So Sarah Palin survives another week where the US VP hopeful was not revealed to be a closet comic book collector. I’m not saying she is, but boy would it not be fun to find out she was totally pro-Tony in the Civil War debate? OK enough of political What If?, you’re here for quotes. And I have some.
“The gap between artist and consumer that was created in the ’80s has only widened, however, with many fans viewing both underlying and overt political messages as a personal assault. Perhaps its just a reflection of our divisive times, magnified by the nearly unlimited means of expression offered by the Internet, call-in radio and 24-hour cable news networks.”
- The Fortress Keeper on recent reaction to some subtle and some direct political messages in comic books
“If you’re looking for brutal superhero slaughter in your wholesome kid-friendly entertainment, then the direct-to-DVD Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow is for you. Next Avengers, which just came out on DVD, is full of adorable kids whose parents (the Avengers) were disemboweled by the android Ultron, and now he’s coming for the kids.”
“If Mauldin had been a writer, there would have been a biography [by now].”
- Todd DePastino speculating on what element could have prevented his book from being the first biography of Bill Mauldin
“Running a series online as a webcomic gives you a cost effective way to build positive press and something of an audience for a graphic novel before it sees print. For a while now I’ve been stating my opinion that web serialisation to print collection is going to be the new dominant model for independent comics and Necessary Monsters is where I get to put my money in the same general location as my mouth.”
- Daniel Merlin Goodbrey using the word serialization and foisting that durn British spelling on us…while discussing a project involving serial killers. Colour (oops)–Color me impressed when he slips cereal into a sentence about Necessary Monsters.
“Secret Skin, Michael Chabon’s essay on superhero costumes in The New Yorker, got a lot of linking on the comics blogosphere, but in terms of works of the same depth and breadth, there is little comparable in comics writing that I have come across.”
- Jennifer de Guzman measuring the depth of comics blogs in general
“Kim Deitch is sort of a second-tier comics alterna-Deity. He’s not as famous as Art Spiegelman or Dan Clowes, or Chris Ware or R. Crumb — and his work isn’t as straight-up pretentious as any of those artists, either. As such, I’ve tended to try to ignore his stuff; it’s boring and nostalgic and generally leaves me saying, “who cares?” but it could certainly be a lot more irritating than it is.”
“It does get tricky. A lot of the comics coverage is so spoiler-based. It’s like, ‘Oh, something’s going to happen in this issue, but I can’t quite say what it is!’ That’s not at all the type of coverage we’re going for. I don’t care at all who’s going to die in this issue. That’s not really what our reader is reading Comic Foundry for. Because no matter what it is, we’re going to get beat online, so we don’t really try to do that stuff.”
-Tim Leong on the challenges of planning a quarterly publication in a 24/7, Internet-based marketing-heavy industry
““Newspapers are not dying.”
– Keith Knight contradicting current popular opinion