Rivals feel heat from Marvel-Disney deal [Hollywood Reporter]
Marvel has deals all over the place, film distribution with Paramount/Viacom, toys and cartoons with Hasbro, NBC Universal has theme park rides, Activision and Sega have certain characters for video games. All that licensing mojo of Marvel's last few years will be unwound or at least not renewed. [List of deals; Disney will have to wait for Marvel synergy]
What The Disney/Marvel Deal Means For You: Likely nothing [Bam! Kapow!]
Doctor Strange Marvel Masterworks Volume 4 coming January 02010 [Marvel Masterworks Resource Page] [thanks Sean!]
Reprints: Doctor Strange #180-183, Sub-Mariner #22, Incredible Hulk #126, Marvel Feature #1, and Marvel Premiere #3-8.
Brief nothing-new Doctor Strange mention at Fan Expo Canada 02009 Marvel Dark Reign panel [Comic Book Resources]
As time wound down for the panel, the question of Brother Voodoo and Steven Strange was asked. According to the panel a "Doctor Voodoo" series will deal with Jericho's role as the new Sorcerer Supreme with a very different flavor than Doctor Strange. Also the limited series "Strange" will focus on Steven Strange's life after losing his mantle.
Overview of Howard Chaykin's career: "Steve Ditko's perverse little brother" [Permanent Damage]
Lovenote to Neilalien Fave-of-MoCCA Johnny Hiro, a love story (and a love story for NYC) [NPR]
Superman epic copyright chaos continues with recent ruling [THR, Esq.]
In some crazy kind of Solomon baby-split, the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel have successfully recaptured control over early elements like depictions of Superman's origins from the planet Krypton, his parents Jor-El and Lora, Superman as an infant, the launching of the baby Superman into space and his landing on Earth in a fiery crash, while DC still owns Superman's ability to fly (!), the word "kryptonite", Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen.
Marriage Counseling, Marvel-Style [I Am Graeme]
Subplot outtakes from Amazing Spider-Man #275.
'The Simpsons' And 'Family Guy' Premieres Tackle Comic Book Movies And The Multiverse [MTV Splash Page]
Meth ring laundered money by buying collectible comics [CNN]
Great long essay: Doctor Strange and the Inhumans have the same meta problem: they keep getting shoehorned into the superheroic Marvel Universe [Pop Aristocrat]
(Neilalien is happy this text is public and linkable: such goodness should not stay hidden away in his email inbox.)
The Top 70 Most Iconic Marvel Panels [Comics Should Be Good] [master list link to a series that's still ongoing]
The latest, and very active, Doctor Strange live-action-movie casting online poll/messageboard thread [Comic Book Movie]
Cameron Stewart on Twitter:(1) "A good friend of mine went to go visit Steve Ditko at his house yesterday. Just went to his door and knocked. Got invited in to chat. O_O" (2) "You bet it is. He called me last night to tell me everything. Said Ditko is a sweet old man and not nuts at all."
Women getting breast cancer and talking about men. Entertaining and liberated? Not so much [1979 Semi-Finalist... reviews Marvel Divas #2]
Another of the book's downers: Second-banana (and believe it, you know, because Doc inanely refers to himself (for the reader's benefit, bad writing) as a "former" something about three times) Doctor Strange appears in the book to provide a second opinion re: Firestar's cancer.
The Amazing! Incredible! Uncanny Oral History of Marvel Comics [Maxim] [by ADDTF]
Sadly the recent Captain Britain and MI:13 #15 was the last issue of the series [Comic Book Resources]
Neilalien's never met an online post he didn't like that said 80% of alt-comix are unreadable and poorly structured [Comics Comics]
Computers draw a new chapter in comics [The Guardian] [via LinkMachineGo]
Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons on how computers have liberated him as an artist- and the dubious honour of inspiring Comic Sans.
"No longer Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe, Stephen Strange must discover a new path to fulfillment and enlightenment. Unfortunately, that path leads through a bizarre, terrifying gauntlet of magical menaces-- and if the former Master of the Mystic Arts is going to survive the journey, he'll need some assistance-- in the form of a brand-new student!"
Okay, the cover by Tomm Coker rocks.
This weekend in NYC, playing at the Film Forum, as part of their Brit Noir series: Hell Drivers, starring Patrick 'Prisoner' McGoohan and William 'Who' Hartnell (!) [Film Forum] [Hell Drivers Wikipedia page]
Neilalien had no idea such a cinematic combination existed. He must go see it. (Also in it: a pre-007 Sean Connery, Stanley 'I Turned Down James Bond' Baker, David 'Mr. Acronym UNCLE/NCIS' McCallum, and a pre-Pink-Panther Herbert Lom.) If he survives, comics blogging will continue.
What "Doctor Strange, Master of Black Magic" could have been (from A Rogue by Any Other Name [National Review Online]):
Jack [Bauer of 24] is the sheep dog, the terrorists the wolves. Although the sheep fear the wolves and are guarded by the dog, the dog - with its fangs, claws and willingness to kill - has more in common with the wolves than with the sheep he protects. Despite the dog's role as protector, he possesses the same predatory instincts and violent tendencies as the wolf, so he can never be a part of the flock. Jack is estranged from his daughter, constantly robbed of a normal life, admired by the audience but alienated by much of the fictional world he inhabits.
Thoroughly interesting interview with Daniel Clowes [McSweeney's] [via Waxy]
With Mike Sacks, left out of his new book, And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers On Their Craft. Cracked vs. Mad, the Ghost World movie (and defending Enid), don't be a cartoonist unless you can't not do it, etc.
Clowes New York Times strip [Mister Wonderful]
Tareva's Tipple: A drink named after a character in the Doctor Strange cosmos [Spiked Punch]
You'll get a free drink if you know who Tareva is. Neilalien knows, but he's probably not eligible to play. :(
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