§ HUGE NEWS! Björk has written a song about Moomins!
§ This interview with early Bullpenner and romance editor Irene Vartanoff is fascinating:
By the time I was out of college, I had already been a frequent visitor to DC Comics. It was not hard to convince them to give me a try, and in 1971 I worked simultaneously on superhero and romance stories. People at DC were extremely welcoming and I was insufficiently grateful at the time. I was very young, and arrogant enough to dare to go to the big city, but not quite ready for it on several levels. I did not ride out my moments of self-doubt to writing success in comics. I was a sheltered girl from the suburbs who was trying to make it in a strange place as a freelancer, without much support system or money. After a while, I had to take a break and go back home.
§ The Mysterious World of Al Columbia. But would you want it any other way?
§ Retailer Jay Bardyla points out that comics for kids is a fast growing, good selling category these days, not the weird anomaly it was in the ’90s.
Frankly, I am tired of hearing this from retailers. When I look back and see what comics were being offered through the 1990s and early 2000s against what’s being offered today, I can’t help but feel that every retailer that says the above phrase is out of touch with the industry. There are dozens upon dozens of titles aimed at young children and dozens and dozens more that are appropriate for all ages. Are the number of today’s books in the whole of all titles published monthly comparable to the number of “all ages” books from the 70s and 80s? No but then again, there weren’t 300 to 500 new books published each month in the 70s and 80s. And also, the world’s view of entertainment is not the same either.
§ All of which makes the lack of a publisher for the kids comics anthology FLIGHT EXPLORER all the more puzzling.