Saturday Runaround – When Hotlinking Goes Hilarious

TodayWatch: It’s San Diego Ticket Day, Get Your Portfolio Seen In Seattle Day, Save St James Library With Alan Moore Day and Get Your Skullkickers Signed In London Day!

JapanWatch: The Japanese are ridding shelves of comics for ebook scans… and companies who will scan your books for you.

“There are more than 30 or 40 scanning companies and huge amount of books are scanned every day, so I can hardly believe all the scanning is legal,” Higuchi said in an interview in Tokyo last month.

Japanese will buy $80.5 million worth of e-books in the fiscal year ending March 31, most of it comics for mobile phones, Ueno said.

JapanWatch2: How the Tokyo Comics Code works in practice;

Page upon page of black and white etchings of wide-eyed, young people of indeterminate age drawn in that larger than life Japanese cartoon style, engaged in every kind of sexual act, legal or otherwise.

“Normal sex doesn’t sell well,” Komiya remarks.

“School sex, tied-up sex, abnormal sex, sells. So this is what they draw.

“Mangaka don’t draw this stuff because they want to expose children to sexual perversity, they draw it for one reason: to make money.”

JapanWatch3: When foreigners go to Japan to make comics.

German Dirk Schwieger is another artist who came up with an original approach to comic-making. While he spent only one year in Japan, in 2006, he grabbed a lot of attention when he turned his 24-part “webcomic” into an interactive project.

In his blog he chronicled a year’s worth of “assignments” he undertook at the request of readers while living in Tokyo. People from around the world would send him tasks to accomplish — anything from “meeting a traditional sword maker” to “looking for a bosozoku biker gang” — and he would write, illustrate and post a new comic each week based on his experience.

ThisIsGreatWatch: Zach Weiner, web cartoonist had an image used, out of context, to justify ant-gay marriage sentiment by an anti-gay marriage sentiment website. But it’s a hotlinked image. So he changed it from this (left) to this (right).

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News: Exclusive: Superman’s Undisclosed Character Revealed | Latino Review

1: Lois Lane WILL be in the film. 2: The character these lovely actresses have come out for is none other than a Kryptonion villainess who is going by the name of URSA.

‘Cowboys & Aliens’: Jon Favreau’s campaign trail and popcorn primary | Hero Complex – Los Angeles Times

“This is our Iowa caucus,” director Jon Favreau said as he climbed into a waiting black SUV with Ron Howard, the two-time Oscar winner who is a producer of Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens,” scheduled to hit theaters July 29. “This is like the primary. Our election night is that opening weekend this summer.”

Editorial: 2011 to Infinity and Beyond — CEO Micah Baldwin

The comic industry is not in peril, it is in transition. We are learning that to move forward we must first open our arms and minds not only to the new technologies, but to the new way people create, consume, enjoy and share content.

MediaPost Publications NBA Gets Simply Marvel-ous 02/07/2011

The line will include apparel and accessories, with artwork featuring the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America dressed in NBA team colors and logos.

Will the Cloud Be Comic-Con’s Superhero? –

In an attempt to ensure the servers keep up under extreme traffic, Comic-Con has partnered with Philadelphia-based startup TicketLeap, which moved its platform to Amazon Web Services in August 2010. If all goes well when tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. PST tomorrow, it will be a huge proving point for the TicketLeap platform, and further validation for AWS and cloud computing, in general.

Failing Better – The Dial-a-Marvel Superhero Messages You Never Got to Hear

I’ve been going through my stash of Marvel memos to pick out ones that might be useful to Sean Howe (who definitely needs a Marvel nickname), who’s writing a history of Marvel in the ’70s, and while doing this I came across one of my many suggestions to Stan. I had the bizarre idea that we could start a Dial-a-Superhero service than would allow fans to hear pre-recorded messages from Marvel’s greatest.  Check out my note to Stan below

A Not-Brief Reaction To A Video That’s Already Been Taken Down

History tells us that the big comics companies have acted as bad industry partners since their inception. We’re even now coming out of a period where a series of furtive, overlapping agreements between certain industry players and Diamond threw up structural barriers that kept smaller publishers from opportunities they might have used to make a bigger plash in comics’ primary market, a web of arrangement that helped seal into amber a status quo that placed greater value on short-term profits from fees and privileged hierarchies and goosing certain titles than onto long-term profit from partnership and information-sharing and allowing for title development. Comics blew some major opportunities there.

MTV Geek Exclusive: A Talk With Wizard World Inc.’s Gareb Shamus » MTV Geek

And when it comes to ex-employees, you’ve got to understand that they’re ex-employees: they’re people who have just lost their jobs. And it’s very unfortunate, but unfortunately you’ve got to take what they say with a grain of salt. You’ve got to understand where it’s coming from. It doesn’t diminish their contribution to what we’ve done, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t appreciate their hard work – but when you look at the landscape of comic books today, a lot of these people wouldn’t even be working in this business if it wasn’t for Wizard giving them their first start.

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