An assortment of quotes that caught my eye over the past week.
“The cancellation of the Minx line of graphic novels aimed at younger, female readers strikes me now as even more unfortunate news, as the Shelly Bond-edited brand has brought us yet another compelling read.”
- Don MacPherson in praise of Alisa Kwitney & Joelle Jones’ Token
“But if you don’t like Kate Beaton’s comics—I mean, seriously, if you don’t like at least one of Kate Beaton’s comics—then you’ve got something wrong with you, and I hope that you never have children. You will raise them badly, and they will be humorless little bloodsucking ticks.”
- Tucker Stone
“A new category does not need to be created to properly address the graphic novel. In fact, it is best to see graphic novels appear in literary awards only when they deserve to compete equally against prose on their literary merit alone.”
- Chester Brown and Seth‘s letter (with a dozen other creators lending their name to the cause) to the Governor General’s Literary Awards challenging the fact only writer Mariko Tamaki is receiving credit for the “creation of the book’s text” in the Children’s Literature–Text nomination for the graphic novel SKIM, failing to acknowledge the art of Jillian Tamaki in the book.
“As near as I can tell, the people in charge of Marvel, and I don’t mean on a publishing level, I mean their bosses, don’t especially care about comics or publishing.”
- Brian Hibbs
“All of my stories start with the setting, and even more than that, location totally informs how my characters and plots grow and take shape.”
- Jeff Lemire
“No, I was not informed.”
- DJ Coffman acknowledging no one had told him prior to the announcement his creation, Hero By Night, was potentially headed to TV development land.
“For the first time in mainstream history, when the series creator left a successful ongoing regular book, the book left with him; even Alan Moore’s groundbreaking run on Swamp Thing had been followed, the next month, by a new writer.”
- Graeme McMillan on the importance of Sandman in a piece considering 5 Ways That Sandman Changed The World
“There’s a reason the characters are still enduring now. You have to identify what made each character survive through the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s…the sensibilities have changed with every decade, but these characters remain pretty much the same. So what is it in the characters that people recognize and identify with? You keep that at the core and change the world around them to make it contemporary and compelling.”
- Dan DiDio