I believe we’ve reached the pre-Thanksgiving industry slowdown.
Internet | A website called the Home of the Green Arrow, which supports the far-right British National Party in its “fight to secure a future for the indigenous peoples of these islands in the North Atlantic which have been our homeland for millennia,” has co-opted Jock’s art from the DC Comics miniseries Green Arrow: Year One for its banner. “This is leaving a horrible taste in my mouth,” the artist wrote this morning on Twitter. He has contacted DC’s legal department. [Jock’s Twitter feed]
Art | Frank Frazetta’s original cover painting for the 1967 Lancer paperback edition of Conan the Conqueror sold at auction last week for a reported $1 million. That’s nearly four times the previous record price for the artist’s work — $251,000 — paid in 2008 for the cover to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Escape on Venus. [Spectrum Fantastic Art, via Sci Fi Wire]
Awards | Mike Keefe, editorial cartoonist for the Denver Post, has won the 2009 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning. [The Daily Cartoonist]
Publishing | Dark Horse Assistant Editor Brendan Wright discusses one of the perks of his job: seeing the doodles and character designs that Stan Sakai occasionally leaves on the back of his Usagi Yojimbo art boards. [The Wright Opinion]
Publishing | Lauren Davis takes a look at celebrities who dip their toes into the comic-book pool. [io9.com]
Retailing | “Superheroes saving comic book stores from recession.” Yeah. [Daily Camera]
Creators | Phil Hester talks about his career and his new BOOM! Studios series The Anchor, and offers some advice to young writers and artists. [Surfing the Bleed]
Creators | Scott Thill interviews Martin Eden, creator of the gay-superteam comic Spandex, which earlier this week had been heralded as presenting “the first gay superheroes.” “Let’s not kid ourselves,” Eden said. “Spandex aren’t the first-ever gay superheroes. At the moment, for instance, you’ve got a lesbian Batwoman, a lesbian Question, Rictor and Shatterstar in X-Factor, and there’s been Apollo and Midnighter in the Authority, who were gay versions of Superman and Batman. There are probably a few more, but not many. I mean, I was thinking of pitching a gay series to Marvel a while ago, but could barely think of any gay characters they had, which surprised me.”
Blogosphere | Tucker Stone delivers a special, positive edition of “Advanced Common Sense”: “That’s what being a hero is all about — is that sometimes you have to take out a baby.” [The Factual Opinion]
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