Broadway | The planned Jan. 11 opening for the $65-million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark likely will be pushed back again, Kim Masters reports. Yet despite technical problems, actor injuries and repeated delays, preview performances are selling at an impressive 98.2 percent capacity. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Legal | Roland Kelts provides commentary on the passage by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly of controversial legislation to further restrict sexual content in manga and anime: “Now we have Version 2 of the non-existent youth bill, with its opaque language promising to monitor depictions of fictional characters government officials decide are too young to be engaging in the fictional activities government officials decide are too harmful to real youth that government officials decide are too youthful to view or read about them. Meanwhile, it remains legal in Japan to possess child pornography, live-action or illustrated, rendering most attempts at enforcement toothless.” Meanwhile, Japan Real Time, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal report on the new ordinance and the surrounding controversy. [TCJ.com]
Publishing | David Brothers talks with BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher about the publisher’s digital efforts: “Getting new readers into comics is something that we are horrible at as an industry. I love Free Comic Book Day, and it is a spectacular event, but there is nothing we have that helps explain to people that we have new comics every week. New stories every month. We all assume that people know how to read periodical comics, whether print or digital, and let me just use a big word here, those are fallacious assumptions! We need to dig deeper right now than just seeing digital as the panacea to all of the comic book industry’s problems.” [Comics Alliance]
Publishing | Jim Zubkavich, project manager for UDON, shares his response to “an intense two screen long message” from an artist who wants to work for the studio: “Your artwork is not as good as you think it is.” [Livejournal]
Awards | David Welsh suggests manga worthy of nomination for the 2011 Eisner Awards. [Precocious Curmudgeon]
Creators | Jason Wood wonders whether it’s time to revisit Robert Kirkman’s two-year-old “Kirkman Manifesto”: “Fast forwarding to the present, have many creators followed his advice? Can you think of many creators that have obtained a modicum of success writing for Marvel and DC who have since turned their focus almost entirely to creator-owned work? I’m sure there are a few, but I can’t think of any. And yet, there ARE quite a few creators making big marks at the Big 2 who recently came from the creator-owned world. Presumably those would be the guys (and ladies) who Kirkman was most directly speaking to.” [iFanboy]
Creators | Speaking of Robert Kirkman, he and Tony Moore talk about the creation of The Walking Dead, the television adaptation, and what led to artist’s departure from the comic. “We were very adamant about scheduling early on,” Kirkman says, “and Tony — fantastic artist though he is—is much more the type that works best on a variety of projects, rather than a single, constant deadline, so we decided it would be best if we went our separate ways for the time being.” Moore adds: “I was pretty miserable by the end, and clearly things weren’t working out. I can’t complain. If I hadn’t left it, I might not have gotten to do any of my subsequent books, which I immensely enjoyed and I co-own. Also, I got to do some pretty crazy shit at Marvel, too.” [Vice]
Creators | Collaborators Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col discuss Kill Shakespeare. [Torontoist]
Gift guides | Glen Weldon recommends 10 holiday gifts for comic-book lovers. [NPR]
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