Friday, April 16, 2010

The Wash: 04/16/10

o "Proud to Be Working with Pat"

Pat Lee is back, doing comics for Dynamite Entertainment, but somehow the last four paragraphs of his biography got lost in the original press release. Christopher Butcher, to the rescue.

o "The Only William Blake Poem Comics Ever Quote"

In this week's "Emanata" column, Douglas Wolk examines the storytelling device of the flash-forward.

o "Opens Up with a Baby Bird Getting Its Neck Fatally Broken"

Warren Ellis looks at the present options and prospects of digital comics distribution for independent works.

o "Everyone Will Be Talking About!"

You know, I really like this roster, by this creative team. If Marvel were still in the business of making self-contained comics at reasonable prices, I'd seriously consider buying Secret Avengers.

o "Like the Titanic Sinking"

Over at Comic Book Resources, Kiel Phegley interviews the guys from that animation studio who just found all those drawings, characters and concepts Jack Kirby made for them in the 1980s.

More importantly, the piece comes with more neat Kirby art that makes me jump up and down screaming, Grant Morrison, Grant Morrison, for some reason.

o "Can't Stop Him"

While I'm jumping up and down screaming his name, much to my neighbors' chagrin, Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance talks to Morrison about Batman. No sensational money quotes, but still a pretty good overview of what Morrison finds appealing about the character and what's informing his approach to the material.

o "Not Doing That Anymore"

While we're on the subject of Batman, it's with great sadness that I received the news of Frank Miller's withdrawal from the already legendary Holy Terror, Batman! book he was doing at one point.

o "Psychological Barrier"

John Jackson Miller, who does things with numbers that seem like black magic to me, points out that, as of March 2010, we've got a new standard price for regular comic books.

o "A Punishment Doled Out by a Very Fair Person"

Tom Spurgeon reviews... Rhubarb the Millionaire Cat, evidently.

o "Happening to You as Much as It's Happening to Her"

Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev are doing a new book titled Scarlet at Marvel's boutique imprint Icon.

Bendis says it will be "bi-monthly." I say I'll probably buy the first issue and then switch to the paperback collections. That David Lafuente cover looks fantastic, though.

o "An Odd Mix of Hope and Fearsweat"

Steven Grant suggests that Kick-Ass the film is actually better than Kick-Ass the comic. Paul O'Brien makes a similar point, and The New York Times also has a somewhat favorable review up. The more I read about it, the more I want to see it.

o "Mark Millar, Kick-Ass and the Failure of Criticism"

Speaking of which, here's my take on Millar's shtick in works like Nemesis, Kick-Ass and Wanted, with very naughty language.

o "We Just Make It Look Good"

I review Chris Weston's The Twelve: Spearhead.

o "The State of the X-Men, Circa 2010"

Me, one more time, on what used to be Marvel's top-selling franchise for most of the 1980s and 1990s.

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