QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What announcements from San Diego, if any, excited you?
ANSWER(S) OF THE WEEK! San Diego things that get my heart a’titter and suck money from my wallet:
- Jones’ Buffy sodas
- Kickpuncher: The Comic Book by Jim Mahfood and a fictional sitcom character
- Brian Clevinger writing anything; Rocket Raccoon/Groot with a Mike Mignola cover; Bendis promising the return of Rom Spaceknight, all at the Marvel panel.
- Joss Whedon confirming that he’s directing the Avengers, but more importantly, that he’s rewriting the script.
- Matt Nix, to Bruce Campbell, in re: Burn Notice: “I’m thinking of putting a chainsaw in your hand.”
- Grant Morrison writing some weird movie, Grant Morrison being two issues into Seaguy III, and Grant Morrison re-teaming with Paquette, Irving, Quitely, and Stewart for more Batman and Multiversity. Grant Morrison getting my hopes up about a Flex Mentallo collection.
- Dude getting stabbed in the eye— oh wait, no, not that one.
ITEM! The biggest thing happening this week, however, is definitely the Axe Cop/Dr. McNinja team-up:
ITEM! Meanwhile, Christopher Campbell remembers the San Diego Comic-Con of 1910.
ITEM! Jonathan Ross talks with Jim Steranko. Steranko is all that is man:
I eat one meal a day. I believe everything you put in your body is toxic – I eat raw fruits and vegetables. A very small portion. I live on the side of a mountain and run up it with my dogs every night. I begin working after I have dinner at eight o’clock, and work till about nine in the morning. Then I turn in until about 11 o’clock.
ITEM! Another Abhay essay! He’s spoiling us:
Hensley himself engaged in a sort of translation for the sense-impaired, while creating a book sort-of about the untrustworthiness of our senses, named after an architect who could not create his own visuals. Do you see a connection between all of those facts? I want to see a connection, but there isn’t one. It’s just my mind trying to impose an order onto things– I don’t know, because that’s what brains do. Hell, Wikipedia itself is a fan-run encyclopedia– none of what it says about Gropius, Sr. might be even remotely true. But Wikipedia rhymes with encyclopedia– so, fuck it, close enough…?
ITEM! Matthew Brady names six Ditkoian motifs no one knows about:
Working for cheap for Charlton must have given Ditko the opportunity to experiment, try out new ideas, and see what he could do with the comics format, and he came up with some great stuff here, really pushing the limits of the way stories could be told with panels on paper. One story which sees Dr. Graves supposedly searching through his files for information regarding the tale he’s telling turns every panel border into the shape of a file folder, starting out with fairly standard layouts, but as the story goes on and becomes more frantic and fast-paced, eventually seeing panels/folders angled and tilted every which way, in all three dimensions:
ITEM! Tasha Robinson of the AV Club wonders about the divide between art and artist, and whether we can respect the work of someone we dislike. She uses Dave Sim as an example:
No matter what Dave Sim says about the book, I still loved it, and still found it compelling and immaculately crafted. The book did not change in any way because I read that interview. Even if Sim intended it as no more than a standard punishment drama, a sign of his ever-growing issues with women, he’d tapped into something that touched me personally. But his interpretation took an awful lot of the admiration out of it, and made me wonder, was I wrong, or was he? Was it actually possible for an artist to somehow misinterpret his own work?
ITEM! Bully, the little stuffed bull, wonders what it would be like if Thor walked across America instead of Superman. Apparently, it would be way more awesome.
ITEM! Meanwhile, io9 lists ten of the more obscure Thor villains they’d like to see in the movie. (In before “You forgot Mongoose!”)
ITEM! And at “A Dispensable List of Comic Book Lists,” here’s 25 Archie clones, my favorite of which is, of course:
James Bond, the Beatles, “mods,” Carnaby Street fashion – all things British were cool in the 1960s, and American comic publishers were quick to take note. Swing with Scooter debuted with a cover date of July 1966, and it represented DC Comics’ first attempt to re-enter the teen humor market with an original character since the demise of Buzzy, Here’s Howie and the rest in the 1950s.
AWESOME HOSPITAL MOMENT OF THE WEEK guest stars one of my favorite TV actors:
AXE COP MOMENT OF THE WEEK comes to us from guest artist Doug TenNapel and his 4-year-old daughter Olivia: