“Keeping Up With The Goonses”: Here’s a big, long, idiosyncratic post about words and phrases that comics have contributed to the language by Alex Buchet at The Hooded Utilitarian. It’s labeled part one too, so there should be plenty more to follow.
Should there be any “hands off” corporate comics characters?: Jim Mroczkowski discusses the concept of characters that should only be written or worked on by certain creators, using Steve Gerber’s (or is it Marvel’s..?) Howard the Duck as a starting point. It’s an interesting discussion to have with one self, and I can’t help but see it both ways.
For example, I don’t think anyone’s Fantastic Four has ever matched Kirby and Lee’s, but damn, it’s been a blast watching dozens of different artists draw Things over the decades, you know? On the other hand, I hate the thought of someone other than Neil Gaiman writing his Sandman characters for any real length of time. On the other-other hand, Gaiman didn’t create so much as re-create his Sandman, and if DC’s original Sandman was “hands-off,” we never would have gotten Sandman. Nor, if their characters were hands-off to all but their creators, would we have ver gotten Alan Moore and company’s Swamp Thing. Or Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. Or… Well, you get the idea.
More on breaking into comics, more on 10-page stories featuring Daily Planet staffers: In our last installment of Linkarama, I linked to Abhay Khosla offering a bit of breaking-into-comics advice while hyping his Jimmy Olsen short story in next year’s Superman 80-Page Giant. Khosla’s fellow Savage Critics contributor Tucker Stone offers plenty of good (and/or “good”) advice in his column at Comixology. And over on his blog thing, Neil Kleid discusses his Perry White ten-pager with artist Dean Haspiel for that same Superman 80-page giant. Normally I wouldn’t just link to hype-type stuff, but Kleid’s discussion is pretty interesting, and, c’mon, Dean Haspiel drawing Perry White!
“How Reality TV Translates Into Into Comic Books”: Bryan Young discusses Judd Winick’s 2000 Pedro & Me in an issue of his publication devoted to some sort of weird Jersey Shore theme. Strange how prevalent reality television has become in the last decade and a half that MTV’s early Real World shows don’t even seem to be the same sort of animal as the modern reality show, do they?
“Catwoman’s redemption an example to follow”: I have never once found myself in a situation where I would stop and ask myself What Would Catwoman Do? (The answer usually involves stealing a statuette of Bast and making cat puns, right?) But this guy thinks it might not be such a bad idea. The transitioning-from-villain-to-hero bit of Catwoman’s backstory, not the cat puns.