Art | Jerry Robinson’s cover artwork from Detective Comics #67 is expected to bring in more than $300,000 when it goes up for auction Nov. 15. “Robinson penciled and inked this cover and the detail of his art is amazing close-up,” said Todd Hignite, consignment director for Comic Art at Heritage Auctions, “particularly his shading lines on Batman and Robin, and on the feathery details of the ostrich being straddled by that bird-of-prey, the Penguin.” [Art Daily]
Business | Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment Inc. and Vuguru, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s independent studio, are partnering to produce “original digital content.” [press release]
Comics | Darryl Ayo has a small manifesto about comics that makes a lot of sense: “Things that don’t make sense in North American comics: 1) comics that exist after their creators have ceased to. 2) these comics’ existence continues despite minimal effort to applicable to contemporary culture. Things that make perfect sense in North American comics: people’s general lack of interest in comics.” He points out a number of reasons why the comics audience is small and challenges creators and publishers to “Do better.” One point he makes that is rarely mentioned: The critical importance of editors. [Comix Cube]
Manga | Japanese readers picked Death Note as the greatest Shonen Jump manga of the 2000s. (One Piece, the most popular manga in Japan, and Naruto, the most popular in the United States, didn’t qualify because they launched in the 1990s.) [Crunchyroll]
Creators | Jim Ottaviani discusses his graphic novels Feynman and Laika, his storytelling techniques, and why science and graphic novels go so well together in an hour-long podcast with interviewer Jerzy Drozd. [Comics Are Great!]
Creators | Colorist and illustrator Jose Villarrubia is briefly interviewed. [Windy City Times]
Creators | Editor Eric Berlatsky talks about the recently released interview anthology Alan Moore: Conversations: “… This book is an effort to collect Moore’s assertions at various moments in his career, so that critics and readers can see what he was thinking at the time, and also to track some of his changes over time, some of which I discuss in the introduction to the book. For example, in a 1984 interview with Guy Lawley and Steve Whitaker, Moore talks about how great it is to work for DC, how they don’t interfere with his creative process, and what an improvement it is over 2000 AD, etc. You won’t get that kind of effusion about DC these days from Moore. So, you can trace how things started to go bad in ‘real time,’ as it were, instead of getting a retrospective — and necessarily revisionary — view. I think those things are valuable to scholars, but they are also interesting to a more general readership.” [The Morton Report]
Creators | Longtime Dick Tracy artist Dick Locher gets the hometown-boy-made-good treatment from his local paper. [DailyHerald.com]
Craft | Crogan’s Adventures creator Chris Schweizer has put together a field guide to tangents, lines that interact with each other in awkward ways, and he has some suggestions for avoiding them. It’s interesting reading, even for non-artists. [Chris Schweizer’s LJ]
Manga | Shaenon Garrity weighs in on Kazuo Umezu’s The Drifting Classroom as part of a Halloween roundtable. [The Hooded Utilitarian]
Webcomics | Here’s one that’s worth a look: Don Aliff reviews Out at Home: “What sets it apart is that it takes that familiar formula [family dynamic], twists it a little, adds a dash of wit and eccentricity, and then throws in a few explosions for the hell of it.” [Spandexless]
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