Monday, March 20, 2006

Always remember

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Always remember

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Don't joke

When the discussion over on the Marvel Masterworks DC Archives Message Board rolled around to a new page header graphic, I made a tongue-in-cheek suggestion: Rather than, oh, I don't know, using a character that might ever actually show up in a DC Archive, I used Photoshop to create a banner graphic of Jack Kirby's The Dingbats of Danger Street.

I didn't expect them to actually use it.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

This is a job for...?

Are you old enough to remember when the Adam West Batman was new?

Did you ever think that the show had done nigh-irreparable harm to the comic?

Well... It could be worse. Mark Evanier has the same producer's pilot for Wonder Woman.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

And the adventure continues...

According to Paul Dini, who should know, having just dined with Bruce Timm (Justice League Unlimited) and Glen Murakami (Teen Titans), the end of JLU and Titans wasn't related to ratings, which were just fine. He stopped just short of saying what it was related to, though he hinted it was increased "territoriality" regarding certain DC characters. As a character and his/her corresponding villains are optioned for another series or movie, their availability for other purposes is limited. I'll point out that all of DC's Big Three (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) are on, or headed for, the Big Screen. And that Batman and his various signature villains (most notably the Joker) are concurrently appearing in The Batman over on WB.

There's also the widely-held belief that no animated series really needs to run beyond 65 episodes (which allows it to be "stripped"--run five-a-week for 13 weeks), since "kids don't care about reruns". The last two years of JLU were borrowed time.

On the other hand, there are plenty more animated DC shows in various stages of development, and if the last three years of JLU have taught us anything, it's that the DC Universe is a rich and diverse place. Doom Patrol and Plastic Man have been mentioned, and "Supergirl and the Legion of Super Heroes" is a likely candidate. A Teen Titans movie has been announced: I wouldn't be too surprised to hear a JLU movie is being planned as well.

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So So Silver Age | "Good" graphic novels and tears of ink
Comics As Literature, pioneered by professional indie blowhard Scott McCloud, is a concept that really bothers me. Not because comic books are not literature, but because I believe they are all literature. When the majority of comics are excluded and denigrated so that a few prestigious authors can get read in college classes and be discussed by the Modern Language Association, a great disservice is done to the medium, this medium, this medium that is my blood. My heart speaks in the language of comics. I think comics and piss comics--when I cry, they are tears of ink, and when I fall on the ground, there is a great THUD outlined in bold black jagged lines.