“Another time, Jack took a call. A voice on the other end said, ‘There are three of us down here in the lobby. We want to see the guy who does this disgusting comic book and show him what real Nazis would do to his Captain America’. To the horror of others in the office, Kirby rolled up his sleeves and headed downstairs. The callers, however, were gone by the time he arrived.”—Mark Evanier, Kirby: King of Comics (via dawgriguez)
It’s a depressing time to be an American; it’s a depressing time to like superhero comics. Don’t get me started on the Marvel/Kirby thing. In the comics themselves, there are good things happening but not enough of them.
I am sincerely interested in this New 52 business, though, for a few reasons. First, I can’t stop hoping things will change. I’m just that stupid. Second, I am paralyzed by nostalgia sometimes and want to feel like I did when I was thirteen and sitting on my bed reading Grant/Breyfogle Batman or Giffen/DeMatteis JLI.
”—My pal Matt Springer sums up a lot of what’s in my heart about DC in particular, comics in general.
Hi Dan. My wife and I love Community, and can’t wait for Season 3. I’vebeen craving to ask you something. I went through a phase studying Campbell, Voegler, and Truby, and your tutorials were incredibly helpful. I feel confident about structure. But I don’t feel that I…
A child knows that real crabs on the beach do not sing and talk like the cartoon crabs in The Little Mermaid. A child can accept all kinds of weird-looking creatures and bizarre occurrences in a story because the child understands that stories have different rules that allow for pretty much anything to happen.
Adults, on the other hand, struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform with the rules of everyday life. Adults foolishly demand to know how Superman can fly, or how Batman can possibly run a multibillion-dollar business empire during the day and fight crime at night, when the answer is obvious even to the smallest child: because it’s not real.
Today, I asked some questions on the internets about the upcoming Womanthology book. It has raised over $100k, and gotten some comics press. I, along with some other people, have asked where that money is going. In return, I have gotten emails, tweets & texts saying among other things that I was…
I am a big proponent of Kickstarter - I think that makers need a patronage system in order to do the shit that they really want to do. Hell, if there had been a Kickstarter earlier than there was one, the miniseries that Matt and I scripted back in the day might be a physical comic now and not a dusty collection of Google Docs. I am also all for feel-good boosterism and giving people the benefit of the doubt. I am a backer of this particular project, based on a rather reflexive reaction - there is a lot of talk about females in comics and et cetera; diversity in comics is a cause I care about, so that’s ostensibly worth my money.
At the same time, I am glad these questions are being asked and kind of disappointed at the backlash they seem to be receiving. They are honest, important questions and they are the kind of questions that the organizers maybe haven’t even considered under the blinding light of unexpected financial success.
Giving the proceeds to charity is good. Openness is good. Creating a collaborative project is a good thing. Getting a financial windfall and then not sharing it with the people putting their backs into it is…well, it’s not inherently bad, but to kind of echo the excellent sentiment that Meredith Gran put out there this week, the best way to give back to the cause of women in comics is to pay women in comics.
“I think all of that additional access to media and minutiae was good for us. We had a lot more material to inspire us while we were growing up. And I think it’ll be the same for the kids of the future, who will grow up with free access to “Everything That Ever Was, Available Forever.” They’ll take it all in just like we did, zero in on the stuff they think is the coolest, and that will inspire them to create their own unique type of music, art, movie, or book. And it will be inspired by everything that has come before, and that’s what makes for great art. So says I.”— Ernie Cline
A peaceful protest over the death of a man at police hands, in a community where locals have been given every reason to mistrust the forces of law and order, is one sort of political statement. Raiding shops for technology and trainers that cost ten times as much as the benefits you’re no longer entitled to is another. A co-ordinated, viral wave of civil unrest across the poorest boroughs of Britain, with young people coming from across the capital and the country to battle the police, is another.