Stuff we’ve been bookmarking:
§ You know you’ve arrived when internet blowhards start yapping about you. In this case, a right-wing blogger protests the new Franco-Algerian-Muslim Batman of France.
This follows similar protests over the casting of dark-skinned Idris Elba as Heimdall in the Thor movie, with white supremacists calling for a boycott, if by boycott you mean a move that got them more press than they could possibly have hoped for. They wouldn’t do it if it didn’t work. Elba has been philosophical since concerns were first raised earlier this year: “Thor has a hammer that flies to him when he clicks his fingers. That’s OK, but the color of my skin is wrong?”
§ Laura Hudson chats with Fantagraphics’ Eric Reynolds about their digital plans, a notable move since you rarely see companies as slow to adapt to digital as Fanta talking about their non-moves. They do have their reasons:
We place a lot of value on the aesthetics of book packaging and design on top of the actual content, and digital delivery is never going to fully replicate that fetishistic love of a well-printed and packaged book. So I still have some concerns about the aesthetic experience of reading our books on a screen. I realize that digital comics are here to stay at this point, even as they continue to evolve, and so I know it’s something we have to address but I don’t simply want to do it for the sake of it, for whatever financial windfall there may be. I want the material to be as well-served as it is in book form, if that’s possible. It’s only been in the past year that I’ve seen that potential approach reality.
§ Tom Spurgeon’s annual holiday interview series is the comics internet’s holiday version of nice hot cider after a trip to the skating pond. Two thus far stand out: an interview with Zunar , the Malaysian cartoonist who has been fighting for his freedom all year due to his politically unpopular cartoons.
And, in a less life or death matter, CBR’s Kiel Phegley who speaks truth on a variety of industry issues, such as his analysis of the DC-related decisions being faced at Warners:
What do you want to do with them: exploit their assets for more cell phone apps and movies, or reorganize them in a way that will make them #1 with a consumer base who likes to wrap paper products in little plastic baggies?
Yep, that’s about the size of it.
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.