“The wonky business model was only part of the problem”: James Vance offers an interesting essay about working for the short-lived comics company Tekno, which specialized in the sort of attach-a-marquee-name-and-apostrophe-s-above-the-title publishing strategy that Vance sees as a forerunner to the model employed by the more recent short-lived comics company Virgin (Link swiped from Spurgeon)
“But even then, they’d have to be gay chicks who are into poorly drawn green chicks, and that’s gotta be a pretty niche crowd”: The Inkwell Bookstore blog tackles “craptastic covers from upcoming comics” All-New Savage She-Hulk, Youngblood, Pride & Prejudice and If’n Oof. Hey, that Youngblood cover says “not final cover” on it, so maybe Liefeld will look at some photo-reference of Barack Obama before submitting the final version. (Link stolen from Journalista)
“Neil Gaiman has the ability to be a crossover artist”: Black Book has a neat little Q-and-A with Stephin Merritt, the frontman for, like, four of my favorite bands. The topic at hand is his work on an off-Broadway stage version of Gaiman’s Coraline, and he talks a bit about Gaiman’s ability to tell a story that is so flexible (in addition to the original prose novel, it’s also a graphic novel, a movie and now a stage play). If you read the piece, make sure you stick around to the end, in which Merritt drops a tantalizing idea for stage show.
So that’s where cameras come from: I always assumed a camera factory of some sort was involved, but Chris Sims sets me straight with a few strange panels of a Spider-Man comic.