Friday, February 26, 2010

The Wash: 02/26/10

o Cat Man Do

Christopher J. Priest, the writer of a seminal 60-issue run on Black Panther and its equally splendid but very short-lived follow-up The Crew, is alive and well and on the radio.

Well, on the Dollar Bin podcast, at least. There's not much in the way of new information in the first part that's not already up at Priest's Web site (which, by the way, is highly recommended for the many thousands of words' worth of insight into the comics industry it offers), but it's still a fun conversation.

Priest is one of my favorite mainstream comics writers, and I hope he gets around to doing more work in the field eventually. (A decent set of Quantum & Woody collections would be a good start.)

o Sense of Energy

Sean T. Collins looks at Jim Lee and Geoff Johns' Twitter feeds and notes that there's stuff going on that you miss if you just pay attention to the articles and interviews.

Indeed, as Collins points out, talent management seems to be one of the major problems DC's been having in recent years.

But while a "charm offensive" via social-media routes and high-level meetings by the new nice-guy executives may be a good start, a number of prominent creators who left DC in the last several years are directly attributing some of the problems to Dan DiDio, the former DC Universe editor-in-chief and new co-publisher, so I'm skeptical.

o Previously Unimagined

Ed Howard's Top 60 of "The Best Comics of the Decade" is one of those lists that make me want to hunt down every single comic that's on them that I haven't read yet, because the ones I have I completely agree on.

Also, at this stage I believe that there's simply no way anyone could possibly disagree with Howard's general appraisal of the 2000s:

"In making this list, I confirmed my impression that the artform of comics has reached a creative apex in recent years. The comics produced from 2000-2009 are varied and encompass a diversity and general high level of quality previously unimagined for an artform once considered pulpy trash for children."

(Via The Comics Reporter)

o Out of Your Pants

I review Scott Lobdell's Wildcats, a run of action comics that's bad in a way most good action comics of today could use more of.

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