§ Frequent Beat postee Comics Comics is having a fund-raising drive and you really need to support them if you love discernment about comics. Some of the groovy stuff they have on sale:
First up, check out our eBay store. We are still offering many of the same great items from before (though note that some have already sold—you have to move fast!): Paintings and drawings from Dash Shaw and Frank Santoro! Rare prints from Ben Jones and Paper Rad! An incredible one-of-a-kind Profanity Hill pledge pack from Jason T. Miles! Original Frank King comic strips! Drawings from Matthew Thurber! And various pledge packs of PictureBox books and comics!
We see some of this loot is still available so go have a look-see.
§ The LA Times interviews TIm Hensley on WALLY GROPIUS, his recently released and much admired graphic novel, and he explains why he won’t be riding the Wally Gropius, the character, train into the sunset
Some people get into a mode. They create a character, plug that character into different situations. They keep using that character. For me, it’s more like an exercise of trying to put a bunch of different pieces together than this character feels like a part of my life. That’s why it’s good to have a throwaway idea of a character like a millionaire. This isn’t my life’s work; it’s trying to put something coherent together. It’s like coming home and trying to put a ship in a bottle every night after work. I pretty much have days when I just think it’s awful and days when I think it’s good. I’m definitely proud that I was able to finish it and relieved that it’s done. Having finished this and starting to work on another, it’s like, “Oh boy. It’s going to be tough.”
§ Dean Haspiel shared his favorite DC cover. And it is a doozy.
§ Medicom is making a Captain Action Bearbrick. It is cute, but it also tickles us to see a 1968 action figure adapted to a 2010’s style collector-art-toy. The nerd space reinvents itself, the wheel turns.
§ To celebrate Lost ending week — or maybe Celebrity Apprentice winding up — Tom Spurgeon posted his 10 favorite endings in comics, and readers suggested many more excellent ones. I always liked the Terry and the Pirates one best, too.
§ Brian Hibbsfinds himself torn between loathing and detesting JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE OF ARSENAL #3, and can’t decide if it’s the end of civilization or merely the superhero genre. To be fair, it does sound horrid, but the description paints it as a must read, featuring kinky amputee sex, and Batman hitting something with a dead cat(?). To assuage your longing for this classic bad comic, here is a brief preview.
§ San Diego Mayor Jerry Sandersfinally has something nice to say about Comic-Con:
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders wasn’t impressed with the Los Angeles pitch, and said, “We think they’ll be here from now on. It’s a uniquely San Diego event.”
Sanders said San Diego has tradition and experience on its side.
“I also think ‘ease of putting it on,’ you know, how to do it here. You’ve got the schematic down,” Sanders said.
§ In Melbourne, AU they are attempting to gather more than 1092 people dressed up as superheroes at once to prove that the end of civilization and superheroes are somehow fatally intertwined.
§ The mother of missing-and-feared dead writer Stephen Perry’s son is talking to the press.
§ CBR interviews Kurt Hassler about the Twilight graphic novel, and among other things, he mentions that the controversial lettering was the artist’s choice, and he also comments on the current state of manga:
Kurt Hassler: The manga market is definitely strong. It has seen some contraction over the past two years – I look largely at the problems publishers have been having with illegal scanlations over the past few years as probably the major contributor to that at the moment – but the business is still strong. If you look at Bookscan sales, last year I think manga made up about 60% of the total graphic novel sales per Bookscan, so it’s not like this is going away. But there are definitely some issues that publishers need to address to keep the business moving forward.
§ We neglected to mention that TOON Books has begun a blog for emerging readersm and it includes a Penny and Penny strip by Geoffrey Hayes which is so cute that it will wash the memory of THE RISE OF ARSENAL right out of your mind.
§ Animator John K was a huge fan of cartoonist Howie Post, who died last week, and he has an amazing collection of art to show you why.
Howie was a real cartoonist. He knew (like the rest of us) that all men are ugly and goofy, but that women were beautiful.
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.