INTERVIEW: "Batgirl and the Birds of Prey" Hunt Rebirth's Oracle
More than a year after announcing its series of Mego-style action figures based on the classic New Teen Titans, Figures Toy Company has at last debuted Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg and Raven.
For fans of a certain age, these will press a couple of nostalgia buttons — the toymaker’s specialty — in combining memories of Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line with those of Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s Titans of the early to mid-1980s. As one collector notes, Mego surely would’ve gotten around to the New Teen Titans … had the company not filed for bankruptcy in 1982.
Have you ever gotten the Frozen Smile? The eyes say “I have no idea how to respond” while the mouth still thinks everything’s fine?
I got it the other day while talking to a co-worker about Teen Titans Go!. She loves it as much as her kids do, and my daughter loves it as well. I then mentioned that I haven’t had as much of a chance to see it, but I do have all the DVDs from the 2003-06 Teen Titans series. That brought things to a halt. When I mentioned the earlier show, it was evidently like saying I’d read the scripts in the original Klingon, because her face froze after that and she got out only an “Uh-huh….”
Today I’m going to talk about some of DC’s just-announced 2016 miniseries, and Raven in particular, because once again I suspect a lot of potential readers may be giving DC the ol’ frozen smile.
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Ahead of Toy Fair 2015, Kotobukiya has offered the first glimpse at its upcoming Wasp statue, part of its Marvel Bishoujo line, accompanied by the quote, “We need a name! It should be something colorful and dramatic, like … the Avengers!” It’s from 1963’s The Avengers #1, of course.
In addition, the Japanese collectibles company teased a Raven statue, part of the DC Bishoujo line, with a detail of the concept art and the quote from 1983’s The New Teen Titans #27: “Do what you know is best. Speak strongly and your words can level the mightiest of mountains.”
Conventions | A reported 86,500 people attended the third annual Denver Comic Con over the weekend, up from 61,000 in 2013. The event is undergoing some growing pains, however, with organizers quickly rescinding an announced cart-service fee for next year’s convention following complaints from vendors. Even without that additional charge, some exhibitors remain unhappy about the proposed increase in booth fees. [The Denver Post]
Comic readers like underdogs, both in comics and in comics creators. They like to see someone start off small and build themselves up with achievements, skill and perseverance. In recent years we’ve seen a number of talents catch fire as they went from comics newbie to comics celebrity, from Nick Spencer to Becky Cloonan. Several years back there was one artist who was right on the cusp of breaking into the exclusive A-list level of creators who decided instead to leave for something else. But now he’s back.
Artist Damion Scott graduated from the Kubert School in the late 1990s with a full head of steam and took that to DC Comics, where he climbed the ladderr from 1999 to 2006, refining his style and defining his name on books like Robin and Batgirl. By the end of his run on Batgirl, he was seemingly ready to shine — and did so as the youngest artist picked to headline an issue of DC’s prestigious (but short-lived) Solo anthology. After that, he produced a miniseries featuring the Teen Titans’ Raven, and then … nothing. Well, nothing in the United States. In 2007, Scott moved to Japan to pursue commercial and fine art, doing magazine illustrations, street art and gallery shows. He made a rare cameo in American comics with a short for 2009’s Deadpool #900, but by and large this budding top talent was absent for four years. But last month Scott returned with the first of a two-part story in Marvel’s Web of Spider-Man featuring a group of street-level heroes from his native Brooklyn. And he’s not stopping there.
For this interview I exchanged emails with Scott for several weeks, with the artist writing from Tokyo and New York, where he divides his time. We talked about his return to American comics and his art in Japan, as well as his upcoming comic series Duppy.