LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 144
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The traffic light system is simple. Green means there’s a pretty god chance it’s true. Amber means the source may be lacking, or have a clear bias. And Red means that I reckon it’s bollocks. Still, you never know.
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Invited to talk to Dave Sim, I initially began asking questions involving his new book “Glamourpuss,” his history of controversial statements involving gender, sexuality, religion and… it wasn’t getting anywhere really, and threads at Sequential Tart and the like were doing the heavy lifting there anyway.
So I decided to talk to Dave about… gossip. Is that okay?
Okay, okay, I’ll reproduce them exactly!
What’s the most scandalous story you’ve heard about yourself that wasn’t true? And the most scandalous that was true?
Ever reported stories about industry figures that you later found to be not quite as accurate as you believed, or have had a detrimental effect that you regretted? Who and what?
Gossip and the spreading of rumours is traditionally seen as a female activity. Why might that be so and why does it seem to be popular in our male-orientated comics industry?
What’s the best piece of comics related gossip you’ve ever heard?
How about in front of their back? I remember a little fuss regarding a piece in “Cerebus” featuring a married comics creator and their “Temporary Void” as you put it. Do you find gossip more acceptable if it’s out in the open?
Any finally, any plans for Valentine’s Day?
Many comic shops have received a preview copy of “Glamourpuss” and the first issue of this bi-monthly title about photorealistic comics, fashion magazines and superheroes will be available from Aardvark-Vanaheim in May.
IT’S LIKE MEPHISTO NEVER HAPPENED
BY ANY OTHER NAME
No! It was on purpose! I got the name before anyone and I’m sticking with my story. Maybe.
Oh and it looks like it’s just Busiek, Bagley and Nicieza — apologies for the credit creep there.
THE SCAB, THE SNITCH AND THE SLOTT
Marc is a WGA member. Kevin is a union supporter. Dan Slott is, well, Dan Slott.
It all got rather heated. And then Kevin revealed that he had reported Marc Guggenheim to the WGA board for his actions, for not encouraging people to support the strike through boycott.
In the wake of criticism as a result, Kevin has chosen to close down his Newsarama profile and contributions to the Newsarama-linked Shotgun reviews.
Apparently posting online can have real-life consequences. Why didn’t anyone tell me that?
The pictures at the current website will be removed next week, so the only places to see exclusives of the project will be at the new site or at the Unearthing Diaries which this week feature Phil Hall, the ugliest man in comics, posing for a montage of hideous Chaos Magicians…
Is this the same Atomic Comics that, back in “Spawn” #4, McFarlane announced he would not be signing at and would have nothing to do with ever again?
Yes, yes it would. Glad to see that lots of hatchets have been buried, lost or just plain forgotten.
Y: THE LAST POST
COMIC NEEDS EMERGENCY STAPLES
The actual interior artist for all six issues will be Fiona Staples (cover artist for several issues of Devil’s Due’s “Sheena”). Even though she got the job well after the first issue was solicited, the plan is to release the issues on the previously established schedule.
HIT THE JACKPOT
Couldn’t Frank Miller be Governor Huckabee’s running mate?
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
Josh Adam’s girlfriend (going only by the name of Lucid Revolution) has an exclusive photoshoot of the new Batman Black & White: Neal Adams Statue Prototype, sculpted by Jason Spyda Adams.
It’s like the Kennedys, it really is.
BIG FOR THE BOOKSHELF
WHAT HAPPENED TO CHUCK AUSTEN?
Find more here.
CLANGING CHIMES OF DOOM
Firstly, an unused “Doom Patrol” cover from the Grant Morrison days, when Brendan was going to draw an issue. On rediscovering the script, there’s a possibility that it may see the light as a oneshot.
Designs for the “Thunderbirds” movie before it became a dumbed down version of “Spy Kids”. Note, the exo skeleton of “The Hood.”
Yes, I am totally serious about continuing this feature.
BITS AND PIECES
Tobias Buckell versus the Dabel Brothers.
This is how you do it Marvel! Army comics based on the British “Commando” title used to drive recruitment.
So which comics creator has appeared in porn movies? Ben Weldon of the Bendis Board knows.
Scott Dunbier bets more original art.
The Millar viral campaign for “Kick-Ass” gets out of hand.
Frank Miller gets older – proof!
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