Over the years that I’ve contributed for The Beat, I’ve gotten to preview some pretty-interesting projects in the making, as well as talk to their equally-interesting creators. A little more than two years ago, I had a phone interview with two women who called themselves the “Gibbs Girls.” They were working on a steam-punk inspired comic that takes place at the dawn of the 20th century and during the Industrial Age. The story followed a female, African American inventor named Ada Turner who creates the first flying machine. Last week, the Gibbs Girls reached out and informed me that the comic had finally come out.
Looking back, Berger could see how the idea was very much in Shelley Bond’s and Vertigo’s interests. “The thing about Grimm Fairytales, the real fairytales, are that they are frick’n scary and bloody,” she said. “There is something domesticated about them nowadays… And I think most people today have their ideas of fairytales because of Disney.”
“It was quite a challenge because it was unlike anything DC had done,” said Bruning. Though they had been in the industry for years, they didn’t know how to deal with online talent and online competition. In many ways, they had to “rebuild” and rework their established view of comics.
“You can count the comic book editors on one hand who are so influential to the medium and whose vision for their material is so strong that they really define a brand that gives the audience that kind of confidence. And one of them is here to my left, Karen Berger.”
The exhibit features over 300 pieces on display, including original comic book art and movie props and costumes.
Over the last month or two I may have alluded to an outside project I was working on and it was this: The 100 Pages That Shaped Comics. The team that put this together was spearheaded by Vulture’s Abraham Riesman and I was joined by Sarah Boxer, Jeet Heer, Fred Van Lente, Brian Cronin, Charles Hatfield, Christopher Spaide, Joshua Rivera, Klaus Janson, Mark Morales, […]
By James Romberger and Heidi MacDonald This weekend, New Yorkers will get a chance to meet some comics industry legends when the Big Apple Con hits Penn Plaza. Although there are some notable media guests including Wilson Cruz and Sherilynn Fenn, the event is also a showcase for some legendary old school comics talent. The […]
With a cover price of 10¢ and a 250,000 print run, this comic, first published in 1957, shows the power of the medium to inspire and educate.
MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, renaissance man and all time great cartoonist Ben Katchor is not busy enough being a certified G(enius). He also organized the New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium every week in the school year at Parsons, where he teaches. Every week someone from the world of comics or imagery scholarship presents a […]
So the first time I saw the Star Wars original trilogy, one of the biggest powerhouses in the shaping of pop culture, was just after this thanksgiving. This has been mind-blowing to people I talk to (my boss included,) but I come from a Star Trek household. My dad especially has no interest […]