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D.C.’S VILLAINS MONTH STUNT and My Other Views on Other Comic Book News

First of all, congrats to the best comic book site around, Comics Alliance, on their triumphant return.  Read about it here and then go back and read all of Chris Sims’ old articles. He’s hilarious.  But don’t stop reading my blog, which is better ‘cause it’s DIY and it’s mine.

Okay, now on to my big opinion of the week.

In September, most of DC’s comics will be hijacked by the book’s main villain, and the content will be centered around that evil doer.

Why is this a “stunt” and not an “event?”  Because of the 3-D motion variant covers on every issue.  And because the main story in these books will be put on hold just so that every DC comic can do the same thing for a month.  I find that stunt-y.  It’s enforced participation in—and conformity to—an event mandated by corporate, not creators.  I’m not saying Marvel doesn’t do this—they do.  I’m just saying it’s a stunt.  And a desperate one, frankly, as the new 52 has now become the old 52, and DC’s sales are slipping to levels BELOW what they were before the Flashpoint Event that rebooted their universe.

Villains’ month is also a way to squeeze another buck out of you, since each issue will be $3.99 (due to the high-cost cover).  I’m sure they’re betting you won’t nix the book off your pull list for a one-month price hike, and the $2.99 costs return the following month. Anyway, the team that brought you the mediocre New 52 JLA, i.e., Geoff Johns and David Finch, are launching a 7-issue miniseries called “Forever Evil,” and this is all about supporting that.  DC is also trying to sell you three more minis, as tie-ins, focusing on the enemies of Flash, Batman, and Steve Trevor.  That last one, titled “Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S.,” will be written by Matt Kindt—the genius behind Mind MGT: The most complex comic book I’ve read in years, and one that really makes the most of the printed medium.  But that won’t be enough to get me to buy a book about Steve Trevor.  Sorry.  And Marv Wolfman will return to write Teen Titans #23, which will focus on Trigon, but Teen Titans hasn’t been worth reading in about a decade.  One issue won’t change that.  Again: Stunt.

This is exactly the kind of thing that has name-brand creators like Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Paul Jenkins, Grant Morrison and more leaving corporate comics.  I mean, if I’m Scott Snyder or Francis Manipaul, and I’ve got a reputation based on the quality of my work, I don’t want to be forced to support an event that changes my vision of my own book.  It’s why JMS left Thor.  It’s why Claremont left X-Men.  Corporate comics need to figure out how to respect the creators and perpetuate the licenses creation in a better way.

Oh, and didn’t they already do this in the “old” 52?

Anyway, here’s the rest of the news you can’t use but can enjoy and bitch about:

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE RETURNS!  The Batman B&W collections may be a little uneven, but you can’t say they’re boring.  DC’s bringing the book back in September with a new miniseries featuring Bat-stories and Bat-versions by creators like Neal Adams, Chip Kidd, Joe Quinones, John Acrudi, Sean Murphy, Chris Samnee…The list goes on.
DC DIGITAL COMICS.  The words “groundbreaking” and “DC” usually don’t go together, unless “Vertigo” is being discussed.  But I have to prop where props are due: DC’s digital comics not only blow Marvel’s mediocre line away, but they are, on their own merit, pretty damn good.  At least the Batman and Superman ones are—I haven’t tried the rest.  It’s great to be able to read anthology-type, out-of-continuity stories about characters who have been around for over a half century and see that they can still be fresh—not warmed over old 52 plots.  So I’m excited that DC announced DC2 and DC2 Multiverse recently.  The new digital platform will be used to create “choose your own adventure” type comics that have dozens of possible endings depending on the reader’s selections.  I can’t say this is something that I personally would buy—I like to read my comics, not “play” them—but I would think this would appeal to the younger crowd, and anything that gets kids reading comics is worth doing in my view.  Unless the content is over-the-top R-rated.
FABLES MOVIE IN THE WORKS.  Bill Willingham’s “Fables” comic is one of those consistently praised books that I’ve tried to like twice, but it just isn’t my cup of tea.  I don’t have anything bad to say about it, I just don’t have an interest in the content.  But the producers of the “Harry Potter” franchise want to make it into a movie.
MIGHTY MARVEL.  Mighty (Avengers?) is returning as part of the Marvel summer “Infinity” event—the idea is that the big Avengers teams are all out in space fighting the big bad, so someone’s gotta put in work here on Earth.  The team will be led by Luke Cage, and will also include Superior Spider-Man, She Hulk, and Blue Marvel.  It’s not clear what creative team will be assigned to the book but please, please, PLEASE GOD don’t make it Hickman or Rick Remender.  Let’s give someone else a shot—someone less long-winded, who can give us the real street-level Avengers stories that have been missing since the Marvel Now! relaunch.  There’s space for two more on the team.  My votes are for Tigra and Fat Cobra.  I know they won’t do Fat Cobra, though.  So maybe a Young Avenger could be recruited—to add the youth element.
BENICIO DEL TORO IN GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY.  And more than that—he’s signed a multi-picture deal.  We’ve been told that Thanos will not be the villain in G of the G, but he may make a cameo, and Del Toro certainly has the face for that part.  But he could also play the leader of SWORD—SHIELD’s outer space counterpart agency (but in the comic, SWORD is led by a female).
ANTI HERO BY JAY FAERBER.  Faerber has put out some good comics over the years, including the recent “Near Death” and his best-known series “Noble Causes.”  It will be about a criminal who discovers a super-hero’s secret ID.  Certainly, this story and many variations of it has been told before, but Faerber’s spin will be on Monkeybrain comics—so it promises to be indie and out there, and won’t rely on existing characters or mythology.  Plus, like some of Ed Brubaker’s best work, it will cross the line between gritty noir and capes-and-costumes.  The art will be by Nate Stockman.  The books will be about 10 pages each for a buck, through the major digital distributors.
CAPTAIN AMERICA.  Last week, I told you all that the rebooted Captain America is much better than folks give it credit for, but his weaknesses.  With #11, Remender will finally leave the “Universe Z” arc behind, and Cap will take on the Frank Miller creation, super-soldier-serum-pill popping psychopath named Nuke.  Remender promises a spy story, to get Cap back to his roots after his not-very-popular extended science fiction story in issues #1-10.  Again, I liked the story—but I agree it’s time for it to end.  Best part about act two: Carlos Pacheco will handle the art!

X-(wo)MEN #1, THE STATE OF MARVEL NOW!, AND OTHER NEWS OF THE WEEK

x-men #1Fearless Defenders.  Journey Into Mystery.  Ms. Marvel.  She Rulk.  And now, Bryan Wood and Olivier Coipel’s X-Men.  I can’t remember a time when Marvel had so many female-led books.  Or when so many of them were so good.  X-Men #1, with its all-girl roster, was excellent…It’s actually my new favorite X-book—and I really enjoy both of Bendis’ team books and the Wolverine and the X-Men title.  And the best thing about it is, I really don’t know much about the pre-Marvel Now X-characters.  I new the “big” story beats from AvX and a few other events, but the detailed histories of characters like Jubilee, Rachel Grey, and even Rogue and Storm, were unknown to me.  My lack of knowledge didn’t hinder my enjoyment one iota.  I’m sure X-fanatics found all kinds of Easter eggs and rewards, but if they did, it didn’t hurt new-reader enjoyment.
That’s the good side of Marvel Now: It really does serve as a new entry point for many of Marvel’s complex, continuity-laden titles.
The bad side is that it made The Avengers titles, all of them, hopelessly complicated.  I understand that Hickman likes to tell long, detailed, plot-heavy stories and that Rick Remender enjoys a (too) long, slow boil method of decompressed storytelling.  So give one Avengers book to one of them.  But it was important to have a “fun” Avengers book: Something like Secret Avengers when Warren Ellis was writing it, or the great Mighty Avengers series.  Something for the superhero/adventurer crowd.  Instead, we’ve got three Avengers titles that are weighed down heavy in moral exposition and science fiction.  It’s not that they’re bad per se, it’s that there’s just too much of it.
Frankly, the A-books have turned into the X-books.  Which means fans of thick continuity and soap opera stylings, i.e., fans of most X-books for the past 30 years, are suddenly not getting what they want, and fans of smash-em-up fights aren’t getting the Avengers books they used to get.
Odd turnabout.
In other Now! news, Indestructible Hulk is a great Marvel Now! title.  Are you reading it?  Because a new arc just started that features Thor and art by Walt Simonson, who is the best Thor artist of all time.  So, you definitely should check it out.
I’m also enjoying Captain America.  Yes, it suffers from Rick Remender’s problem with pacing (can’t an editor help him with that!), because it’s taking way, way, waaaaay to long to get to the point.  And I agree with the haters (and they appear to be legion) who say that there’s no real surprises in the story, either.  But for me, the concept of Captain America as a father to a lost child, and the ties to his own childhood, are interesting enough to keep me in the book.  I’m also a fan of John Romita Jr. (and I acknowledge the criticisms that he is past his prime as well), and I’m liking his portrayal of Zola-World, with inks by the great Klaus Janson.  No, I can’t recommend it or rebut the criticisms of it, but I still enjoy it.  That must be how Thunderbolts fans feel.
Here’s some other, random news bullets:
  • BOOSTER GOLD TV SHOW.  Producer Andrew “Arrow” Kreisberg reports that his draft of the pilot is done and ready for SyFy’s green light.  I’m not a big Booster fan, but I have to say: The idea of a professional athlete who is second rate in the future traveling back in time so he can have some glory days with more primitive competition is one that would work very well on TV.  Or “could” work very well, depending on implementation.
  • PAUL JENKINS SIGNS WITH BOOM! STUDIOS.  Yet another veteran comics creator, Paul Jenkins will write exclusively with Boom! under a new contract. Jenkins is best known for his work on The Inhumans and Wolverine: Origin, and more recently for writing Savage Wolverine and the new 52 Stormwatch book.  In his public statement on the issue, he cited Greg Rucka’s troubles (“and numerous other respected creators”) with the Big Two, who have “removed their focus away from the creators and towards the maintenance of the characters….I feel the mainstream product is becoming a homogenized puddle of ‘meh.’”  It’s sad that I kind of agree with him.  DC’s output is really not good anymore—with very, very few exceptions.  And Marvel’s “Now” reboot seemed more about creating big, confusing stories for the main teams that put as many characters on the cover as possible—just to increase brand recognition.  Not all of Marvel’s stuff is bad, much of it is good, but very little of it challenges the reader or takes the breath away.
  • WHOOPI GOLDBERG IS IN TMNT REBOOT.  Unless he’s playing a singing nun, this is yet another reason to avoid this movie.
  • DAREDEVIL: DARK NIGHTS.  I can’t wait for this.  An eight-issue DD anthology, with the first story written and drawn by Lee Weeks, and featuring Daredevil trying to get a little girl to the hospital on time during a blizzard.  Snow Daredevil by Mark Waid was great—remember that?  Weeks’ story will run for the first three issues of this anthology; no word on who will be the next creator on the anthology.

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  • Universal Orlando has approved construction for a Simpson’s theme park, with rides and foods pulled from the show: Moe’s Tavern with an exclusively brewed Duff Beer, Krusty Burgers, The Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza, Lard Lad’s doughnut shop, Bumbleeman’s tacos, and a Kang & Kodos ride called Twirl ‘n’ Hurl.  That might actually get me to go to Universal Studios in Florida.
  • X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM.  So much for not having to read every X-book, something Bendis promised when he took over two of the books in the franchise.  The upcoming event will require you to buy an two one-shots and issues of All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men, and X-Men.  And you won’t understand the story unless you buy them all.  And you won’t get value from your pull list if you just stay faithful to All-New X-Men (as I have).  Grrr.
  • A PRESIDENT ENDORSES  A COMIC.  Bill Clinton has a blurb on the back of “March,” a new graphic novel about Congressman John Lewis’ lunch-counter sit-in (and other civil rights activities) in the 1960s.
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY NEWS.  Glen Close has signed on as a Nova Corps leader, and John C. Reilly is in talks to play what appears to be a S.W.O.R.D. agent (the intergalactic equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

  • SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP.  I guess Doc Ock is here to stay for at least a little while.  This July, the Marvel Team-Up-ish book Avenging Spider-Man is changing its name to Superior Spider-Man Team-Up in July.  Press and interviews indicate that this will align with an even bigger change to the Superior SpM title—a change even bigger than “killing” Peter Parker’s ghost in SSpM #9.  I love what Dan Slott is doing with the title, and I fully expected to hate it, but my hope (and kind of my expectation) is that in July we’ll see a new Amazing Spider-Man title return, with Peter Parker occupying some kind of clone body.
  • LEGION OF SUPERHEROES IS ENDING AGAIN.  How many LSH #1s, and related Legion reboots, have there been?  Don’t know.  Don’t care.  Fans of the series (i.e., writer Paul Levitz and his wife—maybe his kids) have been frustrated by the lack of clarity whether the Legion fits in with the new 52 continuity.  It really is hard to care about a book that gets rebooted more often than a PC running Windows 8.  This is another example of how DC is doing it wrong.

EARLY STORYBOARDS FOR THE NEXT STAR WARS FILM (AND OTHER NEWS).

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News on Daredevil, one of the best writers in history being recognized, and more, below.

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IT’S NOT LUKE CAGE—and other comic book news of the week


The hooded black guy in the trailer for Whedon’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not Luke Cage. Or the 1990s Avenger Rage. Millions of nerdhearts are broken. And as for Agent Coulson’s return, this doesn’t seem hard. First, we never actually saw him dead in Avengers, we just saw him stabbed and stop moving. He easily could have been resuscitated off screen. Second, that Coulson (or the TV one) could be a Life Model Decoy. This doesn’t seem too hard to do—although it does take away from the emotional punch of the movie.

Dollhouse notwithstanding, Joss Whedon’s greatest works have been on serialized TV, so it’s fairly certain that this will be an awesome show. Can’t wait.

Oh, and speaking of Luke Cage….

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THE FIRST MOVING IMAGES FROM JOSS WHEDON’S S.H.I.E.L.D.

I do believe that that’s Power Man in the first gif……

APRIL SALES FIGURES!

Last month’s sales numbers are out, and it’s still looking rosy for Robert Kirkman. The Walking Dead sold more than any other trade last month, by a huge margin: 7k copies sold, to 5k copies of the #2 best-seller, Manhattan Projects Volume 2. The Walking Dead captured the number one slot in the top 20 graphic novels sold in all of 2013 so far, and took 9 of the top 20 slots over all. That book is a monster, devouring all competition, and you just can’t kill it.

Coming in at #3 and #4 were Happy and Saga Volume 1. It’s good to see Saga Vol. 1 in the top 10, but I’d like to see volume 2 up there as well. Get your wallets out, people. It’s one of the best books on the market right now. Overall, the top four were all Image comics, and all very, very good books. These are the kind of sales that make me proud to read comics.

The next five slots went to DC, some deservedly so (Punk Rock Jesus at #5 and perennial best-selling Batman: The Killing Joke at #8), others not (two volumes of new 52 Detective Comics, and the latest Swamp Thing collection).

Marvel doesn’t crack the top 10 trade list until #10, the first Hawkeye volume. Great book. Oddly enough, Marvel may barely make the top 10, but it’s still taking the lion’s share of overall sales: 48% of all trades sold last month were Marvel, which translates to 138,000 units sold.

As for comic books (aka “pamphlets”), Mark “I’m a machine generating storyboards for movies” Millar teamed up with Frank Quitely’s to create “Jupiter’s Legacy,” and issue #1 was the third-best-selling comic in April. Millar almost doesn’t even qualify as “indie” anymore, given his connections to big pots of studio money, but it’s cool to someone selling under a banner that isn’t DC or Marvel. I haven’t read the comic yet, but I can say definitively that quality is not a marker for good-selling books: The #2 book was Godawful (“Thanos Rising #1”), and the best-selling comic was the latest issue of Batman. I was on the Scott Snyder bandwagon in the beginning, because his work on the “old 52” Detective Comics was some of the best Batman stuff ever, but the new 52 Batman has gone from pretty good to boring.

Overall, DC is getting killed. Geoff Johns left Green Lantern, and all the GL family of books shot way, way down to below the top 20. That’s probably why DC’s market share has plummeted to below 30%. Image is eating away at DC, taking almost ten percent of the overall market share, and IDW is now taking close to 6%. That surprises me a little—almost everything they do is a movie or TV tie-in, which means that “grown ups” are reading books like Night of the Living Dead and GI Joe. (The new GI Joe book is great, btw, so count me as one of those grown ups.)

Marvel is holding steady at 41%–the spot they’ve occupied pretty much for decades. That’s about 3 million comic books sold. In the top 10, though, everything Marvel is either an event or a movie book: All the Age of Ultron issues, the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and the afore-mentioned steaming pile of Thanos. Iron Man 3 propelled the old Extremis graphic novel up to #21 on the trades chart. Originality at Marvel does not translate to sales, so the next time you blame them for choking us on commercial tie-ins, look at the four fingers pointing back at you and put Avengers Arena, FF, Captain Marvel or Daredevil on your pull list.

NEWS OF THE WEEK: MARVEL STUDIOS GOINGS-ON, AND MORE

There’s talk about Robert Downey, Jr., refusing to come back to the franchise for Avengers 2 because he wants more than $50 million. On the one hand, who needs that much money? On the other hand, it’s been reported that the Avengers cast was only offered a $500k bump to do Avengers 2. For a movie that made $1.5 billion (with a “b”), that is more than a little bit insulting. I guess we’d like to think that the comics make the picture, but also know that’s not true. Superman Returns, Daredevil, Elektra, Ghost Rider…All of these were miscast, badly written and badly directed films. The talent matters, and talent deserves to get paid. And frankly, Marvel Studios was built on the back of Robert Downey, Jr.

Marvel Studios is starting to ramp up for “phase three,” and there’s buzz about existing scripts for Blade and Ms. Marvel, as well as ideas for TV or movie deals for Iron Fist, Black Panther, Runaways and Doctor Strange. Marvel also got the rights back to Ghost Rider and Daredevil, two characters who seem tailor made for a development deal but whose projects up to now have…Sucked.

As to my personal preferences for projects, I don’t think we need constant sequels to the Avengers trinity (Thor, Cap, Iron Man)—I think either one of those or an Avengers movie per year is enough “big” stuff, and then we should see something more experimental. Small films, like Ant Man (no pun intended); character-films, like Dr. Strange could be; horror, like Blade or Ghost Rider; period piece/martial arts films (Iron Fist, Power Man, Black Panther); street films like Punisher or DD. There’s so much potential here for “real” movies—not just popcorn sock-em-ups, and not necessarily films that need name-actors or huge budgets.

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NEWS OF THE WEEK, AFTER A LITTLE BITCHING

A few brief notes on the last six or so issues of Marvel’s The Uncanny Avengers.
This week was Chicago’s huge comicon, and Marvel had a panel on the X-verse, where Uncanny Avengers’ author Rick Remender described the current storyline in which Archangel and Pestilence’s twin children, “The Apocalypse Twins,” were raised in a future timeline by Kang the Conqueror and have no returned to resurrect new four horsemen: Banshee (Lorelei’s brother), Sentry, Grim Reaper (Wonder Man’s brother) and Dakken (Wolverine’s son).  Remender at the panel said, and this is a quote: “This sounds like I’m sitting in my house playing D&D by myself.”
Yes, Rick, it does.  And that’s the problem.
Ever since Chris Claremont revived the series and turned it into the biggest moneymaking franchise in comic book history, The X-Men have been very “soap opera” like, and have had an extremely wide and complicated family tree.  It’s what made them special to people who liked them, and impenetrable to more casual fans like me.
In stark contrast, The Avengers has always been a book that is self-contained.  Apart from the occasional cross-over and with the exception of a few brief periods, the book is about adventures within the title itself.  This was by necessity, since often half the team had solo books that needed to have their own continuity.
With Marvel Now!, this has been flipped on its head.  Brian Michael Bendis has brilliantly created two X-books that can be read together or alone, and that require little to know knowledge of the characters’ backstories (apart from knowing about the Schism).  But Remender has now created an Avengers comic that is both maddeningly decompressed and complex at the same time.  Usually, decompression gives the reader time to catch up, but the characters and convolutions are so extreme that this isn’t happening.  And usually, complexity rewards careful readers, but all I seem to get out of it is that if I didn’t read the Apocalypse Sage, and I didn’t, then I should just give up.  Nobody except Rick Remender seems to understand the story–or care about it.
Which is what I’ve done.  For the first time since the comic book launched in 1966, I have no interest in reading The Avengers.
Okay, other C2E2 news, movie news, etc., after the break.

THE 2013 EISNER AWARDS

Nominations for the 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are in.  I’m not going to run through them all, you can find them everywhere, but it is worth nothing that Marvel, DC, and superheroes in general were not well represented this—after last year, when several noms when to Daredevil and some of the new 52 titles.  Chris Ware’s Building Stories, Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips’ Fatale, and Matt Fraction/David Aja’s Hawkeye all got five nominations each.  Fantagraphics’ comics got the most nominations for any one publisher’s inventory, with Image coming in second.  DC got only one(!) nomination, for JH Williams’ Batwoman covers.  Maybe this will wake them up: The new 52 sucks.
For best ongoing book, the five nominations went to:
  • Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
  • The Manhattan Projects, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (Image)
  • Prophet, by Brandon Graham and Simon Roy (Image)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Wow.  Four image books.  Fatale is on my “to read” pile, but I’m having trouble getting into it.  Same with Manhattan Projects.  Saga and Hawkeye are both excellent (but Saga is the clear winner).  I’ve read several issues of Prophet, and I just don’t get why it’s so great.
Best new series nominations were pretty similar:
  • Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (kaboom!)
  • Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
  • Fatale, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
  • Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)
  • Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)
Again, Saga is the clear winner in my book, but Hawkeye is very good as well. 
For best writer, we have:
  • Ed Brubaker, Fatale (Image)
  • Matt Fraction, Hawkeye  (Marvel); Casanova: Avaritia (Marvel Icon)
  • Brandon Graham, Multiple Warheads, Prophet (Image)
  • Jonathan Hickman, The Manhattan Projects (Image)
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)
  • Frank M. Young, The Carter Family (Abrams ComicArts)
I’m sure you sense a pattern here: Vaughan should take it.  He’s excellent.  I’m at the point where I will buy anything with his name on it, period.
Best penciller nominees are:
  • David Aja, Hawkeye (Marvel)
  • Becky Cloonan, Conan the Barbarian (Dark Horse); The Muse (self-published)
  • Colleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)
  • Sean Phillips, Fatale (Image)
  • Joseph Remnant, Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland (Zip Comics/Top Shelf)
  • Chris Samnee, Daredevil (Marvel); Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom (IDW)
This is the toughest one for me.  I haven’t seen Remnant’s work, and I’m not a big Bandette fan, but the others are all amazing.  Samnee’s work on Daredevil #25 should go down in history as the single greatest comic of 2013.  Phillips is always great–although I’m not seeing anything really “new” on Fatale, so we can maybe eliminate that one.  Cloonan’s work is breathtaking, and frankly is the only reason I’m reading Conan.  But David Aja, month-in and month-out, has done some truly innovative and hilarious work on Hawkeye.  I’d give it to him.
Other notes and observations: Adventure Time (KABOOM) got nominations in the kid/teen/humor categories, and my kids like it.  Eric Shanower and Skottie Young’s latest Oz adaptation (Marvel) also got a few nods—and I highly recommend it to anyone trying to get kids 6-12 into comics.  It’s beautiful work, and fun for adults to read as well.
The other awards don’t interest me as much, but I encourage you all to go buy some of the comics above.  Hell, go buy any comic!

NEWS OF THE WEEK: LOTS OF PICTURES EDITION

  • Everyone is talking about the Man of Steel trailer, but how about this one for the Dark Horse comic RIPD:

  • Congratulations to Terry Moore, whose absolutely incredible horror series Rachel Rising has been picked up for development as a TV show by Alcon Entertainment.
  • The Dark Knight Returns. Well, not really. But a tribute:

Gleason’s tribute to Frank Miller on Batman and Robin #20

  • Presenting the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, being produced by Michael Bay:

Alan “Aquaman” Ritchson (Raphael); Jeremy “Galaxy Quest” Howard (Donatello); Peter “Parks and Rec” Ploszek (Leonardo) and Noel “Twilight” Fisher (Michaelangelo)

  • Amazing Spider-Man sucked.  Jamie Fox looks stupid as Electro for the sequel:

  • And finally, congrats also the creative teams behind Fatale and Hawkeye, and to Chris Ware’s Building Stories comic, all of which got five nominations each for a 2013 Eisner.
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A blog about our shared experience...

Elli 's design and illustration blog

latest design work, illustrations and things I find interesting about modern design

eCharta

The blog

life is VERY weird

Cool stuff on the web is often SILLY and ABSURD.

wwayne

Just another WordPress.com site

The Comic Stretch

(Harsh Language Encouraged)