§ Back in the saddle!
§ I went to see the Delacroix show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art just before it closed (thanks to Elim Mak for goading me to do it!) and whoa…seeing all that stunning art in person in one place was mind boggling, breath taking…you supply the adjectives. Eugene Delacroix is one of the great painters of France, and considered one of the last of the “Old Masters” (whatever that means.)
Also, Delacroix loved tall tales and adventure (hence his reputation as a “Romantic”) and while the young kids were trying to make their art look as real as possible, he was just rereading Ivanhoe and other Walter Scott potboilers, and drawing what his imagination fired up. Plus, people couldn’t up and travel the world willy nilly, so a single trip to Morocco – arranged as part of a diplomatic mission – just blew his mind and recurred in his work for the rest of his life. Like his idol Lord Byron, Delacroix was fascinated by the Greek Revolution, but never visited Greece in his life.
I’m always sobered when I think of the great minds of the past and how they created from their ability to process the world, and not the tsunami of media we have in our pockets. We have access to everything visual that Delacroix could have dreamed of at our fingertips – we have no need of “Old Masters” any more.
§ Nice Art: Caspar Wijngaard is a rising star and he posted some nice process stuff from Limbo, which came out a few years ago. He’s now on that Peter Cannon book everyone is talking about.
The entire book was made back end, It was done purely in our free time. so after we solicited the series on completion of issue 3, @DanPGWatters help me speed up the process by drawing the layouts, this way I could focus purely on he art. 100% collaboration throughout. pic.twitter.com/l13EGt9EkJ
— Caspar Wijngaard (@Casparnova) January 6, 2019
§ Black Crown Editor Shelly Bond responded to this with an earth shattering idea:
Love this series and the process info is solid! Best advice for Writers: Lettering your comics is a great way to understand how to collaborate. It solves deep editorial despair like too too much much copy copy #peskyeditorx #freeadvice https://t.co/934Ns3NV5H
— Shelly Bond (@sxbond) January 6, 2019
I agree all comics writers should be forced to learn to letter! It would solve a lot of problems.
§ Best of’s continue to trickle in and TCJ.com has the HUGEST with dozens of people weighing in on their favorites.
And the fine folks at Smash Pages also weighed in.
§ I don’t think I ever linked to the entire Top 100 Comics of All Times as voted on by a bunch of folks and written up by Steve Morris, with some guest editorials along the way. You’ll never guess the Top 10! This was a very thought-provoking list indeed. Sandman #19 was the #100 issue so no spoilers if you are just getting to this!
For the first time in twenty years, as the Atlantic points out, a whole year’s worth of copyrighted works will enter the public domain in the U.S. on January 1, 2019. Under the terms of the Sonny Bono Copyright Act, works first published in 1923 will enter the public domain, meaning anyone can re-publish them, or chop them up and use them in other projects, without asking permission or paying the old rights holders. You can record new versions of the musical compositions; you can show the movies for a profit; you can even remake them. Amazon can sell you the ebook and keep all the money, and Project Gutenberg can give you the ebook for free. The Atlantic has a short list; we have a longer one below.
Steamboat Willie will go into the public domain in 2024, despite Sonny Bono and the Disney Company’s best efforts to stop it. Of course copyright is a pretty weak concept these days but it can still bite you on the ass once in a while.
§ The Beat’s health columnist Kriota Willberg chats on The Virtual Memories Show podcast.
§ Over the holidays the Miami Herald’s Leonard Pitts Jr wrote all about Comicsgate, and I think this is the final form of the story, at least for now.
§ It was the Golden Globes last night and the BIG news was that Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse won for Best Animated Feature. The Hollywood Foreign Press is a small weird organization and the winners don’t necessarily mean that much for Oscar, but as Amid Amidi wrote on Cartoon Brew, breaking the hold that Disney/Pixar has on this category and recognizing a trly groundbreaking work is exciting:
As we wrote earlier tonight in an analysis on Twitter, this win represents something much more than just a single film winning an award. It’s a victory for the entire animation industry, showing that our art form shouldn’t be defined by a particular style of filmmaking.
It’s a victory for anyone in animation who believes in the richness and potential of the art form, and it’s a victory for audiences who are hungry for new kinds of storytelling, new experimental approaches in visual treatment, and new types of films that appeal to more than family audiences.
The producers called out Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli in their acceptance speech and…wow, I never thought I’d live to see this day.
— Taimur Dar (@TDSpidey616) January 7, 2019
§ Perhaps the most retweeted event was a brief film made by the Black Panther cast: Danai Gurira (killing it in her red carpet looks this awards season), Lupita N’yongo and Michael B. Jordan just goofing around and setting a thousand ships on fire.
When the cat’s away… pic.twitter.com/jFu7IJ4ATW
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 7, 2019
Also, Kyle Buchanan quizzed Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige on the red carpet about MArvel rival films Spider-Verse and Aquaman, and Feige revealed he is a polite, respectful fellow by saying he LOVED both of them.
Just spoke to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, who loved INTO THE SPIDERVERSE and AQUAMAN, the latter of which he finally caught yesterday. “They really went for it!” pic.twitter.com/JDfP0Sz2wW
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 6, 2019
I mean not that he was going to trash them but still the view is nice from the high road.
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.