§ Sweet. Designer/publisher Francoise Mouly recalls how she met future husband Art Spiegelman:
One year, I unexpectedly got a call from one of my acquaintances, the cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who had himself recently moved back to New York. He asked me if I had any plans for Thanksgiving, and I asked in return, “What is Thanksgiving?” We made plans to go to Chinatown for duck dinner that Thursday night. During dinner, Art — delighted to have found someone even more alienated than himself — enjoyed filling me in on all the details of the American custom: cranberry? What is cranberry? (There are none in France.) Sweet potatoes? Pumpkin pie??? After dinner, he invited me back to his place where he showed me his collection of comics (we have that pick-up line in French, but it’s usually “let me show you my collection of Japanese prints…”)
§ Scott Mendelson makes A Comparative Study of all three Punisher films at the Huffington Post:
In this current age of rebooting one comic franchise or horror franchise after another, it is still something of a milestone that we have a single property, The Punisher, that has been rebooted twice in just four years by the same studio. Add that to the fact that the DVD version of the first go at it, nearly twenty years ago, was released by Artisan, which was eventually folded up into the very studio that has continually tried to reboot the property. Thus, we know have three distinct Punisher movies, all either originally financed or currently owned by Lionsgate. Let us take a moment to look at all three films (in their original R-rated cuts), in the context of each other. Obligatory spoiler warning for all three pictures…
§ Domingos Isabelinho, the fiercest critic of them all, finds current comics criticism pretty damned lame. .
§ Photos from last week’s Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Holiday Party. Above, the newest New Yorker! blogger, Whitney Matheson, and cartoonist Paul Pope.
§ Tom Spurgeon suggests that the prevalence of old farts like me may be a plus for the comics industry
§ Valerie D’Orazio reveals that the silly feud between her and Tony Lee that had been raging between their blogs was a HOAX:
Yep. Me and Tony conceived of this whole back-and-forth as a spoof on Comic Book Internet Feuds™. Additional inspiration, for me, was the Daily Show/Conan/Colbert feuds from a couple of months ago. We tried to be extremely tongue-and-cheek about it, so it would be more or less obvious. Then Mr. Lee emailed me shortly thereafter to let me know he was taking on quite a pummeling, and it was decided to make this short.
It was indeed tongue-in-cheek and lacked credibility. Real internet feuds go something like this:
Feuder #1: Feuder #2 is an asshole.
Feuder #2: Feuder #1 is an ass hat.
..and so on.