§ Rick Marshall’s last day at MTV’s Splash Page blog, which he edited, was yesterday. Reading his tweets, the departure seems to have been unexpected. Splash Page started as MTV’s comic blog but was quickly tasked to cover comic book MOVIES, and became pretty aggressive with getting anyone who was going to be in a comic book movie to say something about it on the red carpet, yielding many sound bites and sometimes news. It was really a textbook case of how to build a niche in a crowded field. We’ve shared many a con party conversation with Rick about blogging tech, and we wish him the best,
In a market of ever-escalating prices for ever-shrinking stories, Kickstart Comics is doing the unheard of: they’re releasing full-length, densely-packed graphic novels for nearly the same cost as your average unfollowable (Batman: Incorporated) or too-quickly-wrapped (Flash) monthly comic book. What’s more, they’re doing it in a variety of genres reminiscent of the heyday of the Crossgen revolution. Witch is but one example. This graphic novel, written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett and featuring artwork from Tony Shasteen (Wolverine), follows young Kylie Woods, who has been seeing a psychiatrist for years because of a voice she hears in her head.
§ Artist Jillian Tamaki (SKIM) is interviewed at TCJ.com:
TAMAKI: It would be interesting, wouldn’t it, to sort of – I feel like cartooning, making comics, it kind of is like that, in that you’re building a world around a story or a set of circumstances. And that’s what is appealing if you are an illustrator, you spend some time with this single image and then it goes off and gets published or whatever and it’s gone. Comics, you’re spending an amount of time with stories and characters in an environment, and you really – at least in the comics I make, I do try to flesh out the world quite a bit. So there is sort of a correlation there, actually.
§ Michael Doran weighs in on the ever-swirling controversy over the New 52 with this question:
If DC isn’t going to publish a Superman #715 what reason would they ever have to publish a Superman #15?
§ Speaking of which, where ARE Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown?
Jason Todd is getting “Red Hood and the Outlaws”. Dick Grayson is getting “Nightwing”. Tim Drake is getting “Teen Titans”. Damian Wayne is getting “Batman and Robin”. Stephanie Brown is getting “The Shaft”.
§ Although the previous item referenced Corinna “Geek Mom” Lawson’spiece at Wired regarding the missing female Robin, it really should be MUST READING for some hints of how DC is handling its social media:
DC could be doing so much more with their [twitter] account along those lines. Instead, they’re basically using it for press releases. They even spammed a follower of mine who is also a chief executive in charge of a very successful digital-first press company. She sent them back a note that they “doing Twitter wrong.” She should know. And they are. With the millions DC is supposedly spending to announce the relaunch on television, can’t they find an intern or a full-time employee to run their Twitter account and talk to people, as some of their creators are doing so well?
§ Marv Wolfman talks about working on the Green Lantern video game and it looks more interesting than the film:
The game begins right after the movie with an attack on Oa, the homeworld of the Guardians of the Universe. It moves to other worlds as well, including Zamarron, home to a female race of warriors, and Biot, the homeworld of the Manhunters. The Manhunters are a race of robots created by the Guardians to be the initial corps to bring law and order throughout the universe. But over a period of time the Manhunters went rogue, and the Guardians got rid of them and created the Green Lantern Corps. So in this game the original Corps are coming back.
§ Steve Geppi is the owner of Diamond Comics Distribution, and one of the most powerful people in comics. He’s also the publisher of Baltimore Magazine and in this publisher’s note, he explains why the Grill page is being moved and interviews himself:
Who’s my favorite Baltimorean? Unless I’m allowed to pick my late brother Toodie, my vote goes to William Donald Schaefer, who almost single-handedly put Baltimore back on the map of vibrant, forward-looking American cities.
§ Mett Seneca ponders the place of the comics anthology in light of the Diamond anthology’s final issue:
Tucker Stone’s recent article on anthologies makes the point that in the post-internet comics landscape they aren’t really the introductory stage for new artists that they used to be — now they’re more rarefied places for the cream of the crop to test out ideas and show off their chops. The result of that might be less historical importance (they’re no longer the first place anyone was published), but it means that we get more things like Diamond: venues for cartoonists who’ve earned the privilege to do a little stretching out in an environment with the air of “indie cool”. More specifically, the newspaper anthology, which I think in the long view will end up being seen as the dominant form of this era in the format, affords some of the grandest stretching out possible: the broadsheet page hasn’t been this relevant a presence in comics art since the 1940s, when Hal Foster and George Herriman banged them out for an audience of millions on a weekly basis.
§ J. Caleb Mozzocco reviews DC’s Subway advertising insert which I admit to being flummoxed by when I encountered it one day:
The Subway ad, however, is just pages and pages long, the relatively simple message—this is a food product that is awesome and you should probably eat it—and is what is generally referred to as “decompressed” or “written for the trade.” Not that this will ever end up in a trade collection, of course (I sure wouldn’t mind reading a trade of those Hostess ads though; maybe Craig Yoe or IDW or someone like that will get around to packaging and publishing one some day).
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.