Monday, March 31, 2014

Comic Round-Up: March 31, 2014

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Interview: Kurt Anderson interviews Gene Luen Yang about his graphic novel Boxers & Saints.

Interview: With the arrival of the second issue of The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman talks about the joy of writing the first series and returning for this one, why he chooses to pen a story as a comic rather than a novel, and how his process differs.

Interview: Writer G. Willow Wilson and editor Sana Amanat talk about the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, and the risks they took in introducing the character: “People love to talk about new and different,” Wilson said. “They don’t always love to buy and read new and different.”

5 Good Comics That Leveled Up To Greatness

The creator of the Islamic superhero comic The 99 says he hasn’t been officially notified of a reported ban of the animated adaptation of his comic in Saudi Arabia. “Nobody ever contacted me, nobody ever asked me any questions,” Naif Al Mutawa says. There have been numerous Twitter campaigns against me for a while now and so for me it’s not new. Maybe it is true this time, but I find it very difficult to believe that a group as influential and high profile as them [Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta] wouldn’t recognize the good that The 99 has done for Muslims around the world.” He adds that the comic has been available in Saudi Arabia for seven years, while the cartoon has been airing for two and a half years, making the timing of a ban “a bit weird.”The Daily Beast and Public Radio International both have coverage of Saudi Arabia’s Comic Book Fatwa against the first comic book to feature Muslim superheroes (as well as the animated series).

David DiSalvo enjoyed MegaCon, but he’s concerned that many of the attendees aren’t actually reading the comics.  Is comic culture outstripping comic readership?

Mark Rahner, who has been going to Emerald City Comicon since the first one in 2003, initially as a reporter and then as a creator, talks about why the event has grown so big (75,000 attendees are expected this weekend) and why it’s still awesome.

Michael DeForge gives a brief explanation of his new graphic novel Ant Colony.

ScreenRant runs down some of the the real life inspirations behind some of the best comic book villains.

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