For my money, the best quote is the first one and I only wished it could have been said much sooner. Kudos to the legal team and everyone at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for this long overdue justice. A majority of the quotes this week deals with comics and kids (but not as some subtextual odd celebration of the Gordon Lee case resolution, I promise). And the Galactus quote is something all kids should be taught.
“All charges are dismissed. Gordon’s nightmarish ordeal is finally over…
A clean win is a clean win. And this is a very clean win.”
- Charles Brownstein, confirming that the persecut–er prosecution of Gordon Lee had ended.
“Sienkiewicz’s magnificent art reflected Moon Knight’s unstable psyche, growing in sophistication as the series went on, and it’s never really been the same without him.”
- John Seavey, opining on one of (many) potential reasons why Moon Knight has never enjoyed a great deal of popularity
“I don’t recall the letters “THE SPIRIT” dripping down in menorah wax on too many splash pages.”
- Charles Yoakum, measuring the degree of Jewish identity in comic books by Jewish creators in the early years of comics
“Kids and teens are the future fans the industry needs to court to continue going strong, so kudos to the Eisner Judges for recognizing those two groups as important audiences with separate tastes and interests from adult audiences.”
- Robin Brenner, crediting the Eisner Awards for splitting Best Title for a Younger Audience, into two separate categories: Best Publication for Kids and Best Publication for Teens
“Kids don’t want dumbed-down versions of grown-up comics; they want smart comics about things that matter to everybody, and without the adult content that would send them either to therapy or detention.”
- Matt Sturges, striving to strike a balance of some sort when taking the reins of writing on Blue Beetle.
“I spent all this time thirty years ago saying to people ‘Comics are not just for kids any more’ and now I’m saying, ‘Well, comics are not just for adults!’”
- Francoise Mouly, revealing one way that things have changed for her over the years. For a bonus in this interesting (fellow Blog@ contributor Chris Mautner-conducted) interview, be sure to check out the comments section where a Scholastic exec takes issue with how Mouly portrayed discussions between herself and Scholastic.
“Galactus should never, ever take his hat off.”
- David Brothers, preaching to the choir (one would hope) with just one of the many epiphanies he has upon rereading far too much Silver Surfer. (And belated congrats to Brothers on his 500th post)
Five Years Ago
“Archie Comics thought if Archie was portrayed as being gay, that would dilute and tarnish his image. They said in the script, they counted seven copyright infringements that would each cost $150,000 in fines. We never expected to face a million-dollar bill if we put on the show.”
- Sean Daniels, Dad’s Garage artistic director, discussing a cease-and-desist order that the Atlanta-based theater had received from Archie Comics the day before the theater’s world premiere of Archie’s Weird Fantasy by (a pre-Marvel hiring) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.