Thanks to Super Podcasto Magnifico for that one.
CrossoverWatch: Avenging Spider-Man, Daredevil and Punisher get down and dirty with a new crossover starting in April, The Omega Effect.
DeathWatch: The Bendis Board takes on Huntress for letting people die… on Paul Levitz’ watch as well!
TradeWatch: Brian Hibbs talks down Marvel’s trade paperback publishing programme.
I fundamentally believe that Marvel’s policy of immediately reprinting a significant proportion of its monthly output in collections that are essentially treated as slightly more expensive periodicals, and aren’t kept in print makes that the worst of both worlds. I am generally loath to quote message board commenters, but I thought this phrasing from “Corey (Ottawa)” was dang near perfect: “Marvel for their part, seems to be willing to cannibalize their young, and drive down [periodical] sales for TP waiters who never buy, while still incurring the costs of publishing the trades.” That’s it in a single sentence.
Comic2FilmWatch: iPad comic CIA: Operation Ajax has been signed up to become an animated film.
The story of CIA: Operation Ajax is based on the 1953 Iranian coup d’etat, during which the CIA and British government overthrew democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, reinstalling the Shah to power. The project was scripted by Emmy-nominated writer/director Mike de Seve and edited by renowned author and journalist Stephen Kinzer (All The Shah’s Men),
Most digital graphic novels are static images like their print counterparts; CIA: Operation Ajax harnesses the power of the iPad to produce a truly dynamic experience. Built-in newsreels from the time period are scattered throughout the story, as are historical vignettes, character rosters and declassified CIA documents, all presented through an elegant interface with a completely original score.
MuseumWatch: The Rockwell Museum of Western Art will showcase Comic Art Indigne, an exhibit about the influence of visual comics on contemporary Native American Art, beginning next week.