Posted 31 March 02009 - Permalink
Posted 31 March 02009 - Permalink
Marvel June 02009 solicitations include New Avengers #54, battle scene with Dormammu on the cover, "A Sorcerer Supreme is chosen" solicit text, no Doctor Strange seen [Comic Book Resources]
Thorough history of the Bendismantling of Doctor Strange that has gotten us to this point and New Avengers #51 [Sanctum Sanctorum Comix]
Doctor Strange illo by Pyracantha from 80's fanzine [Art By-Products]
"The Dimensions of Greed", Ditko 7-pager from Time Warp #3 (March 01980) [Diversions of the Groovy Kind]
Written by J.M. DeMatteis.
Positive press-hit for June's The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone, sequel to Neilalien fave [Comic Book Resources]
Fantagraphics' Eric Reynolds on Diamond's new higher benchmarks; bad, but the indie singles format was already dead [Robot 6]
Everyone thinks new Diamond distributor higher cutoffs will be "quality control"- until it's their book that doesn't meet the threshold; Diamond has no stake in comics-as-art [Permanent Damage]
Hollywood too dependent on comic book movies to make them three-hour big-star-lacking gory R-rated affairs with non-holiday release dates like Watchmen [LA Daily News]
Dr. Jim Kakalios (The Physics of Superheroes): Gwen Stacy's neck snapped when Spider-Man's webbing stopped her fall [YouTube]
Posted 29 March 02009 - Permalink
New Avengers #51 Minidump
Neilalien liked Dormammu's two pages here. The mysterious broadcasting head granting pain and powers- it recalls Dormy's early appearances as Mordo's benefactor. And a non-whiny Dormammu is always good. Love seeing that mystic font again. And the flash of demon-mouthed Hood later on was great. +1.
Doctor Strange with Billy/Wiccan is a wash: It starts strong, confident, up through "young means apologizing", and Neilalien read that line meta-ly about how the superheroic stuff is a distraction to the growth of mystic characters, heh, +1. But then it turns into Doc schubbily confiding to a child about his own cluelessness, -1.
They're trying to make the Sorcerer-Supreme mantle-passing a mysterious mystical process, and keep the new SS a mystery for a story-drama reveal, but does it work? Neilalien isn't enjoying that the mantle seems like an ownerless Green Lantern ring, wandering the Earth searching for the most worthy successor. Too passive; too Chosen One. Exactly "what" is "considering" that "Dr. Doom is too corrupted"? The mantle should be either beaten out of the current holder, or at an Aged Genghis contest, or bequeathed by the current holder to someone specific. Neilalien was expecting the new Sorcerer Supreme to be determined by a villain beating it out of Doc (and there apparently are still some active parts to the process, as Doc dreads people coming after his artifacts), or a good guy/gal coming to rescue the situation by having Doc bequeath it to them- not this game of Clue. Doc traveling to Jennifer Kale to find out if she's the new Sorcerer Supreme is a dud- the mountain doesn't come to Mohammed. And despite the dimension-protecting responsibilities and Vishanti-connection that have been hinted as belonging to the mantle-holder, one obviously doesn't have to be "pure" to hold the mantle (purity to use the Eye is an entirely other matter), if the past and current threats from the many villains, Urthona, Salome, Dr. Doom, etc., ever meant anything. It undermines the entire Zom-poisoning storyline: If Doc's too corrupted to hold the mantle, how in the heck is The Hood less corrupted? In Neilalien's opinion, it would be much better if the precise meme here wasn't so much that Doc is too ~impure~ to be SS, but that he is so ~weakened~ by his impurity (being an aspirer to a pure path and needing purity for his particular artifacts and spells) that opportunists and mantle-coveters see the chance to strike, and good guys/gals become so concerned for the safety of the dimension that they demand it be bequeathed.
Maybe Neilalien's crazy with hope, but does anyone else get the feeling from this issue that Doctor Strange being clueless about who is the next Sorcerer Supreme suggests that the "next" one is actually *Doctor Strange*!? Look in the mirror, dude, you're not broken! Ah, we'll all have a laugh and wonder why we ever actually worried that the status-quo could ever change in superhero comics. Right? Right? Bueller?
Neilalien's main complaint with the issue: The entire 'Spider-Man unmasking'/'Coma Girl was Peter Parker's classmate' thing was six pages of total filler-fluff. An "Avengers" comic book should have an "on screen" battle in it. With a bit more old-school compression, you get that yes-still-important Spidey characterization stuff down to two pages, shave a page off of Doc and Billy in the coffee shop, and show us some crazy comicbook shit with The Hood kicking Doctor Strange's ass in magickal combat.
Posted 28 March 02009 - Permalink
Grant Morrison interview re: the return of Seaguy; mentions he's working on an Earth 4 book, which is the Charlton characters, including Ditko creations Captain Atom (co- with Joe Gill), Blue Beetle and The Question [Comic Book Resources] [Rokk's Comic Book Revolution]
Wolverine toy has an interestingly placed valve for inflation [ICv2]
Reminds Neilalien of that Batman squirt gun.
Posted 24 March 02009 - Permalink
Examination of the diverse image-to-text ratios in Ditko's later comics [Blog Flume]
Nightcrawler as the next Sorcerer Supreme? [Weekly Crisis]
Snagging old Steve Gerber superhero comics in bulk on the cheap recommended as an alternative to current serial habits [Comics Reporter]
Neilalien seconds. Two related links:
More recommendations: The Baxter paper books are physically aging well; Doctor Strange Classics reprints (of the classic Doc vs. Dormammu story arc by Ditko) (with the Byrne covers) cited [Comic Book Galaxy]
Update: Oh yeah, Neilalien forgot about that Doctor Strange Special Edition Baxter book too, reprinting Doctor Strange #1, 2, 4, 5, with Wrightson cover [Sanctum comment at CBG]
More on breaking the current serial habit: Wait one week and see what you still want to buy [Pipeline]
Marvel updates/tweaks its film release schedule through 02012, spacing them out more [SuperheroFlix]
Neilalien mostly suspects the bad economy, glut avoidance, and the complex schedules of actors. Avengers are the focus. There will certainly be no Dr. Strange movie until way past 02012 then.
Posted 23 March 02009 - Permalink
New Avengers #51 preview [Comic Book Resources]
Doc's looking a lot like Stan Lee. The new Sorcerer Supreme is Stan Lee! New Avengers #51 hits shops this Wednesday.
Assign a Stan Lee Nickname to modern comics professionals [Paul Cornell]
Looking at this gallery of 32 Marvel first/splash pages from 32 years ago March 01977 at Diversions of the Groovy Kind- it's clear that supercomics have lost some of their magic over the ensuing years. Perhaps they are creator-withering conventions/structures/traps of the medium's old 22-page episodic ways- to start with a newsstand-competing cover with action and speech/text, a bright splash first page, characters nonsensically thinking/yelling out a recap of previous issues, and ending with a cliffhanger- but we haven't replaced that system with anything great yet. It beats the pants off the modern covers of posing mannequins, Marvel comics start today with a black-backgrounded text page, and the cliffhanger is a lost art.
Posted 22 March 02009 - Permalink
|Runners, Sean Wang's great sci-fi work and longtime Neilalien fave, is now a webcomic! [Runners Universe]|
|Schulz City: If Frank Miller did Peanuts, by Timothy Lim [Page 1, 2] [via GalleyCat]|
|Liquid Revolver is available: Nazis and mind control by some of the same DC cats behind Doctor Dremo; 68 pages, $6 [Three Crows Press]|
Posted 16 March 02009 - Permalink
How Reed Richards properly stopped a Skrull invasion the first time: use panels from actual Marvel comics and hope they have bad eyesight [Comic Coverage]
Note: As with every year, Neilalien warns his visitors that blogging content amounts will probably be negatively impacted by March Madness. (The blogging content quality would be negatively impacted too, if it could go any lower! [rim shot])
Posted 15 March 02009 - Permalink
Saturday Morning Watchmen [YouTube]
Posted 13 March 02009 - Permalink
Top 10: Season Two #4, out this week, includes a Strange-Gun that shoots Gamma-Hoggoth blasts
Also a great easter-egg of a face-melty Arnold Toht from Indiana Jones. Top 10 is one of Neilalien's fave comics worlds (he enjoyed Smax, The Forty-Niners, Farthest Precinct, etc., too).
Redux: Doctor Strange in Top 10 (does Neilalien have them all?):
Above: Top 10 #11 consulting with Dr. Fate (and presumably Dr. Doom re: facial repair?).
Above: Top 10 and the Farthest Precinct #4, doing security at the station house with a Sargon the Sorcerer type.
Posted 12 March 02009 - Permalink
Marvel.com does its own official "who will be the next Sorcerer Supreme odds" article [Marvel.com]
Dr. Doom's chances 90%, Scarlet Witch's chances 95%, Clea's chances 95% [The Marvel/DC Blog]
Bendis will not choose any character that makes the most sense, he will choose the character that's the most interesting to him, at the readers' peril [Comics Should Be Good]
That means it will be Luke Cage 34%, Spider-Woman 33%, Scarlet Witch 33%.
Neilalien's cynical dread-filled thinking tonight, but yearning and able to be pleasantly surprised:
New Avengers #51 on sale 25 March. We shall see.
Bought today: Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #9, featuring Doctor Strange.
Posted 11 March 02009 - Permalink
That time Ditko covered Marvel Triple Action #47, a reprint of Avengers #54, with a cover reversing the original's POV [Seduction of the Indifferent]
Posted 10 March 02009 - Permalink
Ditko Once More: new Ditko comics out later this year? [Ditko Comics]
Marvel Sneak Peek (2 little pages): New Avengers #51 [Major Spoilers]
He's Just Not That Into Your Income: Cartoonist re: the expectations people have that his cartoons are free-of-charge [Mike Lynch Cartoons]
There was a rumor that Neilalien fave and Marvel's best book Captain Britain and MI:13 was to be cancelled? You deny me Freshmaker?! [Newsarama]
Posted 3 March 02009 - Permalink
Dr. Strange is as powerful as the God he invokes; art by Mark Grambau [Mark's Evil Twin] [Grambau superhero art fun] [super-via Comics Reporter with a recent link to Grambau, Johnny Bacardi, and ADDTF]
Secret Lives of Comic Store Employees [Wired] [super-via all]
Adorable Calvin, Hobbes and Susie, grown-up and manga style [colored by sora1589 on DeviantART] [original by nami86 on DeviantART] [via Oliver Willis] [Update: more adult Calvin & Hobbes at Gerry Caravan's]
Call For Papers: Papers needed for the "Understanding Superheroes: An Interdisciplinary Conference" being held at the University of Oregon in Eugene on 23-24 October 02009 [Thought Balloonists]
Popular comics spot Scans_Daily shuttered by LiveJournal for posting copyrighted material [Firefox News] [via LinkMachineGo] [Digital Strips] [con and pro: BeaucoupKevin; Comics Worth Reading] [folks, please stop calling for the bodily harm of Peter David]
Updates: [Mightygodking] [Airings LJ] [really good Robot 6] [Johnny Bacardi Show]
Update: Interview: The scans_daily moderators [ComicMix]
If Scans_Daily evolved from 'fair-use/sampling of older comics' to 'posting new comics in their entirety', with a community entitledly whiningly expecting copyright violation without creator compensation, that's not a very defensible, excusable, pretty or legal spot to be in. As any creator or blogger knows, getting one's content and lunches stolen or control lost sucks. But looking at that site, there was definitely 1,000 times more 'people being exposed to and checking out things that they wouldn't have bought or even known about anyway in a democratic passionate word-of-mouth early-adopter community with a miniscule chance that they might have bought after checking it out' than 'lost sales' going on there. Our modern internet world is increasingly considering the $4 22-page dead-tree corporately-gatekept comic book squirreled away unadvertised in Direct Market boutiques, like the payola'd $20 music CD of mostly filler, to be pricing/promotion/distribution/format damage to be routed around. The creators, publishers and commentators who see more potential than legions of criminals here will be labeled as the ones who 'get it' by the hip Boing-Boing Interneterati. Neilalien mostly agrees- but will those creators be able to pay bills? We shall see. We hope so. The current problems, promise and paradoxes of piracy, technology, copyright and distribution, and changes in our businesses, just haven't been fully grokked and solved yet. Until they are, the cease-and-desist, the terms-of-service violation, etc., is a whack-a-mole game (as evidenced by Scans_Daily's already new URL). Comics, what/where is your iTunes equivalent?
Neilalien was about to suggest that everyone turn their brains off and have the fun blast he did with Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness' Hulk #10- but Sanctum's Doctor-Strange brain never stops: Calling foul re: the masked version of Doctor Strange interacting with Clea [Sanctum Sanctorum Comix]
Posted 1 March 02009 - Permalink