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Comics A.M. | Riverdale’s gay wedding; Tintin wannabes

Life with Archie #16

Comics | CNN covers the upcoming wedding of Archie Comics’ Kevin Keller, who will get married to another man in Life with Archie #16. Keller was injured while serving in the military in Iraq and Clay Walker, his groom-to-be, was his physical therapist. “Riverdale is this picturesque vision of American life, and when you see yourself reflected in that, you have a role in even the most idealized version of the reality you live in,” said Matt Kane, associate director of entertainment media for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “That’s the difference between feeling like a rejected outsider and feeling like you’re a part of something.” [CNN]

Comics | Jim Caple worries that viewers of the Tintin movie won’t appreciate it the way he does, comparing old-school Tintin fans to old-school Boston Red Sox or Seattle Mariners fans: “That’s what I worry about. I worry there will be all these Tintin wannabes who only know the character from the movie, who don’t appreciate Herge’s genius, who don’t know what it was like to wait a month for the next 10-page installment or when you had to special order the few books made available in America. Fans who didn’t earn this movie.” [ESPN]

Creators | Kurt Busiek discusses his work on Dracula: The Company of Monsters, which returned from cancellation as a webcomic, as well as digital comics in general: “I’ve been interested in the possibilities of online distribution for a long time, and even pitched an idea for an online strip a decade or more ago, but my collaborators and I couldn’t afford to do it on our own back then, and we didn’t find any takers who wanted to back it. And there are stories I’d love to do online, and ways I’d like to try taking advantage of the online interface, instead of print, that I’m eager to try — but between deadlines on existing projects and my health issues, I haven’t been able to launch an online series yet.” [Biff Bam Pop!]

"Saga," from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Creators | Fiona Staples talks with her local newspaper about her upcoming project with Brian K. Vaughan, the eagerly anticipated Image Comics series Saga. [Calgary Herald]

Creators | Sweets creator Kody Chamberlain gets the spotlight ahead of a book signing with Chew artist Rob Guillory. [The Times]

Creators | Here’s a heartwarming story for the holidays: A historian found some old comics about Saginaw, Michigan, in the local library and tracked down the artist, Vincent Faletti, whose work was published in The New Yorker and other magazines. It turns out that Faletti is alive and still cracking jokes at 95. [MLive.com]

Comics | The first issue of IDW’s Magic: The Gathering comic, originally scheduled to be released next week, has been pushed back to Feb. 1 due to “unforeseen printing challenges.” [ICv2]

Crime | Victoria, British Columbia, police have recovered a cache of stolen goods worth more than $10,000 — $8,500 of which was a comic book collection taken from an apartment storage locker. Police are returning the collection to its owner. [Victoria Times Colonist]

Fandom | Ology spotlights the marriage proposal of David Salomon, who proposed with a homemade take on an issue of Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. “What is it about the gamers, the comic book Ologists, the sci-fi fans and the zombie slayers that makes them the kings and queens of romance?” [Ology]

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I don’t understand the mentality of fans “having to earn” the movie
I em a fan of the Tittin books, as well as the cartoon (haven’t seen the movie yet), but I don’t have a problem with people without the knowledge simply enjoying the movie on it’s own merits

In fact, I do enjoy seeing the occasional “outsider look” at a subject, to get a larger perspective

I agree, you’d think Jim Caple would just be happy to see Tintin get more fans – if people enjoy the story, they’ll perhaps try the books. The attitude smacks of niche snobbery.

I grew up witht he books too but I’ve not bothered with the film as I cannot stand motion capture – cartoons or ‘real-life’, great, dead-looking ‘people’, no ta.

Alas, we once again see why sports reporters should not be allowed to write about anything else.

Crap. I was really looking forward to seeing Tintin, but now I know that, since I read it all within a few weeks just a couple of years ago, I didn’t earn the right to do so.

I don’t understand the sports analogy, but the attitude is incredibly elitist. By this guy’s standards the only people who can watch the Dark Knight Rises without being “wannabes” are in their 70s and read every issue of Batman when it came out.

This just illustrates the drivel that passes for commentary from sports writers, as succinctly illustrated by the comic below:

http://xkcd.com/904/

Dismissing all sports writers out of hand for being sports writers is just as idiotic as the snobbery espoused by Caple in his piece.

Uh, hello? Grantland, anybody? Every journalist’s favourite new website of 2011, mine included?

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