§ Let’s face it, there’s a lot of bad news out there, a lot of S.A.D. is kicking in as the days get shorter, and it’s a hectic time of year. What better to brighten up your day than pictures via SAME HAT! SAME HAT! of UMEZZ FEST ’08 featuring famed Japanese manga-ka Kazuo Umezo (DRIFTING CLASSROOM) and friends doing…bizarre things.
§ The Scotman shows national pride as a local writer has killed off Batman:
Scottish writer Grant Morrison has penned a dramatic new instalment of the Dark Knight’s adventures, called Batman RIP, in which fans will see “the end of Bruce Wayne” as Batman.
The storyline, which was due to reach its climax in the latest issue of the Batman comic, released today, is said to see Wayne so shaken by a secret from his past that a new Batman must be found.
Is it satisfying, seeing your comic strip become a cartoon on TV?
It is because when I saw the first tests for the show, I really didn’t like it at all. But then I thought, I got to really make this look as much like the strip as possible. So we did a process where you take the CG models and then put the drawings on top of them. So that my drawing style, my actual drawing hand, is seen throughout the show. So you really see my drawings moving a lot.
§ Tpull examines the continuing fascination with World Leaders Who Read Comics and digs up some quotes from Ronald Reagan:
Wallace: You read the comics in the morning?
Mr. Reagan: Yeah.
Wallace: Spiderman is your favorite – then the sports pages, and then you get to the serious stuff. True?
Mr. Reagan: No, it’s really from the comics to the serious stuff without the sports pages in between. I haven’t got time for those anymore. But I’m also a voracious reader, and never without a book, and to me the worst type of Hades that I could think of would be to be in a hotel room someplace for overnight and not have a book to read.
§ The fact that cartoonist Abby Denson (TOUGH LOVE: HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL) has written a Spider-Man story pretty much shows that my work here is done. The art by Colleen Coover is also trendsetting.
§ Kristy Valenti looks at the drawings of director Jean Cocteau:
It seems to me a study of the pen-and-ink drawings and caricatures by the French artist Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), most easily available in the out-of-print but not-too-expensive used collections Dessins (Drawings) and Erotic Drawings by Jean Cocteau, could add something to the critical conversations surrounding cartooning as calligraphy (as per Ivan Brunetti and Lynda Barry), poetry and comics (as per critics Bill Randall and Gary Sullivan), cartooning and the continuous line (as evinced by the art of Saul Steinberg) and comics and queer studies (Cocteau was homosexual/bi).
Instead, the Chicago artist will try to convince you that he’s a “bad writer” who has had some “lucky breaks,” as he described himself to a theatre full of his admirers on Saturday afternoon.
Those fans — more than 100 of them — chuckled and shook their heads in disagreement as the self-effacing Ware called himself a “hideous-looking specimen” (he’s not) and called his writing style “antiseptic, constipated, dry and bland” (it’s not).
§ Over on his LJ, Brian Wood talks about whether there would be a change in tone in DMZ, now that GWB is o-u-t:
Iraq is very important to DMZ, not just how it connects to us as Americans, but how the struggling government there is, well, struggling. I’ve felt for some time now that DMZ has more in common with the Maliki government than it does with anything else, and I’ve been increasingly looking to that for inspiration for future storylines. I don’t expect that to change.