Archive | December, 2011

Out-of-context quote of the day: Alan Moore

26 Dec
The Mindscape of Alan Moore

Another fantastic Moore interview. Well worth watching! (Image via Wikipedia)

From Alan Moore‘s recent, wonderful interview:

As far as I can see, the Occupy movement is just ordinary people reclaiming rights which should always have been theirs.

(Thought this was quite interesting, in light of the recent Watchmen prequel news…)

Why a sequel to Watchmen? (Answer: $$$)

26 Dec

by Mike Hansen

Cover art for the 1987 U.S. (right) and U.K. (...

And then there was world peace, and they all lived happily ever after, The End (Image via Wikipedia)

Looks like it’s happening. DC’s throwing some high-level artists on Watchmen spinoff projects, and the general consensus is that it might be interesting, and that even the people who are complaining about Watchmen sequels (or prequels, or whatever, Who Cares) are gonna buy them. (I really need to find more comics to praise on this site, because it’s hard to keep up with complaining about the news coming from the comics world…)

I’m not surprised that DC is doing more Watchmen without Alan Moore; what surprises me is that it took them this long to pull the trigger. After all, Marvel didn’t touch Elektra after Frank Miller left Daredevil – until they decided they could make money off the character. Publishers that own characters will always put exploitation of their property before giving the creators the respect and control of their creations. (I wonder if Marvel’s ever going to pay Jack Kirby‘s heirs for all of the reprints of his work – not to mention all of the comics by others featuring his creations…)

The problem with sequels is that they’re rarely as interesting as the original vision, Chris Claremont’s first X-Men run notwithstanding. The more dependent a project is on previous material by other authors, the more I wonder why it even exists (from an artistic standpoint: obviously, with company-owned material, the reason is simply To Make Money).

Sure, in the Continue reading

R.I.P. x 3

15 Dec

by Mike Hansen

Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941). Cover ...

Captain America Comics #1 (Image via Wikipedia)

I was saddened to learn of the passings of three comics greats in the last several days: Jerry Robinson, Joe Simon, and Eduardo Barreto. All contributed in significant ways to the comics I’ve enjoyed.

The comics and outside press has been doing a fine job honoring these men. DC Comics, on the other hand, was very careful in its praise of Robinson, never actually calling him the CREATOR of any of its characters or work – despite the fact that, as far as the rest of the planet is concerned, Robinson is unquestionably the creator of the Joker, one of comics’ greatest icons. Sigh…

Let’s see if the Continue reading

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