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Comics A.M. | Frank Miller talks Holy Terror; CLiNT controversy

Holy Terror

Comics | Frank Miller says he has finished his upcoming graphic novel, Holy Terror, which is due from Legendary Comics in September. The book, which once was set to feature Batman fighting terrorism, now stars a character called The Fixer: “I took Batman as far as anyone, and this guy is just not him. He’s been playing the crime fighter to stay in shape. What he really wants to do is fight terrorism. He knew the day would come. The story is essentially New York under attack by suicide bombers and our hero is out to find out their greater scheme. He’s much more a man of action than a detective. He’s a two-fisted Dirty Harry type, really.”[Hero Complex]

Comics | Calling it a “sick magazine comic strip depicting shootings in schools,” The Daily Mail reports on “Beat My Score,” written by UK comedian Jimmy Carr with art by Ryusuke Hamamoto. The reporter says the comic, which appears in the latest issue of Mark Millar’s CLiNT magazine, “will horrify the families of school shooting tragedies such as Dunblane and Columbine with his ultra-violent story.” CLiNT responded by saying the strip is “a nihilistic satirical sideswipe at the glamourisation of violence, tackling the difficult and disturbing effects as seen in school shootings around the world.” The comments are fun. [Daily Mail]

Organizations | Johanna Draper Carlson checks in with one of the interim group directors of the nonprofit Friends of Lulu and learns the organization is “pretty much dead.” [Comics Worth Reading]

The Gutters

Organizations | Gary Tyrell responds to a comic strip by Ryan Sohmer and Ryan Lee on The Gutters, which parodied the recent advertising campaign for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The comic strip says the CBLDF fights “for your right to view graphic depictions of naked children” and features silhouettes of adults approaching children. “The very straightforward, declarative nature of that sentence gives the impression that that is all that the CBLDF does, which isn’t true,” Tyrell says. The original strip has more than 300 comments. [Fleen]

Digital | Following his comments earlier this week on the digital strategy inherent in DC’s line-wide reboot, Warren Ellis looks at Marvel’s digital strategy—or lack thereof: “Their digital store, then, is a big back-issue bin, with the occasional experiment in day-and-date simultaneous release in print and digital. They’re unlikely to go line-wide day-and-date like DC unless DC’s numbers are explosively successful and stay that way for six months — in digital AND print. Right now, Marvel own the comics stores in terms of dollar sales and market share, and probably see no compelling reason to risk a dilution of those figures.” But he would like to see them do more original material for digital release anyway. [Warren Ellis]

Creators | Justin Giampaoli interviews Brian Wood about the third volume of DMZ, Public Works: “At the time, I remember getting some of the first negative feedback over some of the choices I made in this story, specifically making the bad guys, the terrorist cell, Muslim. This decision came out of a back-and-forth with my editor (Will Dennis) because I had originally made them white guys. He called me on it, essentially, for making ALL bad guys in the book up to that point white, and perhaps I was playing it safe, or avoiding some potentially tricky decisions. His logic, which I agreed with, was that all these various ethnic groups who live in NYC didn’t just vanish once the war started. They’re still there, and just as apt to be up to no good as anyone else. And since Trustwell was using them as a front, that was another reason. They are obvious scapegoats because of their religion and skin color.” [Live from the DMZ]

Green Wake

Creators | Artist Riley Rossmo discusses his work on Proof, Cowboy Ninja Viking and Green Wake, as well as his career and schedule: “I have to be super disciplined — I don’t really have an immediate boss, so if I don’t work nothing gets done, and I don’t get paid. I work every day [except] Sunday, [from about] 7 am to 4 pm or so, then email the day’s work to the writer [or] editor. With the little bit I’ve done for Marvel, I send thumbnails before doing the final pages just to be sure they know what they’re getting.” [Planet S]

Fandom | Laura Hornack, organizer of the protest against DC’s upcoming relaunch of their superhero line, says she decided to organize a “peaceful walk” when she saw the redesign of Harley Quinn. “We don’t expect an open ear from -everybody-, neither do we demand some weird sort of respect for what we do. We just do it, because we’re fans. And we love being fans.” [ComicBookMovie.com]

Criticism | Sean Michael Robinson reviews Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, Shigeru Mizuki’s tale of doomed Japanese soldiers in World War II. [The Comics Journal]

Digital | 2000AD creator Pat Mills and critic Paul Gravett discuss the potential of digital media to expand comics beyond the supehero fanbase—yes, even to girls. Says Gravett: “Superheroes are a very niche thing but they seem big because everyone’s heard about the movies. In actual fact, sales are pretty pitiful. There are more comics readers who don’t read superheroes than do.” [Metro]

Awards | Bakuman, Maid Sama!, Drops of God, and A Distant Neighborhood all won Japan Expo awards for manga. Japan Expo is a French convention that takes place in Paris each year. [Anime News Network]

Conventions | The Associated Press profiles the this weekend’s L.A. Anime Expo. [Associated Press]

Conventions | GeekWire profiles Jim Demonakos, director of Emerald City Comicon, comics retailer and member of the rock band Kirby Krackle. He also has a graphic novel coming out in February. [GeekWire]

Conventions | Erica Friedman offers some networking tips for con newbies. [Okazu]

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I don’t really give a crap what that bigoted, agenda-driven rag the Daily Mail classifies as distasteful or offensive. Not when they can publish a despicable, exploitative headline like this: http://twitpic.com/5ji0ru

Thanks very much for the link! Sort of humbling to see what company my poor little discussion if keeping.

The Fixer is to Batman as this ‘artist’ is to Robot6: http://www.cafepress.com/+space_robot_from_planet_x_hooded_sweatshirt,175921753

If they just ignore Mark Millar (or Frank Miller for that matter), maybe he’ll go away.

In case anyone hasn’t got the idea, CLiNT magazine’s title is supposed to make you think the Li is actually a “U”. Funny, huh? Clever? That’s the level of thinking that goes into it, so expecting trenchant social commentary from it is kind of a reach.

Simon DelMonte

July 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

Gotta say, that Harley Quinn redesign is a pretty good reason to be angry.

Harley Quinn is one of my favorite characters and I’m NOT a fan of the redesign, but DC is too big of a ship to change course at the drop of a hat. All of the work for these upcoming issues has already been done and replacing them would take time that they do not have (it would take at least a few months if not a year to change course).

I actually WILL be picking up the Suicide Squad in hopes that it can fill the void left behind by the Secret Six (it won’t, but it might still be pretty good). After Wonder Woman’s recent costume change and the drastic decline of that book (haven’t picked it up since JMS left, so it might have gotten better after he left, but it still feels tarnished) I can’t help but shake the feeling that Harley’s new costme won’t just mean a cosmetic change and that it signals a loss of what made that character great.

It doesn’t really make a lot of sense to protest something before you really know what it is, you should probably at least read an issue first in order to be fair. And, as by mentioned by numerous others, there are far more important things out there to protest/fight for.

“…And, as by mentioned by numerous others, there are far more important things out there to protest/fight for.”

I don’t mean to look for a fight here and you seem like an otherwise perfectly decent and reasonable person but I cannot stand when people say stuff like this.

That is a logical fallacy.

It is like, the very definition of a logical fallacy.

“You shouldn’t do X because you could be doing something more important” can be applied to literally anything.

I work as an EMT, so as part of my job I help people everyday. I think what I do is pretty important.

But by this logic, I am wasting my life on something that ultimately doesn’t matter because I COULD BE FINDING A CURE FOR CANCER.

What if all the people protesting the DC reboot are leaders in the fields of genetics and oncology? What if every second of their lives is otherwise devoted to the eradication of disease?

Are they then above the argument that “there are more important things to do?”

These are people who are already attending a comic book convention. The idea that there is anything at SDCC that would be more important than them expressing their feelings about comic books is entirely ridiculous.

You might as well extend this idea to every person at SDCC or any other con for that matter. There are, after all, far more important things to do than going to a convention for comic books.

And in fact, there are more important things to do than posting on a website about comic books.

Hell, we shouldn’t even be reading articles on a website for comic books, because comic books shouldn’t exist because there are more important things to do than making comic books.

Apollokid9000

July 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The whole “protest” is misguided because those that the protestors wish to effect won’t feel anything at all.
The protest hurts retailers who, at the very least. have 51 other books that don’t feature a character with a bad redesign that they could sell. That says nothing for the hundreds of other books from other publishers that are available.

And to that the fact that the planned it smack dab in the middle of one of the largest media events annually, the gesture will fall on deaf ears and blind eyes to busy rolling to the back of their respective heads.

Instead of yelling “don’t buy these comics” when comics have a hard time selling as is, the protestors could have simply made their own 52 – a list of 52 other comics from other publishing companies to pick up instead of DC’s.

And if they can’t find another 52 perhaps they’re just as blind as those with their eyes rolled to the back if the heads.

yay for Frank Miller, Yay for Riley Rossmo and yay for CLiNT (for stupid tabloids thinking that giving free advertisment to what they call trash free publicity)

NAY! for DC slutty and unappealing designs in general, Superman with armor? no thank you 90s

If i hear 2000AD harping on about the lack of interest in Super Heroes and how that makes their comic better one more time I will be forced to firebomb 2000AD HQ. That “comic” is dated, out of touch and more often than not repetitive and usually full of mediocre stories.

I am protesting the Bad Harley Quinn comic by not purchasing it.

And I didn’t even have to buy a plane ticket. Go me!

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