FluWatch: Still in bed with flu, doing my best. Thanks to Mark, Brendon and Haverty for helping out yesterday.
CapWatch: How 30s/40s Captain America artist Alan Bellman was rediscovered by the comic conventiuon circuit.
“His personal life was not going well either. He was in the middle of a divorce that left him, he says, “in a not very good place.” To make matters worse, copies of his work — original comic books, scripts and panels — were stolen from his car in New York.
“Bellman drifted away from the business in the mid to late 1950s. He met and married Roz, then switched careers to run a wholesale auto parts business. “We had to eat, so I had to work at something,” he says. “But art was still in my heart.””
MarketingWatch: The Dork Review shows how DC used to shill their characters and comic book serviced to corporate clients in the seventies. Not too much has changed. Comics Alliance gives a little context;
“The DC Comics of the ancient world’s focus on younger readers seems quaint today, with the publisher’s New 52 initiative targeted specifically at teens and older readers. Which is not to say DC’s strategy hasn’t been successful. Just this week, Advertising Age credited the New 52 with making DC Comics one of “America’s Hottest Brands.””
CriticalWatch: What Culture finds flaw after flaw with the New 52.
Alan Scott, the golden age Green Lantern, has disappeared from the DCU. We’ve been told that he and his other Justice Society counterparts will eventually reside on Earth 2, which is all well and good, but Alan’s absence directly impacts on Kyle Rayner. Alan acted as a mentor for Kyle when he first became Green Lantern and Jen, Alan’s daughter (also known as the adventurer Jade), eventually dated him. Now that Alan is gone, Jen is gone, too. Thus a large part of Kyle’s history is gone as well.
OopsWatch: USA Today picks comic book gifts for Christmas. Might want to wait on that Morning Glories hardcover recommendation until the replacements come through…
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
Last night on SyFy’s WWE Smackdown — yes, pro wrestling airs on SyFy and has for years now — he debuted a new ring jacket designed by Thompson. Earlier today, Thompson tweeted her original drawing. Click to enlarge!
Dark Horse Comics has announced that it will release new comics digitally on the same day as print, beginning December 14, 2011. Dark Horse joins DC, Marvel, Image, Archie, and other comic companies that have already made the transition to digital day and date or are in the process of doing so.
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has named Alex Cox as its Deputy Director. In that new role, Cox will have full oversight of the home office and fundraising program.