“If Marvel is the Communists, cutting off the intelligentsia and making all things mediocre and equal, DC is America, where it’s every man for himself and this is a free country as long as you pledge allegiance to the flag”: On his blog Death to the Universe, Matt Seneca talks about the universe comics of Marvel and DC, and some of the specific problems inherent in each, all while working his way to reviews on the latest issues of Spider-Man: Fever and Batman. Great stuff.
As a get rich quick scheme, selling Batman sketches may not be the way to go: After hearing how much money Tim Sale makes on commissions, Gabrielle Bell considers and quickly abandons her plans on learning to draw Batman, in part two of her journal about her traveling in France. Laura Park respond in this drawing, showing what a dedicated, if hands-on, model Batman is. (Links both totally stolen from the Flog blog)
Hey, what time is it, Jonathan?: “Time to Wax Enthusiastic About Blacksad”
“The rise of the critic-proof movies?”: C. Robert Cargill speculates on a few categories of critic proof movies—that is, movies that can turn a profit no matter how scorching the reviews are—and “superhero movies based upon popular franchises” are one of ‘em, as are Twilight and “’80s toy commercials event films,” of which there are only, what, three so far?
“Currently, Jonah is starring in the best Western comic book I’ve ever read, an eponymous monthly written by the team of Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, and drawn by a variety of top-drawer artists”: In preparation for the new movie, Andrew A. Smith writes about Jonah Hex, interviewing Hex comic co-writer Jimmy Palmiotti and mentioning the new Hex original graphic novel in the process. Smith is apparently on a first-name basis with Hex too, so don’t mess with him.
Ramona Flowers sure dated some cute evil guys: Have you seen the posters for the Seven Evil Exes of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World? I had not until this weekend, when I saw ‘em on The Beat.
Tom Spurgeon ins’t looking forward to this X-Men/Dracula thing: Or is he? Great headline, either way.
Oh hey, Neil Gaiman is right: The Metamorpho strips he did with Mike Allred look a lot better collected in the new Wednesday Comics collection, as Alex Carr demonstrates in this review of the book. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that, given that one of the unique strengths of the project as a weekly was that it seemed to be anti-collection, but I’ll be happy to revisit it in its newer, more permanent format someday. Heck, maybe those Teen Titans strips aren’t so bad now either…?