§ Joe Quesada in the Washington Post, with interesting choices for his favorite Marvel movies.
Are you excited about the two major summer movies Marvel has coming out?
I’m absolutely thrilled. To me, this is the natural progression that Marvel as a company should be taking. For many years, when I wasn’t even working here, I often wondered why Marvel wasn’t their own movie studio. And now here we are. We’re going to be producing our own stuff and it’s going to be as close to the source material as possible. It’s going to be absolutely fantastic.
What’s your favorite Marvel movie so far?
It’s one of two. It’s either “Spider-Man 2” and . . . I think the first “Blade” movie was dynamite.
§ We, too, had forgotten that Todd Klein designed most of the early Fantagraphics logos, including the iconic Lock & Rockets. [Link via Flog.}
In my experience, the thing that has the most significant impact on a movie’s budget—but never shows up in a budget—is morale. [what’s true for a movie is true for a startup!] If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.
§ Paul Gravett talks about English college level comics classes and interviews Dan Berry , lecturer on North Wales School of Art & Design’s three-year graphic novel degree.
How has the process of academic accreditation been? Has it been a challenge to get comics accepted and validated as something deserving of study?
The Illustration for Graphic Novels degree falls as a pathway under our BA (Hons) Design degree, and shares a great deal of overlap with our Illustration, Illustration for Children’s publishing and Graphic Design Courses, and it has been a relatively straightforward process to add it as a pathway through our Design degree. That isn’t to say it hasn’t been a great deal of work, but all staff are all pulling in the same direction, and we have received an incredible amount of support from everyone we have approached and spoken to, yourself included. I’m sure that the idea of a ‘comics degree’ will be criticised at some point, but we received the same kind of criticism when we started the one of first Animation Degrees back in the late 1990s, which has since gone from strength to strength.
§ WHICH comics pro did Lea Hernandez photograph peeing next to a kid reading a comic book? You must click the link to find out!