Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Comic Round-Up: September 24, 2014

The Court of Owls is an ancient conspiracy that controlled Gotham for centuries. The Court is a violent cabal that uses architecture and murder to wield political influence throughout history. To carry out its interests, members employ a breed of highly-trained assassins known as Talons. The leaders of the organization appear to be human and wear owl masks on their faces. The rest, however, are mutated and appear to actually be hybrids of humans and owls. Batman is one of the coolest heroes, but he also has the most interesting enemies. It doesn’t matter how great a character is if he doesn’t have good villains to fight. On the surface, the Court seems like another group of typical bad guys tryin’ to make a name for itself, but it’s more than that. Bats might be the World’s Greatest Detective, but he refuses to believe the Court’s existence ‘til a killer targets Bruce Wayne. The idea that a mysterious cult is hiding under Batman’s nose is pretty scary. Talon isn’t just some lunatic the Dark Knight’s used to dealing with. For Batman to be in the dark makes it clear just how much of a challenge the Court of Owls is. He’s always able to rely on his contingency plans ‘gainst known enemies and allies, but with an assembly of foes he doesn’t know anything about, there’s no way he can be fully prepared…
The Court of Owls, by Drake Tsui.

"The Court" by Canada-based Drake Tsui
"I'm still a little butt-hurt from the New 52 retcons but to me, the Court of Owls is probably the best villain to be added to the Bat rogues gallery since the classics. Their design is iconic and the way Scott Snyder introduced them was great, he has the perfect writing style for Batman. He just... gets the character, between him and Capulo's art I haven't enjoyed a main ongoing this much in a long time. :]  Also want to note that this piece was inspired by Djurdjevic's amazing cover for Daredevil Issue#100"

Interview: Alison Bechdel discusses winning a MacArthur “genius grant”: “In the early ’80s, I started writing a comic strip about lesbians. I can’t think of a less likely career path in winning a MacArthur fellowship. Maybe being a bank robber. It was that outsiderness that drove me, and it’s a little unmooring to find myself an insider.”

Interview: Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie on the Lets Talk Comics podcast.

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"What a bizarre day. I'm sitting here watching my email fill up with message after message from people from so many different times and places of my life, all congratulating me for the astonishing good fortune of receiving a MacArthur Fellowship. Not to mention a flurry of texts and tweets, and I haven't had the energy to even look at Facebook."  Alison Bechdel, creator of the very long-running "Dykes to Watch Out For" as well as the autobiographical graphic novel "Fun Home" as well the "The Bechdel Test," has won the prestigious MacArthur Genuis grant, giving her the opportunity to dig into her archives for a previous comic she drew in 2004 to conclude her reaction blog post.  NYMag has a recent interview with Bechdel.

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