1243818517§ Geoff Johns adds comics shop owner to his portfolio with Earth-2 Comics Northridge.

“When Earth-2 Comics first opened their doors and I stepped in, I knew this store was something special,” said Johns. “Since then, I’ve been amazed by what Carr and Jud have built. I’ve wanted to get into the retailing side of the industry for years, to learn about and support the backbone of comics. And there are no better partners I can do that with than Carr, Jud and Earth-2. Plus, now I can harass Bob Wayne. A lot.”

Well, he’s identified one key component of the retailing equation right off the bat!

§ Chaos Mackenzie looks at Batwoman’s journey for Xtra:

From the beginning Batwoman was planned as queer. “With Kate,” says Rucka, “that was an administrative decision from on high, there was a choice made: You know, the time has come. We’re gonna take arguably the most recognizable symbol that we have — that’s the bat — and we’re going to associate it with a character that from the start is going to be known as gay. It’s not going to be an after-school special story, we’re not going to do a pull back the curtain and duh-duh-duh, it’s from the word go. What we want is a new member of the bat family: We want this character to be female, viable and strong and among all those things she is also gay. And that is part of the character-making, right, as opposed to an evolving self-discovery story.”

§ The Comics on Handhelds: Taking Webcomics Mobile panel from SXSW is now online.

nocternalsdarkforever§ Chris Butcher blogs Previews. He’s a professional Previews reader, so don’t try this at home. Part 1, and Part 2…so many observant nuggets we can’t even catalog them all.

8:37pm: So I guess I officially don’t understand Dan Brereton. After pulling his NOCTURNALS books from Oni (…and I think Dark Horse too? No?), then self-publishing a nice omnibus collection of some of his older work, he is now at Image with the second collection of his work, meaning that there’s an orphan self-pub’d vol-1 HC floating around out there… and about 75% of all comics retailers are seeing this omnibus collection NOCTURNALS VOLUME 2 (p150) for the first time, cuz now it’s in the Image section. With no accompanying relist of volume 1. Which means 75% of retailers are just gonna skip this, because they “can’t get the first volume”. It’s tough out there for creator-owned work, I know that. I’ve got ENORMOUS sympathy for Mr. Brereton, and I really like NOCTURNALS too. But I look at something like this and just shake my head. I don’t get these decisions at all.

(PS: We have always thoroughly enjoyed Brereton’s work, so this was just an excuse to post the cover.)

§ Todd Nauck attends the Barcelona con, and it ain’t quite like US cons

On Friday, I had three scheduled events: two interview sessions and a meeting with the Mayor of Barcelona. The first interview was with SpainComics.tv and Rosanna Walls, a popular Spanish actress. She interviewed me at the President Obama tribute art display, where my work from “Amazing Spider-Man” #583 was displayed. Rosanna didn’t speak much English so we had a translator help us out. Soon after, the Mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, stopped by the President Obama art display where I met him – along with all sorts of photographers, videographers, and security! Mr. Hereu was very pleasant and very interested in comics. Apparently, he attends the Barcelona con every year and stops by the many booths and displays to meet and greet publishers and creators. I’m sure he shakes hands with quite a number of comic book fans. I cannot recall any political figure showing up to an American show, at least no one that I’ve met.

§Tom Spurgeon interviews Bob Fingerman:

FINGERMAN: I think it was more industry. I’ve always had I think an odd place in the world of comics. On the one hand, I think I’m a pretty well-known quantity. On the other hand, I think I occupy strange real estate in the world of comics. I think some of that is because I do jump around. Every project I do is different than the last. I’ve never created a consistent body of work. I’ve certainly never had an ongoing character long enough. I do things and I burn them through and then I move on. I don’t know. Maybe restlessness will be the theme of this interview, but I definitely want to try different things.

§ Welcome Brigid Alverson to Robot 6:

“’Webcomics’ is a huge topic and I plan to keep it pretty broad. I’m very interested in the business side of things and how people can make the webcomics model work, as well as evolving platforms such as iPod Touch, Kindle, etc. And I’m also very interested in the creative side of things—how people do it. I plan to have the column be a mix of material—interviews, reviews, and the occasional think piece.”

How does Brigid write so many different blogs? (Kids comics, manga, webcomics) and do it all so well? We go insane doing ONE.

§ See, there ARE some interesting comic book characters, via Digital Femme.

§ Marc-Oliver Frisch travels the comics shops of America and almost becomes a stalker.

§ Hero Complex interviews Vito DelSante, writer/comics shop legend.

§ What is the Bronze Age of comics? Personally, we feel it began when Neal Adams learned how to properly smelt copper and tin and ended when he discovered the center of the earth.

§ David Welsh finally basks in the glory that is PROJECT X–CUP NOODLE, as well as some other offbeat manga.

The comic has the straight-faced sincerity of a middle-school science film, along with the unintentional goofiness. That’s part of the fun, and it doesn’t diminish the comic’s ability to inform. Noodles are just the starting point for an intriguing examination of innovation and globalization. I’m of the mindset that people might be eating better without innovations in dehydration technology and convenience foods, but even I found myself admiring the initiative and effort of Andou and his underlings. And if I want to celebrate artisanal production of locally grown foods, I can always crack open a volume of Oishinbo from Viz.


§ When you read about HOMELESS people desperate to hold onto their cell phones and laptops, you can see how badly the entertainment congloms misjudged the mass appeal of the internet:

Many of those now living without a permanent roof over their heads have cell phones in their pockets or laptop computers at their hips. While people living in shelters and alleys have found it difficult to cross social divides, the digital divide seems to disappear on the streets. Nearly all homeless people have e-mail addresses, according to Michael Stoops, director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. “More have e-mail than have post office boxes,” Stoops said. “The internet has been a big boon to the homeless.”

§ This fellow has made his VERY OWN Spider-Man movie to promote his career. Don’t tell Marvel.

§ Our reunion with dear, dear Gerard Butler didn’t go as planned.


  1. Dunno about the Bronze Age (I started collecting with Secret Wars), but the current Renaissance slowly started when the Spawn movie premiered (1997). Random House licensed Spawn graphic novels (the only Image books available to the trade at that point!). Fantagraphics entered the book/librarian trade with “Adastra in Africa” as did Diamond. Viz, a trade publisher with Publishers Group West, launched their Pokemon line of books. Prior to this, only DC, Marvel, Viz, First, Dark Horse, WaRP, and Cartoon Books were available to bookstores.

    The Renaissance became official the weekend of May 3, 2002. Spider-Man set box office records, Free Comic Book Day commenced, and BookExpo America premiered a “graphic novel pavilion”, showcasing the format.

    Once comics publishers entered the book trade, bookstores and librarians could readily market books to a wider audience. Once the librarians and educators accepted the format, the last vestiges of 1950s prejudices were eliminated. The success of manga and graphic novels, both commercially and critically, encouraged general publishers to launch graphic novel imprints and titles.

    As for the period between Bronze and Renaissance? I suggest we mix the classical ages (Gold, Silver, Bronze) with the paleolithic ages (Stone, Bronze, Iron) and call it “Iron”. Heh… one could call it the “Dark Ages” as well, given the influence of Dark Knight and Watchmen. Or did Kurt Busiek trademark that?

  2. Dan Brereton is one of comic’s greatest talents to date. He is every bit as great a painter as Alex Ross, David Mack, and Eddie Campbell (different but truly just as great) and his grasp of great story telling never fails to impress and improve. He earned his chops working with top talents in the field from the very start. If you haven’t read his work yet, you are truly missing out. Go to your local stores back issue bins right now, and buy whatever you can find, because your going to thrill as how beautiful his artwork is, and have a great time with his stories… and then get his new book.