(If any of you were wating with bated breath for my thrice-weekly linkblogging all morning, I sincerely apologize. You wouldn’t believe the number of orphans I was saving from burning buildings these last few hours).
“Etta Candy, Wonder Woman’s chubby sidekick, has a father named Hard, a mother named Sugar and a sister named Mint”: After reading through the new Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia, Matthew Brady offers a post entitled “Ten things I previously did not know about Wonder Woman.” No offense to the many fine creators who have worked on Wonder Woman comics over the years, but my own personal all-time favorite Wonder Woman reading experience was reading the 1976 Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes Vol. 2: Wonder Woman by Michael L. Fleischer. All those zany Marston/Peter Golden Age stories are awesome in comics form, but they are even more awesome read in dry, encyclopedia-like summary. I haven’t read this newer version yet, but it sounds fairly awesome as well. I definitely think the Wonder Woman franchise could use an “It all really happened” take a la Grant Morrison’s Batman run…
“Whoa! An Avatar 3-Way!”: Matthew Brady also noticed a rather clumsy-looking instance of prudish editing of Peter Bagge’s recent Vertigo book, Other Lives. Note how rough that second panel looks compared to the first. That’s pretty lame, Vertigo. (Hey, I wonder what “Avatar 3-Way” will do for our hits? Welcome, perverts who saw James Cameron’s movie about tall, nearly nude deer-cat people who have interspecies tail-sex with everything!)
At the very least, Bully should be short-listed for running Marvel Comics….: It’s not just you Jubilee, I really hate him too.
Douglas Wolk on recent comics in the NYT: From Action Philosophers to Weathercraft.
It ain’t Grant Morrison being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer and a hologram in the Situation Room, unfortunately: CNN.com interviews Grant Morrison about the latest issue of Batman for an article entitled “Batman’s past, present, future collide.” Raise your hand if you’ve read Batman #700 yet—Okay, what’d you think? Most of the reactions I’ve heard so far have been disappointed ones, focusing on the rushed production and the extra $1-for-the-contents-of-a-slush-pile-of-unused-art gallery at the back. (I haven’t read it just yet myself, and am now wondering if I should).
“The show wasn’t simply there to entertain you, it was there to teach how three—four, I suppose, if you counted Outer Space—societies needed to work together to make their environment work, thrive and survive”: That’s Neil Kleid talking about the show Fraggle Rock in this feature story in the comics writer’s hometown paper. Klied is writing a story in an upcoming issue of Archaia’s new Fraggle Rock comic, and the Teaneck Suburbanite used the occasion of Kleid moving from more adult fare into an all-ages comic as a springboard for a story.
Speaking of Fraggles…: Here’s a short feature story from The Detroit News on the Kids Read Comics convention.
Wow, Marvel really does develop new series just to annoy DC!: When I first heard of the new Hawkeye and Mockingbird series from Marvel, I made a joke about its surface similarities to the since-canceled Green Arrow/Black Canary series (Super-archer and blond lady with a bird-themed name couple sharing a book and title). When I heard that Marvel was having Sean McKeever write a new teen super-team with Young Allies, I figured it was a good opportunity for fans to test just how much editorial interference McKeever dealt with during his Teen Titans run, since those comics were terrible but, from the outside looking in, all one can do is conjecture over whether McKeever had just suddenly stopped being good at writing comics or if behind-the-scenes factors were dragging him down. Anyway, Tom Brevoort himself explicitly compares Hawkeye and Mockingbird to a DC comic (Rise of Arsenal rather than Green Arrow/Black Canary…but still!) and says Young Allies is “like what you wanted Sean McKeever’s Teen Titans run to be!” Come on man, lay off the trash talk—some of us actually want to read a Johns and Fracton-written Green Lantern/Iron Man comic!
“The same, but Worse”: NYT film critic A.O. Scott writes about the prevalence of franchises—both successful ones and failed attempts at them—to celebrate the dawn of summer. Obviously superhero movies get quite a few mentions.