Reduced posting today due to an all day judging activity.


§ Derek Kirk Kim (!) and Gene Luen Yang (!) on their new book, THE ETERNAL SMILE:

DKK: Also, to answer the original question, there was an impetus much more urgent than wanting to draw something fantastical that drove me to asking Gene to write for me. Namely, I was up against the most severe writer’s block I have ever suffered from. For myriad reasons I just couldn’t write at that time. I was completely constipated story-wise, and I didn’t want to just sit on my laurels while I waited for “inspiration to strike.” So I asked the best writer I knew to collaborate with me, and luckily for me, he agreed. And it totally worked in alleviating my writer’s block too. After “Duncan” I began work on the stuff I’m most well known for, “Same Difference” and all the various short stories. That tends to happen when you spend so much time talking shop and storytelling with such a talented cartoonist. Gene and I spent a lot of time together back in those days, and I have to say, despite our obscurity at the time (or maybe because of it), those were some of my favorite days in my career. Gene inspired me tremendously.

§ The Morrison/Quitely duo has reunited for The Concert In Central Park…oops, that should be a new book called…BATMAN & ROBIN. Whom will it star???

The DC Nation page that concludes this week’s new DC Comics releases confirms long-standing rumors that Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely – the award-winning and best-selling creative team of “All Star Superman” – are in development on a new Batman series called “Batman & Robin.”

Accompanying the Frank Quitely images is a message from DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio that reads, “We interrupt this week’s DC Nation page to showcase some very special art for a very special new comic series….”

The book debuts this summer.

§ Do women make comics? Computer says YES!

§ Film Threat suggests Pixar stories are not original. We say: It’s the execution that matters.

§ Someone liked the HOWARD THE DUCK movie!!

§ The The first review we’ve seen of Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter the cartoon adaptation of the comic-within-a-comic:

Presented here as a single, cohesive narrative, this is the journey of a shipwrecked sea captain (voiced by Gerard Butler) who uses his rapidly blurring principles to justify his increasingly savage behavior on his way home to protect his family. The images are relentlessly gruesome, a virtually non-stop orgy of death and dismemberment, with more blood and entrails than a cartoon butcher shop. Rumors are circulating that this animation will be edited into some future extended cut of the feature film, to more faithfully recreate the Watchmen experience.

§ Related: EW has an exclusive video preview of Black Freighter, but it didn’t seem to work on our computer.


§ Related: Gerard Butler!


  1. Film Threat lost me completely when they called “Monsters Inc.” a “middle of the road effort.” Depending on my mood on any given day, that one ranks next to or above “The Incredibles,” not the least reason being that it came out at a time when I really needed someone to tell me that laughter was far more powerful than screaming. One of the greatest pleasures of covering NY Comic Con this year was having the chance to thank Pete Docter for that in as many words as he was signing my DVD cover insert.

    The points raised in the article are occasionally good ones (which also hit the point you make about the execution mattering more than the concept), but that was the moment when I realized that the writer’s sensibilities were so far off from mine that it’s not worth it to even argue.

  2. Film Threat’s comparisons are lame. Is The Simpsons unoriginal because its about a family? Or Be Kind Rewind unoriginal because there were other films about making movies? Likewise Nemo being a movie about finding a son does not make it a version of ‘An American Tale’.

  3. Go Hulu! It is so great -and go Howard, too!:)
    Also, there’s this from a while back, looking at the comments Howard The Duck is really standing the test of time