being half merchandise. Funkopop of bands and writers you cant even find in the store anymore.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:46 (four months ago) link

large US chain Barnes & Noble is about 1/4 random merch like that and fancy notebooks!

mh, Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:04 (four months ago) link

... and record megastore Amoeba Music is basically half merchandise these days!

Ticket Tout (morrisp), Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:06 (four months ago) link

(well, maybe 1/3)

Ticket Tout (morrisp), Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:08 (four months ago) link

I’m not sure what it’s like in 2020, but five years ago the physical store chain that sold the most vinyl records in the US was Urban Outfitters, which is a clothing/miscellaneous junk chain. Most records sold overall was Amazon.

I wouldn’t be surprised if B&N moved more graphic novels and trade paperback collections of comics than local comic shops in a lot of areas

mh, Sunday, 23 February 2020 16:26 (four months ago) link

Funko Pops are easily found in all chain bookstores

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:32 (four months ago) link

Great fucking walls of the things.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 27 February 2020 01:15 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Gq3qVqJL10
Fun!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 21 March 2020 18:47 (three months ago) link

Diamond not shipping anything after 4/1. Death of the direct market?

Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Monday, 23 March 2020 22:13 (three months ago) link

Hah! The way we live now - how will covid-19 change us?

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 23 March 2020 22:25 (three months ago) link

I am gonna be really sad if my local shop goes under, I was already a patreon patron :(

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 March 2020 23:18 (three months ago) link

Marvel already made a Heroes-World-style attempt to wipe out the DM last week, by offering enormous pandemic discounts to (in functional effect) online mail-order retailers

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Monday, 23 March 2020 23:36 (three months ago) link

I should probably email my local shop and ask them what they want me to do... I'm sure they'll stay open as an eBay store as they did before they had a physical storefront, but I'll be sad if they end up closing down, even with their problems getting my holds every week.

Nhex, Monday, 23 March 2020 23:40 (three months ago) link

i thought this was fun in a repurposed batshit rightwing images sorta way
http://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Carlesgod_StaySane_Web-img-3.jpg

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 15:52 (one month ago) link

hashtag radiohead social media prophecy

mh, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 21:12 (one month ago) link

I'm glad Print-On-Demand is becoming more prevalent in comics, half the books I read are POD these days. Seen Rick Veitch say it wouldn't reproduce pencil art that well but I hope it keeps evolving.
The Carter Ryder comics and public domain comics are the main things I'm aware of going POD, is there much else notable yet?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 21:37 (one month ago) link

Sorry, Carter RydYr

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 21:38 (one month ago) link

I never really dug Chaykin but his interview was great, such a great knowledge of illustrators but his keen eye suggests he didn't choose his overpowering colorists at Image, or did he?

Still smiling at Choe saying "Ron Lim is a fuckin' pimp".

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 12 June 2020 01:06 (four weeks ago) link

Re: Groth talking about Eisner, he thought Eisner's graphic novels were a purely cynical attempt at respectability. The acclaim for them seems to have dropped quite a lot.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 12 June 2020 01:14 (four weeks ago) link

i'm not a big fan of eisner's graphic novel work (tho lord knows i've tried) but the spirit is right up there with donald duck and mister natural in my pantheon

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 12 June 2020 01:44 (four weeks ago) link

Contract With God is okay bcz he was stretching to find something new (after decades of desk supervision), To The Heart Of The Storm has some personal feeling involved, otherwise it’s trash melodrama.

His late period is more interesting when serialised in the Spirit magazine, as there’s interesting contrasts between young-Eisner-when-he-was-good (and had good ghosts), businessman Eisner conducting interviews with various generations, and current Eisner trying to find a voice.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Friday, 12 June 2020 01:47 (four weeks ago) link

That's a shame if his reputation has decreased. I think his stuff is still very much worth seeking out.

Nhex, Friday, 12 June 2020 04:37 (four weeks ago) link

I love all old funky 70s and early 80s Howard Chaykin. None of his character attempts (Ironwolf, Cody Starbuck, Monark Starstalker, Dominic Fortune, The Scorpion, etc.) really caught on but they all had a cool energy to them that really appealed to me as a kid.

Its too bad you could not license to put them all together in one book as that would be a cool compilation of a certain style.

Howard Chaykin was cool as fxxx the time I met him at the Chicago comic con as a teenager in the 80s. I think it was '87 they had a backroom for the artists row and it was like Howard Chaykin, Denys Cowan (sharing a table) and like two tables down was Harvey Pekar and Daniel Clowes. Someone like Chris Claremont was speaking and the gallery was really empty at the time, so we got to talk to all of those guys a bit. Good day.

earlnash, Friday, 12 June 2020 17:34 (four weeks ago) link

I always liked Cookalein best of all Eisner's non-Spirit work.

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Friday, 12 June 2020 17:39 (four weeks ago) link

Chaykin's visual style appeals to me but i have never been able to finish a single issue of anything he's written. My memory of his writing is that it feels like Frank Miller directed by Verhoeven. Can someone convince me to try American Flagg?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 12 June 2020 17:41 (four weeks ago) link

The first 12 issues of Flagg are good, and packed with enough still-timely cynicism and media commentary that it outweighs the typical Chaykin cocksmannery.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Friday, 12 June 2020 18:26 (four weeks ago) link

i'll give it a go sometime.
I've been exploring the Eisner nominees with mixed returns. Should i post my thoughts here or start a new thread?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 12 June 2020 18:31 (four weeks ago) link

Post thoughts here

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 12 June 2020 18:35 (four weeks ago) link

R.I.P. Denny O’Neil.

Charging for Brewskis™ (morrisp), Saturday, 13 June 2020 03:54 (three weeks ago) link

I hadn't realized that a friend interviewed Denny O'Neill before a local comic convention. He accidentally misquoted him, saying that O'Neill's mom was in a nursing home and not an assisted living one, which O'Neill nicely corrected when he met him at the convention after the initial phone interview. I guess his mom lived in my city. My friend got to meet Denny's mom, who he brought to the convention, and she was also nice and seemed much younger than her age.

mh, Saturday, 13 June 2020 03:58 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.comic-con.org/awards/2020-eisner-awards-nominations

I find the Eisners to be VERY hit and miss as far as quality and scope goes but there are certainly worse year-past recaps of popular/semi-popular work in the field so hey, why not. I'll jump in by category.

By far the Best Short Story nominee this year is Emma Hunsinger's outstanding long-form public debut and coming of age story "How to Draw a Horse" from the New Yorker. If you haven't already, you should go read it right now at the link below. It's easily among the very best and most memorable short-form comic that I've seen in the past year.

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/how-to-draw-a-horse

Hunsinger has a longer project, Chunk, up for free on her website that I read just before posting here; it's remarkably accomplished, thoughtful student work and also more than worth a go. I'm excited to see what she does in the future.

Miriam Libicki's story for The Nib, "Who Gets Called an Unfit Mother" is beautifully executed and timely but, like much of the Nib's comic work, is less like comics and more of an illustrated essay. I will read her Fanta book "Toward a Hot Jew" sooner or later; she's clearly quite talented as an illustrator but I don't know if she's a solid storyteller or not.
https://thenib.com/who-gets-called-an-unfit-mother/

Mira Jacob's "The Menopause" is stiff and poorly rendered. She's gotten really hot as a literary crossover creator but I find her work awkward and the writing dull. Her themes are worth exploring but the scripting is cliched and lacks illumination. This is a pet peeve for me but I'm not seeing any intent in using the art of comics as anything but to prop up literal cut-out figures. Libicki is at least a solid illustrator, this is clip art unsuccessfully utilized.
https://believermag.com/the-menopause/

Matthew Inman's "You're Not Going to Believe What I'm About To Tell You" is of a piece with everything he puts on his abundantly popular and deadly dull webcomic site The Oatmeal: it reads like the unholy child of xkcd and Penny Arcade, the art is Reddit Casual and the tone is 'particularly quirky TED talk'. That clearly works for some people. It does not work for me.
https://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe

I still need to read Ebony Flowers' debut graphic novel collection which includes the nominated title story "Hot Comb" from Drawn and Quarterly. The concept is of interest and the art seems very Aline Kominsky-Crumbesque (which i can hang with) but i wish EVERYONE WHO MAKES COMICS would stop using cursive lettering; it makes my eyes cross. Nevertheless, the critical praise suggests this definitely merits an effort to find. Will report back.
https://drawnandquarterly.com/hot-comb
https://blacknerdproblems.com/hot-comb-review/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 13 June 2020 16:09 (three weeks ago) link

ty for all that ulysses!
"How to Draw a Horse" was indeed very excellent! I'll get through the others too. (Though I've already read "Who Gets Called an Unfit Mother" which was good, and I agree with your criticism there)

Nhex, Saturday, 13 June 2020 17:59 (three weeks ago) link

"Crunk" was great and totally worth reading!

When I read "The Menopause" I recognized the artwork from Mira Jacob, hate the clipart + photocomic style and it's hard to get to past for me. That said, the story is funny and I did like the goofs on Dale Carnegie (his book remains popular btw).

The Oatmeal article is... fine. Pretty much what you said, it's the TED talk method. I don't despise it because I get that they're going for a broad audience, the dumbing down is exactly why it exists.

Hopefully "Hot Comb" gets put up somewhere

Nhex, Saturday, 13 June 2020 21:53 (three weeks ago) link

Nothing to add (I also really liked Hunsinger and struggled to read the Jacob story) but thanks for pointing me towards How to Draw a Horse and Chunk, both so great

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 16:52 (three weeks ago) link

Two sets of grooming / sleaze allegations over the last few days.

One is Aviva Artzy (and others) regarding Cameron Stewart

https://www.comicsbeat.com/cameron-stewart-sexual-misconduct-allegations/

And the other is Katie West (and others) regarding Warren Ellis

http://www.multiversitycomics.com/news/warren-ellis-allegations/

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 18:08 (three weeks ago) link

ugh

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 19:13 (three weeks ago) link

Super disappointed but not entirely surprised to hear that about Ellis.

Nhex, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 19:18 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, that's a good description of where I'm at.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 19:31 (three weeks ago) link

Same here.

mh, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 19:57 (three weeks ago) link

Ellis got exposed, chatlogs and cam-caps and all, 15 years ago, so I was very not surprised.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 19:59 (three weeks ago) link

Ah, I'm not the only one that remembers that (and so not too surprised here either).

carson dial, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 20:18 (three weeks ago) link

I never saw that and bringing it up now feels like an empty shrug to the women who either didn’t see it, or gave a man the benefit of a doubt that past behavior wouldn’t predict his actions in the future. Or that that behavior didn’t seem as bad as it could have been, not realizing how it’d affect them.

I’m always at least mildly surprised when someone’s vaguely seedy behavior indicates actual exploitative behavior, or when people don’t learn from publicly being outed, because I guess at heart I have this naivety that people will try to do better.

I saw that Chip Zdarsky mentioned Stewart on twitter in the context that he saw him dating younger women, although not the age difference indicated by grooming, when they shared a studio and felt bad about not seeing signs. But without community, including men who are willing to be open to calling things out, it’s difficult. If a woman in my field knew my colleague was abusive, am I approachable? Or did I know and was already protecting him?

mh, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 23:05 (three weeks ago) link

Hadn't heard these accusations against Ellis until now, but even when he was a fan/just starting out as a writer he was a total arsehole in person/public.

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 23:16 (three weeks ago) link

bringing it up now feels like an empty shrug

absolutely not intended - given all of the openly known sexual abusers aggressively protected by DC and Dark Horse and DC and DC in the years since, I'm very saddened that he was apparently able to cruise right back along with the same grooming behaviour, except even more exploitative & no benefit-of-the-doubt re consensuality from his cult-of-personality message board, with the earlier revelations somehow not even making it into one of the whisper networks.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Thursday, 18 June 2020 06:16 (three weeks ago) link

This is obviously not specific to this situation:

Guys: you know that dude who said something creepy about women to you once or twice, but seemed fine after that? That dude was testing you. Pushing your boundaries to see how you'd react, the same way they push the girls they prey on.

— Stacy King (@stacyking) June 17, 2020

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 18 June 2020 08:26 (three weeks ago) link

Dave Sim has, to all intents and purposes, retired from comics. (What's that?, I hear you cry, We thought that had happened over a decade ago!)

http://momentofcerebus.blogspot.com/2020/06/breaking-strange-death-of-alex-raymond.html?m=1

Even the fanbase stuff - and I was/am still buying the Archive prints when they crowdfund as they're pretty fascinating historical documents - is making less than no money and Dave getting by on about $85CAD a week. His move to the puritanical life at the turn of the century might have made him better placed than most to eke out meagre income, but he's clearly sick of even trying any more.

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Thursday, 18 June 2020 21:25 (three weeks ago) link

The dude who's been drawing Dave's comics for him, unpaid, for several years is further into the blog expressing his frustration that Sim has been erecting completely arbitrary barriers to his own success for a long time, so that he can blame those as an excuse for not publishing, and continue his martyr complex. The post includes a link to a letter he wrote Sim over three years ago yelling at him about this.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Thursday, 18 June 2020 21:33 (three weeks ago) link

Sim is absolutely the master of his own demise and I don't think anyone has any sympathy any more. Even the Archive series has been through three volunteers and they've only got to vol 8.

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Thursday, 18 June 2020 21:39 (three weeks ago) link

Old Cerberus books don't sell? I guess they've been out of the limelight for a while...

Nhex, Thursday, 18 June 2020 21:43 (three weeks ago) link

Also, they're not all in print at once, and when Dave spent many tens of thousands of dollars on remastering the art so they were better-looking than ever before, on cleaner paper, he just put them back out under the same covers (and I think under the same re-order codes?) as and when the previous editions were especially drastically out of print, rather than giving anyone a chance to promote them.

an, uh, razor of love (sic), Thursday, 18 June 2020 22:11 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, they went back under exactly the same codes so if you wanted to actively trade up you couldn't.

My copies came from Dave via a pledge level on one of the Archive KSs before the Patreon days (and wrist issues) because it was the only way I could guarantee the new editions (and I think it was something trivial like $5CAD over trade price).

Mud... jam... failure (aldo), Friday, 19 June 2020 05:36 (three weeks ago) link

From Warren Ellis's newsletter (sorry for hueg)

Hello. Please forgive the lateness of my appearance. I have been speaking to people, and listening carefully, for a few days.

Recent statements have been made about me that need to be addressed.

I have never considered myself famous or powerful, to the point where I’ve made a lot of bad jokes about it for twenty-odd years. It had never really occurred to me that other people didn’t see it the same way—that I was not engaging as an equal when gifted with attention, but acting from a position of power and privilege. I did not take that into account in a number of my personal interactions and this was a mistake and I own it.

While I’ve made many bad choices in my past, and I’ve said a lot of wrong things, let me be clear, I have never consciously coerced, manipulated, or abused anyone, nor have I ever assaulted anybody. But I was ignorant of where I was operating from at a time I should have been clear and for that I accept 100% responsibility.

I hurt people deeply. I am ashamed for these mistakes and I am profoundly sorry. I will not speak against other people’s personal truths, and I will not expose them to the toxicity of the current discourse. I should have been more aware, more present, and more respectful of people’s feelings and for that I apologise.

I have had friendships and relationships end, sometimes in bitterness, often due to my own failings, and I continue to regret and apologise for the pain I have caused.

I have always tried to aid and support women in their lives and careers, but I have hurt many people that I had no intention of hurting. I am culpable. I take responsibility for my mistakes. I will do better and for that, I apologise.

I apologise to my friends and collaborators for having created this situation, and I hope they will be treated kindly. Mistakes and poor choices in my personal life are not on them, but only on me.

We have a responsibility to one another, every day. And I have, in my past, let too many people down. I hope to one day become worthy of the trust and kindness that was placed in me by colleagues and friends.

I will continue to listen, learn, and strive to be a better human being. I have sought to make amends with people, as I have been made aware of my transgressions, and will continue to do so. I have apologised, I apologise, and will continue to apologise and take total responsibility for my actions without equivocation.

I am going to be quiet now, to listen more than I speak, for other voices matter far more than my own right now.

I will be closing this newsletter. Thank you for your past support. Look after yourselves.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 19 June 2020 09:07 (three weeks ago) link

And a post from Doctor Nerdlove on it: https://www.doctornerdlove.com/on-finding-out-your-heroes-are-monsters-or-detoxifying-comic-culture/

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 19 June 2020 12:48 (three weeks ago) link

Enjoyed the Kayfabe interview with Frederik Schodt. He talks about a lot of the things he's best known for but also tries to emphasize underestimated factors in keeping manga translations unflopped (powerful artists putting their foot down in particular),the International Manga Award and some more recent manga he has liked.
https://www.manga-award.mofa.go.jp/index_e.html
He said this award has helped a lot of careers, I do recognize a few of the winners (stuff that has been printed by american publishers) but some I can't find anything about.

Has anyone ever felt that some important franchise characters just never got interesting despite efforts to try and make them interesting ("Uuuuoooh god, they're so iconic so we have make them interesting and pretend they were always interesting"). I always felt that way about Dr Octopus and Lex Luthor.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 20 June 2020 18:02 (two weeks ago) link

Maybe it was Howard Chaykin wondering why anyone would want him to draw Emma Frost (he didn't know who she was until he was asked) got me thinking about this, but I was thinking about how some people, often women are subjected to interrogation about their fan credentials; but frequently the people who make comics don't read them much or know who a lot of the characters even are (this is probably more often artists than writers). A lot of artists who draw popular characters as a living gravitate towards characters that look cool but don't necessarily care about them beyond that, which cosplayers or someone who just buys a t-shirt or a toy gets criticized for.

My favorite example of this is John Buscema (who generally didn't like superheroes) resenting having to draw Aunt May, asking things like "who is this stupid old lady?"

How many Star Wars actors read all the novels?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 26 June 2020 19:25 (two weeks ago) link

"Aero was created for the Chinese market by the writer and artist team of Zhou Jiajun and Xu Ming and first appeared in the Chinese Marvel comic Aero (Chinese version) issue 1 (2018). Her first American debut was in War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas issue 1 (2019). The original Chinese Aero comic would later be published or "reprinted" in the American Aero series."

Didn't know Marvel did original chinese comics. Is there any articles or databases of all the different countries who had their own official versions of DC and Marvel characters?

Something different: article about the studio of the most famous current Filipino comic artists. Not all of it is in english.
https://www.cnnphilippines.com/life/culture/2020/1/7/55-balete-studio.html

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 26 June 2020 22:21 (two weeks ago) link

xp why would anyone read all the novels ffs

you write/draw a story, read all the works that are relevant to the story you're doing and let the corporate story group for your property figure out whether your shit is relevant and hitting the right notes

solo scampito (mh), Saturday, 27 June 2020 01:24 (one week ago) link

Even among big Star Wars fans I doubt many read much of the novels.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 27 June 2020 02:20 (one week ago) link

Ok, I just caught up with Snyder's Justice League, Year of the Villain - Hell Arisen, so I could be up to speed with Death Metal. These books contradict each other and it makes so little sense. Often they ignore each other - not to mention the Bendis/Superman-verse with Event Leviathan which was/is also happening at the same time? And the Batman/Superman title, which focuses on the Batman Who Laughs' infection plot, which is then stupidly resolved at the end of Hell Arisen. DC's editorial department has really gone to shit! (The Tom King run on Batman ignores virtually all of this as well, but I feel like this kinda thing has become standard procedure for Batman; see Batman Inc./New 52.)

Still, I do admit I like that Snyder is willing to goof it up with these ideas for the sake of fun - I mean, Jarro alone made his JL run much more enjoyable. And Death Metal looks like it's going to be more of the same silliness as Dark Nights, and I am down for that.

Realizing also that both Marvel and DC did that weird thing again where they came up with similar ideas around the same time (Justice League's Perpetua arc has a lot in common with Jason Aaron's ancient Avengers/Celestials storyline, though I'm further behind on that one, plus that one added vampires for some reason.)

Nhex, Sunday, 28 June 2020 08:00 (one week ago) link

DC's editorial department has really gone to shit!

― Nhex, Sunday, June 28, 2020 9:00 AM

Isn't it better when they give up trying to coordinate all the storylines?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 18:45 (one week ago) link

https://www.comics.org/issue/407300/cover/4/

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 20:02 (one week ago) link


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