Is Superman: Earth One getting enough hype?: The other day on his blog The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon made a joking observation that the new original graphic novel meant to reinvent/re-style Superman for new and/or younger readers only seemed to be registering on at “a .3 on the Millar Scale of hype” (in fairness, only Millar projects seem to get very high on that scale). “Industry members” responded by providing a list of Superman: Earth One coverage, which Spurgeon then shared. It’s a weird conversation to even have, in large part because it was somewhat premised on a joke about Millar, but also becuase you’d really have to keep count of articles about something and have some sort of agreed upon systm of rating the value of that coverage to get anywhere with it (i.e. a New York Times story is 5o times more valuable then me mentioning the book in this space). The result is a good round-up of folks talkig about the book though. For what it’s worth, just from casual observation, Earth One seems to be getting a decent amount of coverage, but closer to the “Bruce Wayne is coming back” or “Bruce Wayne died” level than the “OMG Batwoman likes girls” or “ZOMG Wonder Woman changed clothes level!” This Associated Press story looks like the biggest story my Google News alert robot gave me today: “Lanky, brooding Superman for contemporary world.” The AP is certainly a pretty good “get.”
“Offhand, it’s the only successful depiction of bitchiness that I’ve seen in a Marvel comic”: That’s Tom Crippen talking Marvel super-comics at The Comics Journal. In a review of the first two issues of Thor: For Asgard, he asks how gay and how male the comic is, while applauding its successful bottling of bitchiness, and in a review of The Thanos Imperative #3, he discovers that David Spade is actually a time-tossed warrior.
“I spend half the year drawing and half the year writing. It can make you feel a bit schizophrenic”: Bryan Lee O’Malley fills out a survey about comics-creation for a class his friend is teaching, revealing quite a bit about his process in the, um, process.
Two neat posts from on Flog: Fantagraphics’ blog shares Ivan Brunetti’s Halloween-themed cover for The New Yorker and some awesome Walking Dead art by the likes of Johnny Ryan, Jon Vermilyea and others.