§ Shaenon K. Garrity looks at the sad status of the comic book message boards and the result is savagely insightful from top to bottom:
Once, Kyle Baker went on the DC message boards to promote his then-new run on Plastic Man. He was chased away under a hail of abuse and slurs in under 24 hours. Later, somebody posed as him under a fake username to further smear him. Populated by self-hating teenagers, woman-hating teenagers, and self-hating, woman-hating, forty-year-old teenagers, each a few IQ points short of the people who post comments on YouTube, the DC message boards are the most grotesque comic book message boards on the Internet, but only because Marvel doesn’t have its own boards anymore.
What was it exactly that killed the message board? Was is MySpace. Facebook or Twitter or Warren Ellis? We hear there are still some decent message boards around, but all small and private, but we aren’t invited to them and neither are you.
§ Paul Karasik compares storytelling technique of Giotto and Jack Kirby.
§ The Boston Globe sensibly asks What to do if your child has superpowers:
You may have heard that it could happen at any time. One moment your child might be playing with a toy truck and the next moment he or she is levitating a few feet above the ground. Or your baby might suddenly transform into an ice sculpture. Or – and I have heard this worry expressed by more than one parent – your child might become orange and rock-like, even though he was nowhere near any cosmic rays.