§ John Jakala touches on still-visceral objections to comics in the classroom via comments on a newspaper story:
What I found really interesting, though, was how the vitriol against using comics in the classroom erupted right away in the comments. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but after reading so many articles about schools and libraries using comics in their curricula, I thought the idea that comics could be a useful educational tool was more or less accepted now. Judging by the comments, however, there are still many people out there who view comics as subliterate trash. Here are some of my favorite comments:
§ Rod Whigham takes over art on the Gil Thorp comics strip on April 7.
§ We missed this but Rich dragged it up yesterday: apparently Wizard has deleted most of its online archives. This seems kind of weird…you online get traffic with content, but we don’t know much about the web, really. Anyway, this caused some chagrin over at Comics Should Be Good! too:
I get that it is easier to revamp online sites if you can just do a wipe on the archives, but really, isn’t that just absolutely absurd for them to do? Wipe the archives to, what, save some time/money?
§ MEANWHILE, another post at that same blog, looks back at an issue of Wizard from October 1992Ah what a world it was 90s Nostalgia! We are so ready.
§ Hollywood needs muscle men, and they’re turning to the WWE to find them:
With Hollywood gearing up to launch “Thor,” and reboot “Conan the Barbarian” and “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” as potential new franchises, the big question is, who do producers cast?
The wiry or geeky stars of “The Matrix,” “Spider-Man,” “Transformers” or upcoming “Wanted” just won’t be able to pull off playing a muscled-up Norse god who wields a massive hammer. No, not even Shia LaBeouf.
And that has the biz quickly realizing it’s short on uber-buff action stars, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone out of contention, and even Dwayne Johnson dropping “The Rock” alter ego as he slims down and turns his attention to comedies.
Have they never heard of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds? What is the problem?