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Catching up on a lot of stuff today….so away we go.

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§ Pictures from last night’s Wolverine event at MoCCA Above, © 2009 Jennifer Wendell
Pictured: from L to R: Chris Claremont (MARVEL), Karl Erickson (MOCCA), Matthew K. Manning (AUTHOR), Susan Stockman (DK), Peter Sanderson (MOCCA)

§ AND a nice little report on Monday’s event with Derek Kirk Kim, Jesse Reklaw and Sarah Oleksyk, with some thoughts on the evolution of the comics reading.

§ Cartoonist Abby Denson is also involved in blogging and cartooning about…yummyyummy desserts! And yet she retains her girlish figure — how does she do it?

§ Does Stan Lee get a free pass?

§ Rob Levin, formerly of Top Cow, now a freelancer, blogs about the freelancer’s need to “Roll With It (aka Be a Professional)”:

If you want to make it, especially in a creative field, you can’t be bitter. There are too many people involved, too many links in the chain of collaborators, and no one is irreplaceable. Don’t believe me? There are two Terminator films that James Cameron didn’t direct. Six different actors have played James Bond. There have been four different men playing Batman on the big screen, and only six movies. Hell, IMDB has a Raging Bull 2 in its listings, and neither Marty nor Bobby are involved (and yes, we are all on a first name basis). Everyone can be replaced.

§ David Olbrich looks at the origin of the Hugh Jackman FCBD promo — the ad may seem like just a footnote to some, but it’s actually the result of 25 years of dreaming:

Yesterday’s post also included a brief discussion about the huge amount of wasted time and wasted discussion that went into the pursuit of getting a high visibility celebrity to talk endorse comic books. More than one organization was formed, meetings held and organization ultimately abandoned, all in the pursuit of an endorsement from a popular movie or music star.

When Joe Field said of the Wolverine PSA that he had waited 25 years for it to happen, he also revealed another secret that I had not heard before. Joe said, “We had three of the four actors from the Fantastic Four movie a couple of years ago, they recorded a Free Comic Book Day PSA, but something happened with the studio and the deal fell apart.”


§ One of the few authors on the Time Top 100 list is WIMPY KID’s Jeff Kinney.

§ PWCW’s interview with Hill & Wang’s Tom LeBien is a good example of The Newly Minted Graphic Novel Editor’s Progress:

Novel Graphics started as an approach by a book guy to making comics. Someone not from the conventional comics world and not from the comics fan world. It was an attempt to see what a book guy could do in comics that might be different and that would be exciting for me. We’ve produced 11 books so far and there’s been some steep learning curves. You reach a plateau and then you realize there’s another steep curve coming. I want to take the lessons I’ve learned in producing those 11 nonfiction books and see what we can do in other areas. If there’s a novel that looks interesting, let’s do it; if there’s an original comics work—although there’s nothing like that just yet—then let’s do that.

§ Don’t thank me, thank Eric Reynolds, as he really makes your dreams come true.

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§ Not Comics, but this photo gallery of Lost’s first 100 episodes is a dandy refresher course on all the twists and turns.

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1 COMMENT

  1. I’d be interested to hear from retailers – what sort of bump does FCBD provide? Does it bring into the store people like me (people who use amazon and don’t use comic shops) or does it preach to the converted?

  2. Counterpoint:

    “§ Rob Levin, formerly of Top Cow, now a freelancer, blogs about the freelancer’s need to “Roll With It (aka Be a Professional)”:

    >If you want to make it, especially in a creative field, you can’t be bitter. There are too many people involved, too many links in the chain of collaborators, and no one is irreplaceable. Don’t believe me? There are two Terminator films that James Cameron didn’t direct. Six different actors have played James Bond. There have been four different men playing Batman on the big screen, and only six movies.Everyone can be replaced.