- Congratulations to R. Sikoryak on his Ignatz win for Masterpiece Comics. It’s been a glaring omission that we haven’t reviewed it yet, but that title is no misnomer. (Congratulations to all the other award-winners, too, but I’m especially happy for this one.)
- Bell over at It’s Bloggerin’ Time takes the time to respond to Kurt Busiek’s issues with Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run. How, you ask? By listing just about all of the high-concept ideas. Hickman has introduced during his tenure on the book. Seeing it laid out like that is much more compelling than my defense, (which pretty much just boiled down to “nuh-uh!”)
- I can’t decide my favorite part of Chris Sims’ All-Batman edition of “Ask Chris,” so I’ll just point you to it and comment that I’m proval.
It’s a light week for links, but they’re important (well, except for this killer review of the new Brave and Bold game).
- Adi Tantimedh talks to Alan Moore, specifically about Watchmen and all the buzz surrounding sequels, prequels, and other ephemera that DC should have the good taste to never publish. Moore comes off like my grandmother in a lot of ways, but it’s good reading. I’ll leave it up to you if he’s paranoid or just incredibly sharp. (For what it’s worth, Tantimedh wrote the incredibly good and criminally hard to find JLA: Age of Wonder mini, which is well worth picking up if you ever see it.)
- Brian Hibbs discusses the current state of affairs in the comics industry. I love his writing and since he’s run a successful comic shop for over 20 years, if I’m speaking on behalf a retailer’s point of view it’s probably come from something he’s written. While it’s probably safe to say that he’s never read the blog, I find it reassuring (in that I’m not alone and/or crazy) in thinking that comics are too expensive and the lines are too diluted, with too many books featuring overly-niche characters (sorry Marvel Boy) or characters that have traditionally only been able to support one title being given whole wings of the Marvel catalog.
Another healthy batch of links this week. Enjoy.
- Not that I read many, but my new favorite webcomic is Axe Cop. Artist Ethan Nicolle just got interviewed about it at Newsarama.
- John Byrne makes a decent point, suggesting Rob Liefeld on Watchmen 2, but did he have to say it like that? Personally, I hope that the industry would rally against Watchmen 2 and that all comic professionals would refuse to participate in any prequels, sequels, sidequels, squeakwels, and what have you.
- Matt and I are both enormous fans of The State, and I was pretty disappointed when Reno 911! got cancelled. Apparently it’s back…Kind of. Called U.S.S. Alabama, it’s essentially Reno 911! in space. Sign me up! You may also be interested to see a review of the Reno 911! porn parody by Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon.
- I don’t necessarily agree with all of the solutions in this Op-Ed about Hall H at Comic-Con, but I agree that something has to be done. Not just to stave off violence (let’s face it, no metal detector was going to stop a kid with a pen), but for fairness to the fans.
- And, because no batch of links would be complete without a link to something Chris Sims has written, he reviews Batman: The Widening Gyre #6. In doing so he has ensured that I will never, ever read this horrible comic. I caved and picked up Cacophony, but will NEVER allow myself to see someone write Batman like this.
- Remember 80’s cartoon and toy line “The Bearriors”? No. No you don’t.
Have a good weekend, everyone!
I’ve been saving this batch up for a while. Enjoy.
- Bill Murray talks to GQ about…everything. Random, yes, but a good read. It’s tangentially relevant because he discusses Garfield.
- There’s some great test footage for a potential Goon animated movie. Matt and I both saw a somewhat different version last year at the Goon panel (aka The Greatest Panel Of All Time!), and I’m glad it’s starting to leak online now.
- Chris Sims gives us some modern comic covers in Silver Age Style. I hope this becomes a running bit, because it’s awesome.
- And speaking of Sims, I don’t know if this is true or just his setup, but these Superman redesigns from 1974 are priceless.
- The Quietus has an unusual interview with Alan Moore. Lots of magic and music. And of course, Watchmen.
- Meanwhile, Wired discovers that DC actually offered him Watchmen back in exchange for spinoffs. Good call not taking it, mate.
- I suspect this is Mark Waid’s dream job.
- The Onion (along with a surprising number of media outlets) is covering Comic-Con. I couldn’t agree more with their assessment of Hall H. Matt and I spent an hour just navigating the line last year, only to arrive too late.
That’s it for this week. Have a good weekend, everyone.
- J. Michael Straczynski talks about his quest to make Superman unbearably boring.
- Todd McFarlane cops to being the delay behind Image United. Don’t be so hard on yourself, Todd…If it wasn’t you, it would have been Rob.
- My Monkey’s Name is Jennifer is returning! This was a great mini several years back, and I’m seriously excited that it’s coming back.
- There’s a trailer for the new Scott Pilgrim game, and it looks awesome!
- Chris Sims provides 13 Songs He Wishes Were Comics. HUGE props for including Teenage FBI, a college radio staple of ours too many moons ago…
- At this point, everyone involved with Transformers 2 has admitted it stunk. In related news, Shockwave in TF 3 will please Matt.
- In other movie news, expect more Voltron in 2011.
- Chris Sims gives us his 18 Favorite Batman Panels (at the moment). It’s a great list, though I could do with less Mike Parobeck and more Norm Breyfogle.
- The Onion AV Club gives us a Planetary/Astro City comparison.
- This may not interest anyone else, but the University of California Press has announced that in 2010 (100 years after his death) they can finally publish Mark Twain’s autobiography.
Not a ton of linkage for you this weekend, but at least it’s multimedia…
- The Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Official Trailer is out!
There’s a remarkable amount of effects in here. And now I just can’t wait until book 6…
- Chris Sims and Rusty Shackles do their best “Great Comic That Never Happened” yet!
My mole at HeroesCon (aka Matt) tells me that Sims and Shackles are selling GCTNH prints on-site, if that kind of thing interests you.