§ Marvel has a whole month of interviews by Sean T. Collins with the creators in STRANGE TALES, so check back often. The series kicks off with Paul Pope:.
Marvel.com: He has a very devoted cult following, that’s for sure. You’re taking a humorous approach to him?
Paul Pope: Well, it’s a story that’s never been told: Lockjaw feeding time. My take on Lockjaw is that he isn’t a dog, he’s just the most inhuman of the Inhumans. He also happens to not have thumbs, so you wonder—how can this guy eat?
§ Neil Kleid is happy in his ghetto. and that’s okay.
§ A pair of pieces examining how Comic-Con may be the future for industry trade shows:
§ Comics were the new literacy 20 years ago.
§ A think piece on the shared vision of Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Raymond Carver.
§ Elizabeth Rappe on Choking Out Originality:
In the last year and a half that I’ve covered comic-to-film properties, I’ve noticed a startling trend in this direction — and that’s the extreme outside looking in. There have been a lot of books snapped up that are simply genetic Hollywood blockbusters — rogue cops, amnesiac assassins, ex-CIA agents who know too much, the sort of roles that Bruce Willis and Sly Stallone types made again and again. In a culture that’s full of wonderful, envelope-pushing stories, it’s appalling to see the most generic books snapped up simply because someone is like “Oooh! It’s a comic book!” without noticing it’s just like a Renny Harlin movie.* What we’re looking at is a horrible, strangling relationship. Comics are purportedly killing Hollywood’s original stories, and Hollywood is, by extension, killing the originality of the comic industry. As Grant notes, “Given that comics’ current cultural legitimacy, such as it is, is tied to Hollywood’s tacit endorsement of comics as source material, limiting options and minimizing original ideas is the surest way our business has of killing that relationship, along with much of the inroads comics have made with the general public.”