Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Libraries | There’s still more follow-up to the removal this week of Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an Unpleasant Age from two middle-school libraries in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Teachers still have access to the anthology — it depicts language and sexual reference that at least one parent found objectionable — and may use it in class.
An editorial in the Argus Leader calls the school board’s decision “a reasonable approach that balances the need to provide suitable guidance for kids when dealing with sensitive topics without falling prey to censorship.” CBS affiliate KELO, meanwhile, continues its coverage of the story with a look at how books are selected for libraries. Tom Spurgeon also has reaction from two of the anthology’s contributors. [Argus Leader, KELOLAND.com]
Creators | Jeet Heer digs up writings by a young Dave Sim expressing, in no uncertain terms, his disdain for the work of Jack Kirby. [Comics Comics]
Creators | Cartoonist Jeff Keane discusses the evolution of The Family Circus, IDW Publishing’s new archival collection, and the future of newspapers. [ICv2.com]
Creators | Thought Bubble interviews artists Frank Quitely and Charlie Adlard. “When you work on a title or character that everyone knows loads of people say ‘I hate his Wolverine’ or ‘I hate his Superman’ or whatever,” Quitely says, “because it jars with their own favourite versions of the characters — no one ever says ‘I hate his We3 animals’ because they didn’t start reading it with any preconceptions or prejudices. From that point of view it’s always easier to work on new stuff, or your own stuff, but I enjoy the challenge of getting to do well-known characters and I generally don’t really care if some folk don’t like what I do, it’s personal taste, and I’ve got a pretty thick skin.” [via ArtPatient]
Creators | Collaborators Martin Conaghan and Will Pickering talk at length about their historical graphic novel Burke and Hare. [Forbidden Planet International]
Creators | Warren Ellis offers for download his scripts for issues of Fell, Desolation Jones and Ministry of Space. [Warren Ellis]
Webcomics | El Santo spotlights a handful of politically conservative webcomics. [The Webcomic Overlook]
Comics | The Son of Satan is back, baby! [The Cool Kids Table]