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A Pony in there Somewhere Dept.:
"I think there was a reason why Joe Straczynski pitched me on his idea about reviving The Spectacular Spider-Ham that year..."

ham2.jpgWarren Ellis | On Mining Marvel
One of my main gigs, these days, is as a contract writer to Marvel Comics. The job is two-fold — part of the time, I’ll lead out big projects for them, like the relaunch of IRON MAN and THUNDERBOLTS, or the second stage of ASTONISHING X-MEN. Part of the time I am, as one of my editors once affirmed, their mad scientist in the basement, performing experiments on moribund old properties. This is actually an important part of the job, for them. Marvel Comics publishing stands or falls on their creative library being ambulatory enough to earn money or status.... You find yourself thinking, yes, this character here who appeared once in 1981, attempting to trap Captain America in the radioactive pasta extruded from his eight nipples, that guy’s got some fucking MILEAGE there. Because you’ve spent six hours looking through all this monstrous shit and you’re just aching to latch on to something remotely useful to stop the pain. And then Nick Lowe at Marvel phones up to see if you’ve got anything and you find yourself pitching a grim political post-BATTLESTAR GALACTICA take on Rocket Raccoon. And then he tells you that someone else is already doing Rocket Raccoon, because the situation is just that bloody awful.

June 16, 2008

James Kochalka's Hulk vs the Universe

Hulk vs. the Universe -- Coyote vs. Wolf

A completely adorable 4-page strip.

The new Batwoman series is very, very pretty

Bat Fans Get a Peek at DC Comics' Revamped Batwoman | The Underwire from Wired.com

But of course it is. It's drawn by JH Williams. And seeing as how it's set to be written by Greg Rucka, I'm sure it will read pretty as well.

June 14, 2008

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FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield. FA0017.JPG

June 13, 2008

Get Your War On! vs. McCain

www.mnftiu.cc | get your war on | page 74

June 12, 2008

Blecky Yuckerella

I bought a copy of Johnny Ryan's Angry Youth Comics. I'm getting old -- I got it, I just didn't want it. That's what I get for taking Pete Bagge's advice about anything. Blecky Yuckerella is more enjoyable. blecky2008-04-10.gif

June 11, 2008

DC Comics Explained in One Page

Mightygodking.com � Blog Archive � DC Comics, explained in one page.

By Chris Bird, of course.

Scientific fields arranged by purity

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - By Randall Munroe

June 10, 2008

Khaos Komics

Khaos Komic - Amber's Story

Surprisingly sweet relationship comics done right. Check out "Amber's story" if you're curious.

June 06, 2008

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FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield. fa0016.JPG

June 02, 2008

Penny Arcade vs. Anita Blake

Penny Arcade! - Literature

I found the Anita Blake series unreadable. Not because of the sadomasochism or lycanthropic sex or ridiculous werewolf/vampire/Anita threesomes, but because of the awful, awful writing.

May 31, 2008

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May 30, 2008

Clarification: Not just TokyoPop's contracts suck

via Journalista! | The Beat | Heidi MacDonaldTokyopop: the other side
Well, now that the moral outrage has subsided a bit, other folks are coming out to say that the Tokyopop Pilot Program pact isn’t that bad. Editors Paul Morrissey and Hope Donovan speak in a press release which manages to both be written in standard English and make some vital points that did not come across in the contract.
...We’ve made the contracts generic, to include as many creators as possible, and what you see is the same deal extended to everyone. We’re proud to be able to present these contracts as they are, so that love it or hate it, we’ve empowered potential manga creators to understand the terms long before they propose a project....
We actually received private communiques from people we respect who pointed out that contracts offered by DC, Dark Horse, Oni and so on are just as restrictive at the end of the day, retaining trademarks, co-owning copyrights, holding onto ancillary rights and so on. (That’s a blanket overview and not a universal analysis of any one company’s contracts.) The sad bottom line, as we read it, is that in comics, it is still standard operating procedure to exploit IP in a way that is vastly more favorable to the publisher.
So, as Dirk Deppey pointed out: You are warned not to sign with Oni, or DC, or Dark Horse, or .... Why just last week, we said... Tokyopop's new contract is ridiculously awful