Thought for the day

Whether you had a great week or a crappy week, this should tide you over the weekend.

Via Tom Brennan

Universal head in confession stunner: "Cowboys & Aliens" was "crappy"


Universal Studios head Ron Meyer is the longest-serving studio head around; he’s 67 and he’s seen it all. So when he was hanging loose at the Savannah Film Festival, he was really hanging loose, admitting that the reason a lot of Uni’s films failed at the box office was because…they stank.

“Cowboys & Aliens wasn’t good enough. Forget all the smart people involved in it, it wasn’t good enough,” Meyer said, without pause. “All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it.”

“Land of the Lost was just crap,” he continued. “I mean, there was no excuse for it. The best intentions all went wrong.”

But not all box office films failed because of being crap!

“Scott Pilgrim, I think, was actually kind of a good movie. [Addressing a small section of the audience, cheering.] But none of you guys went! And you didn’t tell your friends to go! But, you know, it happens.

“Cowboys & Aliens didn’t deserve better. Land of the Lost didn’t deserve better. Scott Pilgrim did deserve better, but it just didn’t capture enough of the imaginations of people, and it was one of those things where it didn’t cost a lot so it wasn’t a big loss,” Meyer continued. “Cowboys & Aliens was a big loss, and Land of the Lost was a huge loss. We misfired. We were wrong.”

Although everyone is doubtless standing by cheering Meyers’ candor, he also says that BABE 2: PIG IN THE CITY is, along with THE WOLFMAN, “one of the shittiest moves we’ve put out,” and a lot of people would disagree with that. Maybe he got it mixed up with NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS.

Cartoonists and the law: Susie Cagle arrested, charged with misdemeanor

Cartoonist Susie Cagle — who was previously teargassed during another confrontation — was arrested as part of the Occupy Oakland protest on Wednesday night. Cagle was not there as a protester, but as a reporter, covering the scene for According to Cagle’s father, Cagle was arrested despite having a prominent press pass and the arresting officer actually knowing her and her work.

After being held overnight at Santa Rita Jail, Cagle was released, and charged with the misdemeanor of “present at raid.” On her Twitter stream, she mentions she’s currently trying to retrieve her wallet and housekeys from the Oakland police.

ABC news has a video interview Cagle on the event.

For those covering this new item, the arrest of a clearly marked media person covering the event seems troubling…well, a lot of this whole Occupy Oakland matter seems troubling.

Cagle’s Twitter stream — which was maintained by her partner while she was in jail — is the best source for accurate information regarding the matter. As she points out, she has worked for media outlets Alternet, Truthout and more in the past, and has delivered comics journalism for Cartoon Movement in the past.

As she mentions in the news piece above, Cagle intends to continue covering Occupy Oakland — hopefully she’ll be reporting on the headlines more than making them in the future.

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Following up news of Monday’s arrest of Steve “The Dude” Rude on charges of assault and violating a restraining order, Tom Spurgeon got further details of the night in question from Rude’s wife Jaynelle. It seems that on Halloween evening, Steve was outside, in costume, giving out Halloween candy, when barking dogs in a neighbor’s yard distracted the Dude, which led him to throw rocks at the fence in front of the barking dogs. The owners of the dogs — who had previously obtained the restraining order against Rude — came out and an argument ensued, which ended with Rude physically shoving one of the neighbors and ripping his shirt off. Rude then returned to handing out his Halloween candy until the police showed up and arrested him.

According to Jaynelle, Rude suffered some physical injuries while in police custody — given the Maricopa Sheriff Dept’s rep as giving third world dictatorships a run for their money in the punishment category, this is pretty easy to believe.

To anyone who knows the Dude at all, a mental movie of this incident — with episodes of Rude serenely giving out candy bracketing an angry, violent confrontation — is easily conjured.

Some have wondered if Rude’s actions should be supported by buying art to pay for his defense. It’s no secret that Rude has suffered from depression in recent years, which has severely cramped his ability to make a living. Although we only know Rude’s side of the story, it’s pretty easy to build up a mental picture of the ongoing feud between neighbors as well. It doesn’t sound like anyone is too innocent in this whole story, and Rude would seem to need some kind of anger management therapy going forward, but based on what we know, I’d say that if you like Steve Rude’s artwork, buying a piece now won’t violate the karma police too much.

UPDATE: I screwed up a very important fact in the report from Jaynelle, which is that Rude threw rocks at the FENCE IN FRONT OF THE DOGS, not at the dogs themselves.

Spencer/Cloonan VICTOR VON DOOM mini canceled


The world will not get to see this awesome comic, alas. Via Twitter, Nick Spencer confirms that a planned miniseries about a teenaged Victor Von Doom by Becky Cloonan and himself will not be coming out.

I see word is out about VICTOR VON DOOM. Trust me, no one is more bummed about this than I am.
Really proud of the scripts and hope to get to work with @beckycloonan sooner rather than later.

The first issue had been planned to ship next week. It was one of the Marvel books edited by now-laid-off editor Alejandro Arbona, which could have something to do with the cancellation.

UPDATE: Bleeding Cool reports that the mini was cancelled due to no art being turned in after Cloonan had scheduling problems. We’ve confirmed that it was indeed production problems that led to the cancellation.

DC wallops Marvel 51% to 30% in October

Jesse Moynihan, cartoonist of today


You might not expect to find an interview with Jesse Moynihan up at Newsarama, but he’s got so much cool stuff going on, including FORMING, his visually stunning webcomic retelling the origin of the world via a pan-pantheistic mythology. If all that sounds hopelessly highbrow, he also gets to subvert America’s youth (and stoned adults) as a storyboard artist on Adventure Time. Zack Smith gets him to explain how he does it:

Nrama: How hard is it to keep all those characters straight?

Moynihan: It’s crazy hard! Yeah, I have real panic attacks about it. (laughs) And it’s always changing, so I have to keep on top of it. The comic started out with a couple of ideas, and as I’m going along, I’ll change this part of someone’s thread, and then I’ll have to change all these other threads and the art, week to week. As I’m writing it, I’ll get these new ideas about things, and throw them in, and then I have to change everything.

I get worried that I’m forgetting something, so I have these notebooks filled with updated notes, but they’re not very well-organized. (laughs) I should get a better system, but it’s just all these notebooks out of order, and I have to look through them to keep everything straight. 

The print edition of FORMING is available from AdHouse.

New line of DC Comics Chuck Taylors make for stylish feet

Fashion and the comics! Converse and DC have teamed for the DC Comics x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Collection,, which features high top sneakers based on Batman, Superman, the Flash and the Joker. We like! More pics in the link.

A DC comics poster comes with each shoe purchase.



America's basement-dwelling population growing


Over the three years (!) of the Great Recession, it’s been noted many times that the Fantasy Economy has held up better than many other segments. Yes, comics sales are down overall, but they took a while to take a hit and rebounded strongly when something interesting happened (New 52).

But why? Maybe it’s because America’s stay-at-home male population is also growing, as Politico notes.

Almost one in five men between the ages of 25 to 34 are living with their parents, according to a Census Bureau report released Thursday. About 14 percent of men lived with their parents in 2005, a figure that crept up to 19 percent.

Women continue to have a slightly more independent lifestyle. The Census Bureau found only 10 percent from the same age bracket still reside with their parents, compared to 8 percent in 2005.

And that’s not all: 59 percent of men and 50 percent of women ages 18-24 still live at home.

We’re not saying that all comics are purchased by nerds who live in their moms’ basements. We’re just saying that a lot of people are living in their moms’ basements. Of course, they may not have the most discretionary income in the world, either. Either way, a lack of upward mobility can be a powerful influence towards escaping into a fantasy world.