§ Inkstuds interviews Jordan Crane and Sammy Harkham about their new website, What Things do.
§ IcV2 checks in on Marve’ls “Lanterns for Deadpool” program, where retailers sent in DC comics for Marvel credit, and David Gabriel says the response has been strong:
Asked to quantify “overwhelming,” Gabriel was guarded. “Let’s just say we’ll be printing more than 50 copies of the variants.”
§ The Cap/Tea Party thing made Keith Olbermann’s show (and many many other political blogs) but it is noted that while he quoted CBR’s Cup O’ Joe feature, he didn’t mention it by name. Bad Keith.
§ Warners has pushed back the release date of THE LOSERS from April 9 to June 4. That would seem to indicate that the studio thinks it’s a winner that can hold up in the summer box office race.
§ Borys Kit has a very good piece on comics artists who are becoming directors:
Canadian artist Kaare Andrews — in postproduction on the indie horror feature “Altitude,” which is likely to debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival — puts it best.
“You’ve seen the commercial guys go into directing, you’ve seen music videos guys go into directing; now you’re going to see comic writers and artists,” he predicts. “I think that the one thing we have the others don’t is the sense of storytelling.”
Also covered, Mike Mignola, Troy Nixey, and John Cassaday, among others.
§ And the obverse, Vaneta Rogers looks at five directors who have a huge influence on comics, Chris Nolan, Zack Snyder, Sam Raimi, David Goyer, and Brian Singer, with comments from Hollywood observers.
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.