Monday Runaround – James Cameron’s X-Men

MangaWatch: Vietnam gets an exhibition focused on female manga artists.

Manga authors Mutsumi Hagiiwa from Japan and Foo Swee Chin from Singapore, who displayed their works at the exhibition, also held a meeting with Vietnamese readers last week. They introduced the artworks of Hideko Mizuno and Moto Hagio, two leading Japanese manga authors in the early days of the art form.

Mizuno, 73, has been celebrated as a shojo manga and the artist who began the style of drawing sparkling stars in character’s eyes, while award-winning Hagio, 63, is often called “a god of shojo manga”.

XWatch: Chris Claremont has been talking X-Men with Louise Simonson at the Columbia University, hosting Comic New York: A Symposium.

He said that as Cameron launched his own studio, Lightstorm Entertainment, in 1990, he and Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee went to his office to pitch him an X-Men movie.

“Just think about this for a minute: James Cameron’s X-Men. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. That’s what we were playing,” Claremont said. “So we’re chatting. And at one point Stan looks at Cameron and says, ‘I hear you like Spider-Man.’ Cameron’s eyes lit up.

“And they start talking. And talking. And talking. About 20 minutes later all the Lightstorm guys and I are looking at each other, and we all know the X-Men deal has just evaporated. Kathryn goes off and writes a screen treatment for X-Men that was eaten alive by all the idiots who have a piece of Spider-Man because Marvel during its evolution has sold off the rights time and time and time again.

UPDATE: Chris Claremont writes;

Yes, Cameron talked at length with Stan, but it wasn’t Bigelow who wrote the notes for Spidey; as far as I know, she had nothing to do with the project. It was Cameron himself that did the work and made the pitch (so to speak), which then got trampled by all the studios who claimed to have rights to Spidey because they couldn’t make up their minds how to do the deal and actually get it done. So he moved on to other things and the rest, as they say, is history. File both items (but especially the treatment, boy I wish I had a copy to read, just for the fun of it) up there with the Neal Adams pages for X-Men.

ComicHistoryWatch:  Penn State University Libraries will host the world premiere of 217 Films’ new documentary on Lynd Ward (1905–1985) on April 20th.

O Brother Man: The Art and Life of Lynd Ward,” will be introduced by filmmaker Michael Maglaras with Robin Ward Savage, the artist’s daughter, in attendance. Featuring more than 150 wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations by this important American artist and storyteller, the 90-minute film brings the creativity of Ward to life and illustrates his mastery of narrative without text. Ward is best known for his six “novels without words” produced between 1929 and 1937. His work chronicles American life in the 20th century, and demonstrates his deep personal commitment to social justice and the plight of the workingman surrounding the years of the Great Depression.

ChiliWatch: Green Lantern’s chili recipe – recommended by Reddit.

ScoobyWatch: Anyone want to buy a Mystery Mobile?