“That became my favorite toy, which then led me to the cartoon, which then led me to the comic books. From there, I got to know the characters. I mean, I really grew to like Optimus Prime. I feared Megatron.”: John Geddes of USA Today has a Q-and-A with IDW editor Andy Schmidt about the Transformers: Continum book he’s writing, as well as about Transformers and comics in general.
“Does he consider me some sort of amusing and feckless manchild instead of a respected cartoonist whose work is beloved by hundreds and has made me a thousandaire, who’s been in a committed relationship for 15 years with the same cat?”: That’s cartoonist Tim Kreider reacting to getting an assignment to write about arrested adolescence for the New York Times. He discusses what he calls “The Referendum,” which he defines as “a phenomenon typical of (but not limited to) midlife, whereby people, increasingly aware of the finiteness of their time in the world, the limitations placed on them by their choices so far, and the narrowing options remaining to them, start judging their peers’ differing choices with reactions ranging from envy to contempt.” It makes for a pretty fun read.
“But it’s the sort of idea of that’s much funnier as a 10-second, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if this comic existed’ joke than as an actual, ‘let’s draw pictures of old naked grandmothers’ comic”: That’s the Onion AV Club on Moonstone’s comic…let’s see what was it called again…MILF Magnet. The piece picks the “most flawless” and “most troubling” book from a trio of publishers attending this weekend’s Windy City Comic Con in Chicago.
Look at how great Darwyn Cooke is: The 4thletter has a “portfolio review” of Cooke’s work available for your perusal here, and man, it is a whole lot of gorgeous in one place at one time. I was pleased to see the two-page spread of little DCU-themed newspaper comic strip and old magazine features from the Cooke issue of the late, great Solo included. I’ve been meaning to dig that out specifically to look at that spread again ever since Wednesday Comics launched. So thanks for saving me some longbox spelunking, David Brothers!