Comics A.M. | Stan Lee honor draws fire; Seth wins Harbourfront prize

Creators | Some military personnel are upset that comics legend Stan Lee received the Honorable Order of St. Barbara award in July during the week of Comic-Con International, as the award is "traditionally reserved for career cannon cockers in the Army and Marine Corps who have made their mark on the field artillery or air defense communities." While the award credited Lee, who served stateside in the Army during World War II, with writing "several training manuals and films for the artillery and all other branches of the service," the co-creator of the Fantastic Four and other Marvel properties said he didn't recall ever doing so. A spokesman for Maj. Gen. David Halverson, commander of the Army Field Artillery Center at Fort Sill, Okla., who signed off on the award, said it “was given to a former soldier and WWII veteran whose contributions, both in the Army and beyond, are in keeping with and representative of all the high standards of achievement and selfless service associated with the Honorary Order of Saint Barbara.” Lee actually missed receiving the award, as at the ceremony he also received an Army Certificate of Achievement and left before the second award could be given. [Air Force Times]

Awards | Cartoonist Seth has been chosen as the latest recipient of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, which will be presented Oct. 29 at the International Festival of Authors at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre. Seth is the first comic book creator to win the award, which is given to an individual whose work has substantially contributed to the state of literature and books in Canada. [CBC]

Creators | Mark Millar discusses Kick-Ass 2, both the film and comic versions, as well as the DC relaunch: "I’m delighted to see DC getting back in the game with their reboot. Making characters who are as old as Donald Duck relevant to a modern audience isn’t easy. I joked about how they were Botoxing these old dudes and squeezing them back into their tights, but in all seriousness it’s been good for retailers and after a long time of soft sales on the bulk of their characters they’ve really got people’s attention again. I love a lot of the guys over there and grew up with these characters. Creatively, it’s not where my head’s at, because I think we need to do what Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did in the ’60s and move forward, creating a new generation of characters and concepts for a 21st century readership. But I like the fact they’ve done something ballsy like this and it’s put money in the pockets of retailers. I don’t know how long it’s going to last in the medium term, but a nice little boost in the meantime." [Hero Complex]

Creators | Jen Van Meter talks about writing Hawkeye in Avengers: Solo: "It’s a funny thing — I think that Clint sees himself as kind of a rebel within the Avengers, in the sense that no matter how much he may admire or respect a colleague, he’s always going to be willing to challenge any of them if he disagrees. It feels, to me, like an assertion of his belonging–his right to talk back–and also one of his important roles in that group– the guy will speak truth to power, any power. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about different presentations I’ve read of his joining the Avengers– did he want it with all his heart or was it a more calculated desire to get himself where the spotlight was? I tend to feel more swayed by that first notion, that even when he might say, “I don’t need this,” he does. This is the family he chose for himself, you know? And given his painful personal history, that chosen family’s safety and soundness are enormously important to him." [iFanboy]

Comics | Darryl Cunningham posts a draft of the last chapter of Science Tales, in which he discusses why people choose not to believe scientific facts and how science really works. [Darryl Cunningham Investigates]

Comics | Larry Cruz looks back through the mists of time at a character that DC has chosen not to include in its relaunch, the garishly dressed crimefighter The Red Bee. [The Webcomic Overlook]

Comics | Hayley Campbell reviews Nate Powell's new book, Any Empire, and winds up not quite getting it: "So at the end of Any Empire I felt like I had missed a point, that it was an embarrassing personal failure on my part that this book made me feel nothing at all. Over four weeks the cogs in my head have been deconstructing and reconstructing the whole thing, much like staring out the nightbus window, piecing together a badly told joke told in a pub and rewiring the punchline. But in the end we’re still left with a beautiful book with great ambitious ideas, and I just don’t know what to make of it." [The Comics Journal]

Conventions | The Baltimore Sun previews this weekend's Annapolis Comic-Con. [Baltimore Sun]

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