In the two weeks or so since it was announced, a lot of commentators have had a lot of things to say about “Before Watchmen.” Much of that commentary has been complete garbage, but some of it has been quite well stated. The conversation has largely revolved around original series writer…
Go read this.
This is great. Not just about comics, but media in general and our thirst for the hypocritical “new-yet-familiar” that causes these kinds of things to be so controversial. I was actually planning to write something on The Simpson’s 500th episode and tie in the yearning for things to go on forever that we have developed, that keeps anything remotely franchise-worthy alive long past when they probably should have died.
Self-plugging aside, this is a quick and good read.
I’m totes on board for this. Bryan Q. Miller is a fun comic book writer, but he’s also written some of Smallville’s best episodes, so he’s got experience both ways. And there was lots left to be explored after the finale so I’m cool with this being able to do it without worrying about budget and actors. More Lex!
(Spoilers in this article…and in my tags, btw.)
I’m really really enjoying Buffy season 9. MUCH better than season 8, and I’m really excited to see how this all gets tackled. So far it’s been handled delicately. Issue 6 might be one of my favorite issues of season 8 and 9 overall.
A wonderful Tumblr poster has started a Tumblr devoted to posters who aspire to create comics of some kind.
Artists and writers can post their work and ideas, and posters can keep up with their progress. This is a great opportunity, but it needs participants, and some signal…
CHECK THIS OUT. I’m going to be posting to it soon (probably)!
Comics are ridiculous part 2
Been thinking about this a lot lately, pardon me if it’s a bit scattered, I have to jot this down between deadlines and may mess it up a little.
I have seen, a million times, people with complaints about art or comics or film or music, dismissed online with the simple comment, “Make your own,…
It’s kind of insane that this just got posted today. My friends and I have been working on a webcomic for the past month or so. Our meetings have been kind of sparse, so it’s taken a while to get anything cranked out, but we do have our “pilot” script more-or-less completed (barring at least one more rewrite) and the overarching plot and character arcs are roughly mapped out. It’s been very slow going, and we’re still searching for an artist (I figure we’ll hit the ground running when the script is totally completed and we can actually shop it around) but reading this re-engergized me.
I’m confident that once we actually get going and the pressure’s on to actually get things up, things will start flowing a little more quickly. Even if it doesn’t, just getting something out there will be worthwhile.
This was just what I needed. I’m so excited to see how things go in the next few months.
Oh hay naked Bane. I’m just gonna leave this here.
Thanks, Neil Gaiman.
I think there’s something to be said about “collector” subcultures who focus on collecting things like comics and toys but refuse to ever open them and use them so their value isn’t reduced. I never understood that. What’s the point? If you spend so much time collecting these things, are you really going to sell them? If you aren’t, then why try so hard to keep them in mint condition? What’s the point of them existing if you aren’t going to use them for what they were meant for?
Since The Walking Dead on TV is so popular and respected now
Why don’t we start seeing more adaptations of Kirkman’s work? Particularly his obscure stuff. Like Astounding Wolf-Man. Or Battle Pope.
Because let’s be honest here. Seeing all of these guys in live action would be both awesome and incredibly hot. …Well, to me at least.
Decided to take a bath. It was the fucking manliest, hairiest, most metal bath you’ve ever SEEN. And I was reading fucking comics. Hell yeah.
And then I watched Community. And it was good.
Thoughts on Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon Thus Far
I’ll admit, the wound left by The Spectacular Spider-Man's premature (and ill-timed) demise still hasn't healed yet. So it's no surprise that the show following it is going to have to work reaaaaaally hard to find a place in my heart where I'm not constantly thinking in the back of my head “Greg Weisman could do this better.”
There hasn’t been a TON of information released about it, but I did feel like listing some of my thoughts. There’s a lot more discussion on the what I don’t like section, but only because what I do like is so much more straightforward, and much of what I don’t like is based on speculation. Overall, I’m just on the fence and still waiting for what’s to come—this is all based on preliminary stuff, so the only thing to do is wait until 2012.
What I likeso far:
- Voice actors include ingenious choices such as Adrian Pasdar, J.K. Simmons and Drake Bell.
- The animation/design in the promo reel that was leaked last spring looks decent, in the same style as Young Justice, which is cool.
- Writers include Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spider-Man Comics) Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) and the collective Man of Action (Ben 10).
What I don’t like so far:
- The Avengers film connection. Having Clark Gregg return as Coulson is very cool. But in a major role, standing in as Peter’s undercover Principal, just seems strange. I guess it’s justified in that this is the only way to tie Spidey into the movies, but why so much emphasis? He’ll never have serious problems in school, either, which seems like a bit of a cheat.
- A big part of the plot is Spidey being “trained” by SHIELD. He has an invisible signal watch from Nick Fury. Doesn’t this sort of take away from any sort of loneliness that is so integral to Peter Parker’s character if he always has an army as back-up? It also makes this version seem weaker, since he doesn’t have to deal with these growing up issues on his own.
- Along those lines, in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, for the first 100 issues there was always an impending threat from Nick Fury because he believed Peter could one day snap and become a bad guy, so it was clear Fury couldn’t be trusted. And even after that was resolved after the Clone Saga, there’s still the idea that when Peter turns 18, he has to join SHIELD whether he likes it or not. They could possibly play that up in this series, and I hope they do, but if Peter is happily working with them week-to-week it really hurts that looming threat.
- Yeah, Spidey’s fought with the Avengers and has been a part of the team every now and then, but at his highest points Spidey’s been a loner with occasional team-ups. It’s ironic saying that now that in 616 he’s part of like every Marvel team ever, but it never lasts. He just doesn’t work well in teams in the long term. But in this show, it seems like there will be a Marvel guest week-to-week, a la Batman: Brave and the Bold, only this seems to be intended to be more serious. But if Spectacular Spider-Man proved anything, it’s that Spider-Man alone has a huge cast of great characters between School, the Daily Bugle and supervillains. In the end, this appears to be another reason to push the lesser-known supporting characters to the sidelines in favor of loads and loads of flashy characters that are easier to make toys of.
In the end, I guess we’ll see. Feel free to argue—it’s all speculation, so I might be looking at some of these points in the complete wrong way.