Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, 3/16/09

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§ Harlan Ellison is suing someone. Specifically…STAR TREK.

Harlan Ellison, multiple award-winning writer of the famed teleplay for the original Star Trek episode, City on the Edge of Forever, sued Paramount on March 13, 2009 for failing to account to, or pay, Mr. Ellison for the merchandising, publishing, or any other exploitations, of the famous teleplay, from inception to date. The suit also names the Writers Guild of America and alleges the WGA failed to act on Ellison’s behalf after numerous requests.


§ Laura Hudson/Comic Foundry’s final interview with Grant Morrison is online:

How did the change in artists affect the way that you dealt with the work? Did you rewrite anything knowing that it wasn’t going to be JG for some of the final issues?
No, not at all. Once I knew that Doug Mahnke was doing it, and that it was going to pick up all the strands from Superman Beyond, I was happy. Doug’s up there along with people like Frank Quitely, Phil Jimenez, Chris Weston, JG Jones, Cameron Stewart and JH Williams, you know, as one of the best interpreters of my stuff. I’d work with him on anything.


§ Burl Burlingame at the Honolulu Star Bulletin profiles Kubert: Self-effacing genius.

Kubert’s ascent in the pulpy world of comics was like that of a boy wonder. His first professional work was at age 13, and now, seven decades later and well into his 80s, Joe Kubert is still on top of his game, creating amazing pieces of graphic literature that simply get better. He and Stan Lee are the only veterans of the birth of comics still working in the field they helped create.

And Kubert is still drawing on the original drafting table his folks went into hock for. At some point it should go into the Smithsonian.


§ Tom Spurgeon’s Best Comics of 2008, wisely includes a category for reprints, because there were so many excellent ones last year.

GregLands PridePrejudice Kibbles n Bits, 3/16/09

John Jakala reacts with alarm to Greg Land’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. The art is actually by Hugo Petrus. But, Jakala notes:

Sigh. The world is such an unfair place. We get Marvel’s collagen-lipped version of Pride and Prejudice but we’ll probably never see Tintin Pantoja’s manga adaptation since it was canned by Tokyopop.


§ Andrew Smith looks at some of the comics on the NY Times Graphic Book Bestsellers list that aren’t WATCHMEN or NARUTO.

§ Headline of the day: Comic books still popular with readers

§ Elan’ Rodger Trinidad rounds up a collection of WATCHMEN/Hostess parodies, including one by Brian Michael Bendis!

Comments

  1. From that last link:

    “But male rape is funny. At least to the guy doing the raping. In this case, its more about power than sex.”

    HEADDESK. But the Bendis one is pretty damn funny.

  2. @Jack – Yeah, I cringed at that too. But, then again, when Nixon’s the one getting raped, it’s kinda funny.

  3. michael says:

    the first bit should actually read like this:

    Harlan Ellison is suing someone, again.

  4. Actually – I wonder if any of the original Star Trek writers are getting compensation for anything that has to do with the remastered versions that are rotating in syndication right now.

    How ironic. Harlan must have caught his own episode when they aired it at 4:00AM just the weekend before filing the lawsuit- and noticed that somehow it all looked different – and was probably wondering when the residual check would ever be arriving.

    Even the font they use for his writing credit looked remastered.

    ~

    Coat

  5. I think that Joe Kubert is a briliant comic artist. He knows how to tell a visual story. I can understand what is happening in each panel he draws. And he draws better than any other 82 year old I know, ha ha.

  6. “the first bit should actually read like this:

    Harlan Ellison is suing someone, again.”

    Even better, imo, would be:

    “Somewhere, Harlan Ellison is suing someone.”

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