LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 185
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Marvel is bunch of hippies” – Esad Ribic
MAN AND SUPERMAN
Thankfully, that’s exactly what one source was doing last week.
Last week, LITG reported that James Robinson had had a stand up row with Dan DiDio and had walked off Superman.
I was later told that this wasn’t a creative nor editorial issue, but a personal one.
I then updated the story last week with a report from The Superman Homepage which reported Superman editor Matt Idelson as saying that Robinson “has not” quit the book.
It appears that was very specifically phrased.
Robinson certainly had quit the book. Past tense. And it was everywhere, I heard from DC employees, from Marvel employees, even from Diamond employees who had been instructed by DC not to mention James Robinson in any Previews article in any capacity. This was big news.
But then I started to be told that DiDio and Robinson patched up their differences, and suddenly Robinson was back on the Superbooks. And soon everyone was singing from that hymnsheet.
No harm done right? Well not quite. Because there was one person who has wanted to write Superman for a very long time and had been denied the opportunity. One who had even been told that he’d never write the Superman monthly title. And who, when Robinson stormed off, was approached by DC to take over the Superman book. And who instantly agreed. And was then ceremoniously dumped when Robinson came back.
In McGee’s, everyone was drinking in commiseration to Mark Waid.
I understand that DC are in negotiation with Waid over this and related issues to find a situation that everyone’s happy with. Guilt can be quite a powerful weapon in such circumstances.
ELEVEN? THAT’S NUMBERWANG!
That Joseph was showrunner-from-2010 Steven Moffat’s favourite choice, was revealed in Lying In The Gutters in early October, which caused the bookies to make him their favourite.
His odds dropped when further tabloid rumours tagged other actors, as well as a horrific misreading of the upcoming Christmas special co-starring David Morrissey as The Next Doctor – ignoring the audio drama it is based on, “The One Doctor.”
Paterson Joseph starred in a very Hartnell/Pertwee turn as The Marquis De Carabas in “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman, rumoured to be writing an episode of the series in 2010.
Joseph also played a strong supporting role in Steve Moffat’s “Jekyll“, Alan Johnson in “Peep Show” and a regular character actor in “The Mitchell And Webb Look“. He currently appears in the BBC remaking of Terry Nation’s “Survivors.”
He does a great line in pompous, mischievous, inspiring, well-presented, well-spoken, with a big cheesey grin.
He’s absolutely perfect for the role. I can’t wait.
Also for 2010, we’re not only getting a new Doctor but it appears the TARDIS console room will get a new desktop theme…
“OH MY GOD, IT’S FULL OF SPARS”
That was also the colour of certain people’s faces on Sunday morning as well. Oyster stout will do that to a man.
The Duiblin Convention is small but perfectly formed. Guests sketch, do the occasional panel and retire to the bar. Local comics get to put on a show and continue it in the bar. Dealers help you fill in your collections which you can show off in the… you’re getting the idea.
Everyone was having a good time and the show sported a guest list worthy of a show twenty times its size, Dan Slott, CB Cebulski, Esad Ribic, Paul Cornell, Michael Lark, Jonathan Hickman, Adi Granov, Tommy Lee Edwards, Olivier Coipel, Matt Hollingsworth and more. Esad soon became everyone’s favourite drinking buddy, as he insisted to Dan Slott that he was drinking flags and Dan should drink flags too!
Yes, the Irish Flag cocktail was quite an evil thing…
I wanted to give a special thanks to Dan Slott. First time I’ve met him, no idea what to expect, he is a wonderful, funny, engaging and infectious individual with more stories to tell than Peter David. He seems to sum up in many ways the most mocked aspects of the comics industry and yet he wins you over in seconds and makes you love comics, if ever you once doubted it. If he ever touched Evan Dorkin there was be a huge explosion that would destroy the universe.
And it was quite fun asking him about the news that he’d re-signed another Marvel exclusive contract, just mentioned by CB Cebulski, and he refused to even accept that such a thing was even being discussed until CB walked up and said “Hey Dan” We’ve just announced your new contract!”
Dublin’s a great show, it was my first time to the Emerald Isle and that will be the last time I use that phrase before the organisers beat me to death for using such sterotypical language, shouting “You’ll never get me lucky charms!” as they do so.
I’ll definitely go again if they let me.
The Live-Ing In The Gutters panel on the Sunday involved a large piece of twine that captured and ensnared the comics industry as well as member of the audience and seemed to go down far better than I was expecting. So yay!
I also bought a stack of indie comics. Some were world class. More on those next week.
Yeah, I think that will get press coverage over here.
Also mentioned at Dublin was a new series from Marvel, “New Avengers: Reunion,” for next year.
IN DEFENSE OF DAN DIDIO
Now there’s no doubt that Dan can stir up controversy sometimes. He’s not been nicknamed “Jemas” for nothing and yes, he has had his differences with creators.
But, just as with his nicknamesake, there’s a significant number of creators who really appreciate him. Who see him as a man who goes to bat for their ideas. And who readily takes public blame for events and actions that are not of his doing
And who also has a history of making money for DC Comics? DiDio. So as far as Warner Bros is concerned, he’s not going anywhere soon.
CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS?
Certainly there has been negotiation with DC Editorial and Grant Morrison over where the book is going, but it won’t come out with Morrison’s name on it until he’s happy. But just as the delays with “Civil War,” it’s not just one book that’s on hold, it’s dozens. And there’s rewriting going on all over the place.
Is this the Wildstorm Relaunch all over again?
Leinel Yu announces he’s drawing an arc of Mark Millar’s “Ultimate Avengers.” Probably.
So even if the first issue doesn’t end up on dealers walls for $10 each, at least you’ll get a good read!
And it looks like it’s time for everyone to start queuing up to buy large quantities of Batman comics to sell on eBay.
Turns out, it was only one.
I’ve heard of unemployment figures being exaggerated, but that’s a bit ridiculous.
ODDS AND ENDS
“Shadowhawk” writer Pedro Angosto takes on Alan Davis over a matter of continuity. And doesn’t come off very well.
More attempts from Josh Hoopes to scam people, posing as agent Jeff Henzel. This time he’s using the art of Mike Choi.
“Lying In The Actuarial Gutters.” Bang on perfect.
More “Youngblood” hardcovers on the way… and “Absolute Youngblood!”
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