The most important thing that happened at Comic-Con International?: Someone who does a hell of Stan Lee impression dressed up like Stan Lee, Stan Lee-ed about in front of a camera and six-minutes of gold followed. It gets great around the three-minute mark, where Fake Stan Lee starts interacting with other cosplayers. You can see a little bit more of Fake Stan Lee at fakestanlee.com. (Via Journalista)
The second most important thing?: Dean Trippe, Chris Burnham and Tracie Mauk contributed sketches of Arsenal and dead cats to David Walkin’s Arsenal-with-a-dead-cat sketchbook.
If no one dies under mysterious circumstances, it’s not a very good curse: “Mark Ruffalo Is The Incredible Hulk. Is This Role Cursed?”
“It’s just constantly raising expectations for myself…to the point where, inevitably, I must surely collapse under my own mass and become some sort of creative black hole”: That’s Alan Moore talking to the New York Times for a somewhat lengthy feature about the CD release of the spoken word version of his essay Unearthing, which is about his friend and fellow comics creator Steve Moore .
“Then, as a creative person who works with dark liquid all the time —in ink— something organically grew out of that”: Political cartoonist Steve Breen discusses his cartoons about the BP oil spill, the ones that he colored with actual oil spilled during the environmental disaster, with Michael Cavna of the Washington Post.
“I’m still on the fence regarding Silver Age Flash. I can see its potential”: After a not terribly generous review of Flash: Rebirth, Richard Cook decided to go back and look at the original Silver Age Flash stories to see if he could see what apparent Barry Allen fans (like Rebirth writer Geoff Johns) see in the character. His ultimate assessment of the Flash’s first appearance in 1956’s Showcase #4 finds the character hardly compelling, although I’m not sure I see the value in attempting to interact with a book that’s more of a cultural event/milestone within the history of a particular genre of comics. In other words, of course Spider-Man is a much more dynamic and compelling character than Barry Allen—he was created eight years later, and in some ways as a response to the Silver Age Flash and the DC Comics heroes that returned right after him. Anyway, interesting reading.
Not that the one thing has anything to do with the other, of course: Check out this headline Fantagraphics’ Eric Reynolds found. Coincidence, or…well, probably a coincidence.