Friday, June 5, 2015

Comic Round-Up: June 5, 2015

"Avengers Vs. Justice League" by Ben Keen

Event: Ash Maczko and Ashley Witter, the writer and artist of the hit book SQUARRIORS at Aw Yeah Comics in Muncie, IN on Saturday June 27, 2015 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM! Squarriors #3 will be available along with #1 and #2. They will also have prints and original art for sale. PLUS – they will be raffling off a page of original art from an issue of Squarriors! RSVP on Facebook!

Event: The Fraim Brothers will appear at Steve’s Comic Relief in Levittown, PA on Saturday June 6th from noon till 2:00 PM to sign from Action Lab Entertainment! RSVP on Facebook!

Interview: Ilan Stavans interviews Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Interview: J. Caleb Mozzocco interviews Jillian Tamaki about her new book SuperMutant Magic Academy.

Interview: Maureen Donovan, Japanese Studies librarian for the Ohio State University Libraries, talks about her 37 years at the library, during which she amassed a manga collection that now numbers more than 20,000 items.

Interview: Warner Bros’ film chief talks about how DC will compete with Marvel. Plus, here’s the latest synopsis for Aquaman!

News: Age Of Ultron becomes 5th film in history to cross $900M

Previews: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1

Reviews: Richard Bruton on The King In Yellow and Dirty Rotten Comics Vol. 4.   Johanna Draper Carlson on What Did You Eat Yesterday Vols. 7-8 and Apartment Hunting.  Rob Clough on a bunch of comics.  Sean Gaffney on Emma Vol. 1.  Grant Goggans on Phoebe And Her Unicorn and ABC Warriors: Return To Mars.  Joe Gordon on Resident Alien Vol. 1.  Alex Hoffman on Lovers Only #1 and Flocks.  J. Caleb Mozzocco on A-Force #1.  Paul O'Brien on Storm Vol. 2.  Andy Oliver on The Man Called Uncle Tim #2.  Jerry Smith on Avengers Epic Collection Vol. 1. The Secret History Of Wonder Woman.

5 Allies We Want to See Stand with Jim Gordon in "Gotham" Season 2

Artist John Green shows how a page of his comic Teen Boat (written by Dave Roman) goes from script through thumbnail, pencils, inks, and final colors in a single GIF.

Does Marvel’s all-female A-Force herald a more inclusive era of comics? We’re getting animated Kamala Khan, so that’s a big deal!

Examining Joss Whedon's binned superhero films. Den of Geek looks at Joss's unmade comic genre films.

An interdisciplinary class at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center has created an interactive graphic novel, Decisions That Matter, designed to help students react better in situations where another person may be in danger of sexual assault — basically, a guide to bystander intervention.

Martin Freeman connects Avengers: Age of Ultron with Captain America: Civil War.

The Re-Masculation of Cyborg asserts that DC Comics may be correcting the problems that blogger Robert Jones Jr. identified in his essay Humanity Not Included: DC’s Cyborg and the Mechanization of the Black Body. "Cyborg isn’t just an emasculated man, but an emasculated black man, and as one of comics’ higher profile black superheroes — starring in his own movie in distant 2020 — the unspoken fact of his castration is demeaning. The racist narrative of black man as sexual threat is served by the idea of a character who is rendered heroic in the same event that symbolically renders him sexually unthreatening.

Rob Salkowitz writes about copyright, fair use and appropriation in three different circumstances: lightly changing someone’s work and selling it as your own art, fan art at conventions, and putting comics art on bumper stickers and other objects without permission.

Some genre fans are apparently freaking out a bit about a change/addition in Star Wars story canon that's coming out of a Marvel comic. We don't know if it will stick, but I guess it's sort of interesting if true and those stories are important to you.

Tintin is very resilient, which is a big part of the character's appeal and resonance.

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