§ A video interview with manga horror master Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Museum of Terror) from the SAME HAT! SAME HAT! guys:
Highlights from this fantastic and casual look into Junji Ito’s life & work include:
* Ito-san showing off his original script outlines and rough panel layouts, with descriptions of his process when creating manga.
* A long discussion of the influence of urban legends on Ito’s manga, how he got the idea and visual inspiration for Tomie, and how he became a manga artist.
* A tour of Junji Ito’s studio and art desk, process using mirrors and photo-references in his work, and much more!
§ Jeff Parker ponders reactions to the just-released MYSTERIUS THE UNFATHOMABLE #1 by Parker and Tom Fowler:
Yet, in the midst of all the high marks, I keep seeing comments and discussion as to WHY this book is being done at Wildstorm. The short answer is “because Senior Editor Ben Abernathy asked Tom and I what we would like to do.” But I don’t know how to address people who feel WS is supposed to do only post-Watchmen superhero stories. Maybe… they’d like to try other things? I think that’s it’s a question that doesn’t demand being asked- a publisher wants to expand their base beyond superheroes into other genres. Should we look a gift horse in the mouth or give it some carrots and encourage it to keep pulling?
I guess what I want to say here is- let’s stop putting everyone in boxes and be glad something like Mysterius can find a home (that provides nice coated paper stock to show off Dave McCaig colors).
§ Mangacast’s manga report cards continue with Dark Horse, which gets high marks:
Dark Horse was my pick for Publisher of the Year for 2008. Like Del Rey and Viz in the past, DH took care of business in 2008 by releasing great titles with good production values. By reinforcing their foundation of high quality seinen manga, DH not only did a fine job maintaining its core audience, with new A-level properties they reached out to new readers at a time when other pubs were struggling to find readers for their catalogs. Best of all DH continues to bring out challenging and unique titles to a market that needs to see more diversity.
§ Tim O’Shea interviews Mike Dawson on ACE-FACE and FREDDIE & ME:
O’Shea: How hard is it to try to promote a project as unique as Ace-Face when the sequential art marketplace seems to be redefining itself in many ways on a daily basis?
Dawson: Yeesh, I’m not sure… everything feels a bit out of sorts at the moment. I guess I’m going to find out how well things go. I’m really, really excited to be doing this book with Chris Pitzer at AdHouse. My Freddie & Me experience was great, but since Bloomsbury isn’t traditionally a comics publisher, I sometimes felt a little disconnected from the comics scene. I am really happy to have my book be a part of a full line of great comics and graphic novels this time around.