Trying to get ahead of the Batman deluge that is sure to come with the new movie’s release, I opted to snag a selection of Bats-related quotes this week. OK, maybe the Batman coverage became oversaturated weeks ago, but I’m thinking otherwise for the sake of this column. And if you are sick of Batman already, skip to the end of the collection for a few non-Batman quotes.
“Sure, a lot of it may not have aged well – all of the Ronald Reagan scenes, for example – but no-one can deny how good it is to see Bruce Wayne come out of retirement to kick some mutant ass and save the world.”
- Graeme McMillan assessing Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns (1986) as well as compiling a list of Batman must reads
“For industry watchers, I suppose this provides another example of the theory that DC’s various editorial offices don’t much communicate, and even try to keep story points secret from each other.”
- J. Caleb Mozzocco noticing that, other than the Batman RIP logo slapped on the front, Detective Comics #846 has next to no connection to the Grant Morrison storyline in the main Batman book
“I want a Riddler that hurtles out of the shadows to cast his puzzle-nets, and makes impossible escapes that even the Batman can’t decipher. A King of Conundrums whose schemes trap the Caped Crusader in their dark twisting labyrinthine depths: plans within riddles within riddles within plans.”
- Zom detailing what would make an engaging Riddler story (at least from Zom’s perspective…)
“All-Star Batman celebrates its 3rd anniversary this month: 9 issues in 3 years. Who gives a shit? I don’t; they don’t; it doesn’t matter. No one’s losing their jobs over All-Star Batman, ala Bill Mechanic & Fight Club.”
- Abhay Khosla ranting about a thing or two…follow the link
“I’m interested in fostering serious discussion about the over-use of photography in cartooning. Photography. Cartooning. Two different disciplines.”
- Frank Santoro painting a picture of how concerned he is about the over-use of photography and trying to avoid mentioning “Alex Ross” so as to not distract people from his actual topic of interest.
“And of course, it’s sad that Archie’s award has to be posthumous. We lost a lot when we lost that guy.”
- Mark Evanier, one of the Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing selection committee members, commenting on the selection of Archie Goodwin (along with Larry Lieber) as this year’s two honorees
“Elsewhere I’ve been listening and reading with interest as comic fandom in its many guises pays ‘tribute’ to Michael Turner. Has there been one podcaster or blogger who hasn’t prefixed their tribute to the man with the words ‘His art wasn’t to my taste, but…’?”
- Dom Sutton observing a trend that I also ran across in seeking quotes about the passing of Michael Turner. Be sure to visit Spurgeon’s collective memory for more Turner tributes (to better keep my commitment from my last column)
“Muriel was a second mother to some of us during our years at the school, offering not only all she did that was essential to the school, but constantly extending personal, emotional and inspirational support to us whenever it was needed. Muriel went above and beyond daily for many of us. She also made sure we knew how vital WE were to the school, to Joe, and to her — and through Muriel, we also came to know and love the rest of the family. And that, indeed, was a gift.
Simply put, Muriel was amazing.
It was a privilege to know her for a time, and to be part of (and beneficiary of) the school she and Joe poured blood, sweat and soul into. Muriel changed my life irrevocably for the better — it’s heartbreaking to say ‘goodbye,’ and I can only imagine what a loss this is to Joe and the family.
- Stephen R. Bissette remembering the vital role Muriel Kubert played in his education (and many others’) as well as lamenting her passing this past week