Friday, October 29, 2004

More political science, as Heidi asks various comics celebrities who they'll be voting for. This is just the kind of thing that rankles the Broken Frontier faithful, who are currently upset about Alex Ross's Village Voice cover:

"I don't quite understand why 'celebrity types' think I care about what they think about politics. I care about how they act in the latest movie or how they draw my favorite characters. If they want me to care about their political stance, they should go into politics. I prefer to think for myself on the issues, thank you very much."

"It's a the sad state of the power of media & the even more scary state of of the ingorant youth of today. Celebrities do not care one bit whether you know what their political views are, but the democatic party cares, & the celes care about the publicity that the democrats give them. The left are aware that there are a lot of young voters that know absolutely nothing about politcs, but they see in their MTV commercials all the time how important it is to vote. Since they know nothing about politcs, but a man called P-Diddy keeps yelling at them that they will die if they don't vote, they figure 'hell, I guess I should vote, but I have no idea who to vote for, yet. . . since Titanic is my favorite movie & Leo is dreamy, then I should vote for Kerry'. As sad as it seems, that is the sad truth. It's just simple memory association, there are voters that know nothing about either candidate, but they remember the name Kerry more b/c there are constant commercials & shows with celebrity names attached to Kerry so that is who they vote for in the polls."

"Personally, it makes me sick to my stomach when so called 'celebrities' attempt to use their popularity to influence the political arena (On both sides)...maybe in a way, because it tends to demonstrate so clearly how incredibly stupid or shallow some people can be, when their minds are swayed simply because one of their favorite entertainers think along certain lines. (And yes, it really does happen; I've actually met one or two like that!)... The really strange part though? I don't have the same reaction when it involves comics, and a creator simply says something in an interview or whatever that I don't agree with...it only seems to affect me when their personal art form is used to express their political view...haven't quite figured that aspect out yet, but it's what happens to me. I'm afraid that Mr. Ross has now dropped a bit on my 'respect-o-meter.'"

For those who, like me, enjoyed the last sneak peak of Five Fists of Science:

Cheers, Larry.

The Bendis board hits another high note:

"Just showed my girlfriend the Alias Anal scene... She thinks I'm reading too much into it. She doesn't think it's anal."

"1) She's wrong. 2) Dude, there's better ways to broach the subject."

"I never thought it was actually anal, either, but Bendis himself said it."

"by her saying that you were really reading to much into it, what she really meant was not in a million fucking years."

"This is true. But she just showed me her boobs, so I think if I get offline now I am going to get some. Goodnight, Bendis Board."

Intermessageboardweb War! Mark Millar wasn't happy with the Marvel.com "Who gets to be a bad guy in Millar's Wolverine run" poll:

"That Wolvie poll over at www.marvel.com has Venom in the lead. I like Venom well enough, but I'm doing my Venom story over in MK Spider-Man and I can't be arsed writing another one. The two I really wanted on this poll were Blade and Bullseye. These are the ones I was torn between (Blade edging ahead) and the others were just notions the Marvel guys filled out. But fucking Venom is in the lead here and this thing is finished tomorrow. Blade is currently 12 points behind and I can't go back on my word when I start WOLVERINE: AGENT OF SHIELD (the other half of this big revenge story). Help a brother out and do a last minute splurge for the vampire killer. You know it makes sense."

Millarworld heed his call to action:

"I should be access about 30 different PC's/Internet connection tommorow morning and about the same amount from lunch so will get voting :)"

"As a Marvel employee and designer and maintainer of the Marvel.com site, it would be morally wrong for me to point out ways of skewing the poll, such as clearing your cookies after each time you vote so as to bypass the 24 hour lock on voting in our polling engine. It would be completely unethical for me to say something like that on a public message board."

"Ok, so I just voted 44 times, and I am getting a headache. Do you have to stop voting if your head explodes??"

Meanwhile, the Joe Quesada board aren't happy with this blatant abuse of power:

"Millar is such a cheater... He's telling his board to flood the Marvel.com poll with votes for Blade before the deadline (tomorrow at noon) because he doesn't want to write Venom. And it's working. *** him. I'm going to flood it with votes for Venom, not even because I want to see him that bad, but just because I don't like the idea of the writer rigging his own poll. If you don't want to respect the fans choice, why do the poll? If you want to join me in my protest, block Marvel.com's cookies and just keep going back to page to vote. In Internet Explorer, you can do this by going to Tools, Internet Options, Privacy, Edit, and then type in marvel.com and click Block. Grrr. The Millarworlders will probably win this, though. What a rip."

"Never underestimate the power of interweb spammers. I wonder what everyone who thought it was cool of Millar to do this poll is gonna think now. Bet they'll be miffed."

"I voted for venom and as soon as results came up it was 36,857 total votes, hit refresh and in the course of 2 seconds it jumped to 36,932 votes. This is fucked up."

"I think Millar should just ignore that poll and declare it invalid coz of all the fixing of votes and write Blade v Wolverine anyway!!"

And the winner is?

"After a last minute surge in voting (and a not-so-subtle get-out-the-vote campaign from a certain Scottish comic book writer), the World’s Deadliest Assassin, Bullseye, beat Spider-Man arch-foe Venom by a hair. Bullseye will rumble with Wolverine...but keep your eyes peeled for special cameos by the also-rans. Thanks everyone for voting!"

You've got to beware of those subliminal political messages in the final days before the election, according to those at Newsarama:

"GL: Rebirth as Pro-Bush Propaganda? Okay, let's weight out the similarities here: 1) Both Hal Jordan and George W. Bush joined the air force as pilots long ago. 2) Both Hal Jordan and George W. Bush once got slapped with a DUI 3) Both Hal Jordan and George W. Bush are being given a second chance to be Green Lantern/President, despite going mad with power and putting the Earth itself in jeopardy. 4) Their community of peers seems to be highly suspicious of their motives. Green Arrow = England, Batman = France, Flash = Canada. There's no way around it folks."

"Hmmm, good theory. But everyone knows GL: Rebirth is pro-Kerry propaganda! Look at how he flip-flops! (I'm Green Lantern, fighting cosmic war! No, I'm a social activist now, hanging out with Green Arrow and the hippies! No wait, now I'm crazy! I'm Parallax now! No, no, the Spectre! Did I say the Spectre, no I meant I'm Green Lantern again. I've always been pro-Lantern!)"

Wizard, not content with spoiling the end of Avengers Disassembled, are now doing the same to Identity Crisis according to those at the DC boards (Possible spoilers, for those who care):

"look at the best villain category [at] http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazines/wizard/WZ20041027-wzfa.cfm <<-
dick grayson (identity crises)OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"Are you kidding me? I hope this is a red harring or I would sue the pants off of Wizard for letting this out."

"Well, if Dick really was listed there (you know, if it wasn't a red herring from Wizard or a fanboy prank), then he's not on the list now."

"yep hes been taken off the list. that was pretty mean. The biggest clue ever that it is not dick [...] wel that narrows it down to everyone else"

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Josh Farkas fights The Man, but not The Man that you might be expecting:

"The CBLDF claims that their mission is to fight against First Amendment infringements in the comic community.Yet, in their own words the CBLDF's programs have been more about spreading the word that censorship exists, then actually defending cases... What is this great enemy they're fighting? Usually small religious organizations bent on banning any material that may be potentially offensive to minors in their community. But the beauty of our system is that just because a case is brought to court, does not mean that the law is bound to attack any form of art. Judges and juries are well aware of the power of First Amendment rights. In many cases the CBLDF touts their influence (this includes 2 main stories on their website as of 10/24) but it is the law who reacts accordingly by reviewing the law, and dismissing the charges as unfounded. This action wasn't due to the attempts of a committee, it was due to the legal system being built on checks and balances.

"...Imagine that tomorrow you wake up to see the lead story on the news, 'Movie Industry sides with Pornographers, Pedophiles, & Purveyors of Violence'. The reporters then say the movie industry is abolishing a rating system, and will be aggressively prosecuting anyone that infringes on their right to express themselves as artists. X-rated films are now playing as previews before Disney movies in the name of higher art. Why don't you think this will happen? A better question would be, why does the comics community side with the push to make our chosen passion even more inaccessible? Sure it is our right as comic artists and readers to enjoy work we find entertaining, even if it may include heavy violence or sex. But demanding that these materials be placed beside Funny Animal comics without restriction is insane. It is this same introverted approach of 'with us or against us' that has driven comics to the crippled place they stand today."

Joe Casey and Matt Fraction have trouble ending it all:

"The concept of endings is something that mainstream comicbooks -- their creators and their readers -- seem to have trouble grasping. Writing monthly superheroes certainly promotes the never-ending story. After all, you're maintaining a trademark and trademarks can never really end, can they? But with the advent of mini-series and, to a lesser extent, the story arc, the opportunity to provide some sort of ending to whatever story you're telling becomes much more feasible. Except that most mainstream comicbooks still aren't very good at it. In fact, they kinda suck at providing good endings. And, on top of that, most mainstream readers aren't used to appreciating endings if and when they happen to occur... mainly because they don't get enough good endings to be able to identify them.

"Look around at the books that are currently in fashion. Personally, I see a lot of well-done set-ups (beginnings), some great story meat (middles), and piss-poor endings. Stories that simply... end. Or worse, just peter out when the pages run out."

Wizard accidentally spoil Avengers Disassembled. Millarworld reacts:

"The spoiler surprised me because I didn't believe it could be so obvious. That's who I guessed by reading the name of the arc on the cover of #500."

"Don't worry guys, a month or so after Bendis leaves the Avengers, it will be revealed that Scarlet Witch wasn't Scarlet Witch, but in reality it was the long lost sister of Xorn who was possesed by someone, and that the real Witch has been hanging in Wundagore mountain all the time."

"The true fall from grace isn't the villian of disassembled, and that was predictable, and shouldn't even be respected enough to consider it a spoiler, but the true fall from grace is Brian Michael Bendis. Marvel's got some new blood arriving soon in Ed Brubaker and Robert Kirkman, and new writers like Dan Slott seem primed to move up the ladder quickly, so Bendis' fall from the top won't really hurt in the scheme of things, it's just a shame that he started trying to be Stan Lee. Pride comes before the fall , as they say."

"wow, do you have something against bendis, larry? i mean, i was upset that he offed gwen too...but this is too much. trying to be stan lee? pride? bendis' fall from grace? i said this over in his board, and i'll say it again...if the worst thing you can do is write a bad issue once in a while, you're doing alright."

Paul Jenkins leaves Spectacular Spider-Man, and the books gets cancelled. Joe Quesada explains, after a fashion:

"Paul is a true professional but I also know that over the last year and a half he's been fighting some difficult health issues all the while giving Spectacular and the fans his best work. We at Marvel really want to thank him for his years of hard work he's put into Spider-Man and we're sorry to see him leave the title. Much like Ultimate Team-Up was a vehicle created for Brian Bendis to shine and then canceled with his departure, the same can be said about Spectacular Spider-Man. Spectacular Spidey was created for Paul and Humberto to tell their brand of Spider-Man stories. Without them attached to the series we've decided to close up shop on the title and call it a day with issue #27. But on that note, stay tuned for some new and exciting Paul Jenkins announcements!"

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Okay, this time I really am back, barring any more family emergencies that make me fly across the world. Thanks again to Chris H, Ed, Chris Butcher and John for covering for me while I listened to terrible stories about how close my mother came to death (clue: Very close indeed. She had a heart attack that required 25 shocks to return a pulse, which is apparently very rare and very bad), and then was part of assembled family who watched as she recovered much quicker than doctors expected. She's still not out of the woods - or even hospital - yet, but we're hoping that that's going to only going to be a matter of time. Thanks, too, to those who emailed nice thoughts when I needed them.

Still, this kind of exhausted personal stuff is not why you come here, so I'll be back on the snark tomorrow when I'm less jetlagged and can think straight again.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

I'm thinking, with Tony Lee addresing himself as a "Spin Doctor" instead of the PR Manager for AP Comics, he'll get everything coming to him and more.

"Better get spinning then. Word around town is that they aren't sure what "creator owned" means. *shrugs* http://www.indiegods.com/IGPages/interviews1.htm I hear they're working on a new Darkham Vale series even after the creator left the company without his concept."

"Not sure - although I believe there's an upcoming TV series in the works, and Jack's due for a nice royalty cheque if it goes through - so I think he's still involved in a way..."

"So he doesn't own his creator owned project? I'm interested in hearing what the "other side of the story" might be, if there is one."

"Congrats on your position. Here's some advice from a long time promotions agent: Referring to yourself as a 'spin doctor' not only ruins any credibility you may have already, but it sets a precedent that your are engaging in covering up lies, untruths and attempting to shine a positive light on negative events for your employer. Unless that's exactly what you are doing, you should try your best not to give yourself such self defeating monikers right out of the gate. Clay is NOT a spin doctor. He's a Marketing & PR Coordinator. If you fail to see the difference, you might be in over your head."

Fanboys made good. Real. Good.

"Today, breaking both in The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal, it was announced that Platinum Studios and Gold Circle Films (firs domestic release - My Big Fat Greek Wedding) have signed a development deal for 10 movies based on characters from Platinum’s library for $200 million. According to Platinum, this is the largest deal in history between studios, financiers and comic book producers."

Prime and Badrock are guaranteed money makers, I'm sure.

Looks like those Hal Jordan fans really did buy 20 copies apiece.

"With the first issue of the red-hot miniseries GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH (AUG040383) sold out at DC Comics days before its in store date of October 27, the publisher has rushed the issue back to press. Written by Geoff Johns with art and cover by Ethan Van Sciver, GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH #1 Second Printing (SEP048097) is scheduled to arrive in stores on November 17 with a new cover by Van Sciver."

Ok, who the hell is publishing these guys nowadays? First Image, then Devil's Due, now Image...

""Most writers just string together action sequences and space them out with a little bit of description and exposition," said Sean Jordan, editor of the adaptation of The Seventh Shrine. "But not Mr. Silverberg. His writing style is almost overwhelming to new readers because it's so detailed and immersive.""

And to explain the immense popularity of Robert Silverberg and his book, The Seventh Shrine, here's Mike S. Miller.

"I'd never heard of Robert Silverberg prior to beginning this project."

Admit it, Larry Young almost got ya. Yes, he did.

"AiT/Planet Lar publisher Larry Young announced today that issues number five and number six of the acclaimed miniseries DEMO by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan are completely sold out!

"Oh, wait; no, they’re not," said AiT/Planet Lar publisher Larry Young. "There WAS a brief time there when they were unavailable, though. In fact, in WIZARD #157’s price guide, they’re listed as rare. But because I’m a big believer in giving people what they want, we’ve gone back to press to ensure that all issues of DEMO are available as long as people want them. And it looks like people are going to be wanting them for a long, long time."

Monday, October 25, 2004

The Pulse lets you accuse the Identity Crisis murderer.

"My guess is Capt. Boomerang's never before heard of son.
The motivation?, To shock readers and sell comics.
And to make long time readers feel like they've been reading about a bunch of jerks for all these years.
#4 was my last pre-ordered issue so I expect I'll find out on these boards who it ultimately is.
But on a related note, I see Sue's body is in much better shape for her JSA appearance than it was in IC."

"I still believe it was Boomerang. He has used Mirror Master's equipment before (Suicide Squad) and is probably trying to show that he can still run with the big boys. Something that no one seems to believe anymore.
I'm guessing this will get him killed and his son will take over the "family business". Of course, that's my opinion, I could be wrong."

"The Elongated Man"

"first choice: J'onn J'onzz
second choice: Barry Allen
third choice: Sue Dibny and Elongated Man - maybe that's not really Sue's body but someone else's"

"Who: Captain Boomerang's kid.
Why: To impress his dad who he idolizes.

How: Was given access to Rogue paraphenalia by the other rogues who view him as one of the family.

How it will end: Badly for Captain Boomerang. (not so hot for the kid either)."

"The DC Encyclopedia has Amanda Waller listed as a villain, when actually there have been more villainous characters and they're only listed as "Presumed Villain". It kinda makes sense when it comes down to it. Dr. Light, Slipknot, and Captain Boomerang were all members of her Suicide Squad. Boomerang was even sent to murder her in the SUPERMAN SECRET FILES 2004 leading a Squad of his own for this group called the Cabal, which has Checkmate under their belts. It was even hinted that General Eiling belonged to the Cabal in SUICIDE SQUAD #62 - in fact in that story arc the Cabal were going after the Atom to learn the secrets of the other Justice Leaguers in SUICIDE SQUAD #59-62 (which is why he faked his death). The Cabal also appeared again in an issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE, but I'm not sure to what extent.

Anyway, the Wall may not be the killer, but I'm sure she's involved somehow - maybe working with Luthor rubbed off on her...?"

"Here's the problem: I think that Meltzer has simply not done enough to make it possible to guess. Whatever strengths this comic has - and ther are many - one big flaw so far is that there are no real clues as far as I can tell. Everything is a red herring. 5/7th of the way home, and I see nothing that seems to be of any real use.
Suspects? Maybe the Calculator. Maybe all the former members of the Suicide Squad. But we have no motive, and no clear sense of "who benefits?" Who would beneift from a horde of distraught, disorganized heroes and also from a group of similarly chaotic villains? And who among all the bad guys either could figure out Superman is Clark Kent, or would have reason to even suspect it?

I am concerned that Meltzer, who like many of his peers in the suspense novel industry, is less interested in the mystery than in the effects of the mystery. As a result, he might leave us with an ending as contrived and dimwitted as that in "Hush." "Hush" was so close to being a classic Batman story till that last issue, and then everything broke apart like overcooked meat. We've seen this too often in all sorts of so-called "mystery" stories in all media, and I am not getting my hopes up this will end any better.

All that said, I'm left hoping it's Lex Luthor, though there is no reason to suspect him as he's playing dead right now and hasn't even been mentioned once. But it does make a little sense that he would strike back at both the villains he hated dealing with in his pervious careers, and the heroes he hated with a passion. But I can't figure out hwo he would find out Supes' identtiy again o why he's play a game so complex as this."

Following up on Graeme's recent posts about the Bendis board being closed, Neilfarted explains to everyone how the Internet works on the temporary Bendis board.

"ok, you people have no idea how the internet works. i'm sure allen probably would have been glad to explain it to you if you didn't come off like complete assholes, or like you people own the image boards. craig, i'd like to see you try to keep dudemetal off your forums and permabanned from here if he wanted to stay.

It's called proxy ip addresses. he uses different public, anonymous proxy ip addresses to post and to create multiple names. It's not as simple as you people seem to think it is.

sure, allen and most of the regulars caught on to his multiple ids, and figured it out. so you expect him to continue to waste his energy on banning his multiple accounts every time a new ID is suspect? even if dudemetal created 100 multiple accounts, and admitted to being dudemetal, that's still 100 accounts that allen has to delete.

dudemetal has been to my forums. he spammed the board with multiple accounts and flooded my forum with useless posts. i was able to install a modification on my forums to deal with the flooding and spamming, but if he wanted to continue to create multiple accounts, i would be useless to do anything but waste my time and delete each one, or close the board to open registration. obviously, the second option isn't reasonable to do on the image boards. do you really think it's worth allen's time to have to deal with this guy?
put yourself in his shoes. allen's done more for the community than he ever gets credit for, and all you people do is whine and bitch and show how unapreciative you are for the FREE fucking pacifier you all use.

and i'd love to see someone put up the funds to host a board that could handle the amount of bandwidth the image boards get on a daily basis."

James Sturm talks about the Center for Cartoon Studies and its differences.

"NRAMA: For a long time, the Joe Kubert School has been the primary, if not only, school devoted to comic education. Not to disparage Joe or the facility, can you tell us how CCS stands apart from it?

JS: I would never disparage Joe nor his faculty. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Joe as a cartoonist and for what he’s accomplished with his school. I do think CCS will differ from the Kubert school in a few ways. For starters, CCS emphasizes self-publishing. This emphasis obviously means the teaching of a lot of marketable skills but more importantly it allows the students to disseminate their work regardless whether they get hired by Marvel or DC or possess a more “commercial” style. Looking at Joe’s distinguished career and his instructors you can see there is a bias on a certain style or type of cartooning. Lynda Barry, Peter Arno, Julie Doucet, William Gropper, Crockett Johnson, and Rory Hayes are as important to the medium’s history (if not more so) than people like Barry Windsor Smith or Gene Colan. This is not meant as a slight to these great cartoonists. They certainly influenced me and have their place but there is so much more to the history of comics than the story of the larger publishing houses."

Collector's Paradise is still pissed about Bone.

"As a retailer, I was sore that he did this, but I would be totally over it if after that it was available to retailers. I have been trying to do reorders on this book WEEKLY, and have received a total of TWO copies reordered so far in the months since SD. That is TERRIBLE, not only am I loosing sales (and I am I could sell 3-5 per week easy), but also I have my customers going all around looking for them, Pointlessly of course, as my competition does not have it either, but in the meanwhile, they are shopping elsewhere. I can understand them, they are looking for the copy, but they really should not have to.

And for the last comment about the multiple printings, what do you think he should do, just keep those for the few who got them? A collectable TPB market? seriously? No, he should print a buttload of them and make it available so that the retailers who put him and his book on the map could FINALLY make some money off selling it. Who cares is if it's going to be "WORTH" something. That is the worst thing..."

Sunday, October 24, 2004

The Bendis boarders react to the closing of the Bendis board. Over at the "temporary Bendis board", the thread that shut the whole board down is identified, and essentially it's just people being assholes to each other for no immediately apparent reason. Of course, the thread on the temporary board soon becomes a fight between one of the guilty parties and Allen Hui, Image Site Admin:

"That's the thread that caused the board to close. Read it and then if you want yell at me later. Apparently, I should have been banned for what I said. I'll post some comments later after I calm down because right now I am really pissed off about something allen said to me."

"It was clear that your comment to about maturity would've been taken personnally by cda031076 as it was in regards to his dispute with DrWhom. If it means anything now, you would've been unbanned well before the other two. But whatever, stay pissed off if you want because I sure as will be."

"Excuse me for offering just a small word of wisdom to him during a fight he started in my thread. I ignored him, but it grew really annoying and unnecessary to have this fight. And yet, when he personally attacked me by saying my own mother should have flushed me down a toliet I did not attack back. So allen, i fail to see where I abused him anywhere as close to as he did, when I did not abuse him in anyway, and made one comment to just frankly grow up, because if he hadn't been so rude in his first post I would have given him the link to the place."

Meanwhile, over at the Image Central board, there's a better sense of the whole situation, and even some self-awareness:

"Are we the only group on the internet that are SOO Addicted to our message board, we actually keep a spare??"

"I hope so"

"It's a wonder any of us get laid"

But back to the Temporary Bendis Board, where all is pain and misery and never their fault:

"So apparently, [consistent troll] dudemetal started enough shit to get the board locked? Has Allen or Denny or anyone considered that this shit is THEIR fault? They had to ban that little asshole the first time he trolled the board, and when we saw he was back, they did NOTHING. And now, we're ALL punished for some stupid, petty, horseshit. Fuck a bunch of this. And I was going to post a bunch of random shit, too!"

"Agreed...on all counts about dudemetal AND the lockdown being bullshit"

"It's not as much as that crazy fucker as it is the fact that even though he said that your mother should have flushed you down a toliet when you were a baby not only doesn't warrant a ban, but the finger is pointed at you for 'baiting' him. I really don't want to talk about this anymore because it upsets me everytime I think about it."

Call me somewhat suspicious, but isn't it unusual that the Brian Michael Bendis message board has been entirely locked since yesterday? Image Comics board admin Allen Hui explained why:

"This message board has seen far too many arguements this weekend. All of them seem to be based on misunderstandings and gut reactions to insult someone else or joining in to escalate a minor dispute. If there is a misunderstanding, please refrain from insults or any inflammatory speech because that can only result in further misunderstanding. If you say something someone doesn't understand, apologize and clarify. Understand that if your words are misinterpreted, it is partly your fault. Try not to use profanity. I know it's ridiculous to want to censor profanity so I won't do that. However, the use of profanity can often make a point more unclear and in many cases, serve to invalidate the point. This is not about censorship or free speech. This is a matter of courtesy, etiquette, respect and the basic principles of effective communication.

"Some users have gotten banned and returned to join the community. Others who hold grudges against these users should let it go. Any attempts to try to get someone else banned or to cause another dispute only proves the point that this board has become elitist and unwelcoming.

"I don't want to treat everyone here like children but I'm sure that's how it appears because locking the board is, in a sense, "a time out." I also know it's unfair to punish everyone for the behavior of a few, but we are all partly responsible for allowing, encouraging, participating and/or inciting certain behavior.

"We have gone over these exact problems over and over again. This is the last straw."

The board, shut down yesterday at 10:30 at night, reopens today at 3:00pm Pacific Time. It'll be fun to see the reactions on the reopened board itself to the second enforced shutdown so far this year (The first being, of course, in reaction to some boarders planning to rape women at Wizard World Chicago. The regulars' reaction at that time went from "That was terrible" to "How dare they close down our board" in record time).

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Stealing Melrose

Your Daily Satrapi Sighting (from the Oct. 25, 2004 New Yorker; click for larger image):


Also, Mike Sterling is a sweetie Swampie.  (Well, and a sweetie, too.)

Friday, October 22, 2004

Fun with Plagiarism

In honour of Graeme (note the 'u'), might I present two fun bits of "Mark Millar is a dirty plagiarist" links that I've stumbled over in the past few days? The first comes from Mark's own mouth, in discussing his work on Ultimates Volume 1. Found via The Precocious Curmudgeon:
Millar: "I nicked this exact set-up from the episode of "er" where Kovacs kicks the ass of the violent neighbour who beat up Abby..."
David at Precocious Curmudgeon has some choice words about Millar using sensationalism as a crutch for storytelling, let alone plagiarizing work outright, you should go check that one out.

The next instance comes from the always entertaining Beaucoup Kevin, who notes that the opening to Wolverine #20 seemed... a little familiar to him.

Beaucoup Kevin: "It was as I was turning the first page of the issue, I realized something. This is familiar. This story, I know it from somewhere. That's when it hits me. Mark Millar outright swipes from one of my favorite Kurosawa movies - High And Low. I understand nods, winks, even a good homage to a worthy source, but this is ludicrous - outright thievery. Taking the exact same plot as a movie (even down to the occupation of the father whose child was kidnapped) and using it as a reason to get Logan in Japan smacks of a writer who's overextended himself and trying to look clever without working hard because, hey, who watches black and white Japanese movies?"

"I do, you lazy Scottish bastard. I do."

Hope you're feeling better Graeme!

(Edit to fix link to the BeaucoupKevin rant)

Apparently, John Byrne has managed to alienate one of his fans. I have no idea how.

"After reading John Byrne's comments on his message board today regarding the fact that he believed that there was "nothing heroic in what happened to Christopher Reeve, or how he dealt with it", I thought this would be a great time to purge my collection of Byrne material. I am selling 46 conservatively graded NM- issues of the Fantastic Four ... 100% of all proceeds from this auction will be donated to the Christopher Reeve Irvine Research Center, and I will post a scan of the check I send to the foundation and a copy of the receipt I get back, on the CGC comic boards."

Link found via NeilAlien.

- Christopher

Mark Millar pays.


The Warner execs, two of the producers and several others folks wanted Jim Caviezel, but Bryan wanted an unknown and, in the end, the director has won out. I just heard last night that this is 100% confirmed and so I sent Harry the following email (which should go up later today). It's a shame Warners never got their way, but I trust Singer as a director and am looking forward to this enormously, like I say in the email.


Dear Harry,

The battle of the geeks is over and the best geek won. Bryan faced down Warners and got his unknown for the lead in Superman and poor Jim Caviezel can now only wear those blue tights in the privacy of his own home. It's a shame because Cav would have been my personal choice too, but I'm such a Superman freak that even losing a $1000 has been far outweighed by the recent news of Bryan's upcoming plans and the heart-stopping announcement that Williams is back with the best score of his career.

Despite the fact that the cheques were supposed to be written on the first day of principal photography, this new development has been absolutely confirmed by pretty much everyone I know and since the Clyde Coast Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre is actively looking for funds this month I think it's only right to do the decent thing and fire off this cash immediately. The cheque was sent this morning and I'll fax you a copy of their thank you letter. Thanks also to everyone who bought the Wolverine relaunch these royalties came from. Our first issue came out earlier this month and, since sales have doubled on the title since we took over, John Romita Junior and I would just like to say thanks for making this bet a little easier to afford. Our second issue is out next Wednesday and my wife has already put a ban on me getting involved anymore internet bets, saying she wants to use this and any future Wolverine royalties to decorate the kitchen.

Thanks again for a fun time and congrats on retaining your crown, Harry.


Want to make a quick buck? Sell Thor!


Ron Marz discusses the genius that is Witchblade.

"Procedures and other aspects that are often overlooked because many people dismiss the series as just being one for looks rather than one with substance. Marz said the easiest way to get around that label is to "pick up my first issue. Look, I'm not going to sit here and act like having a sexy woman as the lead character isn't part of the book's appeal. I'd be a fool to completely ignore that aspect. But that's not going to be what drives the book. Story comes first. I think if people pick up the book and give it a try, they'll come to the conclusion that my main interest is telling a story, not figuring out a way to get Sara Pezzini out of her clothes. The police aspect is always going to be there. It's part of Sara, it's who she is. Even the first arc, which involves some big supernatural/apocalyptic stuff, will definitely have its police aspects. There won't be any issues that leave the readers wondering what Sara does for a living."

The revelation that Sara is actually a cop does not bode well for the series because for years readers just knew that she was a stripper.

Steven Grant just tells it like it is.

"ADD: You're doing some adult comics, what some might call "porn." Tell me what you think you bring to the table, and what you hope to achieve in this arena.

Grant: Let's not mince words: it's porn. I'm not sure I brought anything to the table, but I'd never written anything like that before and I wanted to see if I could. It was an excuse to do crime comics, mainly, since there are few other markets for them and I wanted to do some; if there's graphic sex involved, that's not out of the realm of crime comics, though ultimately the sex has to take center stage. I wanted to see how well I could integrate the demands of porn with the structure and pacing of crime stories. I haven't seen the results yet so I don't know if it came out okay, that's up to readers to decide, but I generally liked what I did. The stories and characterization were much more structured and formal than in most porn stories, and my goal was to have the stories stand up as stories even if the sex was taken out.

That's about as much as I hoped to achieve. I can't say I'll never do any more but I don't have any plans to at the moment. It's a fun place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.

Oh, the paycheck. That was the other thing I wanted to achieve."

(For everyone wondering where I disappeared to again, so quickly and without warning: There was (and still is) a family emergency that I needed to return to Scotland for on Wednesday . Thanks to Chris, Ed and John for keeping the blog afloat in my absence, again. I'll try and post some while I'm here.)

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Jimmy Palmiotti ain't having it.

"just to clear things up...

this is a larger size hardcover of the original pro book we worked on 2 years ago.

We did a new 8 page story for the back that takes place in the timeline of the original story.

garth wrote a two page intro in the front, amanda shows some of her sketches in the back.

this book was done in the larger size with the hardcover so it could get out to other markets besides comic shops , and also made for the die hards that loved the book and wanted to have it in a larger hardcover format.

adventurer. hdefined, cerebud, dougie...if its all crap, why come here and post that? isnt it enough that you just dont buy it? no one is MAKING anyone buy the book twice...this is america. choose what you want to do, but there has to be better ways to spend your time.

the book is a spoof... an eisner award nominated spoof of superheroes.

I understand if you dont get it, dont like it...ect...but the anger here...my god. it is embarrassing. we worked hard on this book and invested time and our own personal money to do it...just so you understand that when you attack it, i HAVE to take it personal on some level.

calling things crap is just too easy...

OH, and last i checked rent girl just came out, unlike the pro which is over two years old, and the only thing they have in common is that a hooker is the main character...after that, its like comparing donald trump to iron man. either way, I hear good things about rent girl...so i am going to give it a chance in spite of your reccomendation to everyone to just " skip it" when buying the pro.

ok...now give me some shit for this...lol...


Don't worry, Jimmy. They will.

Augie De Blieck Jr. digs deep to ask these questions:

"Is six minutes a comic too little? As much as I hate to admit it, I almost hate getting stuck on the same comic for much longer anymore. The last comics I'm likely to read each week are the ones that require the most reading. Books like UNCLE SCROOGE or QUEEN AND COUNTRY are likely to get placed in the back of the line, just because I don't want to get bogged down in them. When I read them, of course, I enjoy the heck out of them and have a more satisfying experience. Getting there, though, can be a grueling process.

Am I turning into an MTV generation slacker demanding instant gratification without any work put into it at all? No, that can't be it. I still read the occasional novel."

Don't worry, Augie. Reading the novel redeems all else.

Image boarders ask the important questions, like "How has the Vulture gotten so much poon?"

No, really. "Poon".

"The guy's been like 80 years old since 1963. Yet in the past few months we've found out that he has a daughter on death row (Identity Disc) and a grandson who thinks he's the bees' knees (MK Spidery-Guy). Umm... EEW."

"He's an old bitter basterd who frequents sperm-banks to get money for his rent. It aint cheap living in NYC."

"I kinda dig this de-laming of the Vulture. I never much cared for the guy (He's an old man who flys. Whoopy.). Any way of making him a decent villian is fine by me. I also kinda like his weird friendships with Sandman and Electro."

"Its called slack editing and no communication. I'll buy Vulture having one daughter out there, but not two that we find out about at roughly the same time. I'm all for making Vulture about something, but I was disappointed in Disc. He can be about something too without killing everyone in sight like in MK Spiderman."

Millarworld wonders about Milllar's next project. Millar responds:

"Funnily enough, the plan is for two more Marvel projects (a relaunch and a special project) after Wolvie, Spidey and Ultimates 2 and then I'm taking a year off company-owned characters. During this year, I'll get working on the movie stuff, some charity work I'm starting up and, more importantly, Millarworld Phase Two.

Where I pop up after this, who knows???"

I'll go ahead and ask the question on many people's minds: Who cares?

Millarworlders discuss Spectacular Spider-Man #20. SPOILERS!

"So apparently, in this week's upcoming Spectacular Spider-Man #20 (Avengers Disassembled Tie-in), Peter turns into a giant Spider, then transforms back into a human. But, here's the kicker: upon reverting back to human form, he gains organic webshooters, an obvious side effect of the transformation. Yep, just like in the Spider-Man movies. Another case of readers lose, big-screen fans win? God help us all."

"I REALLY REALLY hope they aren't going through with this. Spidey's webshooters worked fine for 42 years. Why change things?"

"It seems that between Gwen dying in USM, the revelation of Gwen's unfaithfulness in ASM (in conveinient Goblin-ninja form) and this organic webshooters thing, that Marvel is really pushing to make the source material more like the movies. I can understand why, but I don't really agree with it - the source material was good enough to inspire the movies in the first place, after all, and is it really that hard for mainstream America to be told "he uses wrist-guns in the comics?""

"What the hell is going on in the 616!?"

"so when will Cap get his Electric Blue Costume?"

Did Graeme forget to mention that Fanboy Rampage is one year old? Why, yes, I believe he did.

Happy (late) Birthday, Fanboy Rampage! (It was on October 16, actually)

Feel free to lavish curt criticisms, snide remarks, and other such snark upon the Snark Godfather.

(Thanks to Matt Maxwell for the reminder)

Marvel does what you knew they were going to do, just later than you thought that they would do it. They call it a "surprise".

"Three new titles will be starting: Spider-Man Tales, Fantastic Four Tales and the return of Power Pack. Power Pack was the most asked for series to start in the Marvel Age line and we have been working with some great talent to bring that to fruition. And Marc Sumerak and Gurihiru will be introducing a whole new generation to Power Pack -- and it’s just so good!!!"


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

"Industry bible Variety is confirming the rumor that took the internet by storm over the weekend: Brandon Routh will play Superman."

Mark, really, just pay up...

John Byrne on the danger of fans turning pro (Scroll down to around midway on the page):

"Most of us, as fans, will find ourselves occasionally reading a favorite title and thinking 'That's not what I would have done!' We the border is crossed, and a fan becomes a pro, there is a tremendous temptation to actually do all those stories and 'bits' that we thought up in years of reading. It takes a great deal of self-restraint (more than some writers possess, apparently) to hold back and look at the characters and the stories, and realize that maybe something we didn't like is either serving a purpose in the greater scheme of things or, even more likely, simply best left in the past, to fade away of its own accord."

That's right - John Byrne says that creators should try and stay away from pointlessly retconning away things that other creators did to beloved characters. We can only hope that, after typing the above, he was suddenly struck by a moment of clarity and broke down, crying, asking "What have I done? My God, what have I done?" to himself over and over again as he tears up Doom Patrol pages.

The writers of quietly-cancelled book The Monolith talk about that quiet cancellation:

"It’s a difference of perspective. What people might view as failure, we view as gigantic success. We got a whole year of 21 Down books and a trade out. We got a good deal of issues of Resistance out there and now a full year of The Monolith. We got the opportunity to create three worlds of characters, got to work with some of the best creators in the industry and got them published by one of the biggest comic publishers in the world. Really…at the end of the day, we are proud to say we created universes from scratch and although the numbers might have been lower than the regular monthlies out there…our audience reflected a different kind of reader, willing to take a chance on something new. The people who followed these books and follow our work are the most important thing to us. The numbers will grow and the audience will too... and we will keep fighting for every single new project we do."

Millarworld thinks about reprinting Secret War:

"So what now, Marvel does reprints again? Oh, I get it, now, the public opinion officially matters and they actually want their books to end up in more peoples' hands, I get it. Guaranteed they change something about the cover so that it becomes like the 'New-Commemorative Edition.' This is a 'Secret' that he can shove up his ass."

"It's one thing to discredit the plans and purposes of a company, but that line regarding Joe Quesada is as incredibly distateful and objectional as I've seen. I don't visit Millarworld for garbage like that, and I would hope others feel the same."

"You see, this is why I hate the internet. Right here."

"why is this bad? Have I suddenly drifted back to Newsarama? This is great for the poor buggers like me who missed the first few issues! Bring on more I say!"

On the Marvel website, Mark Millar gets interactive:

"As part of our celebration of the 30th anniversiary of everyone’s favorite diminutive Canadian super-weapon, we’re offering up a special opportunity for you, the dedicated Marvel.com fan to get in on the action. Super-star scribe Mark Millar (The Ultimates, Marvel Knights Spider-man) has promised that the winner of this week’s Marvel.com poll will appear in a knock-down, drag-out brawl with the volatile mutant in an upcoming issue of Wolverine."

The choices? Silver Samurai, Bullseye, Namor, Blade, Mystique, or Venom. As to whether Millar will actually go along with the results:

"Sure... as long as it's either Blade or Bullseye"

Joe Bennett signs an exclusive contract with DC:

"It's a real honor to be a DC exclusive artist,' says Bennett. 'It's always rewarding when people enjoy what you do, and it's even more rewarding when you love doing it! DC has been very kind to me since the beginning of our relationship. And the DCU is a vast territory for me to explore in the years to come. Working with Editor Stephen Wacker, writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and inker Ruy José on HAWKMAN has been a real joy for me. And I can't wait to see what comes next!'"

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Via Ryan Higgins, the full text of Marvel's solicitations for January. As usual, they have to work on their spoilers (Anyone who wants to keep some secrets for this week's Fantastic Four, don't read the solicit for that title), and almost everything else is pretty dull, to be honest. Of some interest, though:

* Spider-Man/Human Torch sounds like fun: "It's five ALL NEW old school adventures featuring your favorite web-headed hero and his pal, the walking matchstick! Follow them through the years – from high school to present day, from the Negative Zone to the Coffee Bean, from Dorrie Evans to Mary Jane Watson-Parker. It's all here! And first off, see what happens when young Johnny Storm wants some of Spidey's front page exposure... And hires Peter Parker to be HIS personal photographer! This one has doom written all over it – DOCTOR DOOM that is!" Written by She-Hulk's Dan Slott and drawn by Ty Templeton, it should be worth a look.

* Sara Barnes, who is certainly not JMS's protege, no sir, writes Spectacular Spider-Man and follows up "Sins Past". Wonder if Paul Jenkins is off the book for good?

* Combat Zone turns out to be a "groundbreaking series", written by "long-time embedded journalist Karl Zinsmeister" and drawn by Dan Jurgens. Yes, Dan Jurgens, the first choice of all editors for realism.

* Editorialising about the quality of their own series? You be the judge with this opening for the solicit for the final issue of the Bullseye mini-series: "There’s bad, there’s very bad, and then there’s Bullseye."

* New Thunderbolts, meanwhile, crosses over into Mark Millar's Wolverine run. As does New Invaders.

* Peter Milligan takes over X-Men.

* From the solicit for Excalibur: "Magneto has returned to Genosha, and he’s got someone with him…someone who promises to shake things up for Professor X and his ragtag team! (There is something huge brewing here, hot on the heels of "Avengers Disassembled" – don’t miss it)." So, the Scarlet Witch is appearing, d'you think?

* The closest the solicits come to the greatness of the last couple of months is this line from the Alpha Flight blurb: "Find out what would have happened if the original Alpha Flight had become American heroes! We’ll give you a hint; it rhymes with duclear folocaust!"

Billy Tucci proves that he is, indeed, an asshole in this surreal interview with Beau Smith:

"Beau: What annoyin’ celebrity would ya like to smack in the head with a shovel?

Billy: That’s an easy one, Beau. Barbara Streisand. But to be honest, (and since I’m a power hitter.) I’d probably kill the stupid bitch. That wouldn’t be such a good thing, because more and more folks are realizin’ just how silly, simple and retarded the big nosed whore really is. I’d also like to hit that fat dickhead, Michael Moore a couple of times too."

Former Marvel editor Teresa Focarile joins Bill Jemas's new company, 360ep:

"360ep, the well-rounded entertainment property management company, today announced the appointment of Teresa Focarile as Director of Development... In the coming months, 360ep will begin to develop its properties through online and print publishing of comic book and Manga style stories, and Teresa will play a lead role in recruiting talent for those projects."

Joe Casey and Matt Fraction nerd out, comparing DC to Marvel:

"Back in 2001, we'd actually come up with a huge story where Superman's secret i.d. is exposed, Lois is killed and Superman travels to the 5th dimension where he makes a deal with Mr. Mxyzptlk to use his powers to 'fix things.' So Mxy plays a trick on him. He sends Superman back, and everyone had forgotten his secret i.d.... including Lois. The twist was, Superman remembered everything, so the burden of his life was restored... could he now stand to protect Lois by not marrying her? He became, in a weird sense, the Wandering Jew, which to me brought him right back to the kind of superhero Seigel and Shuster created in 1936. Denying that kind of intimate, lifelong relationship... it was the ultimate sacrifice. It was celibacy, basically... So, we'd found a new paradigm that was in the greatest traditions of the character... and the suits shut us down. Perfectly within their rights, but I don't think any of us -- not me, Loeb, Joe Kelly or Mark Schultz -- ever recovered from that kick-back. That was the beginning of the end. First Loeb took off, then Schultz, then Kelly and I. Maybe you're right. Maybe they were shying away from any religious overtones. That's when I started equating Superman to Muhammad Ali. I thought that'd be a safer role model... A few years later, Geoff Johns did a good take on that same kind of Forgotten Identity Storyline in THE FLASH. Then again, Flash is a 2nd tier character. Not quite an icon. Hence the opportunity to get away with that kind of story.

"For a comparison, I think a story of that magnitude for practically any Marvel character would be embraced by management. I could be wrong, of course, but I don't think so. After all, they killed Gwen Stacy, they killed Jean Grey (the first time, back when it mattered, man...!), they made Iron Man a drunk, Sue Storm had a miscarriage, they got Spider-Man hitched. At Marvel, characters can take those journeys. And, by extension, so can the reader."

The V consider X-Men: The End, including this wonderful portrait of Chris Claremont by Matt Craig:

"He's Mister X-Men. His middle name is Inertia. He has a bag of tricks like a sparrow's scrotum. That's it. He makes money for the company whatever he writes - as long as it has an X on it. Otherwise we'd all be sneering at the Sovereign Seven movie."

Brian Michael Bendis sets the record straight about the Batman/Daredevil crossover thing:

"I blew it. I flat out have to say that I blew it. That's why I apologized right afterwards. I'm not a wrestling dude, and it turned into one of those wrestling situations. It was my fault, too. It just happened out of my control. I should have stopped it immediately, but even as it happened I was intrigued by the fact that it was happening. 'Wow! This is happening!' And I was in the middle of it, and could not stop it, because I was just too curious that it was happening."

It happened out of his control? Wait, I could be wrong, but wasn't he the guy that made the whole thing public in the first place?

Matt Adler posts the Marvel titles shipping in Jnauary 2005 at the Joe Quesada board, albeit without solicit information. Nonetheless, what's "Combat Zone: True Tales of GIs in Iraq" (A five-issue mini with two issues shipping) or "Arana: Heart of the Spider"? Also, X23 gets her own mini, Spider-Man and Human Torch get a mini, as does something called "Fantastic Four Foes"...

Millarworld asks "What's the deal with Dave Sim?":

"I rememebr once there was full page photo of Dave Sim in a Wizard feature, and it made me downright sick to my stomach. No one looks good in 50x magnified photo, blackheads and pimples and sweat and all, little red veins and shit, big hobbly nose. Gah! That photo damn near made me vomit...and has ruined that man in my mind."

"Spending over 25 years writing and drawing the adventures of a talking ardvark is enough to drive anyone beyond crazy."

"Anything that takes that much money and that much time to finish and involves an aardvark does not warrant my attention. Never heard much on the misogynist thing but if he's an opinionated one it probably wouldn't be too hard to see an example of that. If I could be bothered to look, that is."

King Features offers an online subscription service, DailyINK.com:

"On November 1, King Features Syndicate will provide comic strip fans with the ultimate treat as it launches DailyINK.com. This unique, new online subscription service will mark the only place - both on the internet and in print - to enjoy timely delivery of King Features complete line-up of approximately 75 comic strips, including such favorites as The Amazing Spider-Man, Blondie, Mutts, Zits, Bizarro, Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, Mallard Fillmore, Pardon My Planet, and Baby Blues - each updated daily. In addition to today's premier strips, DailyINK.com will spotlight content from King Features' vast vintage and classic comic library that dates back to the 1930's. Subscribers will be able to experience the early years of such groundbreaking strips as Krazy Kat, Popeye The Sailor Man and The Phantom. The site will also offer a wide range of editorial cartoons, puzzles and games not available anywhere else online. A subscription to DailyINK.com will cost just $15 a year and gift subscriptions are also available... DailyINK.com will enable subscribers to truly customize the way in which they experience the site's vast content. Members will create their own personalized comics page featuring their favorite current and vintage strips and editorial cartoons laid out as they desire. They can choose to have the page e-mailed to them daily or accessed via a password-protected area on the web site. Each current strip will be archived, allowing members who miss a day to catch up on the adventures. New vintage and classic strips will be introduced periodically with Krazy Kat, Popeye The Sailor Man and The Phantom being available at launch. Some of the vintage strips will unfold from their origin, allowing readers to experience these hits from the beginning."

Monday, October 18, 2004

If it's the third Monday of the month, then it must be time for DC's solicits for January 2005. Of interest:

* The third Catwoman trade, Relentless, collects Cameron Stewart's first run on the title as well as the amazing Javier Pulido arc immediately following it, which gets my vote for best superhero story from the last ten years if not more. Which means nothing to you, I know, but buy the book and read it anyway.

* Greg Rucka's Adventures of Superman gets traded, somewhat surprisingly, as does a second collection of his Wonder Woman run.

* Michael Lark provides the traditional loveliness on Gotham Central covers:

* People seem to think that the solicit for Adventures of Superman has an Identity Crisis spoiler in it, but it doesn't; it's a reference to something that happened a couple of months ago in AOS. Sorry, all those who got temporarily excited.

* Proof that DC have no idea what Kyle Baker is doing in Plastic Man anymore comes in the solicitation for #14:

"See what the critics are raving about in a new tale by acclaimed writer/artist Kyle Baker! This issue: still more plasticky goodness, whipped up for your reading delight!"

* The 2000AD collection program reaches one of the comic's best series, as Peter Milligan's Bad Company gets the trade treatment, with a Jock cover to boot.

* Keanu-fever reaches Vertigo, with the Constantine movie adaptation, as well as a trade collecting the movie adaptation and the start of Jamie Delano and Garth Ennis's runs, a kind of Hellblazer's Greatest Hits collection, and original graphic novel and a reprint of the Secret Files special issue from a few years ago. Woah.

* Meanwhile, Seaguy gets traded and We3 finishes.

* Unsurprisingly, Fables has a beautiful James Jean cover:

* No new issue of Ex Machina, but the first five issues get a quick collection.

* Following on from his recent miniseries, Majestic returns to the Wildstorm Universe in a new (ongoing?) series.

* But perhaps more exciting than any of the above is the advance solicit on the DC site for February's Bizarro World:

"Where else could the world's greatest alternative cartoonists run rampant through the DC Universe in an all-new anthology of utterly unhinged stories and art? It could only happen in the BIZARRO WORLD! This big slab o' comics features work by many of the fantastic creators who worked on the BIZARRO COMICS book (and made it an award-winner)! This time the contibutors weaving strange and wonderful tales about the quirky Bizarro include Tony Millionaire, Kyle Baker, Evan Dorkin, Dylan Horrocks, Harvey Pekar, James Kochalka, Peter Bagge, Scott Morse, Ben Dunn and a host of others, along with some double-secret surprise guests! All this, topped off with a cover by Jaime Hernandez! It's big! It's indisputably rectangular! It stays crunchy even after you pour on the milk!"

The full list of contributors?

"Written and illustrated by Tony Millionaire, Danny Hellman, Roger Langridge, Kyle Baker, Evan Dorkin, Hunt Emerson, Farel Dalrymple, Dylan Horrocks, Eddie Campbell, Dave Cooper, Harvey Pekar, Dean Haspiel, James Kochalka, Tom Hart, Leela Corman, Gilbert Hernandez, Peter Bagge, Derek Kirk Kim, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Kurt Wolfgang, Brian Ralph, Scott Morse, Ben Dunn, Andi Watson, Bob Fingerman, Paul Grist, Carol Lay, Craig Thompson, Ivan Brunetti; Cover by Jaime Hernandez."

The cover?

You know you want it.

Green Arrow #43 sells out at the publisher:

"Just two days after GREEN ARROW #43 (AUG0403886) arrived in stores on October 13, the issue has sold out at DC Comics. This powerful story, written by Judd Winick with art by Phil Hester and Andy Parks and a cover by Marcos Martin, reveals that Green Arrow ' s aspiring partner Mia Dearden is HIV positive. '[Editor] Bob Schreck, Phil, Ande and the whole GREEN ARROW crew are thrilled that this story is reaching so many people,' says Winick. 'We feel it's an important story as well as a meaningful one. It's very heartening to see it getting out there.' 'We're very pleased by the response to this issue and the creative team ' s strong, heartfelt work,' says Bob Wayne, DC's VP - Sales & Marketing. 'We suggest retailers check their orders on upcoming issues to be sure they have enough as this story arc develops.'"

Alex de Campi ponders superhero death:

"So if you're going to give us pretty spandex people, and you want to shock us, do not devalue the coins of truly horrifying things like a hero's death, or a heroine's rape, which for many women would be a fate worse than death. I'm told some comics companies keep lists of their active and inactive characters, with the ones that have been killed off listed as 'currently dead'. I love that: currently dead. The grave has become just a brief inconvenience, and rather than feeling pathos for these beautiful creatures who face situations so much worse than our own, yet who struggle on nonetheless, we just count the issues until the inevitable reboot."

With rumours all over the shop that the movie Superman has been cast and it's someone other than Jim Caviezel, Mark Millar admits he was wrong and gives his $1000 to charity:

"*yawn* As per my original statement, 1000 bucks HAPPILY paid to the MS centre if Jim Caviezel isn't cast as Supes on first day of principal photography. I don't see how this changes anything. It's just another rumour and, like I said, there's two publicity stunts prior to the final announcement according to chums at WB."

Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing what Mark writes on the first day of principal photography. I'm expecting something like "As I've said before, I'll happily pay $1000 on the REAL first day of principal photography if it's not Caviezel. This whole filming thing is just another WB publicity stunt." And then, when the movie is released: "Still a publicity stunt! When will you all believe me and my secret sources? Caviezel will be the new Superman when the real movie starts shooting, trust me. Have I ever lied to you?"

Warren Ellis talks about design and comics, thereby guaranteeing my attention:

"Cover design and graphics can actually do a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of situating the reader. It's a little like the classic set-up of an acid trip -- creating the environment, situation and mindset for the user to go into the experience. It's something beyond just having a scene from the story as a cover image, which is one of the usual bugbears of the back-to-basics conservative crowd. It's about planting a feeling. Evoking something that you take into the story. The third PLANETARY cover, the one done as a widescreen still from a Hong Kong action movie, wasn't just about the story -- we wanted you to look at it and be primed for the exhilaration of John Woo gun-fu. The cover image for issue ten -- I was yelling 'Joy Division!' at Cassaday -- just bleeds with sadness and loss and cold, and I can't imagine anyone opened that book with pictures of kittens in their head. Unless, you know, they were dead."

Brian Hibbs explains his thinking behind ordering each month:

"More or less, you 'read' cycle sheets in terms of trends – is a book shrinking, growing or staying flat? Because we generally order comics one to four issues in advance of them arriving (depending on the publisher), every order that a retailer makes is inherently speculative. Even with cycle sheet data there’s a 'crap shoot' aspect to ordering because the customers and their tastes today are, at best, indicators of what they’ll want a few months from now. I mentioned that orders are 1 to 4 months in advance – this inconsistency because different publishers offer differing systems and support. The idea is that we’re never really more than two issues in advance (It is currently October, and I am ordering December books), but there’s a few quirks in the system that doesn’t make that a rock-solid 2-issues-only. For example, Marvel offers a 'Final Order Cut Off' system where your final orders aren’t actually due with Previews, but with a weekly e-mail approximately 3 weeks before a book is shipped. Thus, whatever order you place for Marvel through Previews is much more of a 'first draft' (assuming you don’t screw up the weekly e-mail deadline, like I have a few times)

"Marvel is the only publisher that allows you to lower orders post-Previews. Every other publisher has your Previews order as a firm commitment. Except that this commitment only kinda flows one direction. See, Diamond allows publishers a certain amount of 'buffer' in their shipping – while a book might be due to ship in, say, January, publishers actually have 30 days to actually ship their book before it is considered late. This means that a book scheduled for January could actually arrive to Diamond as late as March 2nd, and still be considered 'on time'. And the calculations are based solely on when it arrives to Diamond – Diamond can take another 2-3 weeks to distribute the book out to the stores, so it is entirely possible for a 'January' book to arrive in April and not actually be technically late. Even then, publishers can offer order reductions or returnablility within other generous windows. Thus, it is possible for solicitation to be months and months ahead of publication. For an example of the extremes this could fall to, until just a few months ago, we were ordering Spawn a full year in advance of publication! Sure, once they arrived, every issue of Spawn was 100% returnable, but if, say, you were opening a new store you wouldn’t receive a Previews-ordered issue of Spawn for an entire year! Wacky, huh?"

I go away for a few days, and when I come back, the Pulse has gone to hell. It all started when The Geek, the new Jess Lemon, reviewed Mark Millar's Wolverine debut and included this line:

"And who’s better to put Wolverine back in his tights, without making it look faggy (Not that there is anything wrong with that.), than Mark Millar?"

People complained:

"This is out of line."

"Don't try to defend it, because there's really no excuse for it. You may have meant it as a joke, but that doesn't make it any less offensive or ignorant. It's a slur, plain and simple, and The Pulse should be embarrassed for running with it."

The Pulse, it seems, was embarrassed, and pulled the line. Jen Contino wrote: "The review has been edited. I'm sorry if it offended anyone." But was this good enough? Of course not!

"Censoring this review is just as offensive."

"WTF. Just get over it and actually talk about the reviews. It was offensive yes but it has been dealt with."

"Editor's Rule of Thumb is that you *never* cave in to whiners like that unless it's obvious that the reviewer meant to insult a LOT of people deliberately, with no intent of humor present. And even then, it's best to simply issue an apology and a disclaimer of 'hey, it's *his* views, not ours! Shoot him!'"

All of you, please, shut up.

(EDIT: Heidi points out that The Geek isn't the new Jess Lemon because he's real. Not only real, but the son of Dee Snider (as pointed out in the comments section here last week. See? I'm not here and THAT's when people break news here). Somehow that makes the whole thing less fun.)

Image Comics moves to Berkeley to be closer to Erik Larsen:

""What this move is going to do is allow Erik to be more hands-on, which is something we both feel is fairly necessary at this point. The whole office will operate much more efficiently, because there won't be any lag time between, say, sending artwork to Erik for review and then awaiting a response. Erik is only a phone call away right now, but that's really no substitute for being able to walk down the hall and go over things in person... The staffing situation will remain more or less the same, but in any situation like this, some employees are more wary of the move than others... Not everyone is gung-ho about picking up and moving three hundred or so miles away, especially if they have families to consider."

Scanning comics is killing the music industry, or something. Millarworld investigates:

"As if the comic market wasn't having enough troubles, various scumbags are all over eBay selling CD's of various runs of comics! Look under 'full runs'...they will either be blatantly labeled 'on CD' or will have a price that is too god to be true (i.e. Uncanny X-Men 1-450 for 9.99)! Report these folks! E-mail 'em and let 'em know you DON'T approve! Do SOMETHING! These folks are ripping off your LCS!"

"That's actually a good idea. What's the problem? No one's getting ripped off. That's like saying prints of paintings are ripping off art gallery owners. Now, having to pay thousands of dollars for comics that originally cost a few cents... that's a rip off!"

"[T]he scanning community is mainly about... 1.) digital preservation 2.) promoting worthy comics (I now BUY both Bloodhound and Fallen Angel after enjoying downloaded issues...the same way I BOUGHT the new Hives record after downloading a song or two) 3.) getting epic stories tied up in legal limbo OUT THERE (i.e. Flex Mentallo and MiracleMan) [...] The scanning community is made up of true comic lovers...people making quick buck off of their work and the work of the creators are WRONG!"

Rich Johnston sadly doesn't call any item in this week's LITG "Lazy Line Painter Jane", but this was unexpected:

"Image Comics are currently in talks with Scottish pop group Belle & Sebastian and with British songwriter Stephen Duffy to create graphic novel anthologies, transforming their songs into comic book stories."

Bizarrely, that could be amazing.

Mike San Giacomo reviews Michelle Tea and Laurenn McCubbin's Rent Girl, making some interesting statements along the way:

"There is a lot of nudity in the work, which is certainly not for minors, but only some of it is erotic. The point that Tea and McCubbin were trying to make is that the life of a prostitute, even a part-time one, is not glamorous no matter what they showed in Pretty Woman... There’s an extensive section dealing with the least of the social diseases, crabs. Reading that alone is enough to make someone celibate, or at least make one avoid seedy encounters with hookers... Last Gasp showed guts publishing a work like this in these conservative times. It’s a haunting book that will make every reader rethink his views of prostitution."

So, to recap: Only men would read this book, Mike wants to be celibate (or at least avoid seedy encounters with hookers) now that he's read about crabs, and Pretty Woman wasn't telling the truth about prostitution. Just so that we're clear about this.

Diamond kicks Josh Blaylock of Devil's Due in the crotch. Or, at least, that's how Matt Brady describes it:

"For a new line of titles, Devil’s Due’s Aftermath has been kicked in crotch. Specifically, Defex #2 and Breakdown #2, both of which are due to ship in November. The first issues of each title (shipping this month) were produced with two covers each, with retailers able to order different quantities of cover A and cover B. Given Devil’s Due Publisher Josh Blaylock’s feeling about variants covers, the first issues were the only issues that were to have them. But then...'I don't have a total explanation, but due to a changeover in the computer systems or something along those lines, issue #2 of both titles was solicited with two covers each... covers A and B,' Blaylock said. 'The thing is, there is no variant cover on either issue. Just one per title.'"

Sunday, October 17, 2004

So friends' weddings are a lot of fun (Congratulations again, Mary and Dave), but regular Rampage blogging resumes tomorrow morning as if I'd never left. My thanks to Chrises Hunter and Butcher, Ed and Mike for filling in for the last few days (and to John for his now traditional weekend supplements), and feel free to use the comments thread to tell me if I was the only one that thought that the second half of "The Fortress of Solitude" by Jonathan Lethem was very disappointing.

Separated at Birth?*

Birth 1
Birth 2
Birth 3

Special No-Prize to the first person to correctly identify the comics these panels are from!

* (Apologies in advance to the person whose schtick I'm stealing this time.)

Friday, October 15, 2004

Bendis board posters ask: What would you say about a black Superman?

"Lets say they decide to cast an African-American man to play Superman in the next Superman movie? What would you say/think about something like that...? I only mention this 'cause I was thinking of Caviziel playing Superman and I remembered Al Sharptons guest role on Boston Legal from 2 weeks back talking about having a Black girl playing Annie."

"Are you kidding? Superman is the whitest of all white superheroes. Now had you said Batman..."

"While I personally, wouldn't have a problem with it, I think we're more likely to have a black president than a black Superman."

"I'm sorry but I prefer my Superman white because that's the way he was created. I certainly don't want George Clooney to portray the Black Panther and I like him, too. Instead of tampering with formulas that have been a mainstay, promote characters like Luke Cage, Panther, etc. It works just as well. Just look at the Blade franchise."

"I think being black is a large large part of the Black Panther and, although plenty would say different, being white is not a large large part of being Superman. Yes, Superman was created in a time when "truth, justice and the American way" didn't really apply to black people, but maybe the world is ready for it."

"If there is one thing we've learned about Superman as comics fans over the years it's that:

"Everyone dislikes Superman until something about him is changed - at which point everybody screams bloody murder about changing a comic book archetype."

"If you go back far enough, we're all black."

No, really, it was just a joke, because apparently Millar likes to conduct his interviews much like the way he writes his comics, just staying a tad ahead, so that it "has some resonance in the real world."

I can't even tell if this is serious or not: "The Geek" interviews Erik Larsen.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Green Lantern fans answer that age old question: How many copies are you buying?

"I'll be buying 5 copies of each issue of Rebirth because that's the most I buy of any one issue of anything. I bought 5 each of JLA/Avengers, for example."

"3. One to read, another in case the pages get stuck togerther, and one to kep in mint condition."

"i have 10 reserved already and if it is good then #2 will be up to 15 ishes."

"5. 2 for safe keeping, 1 to read over and over, 1 for my son and 1 for a buddy. The numbers on this book should make DC very happy indeed. So happy, they'll have no choice but to put Hal back in the JLA, the Corps title and who knows maybe even have him show up on the JLU cartoon to replace John and or Kyle."

"Twenty. No kidding. I have been thinking about this for a long time. I often told myself that, if DC ever made the commitment to do right by this character, I would make the commitment to support it."

That's right, folks. There's no better way to tell DC "F**k you!" for all the years that DC didn't "do right by this character" than buying 20 copies of this issue. That's getting 'em back, I tell ya!

Chris Ryall, you big tease:

"As far as other projects that’re in development now, there’s Richard Corben on Bigfoot (co-written by Rob Zombie and Steve Niles), adaptations of books like Matheson’s Hell House and Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always; a sci-fi zombie tale called Containment, written by screenwriter Eric Red (The Hitcher, Near Dark) and drawn by our own Nick Stakal (Hyde). There’s… I don’t know, there’s a lot of great stuff coming. We have Kelley Jones doing another Cal McDonald book (and we have other plans for Cal beyond a mini, too); there’s the return of GrimJack and Jon Sable, and also Badg… er, well, let’s wait on announcing that one and a couple other returning properties. Down the line, we’ve got a project with Igor Kordey and a few others I’m really aching to announce but want to wait a bit longer. I’m into tantric press announcements."

Badger? I feel funny inside... It's like I'm actually looking forward to something. Well, looking forward to that, and Graeme coming back.

Paradigm shift: Batman is NOT a superhero.

"Batman is NOT a super hero. He is a costumed crimefighter. He has no super powers. He has trained his mind and his body to work at their very best and he's an expert martial artist as well and the world's greatest detective. Basically... he's the best there is... bar NONE.

— Bob Schreck, Group Editor, BATMAN"

(Thanks to Matt Maxwell)

Steve Higgins talks about Being Chuck Austen:

"Will Eisner is one of the most innovative comic creators of our time, but unfortunately even he must grow old. And unfortunately with him getting up there in years right now, we have to deal with the possibility that he might not be with us much longer.

But what if we didn’t? What if there was a way for Eisner to escape death and continue to grace comics with his presence for years to come?

Chuck Austen is a creator decried by many fans as undeserving of many of the assignments given to him. although I've never felt he was all that bad (he was capable of producing several mediocre superhero soap opera scripts on time each month, so why wouldn't the Big Two love him?), a lot of fans were vocal that there had to be some reason this guy kept getting assigned books, perhaps some kind of cover up. He had photos of Joe Q in compromising positions, perhaps, and was blackmailing him into getting his placements on various books, say the comics conspiracy theorists.

And what if they're right? not about the photos, but about there being some kind of sinister plot behind Chuck Austen's assignments?

What if there is a portal into the mind of Chuck Austen in Will Eisner’s studio?

When the Chuck Austen vessel is ripe, Eisner will enter into him and thus take control.

That’s why Austen is getting so much work right now. The Big Two know about the portal, know that sometime down the road Eisner will BECOME Austen and they need him working for them already."

Now it should all make sense, folks.

In case you didn't already love Augie enough...

Somewhere, in a dark, damp corner, Warren Ellis weeps.

Well, it looks like the Rampage is rampaging itself. Pretty soon, the message boards are going to start linking us.

I hate to be left out, though, so I'm going to continue with the redundancy. So, let me be Butcher's consigliere, and point out what the pros are saying:

Scott Kurtz: You may be the only one [who will be sad that Mia has HIV]. Mia is a fictonal character who had potential , but now she's going to be reduced to puppet whoring DC to the mass media.

That's what most people are sad about. Mia's potential character development has just died.

Nat Gertler: Yeah. Just like they couldn't do anything more with the Daredevil character once they went and made him blind. Or Captain America once they turned him into the anti-Nazi poster child...

A character who is dealing with the looming figure of death can be a very interesting one, if well-written. It was not a mistake for Frank Miller to make "A man who intends to die can do anything" his motto for the Ronin series. Some folks cite a similar thematic situation as being the most interesting part of the short-lived Deluxe version of THUNDER Agents.

Judd is capable of doing good work. I won't claim he's infallible, but this is the guy who did both Pedro and Me and The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius (which I was just recommending in an article I was writing... followed shortly thereafter by a positive aside about PVP, as it happens), so his quality material has a range.

Jimmy Palmiotti: Saying a writer should not touch on things that they experience is silly...everything and everyone in our lives leaves an impression on us...good and bad. we can't help it...at birth we are programmed to absorb and experience.

I think the best thing anyone can get out of what we are doing in monolith is that we have characters that society has played with, pushed around and tried to ignore...and yet they still fight for their rights and a chance to better themselves no matter what life throws at them.

To me, that defines the superhero in everyone.

Paul O'Brien has a great column on fandom:

"It's no coincidence that the happiest and most upbeat fandoms in comics tend not to be fans of titles, characters or publishers, but fans of individual creators. There's still the possibility of the creator losing his touch and producing work they don't want to see, but at least these sub-fandoms tend to be oriented around the work the creator is doing right now, rather than a desire to recapture something he was doing at some point in the past."

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Contrary to Michael's beliefs that Winick "Doesn't Know What To Do" with Green Arrow's new sidekick, thanks to the nice folks at The Associated Press, Winick explains this has been the plan for a good long while.

"We've been hinting all along the way that she's interested in taking up the mantle, being a sidekick, getting out there in the streets and helping out," Winick told The Associated Press. "Green Arrow won't hear of it." The revelation, according to Winick makes Mia push Green Arrow even more to let him allow her to be his sidekick. "It's not as a death wish, but she can't fool around anymore. This isn't about an abbreviated life span. It is about life having focus," he told the AP."
But don't worry Michael, there are still a bunch of rational, intelligent people around that agree with you. Like, say, The Newsarama message board posters!

"Could comics get any more depressing?That's rhetorical by the way."

"I think it's pretty ridiculous that she's going to have HIV and become someones sidekick, join a team of young crim fighters, and all the rest. First of all, she's going to be put in harms way constantly, which means she could get busted open. This is going to lead to so many stupid ass stories. Plus being that she ahs HIV how will the Titans, a bunch of kids who despite saving the world and all are still just that, immature kids. They won't want to be hanging around with her for fear of cathcing the disease. It just sounds like a stupid plot element. Just like Terry Burg, Winnick relies on Pablo again...." (That's Pedro, actually. and Terry Berg.)

"Well, statistically speaking, it's very difficult to get HIV through anything but illegal behavior anymore. Having said that, I think it's interesting that Winick has dealt with homosexuality in his Green Lantern run, and now has HIV/AIDS in Green Arrow. Makes me wonder what social issues he's going to bring up in Outsiders."

Apparently, SOMEBODY doesn't pay attention to the solicitations.

But no, no, I kid. Actually, the Newsarama message boards had quite a bit of enlightened thought about the HIV issue.

"it's an interesting viewpoint and for many people living in North America, HIV is about people living their lives with a disease and not a death sentence. Understandably, Winick has a personal stake as his best friend Pedro Zamora passed away several years ago. what I am glad is that this is not a gimick but is a character facet which shows another side of the character."

"I think the intentions are very, very noble and that it is healthy and beneficial to discuss things like this. I just wish that they it wasn't via prostitution that both characters earned HIV. ... I think it would present the threat of HIV as being more omnipresent than just someone who put themselves in high risk lifestyle. And I don't mean this anyway against any of the creators of either books. It's great to be doing what they are doing, it just seems it's too common to make someone gather HIV through prostitution."

"I would also prefer that at least one of the two characters had contracted HIV another way. Two characters both get HIV, and they both got it through living "unhealthy, dirty, etc" lifestyles. Kinda misses the point that it can happen to anyone, doesn't it? Regardless, I hope that both series present the characters in a positive light and tell some strong stories."
You know, as soon as I heard about this story, the first thing I did was rush over to Newsarama to repost the opinions of the posters there, here. I mean, it'd been a pretty slow news-day, all things considered, and here was something guaranteed to elicit a ton of Fanboy Rampaging. And then what do I get, rational enlightened thought? What good does that do ANYONE on the internet?

Luckily, all I needed to do was keep reading.

"Bye bye Mr. Social Activist! Ahh, what a total shame. I gave it a
shot, but I knew he'd do this to me. Johns too? Why can't people keep this kind
of crap OUT of my comics? I'm a sensitive as the next guy to the plight of those
with HIV. If I want to learn about it or find ways to help, or gain more
compassion I'll CHOOSE to do it on my own.

Let's just pause for a second, here. Let that set in.

"...I don't want it in my comics. They might as well do stories about Batman's
insurance getting dropped, have the Titans lose their mortgage, or maybe
Nightwings checking account will be overdrawn and he'll have to argue on the
phone with customer service?
Hahaha... Wait, he continues:

"Admittedly, getting HIV is a billion times worse, but if we're going to riddle comics with real-life "very special" issues I don't want to read them. I read them for escape from reality, not immersion in its cornucopia of suckitudes. Comic books are not a place to push a social agenda. If they do it, they lose my money. Even as much as it would pain me to drop a Johns book, if the HIV becomes a subplot or constant concern on the Titans I'll drop that too. Outsiders was on the outs due to the John Walsh (give me a break!) story anyways. Bottom line? Get this crap OUT of comics."
One less reader for Johns, and this guy in pain. I dunno. Sounds like a win-win to me... And this guy is awesome, in his paranoia:

" "Cornucopia of suckitudes" is such an excellent saying and I agree with you 100% I think this stinks. Why? Because I like Mia and have long been hoping that she would become a real sidekick to GA. Now they are finally doing that but they strike the character with a terrible illness which will no doubt now become the focal point of her existence. She'll be "the one with HIV" from now on and writers like Winick will push their agenda by bringing it up every chance they get.
Winick's agenda.

"It's not that I don't agree that Aids awareness is a noble cause,
I bet some of your best friends are black, too!

"...but I don't want it foisted on me in every issue of the comics I read.
I think this is the third superhero comic about AIDS, possibly ever, by the way...

"...Of course, I dropped Green Arrow when Winick came aboard in anticipation of
a stunt like this. It's a shame that Winick had to damage a viable long term
character in order to spread his social message. Also this comes right after
this same plot has been used in another comic. I like Monolith a lot but I was a
bit concerned over the recent developments. Hopefully they won't turn it into
the focal point of the book or the character. Also, I don't necessarily have a
vested interest in the future of a character like Twist like I would for the new
It's at this point that I should mention that this poster, Brian Langlois, is a "Proud Member of H.E.A.T." Just in case you weren't capturing the subtle nuances of what he's saying here...

"There's a legacy there and I would like to see it continue. This is exactly why I find Winick to be one of the worst writers out there. Everything he does is sensationalistic and agenda driven. Just like the homophobia story in Green Lantern this will no doubt garner a little mainstream press, though I doubt it will send anybody flocking to the comic book store to buy their copy. I wonder what he'll do when he takes over Batman? Why can't more writers just kick back and let comics be fun and uplifting?"
Poor dumb bastard, the whole world's against him. Actually, he's got some really great stuff on Page 2 of this discussion as well, where's he's begging for all of the comics he reads to be mindless superhero punch-ups. It's awesome.

Then Matt Brady comes in and tells everyone to behave, which is sad for those of us looking on with glee. The posts following this are filled with reasoned responses and discourse (with the interjections of the clearly stupid, blathering on about Winick's agenda, of tolerance, but I think instead I'll go out on a snarky, sarcastic note. Thanks to "Conor E" for this one:

"Yeah, when the hell has a Green Arrow comic ever dealt with a social issue before?"

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