This week legal blogs across the Internet learned if they could weigh in on the Siegel/Action Comics 1 developments they could ensure fairly strong traffic. But for me, attention must be paid to the comic creators who mock B.F. Skinner’s plotting skills and a presidential candidate’s bowling acumen.
“I will ask that, rather than purchase Secret Invasion # 1, use the money to buy an indie/small print comic. You will thank me for it later. Honest.”
- Gordon Dymowski, asking consumers to just say “No” to Skrulls.
“I wish I had the patience to really break it all down and explain why I think [Matt] Wagner’s conservative approach is a superior one when compared to more flowery artists such as Paul Pope or Michael Kaluta. What Wagner lacks in stylistic flourishes he makes up for in nuts and bolts storytelling. He’s more of a Guy Davis kind of artist at heart. Wagner’s impeccable narrative transitions and plodding pace mixed with broad, solid action sequences make for entertaining reading. And on top of that Mage really doesn’t look like anything else. The influences are there but they aren’t worn on Wagner’s sleeve. It looked fresh 20 years ago still looks fairly unique today. Not an easy claim for ANY comic. Check Mage out if you haven’t before.”
- Frank Santoro, revealing his level of appreciation for the Matt Wagner’s storytelling skills in Mage.
“Oh. In Batman, there’s this guy, Dr. Langstrom, and he’s working on this potion because he is obsessed with the Batman, and he feels that he would be a very effective foil if he becomes Man-Bat. He will show Batman who the real Bat is, so he drinks this potion but … god, he must have miscalculated, and…”
- Jon Stewart, attempting to liven up an interview with some non sequiturs about Man-Bat on a recent Daily Show (thanks for the legal transcription skills of Tom Bondurant)
“Come on B.F., you gave us the Skinner Box- you couldn’t slide us a plot to keep up interest?”
- Jeff Parker, taking B.F. Skinner to task. Next week I really hope Jeff tackles Kant and reveals the so-called philosopher for the pissant that he was.
“Hands down, no matter what film came out this week, I can guarentee [sic] you that Run Fat Boy Run was the best of them. No debate, just fact.”
- Marvel B0y, in what is potentially the last we read from him or her. God I hope this lame person is a Skrull.
“Thirty seven? Good lord, we have to have SOME standards for a president.”
- Peter David, weighing in on a presidential candidate and his bowling skills.
“Shame on every stupid-ass, morally ignorant fan out there who has expressed even the slightest opinion that this course of legal action in any way reflects an agenda of greed on the part of people not directly involved in the act of creation, or worse, has articulated as their primary concern the potential interruption of their monthly four-color fantasy intake. Part of me wishes we lived in the might makes right moral universe that supports such a piggish outlook, because then I could quit my job and drive around on a motorcycle punching people in the face until they penned a formal apology to the Siegel family.”
- Tom Spurgeon, summing up what some of us were thinking…until the motorcycle part…I’d use a car with a getaway driver.
Seven Years Ago
“Not every critic or theorist wants to make comics (and not every critic or theorist simply enjoy hearing themselves talk). Not every cartoonist wants to make comics either, and just bide time waiting for the Hollywood dollars and Playstation development money to roll in.”
- Matt Fraction, cogitating on auteur theory and other stuff that I can’t quite grasp (I know I should have paid more attention when getting that English Lit degree in college…)