Friday Runaround – Stan Lee On Creator’s Rights. His Own.

AwardWatch: The Bleeding Cool Fan Awards 2012 have begun, to be announced and awarded at the Phoenix Comic Con at the end of the month. Are you noimintaed? Have you voted? Will you be there?

NoFlippingWatch: Bleeding Cool advertiser Tonner Doll possibly needs to realise that not every image can or should be flipped left to right so easily. Or you get Bizarro Supergirl…

ActOutWatch: Ubisoft are making an Avengers game for the Wii U and the XBox Kinect. Which means you’ll actually have to act out superhero moves to play. Which, lets be fair, you all do anyway.

LevesonWatch: Ex-News Of The World Andrew Coulson gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry yesterday, in which it was revealed that he attended high government security meetings without proper security clearance and… and I couldn’t read it in any other way than as Agent Coulson of the Marvel movies. Makes so much more sense now.

HepzibahWatch: The return of Hepzibah to X-Men

ThanosWatch: The return of Thanos to comics.

RightsWatch: Stan Lee worries about creator rights.

“I think, if somebody creates something, and it becomes highly successful, whoever is reaping the rewards should let the person [who] created it share in it, certainly. But so much of it is — it goes beyond creating. A lot of people put something together, and nobody really knows who created it, they’re just working on it, y’know? But little by little, the artists and the writers now are a different breed than they were, and most of them, if they create anything new, they insist that they be part owners of it. Because they know what happened to Siegel and Shuster, and to me, and to people like that. I don’t think it’s a problem anymore. They make much more money than they used to make, when I was there. Proportionately.

PayWatch: From the same article;

When Disney (which, full disclosure, is also the parent company of ESPN, which owns the website you’re now reading) bought Marvel for $4 billion in 2009, part of the deal involved a Disney subsidiary buying a small piece of POW! Entertainment, a content-farm company Stan co-founded; another Disney-affiliated company currently pays POW! $1.25 million a year to loan out Stan as a consultant “on the exploitation of the assets of Marvel Entertainment.”

WifeWatch: And on Joan, Stan Lee’s wife, in the With Great Power documentary on Stan Lee;

Joan’s maybe the best part of this movie. Joan’s a pistol, a grown and glamorous Gwen Stacy. Later on she’ll tell a story about fighting with Stan and smashing the Remington Noiseless on which he typed the first Fantastic Four script; we’ll also see her overcome with emotion while reading a poem Stan wrote for her (on Spider-Man stationery!) as an anniversary gift, and forcing a wallflowerish Stan to dance with her to “The Girl From Ipanema” in their living room.

OniWatch:Ch-ch-changes;

“Thomas Shimmin and Amber LaPraim are taking joint positions as Marketing Coordinator, while the current Director of Marketing, Cory Casoni, is leaving Oni Press to consult for NAMCO BANDAI Games, Inc. as the Head of Marketing for ShiftyLook.”

ClickWatch: How one bookstore is dealing with the Amazon situation. Makes a compelling case.