GenderCrunchingWatch: The week of August 10th women saw DC list 13% female creators, while Marvel had 10.3% female creators, an above-average week for both. For the week of August 17th, DC had just 9.3% female creators and Marvel had 6.4% female creators.
TrunkWatch: Superman is losing his red underwear all over the place. Even at Toys R Us.
BookWatch: You know when you meet a friend in a pub and she’s got a book out and you want to plug it if you have the opportunity? Here’s Pass The Parcel by Del.
The world is populated by everything from humans to Artificial Humans, but speciesism runs rampant. Everything that can go terribly wrong does; and while it always comes back to Brazil, it all seems to be going down in London, which is a seething pot of conflicts and crossed wires, as new lies are told and old ones resurface; as old murders are recalled and new ones committed; as history is rewritten; and as a very ugly but potentially extremely powerful statue is passed from wrong hand to wrong hand.
It’s a bit on the big side.
GameWatch: IDW are to publish a new series of Magic The Gathering comic books.
“The initial four-issue miniseries will focus on a unique, new Planeswalker, a powerful mage with the ability to travel between worlds in the Magic Multiverse. Many popular MAGIC: THE GATHERING characters will be featured in the series, as well.
This comic series is written by renowned author and game designer Matt Forbeck (The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, Amortals, The Marvel Encyclopedia), who is joined by talented newcomer, artist Martín Cóccolo. Each comic book will also be collected at intervals into graphic novels. MAGIC: THE GATHERING will be distributed to a wide audience through comic-book outlets, trade bookstores, mass retailers, and digitally through a variety of platforms.”
VariantWatch: Ultimate Comics in the US and Forbidden Planet in the UK are launching a retailer exclusive version of the Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards hardcover.
TVWatch: AMC is launching a new reality TV show set in Kevin Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay And Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.
“Draper. Meth. Zombies. This show couldn’t be on a better network. AMC is to television what Miramax was to cinema back when I first got in the game: they’re the premier destination for any story-teller looking to spin an offbeat yarn that no other outlet has the stones to touch. And as if I didn’t love them enough, now they’re putting my friends on TV! I’m ecstatic, proud, and extremely lucky to be in bed with a network I watch religiously anyway. And if they’d pushed just a little harder in the negotiations, I’d have done this show for no payment beyond early access to every episode of MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD, and WALKING DEAD.”
BetterWatch: Jersey cartoonist K Funk gets profiled.
One of Funk’s most controversial comics is a single-panel featuring a fake product called “I Can’t Believe it Got Better” that criticizes Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign, which aims to encourage lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender teens who are often bullied. The “margarine tub” in the comic says, “Made with white privilege!” “0% class awareness,” and “Adopt babies + go to Europe!”
Funk, who self-identifies as queer, said she disapproves of Savage’s “very classist and silencing” project.
“Of course it gets better for a fairly wealthy, white gay man,” she said. “I didn‘t find it very helpful.”
“It’s the one that pisses people off the most,” she said, noting that it has received 1,300 comments on her blog.
DocumentaryWatch: A clip from Brendan Jerwa’ Untold Tales Of The Comic Book Industry. You can help support him on Kickstarter here.
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.
The immediate task at hand is to get the books organized and ready to move to wherever the library will be next. The status of the firehouse is unknown at this time, though crews (including many CCSers) have been working around the clock to clear out mud and debris to get the building up and running.
AMC announced today that season 2 of “The Walking Dead” will kick off with an extra half hour on Sunday, October 16 at 9pm ET:
New information is coming in regarding the brand new British comic, The Phoenix, which launches next year. There’s the official mast head above, and the release date is now set for Saturday January 7th 2012.
AMC announced today that the network has greenlit the unscripted television series Secret Stash executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (LA Ink, Miami Ink, Storm Chasers and Swamp People) and Elyse Seiden (Red State). Set in Kevin Smith’s iconic comic shop Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, the unscripted show captures the world of the neighborhood comic book store and fanboy culture. Season one is six, one-hour episodes and is currently scheduled for a 1Q 2012 launch. The series exemplifies AMC’s goal to be the definitive home for quality storytelling.
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