While Heidi and Torsten were off having fun at NYCC, the rest of us had to sadly experience all the comics-related mayhem vicariously. Nevertheless, on the digital comics front matters continue to develop in interesting ways, particularly in relation to online retailing behemoth, Amazon. The explosive Amazon-DC graphic novel exclusive agreement for the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet device remains a hot topic and shows no signs of fading from view, with even the New York Times jumping on the controversy.
An iconic — and, they say, ironic — Roy Lichetnstein painting based on a drawing by William Overgard is expected to sell for $35-45 million at a Christie’s auction. In 1988 the painting sold for $2.1 million, but a recent Lichtenstein sale for $42.6 million suggest the market for his work has expanded a bit more. The painting has been shown at the Guggenheim Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The NY Times digs in to the DC/Amazon/B&N/Books-a-MIllions spat and doesn’t get too much further than the vague statements that everyone has made so far, but you can read between the lines a bit.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN, the 3D mocap extravaganza directed by Steven Spielberg opens THIS FRIDAY in Europe, where—due to the widespread love for the characters—it’s got a chance to do boffo box office, even if the movie is problematic, ala TRANSFORMERS. The reviews are rolling in.
If you can’t make it out for these seminal events, you can still listen to these modern masters talk with WYNC’s Leonard Lopate right here.
This story by Brigid Alverson on kids comics news at NYCC 11 is chock-a-block full of newsy bits, but we’ll just spotlight the Oni news here:
Alas — already sold out! Larger version and close-ups in link.
Although it’s been known for years that Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons were teaming on a comic for Image, the name and art were still unannounced — until just now. It’s called THE SECRET SERVICE and will presumably revolve around doctors who quietly perform hair transplants…or something like that.