So much to talk about, so many links in email.
TW: Is it frustrating to still be considered a comic artist when you’ve more-or-less ditched the medium for nearly a decade?
JD: Yes it has been very frustrating. I knew it would be difficult to make people admit that I can do something different, but not THAT difficult! But it is finally changing now, at least here in Montréal, because I did many group shows, a solo exhibition, and last summer the Biennale de Montréal, that kind of did the job. It seems that the world of contemporary art got curious about comics in the past 3-4-5 years… and the comic world opened itself to more experimental work. So yes, it was natural… in the end. I still live from my royalties, and comics original sales… art is not very lucrative!
§ The Elephantmen: War Toys #1 | Trailer is online.
§ Girls! Girls! Girls! Val D’Orazio reports on NYAF for FoL
§ Renee Witterstaetter has a new dvd out featuring a candid conversation with Bill Sienkiewicz.
§ Virgin comics scripter Saurav Mohapatra joins groups blog The Comics Waiting Room.
“We haven’t gone out of the way to reinvent a lot of the comic because it works so well. What we’re actually trying to do is give more of a foundation to the characters and what makes them tick. For example, the Daughters of the Amazon—we’re interested in exploring how that group doesn’t just spring up overnight,” Ellsworth said.
“In the comic book, we’re presented with an end-of-the-world scenario pretty darn quickly. It then becomes the adventures of Yorick and 355, but I would say that a movie version must have more of a sense of urgency and jeopardy. It’s not going to be a ‘Mad Max’ film. Where we want to start is what simply would the world be like if this “absurd” thing were to happen,” Ellsworth continued. “It’s actually going to have more of a haunting feel to it as Yorick our main character is attempting to get his bearings and what the immediate aftermath of the plague means.”