August 27, 2013
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* your SAW micro-grant application window is closing
* Heidi MacDonald talks to John Romita, JR
. Since I wrote this in an attempt to post ahead a bit about a week ago, that interview got a little heat for Romita Jr. talking about a controversial scene from Kick-Ass 2
not being what was claimed for it.
* Bob Temuka posts an old piece about Australia's reprints of North American comics
* caught up with Heidi MacDonald's weekend post
on those Avatar "torture porn" variant covers. It looks like where I might come down in a different place than a lot of folks is that I don't see creating art and marketing art as the same activity. I'm profoundly disinterested in such art rather than upset by it, but the cynicism involved in making a special marketing hook of such things strikes me as a soulless, potentially ugly exercise.
* David Mack draws Frida Kahlo
* it was nice of Ken Eppstein to send the Hero Initiative $10 and to explain why
. Nice of Kevin Cortez to recommend a similar donation to his readers
* you know, that is kind of messed up
* there are a few new Superman stamps in Canada, but not one from artist Curt Swan
. I guess that's worth noting, I don't know. As time compresses, and Superman continues to exist and be relaunched and whatnot in the future, there will be a lot of different Superman depictions doing battle for seminal status. Swan was certainly a fun, facile artist, though, whether his Superman doesn't make a stamp or is on all the stamps.
* Carla Hoffman muses on a storyline
that sees the young character Jubilee become a mother and what that means for the character. Kids tend to come across as very, very odd in the evergreen, never-aging context of broader superhero stories, but they remain a very popular trope.
* Noah Berlatsky uses the Zita The Spacegirl series
to poke a bit at the idea of "strong" female characters and what that means in terms of the general culture.
* Joseph Hughes on Mighty Avengers #1
. Chris Mautner on a bunch of different comics
. Brian Heater on a bunch of different comics
. Keith Silva and Jason sacks discuss New School
* finally, Raina Telgemeier has advice
for aspiring cartoonists.
posted 2:00 am PST
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