“Actress Lucy Gordon, who appeared in Spider-Man 3, was found dead in her Paris apartment after apparently committing suicide“: So say French police in this Associated Press article from Thursday. The 28-year-old British actress played reporter Jennifer Dugan in the third Spider-Man film.
“Simply put, Burma Chronicles is the most enlightening and insightful book on Burma in years”: Rory MacLean has written a book on Burma himself, Burma Under the Dragon, and Guy Delisle’s Burma Chronicles still impressed the hell out of him, judging from his review of it in The Guardian. It also restored his faith in the comics medium, which he had apparently come to doubt since his years reading Classics Illustrated as a kid.
“Superheroes can’t save California”: Comedian Bill Maher weighs in on the sad state of California politics in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times. He uses superhero metaphors throughout, playing off of the fact that electing a guy who used to play action heroes didn’t save the day. I’m not sure I agree with all of his points though. For example, he writes,
Truth is, even superheroes couldn’t get us out of the mess we’re in now. Superman can stop bullets, move mountains and crush coal into diamonds, but he can’t help us. He works for a newspaper. He needs a job.
Yeah, but if he can crush coal into diamonds, then couldn’t he make enough diamonds to save the economy? He also uses his vision powers to find and dive for sunken treasure chests whenever he needs some scratch. I wouldn’t be so quick to write President Superman off.
“It’s like Star Wars, when you’re trying to shoot to get the Death Star . . . that tiny little room of error”: That’s Comics Riffs blogger Michael Cavna talking about how “brutally hard” it is to break into the print comic strip business today. Things are brutally hard all over for comics strippers actually, which is the focus of this Los Angeles Times article covering the National Cartoonists Society’s annual convention.
Hey, this art director is also an artist…who knew?: When he’s not busy with his duties as art director at DC Comics or editing projects that look like they’ll totally rule, what’s Mark Chiarello up to? Find out here! (Via The Beat)
Now why didn’t young Lex Luthor think of that?: Chris Sims shares Superboy’s hair-loss solution.
Actually, you may want to buy anything from either of those guys: Bully on who not to buy a used car from.
Cap Vs. Bats?: Tucker Stone on two different superhero-dies-and-comes-back-to-life-narratives:
Marvel did the right thing by Captain America. It let a writer and a team of artists work together to create a strong, smart story, and when it came time for the requisite capitalization spin-off—those moronic “Fallen Son” comics—they didn’t force them into the main narrative. DC’s mistakes with Batman were legion, and they went far and beyond the basic “get the comic books out on time” complaints. Whereas Marvel played things tight, DC vomited out comic books with no eye for longevity, with no concern for whether or not the non-Morrison writers had any idea what was going on, and they’re still pumping out new spin-off titles at a rate of 2-3 a week. Whereas the Captain America issues screamed with consistency, the quality barometer for the Batman titles was set at a level where the only thing that mattered was that a salable product was created. There’s really no other way to put it: they screwed this one up.
At the end of the day though? It doesn’t really matter that much to me, and I’ll tell you why.
You’ll have to follow the link and read the whole piece to find out why. Stone’s tough love (or is it gentle hate?) for super-comics is, as always, well worth paying attention to.
“Never in either an ‘Imaginary Story’ or while under the influence of red kryptonite did Superman seek out and enjoy a damn good thrashing at the hands of a perfectly turned out old-school dominatrix”: Another mainstream media peice about Craig Yoe’s Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster, this one a big, long one by Jonathan Ross for The Times. I’m not so sure I agree with many of Ross’ points, particularly his assessment of the book itself as a missed opportunity, but his article is nevertheless a wide-ranging look at the history of comics, Shuster and the intersections of creators rights and fetish art with comics.