The Avenging Page (In Excelsis Ditko)
is an exhaustive essay on the recent self-published comics of legendary artist and writer Steve Ditko
In 1977 Dial Press of New York published Robert Mayer’s first novel, Superfolks. It was, amongst other things, a story of a middle-aged man coming to terms with his life, an enormous collection of 1970s pop-culture references, some now lost to the mists of time, and a satire on certain aspects of the comic superhero, but would probably be largely unheard of these days if it wasn’t for the fact that it is regularly mentioned for its supposed influence on a young Alan Moore and his work, particularly on Watchmen, Marvelman, and his Superman story, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Alan Moore and Superfolks: Part 1: The Case for the Prosecution
, Part 2: The Case for the Defence
, Part 3: The Strange Case of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore
In 2010, DC Comics offered Alan Moore the rights back to Watchmen. This
is a factually accurate account of what happened. (SLYT)
So The Avengers is a very successful movie
. This has lead many comics fans to express their concern over the treatment of original creators in the industry, specifically of Jack Kirby
. Creators' Rights controversy is nothing new, and there remains to this day ample reason to question the business dealings of The Big Two when it comes to how they compensate the men and women who work for/with them. Alan Moore has been and continues to be the victim of numerous shady deals at the hands of DC comics
. But no one, with the possible exception of Seigel and Shuster, has suffered more than Jack "King" Kirby. [more inside]
28 pages from DC's upcoming "New 52: 2nd Wave"
Stretching the definition of "leaked" to the screaming limit, Buzzfeed shares photographs it was invited to take of 28 pages from DC's upcoming "New 52: 2nd Wave" - the six series being brought in to replace its six cancelled comic books
. [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.
Transcript of a recent
90-minute interview with Alan Moore:
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spills the beans on the time DC asked him to write Watchmen 2
. May not be safe... for people.
“Well, it seems to be happening a lot sooner than I thought. I understand now that this [is] considered a pet project of Dan DiDio, SVP-Executive Editor. That he is determined to impress new bosses by building on DC’s biggest selling comic book of all time with multiple prequel comic miniseries and spinoff ongoing projects
.” [more inside]
A burlesque tribute to the Watchmen by the Peek-A-Boo Revue
(probably NSFW). [Via]
Saturday Morning Watchmen
Let the Watchmen weekend begin!
Who watches the Watchmen? The New Frontiersman
for one. A neat viral site for the upcoming movie. [more inside]
You guys! Psyched about that whole Watchmen movie thing (previously, we've touched on Watchmen briefly, like, once or twice?
), kinda wanna read the book
, but you just can't see fitting a 400-page comic into your busy, busy schedule? Fortunately for you, there's The Condensed Version.
(Via the often NSFW Journalista
is a short comic by Kevin Cannon that collides Watchmen with children's books. Other short comics by Kevin Cannon can be read on his site
under Grab Bag
and on his blog, Freshman for Life
. His professional work is done through Big Time Attic
which he founded with Shad Petosky and not-brother Zander Cannon.
Original character designs for Watchmen
, including a (dropped) full body suit for Rorschach, by Dave Gibbons
. (Also it looks like the movie version will have a different ending
, so fears of a non-sucky Alan Moore film can be put to rest.)
Who watches The Watchmen
? Kevin Smith
has, Dave Gibbons
has, Alan Moore won't (Gibbons hopes he'll watch the DVD), and if Fox has its way
maybe YOU won't either.
"In Wells, God writes the human narrative, in Moore's version, it is humanity that ghostwrites its own story and credits it to God. The decision left to humanity is whether it will script its own history consciously, or allow the narrative to be shaped secretly by leaders and figures of authority..."
(alternate, longer explanation
) of Alan Moore
. Warning: long. [more inside]
"I think that the appetite for me is to make a movie that feels more like Taxi Driver than like Fantastic Four."
Zack Snyder talks about
his upcoming Watchmen
adaptation, which may start filming this summer.
But some fans
couldn't wait: 1
Just Imagine Stan Lee's Watchmen!
Back in 2002, DC Comics extended an olive branch of comics industry peace to Stan "Excelsior!" Lee
, the founder of rival Marvel Comics. The result was the Just Imagine line
, wherein we find several DCU heroes reimagined
in one-shot comics as only Stan Lee could. Some titles were good
. Some were okay
. Most were just so
. But never in a million issues would DC have let him take on Watchmen
-- perhaps the most critically-acclaimed
series this side of Maus
. So since Stan couldn't or wouldn't, Kevin Church has