§ At the now-you-must-pay-to-read New York Times, Dave Itzkoff sums up Marvel and the comics zeitgeist with a story called: Marvel Faces a Mighty Foe – Publishing World Uncertainties:
One day last month in the company’s office in Midtown Manhattan, its top creative talent — 30 or so people, mostly male, many bald or bearded, or both — were gathered in a conference room known as the Hulk room, for what felt like the simultaneous meetings of a corporation, a television writing staff and the traders of the New York Stock Exchange.
It’s a nice roundup of Marvel’s last 20 years of history, with some quotes from Marvel’s big four — Alonso, Buckley, Brevoort and Quesada — as well as some comics pundits, including one who suggests that the problem comics suffers from is more akin to diabetes than a broken limb.
§ Jessica Abel interviews editor Diana Schutz on the creative process from the editorial side:
An ideal proposal form depends on the source. If it’s someone I’ve already worked with, or whose work I’m familiar with, it can be as simple as a phone call! If it’s someone new, then the ideal proposal form is a good handful of actual story pages: written, drawn, and lettered for me to read. Recently, at the Small Press Expo, a young artist handed me photocopies of the first 200 pages of his proposed 750-page graphic novel! That was actually great—not only could I really sink my teeth into what he was doing, but his level of commitment to the project was also damn obvious!
§ Headline of the day:The Long, Career Snuffing History Of Lead Actresses In Comic Book Movies.
This is actually a pretty weak piece — lots of actresses have gone on to do just fine after appearing in a comic book movie. It’s just that the career killers — Halle Berry, Lori Petty — are remembered longer
§ Zack Snyder is relying on the Chris Nolan/David Goyer dream team for his Superman revamp, which, given the reaction to SUCKER PUNCH, is a very, very good idea.
Q: Are you working with DC or is it all you, Nolan and Goyer?
ZS: It’s all me, Nolan and Goyer. I mean, I meet with the DC guys but they don’t really [get involved.] It’s all us figuring it out.