Since we’re on the topic of creative changes, one of the things that was a big discussion point for a while was Gail Simone being on and off “Batgirl.” With Gail now reinstated on the title, I have to ask — how much was fan outcry and fan support part of that creative editorial decision?
Harras: What we had was Ray [Fawkes] coming on for two months to help out, schedule-wise. We’re very happy Gail is back; she’s on the book moving forward, so to me, that was a moment in time where we were just looking for Gail’s next plot to come in and we’re moving forward.
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Follow-up question: “When the news broke, Simone herself said that she was informed she was no longer the new writer. That doesn’t sound as temporary as simply waiting on her next plot. Can you expand on what happened here? Was there a miscommunication?”
Don’t let these people rewrite history and use your platform to do it.
what a sleazy fuck
When “Avengers” came out there was a vocal fanbase of “Avengers” co-creator Jack Kirby that thought his role in this big pop culture event was being underplayed. With “Guardians of the Galaxy” coming up, there’s already hype around those characters — especially Rocket Raccoon, who was created by Bill Mantlo. What kinds of safeguards and policies do you want to be in place for Marvel to protect the comic creators who are in their older years now, but whose work is entertaining millions of people around the world?
Well it’s a complex question, but I will say that Joe Quesada and Dan Buckley will take the lead on a lot of that and they are actually quite, quite good in acknowledging and letting us know as we share the scripts and character lists with them [by saying]: Here are the creators of this. Here is where they are. Here is who they are, and figuring out what we can do in terms of recognition. If you look at the special credits sections of all the Marvel Studios movies, you’ll see lots and lots of names, probably half a dozen or so, that apply to even the small characters, much smaller than Rocket, that are included in the movie. In terms of Kirby, I always thought of the “Thor” movie as one of the biggest testaments to what Kirby did because at every turn with the production design, we wanted to embrace it. The helmet design, those horns on Loki. “Do you really want those to be that big?” “It’s gotta be that big.” I love that stuff, it’s tremendous.
Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios Head, On Marvel’s Next Risks, Tom Hiddleston’s Bad Boy Appeal And Jack Kirby
Sometimes they make it so easy.
“Well it’s a complex question-” No.
No, it really, really isn’t.
Crosseyed and Painless: According to One Comic Book Publisher, this Batwoman “looks fat”
Over on the Escher Girls blog, which does an amazingly consistent and good job of slicing and dicing comic book art featuring women, a submission was posted which blew my already cynical mind.
It was about a Batwoman piece that artist submitted for a portfolio review….
Smarten up, comic book industry
I legitimately just don’t care at all if the comic book industry dies anymore. If these are their standards then fuck them completely to hell. “Go study Sports Illustrated?” How about you crack your head on a coffee table instead?
"Only 46 percent of voters realized that the amendment would ban civil unions for gay couples as well as marriage, according to a Public Policy Polling poll. A majority of North Carolina voters support civil unions."
— Fun facts about the dumbest fucking state in the union.
"The Rescue was inspired by a time the band was on tour, and its van broke down on the road. The members had to wait eight days (hence each track title) for the transmission to be replaced in the van (as described in dialog during the song “Day Three”), and they went flat broke after the payment. They had to spend those eight days in the attic of someone kind enough to let them stay. They described “Day Eight” as “a goodbye”."
— Something is fucked when the guys who made an album as beloved as The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place can’t afford to fix their van without breaking their bank accounts.
In yesterday’s discussion about children’s books, a couple people mentioned ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’, Alvin Schwartz’s awesome collection of ghost stories. So you might want to sit down when I tell you that for the 30th anniversary edition, the publisher is replacing the beautifully disturbing illustrations by Stephen Gammell.
For our 40th anniversary re-release of Quadrophenia we are replacing all of Keith Moon’s drumming with traditional Afro-Cuban conga music. This is a change that can be respected and admired.
"When Disney bought Marvel, there was some hope that it would become another Pixar, another separate and eccentric IP farm. The reality is the exact opposite. Pixar has ping pong tables and free lunch for its imagineers. Marvel has one bathroom."
“Marvel layoffs: The cheapskate is coming from inside the House of Ideas!” (via ——comix)
The lack of shits given about this story continues to enrage and depress me.
Judging by comments:
16 comments-Marvel Comics lays off multiple editors in an attempt to increase its profit margin in an inexcusable display of corporate greed.
is far less important than
316 comments-Someone calls Catwoman a mean word in a video game.
You want comics to thrive? You can start by giving a shit about the real, non-pretend people who put them on your shelves month in and month out, you fuckers.