§ R. Sikoryak is doing a cartoonist diary at TCJ about his book tour for The Unquotable Trump. Because it’s Sikoryak, every panel is drawn in a different art style.
The above average comic book writer doing a monthly book for the big two companies makes about $48k a year for his household. Remember, other than the top 20, books, artists don't hit the royalty threshold & hope to get their books collected to hit the trade royalty threshold.
— Jimmy Palmiotti (@jpalmiotti) February 20, 2018
§ Jimmy Palmiotti has been mostly absent with his truth bombs but once in a while he tweets….check out the whoel trhead and many replies.
§ Ivy Noelle Weir is the co-creator (with Christina Steenz Stewart) of one of the year’s hottest graphic novels, Archival Quality, coming from Oni Press, and works at Quirk Books, is a former librarians and Valkyrie and just…one of the very very good ones. She and her partner, Eugene Ahn (also known as Euge Warrock) recently were forced out of their home by a fire. Although they didn’t lose everything, they will be displaced for a while, and Weir is suggesting contributions to her Ko-Fi to help them with coffee and meals.
§ In better news, she and Steenz will be at ECCC:
§ Stephanie Burt writes about the new gay Iceman for the NY Times in a story they had to call: The Iceman Cometh Out – seriously, been waiting my whole life for that.
Now Iceman himself has come out — that is, both of him have. A much younger version of Bobby, brought into the present by time travel, told the X-Men that he was gay in 2015, after a teammate read his mind. That story (written by Brian Michael Bendis) made him the first out gay core Marvel character, the first one whose history non-obsessive fans know, and the first with a counterpart in the movies. Jay Edidin, of the podcast “Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men,” wrote then that Bobby’s coming out “fundamentally changes the landscape of queer visibility” for superhero stories. The two-Bobby problem also spoke to older readers: What if you had grown up in another, less difficult, time? Who could you have become? Adult Bobby said little about it.
§ Frank Miller’s Xerxes is finally coming out and Albert Ching talked to him about the book, a sequel to 300.
Looking back at the original 300, it stands as one of your most famous works to mainstream audiences in large part due to the success of the 2007 film. To you, as a creator, where do you see it in your body of work? How meaningful is it to you, 20 years later?
I first fell in love with the story when I was a little kid, seeing [1962 film The 300 Spartans] in the early ’60s. I decided I would make a comic book of it when I was a professional at making comic books. Then I eventually did, and of course it went on to become Zack Snyder’s movie, and they did a terrific job with it. I always thought, when I finished 300, that it was the entry point to more stories. I think history’s a wonderful subject for comic books. Xerxes is a more expansive book that covers a wider range of history.
§ Is anyone sick of Black Panther yet? Seriously, this is going to be like Titanic, with people going to see it over and over. We provide only the finest links. Also, Afro-Futurism is THE thing now.
§ Vice went to Black Comix Expo and interviewed a bunch of black comics creators.
§ Paste Magazine endorses Nnedi Okorafor‘s Black Panther comics and the rest of her fine Sf writing.
Black Panther: Long Live the King The obvious first title on this list is Marvel’s six-issue Long Live the King series, in which Okorafor wrote issues one, two and five. With art by André Lima Araújo and colors by Chris O’Halloran, Okorafor’s vision for Wakanda delivers a captivating narrative that breathes new life into the Black Panther canon. Okorafor also wrote issue six, a one-shot story about Ngozi illustrated by Tana Ford, due out on February 28th.
§ Beat pal Karama Horne has been killing it with her Black Panther coverage for SyFy and here’s a great interview with Danai Gurira. The Tony-nominated playwright had a lot to say about director Ryan Coogler’s vision.
I was just floored by his vision, how authentic he was making it, how powerful he was making it, how complex he was making the female characters. He’d done so much research and was intertwining that into this, you know, really epic idea of a film. I was like, this has never been seen!
He was so willing to allow us to come to the table and bring our thoughts, and allowed for us to feel such ownership. So those are really the elements that really excited me as a writer, as an actor. This is how I like to work — as an artist, while I’m working with someone who has such a strong vision, who has a vision that feels so right and so important to me. And I feel like it will to many, many others. And also [Ryan’s] coming at it from a very authentic and truthful, powerful, courageous place.
§ Joshua Rivera got to interview Winston Duke, aka M’Baku, aka everyone’s new thirst trap.
GQ: What’s it been like, just taking it in?Winston Duke: It’s more than I can ever imagine. Even leading up to this day, it’s been really huge, full of fanfare. Everyone is eager to jump into the world that we created. And now that it’s here, I believe it’s as good as they anticipated, maybe even something more. I watched it for a third time last night, with fans at the El Capitan theater, and the energy was electric. I was in a room with people that were just people of color. And they were responsive, and they got it, and they were applauding, and they were moved, and I feel like we’re on the forefront of something really great.
§ And Marc Bernadin pens a very moving essay also for SyFy) called Why I wept while watching Black Panther with my son
What Black Panther does, among a ton of other things, is offer the illusion of home for a people who don’t have one. The fantasy of a paradise that has existed for centuries, keeping its history alive, waiting to welcome you back. Every black parent encounters that moment where they have to answer questions like “What does my name mean? Where am I from? What was slavery?” And we answer them, because it’s our job, and because they need to know. Because the real world won’t wait for them to be ready. Forewarned is forearmed. Nature abhors a vacuum, as does a developing mind, so better we fill in the blanks with kindness and honesty than let the world do it with neither.
§ In only sort of Black Panther news, director Rick Famuyima, one of many directors who was once slated to make a DCEU movie (Flashpoint) but isn’t now, got salty on Instagram!
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.