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§ Kevin Colden talks about publishing FISHTOWN at IDW at The Daily Cross Hatch. the indie style ACT-I-VATE comics (and one time Xeric winner) is a welcome stretch for IDW:

Q: What’s the process for finally settling on a publisher? It sounds like you’d be discussing the possibility with IDW for a while.

A: Yeah. We’d been talking on and off for months. It just ended up that they were so enthusiastic about it that I just couldn’t say no. They were prepared to put a lot behind it, and that was important to me. I could have gone with a larger publisher, and maybe made a little more money, in terms of sales, but in the end, the way that they’re set up and the size company they are, I think they’re going to sell it well.

§ The local paper catches up with ComicSpace’s move to Portland, ME:

Maine’s creative economy is about to acquire a new element from an obscure source: The world of comic art on the Web.

Two men who founded some of the most popular and influential comic art sites on the Internet, places like ComicSpace.com and WebComicsNation.com, are teaming up and setting up shop in Portland.

Joey Manley and Josh Roberts were in the city last week, scouting office space downtown and reviewing resumes for a programmer to add to their staff.

Their effort, funded by an infusion of venture capital from investors in Web development, is set to launch in the spring under the ComicSpace.com name. When it debuts, the site will strengthen Maine’s connection to the world of Web comic art, in which artists and writers publish and sell original work on the Internet.

Maine…webcomics…venture capitol…what is not to love? No wonder The Beat is caught being effusive towards the end of the article.

§ Some very very important mainstream news from the past few weeks that we missed:
Mark Millar and Steve McNiven are doing WOLVERINE.
Dan Didio is now the line editor for Teen Titans, because Eddie Berganza is too busy.
• THE ORDER, a team book by Matt Fraction has been cancelled by Marvel after only 10 issues and internet fans were sad.
• You know this is kind of interesting; highly regarded newish writer Jason Aaron signed an exclusive at Marvel but gets to keep writing SCALPED, his creator owned Vertigo book. As many have pointed out, “exclusive” is an increasingly flexible term these days. Of course, given the lifespan of the average creator owned book these days, maybe it wasn’t too much of a worry.

§ Joe Quesada steps in the breach one more time and answers FAN questions about you-know-what. We are thoroughly tired of you-know-what by now, and the article is loooong. For instance, on why making a deal with the devil is better than getting a divorce:

Now, there are those that say, “but he made a deal with the Mephisto, how is that better?” I would at least see something in that statement if it was Peter who conjured up Mephisto. If Peter had no options and then proceeded to perform some ritual in order to invoke Mephisto, or in essence reached out to him as a last ditch effort, then yes, I would agree because now you’re validating and saying it’s okay to seek out the Mephisto guy to fix a problem. But, that’s not what happened. It was Mephisto in this case, as he is prone to do, who comes to Peter at his weakest moment and uses this to his advantage. Why? Because he’s a villain.

That’s a very short excerpt of Quesada’s answer. Masochists/completists/continuitians only!

§ Another groundbreaking pact by Platinum Studios.

§ Kenneth Johnson, the producer of the HULK tv show, posts a list of the 117 ways David Banner hulked out on the classic show :

106. Being fed poisoned sushi


  1. Into the breach I step…
    Seriously. I think you-know-what, for its storyline chaos and sheer WTF-ness, outdoes the Clone Saga. Heck, it caused more brain conniptions in my head than some of those “Superman is a jerk” stories in old Lois Lane comics. I think that post-Crisis Justice League stories caused less brain conniptions than you-know-what.

    Be that as it may, I tried the first issue of “Brand New Day”‘s Amazing Spider-Man and it was nice but it sure left a weird aftertaste. And some leftover brain conniptions…

  2. Something just wandered into my brain.

    What would comics be like if the creators were no longer acknowledged.
    In other words, no credits printed in the comic, no “team” PR, all anonymous.
    Well, anonymous as art and story could be. We would still know their visual and verbal styles, of course.

    Just the comic. People like it for its merit and buy it.
    Or would that just be the final nail, and seal the fate of Direct Market.

    Made me kinda wonder.

  3. ha, LOL! :D That Hulk list is hysterical!

    I wonder if the Spider-Man thing is gonna be one of those things that Joe will never admit to making the wrong choice. It’s very hard to admit you’re wrong sometimes in your life, sometimes people hold their incorrect beliefs for their whole life, letting it eat them from the inside out. I think just an admission would be the correct action.

  4. I thought Hulking out on LSD was the best.

    If Peter were living out in LA – you can file divorce papers for as low as $200.00 out here. Now that’s a devil of a price.



  5. It’s important that the creator’s names are on their comics. That way we can run then out of the business if they really suck.

  6. Quesada’s responses might be worth reading, if for no other reason than to see how badly he gets storylines and plot devices tangled up and confused. In one response, he lumps together the Scarlet Witch, Mephisto, and Dr. Strange as magic users–basically all the same–and refers to Wanda’s “chaos magic,” which wasn’t supposed to exist, per “Avengers Disassembled.” It’s easy to see why Quesada and Bendis get along so well. If Quesada has read the stories he refers to, he doesn’t remember them very well.


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