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LYING IN THE GUTTER VOLUME 2 COLUMN 105

Welcome to the most popular and longest running comics column on the internet. In its various forms, Lying In The Gutters has covered rumours and gossip in the comics industry for thirteen long glorious and quite scary years.

All stories are sourced from well-connected individuals and checked with respective publisher representatives before publication. Mostly. The veracity of each story is judged by me and given a spotlight – Green is the most reliable, Amber means there’s likely an interest involved or the likelihood isn’t set and Red means even I can’t quite bring myself to believe it.

Lying In The Gutters is for your entertainment. Neither Fair Nor Balanced.

MAKING UP STORIES

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Check out an emergency LITG update that went out last Friday to readers of Tom Breevort’s Marvel Editorial Simulation.

I tell you what, it’s a lot easier to just make up stories. But thankfully I’ve never had to yet.

ONE MORE IMAGE

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The sketch pencils to the “One More Day” cover, from Marvel EiC, Joe Quesada.

He’s not bad, is he? He’ll go far, I reckon.

CAN’T THEY JUST TRANSFORM THEM INTO SMALLER ONES?

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Remember that scene in “Spinal Tap” when the set for the “Stonehenge” number appears and the plastic boulders are not eleven foot as required, but eleven inches, due to a mix up of notation on the original napkin?

Somewhere, in a factory in China, a bunch of guys are scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get the 200 metre tall cardboard standee Transformers that were ordered by a US marketing department into a packing crate.

They meant to request 200 centimetres, of course.

Thank goodness it was only for samples.

FINAL COUNTDOWN

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So what is “Countdown” counting down to anyway?

The name I’m given is “Final Crisis.”

FILTHY ME

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I understand that Spanish comics creator Victor Santos is drawing a black and white original graphics novel for Vertigo, written by Brian Azzarello and tentatively titled “Filthy Rich”

Preparatory artwork:

TITANIC SPLIT

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Look for “Teen Titans” to split into two, possibly multi-dimensional, books. One with most of the current series regulars called “Teen Titans,” and a new book, “New Titans,” modelled on the eighties group.

CABLE AND

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Recently we featured artwork to “Outlaw” by Jon Malin, which showed serious Travis Charest influences.

Well, he’s now been picked up by Marvel for half an issue of “Cable & Deadpool” and seems to be channelling Rob Liefeld again.

From issue #42:

And the YouTube film.

HONG KONG DREAMING

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Remember the link to the Hong Kong job ad to work under Greg Horn’s direction?

It was news to Greg Horn. He writes, “I was surprised today to read your article on my Hong Kong affairs. I actually spent a week in Hong Kong– I even managed to complete two whole character designs in a five month period, but I have not spoken to or received any correspondence from the folks from Hong Kong in nearly a month and a half. As far as I know, any artists who respond to this advertisement will not be receiving any ‘direction’ from me whatsoever, but they might just get the inspiration they talk of.”

And Dave Campiti from Glass House wrote, “Early this year, they decided they very much liked Brazil penciller Cliff Richards (‘Buffy,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Rogue’), who was someone Greg Horn said he liked and wanted to work with, but soon after, the company told him Cliff that would have to move. Cliff wasn’t about to uproot his family from Brazil to move to Hong Kong.

“So, after a long, merry chase through other artists, the company decided on Harvey (‘Star Wars’) Tolibao out of Manila, who was interested in moving. They asked for his page rate and, after hearing it –it was the standard professional Marvel and DC rate — they started hemming and hawing about how this was a weekly salaried job, a team effort, a great project, a wonderful opportunity, and so on.

“So Harvey responded with, ‘OK, that’s simple: Assuming 22 pages and a cover each month, break up the total page rate for that quantity of pages across 4 weeks, add in what amount you’re paying to cover my Hong Kong move and expenses, and put in writing the exact deal.’

“They stalled and stopped communicating. As of two weeks ago, Greg Horn advised that the project seemed to have died down because he hadn’t heard anything more. And yet, the date of the posting of the job ad is May 4th. Wonder if they bothered to tell Greg?”

Obviously not…

I KNEW I SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN THAT “50 REASONS I SHOULD WRITE LOIS LANE, SUPERMAN’S WIFE” ARTICLEUpdated 5:30 PM PDT

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I understand that Chris Bird has been asked by DC to produce a spec script and proposal for Legion of Super-Heroes based on his “30 Reasons Why I Should Write The Legion” series on his LiveJournal.

That’ll be one hell of a “how I broke into comics” story.

UPDATE: Christopher adds: “I appreciate the goodwill from those who’d like to see me write the book, but Mike Marts, Dan Didio or anybody else from DC have not contacted me in any official capacity re: an official pitch for “Legion of Super-Heroes.” I just want to make sure everybody knows that, and that I’m not mis-representing DC.”

SUBURBAN RENNOVATION

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First issue of “Phonogram’s” Jamie McKelvie’s new comic.

And a Phonogrammatical interview.

GETTING HYPO

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Bristol’s Hypotheticals panel by Lee Barnett and Dave Gibbons is always a must-see, and this year included Kurt Busiek, Patty Jeres, Jock, Jamie McKelvie and John Brown. Here is the script for the whole event…

More Bristol Dreaming

THIS WEEK’S GREG LAND SWIPE

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And it’s a particularly hilarious one. Take his Spider-Man from “Ultimate Power” #5

All well and good, but how was Greg Land to know that a couple of pages later Marvel would be so insensitive to insert this ad.

I know some people at Marvel have been quite sensitive about LITG’s swipe file in the past. But seriously, when you underline the swipes like this yourself, what am I meant to do?

HAIR SWIPE FILE

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Superman’s Best Friend

Scum…

SWIPE DOT FILE

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Check out the dot pattern on the swish new Image Comics website.

I’m talking about lots of

and

.

It looks awfully like the graphics seen on the website for Balloon Tales.

DEAD MONKEY DOCTOR SWIPE FILE

“Ghost Chimp” MD by Kyle Baker, as seen in Undercover
Genie
.

Ghost Chimp MD by Craig Ferguson as seen on the Late Late Show.

BITS AND PIECES

Spider-Men at Jamba Juice, on the first floor of the building across the street from David Letterman’s theater, which also happens to be DC Comics building.

Martin Hand’s comic reviews.

See my RichAndMark response to the BBC Panorama/Scientology battle.

SMALL PRINT

Discuss this column at the Lying In The Gutters Forum and add your request to what you want from future columns.

Visit my MySpace or my ComicSpace as I discuss next week’s column. Maybe.

Oh and I’m starting to Twitter now as well now. Sorry.

Contact me on richjohnston@gmail.com or on AOL Instant Messenger as TwistRich.

You can also write to me at 8 Robin Hood Lane, Kingston Vale, London SW15 3PU ENGLAND

Or call me/text me on 0780 1350982 from the UK or 01144780 1350982 from the US.

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