“Superman Symphony’s Surprise Grammy Nominations”: Last Friday’s episode of NPR’s All Things Considered featured Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony, which has been nominated for a Grammy. You can read and/or listen to the story here (listen though, so you can hear some of the music), and the symphony’s entire fourth movement, “O, Lois!” can also be heard there.
Great work from great cartoonists: Here’s Ward Sutton’s extended Dr. Seuss homage, How WikiLeaks Stole Christmas! (man, that guy can ape a cartoonist’s style like no one’s business!), and here’s Kate Beaton’s series of New York Sketches, full of anecdotes about a visit to the city (My favorite panel is the one with the little girl’s reaction to what Beaton does for a living).
Henry and Glenn (Anti-)Christmas Cartoon: Over the weekend The Beat posted this six-minute animated cartoon featuring the Henry and Glenn Forever characters (plus a substantial commercial for the comic). I was pretty happy to see it because, while I had mixed feelings about the overall quality of the book itself (nothing inside it is really as funny as the idea of the book itself), I was most struck by Tom Neely’s character designs, and the fact that the Glenn character looked like some kind of messed-up old-school Disney cartoon character. So it was great to see him get animated.
This looks like the cover to an Elseworlds comic I’d really like to read: Annie Wu responds to a complex character redesign challenge, coming up with an awesome-looking punk rock version of the Justice League (The Justice League of Anarchy, maybe…?). Also, it’s worth noting that her punk Wonder Woman is yet another better Wonder Woman redesign than the one currently in the comics with the jacket and the pants and what not. (Link gaffled from Comics Reporter)
They also make swell gifts for thirty-something comics bloggers hint hint: “Kids love their old-time comics”
Minor DC heroine Katana is foremost among inexplicable blips: Noah Berlatsky discusses Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo’s Katana character from the initial run of Batman and The Outsiders, and how she failed to conform to the standard cheesecakey, flirty superheroine stereotype. Berlatsky also notes that the height of her popularity seemed to come at this period, and no later attempts to give her more revealing costumes did anything to help her Q-rating.
Batman on a horse: I haven’t been the biggest fan of Tony Daniel’s Batman work over the last few years, but it looks like his latest issue will feature Batman riding a horse, and, little-known rule of comic books, Batman riding a horse always works.
Okay fine, I’ll play along: Over at DC’s Source blog, David Hyde has a few blind items…
1) Which superhero team is losing their headquarters? Hopefully the JLA, because I never liked that cartoon Hall of Justice in D.C. plus also a satellite accessible by the door technology from The Authority but, eh…probably the Teen Titans. Maybe the new direction of the book will be that instead of killing off members, they start killing the places they hang out…?
2) What classic cult favorite DC horror series is getting the DC Comics Presents treatment next year? Wow, this is a hard one. The anthologies all seem to be pretty well-covered by the Showcase Presents program. Maybe the pre-Alan Moore Swamp Thing? Or…hmmm…I, Vampire? The kids today all like vampires, right?
3) Who is pulling the strings of the Legion of Super-Villains? Huh. I must not be reading enough DC comics, because I didn’t even know the Legion of Super-Villains was appearing anywhere at the moment. I’m going to assume it’s Dan DiDio. No wait, Bob Harras. Yeah, Bob Harras is pulling their strings. Oh, wait! I was thinking of the Legion of Doom! The Legion of Super-Villains is probably a Legion of Super-Hero thing, huh? In that case, Paul Levitz.
(I’m not very good at blind item guessing…)