Blogging by Bullet Point
You know the drill.
- Street Angel Watch: Alan
David Doane liked the first issue of Street Angel,
giving it a 4.5/5 rating and predicting "[i]t's bound to be one
most talked-about books of the year." Over on Broken Frontier, Shawn
Hoke (not a permalink) interviews Jim Rugg, artist and co-creator
of Street Angel. Based on everything I've read and
seen about this book so far (well, except for that
back cover), I'm glad I pre-ordered it. (One interesting
thing about Street Angel is what a Rorschach test the
art is: ADD sees traces of Adrian Tomine and Charles Burns; Shawn
sees an early Dan Clowes influence; Johnny
B sees a hint of early Mike Allred; while I see splashes of Steve
Rude and Marcos Martin. What does it all mean? Who knows!
But it all adds up to some purty art.)
Collins clarifies his
love of Tim Russert
position that comics journalism could use improving. While I can
sympathize with the frustration underlying Sean's fantasizing, I think
in the end
I agree with Steven
Wintle's take on this matter: Raising the standard of comic
interviews, yes; grafting the model of political journalism
Isabella reviews several comics, among them two books I thought
looked interesting but ultimately passed on (Batman: Child Of
Dreams, The Bloody Streets Of Paris). Based
recommendations, I might check these out at some point. Tony also
outlines how he would do Batman if he wrote the character. It
sounds more in line with how I remember Batman being in the 70s than
how the character is currently portrayed.
- You thought the "2003 in Review" pieces were over and done
with? Wrong! Comic Readers has a whole slew of year-end
wrap-up articles, including focuses on Mainstream,
Press, and more Mainstream.
- Kind of tying into my
thoughts about Marvel, John
Firehammer (not a permalink) thinks it would be a good thing if
it's true that Marvel is clamping down on more mature versions of their
heroes so as not to interfere with possible movie versions of the
characters. Personally, I have mixed feelings about this.
My original point was simply that Marvel doesn't do a very good job of
delineating its different imprints because, well, they don't really
have different imprints—it's all just multiple versions of the
same superheroes. I don't have a problem with "edgier," "more
mature" takes on superheroes; I just think they should be clearly
distinguished from the "regular" superhero stuff. So if Marvel
isn't able to brand different projects so that they're easily
identifiable, maybe it is better for them to bring their entire line to
the same level.
On the other hand, I get nervous any time
Hollywood starts dictating the creative direction of other media, be it
comics, books, TV, or even video games. Plus, I really wanted to
see Peter Bagge's version of the Hulk (which I assume would have been
distinctive simply by virtue of being Peter Bagge's version of the
- Staying on the "What's Wrong With Marvel?" theme, Steven
Grant got some interesting responses to last
week's anecdote about a teacher being told by a student that
Marvel's comics "suck." While one reader suggests somewhat weakly
that not all kids think that Marvel sucks, another confirms
that his students do all think Marvel sucks and he tends to
agree, mainly because Marvel offers nothing new or imaginative.
Finally, I ran across this exchange about manga in Diverging
Comics' "State of the Comics" address
(an "Independently Minded"
(?) round table discussion
with "three very diverse comic book fans"):
DIVERGING COMICS: So what about the continued
proliferation of Manga, in those same bookstores?
GREG MATIASEVICH To an exclusion of everything else?
STEPHEN LIN: Man... I was in Borders the other day
and they had a huge shelf of manga! Placed in between trades and RPG
DAVID HOPKINS: Manga is so huge. It is in an
industry all to itself.
GREG MATIASEVICH: I think we need to educate readers
to know that Manga isn't everything
STEPHEN LIN: It's a Yu Gi Oh and Pokemon generation
DIVERGING COMICS: Again, it's a matter of crossing
over. Just like with american comics.
GREG MATIASEVICH Comics aren't one genre
DAVID HOPKINS: Exactly. But shoot me now if we have
to create a freakin' card game for every cartoon or comic book we
STEPHEN LIN: These are the same kids getting obese and
diabetic in front of the PS2 who probably haven't read any books in
their lives other than Harry Potter.
So anyway: What about the continued proliferation of manga in