BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for November 18, 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
This isn't comic-related, but @laura_hudson linked to it, so that's enough for me: photographer Irina Werning's "Back to the Future" photo series takes old pictures and recreates them with the original people, all older 'n shit. The effect is… indescribable.
By the way! I just realize that the guy in the leather jacket is Billy Bragg. Turns out that's Riff Raff, a band he was in in the '70s. Nice one.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Now Dark Wolverine is Cancelled
In this week's Axel-in-Charge article over at CBR, Marvel EIC Axel Alonso, in talking about the cancellation of X-23, Alonso mentions offhand that Daken: Dark Wolverine (written by Rob Williams, who also wrote the now-cancelled Ghost Rider, and drawn by a variety of artists) will come to an end with Issue #21 in February.
Is it too early to call this the Marvel Implosion?
Dilbert Creator Scott Adams Will Run for President
Bob Layton and Edward James Olmos: Fuck Marvel
Bob Layton and David Michelinie were working on a miniseries called Iron Man Forever, but the editorial process resulted in a book that pissed Layton off so much that he decided to quit working with the publisher thanks to some sage advice from actor Edward James Olmos. Seriously.
Read the full story at the link below. Interesting.
Batgirl to Join Birds of Prey
DC Comics have revealed that New 52 title Birds of Prey #4 (by Dwayne Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz) will feature Batgirl (star of her own solo book by Gail Simone and Adrian Syaf) joining the team. Which is funny, because just the other day I was having a "Why isn't Batgirl in the Birds of Prey?" type conversation.
Way to read my mind, DC.
Fuckfaces in Tunisia Overreact to Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is a lovely comic that was adapted into a lovely animated film a few years ago. A Tunisian TV station aired the film last month, and people flipped out because the film has a depiction of God in it, which is taboo in some forms of Islam.
As a result, the station, Nessma, is being sued and an angry mob set the station owner's house on fire. Hence, fuckfaces.
The Beat points out that Tunisia is "the country widely credited with setting off the "Arab Spring" in a relatively peaceful fashion earlier this year."
READ THIS COMIC
The first trade paperback collection of Gladstone's School for World Conquerors came out this week, and to promote it, writer Mark Andrew Smith posted the entire first issue on his Tumblr. Smith seriously wants to be able to continue this series, and he can only afford to do so if the thing sells (that's the thing about creator-owned comics):
Please help us by passing on the link on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr. We want to connect with more readers and get a very healthy following for future volumes. Also you can mention that the first Trade Paperback is available in stores and link to Amazon or another retailer you like. It’s also available on Comixology as well if you like to read digital comics.
So, if you haven't fallen in love with the book already, go check it out, and if you like what you see, try to pick up the rest of it. Gladstone's s a fun, colorful, cute, exciting all-ages book with great visuals that doesn't feel totally beholden to the usual superhero parody archetypes. It's a great read, and I want to see more of it.
LOOK WHO'S TALKING
- Craig Thompson talks to Nadim Damluji about Habibi in an interview that directly approaches many of the book's controversies. Necessary reading.
- Carla Hoffman writes about what to do if your favorite series is canceled.
- Tucker Stone interviews Mark Waid about his amazing Daredevil series.
- Chris Mautner has a quick little write up about Alan Moore, Rich Veitch and Steve Bissette's 1963.
- Comics critic Douglas Wolk wrote about the new Smiths box set for Pitchfork and that blows my mind. Also, it looks like he rates the records fairly instead of giving that bullshit 10 rating that Pitchfork writers sometimes give to notable reissues.
- Brian Cronin's Comic Book Legends for the week: how Alan Moore allowed reprints of Captain Britain, how Steve Gerber turned a one-off joke from Howard the Duck into a Vertigo miniseries and how Roy Thomas wrote a What If…? Issue that was a part of Marvel continuity.
- John Parker writes about Transmetropolitan as it relates to election season.
- Tim O'Shea talks to Greg Pak about Bill Mantlo.
- Kieron Gillen muses about the accessibility of his Uncanny X-Men #1.
- @celebrityhottub: Hypothesis: Rick Ross is engaged in one extremely drawn-out game of Brewster's Millions.
- @shelbyfero: The jelly bean sandwich I once ate won't be the FIRST thing on my suicide note, but it'll be up there.
- @vasilislolos: type is hard
- @TimCallahan: I don't know why @MarkWaid's Daredevil gets so many accolades when he has yet to write a scene of this caliber: tinyurl.com/6no47yv
- @pattonoswalt: Elisabeth Shue joining CSI in February. Also new title -- CSI: PATTON OSWALT'S 80'S CRUSH LOOKS AT SEMEN STAINS
- @thechrishaley: This. Forever. tmblr.co/ZZTwTyC6Rrk1
- @Zubkavich: Are puppets still puppets when there's no hand in them?
WATCH THIS VIDEO
Because YouTube recommended it when I clicked over to it: here's Patton Oswalt doing five minutes on Late Night with Conan O'Brien a long-ass time ago:
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.