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Writer Matt Fraction appeared last night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he offered sex advice from Just the Tips, the book he co-authored with his Sex Criminals collaborator Chip Zdarsky, and discussed the inspiration behind his run on Marvel’s Hawkeye.
“The book was really about what Hawkeye does when he goes home to do his laundry,” Fraction explained. “It’s like Hawkeye on his day off. To me he’s the human heart and soul of the Avengers, so it was fun to do a book like that about somebody who compulsively can’t stop helping people, even when he’s a human crap-sack tire fire of a human being. That’s on the back of the action figure: ‘human crap-sack.'”
Matt Fraction, writer of Sex Criminals, Casanova, Satellite Sam and ODY-C, will be a guest Thursday, May 21, on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.
“Like, a guest-guest,” he wrote in the latest DeConnick & Fraction newsletter. “Like, on the show. […] I have a really cool treat cooked up for the show, so — so yeah. Tune in! DVR that shit! Do whatever millennials do now, I don’t even …”
Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto will make his first-ever appearance outside of Japan in October at New York Comic Con and New York Super Week.
Kishimoto, who concluded the bestselling manga in November after 15 years, will participate in two convention panels (on Thursday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 10), and multiple autograph sessions at Kinokuniya Bookstore and Barnes & Noble as part of New York Super Week.
After suffering a massive heart attack less than two weeks ago, writer/artist Ty Templeton is home from the hospital with a new Bun Toons strip that both pokes fun at his health scare and underscores just how serious it was.
“Last week I died three times,’ he wrote in Saturday’s strip, which purports to be a Daredevil primer. “That’s pretty goddamn frightening.” In the text below, Templeton added, “I’m not kidding about dying three times, by the way … I’ve now checked out more times that Professor X during a summer crossover, and I don’t seem to have any insight into the experience.
Stan Lee is collaborating with writer Peter David and artist Colleen Doran to create his graphic memoir, billed as ” the story of how modern comics came to be.”
Revealed last week by Doran, Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir will be published in October as a hardcover graphic novel by Simon & Schuster. Bill Farmer will handle colors, with letters and art assistance by Allan Harvey.
Punisher artist Mitch Gerads was recruited to design the morale patch for the second annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit and Auction, which will raise funds to support the Guardian for Heroes Foundation.
Produced by ITS Tactical, the patch sports the iconic Punisher logo that served as the unofficial crest of SEAL Team 3’s Charlie Platoon, Kyle’s unit. The limited-edition patch debuted Friday, but sold out so quickly that the Kyle family requested more be made available.
Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet artist Ty Templeton has been removed from a ventilator and is able to talk as he awaits a second surgery after suffering a heart attack earlier this week.
“Is it fair to have a kidney stone after a major heart attack? Ty says no, no it is not,” his wife, colorist and letterer KT Smith, wrote last night in a Facebook update. “The second angioplasty is being delayed until the kidney stone can be dealt with … tomorrow. The doctors are currently looking for a pain med that works (the standard, morphine, doesn’t work on him at all).”
Mark Millar is offering comics retailers a chance to win a free in-store appearance by him.
All store owners have to do is encourage their staff to dress up for Free Comic Book Day as Millarworld characters, anyone from Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl to Nemesis and The Fox. Then take photos and email them to Millar no later than noon GMT (5 a.m. PT) on May 8.
“The plan is to take him off both the sedatives and the ventilator tomorrow,” his wife, colorist and letterer KT Smith, wrote overnight on Facebook. “[…] He is in critical but stable condition. His location will change in the next few days depending on his condition.”
Inducted last year into the Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame, the 52-year-old Templeton has a long list of credits that also includes Simpsons Comics, The Batman and Robin Adventures, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Trek: Mission’s End and Spider-Man/Human Torch. An Eisner nominee and Shuster Award winner, he’s known in Toronto for his writing and drawing classes “Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Boot Camp.”
Smith encouraged well-wishers to email Templeton, saying, “I will make sure he sees them when he is able.”
Comic creators are rallying around Jupiter’s Circle artist Wilfredo Torres, who recently lost his wife Monica following a long battle with cancer. Spearheaded by Brent Schoonover, a group of Torres’ friends and associates have organized a rapidly growing fundraiserto help “a great guy and his family during a difficult time.”
Dr. Seuss will soon be celebrated in his hometown with a museum dedicated his work in children’s literature, the first of its kind in the world.
Announced by Springfield Museums, a group of five museums in the Massachusetts city, the $3.5 million Amazing World of Dr. Seuss is set to open in June 2016.
The main exhibit space will be divided into three sections — Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss’ Neighborhood and Readingville — with classroom space, a reading nook and a display about the making of the Dr. Seuss National memorial Sculpture Garden, which has drawn an estimated 3 million visitors since 2002.
As part of SC Comicon, a special Drink and Draw will be held Saturday at Quest Brewing Company in tribute to Dale. Proceeds will benefit Team Cul de Sac and The Hero Initiative, which was selected by Dale’s wife Kelly.
Chris Sims, announced last week as the writer of Marvel’s X-Men ’92 digital-first series, publicly apologized Tuesday to Valerie D’Orazio after the blogger and former DC Comics editor called him out for years-old online harassment.
“I was wrong, and in every way the bad guy,” he acknowledged on his personal blog.
D’Orazio, a writer who rose to online prominence in late 2006 with “Goodbye to Comics,” a memoir that shone a harsh light on comics culture and her experiences as an assistant editor at DC, took to Twitter early Tuesday to criticize both Marvel and Sims. “Because of the actions of this person — who is now writing the X-Men for Marvel Comics — I have been diagnosed with PTSD from cyberbulling [sic],” she tweeted.
In a subsequent blog post, D’Orazio stated she was bullied online between 2007 and 2010, and claims Sims “ring-led the harassment” against her at the time of the March 2010 release of her Punisher MAX: Butterfly one-shot.
With the release this week of DC Comics’ Green Lantern Corps #40, artist Bernard Chang has announced he’ll be giving away his original interior art from that final issue.
“Issues 21-40 have been some of the most challenging and yet rewarding work of my career,” he wrote on Instagram. “As a show of my appreciation, I am going to give away ALL of my original interior art pages from the historic final issue 40 to you! I am cutting up all the pages into individual panels (except pgs 17, 19, 24-25, and 28, which will be raffled off).”
Ross Campbell, creator of Wet Moon and Shadoweyes and artist of IDW Publishing’s new Jem and the Holograms comic, made a big announcement on Friday:
it’s time to stop hiding! i’m transgender and over the past year i’ve been transitioning and i’m sick of keeping it all a secret. i’m on hormones now so i figured now is the time to come out. i’m going by Sophia but Sophie for short.
i don’t really feel proud or confident or anything, it’s a nightmare, but maybe i’ll get there one day.
“this is why i haven’t been doing conventions anymore and probably won’t for the foreseeable future,” she wrote on Twitter. One reason, sadly: “i’m scared to fly, airport security is not known to be friendly toward trans people,” she tweeted.
Campbell commended her editors and co-workers for their support and noted that her mother had been very accepting of the news. The reaction on Twitter and Tumblr was also overwhelmingly positive (she mentioned she had received her first Twitter troll, however), but there was a bit of a war over Campbell’s Wikipedia entry, as Rich Johnston documented.