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The growth of India’s $22 million comics industry

Krishna: Defender of Dharma

Krishna: Defender of Dharma

Publishing | This wrap-up of the third annual India Comic Con, which drew an estimated 50,000 attendees (up from 15,000 last year), doubles as a snapshot of that country’s $22 million comics industry. The growth of the market is attributed in large part to the rise of graphic novels, which are luring young-adult readers. [The Times of India]

Comics | Writing for The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky weighs in on the backlash over DC Comics hiring Orson Scott Card in an article titled “The Real Reason to Fear a Homophobe Writing a Superman Comic”: “It’s disturbing to have Orson Scott Card writing Superman, then, in part because Superman is supergood, and the supergood shouldn’t hate gay people. But it’s also disturbing, perhaps, because Superman is a violent vigilante — and because violent vigilantism in the name of good is often directed not against injustice, but against the powerless.”  [The Atlantic]

Justice League of America #1

Justice League of America #1

Creators | Geoff Johns talks about his plans for Justice League of America: “It’s not Batman and Superman and the big, big characters, and we can do a lot of pretty crazy stuff with these guys. People are going to be pretty surprised. It gets a little bit more wild than what you’d see in Justice League proper.” [USA Today]

Creators | Dan Nadel interviews Gabrielle Bell about her recent work, including her graphic novel Voyeurs and the short story “Cody.” [The Comics Journal]

Creators | In a webcast video, Dean Haspiel discusses independent comics and mini-comics, having donated his collection to the Library of Congress. [Library of Congress]

Comics | Tom Kaczynski talks about his Uncivilized Books, which he describes as “a book trade/mini-comics hybrid.” Their highest profile book so far is Gabrielle Bell’s Voyeurs. [The Morton Report]

Comics | This must be Kaczynski’s week, as James Romberger talks to him as well. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Comics | Reporter Donna Vickroy sits in on a Chicago-area high school class in which students are reading Price and Prejudice — the Marvel version. [Southtown Star]

Business | Chris Powell, who came to Diamond Comic Distributors last year from the Lone Star store chain, has been promoted to the newly created position of vice president of retailer services. [ICv2]

Manga | Sean Gaffney provides some context for the new manga licenses announced last week by Viz and Seven Seas. [A Case Suitable for Treatment]

Digital comics | I took a look at Kickstarter as a digital comics marketplace; compared to other digital storefronts, the prices are on the high side, but everything’s a DRM-free download, and you get it straight from the creator. [Good E-Reader]

Conventions | The first Warner Robins Comic Con seems to have gone well, with between 500 and 700 attendees heading to a local hotel to compare costumes and meet local writer Matthew Smith (Simon Says), inker Roy Snyder, and Michael Koske, who has played a variety of zombies on The Walking Dead television show and webisodes. [The Telegraph]

Exhibits | The widow of Roy Lichtenstein, who became famous for paintings that appropriated panels from comic books, confides that her late husband was “not a fan” of comics and he was not happy, in later years, that he was pigeonholed as the comic book guy. An exhibit of Lichtenstein’s work will open tomorrow at the Tate Modern. [The Independent]



Regardless of what side you fall on the OSC writing Superman story, it’s doubtful the actual story will have anything to due with homo or heterosexuality. I’ll be surprised if it does.

Wow! Graphic novels are on the move!

Well, I don’t know about “better,” Ninjazilla.

Tom Foss dismantles that iFanboy editorial here:

“The widow of Roy Lichtenstein, who became famous for paintings that appropriated panels from comic books, confides that her late husband was “not a fan” of comics and he was not happy, in later years, that he was pigeonholed as the comic book guy.”

Hah! I suppose that’s poetic justice…

I have read the columns by both Tom Floss at his blog, and Jim Mroczkowski at iFanboy. I’m going to side with Floss. Mrcozkowski advocates a ‘care not a whit and do nothing’ stance’. Floss rather is of the position that if you give a d*mn then of course you respond. I’ll take the latter over the iFanboy prescribed apathy

I have a stack of Amar Chitra Katha comic books that I’ve been carrying around with me since 1977. I wonder if they’re worth anything?

I didn’t *mean* to advocate apathy, only to convey a feeling of futility and powerlessness. I wanted to examine whether or not there was a way for good to come out of all this. I am just, it seems, lousy at communicating.

I have to agree with Jim Mroczkowski on this one. Comics aren’t about making a statement, they are about entertainment. It doesn’t matter when Card joined the National Organization for Marriage, he was still an activist before when people were buying his books. Also, his opinion on same sex marriage shouldn’t affect his chances of getting a job because if it were the other way around you would be outraged. It would go something like ‘HOW DARE THEY NOT HIRE SOMEONE BECAUSE THEY ARE PRO GAY MARRIAGE!’ There is absolutely no reason to believe that Card writing a comic book (that won’t have anything to do with the gay rights issue) will hurt any of the ‘flesh and blood people’ (!GOSH!) that Floss harps on about. It won’t. So what exactly would firing Card accomplish for the gay rights folk exactly? I live in Canada where we have legalized gay marriage so there are officially no rights they are missing out on here or anything (I understand it differs state to state.) How does this Card guy writing the comic hurt them exactly? It doesn’t. Free speech works both ways, not everybody is going to agree with you much less like you. Get over it, there was a gay marriage in the DC books not long ago. Calm the hell down everybody and maybe….just maybe READ the damn thing when it comes out and decide for yourselves.

And to Floss, tolerance enforced by the state CAN become intolerance, it is NOT ‘transparently moronic’ to see that it can unlike your response to the suggestion. Countering what someone has said with your own vapid opinion, empty of any kind of supporting evidence, doesn’t make it a counter argument. Jim Mroczkowski’s solution was to wait and see what the story is and what comes of it (although he is doubtful it will be a good outcome), because a hasty decision is a bad decision. Again, how does Card writing a comic book hurt anybody? Its a bloody comic book. Why don’t you read it before deciding how much of an outrage it is.

I suggested to the creators of the online petition that they start a new petition–asking DC to donate part of the proceeds from Card’s story to The Trevor Project. What else could possibly be line with Superman’s nature and also burn the bigot’s butt at the same time, while supporting a very important and worthwhile cause?

That piece by Tom Foss is absolutely spot-on. A very well written piece which I’m glad to see Jim has read and taken onboard. Thanks for sharing it

I think it’s much more telling that Card would work for a company that supports beliefs that he is adamantly against. I wonder how the National Organization for Marriage would react to all this press if the story was turned around to say something like “National Organization for Marriage prominent member working for company that endorses same sex couples and marriage!”

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