I should have the zero issue of The Comics Report out near this week's deadline if not right on it. It's been since the TCJ with the David Mazzucchelli and Ivan Brunetti covers that I tried to put together a comics magazine in less than one week's time, and back then I had a lot of stuff in the can and a lot less on my plate otherwise. Still, I think #0 will be a quality read, I think it will facilitate our finding a basic template, and I think the #0 status will allow that issue to focus on a couple of artists that maybe don't always receive the kind of attention they should. It's all Batman starting with issue #1, so don't get comfortable.
I'm getting visual help from Jessica Campbell on the first few issues because she is a quality human being and I will have more fun browbeating her into accepting payment than anyone else I know that's good with InDesign.
I have never been good at the beginning of anything, but I hope to come close with this and appreciate in advance what I hope is your patience in finding a magazine that has the best chance of what we want it to do over the long haul. I'm very excited.
We took notes last weekend from an editorial board made up of random Comics Reporter readers, I thought you folks came up with a lot of great ideas.
It's a deliciously lazy month, and I'd love to hear about comics you know will be arriving on shelves during that 31 days.
It's harder and harder to tell these days when exactly US books are coming out -- there are a few August 2015 entries on Amazon that will be out in shops today. Any help is appreciated. I want to drive some attention to next month's books.
By Request Extra: Pat Moriarity Could Use Some Extra Sales
Due to a minor but work-interrupting injury to his wife, the great cartoonist Pat Moriarity could use a doubling up of his monthly income for the next eight weeks or so. If you've ever wanted to buy something from him now is the time. He keeps original art for sale here and here. His originals are super-great looking, so if you're in the mood, avail yourself. You'll be doing a good thing for one of comics' finest citizens.
* I don't have much interest in alternative versions of well-known superheroes, but I'm sort of intrigued by how popular they are considering that the core properties in some cases are weaker than they've been in and the use of alternative versions more and more frequent.
* this article is pretty typical of hardcore fan derision for constant reboots of Spider-Man, and the perception that this keeps these corporate characters from developing, as opposed to that just being a part of being a corporate character. I do think that the spread of these character across several titles for several years and constantly rejiggering them for a specific audience really weakens the characters for anything except short term, broad media projects. I'm not sure the owners really care about anything but, though.
* not comics: I'm not usually one for writing-advice posts, but this one from Mark Evanier about emotional controls seemed pretty well-stated to me, if your interest in writing involves being prolific in a way that leads to various professional opportunities.
* Abhay Khosla wonders out loud at the support writers are showing artists in an age where writers are well-treated at the artists' expense. This site did mention the variou structural choices made by companies that put artists into a bad position in terms of being followed by readers, although we didn't go very far down that road. It seems obvious to me if you want to produce so many issues a year and stress the transference of story elements to film and TV that writers are going to be treated as primary talent at times, but maybe it deserves additional exploration as if nothing is obvious.
* I'm grateful to Sean Kleefeld to cover the Patreon. To be clear, if I make a certain amount of money, I really do hire columnists to cover areas in which I'm weak. That would have to be a level at which I wouldn't mind failing to take home the 1000 an issue a full bank of columnists would cost, even if I were being super-cheap about it.
* this isn't comics, but it's horrible. The thing is, we live in a culture that if these folks were caught the cry would go up against serious punishment because it would be seen as an overreaction. I think it's deliberate, ugly act of harassment and constitutes a public danger by taking cops off of the street for duration of the prank.