A look back at the week in links! We figure that after this, everyone is going into San Diego Panic mode, so read ’em while you can.
§ TOP STORY: Late last week, Mark Waid made headlines when he decided to stop reading superhero comics. Perhaps that is because at some point mature people are not meant to read the adventures of characters that they have been reading for 40 years every month. While the exact comic that killed Waid’s love of the genre is not known, Tucker Stone had lots of suspects.
§ Fans discuss Comic-Con’s greatest moments, none of which have anything whatsoever to do with comics. Unsurprising but grim all the same.
§ Michael Cho drew a Superboy collection cover and Michael Cho is fantastic. [Via Chris Sims]
§ More pictures of Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan and Blake Lively as Carol Ferris have been scanned in from that EW article.
§ Chris Butcher explains why the cover of TWIN SPICA probably isn’t going to sell many copies.
The audience for the book in North America is probably older teens and people in their 20s (at least I hope so because the teen market is saturated and full of thieves…). But more importantly, as part of Vertical’s line (folks who have heretofore only published work intended for adults, primarily by Osamu Tezuka) there’s a natural adult crossover. As a bookseller, I look at the people who enjoy Sci-Fi and Drama, people who might’ve really loved the critical-hit / sales-flop PLANETES and want something new to read. But every time I put a copy of Twin Spica in someone’s hands, they take one look at the cover and go “that’s not really my thing”. Why? Well it’s got a moe little girl on a magical background holding glowing orbs… It’s precious, and awkward, and looks verrrrry young by North American standards.
§ Recently, Noah Berlatsky was the recipient of an old school Gary Groth beat down. A lot of people seemed pleased to witness the beat down, probably because Berlatsky’s debating tactics are kind of weak and annoying.
Luckily, Groth did not use other means at his disposal.
§ David Brothers has been following up his 7 Artists feature with 6 Writers, all of whom so far have also been cartoonists, like Stan Sakai:
If I were on the outside looking in, I wouldn’t expect myself to like Usagi Yojimbo. There’s not a lot of space for casually brutal violence, curse words, and femmes fatale in funny talking animal comics, y’know? But, no– it turns out that this book is right up my alley. Sakai isn’t trying to tell some continuity-tangled epic or reinvent an old genre. He just wants to tell chambara tales, and he created a character and a world that’s flexible enough to support anything he wants to do. I don’t think I’ve ever read a volume of Usagi Yojimbo that I disliked.
§ Attention should be paid to this very long interview with Matt Fraction from GQ of all places.
§ Cleveland’s woes in recent weeks were not helped by the fact that the owner of the Cavaliers used ComicSans to pen his ‘We shall never surrender!” letter.
Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.
§ The nerdlebrity comic gets demerits for having the characters dress like people from the Nerdlebrity’s old TV show, but gets brownie points for being about CERN!!!
LeVar Burton: One of the aspects that has defined “Star Trek” as really fine storytelling is that the science in “Star Trek” is always considered to be realistic, but secondary to story. So Mark [Wolfe] suggested, “Let’s go that way.” Having superheroes is great, but I think some of the most powerful storytelling involves ordinary people doing extraordinary things and so with those two objectives in mind, Mark lead us in the direction of the LHC. It was serendipity, really. It was around the time that the LHC was starting up and they were beginning to smash particles and people were nervous and concerned and excited and [the idea] just worked. It worked as a storytelling device and it put our hero in a precarious situation where he had to respond to extraordinary circumstances.
§ Superman’s trek across America started badly when he incorrectly identified a Philadelphia neighborhood.
Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Michael Klein takes note of a caption box in Superman #701 that sets the scene in “Philadelphia, Pennsylvania … the South Side,” specifically, on the 500 block of S. 48th St. The thing is, the city doesn’t have a “South Side” — it’s South Philadelphia or, more commonly, “South Philly” — and even if it did, that block wouldn’t be in it. You see, the intersection of 48th and Larchwood streets is in West Philadelphia (aka University City, aka where the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was born and raised).
Knowing a little about people from South Philly, I’d say Superman is in some jeopardy now.
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.