Cities would burn
Just imagine, if most Americans were like Islamic extremists, how many riots would have broken out over Rob Liefeld's depiction of Captain America?
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This blog has been superseded by my Culture Shock blog.
A new trailer (QuickTime format) for director Richard Linklater's is-it-live-or-is-it-animation adaptation of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly has hit the web. Enjoy.
Phantom comic-strip artist Graham Nolan (Detective Comics and Rex Morgan, M.D.) talks with Washington Times columnist Joseph Szadkowski about his comic book/comic strip career.
Three people, including the owner of a cyber cafe, were arrested in Tokyo on Tuesday on suspicion of violating copyright laws by posting manga online. As The Japan Times reports, "The arrests, the first in Japan related to the online distribution of 'manga,' came after the 'cyberpatrol' unit of Fukuoka Prefectural Police examined the Web site dubbed 464.jp in October. The three are suspected of scanning comic books and storing the data in a computer server in the same building as the Ota Ward cafe so they could be viewed on the Internet."
Director Brett Ratner's upcoming X-Men 3 film has found a perhaps unlikely defender, former X-Men director Bryan Singer, who says, "I've known Brett a long time. We're good friends. He's extremely talented. ... I know he's very dedicated to the project, but it's daunting because you're trying to do something you haven't lived with for a number of years. ... My feeling is that it'll probably surprise you and be really, really good."
Stars & Stripes, the official U.S. military newspaper, has picked up on the story of Frank Miller's Batman vs. al-Qaida comic, Holy Terror, Batman!
Joe Quesada tells us to expect two members of the Fantastic Four to take a dirt nap, as in "these people actually die," which is a problematic statement given how we're not talking about people at all but characters -- characters at a publisher that is known for resurrecting the dead on about a quarterly basis (e.g., Bucky).
Halle Berry promises there will be no sequel to Catwoman. Well, that's one less thing to worry about.
Dear Marvel Comics,
Frank Miller's upcoming Batman story in which Batman goes after al Qaeda has made David Letterman's monologue. The punchline: "So that's Bush's plan!"
Of course, the mainstream media is still, even at this late date, figuring out manga. Take for example this Washington Post story:
The big-eyed ones walk among us.
Without attracting much mainstream attention, such diverse Japanese 'toons as Astroboy, Puffy AmiYumi and Naruto have infiltrated American culture.
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the dearth of manga news of late? Is this an indication that the industry has found a happy level, down from its peak but still healthy enough to suggest that fears (hopes?) of a bubble bursting are unfounded? We still must see how the Suncoast/Musicland implosion shakes out, but I think manga is now chugging along at a respectable and sustainable pace.
And so I inaugurate this, my third blog and the first devoted exclusively to comic books, graphic novels, and their multi-media spin-offs, with a simple question: Does anyone know what the delay is with Dynamic Forces' American Flagg! hardcover collection? I mean, really. We're approaching Kevin Smith levels of lateness. I'm sure Dynamic Forces has an excuse, but, really, there is no excuse for this nonsense.