§ Comics Alliance talks to retailers and asks if $3.99 comics are killing the business. The answers are very mixed — let’s just call it a softening and not a plummet. And there are other factors involved, says Chris Rosa of LA’s Meltdown:
Also, you know [digital] piracy is out there, but it never really confronted me until I had semi-regulars come by, and they seemed conversant in every book even though I hadn’t seen them in a while. I asked when or where they were buying, and they just said, ‘I’m downloading.’ Just totally matter of fact.”
§ As The Beat sits in her high tower and ponders the thoughts and deeds of comics, we have often wondered why Germany — one of the most comics-crazy countries in Europe, if you go by the sales of Mickey Mouse magazines — has such a little known tradition of original comics. Well, Dr. Bart Beaty is here to change that, as he reviews Comics, Manga And Co.: The New Culture Of German Comics and offers a concise rundown of who the significant figures in the scene are, including Anke Feuchtenberger (above), the German cartoonist we most hear mentioned over here.
§ How did we forgot to link to this fine Tim O’Shea interview with Jason?:
Jason: I’ve done boy meets girl and one of them dies in the end several times, so yes, I was a bit afraid of starting to repeat myself. But I think Werewolves is sufficiently different. It’s a platonic relationship between the two characters for one thing, and none of them dies in the end. But I’ve shown earlier I’m not afraid of killing characters, so hopefully in the scene where Audrey falls off the roof, there is real tension in if she will survive or not.
§ Rob Liefeld is penning a screenplay about the origins of Image Comics. And he asks for casting ideas. Sadly, Ed O’Neill is too old to play Todd McFarlane because that’s a no brainer.
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The Human Centipede Joins Wizard World Tour. The PR does not say how the Wizard World Tour was joined, but we have our suspicions.
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.