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Comics A.M. | Another actor injured in Spider-Man musical mishap

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Broadway | A fourth actor was injured Monday night during a performance of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the $65-million musical that’s been plagued by delays and technical mishaps. Aerialist Christopher Tierney, who serves as a stunt double for Spider-Man and the villains Meeks and Kraven, fell about 30 feet when the cable to his harness snapped during the closing minutes of the show. Some equipment reportedly dropped into the audience as well. The performance was put on hold and then canceled as an ambulance arrived at the Foxwoods Theatre to take Tierney to Bellevue Hospital. Tierney is in stable condition, but no further information has been released. [BroadwayWorld, The Associated Press, CNN]

Publishing | Fantagraphics has laid off Dirk Deppey,The Comics Journal‘s online editor, former managing editor, and longtime writer of the Journalista! blog. His final day is Wednesday: “No regrets: The last ten years have kicked ass. I’ve done great things and meet interesting people, and was paid it. How great is that?” [Twitter]

Mark Waid

Publishing | Mark Waid, departing chief creative officer of BOOM! Studios, talks at length about digital comics, the direct market, attracting new readers, piracy and more: “Boom is not set up as a company to do Creative Commons works. It doesn’t fit their business model. I can’t do something for Boom and then announce to the world that they’re free to download it all they want. As a corporate entity, they understandably cannot sanction that. But I really want to do the next round of things that I do digitally, and I have plans to experiment with a bunch of different things. I want to experiment with free. I want to experiment with Creative Commons. I want to experiment with limited copyright. I want to experiment with no copyright. It costs me virtually nothing as long as I’m writing it, except what I have to pay an artist or writer, which is the grand scheme of things is negligible, since I don’t have to pay for physical printing. It’s not that expensive to dabble in that stuff. Ultimately, what you do is follow Warren [Ellis’s] Freakangels model, where you produce enough content you’ve given away for free that you have a trade paperback worth of stuff, and then you contact retailers and tell them you have something to sell. Because there will always be people who want a hard copy.” [Comics Alliance]

Pat Lee

Publishing | Rich Johnston talks with Pat Lee about the Dreamwave bankruptcy, the opening and closing of Dream Engine, unpaid creators, and his use of ghost artists. [Bleeding Cool]

Publishing | DC Comics is searching for an editor for its DC Universe line. [Comix 411]

Retailing | Chicago’s Brainstorm Movies, Comics & Gaming is up for sale. [Bleeding Cool]

Best of the year | Brian Heater rounds up more than two dozen artists, including Jeffrey Brown, Shaenon Garrity and Julia Wertz, to name their favorite comics of the year. [The Daily Cross Hatch]

Best of the year | MTV’s Splash Page and The Weekly Crisis select the best of 2010. [Splash Page, The Weekly Crisis]

Crime | Three Japanese boys on the island of Izu Oshima who called themselves the “Phantom Thief Kids in Oshima” — named after the Phantom Thief character in the popular Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) manga and anime — have been arrested for committing about 20 thefts during the past year. The total damages from the crimes, which they’ve confessed to, come to about $8,000. [CNNGo]

Creators | Sergio Aragonés is briefly interviewed about his career and the new book  Sergio Aragonés: Five Decades of His Finest Work. [Afterword]

Thor: The Mighty Avenger #8

Creators | Artist Chris Samnee chats about Thor: The Mighty Avenger, and what’s on his “to-do” list: “There’s a list as long as my arm of characters I’d like to draw one day. At the top of my list is Batman or any of Batman’s supporting cast, like Commissioner Gordon and Alfred. I’d love to do a book starring Lois Lane and/or Jimmy Olsen. Apparently I have a thing for supporting characters. At the end of the day, though, as exciting as it is to draw characters that I grew up reading, I’d really like to do something creator owned. Something that I can call my own. That’s a big one for me.” []

Creators | John Layman discusses Chew, his award-winning collaboration with Rob Guillory. [MTV Geek]

Blogosphere | John Schwartz spotlights the new blog Law and the Multiverse: Superheroes, Supervillains and the Law, and chats with its creators, lawyers James Daily and Ryan Davidson. [The New York Times]

Broadway | Peter David and Kathleen David review Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. [, No Strings Attached]



That musical is going to get someone killed at this rate.

Mysterious Stranger

December 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

I have to wonder at what point the insurance company will step in and shut down the Spider-man production. They’ll only be willing to pay out so many claims for injuries, delays etc before deciding to cut their losses.

“Ultimately, what you do is follow Warren [Ellis’s] Freakangels model, where you produce enough content you’ve given away for free that you have a trade paperback worth of stuff, and then you contact retailers and tell them you have something to sell. Because there will always be people who want a hard copy.”

Definitely agree with Waid on this.

Dirk Deppey got laid off? Man, that is the end of an era. Journalista! forever!

So, how long till someone dies at the Spiderman musical?

I read Pat Lee’s interview and I cannot believe that he would still excuse his behavior. When one person makes an accusation, it’s unfounded but when companies, individuals and printers all say the same thing, a pattern of behavior emerges. For example, you’re going through tough financial times and you lease a Porsche?! C’mon. I’ll never buy anything associated with him.

hate to say it but the only way given all the other bad stuff that has happen with the spider man musical that a death is the only way marvel will finaly see the thing as really messed up and pull the plug for good.

Best of luck to Dirk in whatever comes next for him — Journalista was always a must-read each morning.

I wouldn’t believe Pat Lee if he told me water was WET. The guy comes off as a POS. Good riddance to him…

Hahaha, that Comix411 link is hilarious.

just read the pat lee inverview and can not believe the guys ego claiming that he was not taking any money and the porshe he kept because it was leased by dreamwave and he was responsible for having it. plus that he did not know what he was doing with dream wave and engine. and yet still will not admit he screwed people who worked for him. for do not buy that he is trying to set up a way to pay what he owes.

I have purchased Spider-man tickets multiple times, Each performance has been cancelled, – the last time was tomorrow’s matinee on December 22nd. My children are home for Christmas and this was to be a family event. But now when I try to get tickets for other performances before they go back to school, every show is fully subscribed. Don’t you have some allegiance to those of us who have supported your play from the start? I’m kind of annoyed.

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