A series of recent interviews:

Supes-Spy-199X300§ At Robot 6, Tim O’Shea talks to Brian Cronin, whose book version of his popular Comic Book Urban Legends series just came out:

Cronin: Compiling the book probably took a bit longer than actually writing it, since it had to be a 50/50 split of new legends and old legends, but it also had to be a pretty even mix for each group of characters (to wit, it couldn’t be two Hulk legends, twelve Fantastic Four legends and three Captain America legends). I worked on the compilation in a hilariously low-tech fashion – just a piece of paper that I would cross out legends until I had just the right balance.

§ [email protected] chats up Xeric Grant winner J.T. Yost for OLD MAN WINTER & OTHER SORDID TALES:

J.T. Yost: With the exception of “Old Man Winter”, all of these stories were created within a framework of “rules”. For instance, “All Is Forgiven…” was for an anthology called BIZMAR. Each story had to include six familiar icons of comics: Bunny, Insect, Zombie, Monkey, Alien and Robot. I had an idea of what most of the stories submitted would be like, so I wanted to do something diametrically opposed. I worked the icons in subtly so that it could work as a stand-alone comic, and since I knew most of the subject matter would be humorous I attempted something more serious.

§ Graphic NYC gabs with Tim Hamilton whose adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 is imminent:

“It’s kind of like a meditative puzzle for me. You see, when you do artwork, you can work on it all week and make it something fantastic, or work on it for an hour and it might not be quite so nice. Any other job, like anything involving say, mathematics, appears very relaxing to me: add up numbers and you have a right or wrong answer. It’s the same way with working out an adaptation; I need to fit the novel into a certain amount of pages, and take out what I can while making sure the story remains intact.

§ Tom Spurgeon raps with the polymath eccentric, Craig Yoe:

Crumb gave me his consent to reprint his work, but asked if I drew cartoons. When I said yes, Crumb urged me to draw my own comics instead of just using his. He was very evangelical about getting more people to do undergrounds. My early work was psychedelic comics that I continue to love to do. When I showed Mr. Crumb my work later, in France, he said he liked it a lot but I needed to put more sex into it! I’ve been trying to follow his advice ever since. In working with him on a few of my books, I’ve tried to stop being an slobbering fan boy, but, at the same time, I continue to admire him tremendously.

§ In non-interviews, Inkstuds has the audio of one of a TCAF panel on indies and the mainstream:

Here is the audio results of the panel I was a part of at TCAF. I was joined by my fellow nerds, Robert Dayton, Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw and Dustin Harbin for a discussion on mainstream comics and the influence that they have had on alternative comics. It’s not the most focused panel, but we had fun and got some good discussions going with the audience.

§ VIKING #1 release party photos

§ Rich Watson on last weekend’s ECBACC 2009 show, spotlighting comics by and about African-Americans.

§ Many more links about the Maine Comics Arts Festival…everyone seemed to enjoy the salt air. Adri at The Daily Cross Hatch has a brief one with photos.

§ While we’re all in Lost withdrawal Splash Page rounds up all the comics-related appearances of various Lost cast members. Surprisingly, none of them are writing comics! That is left exclusively to Lost producers!

§ Neil Gaiman has been on a roll lately. First it was his epic “George R.R. Martin is not your bitch” post, which doubtless sent shock waves throughout the halls of anal rebels everywhere. (Frankly, we’re a bit surprised that there is so much contention over this; if you sign on for a monthly comic, sure, you should meet your obligations, but books are not on a schedule, and they are done when they are done.)

On a somewhat related matter, Gaiman also posts about the high cost of the HIGH PRICE OF LIVING, the Absolute Death collection:

I’m a bit surprised — I’d been told that it was going to be retailing for about $75, which with an Amazon discount would put it solidly into the area you suggest. but I also know there are a bunch of extra expenses that have turned up on this book, including having to reletter the whole of Death The High Cost of Living, which weren’t originally planned or budgeted for.

and segues into more discussion of good vs Wednesday:

I’m not sure when The Graveyard Book was meant to have been delivered, under the original contract. I do know that I had a $50,000 delivery bonus, if I handed it in by the end of December 2007, which I definitely didn’t collect even a penny of, what with finishing it in March 2008. I’m pretty sure that I could have bashed something out in 2007 and got it in on time and collected the money; I am also certain that that book wouldn’t have won the Newbery, and probably wouldn’t have been very good. And I suspect that people who read the book would have complained that I was just churning it out for the money, and they would most definitely have been right.

PS: Gaiman also had a post recently entitled “The Littlest Beekeeper”, which is something every blogger should aspire to at some point in his/her life.