§ First off a big congrats to the Beat’s Marvel Sales Chart champ Paul O’Brien as he and wife Susi welcomed little Andrew into the world last week. Word is that the new issue is already racing up the charts.
§ Apparently some of the half million people who go to Comiket, the world’s biggest comics-related event, smell. Hopefully it is a very small percentage, otherwise that would be horrible.
§ J. Caleb Mozzocco editorializes on the recent Kevin Maguire leaves JL3000 story—there were several updates to that fast moving story that I didn’t get to because it was just too fast moving! Howard Porter replaced Maguire on the future JL, and Maguire got a job penciling Guardians of the Galaxy #10 which is the most natural thing in the world because a) Maguire specializes in future retro space teams and b) Bendis! has been going on about him on twitter for eons, so much so that when Maguire’s exit from the DC book was announced, a person turned to me and said “Bendis is gonna get him,” first thing.
Anyway, back to Mozzocco, who also goes over DC’s allocation mess and Mark Millar and everything people have been talking about all week.
It’s frankly hard to imagine an artist who is even more of a known quantity at DC Comics, which makes his removal from the title for any reason having anything at all to do with his style or the quality of his work kind of insane sounding. Who at DC—hell, who among superhero comics readers—doesn’t know what Maguire’s art looks like? What’s particularly depressing about the move in the broadest terms—that is, beyond how frustrating it must be to Maguire himself, and frustrating to fans disappointed that he won’t get another crack at a Justice League next month after all—is that one of the specific reasons he cited for his removal was that DC wanted a more “‘dark and gritty’” direction and, well, just look at the grimaces on that cover.
§ For some reason, I still haven’t linked to these photos of Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth as a teenaged fanzine publisher. Digging the Selectric, the photo of Sal Buscema, the hair…everything, really. Groth was at the time the publisher of Fantastic Fanzine, the 10th issue of which you can read in full right here.
§ If you live in Ohio and would like to insure your comics collection, a fellow named Jestin Davis writes to say that his company offers that service in a specialized fashion. I’m not vouching for the company, but I’m sure it’s something that a lot of people have thought of from time to time and comics pose very specific problems in storage and grading that make insurance not as easy as you’d think.
§ Our good buddies at the Golden Apple in Los Angeles have just launched an Indiegogo campaign to start a production company. Many rotating perks and such, so check it out.
§ Another person who amazingly, had a great time at Comic-Con!
§ A book of essays on Warren Ellis’s TRANSMETROPOLITAN is out from Sequart; contributors include Chad Nevett, Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, Julian Darius, Kevin Thurman, Patrick Meaney, Ryan K. Lindsay, Sean Witzke, Greg Burgas, Johanna Draper Carlson, Sara K. Ellis, Jason Michelitch, Chris Murphy, Brett Williams, and a Kevin Colden cover. (via)
§ This is an old old link, but somehow I never linked to Todd Klein’s incredible history of the DC offices in Five parts: The DC Comics Offices, 1930s – 1950s Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5. Photos of Bob Oksner, layouts of who sat where, Dorothy Woolfolk!