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09 December 2012

Other Comics News Parade-O-Links 12092012


(Best comic cover ever?  Image stolen from Diversions of the Groovy Kind.)

Here are some things I found interesting in the world of minicomics, comic books, graphic novels, small press, self publishing, zines, webcomics, cartoons, digital comics, other, etc. during the week ending 12092012:

"AMC made a serious play for DMZ but DC Comics is not interested in seeing a DMZ TV show, it seems, as this was just one of many great opportunities they shut the door on. It makes no sense for me or my agent, or anyone else, to invest time in trying to adapt my Vertigo work. It’s just not going to be allowed. It’s tough for me to accept that, but I have, and that’s the biggest reason The Massive is not a Vertigo book. It’s a real shame, because something like that can really change a creator’s life, and that of his or her family’s." -Brian Wood.

  • "Ultimately it shows the retail community that, all of their pretty words to the contrary, DC Entertainment really doesn't care about any of our businesses. DC Comics, under Paul Levitz, always and unflinchingly had our backs, but that left us 38 months ago when Paul was removed from the company.  In that time, DCE has abandoned most of the policies that made it a great publisher in the first place -- walking away from creators (like Alan Moore's wishes on "Before Watchmen"), from imprints (the slow Warner's strangulation of Vertigo appears to have finally chased out Karen Berger), and now from the Direct Market."  Brian Hibbs on the past few weeks of Time Warner/DCs jerk bag shenanigans.
  • Speaking of Karen Berger skipping out on jerk town
  • So maybe we should all just support indie comics instead.  Right?


BEST NEW PRINT COMIC I READ THIS WEEK
(Image stolen from iFanboy.)
...was as hard one to chose but I'll go ahead and go with Action Comics #14 by Grant Morrison, Brad Walker, Rags Morales, Sholly Fisch, Chris Sprouse and a whole bunch of other people.  All-New X-Men #3 was solid but I hate Marvel's colors so very very much.  Avengers #1 was awful.  Just awful.  Green Arrow #15 was okay.  Animal Man #15 was solid but I'm way past ready for this whole B list super hero crossover thing to be over with.  I even picked up Arrow #1 which is a tie-in with a TV show I have not even seen.  What?  I like Mike Grell.  Deal with it.  But yeah, Action Comics was better than all of those.  So, throughout this whole Grant Morrison Action Comics thing, the art has been a mess.  It has ranged from wretched to wonderful.  This issue is in between.  Over a year into this thing Morales and Walker have finally gotten close to settling on one face for Superman.  Close.  Not there.  Close.  And the story is all over the place.  And the stories in these things have been all over the place all along.  Grant Morrison non-linear storytelling gone off the rails.  Or, maybe not so much.  Maybe it has all been a part of Morrison's master plan.  Or maybe, he decided that since he's leaving the book he'd better figure out a way for the thing to make sense before he leaves.  And, that way is the 5th dimension.  See, the bad guy, who has been the secret bad guy since issue #1 (and who is totally not  Mxyzptlk) has been attacking Superman throughout multiple times and space.  Which, has been confusing.  But it has allowed Morrison to tell a much wider ranger of Superman stories than he normally could have in 15 issues.  It's like having 30 or so random stories from the Silver Age thrown together in no particular order.  And when your multiple art teams can't even make the character's faces look the same from one panel to the next, it can be a challenge getting the reader to go along on that roller coaster ride.   It's been an insane mess but I like it and now, without a safety net, Morrison is trying to bring it all together.  In this issue in particular we get a lot of neat things.  We get to see Harry Potter Clark Kent and Hermione Lana Lang go to the prom. We get Superman in a crazy Days of Future Past world.  We get Superman have a nice long heart to heart with Space Aunt May.  And best of all (and this is why this is the best new print comic I read this week) we get the secret origin of Mister Mxyzptlk.  And in the back up story we get another solid Sholly Fisch re-telling of that same Mxyzptlk story all over again but with better art.  Sholly Fisch is solid folks.  Have I told you about The All-New Batman The Brave and The Bold.  And Chris Sprouse does a nice job as well.  And... the colorists get to use more than just brown and grey which makes this better than every comic Marvel has published since, what, Civil War?
  • And finally... Francis walks us through the new You Tube changes.  Apparently, You Tube would prefer if we never watched videos on You Tube again.
Oh, and one more last thing!  Did you know you can leave comments on these posts here at file under other?  It's true!  And, I'll probably respond.  Twitter and facebook killed the message boards but that's no reason why you can't argue with me, praise me or leave me recipes.  It's your intronet.  Have fun!

And that's just a taste of some of the interesting things going out there in the wonderful world of comics and things. I can't keep up with it all but I do keep up with a lot of it on twitter and I try to re-tweet the good stuff. You should probably follow me there. If you did something to make comics better this week then high-five!

Your best pal ever,

Shannon Smith

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