ColumbiaWatch: Chris Claremont’s donation of papers to the Columbia University gets more press.
Before Ms. Green started her graphic novel collection, the university’s libraries held only a handful of graphic novels and comics. Now they contain more than 2,600. While the mechanism for acquiring other collections, such as in Ms Green’s main field of expertise ancient and medieval history, has been established for decades, there’s no concrete methodology in acquiring graphic novels and comics for library collections. That means that Ms Green has to go to various comic conventions to hand-select titles that are added to the collection.
“My job is much cooler,” she said. “I’m not the only librarian who goes to Comic-Con, but I’m the only Columbia librarian who goes.”
StoreWatch: A comic store owner makes a backup plan.
After high school graduation, Williams began studying microbiology in Texas, where she attended a junior college, University of Houston and Texas A&M, all the while reading comic books when she could.
One year from college graduation, she decided she didn’t like microbiology anymore and relocated.
Somewhere along the line, after walking away from formal education for five years and becoming a business owner, Williams decided she liked chemistry.
With her extra disposable income, she could afford to try her hand at college once more.
She started studying chemistry at Weber State University last summer and plans to graduate in the spring soon after her first child is born. That is, if she can get through the “daunting” task of physical chemistry.
But Williams has a secret weapon: A good customer, who is also brilliant at physical chemistry, has agreed to be her tutor.
MooreWatch: Dark Horse’s Scott Allie talks storytelling;
I remember when Alan Moore was writing stories for Wildstorm, on some comics that did not turn out that well, and I couldn’t believe my hero had fallen so far. The stories made no goddamn sense. I mentioned this to a friend at Wildstorm, and they said, Oh no, let me show you something. So I read the scripts, and was shocked at how much the artists had left out (and the editors didn’t manage to get in). One page had some villains talking; the next page was a pinup with the stars of the book, no background, with one of them talking to no one in particular. Then the next page cut to another scene. I had no idea what was happening. But in the script, the first page ended with the villains in the foreground talking, as the focus shifted to a distinctive wall in the background. The splash page was supposed to have the villains in the foreground reacting as the heroes punched through that distinctive wall, showing how outmatched the villains were. The drawn pages never made any connection between the heroes and villains—did not even include the wall, on either page. There were omissions like that throughout the issues, rendering the fairly simple story Alan had written unintelligible. It was never intended to be Watchmen, but this wasn’t even a coherent car commercial. “Oh, that guy’s driving the car …?”
KashmirWatch: A better Kashmir, through cartoons…
Web comic series ‘Kashmir Ki Kahani’ traces the history of the Kashmir conflict in a fun narrative with lots of black humour thrown in. In the comic, the bandhgala-clad figure with the face of Marvel comics superhero Iron Man, is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Pritam, Anu Malik and Bappi Lahiri advise Sheikh Abdullah to “think original” when looking for a solution to the Kashmir issue.
MuslimRageWatch: Neil Gaiman passes on the word;
Everyone who wishes to find out the truth about the movie now known as the Innocence of Muslims, please read the letter below. I, Anna Gurji, as one of the supporting actresses in the film will share with you what really happened.
MoneyWatch: SPX made money this year. And how.
Fantagraphics reported that by Saturday afternoon they had already surpassed sales for any previous SPX. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund sold $11,000 worth of books on Saturday alone, a figure more likely to be found at the San Diego Comic-Con. The ATM machine on the floor, which was stocked with what was expected to be enough money to last the weekend, was emptied by mid afternoon Saturday. People came to spend money.
FoxWatch: When Peter David hit plagiarism full on.
Elsevier/Nelson had published a book called Star Crash, a science fiction novel by some guy whose name escapes me (fortunately enough). And in the envelope was a letter from a reader informing us that Star Crash was a word-for-word copy of another book.
And who was the original author? None other than comic book legend Gardner Fox.
The book was originally published in the early 1960s, entitled Escape Across the Cosmos. The informant wanted nothing for himself; he simply wanted to make sure that justice was done, and had sent along a copy of the book in question in order to prove his point. I cracked open Escape, pulled out a copy of Star Crash, and sat down to compare them.
To my utter horror, the informant was one hundred percent accurate. It was a complete ripoff, absolutely word for word. The only thing that the author of Star Crash had done differently was to put his own name on the manuscript.
CBLDFWatch: Charles Brownstein talks Sidescrollers.
Fundamentally, what appears to have occurred is that one individual took away other parents’ freedom to choose whether or not the book was correct for their kids to read, despite the fact that the school’s own policies state: “no parent nor group of parents has the right to negate the use of education resources for students other than his/her own child.” One person’s preferences should not take away other parents’ ability to choose.
TweetWatch: Reasons we might not have seen much of Zeb Wells of late.
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
Science Channel, home to syndicated repeats of the Joss Whedon series starring Nathan Fillion, will unspool an exclusive sneak peek from the reunion event, Firefly 10th Anniversary Browncoats Unite at October’s New York Comic-Con.
Avi Binyamin, who owns the Kippa Man store on Jerusalem’s Ben-Yehuda Street, is being sued by Marvel Comics for nearly $25,700 for selling yarmulkes with Spider-Man’s likeness.
In consideration of UPS’ holiday delivery schedule, and in consultation with retailers and publishers — Diamond will not ship new product to comic shops on the week of December 24th.
Perhaps not many outside of the comics fanboy community would consider this ephemera worthy of preservation, since even Mr. Claremont’s wife wanted to “get the crap out of the house,” he said. But Columbia University’s libraries deemed the journals, fan mail and correspondence important enough to be part of its archives. Mr. Claremont’s 2011 donation is a game-changing addition to the university’s collection of graphic novels and related materials, which grew out of a pet project of librarian Karen Green.
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