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DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment

Business | During a quarterly-earnings call on Tuesday, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes revealed the company likely will announce plans “in a matter of weeks” regarding DC Entertainment. Bewkes appeared to be speaking specifically to the film slate, but perhaps we’ll also learn who will replace Paul Levitz as publisher. []

Webcomics | In the wake of a malware-distributing hack that briefly affected Karl Kerschl’s The Abominable Charles Christopher website comes word of a possible a WordPress/ComicPress-targeting hack that could wreak havoc on the webcomics community. “It’s not clear yet how serious this is, but since ComicPress is pretty much the dominant ecosystem for self-hosted webcomics, it would have the potential to really abuse our community,” writes Gary Tyrrell. [Fleen]

From "Adventures in Cartooning"

From "Adventures in Cartooning"

Awards | Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics, by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost, has received the Gryphon Award for Children’s Literature, awarded annually by the Center for Children’s Books. Kit Feeny: On the Move, by Michael Townsend, was one of three Gryphon Honors winners. [press release]

Publishing | Author and comics writer Duane Swierczynski, whose novels are caught up in the standoff between Amazon and Macmillan over e-book pricing, chronicles his efforts to free the titles “held hostage” by the retail giant. “Please, @amazon, will you let me send in some bookmarks, tape and a few polyethylene bags?” he wrote on Twitter. “Maybe a UN bookbinder, to check on the hostages?” [Secret Dead Blog]

Conventions | Dash Shaw reports on last weekend’s Angoulême International Comics Festival. [Comics Comics]

Conventions | Chris Butcher talks about managing The Beguiling, the origin of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and the state of the comics industry. [Torontoist]

DMZ #50

DMZ #50

Creators | John Geddes profiles Brian Wood for USA Today, spotlighting milestone issues for DMZ and Northlanders, and the return of DEMO. [USA Today]

Creators | Joe Sacco discusses Footnotes in Gaza, Arab-Israeli relations and investigative reporting. [Los Angeles Times]

Creators | Neil Gaiman chats about the appeal of myth, selecting the right medium for a story, and how his writing differs now as compared to early in his career: “It’s less exciting and less scary. When I started out there were a lot of things I knew I couldn’t do, and a lot of things I only found out I couldn’t do by going and doing it. And no-one was watching and nobody cared. These days there are a lot of things I know I can do (but I don’t want to repeat myself) and too many people watching.” [The Huffington Post]

Creators | Jim Rugg talks briefly about Afrodisiac in advance of a Saturday signing at Chapel Hill Comics in North Carolina. [Independent Weekly]

Beast, from "S.W.O.R.D." #3

Beast, from "S.W.O.R.D." #3

Creators | S.W.O.R.D. artist Steven Sanders discusses the title’s cancellation, and his somewhat-controversial rendition of Beast: “I thought it was a neat look, and so did Nick Lowe, but apparently a lot of fans don’t cotton to it. I had very little exposure to the online comics community prior to this job, so I wasn’t quite prepared for the vitriol. (Some’reviews’ spent half the time thinking of names to call the design. Super classy and professional, people.)” [The Weekly Crisis]

Creators | David Harper interviews War of the Woods creator Matthew Petz, winner of the January Zuda Comics competition. [Multiversity Comics]

Comics | Iron Man’s armor and the Green Lantern rings are among “the 10 Most Useful Gadgets from Science Fiction and Comics.” [GeekDad]



For what it’s worth, I LOVED Sanders’s desing of Beast, and I’m truly sorry about the title’s cancellation.

Well, um, I can see why people didn’t take to it, let me put it that way.

As for online over-reaction, I don’t know, did people really restrict themselves mostly to just calling the design names (as he says), not the artist?

If so, I think I would be astonished by the apparently-rising standards of respect, if I were the guy.

“For what it’s worth, I LOVED Sanders’s desing of Beast, and I’m truly sorry about the title’s cancellation.”

Same here!

Is it just me, or is there a story you missed… 8-)

Sanders’ artwork was good and S.W.O.R.D. will be missed, but it’s inarguable that his Beast was off-model. Fine in certain contexts, but not with an in-continuity book and a character concurrently appearing in other books.

Oh man, I loved Adventures in Cartooning. Great book for kids.

I really think people who rip on an artist’s interpretation of an established character just for being “off-model” should research what DC did to Jack Kirby’s Superman, that being had a couple other artists re-draw Supes’ head so that it would be “on-model”, and thus looked absolutely NOTHING like a Jack Kirby Superman.

Artistic expression is one of the things about comics I love the most, be it the classic Ditko Spider-Man, which is arguably THE model of Spidey, or the extremes of Sam Kieth, who provided one of my favorite modern Spider-Man tales with the wackiness of his Sandman multiple personalities.

Steven Sanders’ Beast is HIS Beast, not Quietly’s, or Van Scriever’s,or anyone else’s. It’s HIS. He was assigned the book and obviously allowed those freedoms, which again, is the way it should be. Like it or not, that’s fine, but the fact that a bunch of “reviewers” took it upon themselves to insult Sanders’ style rather than actually, you know, REVIEW the damn book, could be a key factor as to why nobody gave it a chance.

If anybody truly desires a constant string of “on-model” comic books that never veer from the established, may I direct your attention to ‘Garfield’…

Who gives a fuck if its off model? His storytelling was good and the story was good. That is all that should matter.
And Steven Sanders Beast looks a lot like Frank Quietly Beast (look at that old New X-Men cover).

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