§ Abhay does what Abhay does best and finds out Weezer was to blame:
British fish have ovaries in their testes; the message is clear: even Jason Statham’s days are fucking numbered.
Via the Forbidden Planet International Blog, a nice little video primer on graphic novels by Robin Valenza:
Robin Valenza has uploaded the Graphic Novel Companion Hour, a very cool wee animated video which introduces readers to some excellent graphic novels in a very accessible (and amusing) manner, touching on Charles Burns’ Black Hole, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, David B’s Epileptic, Alissa Torres’ American Widow, Will Eisner’s Contract with God, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Season of Mists, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings. The animation was created by a group for Valenza’s Graphic Novel course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
§ Marvel’s main editors-dudes Tom Brevoort and Axel Alonso are now doing a regular Q&A feature at CBR and it touches on many, many things, including Brevoort’s comments on why there are so many damned Deadpool titles, or whatever:
I’ve learned from fans’ questions that the true intent underneath is often “Why are you making so many of these? I really would like to buy ‘Green Lantern’!” to which my answer is “I’m going to make two more!” Because the last thing in the world I want is for you to spend your money on somebody else’s books. And up across town, they’re also sitting in a room going, “How the hell can we get them to buy Green Lantern and not one of those shitty Deadpool book?” That’s part and parcel of the competition that we engage in. At a certain point, you hit a moment of diminishing returns where clearly you’ve gone too far. And then you sort of dust off things, and as a group, you pull back. We’ve trimmed and pruned lines in the past when they’ve grown too far, too fast, and certainly we’re always vigilant that we may completely destroy something by beating it into the ground. For all the people that feel we do that – and every once in a while I think we do – we’ve also maintained a pretty good bedrock in all the various areas around the Marvel Universe.
§ Jhonen Vazquez is now selling things at TopatoCo. (Via Gary Tyrrell.)
§ Kevin Nowlan reprints hate mail he received for drawing NEW MUTANTS #51 better than anyone had any right to expect.
§ Speaking of artists who do things better, David Brothers had a recent series of “& Artists” who are all very, very good at certain aspects of the cartoonist’s art:
David Aja (Above)
All of which reminds us of one of our frequent bar conversations: Is there an artist or two whose style defines the current superhero look in the way that, say, Neal Adams, John Byrne, Jim Lee, or Bryan Hitch once defined the current look? What do you all think?
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.