AdamsWatch: We reported on the still-unofficial Batman Odyssey series from Neal Adams the other day. Well, Adams’ website seems to make it as official as you want. Kris” blog states;
Batman Odyssey has been made larger. We have just penned an agreement for part 2 of the Odyssey which will be another 150 story. We are very excited on how this project is moving along . We are gathering together the top talent of the field to work with Neal on the inking chores of this fantastic series. I will keep you posted on when DC will be putting it out. Neal handed in the plots and scripts for the new second half of “Batman Odyssey “this week. And I decided to show a little Scott Williams inking on Neal.
BookGroupWatch: The Graphic Novel Book Group in LA Mood in London, Canada, is to study Jeff Lemire’s Essex County for next month’s meeting (February 13th). And joining them will be Jeff Lemire. That’s the way you do it.
KirbyWatch: Everyone seems to be covering the Kirby story. Probably not the best advert for Marvel right now. How do Disney feel about it? Remember, and it’s worth emphasising, Marvel has never paid Jack Kirby or his estate a royalty payment for the use of his work after the first printing of the comic book.
PoliticsWatch: Erik Larsen and Rob Liefeld have been espousing their political view on Twitter.
Erik Larsen: If you’re ill-equipped to talk politics intelligently–please don’t. When Obama took office we faced a nearly unprecedented economic crisis. That crisis was caused by 25 years of right wing economic policy. Everybody in there gets the blame–including Clinton for messing things up. The regulations protecting us against corporate abuses were dismantled and the middle class was systematically weakened. The GOP would like us to believe that Obama is a failure because it’s taking more than a year to fix what took a quarter century to create. There is, unfortunately, a lot of things at play including red dog democrats with right-wing agendas and political pressures of all kinds. Ultimately, the president’s power isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But it’s vastly more complex than the simplistic “he’s in there now and he should have made it better immediately” that some spout. It gets us into this cycle of the GOP screwing things up–the libs getting back in and getting blamed for it–and the GOP getting the nod.
Rob Liefeld: Oh @ErikJLarsen I’m more than equipped to talk about politics intelligently. A democratic controlled congress eff’d up our country royally. Democrats have controlled House and Senate since 2006. Democrats cast key votes to put the banks in control. Now they try to create distance I’m an independent and will work hard to get the GOP and the liberal knobs running our country out on their butts. Anytime one wing, controls every branch of government and does jack-diddly-squat, they deserve the rep that they receive. when it comes to the economy, I’ve never been partisan.
Erik Larsen: I’d agree if that party walked in lockstep, @robertliefeld –that’s not the democrats. as Will Rogers put it best: “I don’t belong to an organized political party – I’m a Democrat.” The Republicans have blocked everything and the Democratss need ALL 60 votes to move any legislation and that’s nearly impossible. Politics is a messy, messy business made messier by lobbyists and the need to constantly raise money for re-elections. It’s a real problem finding a one-size-fits-all solution to problems with so many dimensions. At a certain point I’m just tempted to pull in my head and not think about it. Politics is too frustrating. Tough enough making comics work.
Rob Liefeld: Whoever’s in control needs to get it to work. so much of the economy relies on captain’s of industry, many times outside of government influence. The internet boom of the late 90’s, technology in general…it drives so much of the consumer dollar. Not affected by gov’t but creativity. Job loss to foreign countries with kick-backs/ incentives will always haunt U.S. because vastly different societal labor laws and lifestyle Had I not made so much cash in the 90’s and subsequently squandered it, I would have been like many honks and drained these banks 4 cash….and crashed all the same. The lessons of the 90’s and striving were one’s I learned in my 20’s. If a bank says your 500k home is worth 800k. And same bank decides to give you a phantom loan for 300k that you aren’t really worth and can’t repay, and I sold cabinets..hard 2 resist. Did the government really need to tell the banks, Lehman Bros. etc. not to give money to people who can’t afford it. So many people went under due to creating overhead they could not afford. Happily approved by a bank that made sure it had plenty of loans. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have created empires based on innovation and creativity. Those guys generate and create gajillions.
Larry Marder, who used to be Executive Director of Image Comics added;