“They trap you with the Batman name, and I don’t know what their underlying mission is…I was outraged”: That’s Charlotte, North Carolina mother Yvette Spivock in an article in yesterday’s Charlotte Observer. She had purchased last summer’s Batman Confidential #18, the Batgirl-chases-Catwoman-into-a-nudist-club issue by Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire, at a library for her 12-year-old son, and was less than happy with the content, in which the two female characters are both TV naked (you know they’re not wearing any clothing, but the body parts you can’t show on TV are covered at all times). The reporter apparently spoke to an unnamed representative for the company, who told her Batman Confidential is intended for readers age 16 and up, and that “ the company often places a star on the cover of kid-friendly comics.” That’s news to me, and I read a lot of Johnny DC books, so I wonder if there was some miscommunication there. Looking at the cover for that particular issue, I don’t see a Comics Code Authority seal anywhere, but then, DC applies those seals in a mysterious way I’ve never quite understood (It was on a recent issue of Green Lantern in which some characters were brutally, graphically killed, but was absent from the next issue, in which a character has his hand chopped off). The Spivok parents stressed they weren’t angry with the library, and don’t seem too outraged in general, given the goofy picture they posed for to run with the story.
As it turns out, DC’s “Blackest Night”/rainbow of Lanterns Corps comics make them perfect for Pride events: Boston comics shop Comicopia had a float in this year’s Boston Pride Parade, to both show their support and promote their store. The Bostonist conducted a short interview with Comicopia manager Shannon Outlaw to find out what was up with that group of superheroes marching. Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Rainbow-Brite were among those passing out leftover FCBD comics and other goodies along the route.
Oh no, now your copies of Shadowman and Guy Gardner: Warrior or worthless!: Photographer and blogger “Color Me Katie” finds some old comics at a thrift store, and finds the pages make for fun, cheap, colorful wallpaper.
It always freaks me out a little when I see what autobiographical cartoonists look like outside their comics: The San Francisco Examiner profiles Julia Wertz, who has a new collection of her comic strips out. I like the part where she talks about how some people resisted her strip because they don’t like that one word in its title. Me neither! It’s one of the three words I can never bring myself to type or say out loud, under any circumstances. Good comic, though.
Speaking of SF media…: The San Francisco Chronicle has a short piece on Adrian Tomine and Seth, in advance of their speaking engagement at a library there last night.
Wow, I haven’t heard the words “Death Row” in a while…: Billboard reports that the music publisher EverGreen signed a deal with WIDEawake, the company that owns the assets of of the legendary/infamous Death Row record label. Among their plans are “a new brand extension called Hustle City, which will debut first as a graphic novel including a CD insert of music related to the story line.”