"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Reported Dead at 61
Publishing | Bestselling author James Patterson is partnering with IDW Publishing for adaptations of his novels and comics based on new material. The first title, a five-part miniseries based on Patterson’s young-adult novel Witch & Wizard, will debut in May.
“Comics could reach a much larger audience than they do right now,” the author tells USA Today. “With all of the quality work and talent that’s out there, this industry could be so much bigger.”
Retailing | Discussion, or perhaps dissection, of retailer Brian Hibbs’ annual BookScan analysis continues: Hibbs, responding to Tom Spurgeon’s criticisms; Eric Reynolds, associate publisher of Fantagraphics; Hibbs, responding to Reynolds; and Johanna Draper Carlson. [Tilting at Windmills]
Publishing | Marc-Oliver Frisch uses a comment made by Marvel Vice President-Executive Editor Tom Brevoort in a recent interview with Robot 6 to lay out “what’s been wrong with Marvel and DC’s editorial management”: “Both publishers are still acting like it’s 2005, seeking a kind of aggressive expansion that the market stopped supporting long ago.” [Comiks Debris]
Legal | R.C. Harvey tackles the case of Christopher Handley, the Iowa man who was sentenced last week to six months in prison under the PROTECT Act for possessing obscene manga: “As a nation, we have a decidedly confused (perhaps insane) attitude about sex and obscenity. Our bewilderment is probably rooted in a misbegotten sense of morality fostered by our Puritanical religious heritage, which successfully proclaimed, without a basis in any fact about human nature, that sex is bad or nasty or wrong, somehow, which leads, inevitably, to the sort of confusion Butch Hancock, a songwriter, discovered as a boy growing up in Texas: ‘Sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth, and you should save it for someone you love’.” [TCJ.com]
Comics | Yes, people are still talking about the Captain America-Tea Party controversy: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Tony Norman summarizes the current kerfuffle, and points out previous appearances of politics in the pages of Captain America. Christopher Bird and Bill Reed, meanwhile, respond to political commentator Warner Todd Huston.
Comics | IDW Publishing’s G.I. Joe: Cobra II miniseries, and its writers Christos Gage and Mike Costa, get a fair amount of ink in the increasingly comics-friendly USA Today. [USA Today]
Comics | John Geddes looks at the multimedia marketing effort in support of the remake of the horror film The Crazies — one that includes a four-issue prequel comic from Top Cow Productions and motion comics from Double Barrel Motion Labs. [USA Today]
Retailing | I’m betting retailer Rich Biedrzycki has poked a hornets’ nest with this brief post asking that Marvel and DC Comics stop rewarding stores that “can’t sell your books” with low minimums on promotions like the Brightest Day rings: “Come on! Are 10 copies too much of a stretch? If you can’t order or sell 10 copies of these books, written no less by Geoff Johns, then you are not a comic retailer! DC should have made the quantity 100 copies to get the rings.” [ICv2.com]
Creators | Brian Heater continues his multi-part interview with cartoonist Jim Rugg about Afrodisiac. [The Daily Cross Hatch]
Comics | Just how evil has Norman Osborn’s “Dark Reign” really been? [The Weekly Crisis]
Crime | Police in Biloxi, Mississippi, are on the hunt for a bank-robbery suspect wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with a skull. But it’s not just any skull: “Investigator Steve Schlict said the skull on the robber’s cap is The Punisher, a character popularized by Marvel Comics. The Punisher is a vigilante.” [Sun-Herald]