BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for November 21, 2011A comics news article
Bullet Points is Comics Bulletin's weekday roundup of some of the most notable news, criticism, tweets and other craziness of the comics industry.
Think of it as the entire comics internet shrunk down into one convenient article, for people with not enough time to check every single comics website on the Internet.
LOOK AT THIS
Marvel's February 2012 solicitations are up, yeah, but dig this Renato Guedes cover for Avengers #23. I've always thought Guedes was a promising artist, but now -- WOW.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Whoa: Marvel Month to Month Sales for October 2011
Paul O'Brien's inspected the Marvel month-to-months for October, and the publisher has about three books in the Top 20 compared to DC.
Part of the DC New 52 fervor is making for hilarious sales charts where formerly high-charting Marvel books are being outsold by Red Hood and the Outlaws. Shit's real crazy, and we can only wait for things to level out as the craziness dies down.
RIP Alvin Schwartz
Comic book writer Alvin Schwartz, age 95, died on October 28 "from heart-related complications."
Schwartz was best known for his DC comics writing, scripting such comics as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, House of Mystery and Aquaman.
Click below for Mark Evanier's brief write-up of Alvin Schwartz.
Comics Preview Roundup!
- The Ray #1 by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Jamal Igle. It's one of those "books nobody demanded," but looks like solid superhero work. (December 14, 2011)
- Daredevil #7 by Mark Waid and returning artist Paolo Rivera will surely be one of the prettiest comics to close out 2011. (December 21, 2011)
READ THIS COMIC
I was going to be an opportunist and link to a comic I drew, but The Beat posted a Carl Barks Gyro Gearloose comic from 1957 called "Picnic" -- for one week only. Go read it while you can!
LOOK WHO'S TALKING
- Comics journalist Laura Sneddon writes about autobiographical comics and trauma.
- Lan Pitts talks to Polly and the Pirates creator Ted Naifeh and artist Robbi Rodriguez about the next installment from Oni Press.
- Men of War writer Ivan Brandon thinks sales charts are getting more books cancelled.
- Tom Spurgeon responded to Ivan Brandon.
- Artist Colleen Doran talks about how she got into manga.
- Chris Sims and David Uzumeri review Blade: Trinity, which is an underrated entry in the Blade franchise.
- Scott Lobdell talks about his ongoing run on Teen Titans and the creation of his gay character, Bunker. I can't read articles like this without playing "spot the gaffe."
- Tom Spurgeon talks to Rich Tommaso about his color work on the Carl Barks Donald Duck reprints.
- Too Much Coffee Man creator (and CB favorite) Shannon Wheeler talk to Tim O'Shea talks to about Daddy Won't Wake Up.
- Dave Johnson, cover artist extraordinaire, talked about creating great comic book covers on Twitter, critiquing the work of his peers. Andy Khouri compiled Johnson's thoughts.
- Timothy Callahan answers some pretty interesting reader questions.
- Hey, here's an interview with Fear Itself artist Stuart Immonen!
- @ActualPerson084: GREAT DEALS ON BONES WHICH ARE STILL IN OTHER PEOPLE'S BODIES. YOU CAN GET THE BONES.
- @illogicalvolume: COMICS NEWS: Alan More admits that Glycon "is just me cock in a wig, basically", adding that he's "most often found in a bucket of popcorn".
- @NateCosBOOM: Remember at the end of Usual Suspects, when you find out Bruce Willis is actually a sled?
- @rstevens: The Xenomorph was inside me the whole time.
- @chris_roberson: To restate, Michael Freakin' Kaluta is drawing things that came out of my brain.
- @bclevinger: Saints Row 3 is what happens when a video game admits it is a video game.
- @OFFICIALpizza: #worstpassword JeffDunham - Error: Password must have at least 1 unique character.
WATCH THIS VIDEO
Since I'm listening to Islands as I write this, here's the music video for their song "Rough Gem":
Danny Djeljosevic is a comic book creator, award-winning filmmaker (assuming you have absolutely no follow-up questions), film/music critic for Spectrum Culture and Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin. Follow him on Twitter at @djeljosevic or find him somewhere in San Diego, often wearing a hat. Read his comic, "Sgt. Death and his Metachromatic Men," over at Champion City Comics and check out his other comics at his Tumblr, Sequential Fuckery.