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July 17, 2008

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I never noticed until yesterday that Oliver Harrington and Will Eisner went to the same high school, seven years apart. A lot of people went to DeWitt Clinton, but I'd never seen Harrington mentioned as an alum before.

image* I still don't get why anyone would ever wonder why a charitable organization might decline to publicly display and sell a picture that suggests incest and features a superhero's asscrack, or, for that matter, why this still couldn't be sold on the charity's behalf at a future time with probably more money being earned for the group because of the publicity generated on the piece's behalf. I don't mean that in a sarcastic way, either. I'm truly baffled. It's like watching someone wondering out loud why their Dad got mad at them for doing the Aristocrats joke at one of those VFW steak dinners.

I guess there could be some irony if it were a free speech group declining to publicly show the illustration, but the Frank Cho drawing of Hulk disrespecting She-Hulk's boundaries pictured here was submitted to help aid the cause of older creators in need. The fact that the organization displayed a similar picture at one time only has import if you adopt the worldview that private groups and individuals are making some sort of public precedent every time they do something, which is the kind of assumption people only make when they spend too much time on the Internet. I don't get it.

* not comics: if you pay attention to the various movie and comics sites around the Internet today, expect bootlegged copies of the Watchmen movie trailer debuting with the new Batman film to pop up and then disappear as Time Warner plays whack-a-mole. I'm not bragging when I say I don't have an investment in comic book-related movies -- I never thought I did until I really didn't, at which point I realized I had -- but at this point I really don't care if comic book movies are awesome or horrible or, well, whatever. I prefer comics, you know? No one goes around burning the comics if its movie is terrible and the comics don't suddenly give off purple rays that make life better if its movie is good. With that said, the trailer out there seemed just fine to me as far as trailers go. It's not the Triplets of Belleville or the Casshern trailer, but it's a pretty good one.

(I didn't know Billy Crudup was in it, either. Did anyone out there see his Stoppard/Chekhov stage debut two-fer back in the '90s? There are a lot of people still waiting for that actor to start his movie career, and Crudup's had a respectable movie career.)
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