18 items from 2013
I may be behind the eight-ball here, but last month much blogging, Facebook and Tumblr posts and Twitter accounts were ablaze with comics artist Tess Fowler’s account of sexual harassment at the 2007 San Diego Comic Convention – a comics pro used the age-old pretense of being interested in her work to try and get her to come up to his room, and when Tess declined, he then went about insulting her work, her cosplay and talking bullshit about her to other male comics professionals and anybody else who would listen on the convention floor, i.e., in public.
Yeah, I know I’ve written about this subject before, and so has Heidi MacDonald over at The Beat, Colleen Doran on her own blog, former Dark Horse editor Rachel Edidin on her Tumblr site Postcards From Space, Jill Pantozzi at The Mary Sue, and Corrina Lawson on her site, Geek Mom. »
- Mindy Newell
Welcome to Inside the Indies, a new feature we’ve concocted to recognize the talents floating in the ether beyond the Big Two and the big “Indie” publishers (Dark Horse, Image, Idw, etc.). Think Spx (Small Press Expo) vs the New York Comic Con. We’ll pick an indie creator and review their books for you and end with an interview so you, the wonderful reader, can see what creating comics is like when you don’t have a publishing powerhouse supporting you. These folks make it happen on their own and you can’t help but respect the passion, time, energy, and skill required to make this happen. So let’s dig in to Sound On Sight’s very first Inside the Indies!
For the next many weeks, I’ll be reviewing Jason Pittman’s Leftovers. Jason went to the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art in Dover, »
- Joey Blanco
As a graphic designer I’ve always been a fan of the art book publisher Taschen. Founded in 1980 the company has, in it’s 20-odd year lifespan, built a reputation for publishing the widest variety of books, on an incredibly varied amount of subjects. In fact one of my all-time favourites art books, American Ads of the 1980s, was published by Taschen and has survived many a book “purge” in my household.
Besides being a graphic designer I’m also comics nerd (who isn’t these days?) so what happens when Taschen combine my two loves? You get the first two volumes in what is set to be a five volume collection on DC Comics which explores the origins of comics’ most enduring legends and the behind-the-scenes stories of the men and women who created them, era by era.
Taschen were kind enough to send me both The Golden Age »
- Phil Wheat
We told you last month about the PBS special presentation Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle that would be premiering in October, and tonight’s the night! Tuesday nights are pretty jam-packed for Our Kind of Viewing, but this one looks like it should get some priority.
We have a TV spot and the clip from the first hour to get you primed, and the press release is included again below so you’ll get the full details, including the info on the accompanying book and Blu-ray.
Here’s a quick scheduling note: After the initial broadcast the three hours are broken into three one-hour parts and have slightly different titles, though at least in my area they will still be aired one right after the other. So if you’re thinking of DVR-ing it, check the titles and time carefully so you don’t miss out on any of the three hours. »
- Erin Willard
PBS opted to air the three-part “Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle” on a single night, which is either a vote of confidence or (more likely) a way of shrinking its footprint. Either way, producer-director-co-writer Michael Kantor’s documentary (a tie-in to a companion book) pretty neatly distills 75 years of comic-book history into three tightly constructed packages, while interviewing a who’s who of the industry’s greatest talents. Comic-book aficionados might not learn much, but those who casually consume the current wave of theatrical blockbusters might, especially since Kantor endeavors to put this uniquely American art form into a broader sociological context.
Obviously, Kantor (who co-wrote with Laurence Maslon) begins with the birth of Superman in the 1930s, the creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, whose screwing in terms of the financial rewards thrown off by the character are chronicled later. That birthed an industry of costume-clad heroes fathered mostly by the sons of immigrants, »
- Brian Lowry
Click the Above Title to read the Full Story.... PBS Announces “Superheroes Night” On October 15th – Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle to be shown in one three-hour programming block, beginning at 8pm Et (check local listings) – Arlington, Va; September 5, 2013 – PBS announced today that Tuesday, October 15, 2013, is “Superheroes Night,” featuring a three-hour block dedicated to the groundbreaking program Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle. The newest film from Emmy Award-winning producer/director Michael Kantor (Broadway: The American Musical; Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America) will premiere at 8:00 p.m. Et and include insightful interviews from Stan Lee; actors Adam West (TV’s “Batman”) and Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”); Geoff Johns (chief creative officer, DC Comics), Jeph Loeb (head of television for Marvel Entertainment); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and cartoonist/author Jules Feiffer (the long-running strip “Feiffer”), as well as appearances by the late comic »
- Matt MacNabb
Having spent the past four days in Baltimore attending my favorite comics convention – the one that’s actually about comics – I had the opportunity to spend some serious conversation time with a lot of my friends. However, because the show is a four-hour-plus drive from La Casa Del Oro, the best conversation is with my daughter and ComicMix cohort Adriane Nash. Whereas much of her work is behind the scenes, Adriane is the one who kills here each year on April Fool’s Day and at least one of her hoaxes has graduated to the level of Urban Myth.
As her dad, this makes me very proud. But (sing along, folks), I digress.
After returning from Baltimore Monday night, while cuing TiVo for Ricky Gervais’ appearance on David Letterman, we had one of those “let’s tie-up everything we’ve been talking about” conversations. This one was about how, given time, »
- Mike Gold
The circus tent of geekdom encompasses an infinite number of interests, but when the brainy geeks are also the superhero fan geeks, what do you get? This bit of wonderfulness: a PBS miniseries on superheroes entitled Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Three episodes, all in one night, narrated by the excellent Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Salt). And just wait until you see the list of people involved.
There will also be a book and a Blu-ray/DVD released in conjunction with the all-in-one-night miniseries; here are the details, followed by links to pre-order the book and the Blu-ray:
PBS Announces “Superheroes Night” On October 15th – Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle to be shown in one three-hour programming block, beginning at 8pm Et (check local listings) –
Arlington, Va; September 5, 2013 – PBS announced today that Tuesday, October 15, 2013, is “Superheroes Night,” featuring a three-hour block dedicated to the groundbreaking program Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle. The »
- Erin Willard
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan Deluxe Edition wraps up the hardcover collections of the prequels to the critically acclaimed original graphic novel. It features all four issues of both the Nite Owl and Dr. Manhattan titles as well as the two issues of Moloch. This volume is a mixed bag for me, although the good ends up outweighing the mediocre.
Daniel Dreiberg is taken under the wing of original Nite Owl Hollis Mason and trained to take over for the aging hero. The new Nite Owl begins investigating a string of prostitute murders. He partners up with vigilante Rorschach until the two split up over differences of opinion as to who they should associate with. Nite Owl seeks help and physical affection from dominatrix madam The Twilight Lady while Rorschach turns to religion. Can the two find a middle ground and work together to solve the case before the killer strikes again? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
If you’ve ever read anything from Clifford Meth, you know he can be a ferocious writer, and ferociously talented. We like that sort of thing here, and that’s why we’ve published his stuff in the past. He’s compiling his columns and essays into a book, and you have a few hours left to pre-order it on Kickstarter:
Comic Book Babylon gathers icons Harlan Ellison, Stan Lee, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Dave Cockrum, Walter Simonson and Neal Adams into a conversation with Clifford Meth where anything goes. Among other stories, you’ll learn how & why X-Men co-creator Dave Cockrum became the first Marvel artist to receive a monetary settlement and lifetime royalties for his creations after years of suffering and virtual banishment… You’ll meet a well-known Hollywood film producer who doesn’t like to pay his writers (until someone squeezes his face »
- Glenn Hauman
It might surprise you that a writer who spent so much time writing coverage on Warner Bros. film scripts for DC and won an award for an animated TV series about Batman … Hates. Comic. Book. Movies. Usually. Not always, but most of the time. There’s a reason for that, though. By virtue of my peculiar set of writing credits, I am a graduate of the Berlitz course in Geek-to-Hollywood translating. Doesn’t mean I have to like it, just make enough bank off it to pay back the student loan. Ever since comic book artist lizards first started crawling out of the four-color slime and evolving into knuckle-dragging primates with Panaflexes on their shoulders, the meme that comics are little more than frozen movies – when what they more closely resemble is storyboards with half the frames cut out of every scene – has visited a host of unfortunate consequences on »
- Martin Pasko
As a student at Rutgers, Fdu and Wroxton College in the U.K., I often competed for writing scholarships. The awards proved invaluable on numerous levels: 1) As an amateur/student, I was forced to bring my writing to the highest possible level, at that juncture in my development, without any assistance.
2) I learned to meet a deadlines and follow word-count parameters. 3) Winning awards for my writing increased my confidence and allowed me to envision life as a professional. 4) Awards are solid resume material for as-yet unemployed wannabes. 5) Any monies I won were enormously helpful to my father, who earned a meager living but was otherwise happily burdened with my tuition and upkeep. Needs-based awards have some value but, let’s face it, everyone has needs. Merit-based awards are far more valuable. And character building. After Dave Cockrum’s passing, Paty Cockrum and I launched the Dave and Paty Cockrum Scholarship »
- Clifford Meth
The latest issue of Roy Thomas’s fine magazine Alter-Ego arrived in today’s mail. This one was dedicated to the late Joe Kubert, who died some seven months ago. It arrives a couple of days after I learned of the passing of Joe’s contemporary (and my ex-boss) Carmine Infantino. The synchronicity is odd and painful. These two men were excellent artist/storytellers and quite a bit more and they were among the first of their kind; they helped invent comic books. Years back, when I was chipper and unbald and fanzine folk began asking to interview me, I was flattered and – sure, always happy to open my gob. And so I did. But I wondered: shouldn’t these young journalists be talking to the older guys, the ones who were there at the beginning? Because most of them were already past youth and, as novelist Samuel R. Delany observed at the time, »
- Dennis O'Neil
There’s a saying that goes “The devil is in the detailsl, but so is character, whether writing, drawing, or acting. I had the opportunity of teaching at the Joe Kubert School a few times (and the inestimable pleasure of getting to know not only the legendary Joe Kubert but so many others working at the school) and I had the maybe unenviable task of teaching writing to a bunch of art students. Some didn’t take to that right away; after all, they were there to learn how to draw. From talking to some of the graduates over the years, however, I think most found it worthwhile and I enjoyed it. For me, everything in comics is about character and storytelling. Design to me means nothing unless it is tied to those two points. I’m not interested in a mask or costume whose design is simply “cool” or »
- John Ostrander
Carmine Infantino, the legendary artist, editor, and co-creator of the Black Canary, the Barry Allen Flash, Elongated Man, Deadman, Human Target, and Batgirl, and onetime publisher of DC Comics has passed away at the age of 87. Carmine was born in his family’s apartment in Brooklyn, NY, on May 24, 1925. He started working for comics packager Harry A. Chesler during his freshman year of high school at the School of Industrial Art. His early career included stints on Airboy, The Heap, Johnny Thunder, the Golden-Age Green Lantern and Flash, and the Justice Society of America. In 1956, Julius Schwartz teamed Carmine with Robert Kanigher to attempt to revive superheroes by creating a new version of the Flash in Showcase #4, an event which marked a beginning of the Silver Age of Comics. Carmine designed the streamlined look of the series, down to the familiar red and yellow costume. He also had famous runs on Adam Strange and Batman, »
- Glenn Hauman
Cavemen (and women) have long been a staple of comedy films and cartoons. From almost the start of cinema, funny men donned the fur skins and fright wigs. Buster Keaton started in the silent era soon followed by the Three Stooges up to more recent flicks like the 1980′s classic Caveman. But they were also taken fairly seriously in One Million BC and Quest For Fire (and of course the opening scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey). Two long running newspaper comic strips,”Alley Oop” and “B.C.”, starred early humans while the comic books had Howie Post’s “Anthro” and Joe Kubert’s ”Tor”. It was only logical that animators would pick up the club with theatrical shorts like Daffy Duck And Dinosaur from Chuck Jones and Tex Avery’s The First Texas Badman. Artist Bob Clampett whipped up some early sketches for a proposed prehistoric family short, but »
- Jim Batts
The Crow is one of those endearing concepts capable of creating some truly memorable stories - a supernatural revenge scenario that has yielded some really good comics over the years (and even a couple of good movies). There are, however, times when the whole affair has felt incredibly redundant and overplayed. Fortunately, the mini-series The Crow: Skinning the Wolves has served as an example of how gratifying it can be when all cylinders are firing.
James O'Barr has crafted a dark and brutal story set during the Holocaust. The final chapter sees our reanimated hero leaping forth from the carnage and chaos of the Nazi death camp to exact swift and painful revenge on his captors. Like many of the previous Crow stories, it's a by-the-numbers affair that benefits greatly from the art by O'Barr and James Terry. »
Okay, let’s agree that 2012 wasn’t a bad year. It wasn’t a good year, either. (Does that mean it wasn’t tired?) It just…wasn’t. It had no reality other than the one we slathered onto it, and either do minutes, seconds, hours – the whole temporal shebang. (All hands brace for Blather.)
Once upon a time…no, let’s just say once the ancestors who still live deep within us observed certain natural events and recurrences and used them to structure their lives and somewhere in the ancestral murk they gave the intervals between these events names and when a lot of intervals had passed and the universe committed us, we homo sapiens acted as though the names were real and – heck, we probably believe that they are. We place labels on the unknowable and believe the labels are the reality.
Anyone seen a unicorn lately?
- Dennis O'Neil
18 items from 2013
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