ARCHIVE PAGE 94 - December 2011

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Fred Ray art - Superman #10 Cover Art

Superman #10 Cover art by Fred Ray

May-June 1941 Issue. Fred Ray inks. More original run 1939 classic Superman covers.


International Comics Poll

The web site Hooded Utilitarian asked a number of people: comic pros, academics, etc., for nominations of the best international comics, and the compiled list from some 200+ responses is at their web site here. Here's the top ten:

1. Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz
2. Krazy Kat, George Herriman
3. Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
4. Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
5. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Art Spiegelman
6. Little Nemo in Slumberland, Winsor McCay
7. The Locas Stories, Jaime Hernandez
8. Pogo, Walt Kelly
9. MAD #1-28, Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder, Wallace Wood, Jack Davis, et al.
10.The Fantastic Four, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, with Joe Sinnott, et al.

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Walt Kelly Pogo

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Calling Batgirl

July 28, 2011 Update: The cosplayer dressed as the Stephanie Brown Batgirl was interviewed about the incidents at the DC Comics panel at the San Diego ComicCon. The DC Women Kicking Ass site has the interview with "Kyrax2, the Batgirl woman." Here's a brief excerpt:

"The room became extraordinarily hostile to me very, very quickly. People started booing and yelling at me to sit down. I shrugged and said, “Well, now I’m going to get yelled at.” I wasn’t upset so much as I was *confused*. Didn’t these people want to see more kick-ass women? If they loved these characters so much, why were they getting angry at me for asking DC why there weren’t more of them? "

July 24, 2011:

"Gail Simone, DC Comics staff writer, would like to meet the Batgirl cosplayer who has been attending DC Comics panels at San Diego Comic Con & asking questions about female representation in books & staff. This woman has been condescended to & dismissed by the (male) DC staff she has been speaking to.

If you know this Batgirl or know someone who knows this Batgirl, please try and make sure this message gets to her! Gail is at Comic Con until Sunday night."

Source: clownyprincess.tumblr

Related: Interesting comment at the Gailsimone twitter account: "Anyone who can't see that the female fan base is growing is just not reading the Internet or going to conventions."

More about this at tumblr


Batgirl Sneak Peak

Batgirl Sneak Peak

More Batgirl


2011 Ignatz Award Nominees announced

Ignatz  Awards

See the whole list of nominees here.


DC Comics faces backlash

UPDATE AUG 16, 2011: A brief article at Sequential Art covers the relaunch of Batgirl (out of the wheelchair) and the general distrust from female fandom toward DC Comics. Here's the intro to the piece by Erin Elizabeth Fraser:

"Since DC Comics announced their massive re-launch, every editorial decision has received scrutiny in some form or another, but none has attracted more attention and outrage than the decision to return Barbara Gordon to the role of Batgirl. The news that Babs is donning the cowl once again and moreover, walking, after years of being confined to a wheelchair, has been met with a massive outcry for what this could potentially signal for diversity in the DC Universe. Many female fans feel especially betrayed at the changes to one of their most beloved characters. When taking into account the overall lack of female creators working on the relaunch (two in total including new Batgirl scribe Gail Simone), one gets the impression that women readers and their concerns were the furthest thing from the minds of DC editorial when designing "The New 52." "

July 2011: Because of events at the San Diego Comicon, and the reduction in the number of females doing work for DC Comics with the major revamping of the DC line come September 1, and on top of that the (at least perceived) illegitimate alterations made to many female heroes in the DC Comics stable, I have been seeing quite a few harsh comments to the effect that DC Comics (and Dan Didio, the publisher and head honcho) as being clearly anti-woman. For example, from fempop.com ("DC Comics promises they don't hate women: Their actions suggest otherwise")

"...San Diego Comic Con is also about comics! It’s where the most prestigious award in comics is handed out each year (the Eisner) and where loads of comic book publishers show up to talk about the crazy things they’ll be doing in their books for the next year. Like DC Comics. They’re rebooting their ENTIRE UNIVERSE. More than 70 years of comic book history will be obliterated in August so that DC can start all over and hopefully bringing in new comic fans who were put off by the dense history.

But they only want guys reading their comics. Because folks, DC totally hates women now. That’s not even a joke. "


Wonder Woman index updated

Wonder Woman #1 Cover Cliff Chiang

[Above: Cliff Chiang artwork from Wonder Woman #1, November cover date, 2011 DC Comics.]

See more Cliff Chiang Wonder Woman from issue #8

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Publisher's Weekly takes on DC Comics New 52

The publishing world 'bible' Publishers Weekly takes on DC Comics new relaunch effort, with very mixed results, judging from the groaning tone of the review after the writers (Kate Fitzsimons, Heidi MacDonald and Calvin Reid) have read through a few of the new comics.

For example, Heidi MacDonald's take on the new Batman and Robin: "...this is one seriously messed up book. Tomasi and Gleason pick up where Grant Morrison and various collaborators left off on the previous version of this book, and do a sound job channeling Morrison’s creepy take. Here Batman is determined to ditch some of his gloomiest baggage, vowing to celebrate his parent’s wedding anniversary instead of their death date. Damian, Batman’s young son (acquired by methods not mentioned in this first issue), has taken over the Robin/sidekick role, with a love of bloodshed and criminal-thumping that’s quite alarming."

Read entire review at Publishers Weekly

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Top Ten Selling Graphic Novels Aug 2011

  1. SERENITY: BETTER DAYS & OTHER STORIES
  2. STAR WARS ADVENTURES: CHEWBACCA AND THE SLAVERS OF THE SHADOWLAND
  3. WE3 DELUXE EDITION
  4. B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH VOLUME 1: NEW WORLD
  5. BATMAN: MAD LOVE AND OTHER STORIES
  6. FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN VOLUME 1
  7. THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 14: NO WAY OUT
  8. THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 1: DAYS GONE BYE
  9. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
  10. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOLUME 6: STARK RESILIENT 2

List based on Diamond Distributers


Chess

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2011 Harvey Award winners, Baltimore Comicon Aug 20-21, 2011

Winners List and Nominees

666 - Mark of the best selling Marvel Comic for July 2012

Top Selling Marvel Comics in July 2012

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1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #666: 135,568 copies

2. CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (would have been #619 under old numbering): 96,926 copies

3. FEAR ITSELF #4: 93,435 copies

4. DAREDEVIL #1 (another start-over): 64,866 copies

5. THE AVENGERS #15: 62,580 copies

Saw the list at Heidi McDonald's Comics Beat here


Harvey Kurtzman Mad #1

Kurtzman Mad Magazine issue 1

More EC Comics

More Harvey Kurtzman

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Der Wahre Jacob

Political satire circa 1907, from Germany

Der Wahre Jacob 1

Der Wahre Jacob 2


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