“As a novice cartoonist, his salary ran from $6,000 to $20,000 a year”: Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune had a brief profile of Tiny Titans writer/artist Art Baltazar, with a local-cartoonist-makes-good sort of angle.
“For better or for worse, Tim Burton’s Batman changed the movie business forever”: Scott Mendelson lists the seven ways in which the Burton’s Batman changed filmmaking and moneymaking in the film industry for The Huffington Post. The occasion? The 1989 film is 20 years old this year. In other news, Oh my God I am so old!
“Ironically, this ass-kicking lesbian is a reinvention of a character originally created in the 1950s to reassure a nervous American that Batman wasn’t getting it on with Robin”: New England paper Bay Windows devotes a healthy amount of ink to the debut of Batwoman as the new star of Detective Comics. Dan DiDio is quoted several times throughout, and man, is it nice to see a J.H.Williams spread running alongside a news story about comic books, instead of some goofy drawing of Barack Obama meeting Spider-Man or sword-fignting Sarah Palin. (Not sure about that “Pow! Bang! Dyke!” bit in the caption, though)
“Out, out! And a gay!”: Alright, I admit it—that made me laugh. Here’s another “Hey, did you know Batwoman is a lesbian?” story, this one from The Dallas Voice. Greg Rucka is interviewed, as is Richard Neal, the owner of Zeus Comics, where Rucka is doing a signing today. Okay, just one more and I’ll quit linking to Batwoman stories: Rucka was also interviewed by The Dallas Morning News, in a meandering Q-and-A that mentioned another Dallas signing he was doing (That one happened last night though).
“Now open your eyes and think about the worst possible Michele Bachmann comic, ever”: Wonkette’s Riley Waggaman did not much care for False Witness: The Michele Bachmann Story, which he felt had too many facts, and was thus more like a “graphic adaptation of the Daily Kos.” I would question his judgment on matters comic book-ical, given that he writes for a politics, gossip and satire site, however, he did wear a tophat while reading it, and I make it a rule never to argue with anyone in a tophat. They obviously know what they’re talking about, or they wouldn’t be wearing a tophat.