Thursday, April 23, 2015

Comic Round-Up: April 23, 2015

Batman vs Manbat by Tyler Kirkham

Event: Midtown Comics Downtown in NYC welcomes comic book artists CAFU and Andres Guinaldo on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM!  RSVP on Facebook!

Event: Writers Dan Slott and Chris Miskiewicz will be doing a joint signing on April 29th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Forbidden Planet in NYCRSVP on Facebook!

Interview: The BBC interviews Sydney Padua, creator of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, in which computer pioneers Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage become steampunk detectives.  

Interview: Janelle Asselin talks about how to succeed at Kickstarter, and she should know: Her Fresh Romance anthology is funded at 150 percent of its original goal.

Interview: Michael Mitchell talks about Zombie Sub-920, which is about zombies on a submarine, and the small press, Mitchell Comics, he set up to publish it.

Interview: MIT alum Steve Altes, is working on a graphic novel inspired by MIT’s legendary pranks. He raised $40,000 on Kickstarter for the book, which will be titled Geeks and Greeks. 

Interview: Qatari cartoonist Ali Jaber dreams of someday starting his country’s first comics publisher or animation network. 

Interview: Roz Chast talks about the events that led to her graphic novel Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

News: The reason the Cartoon Art Museum is vacating its current location is familiar to San Franciscans, says curator Andrew Farago: “The price per square foot is going to more than double, and that’s just not viable for us. The landlords are giving us what considerations they can, but ultimately it’s a business decision.” The museum will remain open in its current location, on Mission Street, until June 28; a new venue has not been found yet.  

News: Paul Kaminski, Archie Comics’ executive director of editorial since 2012, has left the publisher to become an associate editor for DC Comics’ Superman Group. 

Reviews:  AJ Adejare on ApocalyptiGirl.  Johanna Draper Carlson on The Cartoon Introduction To Philosophy, Princess Decomposia And Count Spatula, Nutmeg Vol. 1, Food Wars: Shokugeki No Soma Vol. 5 and a prose romance set at SDCC.  Henry Chamberlain on The Realist.  Paul Constant on The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and BabbageSean Gaffney on Let's Dance A Waltz Vol. 1 and Yamada Kun And The Seven Witches Vol. 1. John Kane on various comics and even more various comics. Todd Klein on Citizen Of The Galaxy #1.

Christopher Nolan made me hate Comic Book Movies

Rachel Edidin has a lengthy and heartfelt essay on Playboy about Bobby Drake/Iceman of Marvel's X-Men being revealed as gay.  It seems like a strange venue for the article, but it's a good read.

Sizing Up The Superheroes of Television

Tom Spurgeon offers this brief analysis Summing Up DC's New 52 Endeavor.  I think he kind of nails it.  None of the reformulations were very interesting.  Aside from the Before Watchmen series, the whole endevor lacked ambition.  Most damning of all, DC pandered shamelessly to the video game generation.  Personally, I can testify that the New 52 was the last nail in my own interest in the DC comic universe.

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