Hey, can U.S. cartoonists get $96 million from the government over the next five years too?: On June 2, comics will have had a presence in Korea for exactly 100 years. The government has set aside a ton of money to support the industry.
And speaking of Korean comics…: Here’s a story about the success of a children’s educational comics series, Why? Children of a certain age ask for it by name! Constantly!
According to my news searches, there are exactly two comics-related news stories. One is the Watchmen film, and the other is this one cartoon: Josh “Comics Curmudgeon” Fruhlinger laments the fact that the entire Sean Delonas dead-chimpanzee-stimulus-bill cartoontroversy flared up and burnt itself out before he could post his weekly column about how political cartoons are so awful. He compensates by asking of all the cartoons he covers this week, Could This Cartoon Be Improved With A Racist Monkey Or Mincing Gay?
And speaking of the Comics Curmudgeon: In this post, he attempts to translate what all the *@#S swear words in a Februarty 18 Funky Winkerbean strip might be. I do this all the time with Brian Michael Bendis’ use of such swear words in his Marvel comics, as he usually uses three- or five-character disguised swear words, instead of four-letter ones, and there just aren’t that many three- or five-letter swear words. Anyway, this Funky Winkerbean strip is weird because it seems like the only word that would make sense in context is “sucks,” but that’s not a taboo word even in the daily funnies world, is it?
We post way too many links to NPR, don’t we?: I can’t help it; they do talk about the comics an awful lot, don’t they? Anyway, Day to Day re-ran their piece from the “In Character” series about The Joker, who will probably be talked about ad nauseum this week due to a certain awards show. Steve Englehart and Paul Levitz are both quoted, the former rather extensively.
?!: Have you seen this American Library Association Watchmen-themed “Read” poster yet? Couldn’t they have gotten an actor who plays a more appropriate role model than The Comedian in the movie? And, come to think of it, should they be encouraging kids to read Watchmen at all? Wait till you’re older kids!
This story is full of lies: “The Hottest Comic Book Movie Babes of 2009” includes movies that aren’t really comic book movies. For example, Push, whose comic book connection is that a tie-in book was apparently published, and Transformers and G.I. Joe, despite their long histories as comic books, are really first and foremost toy movies, aren’t they? Also, this article is pretty gross, and I’m only posting it here because I was told I must, if only for the outrage it could generate. It’s not quite as outrageous as the link leading to it, however. Please don’t click on them, if you’re sadness-prone.
What, no Daken or Romulus?: Chances are, you already know an awful lot of the facts in this “10 Essential Facts About ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ “piece. But you may learn something. For example, I didn’t know this: “Len Wein’s original idea was that the character was actually a wolverine cub that was mutated into human form.” That would have made the Origins series a whole lot cuter, I bet.
I’d watch that movie: James Kochalka and friends vastly improve upon Indiana Jones.