Like…I don’t eat pork. I quit swine in ‘99. I could tear up some porkchops and bacon as a kid, but it wasn’t a struggle to quit pork. I don’t think back like “man, remember how good that porkchop was back in ‘97, second week a May?” But I do that with Spider-Man—the Return of the Goblin arc, his first meeting with Luke Cage, that time Betty Brant said something nice about him and he was like “Dang, i never noticed her before, but she’s cute AND she’s on my side” like a doggone teenaged idiot, Mary Jane going Sibyl to get a soap opera job and dodging stalkers…I can recite it chapter and verse. So cold turkey wasn’t really an option, or rather, I wasn’t in a position where cold turkey was feasible.
On his Tumblr, David Brothers talks how hard and easy it was to give up reading Marvel and DC comics (edited version from his blog)
"When I first saw Oliver had something called a "Stickum-Shaft Arrow," I worried that it was some kind of Silver Age, Native American racist caricature arrow. Nope! It's just a long, hard shaft he fires at his eventual lover Black Canary, which covers her in sticky goo. No problems there!" -- Rob Bricken looks at Green Arrow and his less than useful trick arrows
. Not that Hawkeye does better
Chris Sims examines Harley Quinn
, one of the most misused and misunderstood characters in comics, taking in her Batman:The Animated Series debut played by Arleen Sorkin
(audio), through to The Batman Adventures: Mad Love
and the New 52 incarnation which recently drew ire with a controversial try-out page
In a letter
crossposted to both Haden Blackman's
and JH William III'
s website, they announced they are planning to leave Batwoman due to a number of 'eleventh hour changes', including a refusal to have Kate Kane marry her fiancee, Maggie Sawyer. [more inside]
How DC Contracts Work. Mark Waid
, author of Superman: Birthright
(drawn on heavily for the recent film Man of Steel
), "explains how professionals are generally compensated for working on company-owned characters".
The Problem with Wonder Woman
- An iconic DC superhero on the level of Batman and Superman, her potential remains competitively untapped. Can Grant Morrison And Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One
Help? Or is Perez’ Wonder Woman
the Gold standard?
Grant Morrison tells the story of Batman's life
to Kevin Smith. With illustrations. NSFW. (Via.)
DC Blacklists the Outhouse.
DC has been upset at the comics news site for running satirical articles about them (as well as other publishers), and has informed them that they are revoking access to their creators for interviews, according to Christian "Bluestreak" Hoffer. [more inside]
Superman is a good guy. More than that, Superman is the best guy. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1932, he's the archetypal superhero, a man of enormous power who places himself in service to the powerless. To borrow a famous phrase from the 1940s Superman radio serial, he stands for "truth, justice and the American way".
- Why Orson Scott Card isn't the right man to write Superman
. [more inside]
Hellblazer, the DC/Vertigo comic starring Alan Moore created occult investigator John Constantine, is being cancelled at issue #300
to make way for a new comic set in DC's New 52 universe. Hellblazer was DC's longest running continuously numbered comic
and it's cancelation marks the last of the DC Comics characters with Vertigo titles being taken back into the mainstream DC universe (previously
). Vertigo was originally an imprint for mature readers occult themed titles and creator owned work, though it has changed over the years with an adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo becoming the first Vertigo to receive TV advertising
Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book maxi-series published in 1985 and 1986 in which DC Comics condensed their multiverse into a single universe, thus "simplifying" and "improving" it. Whether they succeeded in that goal is a good question, and one I shan't address. Crisis is, however, incredibly important to understanding DC continuity, as well as being possibly the most significant crossover series of all time.
In 2010, DC Comics offered Alan Moore the rights back to Watchmen. This
is a factually accurate account of what happened. (SLYT)
DC Comics hinted recently that one of its first-tier superheroes would be revealed as gay, and here he is: Alan Scott
, the original Green Lantern (...sort of). [more inside]
"iZombie will be the last time I’ll ever write for DC... I decided quite some time ago, but waited until after the cancellation
of my book was announced to discuss it. The short version is, I don’t agree with the way they treat other creators and their general business practices." writer Chris Roberson ends his relationship with DC Comics
, pointing at a post
by David Brothers as a summation of his ethical concerns. Roberson's work at DC has included turning around Superman after J. Michael Straczynski left mid-story
, iZombie and a spin-offs from Vertigo's Fables featuring Cinderella as a super spy
. He is currently working on the creator owned Memorial
, published by IDW.
spills the beans on the time DC asked him to write Watchmen 2
. May not be safe... for people.
Lois Lane, Girl Reporter
- an awesome proposal for a series of YA books that didn't happen.
“Rac Shade was born on Meta, an other-dimensional world that is linked to Earth by several junctures known on Meta as the “Unseen Ways”. Metan priests and doctors decided that young Shade was overly emotional and had him subjected to the Metan “confirmation” process, wherein a “holy surgeon” operated on Shade’s brain with the “sacred laser”.”
(I'm surprised they didn't use a Cat-Scan or a Markov Chain.) An entry from "DC Who's Who"
, a tumblr blog of scans from the 1990-1992 "Who's Who in the DC Universe"
and NOT including any influential American bureaucrats or lobbyists (NOT THAT DC) or any Scottish Australian rockers (NOT THAT AC/DC). More on "Shade the Changing Man"
and other characters from his book: Kathy George
and American Scream
The birth of Wonder Woman
- notes sent between William Moulton Marston
and artist H. G. Peter show the genesis of the character . Meanwhile today is the 5th Annual Wonder Woman day
- a Portland and Flemington, New Jersey event supporting Domestic Violence Programs
. Not able to get over to Excalibur Comics
or Comics Fusion
to take part in the events or activities? There's still a few hours left in which you can take part by bidding on artwork online
, DC's spectacular new oversize anthology featuring characters from Batman to Adam Strange
in one page installments of serialized stories, launched yesterday to much acclaim from the internet
. USA Today will be reprinting the Superman story
for the duration of the comics 12 week run.
Why chicks cry.
Images of women and girls crying, taken from DC romance comics 1957 to 1968. [more inside]
Superstar Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison
is about to tear the DC Universe apart again with Final Crisis
, the latest in a series of apocalypses and world ending events he's inflicted on various comics worlds
over the years. But there was a time before fame when he wrote the tie-in comic for ZOIDS
, the robot dinosaur children's toy. So what did he do? Ushered in the apocalypse, in the form of THE BLACK ZOID
"Zuda takes the Web publishing aspect out of the creators' hands, freeing them up to focus on writing and drawing the story. But to get Zuda to publish your comic, you first have to win a competition...
" A major player enters into the fray of web comics publishing, previously populated mostly by independents
. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? [more inside]
"And on the rare occasion when nonwhite heroes were included, names like Black Panther and Black Lightning telegraphed the difference"
(NYT). Nonwhite and non-traditional superheroes aren't new, but a "lesbian socialite" Batwoman
is. How about "The Great Ten," a "Chinese government controlled superteam"
also to be featured in the ongoing "52" Series
from DC comics (an alternate superverse bereft of A-league stars like Batman and Superman)? When I was a kid, it was pretty shocking to know of at least one gay superhero
(and a Canadian to boot), but I wasn't aware that there were actually so many
. Of course, the irrepressible Stan Lee
claims he created the first gay superhero in the persona of Pvt. Percival Pinkerton
. (Previous mefi discussion of Pavitr Prabhakar, the "Indian Spiderman" here
The Vertigo Tarot
by Dave McKean
, illustrator of among many other good things the Sandman
comics, was reissued
in August. The cards, loosely based on characters from DCs Vertigo comic inprint, are among the most uneasily beautiful interpretations I've ever seen.
The original set was in a limited edition of 5000 copies and is changing hands for suitably outrageous sums on ebay. The new edition (slightly smaller cards) retails around the $30 mark.