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April 16, 2012

David Brothers on the Before Watchmen controversy

Put simply, it's DC comics screwing Alan Moore because they want money. Writers and artists are defending DC presumably because DC is their employer and they also want money. 4thletter! -- if newsarama knew better, it would do better
The Controversy Here’s the controversy, put as plainly as I can muster right now. You might have pedantic issues with specifics of this due to my phrasing, but suck it up. We’re all adults here. You know what i’m saying. “The problem with Before Watchmen is that DC Comics cheated Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons out of the rights to Watchmen. Gibbons is fine with this, as is his right to be, and Moore is upset, as is also his right. Before Watchmen, therefore, is exploiting characters gained through the same shady means that have punctuated the comics industry over the years. The comics industry has screwed over dozens of creators, and Before Watchmen is just another screwjob. The broadsides against Alan Moore from JMS are disgusting, and Dan Didio’s dog and pony show to ameliorate doubts are laughably see-thru.” Get it? We all feel strongly about creators’ rights. At least, I hope so. This is, at its most basic level, a creators’ rights issue. It’s about respecting creators, their work, and the product of that work. I had a conversation with a pro creator at Emerald City Comicon. He explained the Before Watchmen situation like this: Alan Moore is one of the most respected writers in comics. He has co-created, revamped, or introduced tons of things that have enriched both the medium and the artform. His books are routinely some of the best-crafted works around, even if they’re not to your or my tastes, and he’s one of the few writers in the running for GOAT. But when he says, “Hey, listen. Please don’t do more Watchmen. I’ve been mistreated by DC, and I think the book stands very well on its own besides,” the response from DC and the creative teams involved is essentially, “No, fuck you, Alan.” I don’t know how to feel about a lot of creators I respect and like working on these books. On the one hand, do what you gotta do to feed your family. But on the other… isn’t there some better way to go about doing that? I’m conflicted. But this is an ugly situation. I don’t know how to put it any plainer. DC Comics is screwing Alan Moore right here in front of us, and the best Newsarama has to offer is that it’s a “so-called ‘controversy’”? One, it is a controversy, and two, you don’t just not talk about the controversy because the books are going to come out anyway. What kind of fatalist, ridiculous garbage is that? I mean, gosh, you don’t tell somebody with cancer, “Look, we both know you got some cancers up in there, so why don’t we talk about the weather, instead?” And no. You don’t do that. You talk about the cancer, you treat the cancer, you tear it out and stamp on it until it’s gone. Until it’s a memory of a time when Marvel could tell Jack Kirby to give up any rights he was owed, when Marvel could promise Frank Miller that Elektra was going to stay dead and then bring her back anyway, when Ditko disappeared from mainstream comics, when Moore & Gibbons were cheated out of what they’re owed, and when editors used creators like chess pieces because they were eager to get the books out on time, instead of like people who they thought could do a great job. . . .

April 15, 2012

The Manta-Man book is out, you should probably buy it

Manta-Man by Chad Sell is the funny and sexy story of a guy who can turn into a huge flying manta ray, his girlfriend who gets turned on by heroics (and who is sometimes a supervillain), the gay bar he works at, and his friends who include ninjas and monkeys and a woman who is invulnerable as long as she is drunk. It's funny and well-paced and the art is just a dream. The first book is only $12, which is like buying two good burritos or three shitty Marvel comics. Manta-Man by Chad Sell - …

April 13, 2012

Today's Tumblr: Escher Girls

Pointing out the ridiculous ways comic artists draw the female body. Poses designed to show off as much boob and butt as possible, which would snap a real woman's spine. Escher Girls

April 09, 2012

XKCD: Lakes and Oceans

This is the kind of science-y infographic with a touch of humor that XKCD does really well. Click thru to embiggen. xkcd: Lakes and Oceans

April 03, 2012

Married to the Sea: Pure Milk

Married To The Sea - 2,000 comics by Drew & Natalie Dee - Updates daily at midnight

March 30, 2012

Types of Extremists

Types of Extremists - The Oatmeal

March 12, 2012

This Modern World: Eric Holder says . . .

Daily Kos: Eric Holder says...

March 06, 2012

Married to the Sea: Teaching contraception in schools

Married To The Sea - 2,000 comics by Drew & Natalie Dee - Updates daily at midnight