“Something that is described in four or five pages can be done in a single panel, and it has real impact on people”: Writing for Publisher’s Weekly, Brigid Alverson covers the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo’s panel on libraries’ comic book and graphic novel related challenges. That quote is from Deborah Caldwell-Stone of the American Library Association, talking about one of the things that makes the perception of comics by patrons so different from that of prose books.
“I felt like the whole comic book thing is over. Like we can’t go back to that anymore”: Time Out New York interviews Daniel Clowes about his (exceptional) new graphic novel, Wilson. That quote is Clowes explaining why this book was published as a bound, “‘graphic novel’ object” (in the words of the interviewer) instead of as a series of comics. Clowes goes on to explain that, “Now that you have to charge six dollars or whatever for a comic book it’s not the same thing as it was. It just seems like an affectation at this point in time.”
“Iron Man 2: the first superhero film of the Obama era?”: So asks Ben Walters for The Guardian, who hopefully realizes that Obama has been president for about 18 months now.
“There are space aliens, but there are also numbers”: The San Francisco Chronicle has a nice profile of Gene Luen Yang occasioned by the release of Prime Baby, this piece focusing on him not only as a comics creator, but also as a teacher and father.
Really? Starman?: According to this, Starman is on Warner Bros. radar for development into a superhero franchise. There’s an awful lot of potential there, but man, that’s one daunting body of comics, given all the different versions of the character DC’s had over the decades. Which one would the studio go with?
Oh my God you guys!: James Kochalka’s Dragon Puncher looks so awesome!
Cliff Chiang is still a great artist: After seeing how great Cliff Chiang’s Oracle looked in Brave and the Bold #33, and how great his Oracle looked compared to Ed Benes’ Oracle, who was in an ad for Birds of Prey that appeared in the same issue, I found myself wishing Chiang was going to be drawing the new volume of BOP instead of Benes. Someone at DC must have also thought Chiang would do a hell of a nice job on the Birds, as he’s providing variant covers for the new series. Check out his cover for the first issue.