Comics A.M. | A call for Disney to remember its roots

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Comics A.M. | A call for Disney to remember its roots

Creators’ rights | Gerry Giovinco points out that the mega-studio that is Walt Disney got its start because Walt signed a bad contract and lost the rights to his creation Oswald the Rabbit. Giovinco calls on Disney, as the parent company of Marvel, to acknowledge and perhaps actually compensate the creators of the products it is marketing: “I can’t believe that a company as wealthy Disney cannot find a way to see the value of the good will that would be generated by establishing some sort of compensation or, at the very least, acknowledgement to the efforts put forth by these creators.” [CO2 Comics Blog]

Digital comics | John Rogers discusses working with Mark Waid on his Thrillbent digital comics initiative. “There are people who are selling enough books to make a living on Amazon, whom you’ve never heard of. Because Amazon made digital delivery cheap and easy. That is what you must do with comics. It’s not hard. The music business already solved this problem. Amazon already solved this problem. It’s not like we’re trying to build a rocketship to the moon out of cardboard boxes. Webcomics guys — and this is kind of the great heresy — solved this problem like ten years ago, using digital distribution then doing print collections and also doing advertising and stuff.” []

Creators | James Robinson discusses his work on DC Comics’ Earth 2. [USA Today]

Creators | Tom Batiuk talks about the newest story arc in Funky Winkerbean, which features a same-sex couple going to the prom, and about the various controversial topics he has delved into over the years: “Comics alone aren’t going to change things — they can frame the question. But if they can get someone thinking, that’s a good thing.” [USA Today]

Creators | Charles Webb talks to Cursed Pirate Girl creator Jeremy Bastian, who was thinking about Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz when he created his title character: “The difference with CPG is she starts off in the ‘normal world’ where she doesn’t belong and goes to the magical waters of the Omerta Seas to find her rightful place. So yes she’s trying to get ‘home’ but her home is the wonderland. She was raised in a world that she didn’t belong in therefore when she does reach the Omertas she’s still an outsider who’s trying to find a place in ‘her’ world.” [MTV Geek]

Creators | Simon Bisley discusses his newest project, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse graphic novels, which tie in to the game and the movie of the same name: “In many cases Michael [Mendheim] was very specific as to what he was looking for — as it had to fit a pretty massive concept that they had already developed and were making into a game and a film, but yet it was still a work in progress — so the work we were doing on the comic needed to match what they had done so far — a lot of which was in my style — but I could still flex quite a bit, especially with the big set pieces/backgrounds. It was a controlled give and take in the end I guess — many parts of the world had been built with me in mind, and I still got to twist a few things to make it more mine — good fun all the way around.” [MTV Geek]

Creators | Between Gears creator Natalie Nourigat talks about her upcoming projects in a video shot at Stumptown. [Stumptown Trade Review]

Creators | Jeffrey Brown talks about the genesis of Darth Vader and Son, which explores what life would have been like if Darth Vader had actually raised Luke Skywalker. [io9]

Creators | Jeet Heer assembles a roundtable of comics experts to discuss the legacy of Jack Kirby in the context of Charles Hatfield’s new book Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby. This is the first of three parts. [The Comics Journal]

Conventions | ComicsAlliance has a photo roundup of creators at the Stumptown Comics Fest. [Comics Alliance]

Commentary | David Brothers takes a look at James Stokoe’s solution to the problem of depicting Godzilla’s roar. [4thletter!]

Digital comics | Tom Spurgeon has a thoughtful post on what he does and doesn’t want from digital comics — and how his tastes have changed over the years — and he asks the readers for their input, which he will post next week. [The Comics Reporter]

Digital comics | ComiXology has highlighted all the artists it carries who were at the MoCCA Festival this past weekend. [comiXology Blog]

Retailing | The Northern Illinois University paper profiles the two comics shops in DeKalb, Illinois. [Northern Star]