§ More on MonkeyBrain, the digital comics imprint via an interview with Allison Baker & Chris Roberson:
Roberson: We see our role as something between logistical support and quality control. Creative decisions are (and should be!) made by the creators, so in terms of story content, artistic choices, things like that, those are decisions that we leave to the creative teams. When it comes to how best to format things, or what kind of challenges and opportunities the digital form presents, we’re happy to serve as a resource. And when an issue is nearing completion, we’re here to act as another set of eyes to make sure that no errors or mistakes crept in that the creators didn’t intend. But then when the pages are finished we step in and get things packaged together in the way that comiXology needs them, and shepherd them through the process that results with them appearing online.
§ Apparently a bit of a spat between Joe Casey and Mike Huddleston
has resulted in there being no collection of the now 8-issue BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER. has resulted in some internet crossfire.
§ More on the value of original comics art, as Ng Suat Tong and Robert Boyd discuss how you could have purchased some of the greatest Frank King Gasoline Alley strips ever for much less than the price of a Spider-Man cover. Via
§ But you can still bid on Jill Thompson’s art for an unproduced Sandman movie.
§ Mark Evanier explains what “Inked by Roz Kirby” means—and it wasn’t that Jack Kirby’s wife was really that fantastic an artist:
§ Marvel’s Premiere Classics Line is ending after more than 100 volumes. This was a mid-priced line of reprints showcasing various storylines of the past, like “Rocket Raccoon: Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant” and “Kraven’s Last Hunt” and so on. To be honest we’re not too clear on just what reprint lines Marvel has and what they put out, but it seems to us that someone somewhere could make money by issuing a concise Marvel Masterworks line of the greatest 20-25 classic stories and keeping them in print.
§ Speaking of Rocket Raccoon…ouch.
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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.