§ Is this the only account of the Ware/Groening/Barry/Feiffer summit at the Chicago Humanities Festival? Witness Todd Allen says it was more of a wake for alt. comics:
The level of pessimism at this panel was a bit depressing. Nobody was really suggesting alternate venues. I think it was Barry that compared comics to having a baby and wanting the baby to make money and pay the rent. Ware went a step further, saying “it’s a problem to make a living” and “do it for yourself, don’t expect to make a living.”
So there you have 3 out of 4 of alt weekly comics’ biggest stars of their respective periods saying you can’t make a living at it and two of them questioning whether you should try.
The death of alt-weekly comics strips comes despite the fact that local newspapers are holding their own in the ongoing media extinction. Maybe this is just because they don’t spend money on frivolous things like…comic strips.
§ Everyone is talking about teen-age Dave Sim’s take down of Jack Kirby:
I maintain, as I have for some time, that Kirby has little or no talent. His writing disgusts me even more than the early work of Gerry Conway. His creations seem to be of less than human quality.
We’d make fun but we didn’t much like Kirby when we were kids either.
§ Sean T. Collins updates Con Wars with news of guests and so on.
§ A new Vertigo project by Carla Speed McNeil and Sarah Ryan? Sign us up!
§ When comic book writers try to be all dark and nasty with hoo hah and what not …the results are often…awkward and icky.
§ This should be in the news section, but Chuck Dixon and Gary Kwapisz have launched a company to publish historical comics called History Graphic Press. Their initial release is entitled Civil War Adventure and as you can see there is an accent on the adventure.
§ Warren Ellis has posted several of his scripts online, and while we haven’t read these particular examples yet, we’re sure they are highly entertaining. Also he vows that Desolation Jones will come back someday.