§ Art Spiegelman gives Michael Cavna some good quotes, on the occasion of the former’s winning the Grand Prix at Angoulême.
What lies ahead is being the steering hand for the festival’s exhibits and conferences and programs. “I don’t know whether you should say ‘congratulations’ or ‘condolences,’ ” says the artist, noting what a prestigious honor it is – while also remembering how it was when American friend and colleague R. Crumb received the same award for the 2000 festival.
“Crumb didn’t want to even meet the press,” Spiegelman recalls. “He escaped out a door and went flea-market shopping in the neighborhoods. They vowed never to pick another American.
“I won’t be as bad as that,” he says, laughing.
§ Continuing on the issue of creator-owned comics, Dan Panosian has his say, with much practical observation, including frank talk:
I’d rather not waste time trying to make a lion into an alligator or a lamb. I think it would be smarter for a company designed to give Creators a viable launching pad for new books even more of a boost. It wouldn’t take much of a policy change and it would open more doors for both individual creators and Image Comics. More potential money for both Creators and for Image. I think that makes good sense.
§ Gerry Giovinco sums up the zeitgeist-y feeling out there:
This dynamic climate for creators has been in the making for over thirty years. It’s not a revolution, its a resolution to what was unfair in the industry for decades.
So why all of the sudden rhetoric? Why all of the jitters?
Because there is an air of complacency.
§ Douglas Wolk adds up all the issues in the great events of recent years to see which is the biggest — it’s SECRET INVASION with 102 tie-in periodicals.
§ Mark Evanier marks the passing of two admired animation professionals, Boyd Kirkland, who worked on X-MEN: EVOLUTION and the Batman animated series; and John Dorman a designer, art director and storyboard artist for a wide range of companies.
§ Remember when Kelly Thompson got a random bunch of women to read comics and post their thoughts? She’s doing it again. In four parts, and with graphic novels. And there are some converts:
Will I be reading more comic books? YES. Definitely want to get my hands on more Fables. Besides the fact that I felt supremely cool reading it on the subway, (yes, people – I do this all the time – even though I clearly do not), I also just really enjoyed reading it. I’ve only read a couple of graphic novels, and the only problem with those being that the ones I had were humongous and hard to lug around, whereas these guys are totally not. And like most chicks, I read a lot of Betty and Veronica when I was younger. So I was never opposed to comics to begin with, just, honestly, never re-introduced to any in my adulthood.
§ The secret history of four fonts, including the one that Must Not Be Named. Above, peaceful Garamond.
§ The Michael George murder trial will never end, will it? next up: a new DNA test:
George’s attorney, Carl Marlinga, said a pubic hair in question was recovered from the sweater of George’s wife, Barbara George, after she was found shot to death in 1990.
During the first trial, prosecutors tested only to see if the hair matched Barbara George, Marlinga said. It did not.
Marlinga said the hair was destroyed in the test, leaving only a DNA profile.
Attorneys have now asked that the DNA profile be compared to Michael George’s known DNA.
“We want to find out if it belongs to Michael or somebody else,” Marlinga said. “We will find out what we can and go from there.”
§ Sean T. Collins has the ultimate Wizard Death reaction round-up.
§ Spider-Man update: Bono tries to be coy, while the above picture seems to be a trial run for a “Got Milk?” ad.
“We tried not to be big shots and arrive with a cigar in our mouth,” says Bono. “Because we’re not. We’re small shots around here. No matter how much we might have done in our other lives, it kind of doesn’t count as soon as you walk into a theatre.”
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.