It’s 43ºF at Stately Beat Manor, but they haven’t turned the heat on, because…they don’t do that. So forgive me if the shivering forces brevity.
§ I’m so behind on the news, but having had success with is ROOKIE Magazine collections, D&Q is going all in withThe WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, & History of What We Wear edited by Serah-Marie McMahon, which comes out in May 2014. It’s kinda odd to see the premier art comics publisher going fashiony on us but…hey, more gorgeous books to cover our shelves.
§ Ian Fischer, director of the Rude Dude documentary, has a new film in the works called Superhero Nation. You can watch the trailer in the above link or maybe see it embedded below.
Superhero Nation trailer 2013 from Ian Fischer on Vimeo.
§ Graphic Knowledge the Magazine is a new comics magazine for iPads and iPhones, available in the iTunes store. A subscription is $1.99 which gets you two monthly issues. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet because my iPad is too cold to hold, but this is a good idea in principle.
§ Some jerk at Fox News tried to get headlines by saying The Walking Dead is ruining our country. Kevin Melrose refutes the claim. If only it were that simple.
“Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed,” he continues, just begging for a Rocky Horror-style audience response, “but there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence. Even more specifically, zombie violence. The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order.”
§ This piece on comics adaptations of films by Kevin Church is a great chance to look at same crazy old art. Jack Kirby’s 2001. Yes, it happened. And Steranko’s Outland, Sienkiewicz’s Dune and Simonson’s Alien. Sigh.
§ Here’s a report on Wizard World Nashville which has a fine perspective, I think:
If Wizard World Nashville is indicative of all the stops on the Wizard World tour, then they may be serving a great function to the comic community. If The Walking Dead is putting asses in seats, then it looks like Wizard World is providing the chairs. They are giving people around America the chance to meet celebrities they watch with dedication. For those curious after seeing Comic Con coverage on tv or the web, they are giving them a small taste. They are becoming the fast food version of a real comic con. Does it serve in a pinch? Yeah, it’ll do. Is it the best you’ll ever attend? It can be, if you choose for it to be. People eat fast food. People attend these shows.
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.