I’m still “on the Continent” as they say…I have the rest of my Angoulême pictures, and a big news wrap-up in the works, but I’ll probably just write on it on the flight home.
§ Zainab Akhtar has the 20 most anticipated graphic novels for 2014, in case you had any doubt that 2014 will rock it.
§ This link about how $100 a page is not too much money to pay an artist for a page of art has been going around, and it’s originally from Tumblr’s Faux Boy, aka Ryan Sygh, but you may have seen THIS version which includes supportive comments from Jamal Igle and Ross Campbell, among others. Tumblr does not make authorship very apparent, does it.
§ On the other hand, there’s this:
@Sean_G_Murphy I’d say that’s right. I got £90 a page in ’87 about £369 in today’s loot. (about $600). That’s high by today’s standards.
— BRYAN HITCH (@THEBRYANHITCH) February 4, 2014
in which Bryan Hitch responds to Sean G. Murphy on the going rates and gives an EXCEEDINGLY rare look at page rates.
BTW, I’d agree with Murphy here, since the rates I often hear bandied about are around the same as when I was editing comcis more than a DECADE ago.The cost of everything has gone up since then except creative work.
§ Samantha Meier continues her extremely fascinating look at the origins of Wimmin’s Comix, this time examining early comics by women in terms of contemporary feminist ideals.
Through papers like It Ain’t Me Babe, women’s separatism emerged as a strong political stance for radical feminists, although it was not advocated by all, as feminist scholar Alice Echols notes. Separatism was generally seen as a “strategy for achieving social change, rather than as an end in itself.” When women’s voices were seen to be suppressed or silenced in the counterculture, radical feminists posited that one way to be heard as women was to create women’s-only spaces for free expression, until feminist ideologies became more pervasive.
§ Oh yeah, then there is this OTHER link making the rounds, from a fellow named Brad Walker. Walker constructed the Iron Man statue covered with soda can tabs you see above, and when he wrote to Stan Lee’s Comikaze offering to exhibit it there and received a letter bac, accepting his offer and stating that Stan Lee would sign the statue, something of an adventure ensued, one written in the manner of a Vanity Fair article:
When I shared reservations about leaving my statue to go eat breakfast, Sam and the security guard assured me that the sculpture would be safe and remain where it was placed. With my artwork in trusted hands, Bryan, Peter, and I walked across the street to find some muffins.
If you think something bad is going to happen after the departure to find muffins, you are right, and Stan Lee is involved. On the one hand, I can see how Walker probably came off to security and staff as an annoyance. On the other, the owner of the show probably shouldn’t have tossed of some unkeepable promises that Walker then took to heart. It’s a sad story over all.
§ I found this link from months and months ago mysteriously in my bookmarks Kevin Huizenga on Mindfulness Meditation