§ WTF, that guy is jacked. This is for The Witcher though, not Superman.


§ Marvel is bringing back their Golden Age characters Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal. Because…80 years old? Frank Tieri, John Cerilli and Jacob Chabot do the creatives: These 80th anniversary one-shots are all about celebrating the diverse genres from Marvel’s history. What sort of place do humor/funny animal books hold in that?

John Cerilli: Unfortunately, no one thinks of these characters because we weren’t even Marvel when these books were selling well in the ‘40s; we were Timely Comics. And because tastes changed and the Marvel Age of Comics revolutionized graphic storytelling in the early 1960s, funny animals at Marvel eventually could be summed up in three words: Howard the Duck. But even though humorous animals went out of vogue at Marvel, humor did not. Levity has always been a part of the Marvel storytelling DNA. And for me and Frank to have the opportunity to revisit these characters—ones created by legendary MAD artist Al Jaffee—and place them firmly in today’s world, we hope this is the start of a new life for Ziggy and Silly.

Frank Tieri: Hey, you’re looking at a guy who grew up on Marvel’s CRAZY MAGAZINE with all the spoofs, takedowns… and of course, Obnoxio the Clown. Hell, some people say I am Obnoxio. But I digress… So yeah, I love the old Marvel humor stuff and have always felt there’s a place for that sort of thing.


§ Speaking of Marvel, Brian Cronin pegs the exact time that Marvel characters began kissing, but it ends up being Big BArda as you’ve never seen her before.

§ Kat Overland talked to actual PTSD sufferers and treatments and compared them to DC’s Heroes in Crisis

So how does Heroes in Crisis hold up when compared to real life treatment for combat veterans?  The National Center for PTSD under the US Department of Veterans Affairs names ‘trauma-focused psychotherapies’ as the recommended treatment for PTSD, listing Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as the trauma-focused psychotherapies with the most researched support and evidence of effectiveness. While what’s happening in Sanctuary might sound like something called ‘prolonged exposure,’ PE therapy focuses more on purposeful re-tellings of traumatic experiences, and gradually confronting things that could be triggers, such as returning to an area or repeating an experience that could remind you of a trauma.


§ Area man makes graphic novel! This time it is James Sturm and his excellent new book Off Season, as profiled in Vermont’s Valley News:

“I use comics to make sense of my world,” Sturm said in an interview at the Hartland home he shares with his wife, the printmaker Rachel Gross, and their two daughters, the eldest of whom is away at college. The story Sturm tells in Off Season, about a builder named Mark, his estranged wife, Lisa, their two young children and the world they inhabit, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Upper Valley, has many origins, some of them personal. The thread that runs through it is the hard work of repairing relationships.

§ Netflix is not just mining US comics for content: they are adapting El Vecino by Pepo Perez and Santago Garcia for their Spanish version:

The digital streaming giant will soon begin producing Perez and Garcia’s graphic novel, which tells the story of struggling artist Javier whose life changes when an alien falls on him and in a dying act passes on its superpowers. The trouble is that Javier’s new-found abilities initially prove useless as he gets fired from him job and his girlfriend decides she wants to take a break. The series will be directed by Nacho Vigalondo, director of 2016 science fiction film Colossal, and star actors Quim Gutierrez and Clara Lago. “Everything has developed really quickly since last February when we sold the rights to Zeta Audiovisual, which in May began working with Netflix,” Perez told the Diario SUR.

§ And unstoppable Spike Trotman is profiled by Brigid Alverson for the first issue of The Fanatic, with many numbers and truths.

But her “life-changing” moment, in Trotman’s words, came in 2017 when Iron Circus signed on with the distributor Consortium Books Sales and Distribution, allowing Trotman to expand the line and hire a freelance staff. “At this point, if you do not factor any of my take into it, Iron Circus currently costs about $4,000 a month to run,” she says. “Because of distribution, that’s not a problem. I definitely could not manage that without the money that distribution brings in.” She credits her new publicist, Jesse Post, for emphasizing the importance of having her books reviewed in certain outlets, including PW. “There is this whole framework in the publishing world, and it’s there to help you get [your books] onto shelves,” she says. “Jesse says ‘Get in this magazine, get on this blog, you have to do this if you want to get this chain to buy it.’” Consortium also helps with publicity, and as a result, Trotman has upped her initial print runs. “It used to be 5,000,” she says. “5,000 copies is now too small for any Iron Circus book. The books we think will make a splash get 10,000 minimum, and really quirky ones stay around 6,000 or 8,000 until they cover themselves.”

§ The TCA tour continues to make news all week, and here’s an interesting take on one of those little mysteries of recent years: why was the planned Donald Glover-led Deadpool cartoon scrapped when it sounded like the best thing ever? Well, FX’s CEO says it was all Marvel’s fault! They felt the tone would be too different compared to what fans expected:

From what little we know about Glover’s plan for the series, it fits that Marvel might get cold feet about going ahead with it. We were told that it would have had a tone that’s “distinctly different” from the films, with Glover and his team hoping to evoke the feel of an edgy adult animated series like Rick and Morty. Stephen Glover, brother to Donald and his co-EP on the show, has revealed that one crazy episode would’ve even featured Taylor Swift, which he described as the “last straw” for the House of Ideas. Clearly, the Glovers’ version of the Deadpool animated series is dead, but it sounds like Marvel still hopes to get some iteration of it in the works. DP creator Rob Liefeld says he’s confident that an animated show will happen while Landgraf has previously stated the same thing. That’s good news for fans of the Regenerating Degenerate, but it’s frustrating that we’ll never see the wild show that Donald Glover cooked up.

I guess Ryan Reynolds and Bob Ross was as far as they could go.

§ Re my longing for the internet of yore the other day, some people are making their own 2009 subreddit:

The subreddit is precisely what it sounds like: a place where people can go to to post what they would have been posting 10 years ago to the day. In an interview with Mashable, creator Dylan Perkins said he came up with the concept “after going down a rabbit hole of old YouTube videos, memes, and forum posts from around 10 years ago and coming out of it feeling like I was in a different world.”

§ Daily Avengers Endgame watch: the existing version is three hours long, and no one can possibly hold their pee that long right?

In an interview with Collider, one of the directors said, “I think the studio is down with what the best story is. Right now, we think the movie is playing well and we’ve had great responses from our test audiences and we’re feeling very good about where it is. We’re still doing work to it. We’re not done with it. “Again, this is a culmination film of 22 movies, it’s a lot of storytelling to work into it. Emotion is an intrinsic part of that to us. When you have to tell a really complicated story and you want strong emotional moments with the characters, it just requires a certain amount of real estate. This one, in particular, feels like three hours worth of real estate.”

personally speaking, Infinity War was 2 1/2 hours long and I’ve seen it four times, and every time it just RACES by. Seriously, that is one of the best paced movies I’ve ever seen. (OK I guess it helps if you’re really into the MCU.) As for holding urine: it can be done (See: LOTR)  and Endgame may teach many people techniques for piddle retention.

In response to if the film might have an intermission baked into it, Anthony Russo said “We have screened the movie four times for audiences now. For the first three screenings, not a single person got up to go to the bathroom.”



  1. How to get through a three hour movie without a bathroom break: Don’t drink one of those huge sodas they sell as “Small” during the first fifteen minutes of the movie. (Or, worse, during the 15-20 minutes of trailers before the movie.) It’s not that hard.

  2. Re the “When Marvel characters began kissing” article:

    That ’60s romance art by Romita and Colan looks better than anything Marvel or DC is publishing now.

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