§ The Spider-Man musical has an ending! And it’s in a “triumphant manner.” Spoiler there, guys.
The new finale includes a freshly conceived flying sequence in which the character Peter Parker/Spider-Man is airborne, flying around the Foxwoods Theater in a triumphant manner, according to a member of the production team. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because the producers did not want details of the finale given away.
A spokesman for the production, Rick Miramontez, would only say on Wednesday night that the new ending involved “an airborne finale moment that will be familiar to Spider-Man fans around the world.”
§ Paolo Rivera’s dad is now inking for him, and the results are pleasing.
§ One of those nano-cent-per-word articles at eHow answers How Much Money Can a Good Comic Book Artist Make? :
Many factors go into determining a comic book artist’s salary. If the artist is the writer, he may receive more money. However, the major difference in salary is the popularity of the comic book. According to the business journal “Portfolio,” top artists can earn approximately $1,000 per page of artwork. Best-selling comic books are typically released monthly and are usually 22 pages. So, a top yearly salary can reach $264,000, though “Portfolio” indicates a cap at around $250,000 a year for top artists.
Next: how much money can a BAD comic book artist make?
§ Molly McIsaac picks some manga to watch in 2011.
§ As the Comics Code Authority fades forever into obscurity, Scott Edelman publishes a letter by Gerry Conway to the then-head, the feared Len Darvin.
§ We left Shaenon T. Garrity’s picks for best comics criticism out yesterday. Here it is.
§ Speaking of which, the judges worked on the list for a solid year. Dear god.
§ The title says it all: ‘Steampunk Palin’ Comic More Insane Than You Imagined.
§ Unlikely team-up: Beat contributor Jen Vaughn happened to be in Dallas and happened to take a picture of Brad Meltzer at a signing. BTW. Meltzer’s TV show Decoded is now airing on the History Channel, and it’s all about secrets and mysteries. Good stuff.
§ There are many works by Daniel Clowes that would make fine movies, Chris Arrant tells us.
§ Finally, an email we just got tells us that “EXCITEMENT BUILDS FOR NEW ORLEANS COMIC CON.” Alright 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.