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Mark Waid had an interesting interview with the Onion AV Club this week, in which he makes a lot of good points about digital.
To paraphrase, he says comics can’t do mass marketing because large swathes of the country aren’t served by a comic store anymore. So even if you wanted to buy comics, you couldn’t. But with digital, your iPad is a virtual 7-11 with a never-ending spinner rack.
I was also intrigued that he never set out to be a writer. The humility is charming. Mark Waid’s a creator I’ve always had a good feeling about, but never read much of his stuff. I may have to change that.
Slate.com had an interesting slideshow on actors who were “aged” for a particular role, then actually got to be that old. Here’s William Shatner from 1967’s “Deadly Years,” and here’s him today at 75.
The 1967 makeup artists didn’t reckon on modern-day advances in hair-coloring … or Krispy Kremes.
Panel will once again be at the 40 year old festival of local music, food, and an eclectic street fair. I like to think of it as a merging of all the things I liked about the county fair but with better music. I don’t feel right until I hear TJ’s riff on titties. It’s better than it sounds. Show’s free, except for the parking. Held annually at Goodale Park in the Short North district. Festivities usually kick off at noon every day running from Friday to Sunday. I highly (no pun intended) suggest not parking anywhere off street on the weekend. The permit parking signs in this area tend to be hidden by bushes and low lying tree limbs.
The show is different for everybody. For most it’s about the music and the festival atmosphere. For me it’s sort of like an odd family reunion, where I’m reunited with old friends, ladies wielding pythons, and my beloved soft serve twist cone. The festival is definitely not for one that listens to Rush or watches Fox News. I make no apologies that I’m pretty liberal but it gets old when I get ranted on by someone who is preaching to the choir. I might however try to seek out the thing on fracking. It depends if there’s a band I want to see that’s playing at the same time.
Please pick up after yourselves if you go. Buy something. The show’s volunteer ran. A modest portion of all sales goes right back into the show.
Lastly, Happy Comfest everyone!
I had a weird feeling today … I was tempted to buy a Watchmen prequel.
On the one hand, it’s a blatantly commercial tie in and an affront to one of comix’ few bona fide classics. On the other hand, it’s Darwyn Cooke in the 1940s.
I kinda wish we could get Darwyn Cooke in the 1940s without dissing a sacred text, but to use a third hand, I failed to pick up Cooke’s Parker: The Hunter series. So maybe it’s my fault.
A few years ago at SPACE, I picked up a couple minis of “Teen Boat,” a comic about a teen who turns into a boat. It was a spoof of Turbo Teen, after-school specials, and the 80s in general. I have two or three episodes, and for me it ends on a cliffhanger. My story sense tells me that the new girl at school was going to be a were-iceberg, but I figured I’d go to my grave not knowing.
Because if there’s one thing your 80s teen mashup needs, it’s a win in the end.
I think I’m officially the last nerd in America to see Marvel’s Avengers. Want to talk about it?
First off, I need to see these movies a little sooner. I’ve been hearing for two weeks how it was going to change my life, end decompression, and turn Hawkeye into a superstar. I think I tend to be more forgiving of “bad” superhero movies and tougher on “good” ones. But still: Avengers is the best team superhero movie, by a mile.
Random spoileriffic thoughts go in the comments.
I just picked this up from the Library and was so impressed that I needed to post a review.
I was familiar with Hugo Pratt. I’ve read the Corto Maltese collections from the library, and was always impressed with his art, but Ididn’t realize the extent of his skills as a writer. As for Manara, I was only familiar with the stroy he illustrated for Neil Gaiman in the Sandman “Endless Nights” book.
This stuff is amazing. The first nine pages have no dialogue. Its beautiful (except for the fact that the scene depicts a brutal rape- but its not Millar or Bendis, it actually is the impetus for the stroy that follows. A tragedy that sets off a chain of tragedies.) Manara has been accused of misogyny, and based on some of his other work I’ve seen that probably fact based, but under the writing of Pratt, I really feel like thats not the case in this work. Its sort of a retelling of the “Scarlet Letter”. Amazing stuff. Great art, just beautiful. the figures, the linework, the backgrounds. Didn’t care as much for the second story “:the paper man”, but still enjoyed the art. Highly recommend y’all check this out.
Here are some pages. Just gorgeous.
I’m always surprised when I walk through Target and see toys aimed at the hard-core collector. Here is a GI Joe two-pack advertising “Exclusive Larry Hama Comic Inside!”
And here is a figure of the Atom as an Indigo Lantern.
That is so inside comics … if you buy this, I am coming to take your lunch money.
The floor plan’s been rolled out. Here’s where ‘Panel Row’ is seated…
looks like more of the Michigan contingent will make it out this year. Nate Powell, Tom Scioli, and John Porcellino are back as well as some regulars and new faces. Should be a good show. S.P.A.C.E. is on April 21st thru the 22nd. Same place. Same price to get in the door. See you there.