“Swamp Monsters and Stoners”: As a big fan of the original run of Man-Thing comics, I really enjoyed this interesting piece by Oliver Ho about the real-world origins of Marvel’s Man-Thing and the extreme weirdness of the comics he originally starred in. They weren’t good comics per se, but they sure are fascinating comics.
“Marvel now working on Iron Fist film”: This is the best “Oh hey, Marvel is still planning on making an Iron Fist movie” report you’ll read.
“I don’t think there’s another full-time employed editorial cartoonist in America who can draw an egg as well as I can”: Political cartoonist Clay Jones is quite proud of his egg-drawing ability.
“Indie comic films endure rough summer”: The headline of this “Hey, they can’t all be Spider-Man 2” story is sort of unfortunate, as it confuses the issue a bit—Does “indie” refer to the publishers of the comics under discussion, or the film studios and production companies involved? Because movies based on DC and Marvel comics flop too, like The Losers and Kick-Ass, which the writer mentions by name. There’s an obvious point that ultimately gets made, one that I’m always surprised isn’t common knowledge in Hollywood (and places-that-talk-about-Hollywood) yet. That point being that no matter how popular a comic book is, it’s only that popular for a comic book, and movie operate on an entirely different scale. The comic book audience is the Bottle City of Kandor to the Metropolis of the movie audience.
Do you like comics? Do you like attractive people?: Then you’ll love Hot Nerds Reading Comics, which is a collection of (mostly) very attractive people reading and/or rolling around on beds littered with comics. Study the captions, and you’ll see that you recognize the names of some of these hot nerds…some of ‘em have written and drawn some of your favorite comics. (Via Flog)
Bryan Lee O’Malley, tourist: The Scott Pilgrim series creator took pictures on the set of the movie based on his comics, and he would like to share them with you. (Well, maybe not you personally, but you get the idea…). I particularly enjoyed the philosophical questions raised by the caption of this photo, followed closely by this one, which seems to acknowledge that the movie could have used a bit more of Alison Pill’s Kim Pine. Maybe in the sequel, Kim Pine Vs. The World…? (Confidential to Hollywood: I would also accept Wallace Wells Vs. The World, Knives Chau Vs. The World or Todd Ingram and Lucas Lee: Buddy Cops)
Wait, where’s Wondy’s jacket?: Artist Jo Chen shares a very nice-looking picture of Wonder Woman, for “an undisclosed project.”
See, there problem was putting a specific number right there in their name: In preparation for/hype-enation of an upcoming Fantastic Four storyline, Marvel.com runs through some of the past replacement FF members.
What about the other 364 days of the year?: Tomorrow is apparently Read Comics in Public Day which, as far as comics-related holidays go, isn’t quite up there with Free Comic Book Day (For one thing, no one gives me free comic books on it). Meanwhile, Dirk Deppey says “Saturday is Kick a Person Reading Comics in Public Day.” Now I’m torn. I really like comics, but I also like kicking people…
If I understand the political ad correctly, DC, Marvel and Team Comics in general should be working against school levies in order to boost their circulation…?: Dean Trippe responds to some dumb-ass political mailer thing some dumb senator made, which implies that if teachers get laid off, kids will read comic books. Or something. (Via Progressive Ruin)