Wonder Woman jumps on cars, changes boots

Well, after the puzzling script, ugly costume, and troubling statements by writer David J. Kelley — “I’m outta my depth! I don’t know what I’m doing!” — set photos of Wonder Woman have come out and Adrianne Palicki doesn’t look half bad.

Stan Lee presents…The Governator

Ahnold is back. As a cartoon based on his “Governator” persona. And it took no less than Stan Lee to figure out how to do it, EW explains:

CGC Slabbed Rob Granito

It has become legend.

Going places

What is normal, anyway?

SXSWi 2011: Communities On and Offline

Comic fans care about the character or than a particular story. Be true to the characters and fans (in general) will be pleased.

To do tonight: Power Out at True Believers

More info here.

To do tonight: Haspiel, Igle and Chiang at Hanley's

To do

Sotomayor's Dirty Dozen with Jimmy Palmiotti: The next step for creators

[Chris Sotomayor is a successful and well known colorist for Marvel and other publishers. Recently he began a series of interviews he called “The Dirty Dozen” where he asks industry figures questions about their careers from a business standpoint. The themes are among those that we’ve recently been exploring here at The Beat as the career paths for cartoonists become more tangled — here is more opportunity than ever, but the way to get there is not always clear. Although the interviews appear first at his site, Chris has graciously allowed The Beat to reprint them. Up this time, writer/artist Jimmy Palmiotti.]

Comics retailers talk about business in 2011

In spite of all the gloom and doom you get from looking at sales charts, in reality the comics business is holding its own, mostly due to the perseverance and savvy of retailers such as those polled by Ada Price in this long piece for PW. The bottom line: Although times are tough, by being cautious, stores are staying healthy:

Anatomy of a Press Release, Part 2: Disney DROPS Radical's OBLIVION

Back in August, 2010, we told you all about the story behind OBLIVION, a graphic novel concept by director Joe Kosinski (TRON: LEGACY) that was optioned to Disney Studios for a cool $500,000. It seemed like a lot of money for yet another “celebrity comic” so what was so hot about it? At the time we wrote:

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 3/30/11

Wonders and marvels of the comics world! All at the click of a link.

To Do: CAM/Hero Initiative WonderCon party April 2

The Cartoon Art Museum, The Hero Initiative, IDW and Berkley Breathed are all getting together for a party at WonderCon.

Editorial: What The Rob Granito Scandal Tells Us

As everyone has probably already heard (just scroll down the page), Rob Granito is a plagiarizing conman. He claimed to have done work for DC and Marvel, been the secret hand behind Brian Stelfreeze and, hilariously, to have worked on Calvin and Hobbes, and sold direct copies of other people’s work with a few scribbles on top for hundreds of dollars. Not the usual pose tracing for a different use or character, but direct copies, with perhaps an arm moved slightly. And he did it for years.

Artists known to have been plagiarized includes Jan Duursema, Tim Sale, Bruce Timm, Mark Bagley and Ivan Reis among others. As a response to this, the website Legit-o-mite.com has been started as a clearinghouse for evidence of direct plagiarism and fraud like this, on the part of Granito or any other artist.

A Blast From The Past: Meanwhile…

During C2E2, I discovered some old issues of Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld in the quarter bins.  I knew of this series, but had not read any comics of the character.  I have an eight-year-old niece who loves Wonder Woman, and thought she might enjoy another super-powered princess.

Rob Granito: The man who got drummed out of comics

The comics community is an accepting one–perhaps the most accepting. The greatest masters feel a kinship with someone who makes mini-comics, and will make time for them. It’s a giving, friendly group of people who share a passion for comics and a collegial sense of belonging.

But then there’s Rob Granito.

MoCCA programming announced

Programming maven Brian Heater has posted the 2011 MoCCA panel lineup. There will be TWO tracks of programming this year, with lots of spotlights — Al Jaffee, Jerry Robinson, Gahan Wilson, Dash Shaw, Peter Bagge, Pizza Island, Will Eisner — a Carousel, an animation panel, and looks at most every genre of contemporary indie/alt comix. It’s in some kind of table, so we can’t reproduce it here, but check it out.