§ 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.}

§ Stan Sakai goes to Auschwitz.

§ Brad Bird explains productvity:

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.

via Kottke

§ 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!

§ Is it possible to think that Dave Sim is not the lowest, subhuman form of life in our society and still think he is a misogynist?


  1. “Is it possible to think that Dave Sim is not the lowest, subhuman form of life in our society and still think he is a misogynist?”

    I’ve always thought that this whole Dave Sim thing was very over blown. Don’t get me wrong. The man is odd, but far from evil. I have come into contact with what I believe to be the lowest, subhuman forms of life and they are very scary, vile, evil people who I never want to see again. Attacking people like Sim for their point of view seems petty in comparison. If you really want to make the world a better place, it’s the truly evil people you’ll want to go after, but that’s not a task to take lightly. Nor is it one you can ever walk away from once you start. It takes more guts and backbone then I have, but I won’t substitute fighting evil with arguing petty ignorances on the internet. If you disagree with Sim, fight him by living (what you feel is) a better way then he does, and the people around you will pay it forward. It’s a lot less work and computer time out of your day. :)

  2. I’m right there with Joe Q on the original Blade movie. It’s definitely my favorite comic movie since it had the furthest distance to go. It adapted a D-list comic character and made him cool, plus it’s a great vampire film.

  3. Once again Dave sets up an irrational argument and demands people argue with him exactly on his terms and nothing else. Misogynists are “the lowest, subhuman form of life”? Actually, I think that would be child molesters.

    Meanwhile, Dave throws out the “feminist” as if THEY’RE the “lowest, subhuman form of life” and nobody’s supposed to react to THAT? Come on.

  4. Not this attack on Sim again. Hes not a misogynist. he just writes some weird stuff. Nothing more than that. I agree with Christopher Moonlight, Sim is not someone worthy of being a target. There are actual evil humans out there not just some guy who voices opinions that probably arent all that different from a lot of males.