§ At the now-you-must-pay-to-read New York Times, Dave Itzkoff sums up Marvel and the comics zeitgeist with a story called: Marvel Faces a Mighty Foe – Publishing World Uncertainties:
One day last month in the company’s office in Midtown Manhattan, its top creative talent — 30 or so people, mostly male, many bald or bearded, or both — were gathered in a conference room known as the Hulk room, for what felt like the simultaneous meetings of a corporation, a television writing staff and the traders of the New York Stock Exchange.
It’s a nice roundup of Marvel’s last 20 years of history, with some quotes from Marvel’s big four — Alonso, Buckley, Brevoort and Quesada — as well as some comics pundits, including one who suggests that the problem comics suffers from is more akin to diabetes than a broken limb.
§ Jessica Abel interviews editor Diana Schutz on the creative process from the editorial side:
An ideal proposal form depends on the source. If it’s someone I’ve already worked with, or whose work I’m familiar with, it can be as simple as a phone call! If it’s someone new, then the ideal proposal form is a good handful of actual story pages: written, drawn, and lettered for me to read. Recently, at the Small Press Expo, a young artist handed me photocopies of the first 200 pages of his proposed 750-page graphic novel! That was actually great—not only could I really sink my teeth into what he was doing, but his level of commitment to the project was also damn obvious!
§ Headline of the day:The Long, Career Snuffing History Of Lead Actresses In Comic Book Movies.
This is actually a pretty weak piece — lots of actresses have gone on to do just fine after appearing in a comic book movie. It’s just that the career killers — Halle Berry, Lori Petty — are remembered longer
§ Zack Snyder is relying on the Chris Nolan/David Goyer dream team for his Superman revamp, which, given the reaction to SUCKER PUNCH, is a very, very good idea.
Q: Are you working with DC or is it all you, Nolan and Goyer?
ZS: It’s all me, Nolan and Goyer. I mean, I meet with the DC guys but they don’t really [get involved.] It’s all us figuring it out.
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.