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Comics A.M. | Gaiman fee feud continues; Carlos Trillo passes away

Neil Gaiman

Politics | The controversy in Minnesota continues over Neil Gaiman’s speaking fee, with a state House Republican committee chairman now recommending a $45,000 cut to the Twin Cites’ regional library system budget to make up for the Legacy Fund money paid to the author and comics writer in May 2010. “I simply subtracted out $45,000 — just making a point,” Rep. Dean Urdahl said. Gaiman responded that the move “seems like a sad way to make a point.” He talks at length with CityPages about the controversy. [Star-Tribune]

Passings | Prolific Argentine comics writer Carlos Trillo, co-creator of CyberSix, passed away over the weekend while on vacation in London. He was 68. Trillo, whose career spanned five decades, collaborated with such artists as Eduardo Risso, Jordi Bernet, Juan Bobillo, Carlos Meglia and Domingo Roberto Mandrafina. [, via The Beat]

Retailing | Peter Panepinto turns a Free Comic Book Day preview into one of those perennial articles about the potential effects of superhero movies on comic-book sales. [Carroll County Times]

Conventions | Deb Aoki wraps up the first day of last weekend’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival. []

Flashpoint #1

Publishing | Brian Truitt continues his preview of DC Comics’ Flashpoint event, which puts The Flash in the spotlight. “He’s not about a hundred guys who run fast,” Geoff Johns says. “He’s not Green Lantern where Green Lantern is about this intergalactic space corps. The Flash’s huge canvas is time. I’ve always said when I was redoing both these characters, it’s time and space. Batman’s the ultimate crime vigilante superhero. You will never ever top Batman, and for time travel and crossing all these different planes of reality, you’ll never top the Flash. The Flash owns time.” [USA Today]

Creators | Mike Huddleston chats, not entirely seriously, about Butcher Baker, Righteous Maker, his new Image Comics collaboration with Joe Casey: “Joe and I had both been on the professional arm wrestling circuit for several years and kind of knew each other from competitions. It just happened that we were both sidelined last year with injuries, so being out of competition for a season we had time to kill and started talking about other jobs we could have. I had heard you could get really rich making independent comics, so I convinced Joe to give writing a shot and the rest is history. Joe has had these characters in his head since he was like 6 years old, so I’m not sure how many issues he has planned. We’ll see if he can keep his schedule once he’s back in competition.” [Bloody Disgusting]

One Piece, Vol. 27

Crime | Police in Fukuoka City, Japan, arrested three 17-year-old males on charges of shoplifting the first 57 volumes of One Piece, the insanely popular manga series by Eiichiro Oda. [Anime News Network]

Comics | J. Caleb Mozzocco writes at length about the 2010 Marvel miniseries Doomwar. [Every Day Is Like Wednesday]

Comics | Jeffery Klaehn posts a gallery of Thor art, and posts his list of the Top 10 Thor covers by Jack Kirby and Walter Simonson. [Pop]



Thanks for mentioning Carlos Trillo. He was an actual comics monster and will be missed.

Rollo Tomassi

May 9, 2011 at 7:49 am

Hee hee. This is why you should never trade insults with someone who writes for a living. He will eviscerate you in the most erudite fashion. After calling Dean dogpoop in a literary sense, Gaiman finishes the interview by calling him a self loathing closeted homosexual. But he words it in such a brilliant way the guy can’t really respond to it without being a bigot. Ha ha. Wonderful.

Bummer about Trillo,his stuff defined my taste in sequential art…

Considering the Star Tribune was the paper whining about Gaiman in the first place I’m not surprised he comes off as arrogant in the article. I wouldn’t be surprised if the quotes weren’t even his.

What on earth is going on in the US…a Republican ticked off that someone made money? Take Gaiman’s fee and apply it to the cut in the SETI program or better yet choose not to use 4500 Haliburton screws at $100 a pop.

I wonder what Rep. Dean Urdahl’s mommy thinks about him “making a point.”

Marc, it’s an idiot in the Minnesota state legislature, rather than U.S. Congress, that is raising a stink and threatening a budget cut. So, federal programs aren’t possible targets for related cuts.

It’s too bad the guy won’t just let it go. He probably has no idea of Gaiman’s stature in literary circles and doesn’t understand the speaking fee as a result. I’m guessing Rep. Dean isn’t much of a reader.

Christian Otholm

May 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

Speaking of ways to cut the budget – I wouldn’t be sad, if someone decided to “make a point” and “subtract $45.000″ from Urdahl’s own bank account.

Guess I am the only who thinks it’s a waste of tax payer money to pay Neil Gaiman to visit libraries at 45K a pop. Look at the failing schools in America, the layoffs in the libraries etc.

I think the lawmaker has a point here. The library and the government has better things to do.

Martin Costello

May 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

Very sad to hear about Carlos Trillo. Rest in peace.

If you fellas want a laugh, check out the comments on that Star-Tribune article.

“If anyone remembers anything you wrote in twenty years, dude, it will be a miracle.” Uh, yeah. Good Omens was 21 years back, and Sandman started 23 years ago. Nice try.

“Police in Fukuoka City, Japan, arrested three 17-year-old males on charges of shoplifting the first 57 volumes of One Piece, the insanely popular manga series by Eiichiro Oda”

ALL of them?!?!?

Even split up among three people that’s still almost 20 manga volumes smuggled on each of them. No wonder they were caught.

Carlos Futino

May 9, 2011 at 10:43 am


I don’t disagree, per se. The problems are:
1- That money was meant to be used on bringing authors to libraries, it couldn’t be spent otherwise.
2 – The man atacked Gaiman for charging a speking fee. It’s my understandig that that’s usual. You could argue if his price was fair, but that’s his price. The library could have chosen not to bring him.

Gaiman didn’t force anyone to pay his fee. They offered him a job and he said ok. Sounds like a free market exchange to me. Any republican should be happy about this

Clearly Urdahl is using this as an excuse to cut funding to programs that he doesn’t think are necessity

Welcome to the real America, Neil. A crypto-fascist, corporate oligarchy where the arts and knowledge aren’t just suppressed, they’re being exterminated. If I had the opportunity to live in England like you do, I’d grab it. It’s only going to get worse here.

Cutting money from their operating budget because he doesn’t like they way they spent money in *another* budget is just mean-spirited and petty. If you want to cut their ability to hire speakers…cut the money from *that* budget.

This is like cutting your employee’s salary by the amount of money that he made from selling his house because you don’t like the person who bought it.

Argh, never mind. Just read that it *was* the Legacy budget they cut by $45K, not operations. Serves me right for commenting before reading the source article.

Roquefort Raider

May 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Would Dean protest that president Bush is charging three times as much to speak four times less?

I doubt it, somehow. Perhaps because president Bush came up with much bigger world-shaking fiction in his time.

“and for time travel and crossing all these different planes of reality, you’ll never top the Flash. The Flash owns time”

Geoff …. Doctor Who called and wants a word.

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