§ Top link: Raina Telgemeier blogs abouther SMILE Fall Tour 2010 which saw her talking in front of hundreds of kids who all like comics and read them and read SMILE. It’s enormously heartening. This photo alone should be the mascot for the New World Order.
§ Deborah Vankin interviews R. Crumb, who mentions the collection he and Aline are working on:
RC: Aline and I are working on a collaborative book together. It’s from WW Norton. Since “Genesis” sold well, they’re up for anything I’m involved in. We did stuff for the New Yorker over the years, short pieces, and before that we did comics together. Mostly it’s gonna be a gathering up of older stuff that we did for the New Yorker. And we’re doing one new story.
§ Disney has opened a new flagship store in Times Square and Marvel is a big part of it.
The 22,000 square-foot Times Square storefront aims to take Disney’s retail stores in a new high-tech direction, from the mobile checkouts to a 65-foot high animated billboard.
Disney’ isn’t just trying to sell stuffed animals to the 365,000 daily passersby; it’s trying to promote the Mouse House’s other businesses as well — from the theme parks to the musicals like Lion King, which is playing right next door.
This is classic Iger.
Make the most of strong brands like Cars, Princesses, and now Marvel by exploiting them across all platforms, and use each division to promote the others. And this store gives a hint of how Disney will exploit Marvel, which it acquired last August, alongside more familiar Disney faces like Mickey Mouse: there’s an entire area devoted to Marvel Comics.
Hm, methinks a field trip is in order.
§ Abhay is back. an’ he’s talkin’ Nazis and MOVING PICTURES:
I’ve killed roughly 5.2 zillion videogame Nazis over the years. I’ve seen Nazis stabbed with knives and flags, exploded by grenades, rockets, and mortars, shot by pistols, machine guns, and tanks, melted by Arks of the Covenant. I’ve watched Jim Brown pour gasoline and grenades onto Nazis while Telly Savalas butchered Nazi hookers. If you include Illinois Nazis, I’ve also seen Nazis get into some pretty damn hilarious car accidents.
§ Warren Ellis recently suggested he might be working on FELL again. His erstwhile collaboration with Ben Templesmith hasn’t been seen in a while. Then again, sometimes Warren Ellis is mean.
§ There is something called ‘Marvel Brothel’ but, fortunately, it is illegal.
Now, Luke Cage is in The New Avengers and he’s possessed by a demon, who is trying to find the Eye of Torquemada (of whatever it’s called). He’s also bald and a giant. Dr. Voodoo is supposed to be in charge of the Eye, but demon got a hold of it and took it to another dimension.
Fanboy Wife should explain more things.
§ Nerd stuff: people have been noting that the DVD of the original TRON has been unavailable for a while. But that is because a sparkly remaster is in the works:
Director Steven Lisberger recently remastered the film, color correcting it and reframing certain shots for a planned Blu-ray edition. But Disney hasn’t yet set a release date for Lisberger’s new version, and as the studio’s marketing for ‘Tron: Legacy” has become ubiquitous, interest in the original is outstripping supply.
“They’re trying to figure out when the best time is to release it,” Lisberger says. “I don’t think there’s anything intentional going on to deprive ‘Tron’ fans of the new edition.”
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.