Lea Hernandez was a Dave Stevens “Good Girl”: The comics creator shares a story (and some pictures) about posing for the late, great Rocketeer artist.
I know Tom Spurgeon was kidding, but I wouldn’t mind reading that series: In this link round-up, Comics Reporter Spurgeon mentions a few pieces contemplating DC’s post-Flashpoint publishing plans, and jokes “I’m hoping it’s a Lt. Marvel event series.” The Lieutenant Marvels are three guys—Tall Billy, Hill Billy and Fat Billy—who can share the Shazam powers with Billy Batson. Considering the publisher’s difficulty in coming up with a version of Captain Marvel they can sell (a problem of their own creation, if you ask me, as they keep trying to fix something that’s not broken), and how popular their event that basically turned much of their character catalog into Lieutenant Lanterns of various colors (Blackest Night), an event series in which various DC heroes become deputized as Lieutenant Marvels doesn’t sound that far-fetched (You know what’s awesome about superhero comics right now? It’s almost impossible to joke about them, because there is virtually no idea that seems too ridiculous for a publisher to attempt).
Well for God’s sake, don’t just sit there blogging—put him out!: “Matty’s on Fire”
“There wasn’t a whole lot about the pilot that I didn’t like”: Conor Kilpatrick watches the Wonder Woman pilot for iFanboy, and he kinda liked it.
Lots of goodies coming from Fantagraphics: Check out the publisher’s previews of Jim Woodring’s Congress of the Animals, Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson and the covers for Michael Kupperman’s highly-anticipated (by me and, I imagine, a lot of other people) Mark Twain’s Autobiography, 1910-2010.
Does Krazy and Ignatz promote teen pregnancy?: Fact: The only thing safer than the 100% safe practice of abstinence is to hurl a brick at the back of the head of anyone who shows the slightest romantic interest in you.
This looks pretty awesome: That is all.
Resisting urge to fill this spot with a dirty joke: “‘Akira’ Director Leaves And Keanu Never Came”
“Where to Go Next for Sports Manga”: This list by Johanna Draper Carlson recommending various sports manga by sport looks like a fairly useful starting point for Americans interested in the genre. I (obviously) love comics of all kinds, but throughout my life interest in sports has ranged from zero to very little (excepting high school cross country and track, which I participated in), and I’ve read very few of these (four out of 18, to be exact). Given my lack of interest in or knowledge of sports, I was quite shocked how suspenseful I found the early volumes of Prince of Tennis. One Pound Gospel and Maison Ikkoku are both quite brilliant (although the latter isn’t really a sports manga, anymore than those X-Men issues where they play baseball are a sports comic).
“The problem isn’t the promotion itself, but rather the industry’s proclivity for milking a good, original idea of all of its appeal and strength”: Don MacPherson takes a closer look at Marvel’s announcement of retailer-specific variant covers for Amazing Spider-Man, following in the footsteps of IDW’s Godzilla-squishing-your-local-comics-shop variant cover promotion.
Standard comic blog subject in Washington Business Journal?: Not really. This article, “Green light women superhero movies,” is actually much more tedious than that.
In case you were wondering, Covered is still pretty awesome: Anthony Vukojevich covers Frank Miller and Al Milgrom’s cover for Rom #17.
“Under all the brawn…Steve Rogers is still a 98-pound weakling with a huge heart”: That’s Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso in USA Today, explaining the publisher’s “I Am Captain America” covers, which demonstrate that we all have the ability to become a hero like Captain America. All we need is steroids. Lots and lots of steroids. Super soldier serum! I mean super soldier serum!
I hope it wasn’t just because she’s a Marvel and he’s a DC: “Ryan Reynolds speaks about his divorce from Scarlett Johansson”
Wherever comics are sold?: “Where is DC Comics?”
What, Frank Miller’s Sin City didn’t count?: “Finally: True Comics about a Lifetime of Sex with Prostitutes”
Maybe, but have you read any modern ones? They’re even worse: “It’s Undeniable, Old Comics Suck”