The only thing more exciting than the current Spider-Man comic strip story arc?: Reading it along with Josh Fruhlinger. I dig his theory on the origin of of the latest big, green underground monster to snatch Aunt May.
“But still, this is carrying a stupid trend to ridiculously stupid extremes“: Comics blogger “Snell” of Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep does not care much for DC’s character-posing-on-white-field-before-their-logo/icon/symbol theme month, arguing that it takes the decade-long trend of generic covers to the extreme. I like most of the ones I’ve seen so far, the exceptions mainly being the ones where the had to reach for a symbol to slap up there and the unfortunate choice for Jonah Hex’s symbol. Elsewhere on SMotD, Snell notes that the climax of one of those books—Starman/Congorilla #1—contradicts a statement Dan DiDio made about death in the DCU post-Blackest Night.
You’re probably gonna wanna bookmark this one for a while: As is his holiday tradition, Tom “Comics Reporter” Spurgeon ran interviews with seemingly everyone in the comic book industry during late December and early January. The series is now complete, and you can find a nice collection of links to each of the interviews in the finished series right here.
I believe that pen actually is mightier than most swords: Jim Woodring publisher Fantagraphics has plenty of images and video of Woodring and his giant pen in action. Check ‘em out here.
“The Evolution of the Comics Media Tie-in”: At Publishers Weekly, Shannon O’Leary looks at the current spate of comics tied to television and films, and how that association helps sell them. The phrase “The Watchmen Effect” gets thrown around a lot.
Faster then a Speedo-wearing bullet: (Sorry). At the Hooded Utilitarian, Richard Cook revisits that neversending source of out-of-context hilarity, the 1992 Marvel Swimsuit Special, and notices something unusual for a Big Two super-comic: It’s really, really gay (“Amazingly gay,” in Cook’s words). The art and styles are both definitely…of it’s time, but I can see how appealing these things might have been to teenage boys gay and straight in the early ’90s. I say bring back Swimsuit Specials, Axel Alonso!
More on political cartoonists and the Tuscon tragedy: Monday I linked to Daryl Cagle’s Political Cartoonist Index, noting it was a good place to see how the nation’s political cartoonists were processing a killing spree that seems at least partially politically motivated (what with it occuring at a political event and all). Michael Cavna of The Washington Post also offers a nice starting point for such a survey. In this post, he gathers some of the various cartoons (some of which also appear at Cagle’s site), while in this post he speaks to several cartoonists about how they and their colleagues have been responding.
“The charts don’t include a lot of surprises, but a few things are worth pointing out…”: Writing for Techland, Douglas Wolk picks some data points out from the 2010 sales charts and offers up some food for thought. Creator-owned works like Scott Pilgrim and Walking Dead ruled the book charts, but they were also supported by other-media adaptations. Mark Millar-written books featuring his own original characters (or “original” characters) are more popular than Millar-written books featuring Marvel characters. Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison are the beginning and the end of DC Comics’ successes. A lot to ponder, really.
The most specific best-of list I’ve seen so far: At Polite Dissent, a comics blog that often focuses on the practice of medicine within the funny books, Dr. Scott notes “The Best (and Worst) Comic Book Medicine of 2010.” Congratulations to Dr. Mid-Nite and all the winners, and please be wary of this Dr. Blake fellow.
A-O-Ka-Zar: At The Cool Kids Table, Ben Morse discusses “The Ka-Zar Conundrum,” and thus allows me the opportunity to read the name “Ka-Zar” over and over. I love that name—seeing it, saying it, typing it, tinking about it.