§ The DC Comics blog actually marshals the evidence for why Superman is lonely: building robot friends, putting a cape on his dog, that kind of thing.
§ I stayed the hell away from that Sound of Music thing last night. WHY.
§ And yet I’m intrigued by the first picture of Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie in the reboot that also stars Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne. I’m always happy to see orphans marching around and singing—it gives them something to do.
§ I did not quite understand this article about how a “graphic novel startup” is getting funding from a public offering, due to a recent SEC rule change. The startup is called Sparkony Entertainment, and they hope to raise $250,000 is order to make graphic novels which people will then make into movies. Okay, that I got.
§ In another familiar story, a celebrity is writing a comic, This time it’s Black Francis, aka Frank Black aka Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV, the front man of the Pixies, who is writing a GN called The Good Inn. Black will write with his biographer Josh Frank, while artist Steven Appleby did the art. The book is out in May in the UK. I don’t know about this graphic novel thing, but I like this song from his first solo album, which should be studied by everyone who works at DC Comics in NYC> “Counting helicopters on a Saturday night/The symphony of the fair light.”
§ A sequel to the non super comic book movie 2 Guns might come out, and it might be called 3 GUNS according to the producer.
“I mean, I think we’re having that conversation. You know, I don’t wanna be so bold to say, you know, it’s 100%. Of course it comes down to Denzel and Mark and the director, Baltasar [Kormákur], who’s doing Everest now, who have to make that decision. We, of course, would love to do a sequel and we are pushing for a sequel.” Even though plans are totally up in the air, Emmett hopes to get moving on a script soon: “I think we have to find the right story because that, of course, [is what] it all comes back to, but I think that we’ll probably push forward with a script soon and then hopefully if the creative powers that be, you know, fall in love with the storyline, then we would start to have that conversation.”
Also, is there a reason why every single Mark Wahlberg role involves him being a badass millitary/police guy?
§ Comic shop opening news! Spirit of Retailing Award winner Tate’s Comics in Florida is opening a a second store in Palm Beach, FL:
“There are no comic book stores in Palm Beach,” said owner and operator, Tate Ottati, 37. “I saw a need to open a Palm Beach County location. I have many customers who come to Plantation from Palm Beach County every other month. It needed to be done.”
§ Kevin Huizenga reviews Jesse Reklaw’s Couch Tag, one of several late in the year books which are TOP-NOTCH.
§ Are Comics the Art Form of This Century? asks Cultural Weekly.
The most common response one hears whenever graphic novels enter the conversation is, “What are graphic novels?” (consider the corollary – “What is a novel?” “What is a movie?” “What is television?” Never heard of ‘em.) Some think the term describes children’s picture books (especially if their kids read comics); many people assume it’s a euphemism for porn. In what other medium would it be necessary for someone to create this two-page tutorial as drawn by graphic novelist Jessica Abel (La Perdida, Life Sucks)?
§ Bill Nicholson ruminates a bit on the end of PictureBox:
The only potential upside I can see is that this breaks up the cool kids table. The single most potent “brand” no longer exists. So if Uncivilized Books wants to say “We’ve got Matthew Thurber!” then maybe more young people will look at that True Swamp collection. Or if Image Comics were to say “We’re putting out Puke Force” maybe more freaks will read The Bulletproof Coffin. Everyone should see this hole in the landscape to be filled with weirdness, and go nuts.
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.