§ Pulse interviews are often comedy gold, and this one with Kyle Baker re his upcoming HAWKMAN story may just be the funniest thing you’ll read this week:
THE PULSE: When you think Hawkman, what ideas immediately came to your mind about what a story featuring this hero HAD to be about?
BAKER: In most of his adventures, Hawkman usually defends Earth from space alien invasion, so that’s what my story’s about. There’s also action on Dinosaur Island, because dinosaurs are always cool. Hawkman carries a mace, so it’s important for a writer to create dilemmas which can be resolved with a mace. A guy with a mace fighting a T-Rex is a good fight to watch.
§ Author/reporterGreg Palast (who works for the BBC and Air America) likes DMZ:
I don’t review other writers’ books. Mostly, because I don’t like what I see. But this graphic novel, DMZ by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli, is too good to let go by unheralded.
§ Dick Hyacinth looks at some otherwise well reviewed comics with a jaundiced eye.
§ Mark Waid explains what it is editors do:
I think the toughest, most stressful part of the editor’s job is that serving the material and serving the creators don’t always go hand-in-hand. If you’re editing someone else’s creator-owned book, it’s an easier gig; ultimately, you can advocate for whatever you like, but the creator generally has final say so long as the publisher’s still willing to publish his or her work. If you’re working at Marvel or DC or Dark Horse or wherever on corporate-owned properties, you’re expected by your corporate overlords to know where to draw the line between letting these crazy freelancers have their heads and protecting these corporate assets from stories or art that might “damage” them. Worse, the placement of that line changes from hour to hour and depends not only on the ephemeral definition of “damage” but also on (a) the clout of the freelancer, (b) your clout in the company, (c) however corporate might be overrreacting on some mail they got from an aggrieved crank, (d) whether your editor in chief had a fight with his wife this morning and wants to exert some power, (e) how seriously your boss takes the comments on message boards, and (f through z) any number of other random factors.