LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 170
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MAKING AN EXHIBITION OF MYSELF
The exhibition will contain, amongst many others, pages from “Watchmen,” “One Bad Rat,” “X-Men,” “Batman,” “The Killing Joke” as well as the very first appearance of Judge Dredd. We’re also seeing pages from “Phonogram,” “From Hell,” “Sleaze Castle,” “Halo Jones,” “The Bash Street Kids,” “Books Of Magic,” “Charley’s War” and more.
I am desperately looking for more work from early “Beano” and “Dandy,” as well as the likes of “Eagle,” “Beezer,” “Whizzer And Chips,” “Mandy,” “Look In,” “TV Comic,” “Tiger,” “Roy Of The Rovers,” “Viz” and more. E-mail me if you can help.
The show runs from September through to October, the work will be collected by Harrods, framed or unframed, insured and returned after the exhibition. Those able to donate will be credited alongside the piece and in published materials to accompany the exhibition. And, if you’re willing, Harrods would be also happy to help sell your piece, and others.
SIEGEL JOINS DC
No relation, sadly.
This is a panel from Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s “Kick Ass” #4. It’s quite clearly a reference to his other Marvel series “1985”. Along with “Wolverine” and “Fantastic Four” there will be considerable crossovers between the series – much more than this panel indicates, all dovetailing into each other.
When Mark’s wife saw this panel, however, she told Mark it was shameless…
Here’s Mark, fresh from his Forbidden Planet signing in London (apparently he even had a cheese sandwich)
Mark commented how he had to pay full price for it, even though he was signing there. You know Mark, there are some stereotypes that stay alive for a reason.
Naturally I wanted to get Millar’s take on this situation and he posted on Millarworld, “He seemed a perfectly pleasant guy, but seems to have used me to promote his own ideas on the Spidey relaunch and diss at least one other creator.
“As anyone who knows me knows, this is my golden rule. I never, ever trash other pros in public or in private and I certainly wouldn’t with readers. As I’ve stated countless times the job is hard enough without pro eating pro and, worst of all, I’m friendly with Bob Gale. The honest truth is that I’ve never read one issue of ‘Brand New Day’ (tho have heard the Guggenheim stuff is very good) so this whole thing with me calling Bob Gale a “hypocrite” is just crazy. I haven’t even read the stories so no idea what the context even is.
The poster seems to have recanted a little saying, “And for all I know Millar was probably agreeing with me on Bob Gale just to make me happy.”
Of course he did, psycho-stalker, of course he did.
EDIT: The original post has been edited in a plea for forgiveness, with subsequent posts simply stating, “I’m an areshole.”(sic)
DRAGON’S CLAWS ARE BACK! DRAGON’S CLAWS ARE BACK! DRAGON’S CLAWS ARE BACK!
Basically, imagine X-Men crossed with Judge Dredd.
I am so very, very happy.
STUFF WHITE PEOPLE LIKE
The X-Men summit via CB Cebulski. Is this confirmation of last week’s LITG story that Ed Brubaker is off the X-books?
Nevertheless, it looks like a Loeb and Silvestri project may be in the works.
It does rather echo Chuck Dixon’s recent comments
WELLS: Eventually, Impulse gave way to Kid Flash and Kid Flash, in turn, morphed into an adult Flash. Do you think those changes necessarily served Bart Allen well?
WAID: Nah. Listen, Geoff Johns and I made our peace about this. I love Geoff. Geoff’s one of my best friends, and Geoff is an incredibly talented writer and is the only writer alive who loves these characters as much as I do. And I don’t blame him for paving over the Impulse identity. The shoehorning of Impulse into Kid Flash was, as I understand it, not his idea. It was a wrongheaded edict passed down by an editor that never got the character and has made it his mission to purge DC of anything even remotely fun and lighthearted. But even as Kid Flash, he was still largely recognizable as Bart.
And then he became the Flash, and a more boneheaded move you couldn’t have made with that character. Geoff and I fought against it, we fought like you wouldn’t believe. Steve Wacker, who was slated to be the original editor, Geoff, me…we all fought the good fight, knowing beyond any shadow of a doubt that squeezing Bart into that costume would go against absolutely everything about that character. And we lost. We lost every step of the way. Ultimately, someone else’s ego outweighed my opinion about what Bart would and wouldn’t do, but that’s how it often goes with corporate-owned heroes and is the price you pay dealing in them. Ask Keith Giffen sometime how many lectures he’s had to endure about what Lobo “would and wouldn’t do.” So, in their infinite wisdom, DC Editorial made Bart The Flash, and that relaunch was one of the greatest critical failures in all of DC publishing history.
WAID: In terms of sales they had on the first issue and the sales they posted by the fifth or sixth issues, it was just a crashing, crashing disaster. It was one of the most disastrous, embarrassing launches in DC history. And we were all ” I’m not trying to sound all “I told you so,” because it broke our hearts because we loved that character ” but we warned them. We told them, “Don’t do that, it won’t work.” Sure enough, six issues in, they realized they had a mess of a series they couldn’t make work, no matter what. At that point, Dan DiDio called me up, a courtesy call, and said, “So we’re going to kill Bart. I just thought I should let you know.” My honest feeling at that point was like, “Dude, you killed Bart years ago.” [mutual laughter] “That’s so not Bart in that suit. I don’t care. Everything in comics is cyclical. Bart’ll be back eventually at some point anyway so, sure, go ahead and put the bullet through his head. I don’t care.” I figured Bart would be better off dead than misunderstood and mishandled.
Men can’t help acting on Impulse it seems.
IN THE BAG
Actually, I could have phrased that last clause a little better.
IT’S FRIDAY, IT’S FIVE O’CLOCK, IT’S…
I always hate relationship Quarrels.
WING AND A PRAYER
I bet the Pigman guy will love this.
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL
I hear Paul Jenkins will be writing one of the new Ultimate books to kick off after the cancellations after the Ultimatum crossover.
Added to that, Paul Jenkins’ “Sidekick” will return in a new series from Image to be announced soon.
Next week: Paul Jenkins’ sanitary habits.
BITS AND BOBS
Free giveaway indie anthology comic, if you happen to live in Washington.
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