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.
§ 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!