Welcome to the seventh weekly installment of Lying In The Gutters, a gossip and rumour column serving the comic book industry by throwing a knife in its back. The traffic lights on each story are my takes on their reliability. Green lets you know I believe it, Amber let’s you know I reckon there’s something in it somewhere, Red lets you know I think it’s quite possibly bullshit. But then you never know. The lights are just an indication – doesn’t mean a red can’t be true and a green can’t be false. Take everything you read with a dash of hydrochloric acid – and if you do repost information here elsewhere, please include a warning to that effect.
And a link back to here. I want to see your hits!
I’m also still getting stack of virus emails purporting to come from the likes of Warren Ellis, Joe Quesada and Patty Jeres, but clearly coming from people with all our names in their Contact List. Please, if my name is on your email contact list, please remove it, just in case.
WIZARD TO GO HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH SAN DIEGO
The word is that this would be staged as close to San Diego, in time and location, as possible.
Fight, fight, fight, fight…
DARK HORSE TO REPRINT CONAN?
Slightly ironic, since Windsor-Smith has sworn off from working with Dark Horse after the “Storyteller” project aborted. Talking of which, despite previous assurances that “Storyteller” would be released from Fantagraphics in early 2003, it appears that Windsor-Smith has informed them that he needs at least another year to prepare the material.
HEROCLIX THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY
Somehow they bought his story. Fools. Given a chance, I’d have shot him.
MARVEL SLAMMED BY GOSSIP MONGERS
Of course, the fact that some of those snipers were only there because Marvel freed up money to bring twice as many of them and set up a hospitality suite to do deals during the day and to eat and drink till five in the morning, where many of them did their bitching, might slightly dilute the strength of their argument…
Especially as one of the grooviest place at San Diego was the Marvel party in room 2069 at the Marriott. Even certain senior DC senior editorial staff were seen chin wagging there. But the coolest and hardest to crash shindig was Graphitti’s Dead Dog party Sunday night. Not only was arch-enemy Nick Barrucci of Dynamic Forces not only not invited to the party, but invitees were not allowed to bring him in as a guest.
The debate also raged over whether John Cassaday or John Estes had the largest penis in comics. Could Marvel engineer another U-Decide competition? Maybe Dynamic Forces could do resin statues…
GREG RUCKA TO WRITE WOLVERINE
Look, that’s all I know, shut up.
WALT SIMONSON ON WONDER WOMAN?
READING THE DARK KNIGHT
GI JOE/X-MEN CROSSOVER: THE CONSPIRACY CONTINUES
Scott Wherel, GI Joe editor, tells me “According to one of our main contacts at Hasbro, they haven’t entered into any kind of deal with Marvel to do anything regarding a ‘G.I. Joe/X-Men’ crossover, as Devil’s Due Publishing currently has the rights to produce comics based on ‘G.I. Joe.’ Devil’s Due hasn’t been involved in any talks about a story with Marvel or the creative team that’s apparently being assembled. At least on our end, this crossover isn’t happening. ”
Both Grant and Quesada specifically chose not to comment. But I’m given to understand that this is a clandestine agreement between Hasbro and Marvel – and that Devil’s Due simply hasn’t been informed.
BLACK PANTHER’S FUTURE
Gutterati Vibraxas reports that both scripts and proposals for these comics have been written, but in the end, the continuing vision of the Black Panther by Christopher Priest will continue. The first arc, “Black and White,” tells the story of Panther and the White Wolf competing for the soul of a young man – but who’s the good guy and the bad guy in this? It is intended to be written along the lines of Priet’s one-recalled-issue-before-cancelled “Concrete Jungle.” According to Priest, it’s an “urban crime drama, with layers of intrigue and mystery, tons of action, and the trademark BP humor and political maneuvering.”
For more along these lines, look for an upcoming Priest interview in a primer at Comics Odyssey, Robinson’s Place, Manila, in a couple of weeks.
STRANGE ADVENTURES GET A PLUG
Described as “the world’s greatest comic bookshops with the widest and wisest selection”, they’re at 5262 Sackville Street, Halifax NS.
Also enclosed were a bunch of copies of Supersnipe, a collection of advertising strips using the shop’s mascot, pinup portrayal’s of that mascot by the likes of Chris Ware, Bendis, Philip Bond, Darrow, Cannon, Sim, Mignola, Dorkin and more as well as a bunch of other strips. Why not go to their website and try and get your copy?
LARRY YOUNG STRIKES BACK
Larry chose to reply, saying:
“Upon re-reading… I have to note that I’ve never been nothing but polite in public to any of those folks she mentions, and, in fact, count Scott Brown of Cyberosia to be amongst those I call ‘friend.’ Make of Lea’s diatribe what you will, then. And that’s for public consumption. :)”
And as more examples of Larry Young’s intriguing attitude on message boards have been forwarded to me since last week, this one sticks out, discussing Jason Alexander’s comic, “Empty Zone,” Young responded on the Brian Wood Forum, “Yeah, it’s good if you like artists who draw with one hand while reading ‘Channel Zero’ with the other.”
Later, Young adds “Because the art rips off Brian Wood, and the story rips off William Gibson and Brian Wood. It’s like that old David Spade Hollywood joke on ‘Saturday Night Live’: “I liked this story better when it was called ‘Channel Zero.'”
As some replied, stating they liked both and wondered if both Wood and Young had common inspiration, Young softened slightly saying:
“It’s just not for me, since his influences on ‘Empty Zone’ are too near the surface.” And “‘Channel Zero’ was published first.”
After proof that ‘Empty Zone’ had been published in the small press previously to Channel Zero’s publication, Larry changed tack.
“Everybody else can go cry in their beer. Unless you’re going to tell me Brian already knew of Jason Alexander, much less his work? No one knows who Jason Alexander is now.”
COLOURISTS GET A LITTLE UPPITY
This time it’s down to some guidelines drawn up by the production department, that apparently fail to take into account the variety of snazzy effects that modern colourists like Richard Isanove, JD Smith, Chris Sotomayor, Jose Villarrubia, Paul Mounts, Avalon and Liquid throw all over their books and most editors now expect. The colourists have asked for the guidelines written up by a fellow colourist, not by a production worker and several attempts to strike up a discussion with the Marvel production department have gone unanswered.
HITMAN TRADE PAPERBACKS TO CONTINUE?
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS ORIGINAL ARTIST
But after accepting, Paquette was asked to draw the piece in a cod-manga style, big eyes and all. I understand that Paquette wasn’t happy with that at all, he believed he was being hired for his style, but licensor dealings outweighed them. I understand that Ross offered to touch up the artwork after penciling to give it more of that style, but Paquette refused.
Paquette had agreed to draw the last “Gen13” issue before the revamp. but had to turn it down for “Battle Of The Planets.” Oops.
Here’s a piece of Paquette’s Battle Of The Planets, eyes unchanged…
PANINI TO PUBLISH DC DOWN SOUTH?
But an article at Blue Bus translated reveals that a number of companies are up for the rights, including Panini.
PAT LEE SPEAKS, A NATION GAWPS
Amongst some arty pictures of Pat Lee, posing, sitting and standing in just his skiddies, they include such gems as:
WE OFTEN FIND OURSELVES IN DREAMS
A WORLD THAT LETS OUR DESIRES WISHES AND HATES RUN FREELY
SOMETIMES WE SHARE SOMETHING WITH OTHERS WE FEEL NO ONE ELSE COULD EVER COME CLOSE TO THE IMAGERY OUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER PORTRAYS. A PAINTED PICTURE? YES… TORN AND RIPPED TO SHREDS BY IT’S OWN CREATOR.
MY DREAMS HAVE BEEN SHATTERED, MY HEART TORN APART. LEAVING NOTHING BUT INNER PAIN AND MEMORIES I KEEP LOCKED DEEP DOWN MY MIND. I WISH SOMETIMES THAT THE RAIN CAN WASH AWAY ALL OF WHAT IS LEFT OF MY PAST MEMORIES, PAIN AND SUFFERING… ALL I WANT, IS SOMEONE REAL….
QUINN TO DRAW SOLAR
It’s Solar, folks. Check it out here.
MOORCOCK COMIC PUBLISHED ONLINE AND OFF
WAID CLEARS UP CREDITS
“I bought and read ‘Ruse #10’ today–and I have to admit, I was surprised at CrossGen’s generosity in crediting me for the full plot to the issue since what I turned in and was paid for bore almost no resemblance to the actual published story. That’s in no way a value judgment on the work–as I have ALWAYS said, I wish the new team the best of luck–but I thought it important to set the record straight, as it’s not fair to Scott and Butch to credit me with work that is obviously so much theirs. Again, I appreciate CrossGen working to make me feel included, but I don’t want or need it at the expense of others. Oh–and once more, Laura demonstrated why she deserves every award she receives, and more. Best, MW”
CrossGen employer Ian Feller replied “It’s nice to see that Mark is still surfing our boards and indeed he is correct. The actual credit for ‘Ruse #10’ should have read:”
“CO-PLOT Mark Waid & Archard’s Agents”
“DIALOGUE Scott Beatty”
And in response to criticism of Waid’s leaving “Ruse,” and amidst allegations of gagging orders, Waid replied:
“Sorry you feel as if I left because I ‘didn’t get my way,’ A-C, but there’s a lot more to everything than just that, and your comment is, frankly, pretty hurtful rather than funny. Did you mean it that way?
“First, as I’ve said elsewhere, my leaving ‘Ruse’ wasn’t, I feel, strictly my choice, and no one–no one–is happy with the way the dominoes ultimately fell. I wish the team the best, but you have a right to feel disappointed that I’m gone. I know that’s how I feel sometimes. It’s no fun to create out of my own head great characters like Simon and Emma and then leave them behind.”
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MORE DOOP TRANSLATIONS
Doop Dialogue From X-Statix 1:
Asked to deal with “Code X”: “As long as he doesn’t corkscrew me!”
On Venus Dee-Lightful: “That sounds like an ice cream!”
How was Code X? “Do you really want to know?”
Doop disappears: “Cheese!”
Doop kill: “Hoo-boy! I need a raise!”
“Got a problem with me?”
Here’s that code again…
GUTWALLOW RETURNS, HIDDEN
ZIRCHER RETURNS, NOT SO HIDDEN
VAMPIRELLA MOVIE ON THE CARDS
MORRISON AUTHORITY SIMILARITY?
On the Warren Ellis Forum, Tim Stoltzfus recalled meeting Grant Morrison at San Diego. Morrison was seen to take a old copy of “Justice League 26” from a pile to be signed and pointed out to the throng how similar to “The Authority” a group called the International Ultramarine Corps were, flying around in an interdimensional city called “Superbia” and talking about “killing if we have to.” Morrison’s plans for a spin-off book for the team were scuttled.
When asked if this was similar ideas occurring at the same time, or Grant and Warren exchanging ideas, Morrison said “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Warren.”
After a little back and forth about publication dates, Ellis responded “I thought the Marines thing was a ‘Stormwatch’ riff, personally. Heh.”
PLANETARY 16 TO ACTUALLY BE PUBLISHED
NEW MORRISON/WOOD PROJECT
Who also, BTW, put out a lovely book recently called Lurid. Find it.
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