“It’s a movement in which males and females more or less equally participate. It’s a movement that is racially inclusive. It’s a movement in which consumer participation and customization is essential. It’s a movement not about collecting but experiencing. It’s a movement complete with a whimsical aesthetic that I am only beginning to understand.
“And whether Peter Parker is married or not or Batman is Bruce Wayne or not makes not the single whit of difference to them.”
– blogger Valerie D’Orazio, on the “youth movement” vibe at the New York Anime Festival
“I had a dream last night that the creator of Aqualad (who I think is Robert Bernstein, or a tag-team effort between Robert and Ramona Fradon) was struggling to stand up amid a crowd of angry people. I looked at him helplessly and noticed that he was visibly very similar to Aqualad himself, in that he had black, curly hair and a red shirt, and I suddenly felt very guilty about redesigning his beloved character to look like an awkward fish boy.
“Not that I’d change anything, but I felt really, really bad about it for a minute.”
– artist Karl Kerschl, who redesigned Aqualad for the Teen Titans: Year One miniseries
“It’s good to know that if [Batman] ever fought Osama bin Laden he’d hit him with a Batarang and drop him off at Arkham Asylum. The Joker has killed a lot more people than al Qaeda, and it’s good to know the Justice League is OK with that. Because God knows the thing that matters is that they keep their hands sparkly-clean. You know, if I were President of DC-Earth, I’d make a point of telling Superman that he could crush the Joker’s head. Not, you know, to go out of his way or anything, just, if it ever came up, please feel free.”
– blogger Tim O’Neil, annoyed by The Joker
“Just because someone carries a gun doesn’t make him a bad person.”
– writer Ed Brubaker, on the new, gun-toting Captain America
“As writers and creators continue to pour into our industry (taking jobs from the writers who have been doing it for years, mind you), the amount of content the publishers are producing is skyrocketing, which means two things: They’re spending more and taking more risks, AND, with more books in the marketplace, less units of each title are being sold, forcing us to rely on the licensing as opposed to making it an additional income source. With all eggs being put into the Hollywood basket, what happens when Hollywood stops calling?”
– writer Jason M. Burns, worried about a souring of the relationship between comics and Hollywood