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Comics A.M. | Florida comic store raided, owner arrested


Crime | Michael Lewis, owner of Rocket Comics in Pensacola, Florida, is being held on a $11,000 bond after his store was raided by police for allegedly selling “Spice,” a synthetic form of cannabis. [WEAR ABC]

Publishing | The Economist’s Babbage blog takes a look at R. Stevens’ successful Kickstarter for his webcomic Diesel Sweeties, which raised $60,000, far overshooting his initial goal of $3,000. [The Economist]

Creators | Gary Groth previews his interview with renowned children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who passed away last week at age 83. The interview, conducted in October, is scheduled to appear in the next issue of The Comics Journal. []

Legal | Writing for the New York Law Journal, Lisa M. Buckley looks at “legislative failure” when it comes to work made for hire and copyright termination, and uses as a recent example last year’s decision in Marvel’s lawsuit against the heirs of Jack Kirby. [New York Law Journal]


Creators | Jim Starlin discusses the creation of Thanos, and says he has a “very mixed” reaction to seeing the character on screen: “It’s nice to see my work recognized as being worth something beyond the printed page, and it was very cool seeing Thanos up on the big screen. Joss Whedon and his crew did an excellent job on The Avengers movie and I look forward to the sequel, for obvious reasons. But this is the second film that had something I created for Marvel in it — the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor being the other – and both films I had to pay for my own ticket to see them. Financial compensation to the creators of these characters doesn’t appear to be part of the equation. Hopefully Thanos’ walk-on in The Avengers will give a boost to a number of my own properties that are in various stages of development for film: Dreadstar, Breed and the novel Thinning the Predators.” [Hero Complex]

Harvey Pekar's Cleveland

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to Joseph Remnant, the artist for Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, about working on the story after Pekar’s death and why he chose to depict the writer, who is also the narrator, walking around Cleveland rather than just standing still as he speaks: “That was actually my idea and something that I thought of after Harvey had passed away. At first I was drawing him, like several other illustrators had done before, narrating the story in a white room with a shadow behind him. At some point I realized that that was going to get boring pretty quick and it made infinitely more sense to draw him telling the story from the streets of Cleveland, since it is after all, a story about Cleveland. That allowed me to fill the backgrounds with Cleveland landmarks and slip funny little things into the story occasionally. It also gave everything a sense of movement, which I thought was important. However, I can’t really say that I thought about it much more beyond that, as you suggest I might have, other than following my own instincts on what looked good on the page as I went along. ” [The Comics Reporter]

Creators | Michael Cavna sums up the action at the Herblock Awards, where Matt Bors accepted this year’s prize and Garry Trudeau delivered the Herblock lecture. The theme of the evening was time travel, but the best part seems to have been Trudeau’s imaginary obituary, which had him giving up cartooning and becoming a point guard for the Knicks. [Comic Riffs]

Creators | Paul Montgomery interviews Kurtis Wiebe, whose new series Debris is due out soon from Image. [iFanboy]

Conventions | Torsten Adair sums up the scene at Asbury Park Comic Con. [The Beat]

Commentary | Jamaal Thomas reflects on the New 52 Wonder Woman run thus far. [Funnybook Babylon]



Oh, and “financial compensation”…. Starlin sounds greedy. Neither Thanos nor the Infinity Gauntlet were creator owned properties. Startlin knew what he was getting into. Thanos, unlike Superman and Captain America, came about in the mid-70s. Marvel was already big enough and the industry was already evolved where the ambiguity of a work for hire scenario didn’t exist as, perhaps, it MIGHT have in the 40s. If Starlin is upset that he’s not getting compensated then it’s his fault. Even if Marvel said “no”, it was HIS responsibility to try to negotiate some sort of deal with them before starting work. Not ex post facto. The man sounds whiny. Sour grapes.

Does he sound greedy? It sounds more like he’s saying “It would have been nice to get to see the movie for free.” I think Mark Waid said something similar about Justice League: Doom.

Jim Starlin has his due, so to speak, but to voice out his gripes for paying his movie tickets out of his creations is really out of the equation. Isn’t his contribution in Marvel well-compensated enough to be used in various media? Writing and drawing are way different of free-loading, Jim. Please get real!

Doesn’t sound greedy to me.

It sounds like “Hey! I created those things, and Marvel couldn’t even give me a free movie ticket?! You Ba$tards!”

At the very least, Jim Starlin should have gotten a free movie ticket….

You guys, comic fans/Spice addicts all across Pensacola suffered a tremendous loss today. Why aren’t we talking about that tragedy instead of this Starlin chap?

Jake Earlewine

May 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Starlin is right.

That movie has grossed over a billion dollars. The actual creators of all the characters (other than Stan Lee) aren’t seeing a penny of that. Meanwhile, many no-talent movie executives and Johnny-come-lately Marvel personnel — who didn’t do a damn thing to earn it — are raking in multi-millions.

Something is seriously wrong with this picture! And the name of the problem is Corporate Greed.

Jesus Christ. The man created some stuff that Marvel is using in the movie that made over one BILLION dollars and he can’t even talk about how he wasn’t even given a ticket by Marvel without being labeled as greedy.

“You guys, comic fans/Spice addicts all across Pensacola suffered a tremendous loss today. Why aren’t we talking about that tragedy instead of this Starlin chap?”

We’ll be fine. That store wasn’t even a real comic book store. I’ve been it in once and it was basically a video game store where the owner was selling off his collection – before he started selling Spice. No one I know was hitting it up every Wednesday.

Besides, we’ve still got the one that sells weed and comics.

And I agree, Jim Starlin should have been at one of the premieres to see it for free. Along with Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch, and anyone else who had a hand in the original material.

“Besides, we’ve still got the one that sells weed and comics.”

Thank goodness!

I am really getting irritated with this. You created the character for a company they paid you money for this you in turn cashed their check that is it end of story. They own the character they do not owe you a thing. I love Jim Starlins work the Death of Captain Marvel is one of my favortite books. I am an aspiring artist and writer I would love to even get my foot in the door at Marvel but in no way would I feel that if I did create a character that I would be entitled to the profits

Congratulations Johnny Utah, that’s exactly the kind of “please rape me” attitude corporate America is looking for! Exploitation not creation, that’s the name of the game these days. …..I could go on further but seriously, if that’s what you believe, your a fucking moron.

Matt D and HDO are on the right topic… that sucks for Michael Lewis, but if you can get the real stuff, Spice sucks anyway. Everyone knows reading comics is more fun when you’re high…

Jonny Utah, I couldn’t have said it better myself! I agree w/you 100%.

hey Kris, hate to burst your bubble buddy, but companies pay their talent to create and make money for THEM, not the other way around.

No one put a gun to the heads of these creators to work for Marvel or DC. They easily could’ve taken their talent elsewhere. Its only now that these comic book movies are making big $$$ that creators are coming out of the woodwork/underneath rocks to try to get their piece of the pie…a pie they got paid to make DECADES ago…

Harsh but true…

Come off your high horse and join the rest of us on planet Earth.

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