§ Beware the timeslot! It seems that the aborted single season of Beware The Batman will finish but new episodes will be shawn at 3 am. Talk about a vote of confidence. Of course there is DVR for those who aren’t night owls. Why did this show flop so badly? § There is a newish […]
First off, thanks to Nicholas Eskey for his WonderCon coverage this weekend. He did a smashing job covering some diverse panels, including Con Talk-Back — sounds like it was a great time. § On his mailing list, Warren Ellis had a bit more about his revamp of Project Superpowers, which will apparently be a single […]
§ Mark Evanier reports that original Airboy artist Fred Kida, a nominee for this year’s Eisner Hall of Fame, has passed away at 93.
§ Maine cartoonist Jeff Pert died suddenly at age 53. Pert was known for his local humor, and his cartoon books were a staple of Maine gift shops. Casablanca Comics Rick Lowell remembered him: “His work is so recognizable. I’ve traveled the East Coast down to Florida, walk into gift shops and see his work […]
§ Hasn’t Little Nemo been in the public domain for a while? It’s surprising that everyone is doing Little Nemo tributes now, including IDW and Locust Moon comics. Zainab Akhtar previews the Dream Another Dream, the Locust Moon offering and the page above by Jeremy Bastien is but one of several gobsmacking pages already seen. YOW.
§ Zen Pencils is a website where a cartoonist named Gavin Aung Than takes famous speeches written by other folks and turns them into comics. It was the subject of a famous beatdown by Abhay Khosla who tagged it as vapid pap that stole other people’s thoughts, and some other folks think it’s just fine and signed it to a book deal. Perhaps Than was stung by some of the haters because he just penned his first ORIGINAL cartoon, called “The Artist-Troll War” and it is a bit…on the nose. It is in four parts;
§ Words like “TV” and “Broadcast” are long ago relics as streaming from many sources takes over the sitting in front of a screen time. And many comics properties are getting a second (or first) life on these new platforms. F’rinstance, Powers, the Brian Michael Bendis/Michael Avon Oeming series that was made into a pilot then passed on by the FX network, is getting revived as a streaming series for Playstaton. The show will go straight to series for 10 episodes. The cast and crew of the previous pilot has been scrubbed, with Charlie Huston on board to write, with Michael Dinner (director of everything from The Wonder Years to Masters of Sex) to direct. According to THR, Huston and Bendis will be the showrunners—it’s nice to see Bendis getting a good title on this. Circle of Confusion (which also reps The Walking Dead) is among the exec producers.
Let’s start out this late St. Patricks Day roundup with Shaenon Garrity on two webcomics that adapt Irish Mythology:
§ Alex Behr has an excellent interview with Chris Ware at Salon where he talks about his daughter’s drawing ability, the bully that apologized to him etc. Just read the whole thing, dammit. § At Cartoon Brew, Amid Amidi notes that Stu Snyder, the Cartoon Network exec who tried to turn it into a live […]
I bet you thought the Michael George murder case was over. The former comics shop owner was tried twice for killing his wife in 1990, and convicted in 2011 after years of legal proceedings. But one little shard of the past may have just been revealed: a dusty bullet found behind a water heater in an unused room in the commercial space that was the murder scene back in ’90. Creepy, isn’t it?
I believe we’ve mentioned before that Finnish prog-metal musician Tuomas Holopainen (think Toki from Dethklok only Finnish) is making a concept album devoted to Don Rosa’s classic The LIfe and Times of Scrooge McDuck, but now there is a VIDEO which stars Don Rosa. There’s also a video of Holopainen talking about the album. Rosa […]
§ Joe Illidge writes about the casting of the new Johnny Storm and other race related issues about comics and movies. And he makes a good point: Black people will have a projected buying power of 1.1 trillion dollars by next year. That’s what this is about. Not your nostalgia or prejudices or self-centeredness or […]