Weekend distraction: Michael May ponderswhom to root for in the eternal Monster/Robot war.
San Diego Comic-Con has officially sold out of four-day passes for the weekend.
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Diamond has released its preliminary charts for February, and incredibly, the Spidey-Obama issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN topped the charts for the second straight month. WATCHMEN, BATMAN RIP and SCOTT PILGRIM top the book list.
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The WATCHMEN rampage continues with a #2 appearance on USA Today’s overall list, behind only Steve Harvey. It remains #1 on Amazon, and has now topped both hardcover and paperback on the NY Times Graphic Books Best Seller lists:
Now that the big-screen version of Watchmen has been realized, the most eagerly awaited adaptation of a comic book is probably “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” The film is about a 20something slacker battling the evil exes of his current love, Ramona Flowers, and its cast includes Michael Cera as the titular hero, along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Evans and Brandon Routh. The penultimate volume, Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, hits our paperback list at no. 10. Check out scottpilgrim.com to sample pages.
The rest of the lists are filled with stories that would make great fodder for animated films, television series or big-screen blockbusters: Superman: Brainiac features a fierce battle with one of his deadliest alien foes, but it’s the Man of Steel’s human side that really comes through; Wolverine: Origin delves deeper into the sometimes-confusing backstory of one of Marvel’s most popular characters; and Walking Dead reveals what life is like for human survivors in a world overrun by zombies.
BTW, for everyone who hates analyzing the BookScan and Diamond charts, you had better embrace the Graphic Books chart to your bosom like a long-lost lover, because it’s an endearing return to the old school method of charting — an esoteric, never-to-revealed formula. Frankly, the more bestsellers we have, the better.
When I was a child, ladies and gentleman, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was a the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero of the movie. So every dream that I ever dreamed, has come true a hundred times.
* excerpt from Jaycee Award speech, Jan., 1971
A new site called Quotes On Comics with random testimonials such as the above, and other thoughtful quotes from comics practitioners. Proprietor Paulo Patrício hopes to keep expanding it with ever more pithy sayings.
Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and popular arts event in the United States, announced today that submissions are now being accepted for consideration by the judges for the 2009 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards. Publishers wanting to submit entries should send one copy each of the comics or books they wish to nominate and include a cover letter indicating what is being submitted and in what categories. There are no entry fees for any submissions.
Publishers may submit a maximum of five nominees for any one category, and the same item or person can be submitted for more than one category. Each imprint, line, or subsidiary of a publisher may submit its own set of entries. There are no entry fees.
All submissions should be sent to Eisner Awards, Attn: Jackie Estrada, Eisner Awards Administrator, 8340 Allison Ave., La Mesa, CA 91941 before the deadline of March 13, 2009.
If you go to director Edgar Wright’s Daily Photo blog you can see lots of photos of the SCOTT PILGRIM movie cast training: training for kung fu, training for being in a band, training for wearing moon boots. The above shows Wright himself developing vegan powers.
In a way, it’s the anti-WATCHMEN; instead of a lineup of superstar larger than life icons, it’s a lineup of superstar feckless slackers.
§ Hero Complex takes a look at THE UNWRITTEN, the new series by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, with an engaging premise:
One of the more intriguing comics on the horizon is “The Unwritten,” a fantasy series that starts off as a dark, smirking riff on the Harry Potter publishing phenomena, then blends in some of the bitterness of Christopher Robin Milne’s life (the real-life model for the “Winnie the Pooh” character chafed under the weight of the literary legacy) and finally soars off into its own unexpected directions.
§ Shaennon K. Garrity celebrates the triumph of nerd culture:
I think I like 20th Century Boys because it’s about my life.
When I was sixteen, my mother was horrified by my Sandman comics; she couldn’t understand why I read such gory stuff, or even why I read comic books at all. Now she asks me if I recommend the Coraline movie and what I think of Neil Gaiman, the Newberry medalist. Watchmen was a secret, thrilling thing passed around the college coffeehouse; now it’s the biggest movie in the country and one of the greatest novels of the last century, according to Time. And manga. Don’t get me started on manga. In the manga business, we knew we were winning when we no longer bothered to keep score.
The impossible has happened, the most impossible thing: teenagers think I’m cool. It’s just happened fifteen years too late.
§ Beaucoup Kevin’s advice to a young woman reading her first graphic novel…WATCHMEN:
The problem with starting reading comics with Watchmen is that it’s like you started watching movies with Seven Samurai or Citizen Kane and suddenly find yourself in a video store that mostly has Michael Bay or Peter Greenaway movies, either too loud and bright or too arty for their own good. On top of that, Watchmen is full of metacommentary and symbolism on the art form, a book as much about superhero comics and their tropes as anything else, and that’s why it’s held in such regard by a lot of people.
Nonetheless, he makes some suggestions.
§ A tradition draws to a close as Ragnell and Kalinara announce that real life has made continuing When Fangirls Attack too time consuming:
That’s why I’m posting. We’re looking for someone/some people who are interested in taking over WFA.
Please note that if you are interested and do agree to take on WFA, you would have carte blanche over the blog. Ragnell and I have no interest in being overseers or managers. If you take over WFA, you’re taking it over completely. Which means you would be free to make any changes to our policies, scope, subject matter that you feel is necessary or desirable.
With the blogo/twittero-sphere getting more and more bloated each day, collating links regarding women and women’s issues in comics would seem to be a task for a squad rather than just a duo; hopefully, such a squad can be found. However. WFA remains a valuable aggregator, especially for its practice of just linking and not commenting.
§ Don MacPherson gets a press release about a graphic novel award and starts asking questions…lots of them
The news release is titled “EYE WITNESS: RISE OF THE APOSTLE FINALIST FOR NATIONAL BOOK AWARD.” The first thing that struck me as odd was the fact that I’d never head of Eye Witness: Rise of the Apostle. While I admit that I don’t know the details about every single title published by major, smaller or even indy publishers in the realm of comics, I do keep up enough on industry news to recognize the titles of much lauded and noteworthy releases. Not only hadn’t I heard of Rise of the Apostle, but it’s apparently the third installment in a series of four “award-winning” graphic novels.
It turns out the awards, given by ForeWord Magazine, are given to entrants that pay a fee, not, in itself an egregious act, but MacPherson finds out other things that are not as they seem; the creator of EYE WITNESS shows up in the comments to explain himself.
It comes but TWICE in two months!