§ Robot 6 reports the great news that Lance and Carla Hoffman are out of the hospital, while rehab continues. The couple were badly burned last November in the Santa Barbara Tea Fire.
§ Marc-Oliver Frisch really, really liked FINAL CRISIS #6:
What matters is that, ten years from now, when, surrounded by your grandchildren and great-grandchildren, you’re pulling your hardcover edition of Final Crisis off the shelf, you’ll say, blimey, what a shame Kirby wasn’t around to draw this, back in 2009. Because, in an ideal world, there would have been no other choice. Of course you can quibble that the book would have looked better if Mr. Jones had illustrated the whole thing, and so on and so forth. But, honestly, those other guys aren’t doing such a bad job. If there’s anything of substance wrong with Final Crisis, it’s that Jack Kirby didn’t draw it. He could have made it better.
§ Scans Daily digs into the art oeuvre of the severely underrated Ty Templeton. And if you look at the 20+ year old art above, you’ll see that some things never change!
§ Sean T. Collins has been shopping at Hot Topic. Perhaps you should too.
§ The Connecticut Post profiles 73-year-old artist Frank McLaughlin:
“He may have become the Dark Knight in the movies in recent years, but Batman has always been very good to me,” said the 73-year-old Stratford resident, a nationally syndicated cartoonist who over more than four decades has also drawn such super heroes as Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Captain America.
McLaughlin has also drawn some popular newspaper strips as well, including “Gil Thorp,” “Brenda Starr” and “Nancy.”
Now, after years of also helping teach children at the Sterling House Community Center how to draw comics and cartoons, McLaughlin will try to convey his talents and experience in an adult class at the center which starts next week.
§ An animated movie opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival :
For the first time in its 25-year history, the Sundance Film Festival opened Thursday night with a movie from Australia. It was also the first time the festival has opened with a feature-length animation — one, I feel confident in saying, that is among the strangest animated films ever made. Written and directed by Adam Elliot (who won an Oscar in 2004 for his 23-minute animated short, Harvie Krumpet), Mary and Max chronicles the unusual pen-pal relationship between a shy, gloomy eight-year-old Australian girl from the Melbourne suburbs and an obese, 44-year-old Jewish man living in New York. They meet by chance, when Mary (voiced at first by newcomer Bethany Whitmore and later by Toni Collette) rips Max’s name out of an international address book at her local post office and writes him a letter on a whim.