§ With Heroes vanished, Smallville ending and The Cape and No Ordinary Family beginning, the superhero is sort of a television mini-genre. With that in mind, CNN lays out the rules for small-screen superheroes – which turn out to be sensible stuff like make your characters believable. Jeph Loeb also offers this: “Don’t try to be “Lost” (or “Heroes”)”
“What we’ve talked about is more of the model on ‘Smallville.’ It may have had an overriding arc, but it was more of the emotional arcs that we were following,” he said. “We want to start each show with a problem, and resolve that problem at the end of the episode. Whatever the emotional arc is going on, that’s what you care about. If you don’t care about characters, you’re not gonna care about the show. We don’t want a show driven by the plot, we want a show driven by the character.”
§ Joe Vince at the OC Weekly has a fine wrap-up of the New Crop of Female Comic Creators, including Amy Reeder, G. Willow Wilson, Joelle Jones, Julia Gfrörer (above), Julia Wertz, and Kate Beaton.
§ Check yo nutz: Comic Books Raise Testicular Cancer Awareness
The end result was two comic books -” A Courageous Journey” and “Cancer: Screening and Diagnosis” that so far have had positive feedback. A Courageous Journey highlights a young man’s journey through cancer diagnosis and treatment. The comic also addresses psychological, social and financial issues encountered during treatment. The second is about how to perform a testicular self-exam and when to be worried if something is abnormal.
§ J.K. Parkin’s list of Six awesome WildStorm titles could also have been called “Six really well known WildStorm titles” and commenters rightly chide him for not looking at such gems as THE WINTER MEN (one of the best comics of the decade), AUTOMATIC KAFKA, ARROWSMITH, GLOBAL FREQUENCY, and other overlooked titles. There’s been some fretting about whether WildStorm books will be kept in print, and this is where the power of the backlist and DC’s new business structure will come into focus. There are easily 50 WildStorm trade collections that should be perennials — how will they be branded going forward?
§ The Haspiel Era defined: The Dean? No, the Godfather of Brooklyn’s comic scene
§ Top Cow’s Filip Sablik has a Blog@ post called “Back the New,” or “Fighting Cynicism” which sounds promising, but it’s mostly about the new Pilot Season comics. But who is Bagus Hutomo?
A WHOLE BUNCH OF OLD LINKS WE NEVER POSTED IN ALL THE EXCITEMENT LAST WEEK:
§ Paul Dini’s new TV show Tower Prep has been getting rave previews, being described as “It’s like watching ‘Lost,’ ‘Heroes’ and ‘Harry Potter’ all at the same time; it premieres Oct. 19 on Cartoon Network.
§ We never properly linked to this interview with writer Paul Levitz:
Levitz: My natural speech pattern is fairly long sentences, and somewhat pedantic. My early writing tended either to mimic that too much, or to build sentences for my characters that had far too many short, colorless words. The teachers (whose names I sadly don’t recall offhand) were two NY POST editors living through the shift from the left-leaning and gentrified POST under Dorothy Schiff to Murdoch’s early, right-leaning and British style tab…but in between telling tales of their suffering, they taught parsing sentences well, and the joy of brevity.
§ Bob Fingerman examines the history of cat people
To me, the long, lithe, tacky, Na’vi put me in mind of Reed Waller and Kate Worley’s anthropomorphic porn/soap comic book series, Omaha the Cat Dancer
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.