§ Ty Templeton remembers collaborator Clément Sauvé:
Clement and I worked together a while back, creating the HUMAN DEFENSE CORPS comic book for DC. As a writer, I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and faithful version of my scripts. As each page came in, I was elated at the work, and a little jealous that Clement was so much better at drawing than I was.
§ Warren Ellis muses about social networking and attention span economy and so on.
I would like you to imagine a scenario: It is several decades in the future, and you are a cartoonist. You’d like to start selling your work on the open market. Unfortunately, several decades in the future the only viable field for doing business is on the Internet, where technical restrictions guarantee you will be locked out from entering the field without the assistance of a publisher.
That’s Dirk Deppey from 2001. That snail! That snail is coming right for us!
§ Brigid points us towards Paul Gravett’s new Creator Profiles page, and yeah, it could have some more women, but it’s still invaluable. Concise bios along with cogent commentary for important cartoonists? I’ll take it.
§ Sergio Aragones is still being interviewed about a recent book:
Aragones said he still enjoys the process of creating cartoons, and at age 73, has no plans to retire.
“Every day, I think jokes and ideas. And that’s part of my life, the sitting there to create, to try to make people laugh,” Aragones said. “And then the other part is sitting and drawing it, which is very comfortable … and time just flies. You’re doing something you like, and time flies.”
§ You JUST figured this out??? Lois Lane is Batsh*t Crazy.
§ BTW, if you squint, the above cover looked like it could have been drawn by Jaime Hernandez.
§ Vaneta Rogers wonders What Happened to SOCIAL COMMENTARY in Comics? Frankly, we thought ALL comics were social commentary with their being dark and edgy and everything.
.O’Neil also remembered the effect of Superman’s words on him when he was a kid. “The Superman radio show, I know, gave me my first peek into race situations because I remember, I was a avid listener of that show, if you can imagine little Denny O’Neil standing listening to mommy’s radio, every afternoon at 5: 15,” he said with a laugh. “And Superman once said that the difference in skin color was only due to a chemical. And that was the first time I ever heard anything like that. It is now 66 years later or so, and I still remember it.”
§ Apparently, director Peter Jackson bought some statues at a hobby store, and the owner of that store then ran up Jackson’s credit card for $189,000.He said he was hoping to pay it back. But instead…he’s in jail! WHAT A JERK.
§ Follow-up: Jason Wood does a fine job of reading those Wizard World SEC filings and explaining what they say, including the initial $1.5 million stock offering.
§ Follow-up: Somehow we missed George Gene Gustines’ story on the the FF Death, which for once evinces a wisdom about how these things work:
Comic book fans reacted to the news of the death of the Human Torch in predictable, and entirely valid, ways. Some of them bemoaned that the death was spoiled by news outlets before they could read the comic. Others deplored what they saw as a gimmick of ending the series with issue no. 588. The title will undoubtedly be restarted, in a different incarnation, with a new no. 1 issue (like catnip to collectors), but down the road there will likely be a return to the historical numbering for the title, a pattern which several Marvel comics, and some from DC, have followed after Shocking! New! Directions! Time will tell. We’ll miss you, Johnny.
§ Along those lines, two writers remind us of the plethora of past Fantastic Four deaths: Douglas Wolk:
2006: The Invisible Woman dies in the one-shot Fantastic Four: A Death in the Family. The Human Torch goes back in time and creates an alternate branch of history in which she doesn’t die. Problem solved.
But hey, guys, I wouldn’t worry. The death of a FF member isn’t some sort of cheap stunt. They wouldn’t do this capriciously or casually. It doesn’t happen everyday.