Well I mean, her name is Scarlett Johannson, not Lucy. Right there we’re starting on some faulty scientific principles. Birth certificates are signed by doctors, who are scientists.
Q:Just curious: You mention "every time" you announce Greg Land is drawing a book, you get the same types of passive aggressive "I don't want to support" messages. Do you get these messages with any other artists?
To clarify, I get the same type of passive-aggressive message from the same small group of fans who don’t like Greg’s work. But that’s not indicative of the opinions of the audience as a whole. It’s just the same guys who have an axe to grind writing the same things regardless of what assignment Greg happens to have. Just one step short of #FIREGREGLAND territory.
I’m not someone who goes around writing to editors about what books I’m not going to buy, but I’m definitely someone who isn’t going to buy a book that has Greg Land art. I’m not sure if that means I have an axe to grind or I’m in borderline #FIREGREGLAND territory, but when did it become inappropriate to express negative opinions about creators you’re not a fan of?
Especially in a collaborative medium like superhero comics. I enjoy Kieron Gillen and Al Ewing as writers, but if their work is going to be drawn by someone I feel misses the essential points of storytelling, I would just as soon read their scripts and not have them misdirected and ruined by bad art. That’s just an opinion, of course, but I think it’s a valid one.
I may like The Rock as an action movie star, but if I don’t like Brett Ratner I’m not going to see his new movie. If Brian Eno announced he was producing the new Limp Bizkit album, I wouldn’t want to buy that. If this means I’m some passive-aggressive malcontent trying to take money out of Limp Bizkit’s kid’z mouthz, so be it.
For years now, comics have gotten lost in the noise of Comic-Con — but this year felt like the worst example of that. The comic-book companies seemed to have a harder time than ever breaking through the clutter, and there weren’t really a lot of big announcements. We got more details about Spiderverse and Grant Morrison’s Multiversity, but a glut of alternate universe stories didn’t feel especially fresh at this point.
I wish I knew which staffer wrote this paragraph, because I’d love to sit them down and tell them why they’re wrong. I was at the show this year and all I saw were people excited as HECK for comics. I spoke to several rooms packed FULL of people, with lines around the corner, who wanted to see Image creators. I was on a manga panel where a crowd of people cheered or gasped or laughed at our choices for best and worst manga. I personally spoke to several dozen of people a day who wanted to read Rocket Girl or Lazarus or Deadly Class or Kung Fu Bible Stories. I watched Jasons Aaron and Latour blow through their signing lines. I watched Scott Snyder hustle to make sure the fans were right. I watched Kelly Sue DeConnick do her thing with aplomb at what seemed like every single moment of the show, and I watched Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction make a couple hundred people a day smile goofily. People kept telling me how good the panels were and how it made them fans of authors they’d never heard of before. One cosplayer said that sneaking her into the Saga signing made her whole weekend.
And that was just the experience of one man working one booth. Boom! was hopping. Fantagraphics looked great. Vertical had some of the best books at the show.
If you were at SDCC and you don’t think comics had a fantastic presence, if you’re judging the significance of comics through whatever announcements to buy things that aren’t out yet came through, you need to adjust your sights. You’re aiming in the wrong direction.
Judge it by the smiles, not the capitalism.
Speaking as someone who didn’t attend SDCC and just half-followed along from the Internet, but I see where someone paid to write about THE SCOOPS from SDCC would find it lacking.
The stuff that drives attention and conversations and hits is obviously [SUPERHERO] DIES! [SUPERHERO] IS A LADY/BLACK MAN/HORSE NOW! [CREATOR] SAYS DC RULES AND MARVEL DROOLS, IS REVAMPING GUNFIRE!
There were a bunch of cool sounding books announced at SDCC and probably a lot of cool books for sale there and eventually I will buy them and enjoy them. But you’re not going to be able to write three thinkpieces and a “the fans react!” post about there being a new Gilbert Hernandez OGN or a Image putting out From Under Mountains or there being a charming Louise & Walt Simonson panel.
The moves Marvel is making now will have a greater impact on race and gender relations in this country than any politician or activist.— Dan Hevia (@DanHevia)July 17, 2014I quit.
One day African American households all over the country will add a photo of Marvel’s executive management team to photos of Mandela, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Obama on their mantle. Elders will regale youth with stories of an African American character who briefly replaced Captain America and a single title featuring an African American female character. Why, a black man even led a third (or fourth) tier Avengers team! If we’re really lucky, one day they might even hire an African American to tell these stories! Or any story!
Just to play devil’s advocate, if his definition of “relations” involves social media trending and hashtags, Marvel has a pretty good marketing department and on the flipside people are way more willing to flip out in public and argue that we shouldn’t have a She-Thor/Blacktain Blamerica than they are claiming only white dudes can be President/CEO/etc.
So it’s going to have a bigger impact on Internet arguments in 3Q 2014, I almost certainly believe that.