§ Comics are dying you say? Then how come this Kickstarter for a Complete Girls with Slingshots collectionmade 120% of its goal in about 12 hours, raising $63,871 of its $50k target? GwS, as its known, is the creation of Danielle Corsetto and racked up awards and many readers in its 11 year run. Now Spike Trotman’s Iron Circus Comics is putting out a deluxe slipcased edition of the much-loved series.
As a bonus, Iron Circus is teaming Blackbox, a fulfillment company, to reduce international shipping costs by as much as 85%. This is the way forward.
Not only that, but Spike launched the thing while she was on the way to the airport for Thought Bubble.
I'll be launching a Kickstarter from an airport waiting area today at 5:00 PM EST. Kickstarter number 14.
It's gonna be a hoot. pic.twitter.com/H82M2us2i1
— Spike – SPX W72-73 (@Iron_Spike) September 18, 2017
And before she even took off:
Holy CRAP we launched LESS THAN AN HOUR AND A HALF AGO and we're creeping up on $20,000!! https://t.co/VJutNNKjS1
— Spike – SPX W72-73 (@Iron_Spike) September 18, 2017
I’ll be keeping an eye on this to see how far it goes. GwS is one of the great webcomics, and it should be massive.
§ I didn’t really get into this in my SPX piece, but I was thinking about how when SPX launched it was the bastion of the rue self-publishers, who lived and died by their own print companies. Jeff Smith, Terry Moore, David Lapham, Batton Lash, Paul Pope and Carla Speed McNeill among others. That publishing model is long gone, and seems like a distant memory, but lets face it, webcomickers have taken that ideal and honed it down to a science. It’s the future dreamed of in your younger days. Throw in some crowdfunding and the potential is as great as ever.
§ Speaking of creator owned, Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has had enough and is trying to take legal action against the white supremacists who have stolen his character.
Apparently, Furie’s legal team has sent cease and desist orders to several prominent members of the “alt-right”/neo-Nazi community, including Richard Spencer, Mike Cernovich, and the people who run the infamous r/The_Donald subreddit. They have also filed Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests with Reddit itself, Amazon, YouTube, and Twitter, indicating that the use of Pepe The Frog as an “alt-right” meme is copyright infringement. The Vice story notes that uses of Pepe on unofficial t-shirts sold through Amazon seems to be down, but Spencer, Cernovich, and r/The_Donald are still using the stupid frog to try and mask how disgusting their thoughts and opinions actually are.
Good luck with this. We all want our tolerant, peaceful stoner frog back.
§ A new edition of Derf’s My Friend Dahmer is coming out to tie in with the film. Here’s the cover, although the final version won’t have that “Entertainment Weekly” stamp on it. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the film, which has been playing the festival circuit thus far.
§ On a happier note, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has announced the creation of the Rex Babin Local Cartooning Award
to establish a new award to honor the life and career of the late political cartoonist Rex Babin. The award will focus on state and local editorial cartoons, an issue near and dear to Babin, and one that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests.
Babin, the editorial cartoonist for the Albany Times-Union and The Sacramento Bee, passed away in 2012 at age 49 following a long fight with cancer. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, and received the Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation the same year. His unique drawing style stood out among the work of his peers, and his fellow cartoonists elected him President of the AAEC in 2009.
§ When he isn’t interview Alan Moore for the Beat, Pádraig Ó Méalóid is questioning Brytan Talbot about the final Grandville book:
PÓM: Is it a relief knowing you’re not going to have to draw all those animals any more?
BT: No, that’s one of the fun things, the creative things. It’s a big challenge, trying to give recognisable and distinct human expressions to quite realistically-drawn lobsters and crayfish! Using anthropomorphic characters is very handy in storytelling terms. The choice of animal can communicate a lot about the character, in a kind of visual shorthand. Of course, they can always be cast against type, to give a deliberately misleading perception of the sort of character it’s representing. That’s always a big advantage in detective fiction, which often uses misdirection.
§ That Marie Kondo manga about tidying up has apparently got at least a few teens considering the joy in their lives:
While my two sons, ages 12 and 14, had zero interest in her earlier books, they battled over who could rip through Kondo’s manga as soon as they spotted it on the dining room table. And while they rolled their eyes when I asked if it had made a difference in their lives, my younger son was soon putting his desk in order and going through his drawers, and my older son packed for a family trip by carefully rolling his clothes into neat little packets in his suitcase. He also commented on a recently acquired cabinet in our living room, noting Kondo’s advice that additional storage furniture should be unnecessary in a properly decluttered home.
While almost anything with corporeal form gives me joy, Kondo has shown me the proper way to fold my underwear, and that’s good info.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 18, 2017
§ James Gunn, director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, is getting is own NYCC exclusive Funko Pop. Is it possible these doodads have jumped the shark?
§ Why was there no post credit scene in Wonder Woman to tie together the DCEU? Well, it seems director Patty Jenkins thought it was a bad idea:
“I think if you know the next movie is going to be set in the same world or have the exact same tone, then I think it makes sense. To me, it does not make sense to have a commercial for a completely different style of movie in the credits of another movie.”
Yikes, with sensible, authoritative ideas like this, Jenkins will soon begetting her OWN Funko Pop.
§ I received some PR about Cargo cosmetics putting out a limited edition line of Star Wars make-up. It will only be available at Kohls, which they don’t have in NYC, so I will not be able to purchase First Order mascara in Exhaust Port Deepest Brown. Truly nothing says The Force is with you like some good strobing.
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.