Some great news from DC: I was really excited to see this post on DC’s Source blog, hyping Ralph Cosentino’s upcoming picture book Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel and Art Baltazar and Franco’s upcoming Tiny Titans picture books. If you’re reading this, then you hopefully already read Tiny Titans or, at the very least, know how much I love Tiny Titans. As for Cosentino, he’s an incredible artist who has previously produced a pretty brilliant biography of Batman in Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight and at least one other book that should appeal to comics fans. I just sort of stumbled upon his Batman in the library one day, so I’m glad to DC giving their fans a heads up on the Superman book.
“Titles of the pieces include ‘Jesus and the Bear,’ depicting Jesus sitting in the woods with, well, a bear”: Here’s a nice long feature about Jim Woodring, prompted by his month-long residency at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska.
“Does SCOTT PILGRIM Signal The End Of Comic Book Movies?”: On Obsessedwithfilm.com, Ray DeRousse asks if Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Kick-Ass might mark the beginning of the end of the current boom of comic book-based movies. Some elements of Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics series do seem risky—particularly the Adam West’s Batman-like sound effects—but I think it’s going to take several huge-budget would be blockbusters tanking before Hollywood decides there’s no more gold in those thar hills. Like, Iron Man 3 losing money, or Green Lantern being laughed out of theaters.
Maybe someone should go ahead and try making a New Gods movie after all: Even in these days of absolutely every comic book being optioned or at least thought-about in terms of whether or not it could be made into a profitable movie (You just know there’s a spec script for a Jack of Hearts moviei n someone’s slush pile somewhere), I’ve remained fairly confident that we’ll never see a film based on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World mythology. Not only is it extremely weird, and obvious in the sort of way that is fine in a printed comic book but can sound goofy spoken out loud, but any version produced now will at least scan a little like warmed-over Star Wars, regardless of whether The Source was actually around before The Force or not. But after reading the results of Tom Spurgeon’s latest “Five For Fridays” feature —“Name Five Sound-Effects, Sounds or Noises From The Comics You’d Like To Hear In Person, Or That You Were Happy To Hear In A Movie”—I’m having second thoughts. A whole lot of comics people really wanted to hear what a Boom Tube sounds like, and the more I think about it, the more I realize the Fourth World is probably full of neat sounds, from the pinging of the Mother Boxes to the krackle of Kirby dots.