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December 30, 2011


Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Marvel prevailed in the Ghost Rider suit brought against them by Gary Friedrich. It looks like New York is the place to have your case heard if you want the most sympathetic reading of abusive past publishing practices (putting a work-for-hire agreement on a check to be endorsed; a freelance contract that calls for a blanket transfer of rights). I actually thought the check thing had been generally discredited as a valid practice with legal standing, although it looks like that was such a powerful development to this judge that it was a major factor in a decision not to even have to look at the other merits of the case. I'm not sure what to say at this point. Is there any other art form that when a major movie and licensing roll-out arrives on the scene one has a 50/50 chance of getting it right to believe the creators won't profit in any significant way? Do people ever think this when a movie and/or toys based on a prose work or a stageplay come out? Comics: leading the media world in being gross.

image* creator blogs at the end of the year are always intriguing, even though most mark this transition in quiet fashion. This is even more true as more creators focus their energies away from blogs and sites and onto Facebook and Twitter. Roman Muradov makes a picture. Jake Parker draws three robots and a Batman. Brian Fies writes about his influences. Peter David rages about knee-jerk boycotts. Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer made a cover. Tony Millionaire is sending out thank-you notes. Austin English shares some new drawings. Dustin Harbin draws Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

* also from Peter David, a Dave Sim editorial from 1996.

* Brett Warnock gets way more cool Christmas cards than I do.

* Tavi talks to Dan Clowes. Alexander Chee talks to Dan Clowes. Albert Ching talks to Dan Curtis Johnson. Vaneta Rogers talks to Justin Gray and Jay Palmiotti.

* the year in comics publishing, with pretty colors.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco sighs in the general direction of a very cynical-sounding book. Johanna Draper Carlson points out that the cheesecake art in the relaunched Legion Of Super-Heroes comic is one of the things keeping her from reading the series. Rob Clough takes on another batch of mini-comics.

* I can't tell if this is really funny or just sad.

* I did not know the DC offices were closed for the week. Everyone should slow down at the holidays. Comics is way more frantic at the holidays than it was five years ago, and I can't quite figure out why.

* finally, the nice folks over at the AV Club pick their best graphic novels of the year, which they split into collected and original books. I swear that Joyce Farmer book came out in Fall 2010, but it's a really good book so nobody complain.
 
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