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Sunday brunch: Links for 3-9 February 2013

For some reason, I didn’t find many links this week. I don’t know why – I looked at the usual suspects, but there just didn’t seem to be a ton of interesting stuff out in Internetland. Sorry! But there are some interesting links below the cut, if you’re so inclined to look.

COMICS.

Joseph Hughes writes about the lack of black writers at the Big Two. The comments section, predictably, goes haywire.

Eddie Campbell writes about pictures and words in comics and the relationship between the two. I hate to say this, but it’s not terribly original stuff, but Campbell does a very nice job distilling some original thoughts out of it. And he has a lot of experience, of course, so he can write knowledgeably about the subject.

OTHER STUFF.

They found Richard III? That’s awesome.

The Grammies are tonight (I won’t watch, because I don’t give a rat’s ass, but they’re still on!) and so we get:

A memo from CBS going over what people should wear. CBS is, of course, the network of old people, and they don’t want those geezers having a heart attack if Katy Perry shows a bit of skin.

Here, meanwhile, are 54 fun facts about every Best Album winner ever. Some of them are pretty keen.

LL Cool J is the host of the Grammies, so here are 8 LL Cool J songs everyone should listen to before they watch the Grammies. Who doesn’t love “Radio”?

This is an interesting article about why people hate Lena Dunham so much. It’s very weird – I don’t really give a shit that Dunham is getting paid 3 million dollars for a book, because idiotic book deals are the American Way, man! Why do people get angry about Dunham getting that but they don’t care about a utility infielder on a shitty baseball team getting 3 million a year to sit on the bench and strike out in pinch-hitting situations? I like Girls, but it’s just a show. Jesus, people, let it go.

THE MOST AMAZING THING YOU WILL EVER SEE.

If you haven’t met Kai yet, meet him now. He just might be the greatest human being ever. Wait for the quote: “Smash! Smash! Smaaaaaassshhhhh!” There is, of course, an autotuned mix of the interview, with some Stephen Colbert commentary tacked on in the same post. Holy crap, it’s awesome.

Again, I apologize for the brevity of this week’s post. I hope Kai makes up for it, though! Have a nice day, and remember: The Walking Dead is back tonight. I still haven’t watched the first part of Season Three, because I’m going to DVR the entire thing and watch them all in a row. That’s just how I roll!

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I like it when comments’ sections go haywire. I’ve brought some hay, Travis will bring some wire, and we’ll be talking politics in no time.

I don’t watch Grammies too, but I like to know they are on. I fear it might be a fetish.

I like Lena Dunham, because she seems to be a nice person, but I occasionally like to pout about Gaiman, because I read he gets one million dollars for writing them children’s books. Get your own Gaiman, children!

Have a nice day too, Greg!

I don’t watch a lot of TV, so I’ve only tangentially heard of Girls. It seems like a show I might watch just from reading that linked article. It’s funny that you posted that having seen the fits that people worked themselves in to this past week over Claremont and Bendis. I’ve never fully understood writer hate. Why get so upset about stuff when there are a thousand other things to be enjoyed?

Of course, I do hate stuff. That’s just natural. Most of my hate has to do with sports, however. Arbitrary regional affiliations, yo!

Regarding the backlash against Lena Dunham, the article to which you linked, and this line in particular:

But it really seems like a lot of the hatred directed toward Dunham is coded language for: Why does this 26-year-old have a book deal and a hit show AND I DON’T?!

It can be frustrating when people, who are younger than you are, are more successful than you are, especially when you can’t fathom the reason for their success. And, if you happen to be working in the same field (or have the desire to work in the same field), well, it’s all the more irksome. You feel like you’ve been toiling away and paying your dues, when, out of nowhere, comes this upstart who steals the spotlight.

I’m sure there are a bunch of comics fans, aspiring creators, and established creators who’re ticked that Ales Kot, who, like Dunham, is only 26, has not only broken in at Image but was just named as the new writer of Suicide Squad.

Heck, there were probably people upset over Matt Seneca’s meteoric rise to the top of the comics critics’ blogosphere.

People love an underdog, not a wunderkind.

I misunderstood the headlines about the awards. I saw something about “Grammy Dresses” and thought, I know what granny glasses are, what the heck is a “grammy dress”?

Yeah, I totally know why people get peeved about Dunham’s success, but man, that’s just petty. As you get older, there’s going to be a lot more people younger than you are who are having success, and to begrudge them that because you haven’t broken in is ridiculous. I get that there’s an element of “What has this person really done?” that comes with it – I honestly feel that way about Ales Kot, who’s certainly talented but has also done very little in comics – but I don’t hate him for all his success. More power to him – and people like Dunham – I say. The problem is, of course, that people tend not be rational about things. So instead of legitimately criticizing something like Girls – which, although I like it, has its issues – they simply rant about how Dunham doesn’t “deserve” it. That’s just dumb.

cich: I do like “Get your own Gaiman, children!” That’s a fine slogan!

I saw a great picture the other day. It was of Stan Lee holding a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 captioned “Stan Lee was 40 when he created Spider-Man. It’s never too late to do something amazing and chase your dreams.”

Ian A. said:

And, if you happen to be working in the same field (or have the desire to work in the same field), well, it’s all the more irksome. You feel like you’ve been toiling away and paying your dues, when, out of nowhere, comes this upstart who steals the spotlight.

I cannot tell you how much I hate this. People are so shortsighted, they honestly think that people who are “overnight successes” actually came up overnight.

Being somewhat in the music scene (I wanted to say industry, I’m just not that good though), I’ve seen so much anger directed at the Idol shows, boy bands, all that jazz (no pun intended… or was there?), saying that these people haven’t worked for their success, that’s it’s a shortcut. Such a load of jealousy. You may not have seen them pay their dues, but for the most part (there are some amazing stories of people coming out of nowhere), these people have been practicing, honing their craft and working for years as well.

People are just petty and jealous, and ignore the work others put in becuase they don’t see it.

Here to bring some wire, or something…

I’m not totally sure, but I don’t think the plural of Grammy is Grammies, but Grammys.

I’m more puzzled than pissed regarding Lena Dunham’s success — and I keep confusing her with the lady in 300. Anything I’ve read of Girls makes it sound incredibly depressing. But I also read an article where it pointed out that she’s got (semi) famous parents (they’re in the art world, I think, but still ;) ). And I don’t know what my point is there.

But yeah, people younger than me having success is irritating. I said it. It’s a good thing Change is so freakin’ weird and good that I can’t quite hate on Kot. Yet.

Walking Dead’s gotten pretty damn good this season. I was torn on continuing with the show since I’d only watched the first 2 eps from this season, but then I caught up with it this past week or so, and I’m really interested now.

Just don’t read anything Kelly writes about it, she’ll spoil the hell out of it for you! ;)

Having just read the article on the lack of black writers, I’m also wondering why this isn’t an issue with many. I’m not advocating affirmative action, but the companies should certainly be looking a little harder for people outside of the white male ranks.

That said, I have no idea how many black people actuall read super books let alone want to write them.

Oz, that’s a good point. Overnight success stories are very rarely actual overnight success stories. I’d be surprised if Ales Kot (to keep using him as a convenient example) wasn’t sitting on a bunch of unused pitches, scripts in various stages of development, and mini-comics.

P. Boz, Marc Bernardin, who has written a bit for DC, weighs in here. He floats the idea of comics companies adapting the Rooney rule:

One of the few things that the NFL has done right in the last 20 years is institute the Rooney rule, which stipulates that when hiring new head coaches, teams have to interview a minority candidate. Not hire, just interview. They have to make the effort to NOT just call the dozen people they already know. Sometimes you get a guy who’s just fine, sometimes you get a waste of space, sometimes you get a dude who wins you a Super Bowl. Sometimes you hire that same guy you were gonna hire anyway.

I guess when I bring wire, it moderates my comment. Or else I use too many smileys!

Ian A, I was actually thinking the Rooney rule as I was making my post. Why not give it a whirl?

Dalarsco: I saw that picture too. Of course, Lee didn’t exactly create Spider-Man by himself, but it’s still a good sentiment!

Oz: Yeah, that’s a good point, too. I was just reading an article in our local paper about Fun. (which is nominated for Best New Artist even though this is their second album?) because the lead singer grew up in a suburb of Phoenix, and he’s been working for years, but they only got big this year. This is his third band, and the other two had some success locally and a bit nationally, but nothing like they’re experiencing now.

Travis: I had to approve your comment! I don’t know why it happens – sometimes my own comments on my own posts need to be approved!

Girls isn’t depressing at all. If anything, it’s infuriating, because the characters can act so very dumb, but that’s partly why it’s good – Dunham is totally unafraid to have her characters act like idiots.

The issue of black creators is a tough one. I think comics would do well with much greater diversity, but yeah, it’s hard to get that without making it feel forced. A “Rooney Rule” situation isn’t all that terrible, because like the NFL, it’s so easy for editors to work with people they know, whether they’re all that talented or not. I imagine editors have a lot of options to choose from, and perhaps they just think, “I’ll go with that guy, because I know his stuff.” Of course, much like the NFL, it gets back to not having a lot of diversity in the positions to make hires, but that’s a whole different ball of wax!

“You feel like you’ve been toiling away and paying your dues, when, out of nowhere, comes this upstart who steals the spotlight.”

“Steals”? I don’t see your fuckin’ name on it.

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