Wired runs Alan Moore’s essay from Occupy Comics;
The field of comics, formerly regarded as a more insidious threat to young minds and public morality than syphilis, has currently attained a level of propriety which it seems anxious to maintain. Having at last apparently become a critically-accepted and occasionally lucrative component of the entertainment industry, the comic-book is keen to foster its new image of social responsibility (and economic viability) with a bombardment of admiring quotes and press-release-derived puff pieces in the media.
This relatively recent change in status has, it would appear, been also applied retroactively to best present a picture of the comic medium as something that has always been pro-social; that has always been a cheery, populist expression of the status quo. In this unseemly scrabble for respectability and an historic, noble pedigree it is, for instance, fashionable to observe that comics have their origins in the sequential strip-like hieroglyphics which record the reigns of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs.
What could be a better indicator of the medium’s cultural worth than its ability to faithfully report the legendary acts and general fabulousness of the upper classes?
Wiccan and Hulking were actually a part of an earlier Young Avengers title created by gay screenwriter Allan Heinberg) that was sadly canceled some time back.
In that run, nearly every member of the team was dating, flirting or pining for a teammate. But in the revamped title, writer Kieron Gillen says, they will be the “core romantic couple of Young Avengers.”
Gillen warns, though, that Wiccan will make a big mistake that threatens his relationship with the shapeshifting Hulkling. Do they have Grindr in the Marvel Universe?
CHARITY BEGINS AT THE COMIC SHOP
Jud Meyers of Blastoff Comics brings it home.
North Hollywood will soon feel the reverberations of Meyers’ philanthropic presence: this Saturday, Blastoff Comics is hosting its inaugural Charity Drive Sale from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to generate donations for the Los Angles Mission.
Meyers is offering in-store discounts to customers who bring in items from the LA Missions’s list of desired donations. Items on the list, dubbed “the necessities of life” by the LA Mission, include pillows, blankets, t-shirts, socks, shoes, and more. After the drive, Meyers will drop off the donations at the mission, and invites his customers to join him.
Kotaku looks at an artist reinventing himself.
Francis Tsai is an artist who has worked in comics, film, gaming (tabletop and card) and video games, for clients like EA, Rockstar, DC Comics, Eidos and Marvel.
Widely-published, awarded and respected within the field, he’s one of the most talented artists going around.
Sadly, Francis was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2010, a degenerative and paralysing disease for which there is no cure. He quickly lost the ability to use his arms and hands, and hasn’t held a pencil since early 2011. While this should have crippled his ability to draw, he soon found that he could use his toes on an iPhone, so began using that to paint images like this.
This is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
Sol and John asked me what I would do if I were Marvel’s editor-in- chief. Which stunned me. I thought of myself as “the new kid” and didn’t think I was qualified for the job. Maybe I could handle the creative end of things okay, but I was way out of my league when it came to the business and production aspects of the job.
I needed to leave, but a bunch of that was also the Ultimates relaunch being swallowed alive by DC’s New 52.
While AMC lets The Walking Dead gang take a short mid-season break – the Post’s Andrew Barr and Richard Johnson look at a few of the key statistics of two-and-a-half season’s worth of undead mayhem. They find noteworthy – the gradual increase in the body count, the increasingly creative means of Zombie dispatch, and the fact that every character seems to have developed a clear enjoyment for putting the ambulatory cadavers down for good.
We asked Ellison about what this book means to him and he said, “This is 21 years of work finally come to fruition. It is The Magnificent Seven, The Seven Samurai in space, it is the dream fulfilled.”
We asked Kindt about taking on the character Manhunter and here’s what he had to say, “I can’t tell you how excited I am to be working on this.
They really were that size: paintings and assemblages that Dave would take to get photographed, and send the transparency to DC Comics to use as a cover.