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The Book of Genesis Illustrated

The Book of Genesis Illustrated

Sales charts | R. Crumb’s The Book of Genesis Illustrated climbs seven spots to No. 2 in its second month on BookScan’s list of top-selling adult graphic novels in bookstores. It’s bested, as most are, by the latest volume of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto. But it’s another story on USA Today’s bestseller chart, where Crumb’s book drops 49 places in its second week to No. 129. [ICv2.com, USA Today]

Passings | Tom Spurgeon, NPR’s Mark Memmott and Ina Jaffe, and Michael Cieply of The New York Times have obituaries for Comic-Con co-founder Shel Dorf, who passed away on Nov. 3 at the age of 76.

Libraries | The Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture opened over the weekend at Meiji University’s Surugadai campus in Tokyo. Users can become one-day members of the library, where they can have access to about half of the 140,000 manga for about $1.10 per copy. The books can’t be removed from the library. [The Japan Times]

Internet | Tom Spurgeon points out that the review blog Guttergeek will move to the expanded TCJ.com, joining a stable of hosted blogs that will include The Hooded Utilitarian. [Guttergeek]

American Vampire #1

American Vampire #1

Publishing | Ben East pens the 123rd article about bestselling authors who answer the siren call of comic books. This time it’s keyed to the announcement that Stephen King will co-write the first story arc of Vertigo’s upcoming American Vampire. [The National]

Webcomics | Kyla Gorman, who’s pursuing a degree in game design from the University of Southern California, has been awarded the $10,000 Penny Arcade Scholarship, established in 2006 to honor one student each year who demonstrates the potential to positively affect the video-game industry. [GameLife]

Comic strips | Jill Schulz, daughter of the late Charles M. Schulz, talks about her father’s legacy, and why no one else will ever draw Peanuts: “Years ago, before my dad passed away, there were renewals on contracts, and there was a question — do we someday allow anyone else to write the strip, to continue it. A lot of people [said] you’ve got to get someone else to draw it, to keep the product out there. They were looking at it from purely a business standpoint. … [My dad] took great pride in the fact that he had never let anybody else letter or draw a single piece of any strip. And we said no, we don’t care if it ends up being a less financially beneficial decision. Our first and foremost concern is the integrity of our dad’s work, and the legend behind his work.” [ParentDish]

Joe Quesada, by Seth Kushner

Joe Quesada, by Seth Kushner

Creators | Christopher Irving interviews Joe Quesada, who discusses success, Marvel Knights, becoming editor-in-chief of Marvel, breaking with the Comics Code Authority, and reader backlash: “No one at Marvel, especially the people who work with me, go in there going ‘How are we going to destroy the Marvel Universe?’ and twirling their moustaches. We go in there saying ‘How are we going to do the best possible stories? How are we going to keep our readers entertained and treat these characters in the best, most respectful way to tell great stories and keep them alive, not for tomorrow, but for ten, twenty, fifty years from now?’” [Graphic NYC]

Creators | Robot 6 contributor Sean T. Collins talks to Paul Hornschemeier and Jeffrey Brown about their stories for Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology miniseries. [Marvel.com]

Creators | Nick Miller profiles several Sacramento, California-area creators, including Strangeways creator Matt Maxwell. He also checks in with city native, but now New York-based, Adrian Tomine. [Sacramento News & Review]

Comics | Mick Martin remembers, remembers the fifth of November with an in-depth look at Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta. [Trouble with Comics]

Comics | An auction earlier this week of more than 30,000 Silver Age comics discovered in the basement of a Missouri home brought in $1.1 million. A copy of The X-Men #1 fetched a world-record $101,000. [KMOX.com]

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Very nice to see that Schulz’s family are more concerned about artistic integrity than money. It got me thinking that all my favorite strips, had just the one creator throughout. At least to my knowledge. Like Bill Watterson and Gary Larson.

Yeah, respect to Sparky and his family for integrity.

On another note: “We go in there saying ‘How are we going to do the best possible stories? How are we going to keep our readers entertained and treat these characters in the best, most respectful way…”

Aaaaaah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Ohhhhh Joe, seriously, you’re so funny. Ohhhh mama, that’ll keep me chuckling for a good week or more. Heeee hee hee hee hee.

I don’t understand. What’s so funny?

It depends. If you found nothing funny about “dead means dead” or “it’s magic; we don’t have to explain it,” either then… probably nothing. ;-)

I believe Joe Quesada when he says, “We go in there saying ‘How are we going to do the best possible stories? How are we going to keep our readers entertained and treat these characters in the best, most respectful way…” It’s their job to be creative and keep the company going by attracting readers.

What I don’t always agree with are his ways of hyping stories/responding to criticism. Quotes like “dead means dead” and “it’s magic; we don’t have to explain it,” don’t show a lot of respect to readers who have invested, in a lot of instances, a lot of their time (and money). It’s brushing off their concerns as not being worth much.

Not that this post can do much good, but it’s important to remember that someone like Joe Quesada wears many different hats. I may not agree with him as a “hype man,” but I do think he’s been able to pull together a lot of talented creators and, from them, put together a lot of interesting stories (many that read best in trades).

That’s just my opinion.

There’s definitely a reason Mr. Quesada is still in the Editor in Chief office. And strangely enough I don’t think it has to do with compromising photographs of Alan Fine or Dan Buckley.

He’s genuinely done quite well by his employer. But, when he talks about a desire to “treat these characters in the best, most respectful way…” No. Heh, no, can’t keep a straight face. :-)

Can you really not? I don’t understand why that’s so hard to do.

You aren’t fooling anyone, Mr. Quesada. ;-) Shouldn’t you be getting back to work?

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