A USA Today investment advisor is asked the best way to make money in comics and he says…there isn’t.
The bottom line is that Disney and Time Warner are the only real ways for investors to get a piece of Iron Man and Batman, but investors should remember that comic books sales will have little influence on the future of these stocks.
§ Tom Spurgeon chats with translator/producer Anne Ishii about the US debut of Japanese Gay BDSM manga artist Gengorah Tagame and amazingly found a few panels that could be reproduced in a fairly SFW manner.
ISHII: Like a lot of literature, I suppose it forces you to slow down. There are stories I won’t forget inside that one story. I think it’s just the tools of a good storyteller. Maybe in experimenting with so many narrative threads, he’s rendered it literary. I don’t know, I’d like to know more about the story, too. Between that and several other stories, there’s a lot of voyeurism and his personal proclivities not withstanding I think that’s interesting, too. Not as a motive for eroticism, but I had taken for granted until reading this the idea of being watched by a bunch of people. That’s sort of pornography, isn’t it? It’s being read by a bunch of people. I don’t know. There’s something weird about a bunch of people watching the same sex act. A lot of his stories touch on that.
§ Jim Lee was on CBS News talking about Free Comic Book Day and said that Man of Steel made him cry. He meant it in a good way. I remember when former DC publisher Jenette Kahn said that the Superboy tv show made her cry, and that was in a very, very bad way.
§ They are remaking the Crow and Luke Evans is daring to take the part. F. Javier Gutierrez directs the reboot. The dashing Welsh actor will next be seen as Bard the Bowman in the next Hobbit movie, but he already was in a comic book movie, Tamara Drewe. The movie is based on the James O’Barr comics character and inspired one of the very first comic book movies with The Crow, a moody cult film that starred the late Brandon Lee, who died in a horrible accident on the set.
§ Former editor of the liberal magazine The Nation Victor Navasky delivers a nice primer on the history of political cartoons back to Duamier with 15 Historic Cartoons That Changed The World, including Dutch cartoonist Louis Raemaekerswho enraged the Germans following World War I. Navasky has a new book out called The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power and that should be worth a look.
§ Fantagraphics has a reading club and they put together a bunch of discussion questions for Julio’s Day
The Umpteen Millionaire Club is our series which puts forth book club discussion questions for Fantagraphics titles. The Comics Journal interns Brooke Chin, Tom Graham and Toby Liebowitz put together this set of questions. As this is intended for those who have read the book and contains spoilers, questions can be found behind the jump.
These were good questions, and a good book to provoke them.
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.