“Sprawling, trippy, moving, and a hell of a lot of fun”: That’s EW on David Mazzucchelli’s long-awaited graphic novel project, which turned out to be Asterios Polyp.
All of my conflicting emotions when reading this news cancel each other out: So I guess hearing that extremely popular novelist Janet Evanovich is going to be breaking into graphic novels leaves me…apathetic? Hopefully her final product will be better than Brad Meltzer’s or Jodi Picoult’s or Dean Koontz’s or Stephen King’s or…well, you get the idea. The fact that it will be coming from Dark Horse is kinda promising, as they weren’t responsible for any of the godawful graphic novels written by or based on the works of popular airport paperback novelist I’ve suffered through in the past.
Apparently, if it’s new to them it’s news: CNN discovers the “real superhero” movement, which every media outlet in the world except maybe CNN reported on months ago. CNN’s piece tries to tie the movement into the economy.
“Stan Lee, who inadvertently shaped contemporary film, is now trying to do so on purpose”: Not a bad sub-head, that. It’s from an Economist business story about Stan Lee and film. Unfortunately, whatever points one might award them for the sub-head get subtracted for the headline: “Ka-pow!”
I often see IDW’s Astro Boy in my dreams, and wake up screaming: Sarah Boslaugh reviews a couple of comics for kids, including Astro Boy: Official Movie Prequel #1.
Basil Wolverton is rather high on my list of Cartoonists Whose Work Will Never Be Used To Model Playground Equipment After: But what do you know? Look what the Fantagraphics blog has a picture of.
Go read Monster Plus #1: You might reasonably expect the most ingeniously insane character in this online comic to be its star, who seems to be a zombified mummy/Frankenstein’s monster that is also a vampire and a werewolf, but page six will disabuse you of that notion. You’ve never seen anything like what you’ll see on page six.