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Comics A.M. | Tony DeZuniga hospitalized; record 3.5M FCBD comics ordered

Tony DeZuniga

Creators | Legendary comic artist Tony DeZuniga, the co-creator of Jonah Hex, has been hospitalized in the Philippines after suffering from a stroke and pneumonia. The 70-year-old DeZuniga is reportedly in the intensive care unit as friends and family rally to help with his medical expenses. [GMA News]

Retailing | Diamond Comic Distributors announced that retailers have ordered more than 3.5 million comics for Free Comic Book Day, up 23 percent from last year. Diamond also confirmed a second event centered on Halloween. [ICv2]

Graphic novels | The Irish Education Minister, Ruairí Quinn, has given his blessing to a manga-style graphic novel intended to help teenagers develop “emotional intelligence.” []

Digital comics | Mark Waid has audio of his digital Comics panel at C2E2; if you prefer to read rather than listen, CBR covered it as well. [Mark Waid]

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1

Comics | David Brothers is tired of the denial that there is a “controversy” over DC Comics’ upcoming Before Watchmen series, so he lays out the facts, explains why there is indeed a controversy, and skewers the arguments DC has been putting forward in favor of the book: “I don’t know how to put it any plainer. DC Comics is screwing Alan Moore right here in front of us, and the best Newsarama has to offer is that it’s a ‘so-called “controversy”’? One, it is a controversy, and two, you don’t just not talk about the controversy because the books are going to come out anyway. What kind of fatalist, ridiculous garbage is that? I mean, gosh, you don’t tell somebody with cancer, ‘Look, we both know you got some cancers up in there, so why don’t we talk about the weather, instead?’” [4thletter!]

Creators | Acclaimed fantasy author China Mieville talks at length about his upcoming relaunch of DC Comics’ Dial H, and his aborted plans in 2010 for a Swamp Thing reboot: “The only title I have ever gone to DC on more than one occasion and said, ‘You guys should let me do this,’ was this title. And after several years of me appending this to every single conversation I ever had with DC, all of a sudden the stars aligned and they were like, ‘Actually yeah, OK, let’s see what happens.’ So from that perspective what happened with Swamp Thing was a shame, but it’s small potatoes in the big scheme of things.” [Kotaku Australia]

Wild Children

Creators | Writer Ales Kot and Riley Rossmo discuss their upcoming Image Comics graphic novella Wild Children. [USA Today]

Publishing | Why are there so many typos in manga these days? Daniella Orihuela-Gruber offers an insider’s look at the right and wrong ways to edit manga. [All About Manga]

Awards | Lauren Davis argues that the Eisner Awards committee should expand their definition of digital comics: “I’m not asking that the Eisner panel offer as many awards to digital comics as they offer to print comics. Print is, after all, the heart of the Eisner Awards. But I can’t help but feel that, with this single category, the Eisners pay lip service to digital comics rather than invite them to the table. Webcomics would be better honored with three categories in lieu of one: Best Continuing Digital Series, Best New Digital Series and Best Digital Short Story.” [Comics Alliance]



Well to be fair to Brothers, Newsarama is not exactly a top notch news site.

Alex Witenberg

April 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

Hey, we can reply now!

I still go to Newsarama a lot. Their reviews are good, and Graeme’s blog posts there are still really good. But it’s not what it was.

Been away from the news beat for too long. Sad to hear about Mr. DeZuniga, but at least one of the major stations here covered the situation.

And man, David Brothers has been hitting nails on the head left and right. He’s on a roll.

Brother’s use of the cancer analogy is rather unfortunate and not apt at all.  Some people with Cancer accept their “fate” and know it is all part of the thing called life.  I do admire much of Moore’s work and many of his political positions; I do not have time for his complaining that a corporation screwed him–I have no doubt they did, but this is why you hire lawyers to read your contract.  Akin to being surprised that you attend a protest and find yourself being beaten by the police–guess what–ideally it would be great to live in a world where corporations don’t screw people, the police don’t beat you at protests, etc, but we don’t live in that world.  I think Alan should reflect on why he continues to push his anger in the direction of the evil corporation and not toward his own naivety.  I also have a hard time sympathizing with Alan as he did do more work with DC after the Watchmen debacle–“fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”

I don’t know what horrible part of the world you live in, Marc, but where I’m from I certainly wouldn’t expect to be beaten by the police for attending a protest, nor would I “accept” it if it happened. 

Similarly, I’ve never had a lawyer check over any contract I’ve signed. I wouldn’t expect to be screwed over by someone I had business dealings with. If I did expect that, I wouldn’t do business with them at all.

Then you must not do much business.


April 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Really, the whole Alan Moore/Before Watchmen thing is ridiculous. DC isn’t doing anything wrong. ‘Watchmen’ is technically their property, Moore has refused any payments be made on his end. I mean, it’s not like the characters in ‘Watchmen’ were ‘really original characters’, they were archetypes taken from Charlton universe characters, each one a ripoff in someway. Very similar in modern day terms is ‘the Authority’ by Mark Millar. A very popular series where characters were based off of DC archetypes. It’s all kind of morally/ethically wrong but what can you do, people love their stories. I know I do. ‘Before Watchmen’ is definitely on my pull list.

“It’s all kind of morally/ethically wrong but what can you do”

Jesus Christ. Is this a common attitude among comic book fans?

Sadly, yes. As long as they get their weekly fix, they couldn’t care less about the people being fucked over.

KM–apparently you do not watch the news–police beatings in NY, LA, Oakland, the whole Occupy Movement.  A few years ago we had a G20 meeting in Toronto–spend 1 billion on security, over 1200 people were illegally detained and a tiny fraction of those were actually charged with a crime.  Do I accept this—no, but I also do not live in fantasy land and know what really goes on.  As for business practices–ever do business with Tyco? Lehman Bros? etc…I would love to know where it is you live.

Do see the documentary The Corporation–corporations, since they are legal people, would be best represented by those we call psychopaths.  Conscienceless, because they are mandated to seek profit for shareholders, to do anything less is illegal.  Get it?  If a corporation was an actual human being, we would have locked many of them up long ago.  In the US, many of them might even face the death penalty.  It is morally/ethically wrong–but is what DC is doing any more or less evil than what any other corporation does?  What is the average citizen to do when the US Supreme Court recognizes Corporations as people, who can buy elections?

What is it like all the way up there on Mount Moral?  Do you eat beef?  You are killing the planet with factory farming.  Ever buy anything made in China, you probably support child labour.  Ever eat a piece of fruit grown in South/Central America, well you have supported the murder of union workers and helped to fund the CIA.  Seriously–there are bigger issues to be outraged about–since we are talking about people not caring about other people.  


April 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Senor, Brothers is using “cancer” as an analogy, not as an direct assault for the patients per se.  Don’t get me wrong, I have friends and relatives who either succumbed or still recovering.  “Cancer” has different layers of meanings, and I surmise Brothers’ utilization is on how DC diverts the real issue into the “screwing” thing.


April 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm

“Originality” is such an overrated word. Nothing is “original” per se. And, “morally” is way different from “ethically” and vice-versa, and that’s how the competition is doing on many of its creators.  One can be “ethically” correct (laws, contracts, and other written texts which side the institutions/corporations) but he/she/it can be “morally” corrupt (motives).

Marilyn Merlot

April 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Marc C., could you provide a list of the things we should care about, in order from most important to least important?

I want to oppose Scott Walker’s administration in Wisconsin, but I don’t know in what proportion I am to be concerned about it compared to Chinese work conditions.

Marilyn–you, and anyone else, can care about whatever issue you like. You can invoke all the hyperbole you want too. My point is to keep things in perspective. Is boycotting DC’s “evilness” the same as boycotting your favourite smartphone manufacturer’s “evilness?” I got started on my rant because I am dismayed when people think corporations should behave in a different way than they do–such thinking takes us into the realm of fantasy. To think that Warner Bros. and Alan Moore had a “gentleman’s agreement” is naive at best, idiotic at worst. So long was we harbour this fantasy, nothing, absolutely nothing, will change. I think this is why The Matrix is such an important tim–the world we live in is filled with alien/machines sucking the life from us, but most of us walk around seeing the city.

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