Well, after the puzzling script, ugly costume, and troubling statements by writer David J. Kelley — “I’m outta my depth! I don’t know what I’m doing!” — set photos of Wonder Woman have come out and Adrianne Palicki doesn’t look half bad.
Ahnold is back. As a cartoon based on his “Governator” persona. And it took no less than Stan Lee to figure out how to do it, EW explains:
[Chris Sotomayor is a successful and well known colorist for Marvel and other publishers. Recently he began a series of interviews he called "The Dirty Dozen" where he asks industry figures questions about their careers from a business standpoint. The themes are among those that we've recently been exploring here at The Beat as the career paths for cartoonists become more tangled -- here is more opportunity than ever, but the way to get there is not always clear. Although the interviews appear first at his site, Chris has graciously allowed The Beat to reprint them. Up this time, writer/artist Jimmy Palmiotti.]
In spite of all the gloom and doom you get from looking at sales charts, in reality the comics business is holding its own, mostly due to the perseverance and savvy of retailers such as those polled by Ada Price in this long piece for PW. The bottom line: Although times are tough, by being cautious, stores are staying healthy:
Back in August, 2010, we told you all about the story behind OBLIVION, a graphic novel concept by director Joe Kosinski (TRON: LEGACY) that was optioned to Disney Studios for a cool $500,000. It seemed like a lot of money for yet another “celebrity comic” so what was so hot about it? At the time we wrote:
During C2E2, I discovered some old issues of Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld in the quarter bins. I knew of this series, but had not read any comics of the character. I have an eight-year-old niece who loves Wonder Woman, and thought she might enjoy another super-powered princess.
The comics community is an accepting one–perhaps the most accepting. The greatest masters feel a kinship with someone who makes mini-comics, and will make time for them. It’s a giving, friendly group of people who share a passion for comics and a collegial sense of belonging.
But then there’s Rob Granito.
Programming maven Brian Heater has posted the 2011 MoCCA panel lineup. There will be TWO tracks of programming this year, with lots of spotlights — Al Jaffee, Jerry Robinson, Gahan Wilson, Dash Shaw, Peter Bagge, Pizza Island, Will Eisner — a Carousel, an animation panel, and looks at most every genre of contemporary indie/alt comix. It’s in some kind of table, so we can’t reproduce it here, but check it out.