Welcome to “Report Card,” our new week-in-review feature. If “Cheat Sheet” is your guide to the week ahead, “Report Card” is a look back at the top news stories of the previous week, as well as a look at the Robot 6 team’s favorite comics that we read. The week before Comic-Con was a busy one for the industry, as all eyes look to San Diego.
Read on to find out what we thought of Batgirl, Eye of the Majestic Creature Vol. 2 and more.
Dragon*Con organizers bought out co-founder and accused child molester Ed Kramer for an undisclosed sum. Kramer, who’s in jail awaiting trial on child-molestation charges that date back 13 years, hasn’t been involved in the operation of the event since 2000, but continued to receive annual dividends because of his stake in the for-profit corporation.
Amazon launched Jet City Comics, with plans to serialize comics for the Kindle, and then offer bundled digital editions and print collections. The first comic, Symposium, debuted this week. It's by Christian Cameron and Dmitry Bondarenko, and is set in the “Foreworld” universe created by Neal Stephenson and others. The also plan to release comic adaptations of stories by George R.R. Martin and Hugh Howey’s dystopian novel Wool.
"While it’s fun to see books come to life as comics (I loved The Hedge Knight comic), this was somewhat of a disappointment," Corey Blake wrote this week. "The level of imagination and creativity coming from comics today is just mind-boggling; there’s a healthy stream of insane ideas, rich world-building, fantastic characters and engrossing narratives — all of them original and formed whole cloth from the minds of comic creators. Comics are more than up to the task of providing original material. I’m sure the reasoning for this choice is that Jet City wants to have recognizable brands to get people’s attention, to pull from pre-established readers and audiences. That’s understandable. But not a single original comic in the initial line-up? Does Belle’s statement that the focus will be on adapting books mean that’s all Jet City will do? I sincerely hope not."
BOOM! Studios announced that legendary artist George Perez has signed on as an exclusive artist with the company -- a different kind of exclusive deal than is normally seen in the industry. Perez will start his contract as a staff artist with the company, beginning with work on current BOOM! titles and properties before branching out into brand-new original work.
"...while I have enjoyed considerable professional and personal success with both Marvel and DC, it was becoming all too evident that many of the books being produced by both companies seem to be getting more and more corporate driven. Many of the characters I grew up with were turning into strangers whose adventures were determined by factors that had less and less to do with what made a good comic story and more to do with how these properties can be exploited for other purposes. There's nothing wrong with that, I guess, but not something that I felt was particularly satisfying for me as a storyteller," Perez told Comic Book Resources.