§ Marvel is putting out a Thor Annual and they pulled out all the stops to get the wackiest mix of creators ever. Wrestler CM Punk will write one story, that Chew’s Rob Guillory will draw; Lumberjanes’ Noelle Stevenson is writing another, with Marguerite Sauvage on art. And regular dude Jason Aaron is writing yet a third tale, with Tim Truman drawing it.
Punk, a long time comics fan, has been absent from the wrestling scene since he walked away from the WWE so he’s had lots of free time to learn how to write a comics script. In the ultimate perk for any writer, he even got a Marvel.com story with the hallowed title Welcome to Marvel, CM Punk – Hope You Survive the Experience. Wow that is a lot to live up to. Punk reveals he got the gig by pestering editors at cons, just the way most folks do.
Stevenson is well on her way to being a huge star, and this is her first Marvel work. Smart move, Marvel. The cover, above is by Rafael Albuquerque.
§ Best title of the day: Top Ten Comfort Comics For Fall by Megan Byrd.
§ The AV Club has a preview of that Gilbert Hernandez Wonder Woman story in Sensation Comics #14. The story saw print before it went digital which is…I missed the memo explaining that.
§ I have hitherto neglected to link to this comic which was presented on Boing Boing called Lichtenstein’s Theft and the Artists Left Behind contrasting the modest means which artist Russ Heath lives under with the immense price a painting by Roy Lichtenstein based on his work has fetched. But I got a chance to remedy that when Albert Ching wrote more about the story and its origin, Turns out it was actually drawn two years ago for a Hero Initiative publication.
Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin reached ROBOT 6 to clear the air on a couple of elements of the “Bottle of Wine” coverage. First, the comic strip (colored and lettered by Darwyn Cooke) was initially published in May 2012, in IDW’s Hero Comics 2012. (In fact, ROBOT 6 ran the comic that month.) Also, the Lichtenstein work cited in the comic, 1963’s “Whaam!,” was actually based on a panel by Irv Novick in 1962’s All-American Men of War #89, published by DC Comics — Lichtenstein lifted from Heath in 1962’s “Blam,” with a panel also from All-American Men of War #89. Same issue, different artists.
As several folks have p[ointed out, the real message of the strip is that that drawing comics has not traditionally been a great line of work for those who want hefty retirement funds. I’ve said it many times—supporting the Hero Initiative is one of the most important things you can do in comics.
§ Thought Bubble, the much loved indie focused show in Leeds, UK, is this weekend. Steve Morris is spotlighting some of the comics and cartoonists of the show.
§ Zainab Akhtar spotlights Daryl Seitchik’s Missy, a striking mini comics about a young girl.
The rehabilitation was sparked by Daryl Seitchik’s Missy comics- a diary comic of a Daryl persona (I’m not sure to what extent this may be auto-biography) starting as a young girl and jumping forward in years as she grows. I like the ‘straight’ superficial reading of the Missy comics -especially Missy 1 when Daryl is still a kid- as this sharp young girl observing people, the way they behave, relationships, and working through her thoughts and feelings, as much as I like digging into it a bit deeper.
Missy was definitely one of the buzz books at CAB. You can read it online here.
§ Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli have a new graphic novel out called Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague Here is a review.
§ And now, turning to SHOWBIZ, some stills from Constantine give us a first look at Emmett J. Scanlan who will play Jim Corrigan also known as the Spectre. Look, all I wanna know is DOES HE HAVE WHITE LEGS? The episode will air on 11/21, and also stars Doctor Midnite. It is a voodoo themed episode.
§ I always get a kick out of these celebrity interviews where they reveal what comics they read or read (past tense.) In this case is Joaquin Phoenix, who doesn’t really explain why he didn’t go for Doctor Strange, but reveals a very famliar reading pattern:
“There’s some great Batman stuff and classic Frank Miller Dark Knight stuff and Arkham Asylum. But I was always a big Wolverine guy. I love Wolverine—big [frick]ing great dramatic character. They’re all conflicted, and they’re really interesting.”
Everyone loves Frank Miller.
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.