IndiaWatch: Comic Con Express does good business in Mumbai.
Saturday saw the return of Adventures of Timpa by Indraajal comics, narrating the escapades of a teenage detective and his grandfather, a session with publisher Karan Vir Arora, founder of Vimana Comics — who unveiled Shiva: The Legends of the Immortal and Green Gold Animation, the creators of Chota Bheem, a popular 3-D animation in the country.
Today, one can drop by the convention at noon to witness the 4th Annual Golden Kela Awards (India’s version of the Razzies — the awards saluting the worst that Bollywood has to offer each year) hosted by Cyrus Broacha. In addition, a graphic rendition of The Jungle Book by Campfire Graphic Novels will also be up for grabs. As a Comic Con Express exclusive, Amar Chitra Katha Animation will offer a special preview of Sons of Ram, the forthcoming feature film telling the story of twins Luv and Kush. The makers of Ra.One and Don2 comic books will also hold a session.
FastShowWatch: Charlie Higson picks his favourite comic books, and reveals he was part of the decision to give CHris Ware the Guardian First Book Award for Jimmy Corrigan.
MausWatch: Art Spiegelman reveals all the rejection letters he got from publishers over Maus…
“Thank you for letting me see Maus,” says Hilary Hinzmann, of Henry Holt. “The idea behind it is brilliant, but it never, for me, quite gets on track.” Gerald Howard, at Penguin, is a little more up front, but still, he won’t quite take all the blame for turning it down: “In part, my passing has to do with the natural nervousness one has in publishing something so very new and possibly (to some people) off-putting. But more crucially I don’t think Maus is a completely successful work, in that it seems in some way conventional.”
WhitleyBayWatch: I remember when I first met Stan Lee in Newcastle in the early nineties, he talked about his wife, Joan, being a local girl. Now Joan has talked to the North East newspaper Sunday Sun.
The pair married in Reno, California, just an hour after a judge granted Joan her divorce. They have a grown-up daughter, JC.
While Stan built up the Marvel Comics empire – breathing life into characters such as Spiderman, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor – Joan worked as an actress. Within her body of work are some of the voice-overs for Spiderman.
Although she “never looked back” from her decision to move to the States, she still misses the North.
“I used to go back to Newcastle a lot, to see my friends,” Joan said. “I love the Newcastle people, they are so warm and generous.
“I still have relatives in Whitley Bay – I have a cousin there who is 94. It is a beautiful place, where not much changes.”
And she said she hasn’t lost the amazing looks which led Stan to describe her as the inspiration behind his work. “I am still a beauty,” she smiled. “People don’t believe that I am 90 years old.”
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
Artist Sara Pichelli has made a huge splash on the comic book scene, currently working on the newly reimagined Ultimate Spiderman, Miles Morales. Taking a quick break from activites at NYCC 2011 she spoke about her experiences in comics, her tools of the trade and her view of her own work.
The first bit of art for Batwoman will be made available October 22nd at noon PST.
For the new EXTREME RELAUNCH of Bloodstrike, which I’m writing.
Colors by Carlos Badilla!
I know there have been a lot of rumors and questions (and unfortunate incorrect statements) about when we will be launching our new Free-to-Play model and I did want to clear things up. We have not actually stated an official date yet but we are working hard and making great progress and we are close. We do want to make sure that everything is ready before we announce a date but we will try and give you plenty of advance notice when it will happen.
Dead@17 is nearing its grand finale, and you can be a part of it! These economic times have been hard on most all of us, and the comic industry is no different. Indie books and publishers have been hit especially hard, and Dead@17 is right there with them, with the most recent series, The Witch Queen, taking a substantial hit.
I think it’s safe for us to say that it’s primarily set in the modern day. That seems to have been the biggest question people have been wondering about regarding the sequel. Most people know the story of Captain America as the story of this man out of time, and because The Avengers is such a big movie, and because [Avengers director] Joss Whedon has so many moving pieces, we’ve been left with room to explore Cap entering the modern day wondering, “What is all this? What’s happened to the world” and so on.