§ Brandon Graham has pretty much the best cartoonist diary ever. That’s his desk above.
I’ve got a string with clothes pins above my desk so I can keep an eye on all the pages leading up to the one I’m working on.
Marvel has graciously given us over 50 exclusive pages of sketches, inks, thumbnails and process images from the anthology series to give you a glimpse into the process of creators like Kate Beaton, Jeffrey Brown, Dean Haspiel, Ivan Brunetti, Farel Dalrymple, Frank Santoro, Ben Marra, Ivan Brunetti, Paul Hornschemeier, Edu Medeiros, and Paul Vella.
That’s Rafael Grampa’s Wolverine above…
§ Why someone DOESN’T read comics.
§ Tom Tomorrow reports that he’s moving his political comic strip from Salon to Daily Kos, and will be expanding DKos comics presence. It’s yet another step in the continuing obsolescence of the alt.weekly comic strip:
I’ve been quietly agitating for something like this for quite a while. These are difficult times for cartoonists, particularly those of us working in the subgenre of altweekly cartooning. The papers are still vital to my survival, and I’m grateful beyond measure to the many editors who continue to run my work in print each week — but the larger trend over the past few years has not exactly been encouraging. Too many papers have decided that they no longer have any use for this art form which grew in their stead, adapting itself entirely to their rhythms, and as that market contracts, there’s been no simultaneous expansion online. The niche that editorial cartoons filled in newspapers is almost entirely occupied by Daily Show clips online. Why do so few political sites feature political cartoons? Why did the Huffington Post, with verticals devoted to almost any topic you can imagine, never launch a comics section?
§ Over at PW, comics sage Jeet Heer looks at two competing tomes both called THE COMICS:
If, by chance, you’re planning on dressing up as Moses for a costume party, you might want to pick up two hefty new tomes which have similar titles and could easily double as stone tablets: Jerry Robinson’s The Comics: An Illustrated History of Comic Strip Art 1895-2010 (Dark Horse Books) and Brian Walker’s The Comics: The Complete Collection (Abrams). Heavier than the bricks that Ignatz hurled at Krazy Kat and only slightly less deadly in potential squashing power than the anvils that the Coyote tried to drop on the Road Runner, these books are big not only in size but also in scope. Both tell the century-spanning story of American newspaper comics from the early days of The Yellow Kid and Little Nemo to more recent funnies such as Mutts and Zits.
§ In light of the Joanne Siegel letter making the rounds, J. Caleb Mozzocco looks at a recent comic dealing with the legal underpinnings:
Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s latest issue of Comic Book Comics, a history of comics presented as a comic book series, dealt with the history of Siegel and Shuster’s dealings with DC over the ownership of Superman—as well as the similar difficulties that Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson and Jack Kirby had with DC/National and Marvel—and the Siegel and Shuster “story” hasn’t really been completed in real life, so it doesn’t really have a satisfying conclusion in their comic strip about it either (In 2008, judge Stephen G. larson ruled that the contents of Action Comics #1 revert to Siegel’s heirs, and, Van Lente wrote, “The full implications of that decision are still being worked out, but it seems to be in the heirs’ interest to work with the company,” since, “many of the elements considered crucial to the mythos have appeared since Action #1 and are incontrovertibly owned by DC”).
§ On the very very slim chance that you are not sick of Rob Granito by now, here is the official debunking site: LEGIT-O-MITE!. This reminds us of Unscrewed, a similar site that sprang up after the misdeeds of convention organizer/publisher Rick Olney were laid bare.
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.