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September 2023

Interview with Will Eisner Hall of Famer Diana SchutzThe Comics Journal

Schutz was at Comico and Dark Horse as editor in chief and started up the Maverick line. Over the years she worked with Frank Miller, Eddie Campbell, Matt Wagner, Harvey Pekar and others.


It is being said online that the new Disney Snow White movie production spending has cleared $300 million

...which means the chances it makes money vs loses money is becoming more likely with each passing day, and that $300 million number doesn't include the cost of the marketing campaign that will kick into gear to tell the public the film is coming out into theatres on March 22, 2024.

But that big number doesn't apparently match what's been spent on making The Marvels, which as of the end of 2022 had cost $275 million, and obviously doesn't include money spent on reshoots or CGI during 2023, which could be as much as another $60 million or even more, and again doesn't include a marketing campaign. The first Captain Marvel in 2019 made $1,129,576,094 billion and some places say that translated into a net profit of $400 million for Disney, against a production budget of $152 million (rule of thumb on movie earnings is that approximately half of earnings are retained by the theaters themselves).


Kevin Smith comics collection coming to auctionTap Into MSN

Bodnar's Auction – September 27, 2023 Tuesday 10:00 am-4:00 pm


Newspaper reshuffling comics section guided by reader inputYahoo News

On Oct. 2, the El Paso Times and elpasotimes.com will roll out a fresh lineup of daily and Sunday comics. The new comic offers are launching across the larger USA TODAY Network. ...Our comics' page remodel was influenced by seeking fresh input from our audience. We took the time to survey our readers and acted upon what we learned.


Marvel bringing back Ultimate Marvel titlesGizmodo MSN


Kevin Eastman sees more comic book movies coming but less to do with DC/Marvel

Story at UK Yahoo


The Archies Netflix adaptation and nostalgic within IndiaBBC News

By the time the comic became popular in India, it had gone out of fashion in America. Comics were popular in US in the 1950s and 60s - in fact, Archie made his debut in December 1941 - but sales began dropping towards the end of the century. Publishers have tried to reinvent Archie Comics by adding diverse characters, including the first gay character; exploring darker plotlines tied to current issues like gun control, body shaming, recession and even the challenges of sustaining long-term relationships like marriage... Indian fans appear to be torn over these new offerings. Some like Reneysh Vittal say they miss the playfulness and simplicity of the older Archie Comics. "Our generation was lucky enough to experience life just before the internet took over and for me, Archie Comics will always represent that pre-internet age of innocence," he says.


The worst box office weekend of 2023?

Story at Yahoo

Expend4bles sequel comes in right behind The Nun II with pretty weak numbers.


The Batman books scheduled for the rest of 2023 into 2024Gamesradar

DC's publishing a lot of coming Dark Knight stuff.


Fremont California Comic Book Store celebrating National Comic Book DayYahoo News


How did comic books become "classics"? New Yorker

"A classic can only occur when a civilization is mature," one dead white man, T. S. Eliot, intoned in 1944. "It must be the work of a mature mind." Penguin’s first Classic, published in 1946, was E. V. Rieu’s influential prose translation of the Odyssey. How did Iron Man and Wolverine come to occupy the same shelf as Odysseus and Elizabeth Bennet?

A "classic" is a term used a lot for various things, such as saying "that joke is a classic!" or "that car is a classic" and so on. The English word 'classic' is derived from the Latin word 'classicus,' which means a designation of the highest order of elite citizens in ancient Rome.

Are those Marvel comics being reprinted by Random House classics? As Marvel comics they certainly are, and in general as examples of the comic book superhero arts, they are. Also, they are reprinted well on good paper and the Random House production artists did something that the DC and Marvel book designers of the past typically ignored: Random House didn't place the pages in a way that their edges disappear down into the binding at the center of the book such that to look at the entire printed page you have to almost, or literally, crack the binding apart.


James Gunn to utilize Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb for his Superman Legacy project?Yahoo News


Artist Thomas Scioli talks about the I Am Stan book project about Stan Lee

Story at CBS News

Heres the Penguin Random House publishing company page on the book (incidentally, this is the same company that does Marvel comics reprint collections.)

The first graphic novel biography of the legendary Stan Lee, co-creator of many of Marvel’s beloved superheroes, from Eisner-nominated comics creator Tom Scioli.


Pofile of Justin Green and Carol TylerWashington Post MSN


New Flash #1 is "Cosmic Horror" Gamesradar

Interview with new Flash writer Si Spurrier

The new run offers a very different take on DC's most famous speedster, one that tilts Wally West and his family and friends into darker, more dangerous "cosmic horror" territory.


Costs on Disney's new reversion of Snow White production piling up higher, and higherBounding into Comics


Preview of the new DC Power Girl comic #1Flickering Myth - preview shows 4 covers and 5 pages from the new book.


Worlds Finest #20 reconnects to the 1996 Kingdom ComeMSN Superhero Hype


New Batman podcast will feature Colman Domingo as BatsYahoo News


Marvel is doing a new prequel Planet of the Apes comic

Story at MSN Superhero Hype


Tim Burton did not like how Warners used his past Superman and Batman work in The Flash movieMSN Looper


Review: Brave and the Bold #131, DC Comics December 1976

A ruthless Catwoman takes on Wonder Woman and Batman while trying to sell off the blueprints to a high-tech cryptographic machine to the renegade terrorist state of Sudaria. Review of Take Seven Steps to... Wipe-Out!


Secret Wars a soft "reboot" of MCU?Bounding into Comics


Chris Evans to again be Captain America?Screenrant


Greg Capullo covers for Moon Knight

Story at Yahoo News



Ranking the BatmobilesFanside MSN

Hardly any surprises here in the list but they do include the Corvette C7 version from the Batwoman TV show.


Your VHS collection (probably) isn't worth thousands of dollarsComicbook


Forbes Magazine asks: Who is worse off under Disney management: the Marvel franchise or the Star Wars franchise?Forbes

They left out Pixar.


Accusation that rebooting Daredevil TV show is Disney's way of renegotiating contracts in their favorBounding into Comics


DC denies Bill Willingham can put Fables into Public DomainIGN


Barbie slips past Avengers for domestic box earningsPeople MSN


90's Captain America redesign "exactly how his haters imagine him"

Story at Screenrant


Oppenheimer closes in on $1 billionScreenrant


Rare British comic book art was found being used as dartboardUK The Guardian


Rare batch of 80 year old comic books found in a feed store in Pennsylvania go up for auction

Story at CBS News


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