Another problem with variant covers: Don’t they sort of make the argument to comics readers that you should probably just wait for the trade, as that’s the most likely way to ensure you get all the covers? Why on earth would you want to buy a single issue of, say, DC Universe: Legacies or Action Comics and risk not getting this gorgeously busy George Perez cover or P. Craig Russell drawing Lex freakin’ Luthor cover?
“‘Family Circus’ is my favorite cartoon … to lampoon”: That’s cartoonist Ward Sutton talking to The Boston Globe about those weird “What If Your Favorite Daily Comic Strips Suddenly Reflected the Politics of The Tea Party” parody strips I linked to in the previous installment of this feature…as well as the comics page in general.
“If you are going to be in this business of making dreams come true, you need a high threshold for frustration”: That’s movie producer and comics writer Michael Uslan to students at his old college in this local boy-makes-good feature from the Evansville Courier and Press.
I knew the comics audience was graying, but I didn’t realize it was that gray: “One in Four Comic Readers Over the Age of 65″
So, which publisher currently holds the rights to make comics based on Nintendo games?: Because after seeing these sketches from Colleen Coover, I kinda have an urge to read a Coover-drawn Super Mario Bros. comic…
“Troy, troy again”: Bully, The Little Stuffed Bull presents “the complete and unexpurgated history of Wonder Woman’s sidekick, sister, younger self and wife of Terry Long” Donna Troy…or at least a fashion history, as trying to make sense out of her fictional biography would drive anyone mad. In the process, he shares a lot of great covers from a lot of great artists, including those great Silver Age covers of Wondy teaming up with her past selves at various ages. (I love those). Speaking of Wonder Girls and their costumes, isn’t it kind of weird that the current Wonder Girl Cassandra Sandsmark seems like she’s had at least as many costume changes as Donna Troy already, even though she’s only been around about 15 years?
“The defenses are old and threadbare, but they still hold some truth: nobody has paid for comics news in years, and when free is the price, an audience’s complaints are heard on kindness alone”: Writing for Comixology, Tucker Stone addresses the recent concerns expressed by at least one extremely prominent mainstream super-comic writer’s concerns with the failings of comics journalism and criticism as it currently exists. I have nothing to add, other than to provide this link. (Well, nothing to add to what Stone says, anyway. Regarding Cebulski’s tweet about not enough coverage of an announcement that Anthony Bourdain is going ot do a comic, I saw about a dozen items in my Google News alerts about that the week it was announced, but didn’t think it even merited a link here, because at this point, “Celebrity to dabble in comics” seems about as newsworthy as “Batman to fight crime in next Batman comic”)