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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 26 May – 1 June 2013

After a week off, we’re back!

COMICS!

You may have seen this floating around different web sites this week, but if you haven’t, here’s Francesco Francavilla’s “tinkering” with a “1972 Batman” concept. If DC doesn’t hate money, they should probably get on with publishing this.

Tom Spurgeon shares his 170+ tips for attending Comicon. PHEW! I’m probably skipping SDCC again this year, but that’s a pretty comprehensive list if you’re attending.

So I guess the big news this week is that Zenith is getting collected. Here’s the problem, though – it appears that Rebellion doesn’t have the permission or blessing (depending on who you believes owns it) of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell, and they’re printing it in what seems like an underhanded fashion. I’d love to read Zenith, but I think I’ll skip this version until they can come to some agreement with the actual creators.

In the “sort-of” comics category, Kelly Thompson writes about fictional dealbreakers, including her personal experience with Wonder Woman #7. It’s an interesting thing to think about.

This is a nice piece about Karen Berger and Vertigo, and of course they get a quote from Dan DiDio, which led to this very good response to said quote.

Robot 6 links to this article about changing the newspaper comics page. It’s funny because it’s so very, very sad.

I’m not completely sure if working in comics is like dating, but that’s still a pretty funny post. Everyone wants to be Chloe Moretz!

I don’t always think Tucker Stone is that funny, but he can be, and this week, he and Abhay turn “Comics of the Weak” into Comics Alliance, and the results are glorious, because they nail it.

Do cover blurbs matter? I understand the argument here, but I still don’t think they matter, because I’m not sure I trust them. It’s cool to get good ones, though!

Chris Sims writes about Uncanny X-Men #183. If you remember UXM #183, you’ll know why this is a perfect issue for Chris Sims to write about, and he does a wonderful job with it. He believes that this would never be published today, and I agree, but for completely different reasons.

POLITICAL and SOCIAL ISSUES!

Hey, look, yet another man claims that rape is legitimate if the woman doesn’t take the correct precautions. I really feel like I need to apologize for being a man at least once a week, because men say some pretty stupid things quite often.

So the CEO of McDonald’s actually told a young girl who asked him a question that McDonald’s doesn’t sell junk food. Yes, he really did. Here’s a breakdown of the many lies contained in his very short answer.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the meltdown certain Fox News commentators had when they found out that the percentage of female breadwinners keeps going up. Here’s the original broadcast with all the hand-wringing by, it should be noted, four men. One of them, Erick Erickson, clarified what he meant, which probably made it worse. Others, of course, wrote about the idiocy of these men, but the most glorious response was Fox’s own Megyn Kelly, who tore into Lou Dobbs and Erickson on her own show. Kelly’s an interesting case study in why I’m not a conservative – she is fiercely devoted to women’s issues, because she’s a woman. Conservatives – at least the conservatives who end up in politics or bloviate on Fox News – seem to possess empathy only about those things that affect them personally. So if some angry conservative has a gay son, suddenly he doesn’t think gay marriage is too bad. Kelly is a woman, so she’s very aggressive about making women’s issues. Liberals might not be any more compassionate than conservatives, but at least they try to express empathy for people who aren’t exactly like they are. Why shouldn’t we care about discrimination even if we ourselves aren’t discriminated against?

Here’s a story about a man who killed his wife’s lover and was acquitted. Why? One important detail: the incident took place in Florida. ‘NUFF SAID!

I hope you’ve heard about the interracial Cheerios commercial and the asshats who are objecting to it. Racists of the world, stand up and be counted so we may mock you!

GENERAL COOL STUFF!

Animals you didn’t know existed. I actually knew three of the animals on the list, which at least made me believe the others weren’t made up, because some of them are freaky.

Poor Zosia Mamet! You must feel pity!!!!

Well, that’s all for this week. Have a great day, everyone. It’s June – let’s celebrate!

10 Comments

It should be noted that Mr. Francavilla has added Joker ’72 to the list, and it may be my favorite one yet. Please DC, MAKE THIS BOOK HAPPEN.

I always try to find nutrition facts online before I eat anywhere. Based on my findings, I would say people are much better off eating at McDonalds than most other fast food places or chain restaurants, especially other burger joints. The net effect of the movie Supersize Me was positive, in that it compelled the chains to make nutrition facts available to the public, but citing that film as if it were an academic source is a bit like citing Cousin Bubba with the white hood in a report on the effects of desegregation.

Deal breaker: the idiotic and mean spirited battle of egos between Peter David and most of the original Image crew. His, and (some of) theirs were the last comics I was reading when I entered college. I let myself get caught up in their letter page mud slinging and it just turned me off from the medium for a long time. I still hardly pick anything up w/ David or Larsen on the credits, despite being a fan of both.
Just made the whole scene look like children–and this is an industry built on childish action.

“I really feel like I need to apologize for being a man at least once a week”

Yeah, don’t do this.

I live too close to Florida.

Actually saw a Fossa at the zoo last weekend. First I’d ever heard of it, and man, I would not want that thing chasing after me. It wasn’t doing anything other than just laying in the shade, but it just looks mean.

The Raccoon Dog, or Tanuki, has managed to escape extinction thanks to the adaptive mechanism of turning to stone upon pressing Down and B.

I never really back people who love to criticize the fast food industry. Yeah, the CEO of McDonald’s was misleading in his responses, but does anybody really think that most of the food they sell there is healthy? If you want a fucking apple, go buy an apple. Let the people who want a cheap burger every once in a while get their cheap burger. Also, having a 9-year-old ask questions like that is just as disingenuous. Does the kid really give a shit about what she’s eating? Or is that her parents feeding her lines (along with an insufferably researched diet)?

Also, thanks Internet racists! Where would YouTube be without you?

Travis Pelkie

June 8, 2013 at 6:01 pm

I forgot about my Zenith theory, so here goes:

I’m wondering if this is a gambit by Rebellion to see if Morrison and Yeowell will come to an agreement. Like, when this goes on sale and it sells out really quickly, Rebellion will have 100,000 pounds in their coffers, and they’ll say, hey, GMozz, this is how much demand there is, and I bet we had to turn away more. Come to an agreement?

And then those copies of the trades that were supposed to have been out (and pulped) will show up from the warehouse they’re in (or wherever) and they’ll finally be able to sell those.

This way Rebellion makes GMozz and Yeowell look like dicks if they fight it (you’re keeping a book away from the public!), raises a slick batch of cash if there’s any ensuing legal battle, and shows Mozzer and Yeowell that people want the book, so come to an agreement! Worst case, it goes to court, Morrison and Yeowell win, Rebellion refunds people’s money, but GMozz and Yeowell can take the book to someone else who will publish it.

Whichever way it goes, I think we’ll get an affordable Zenith collection before we get Miracle/Marvelman collected.

Travis: That’s not a bad idea, and it would be nice if that’s what’s happening here. I did read something by someone who seems to know what they’re talking about that Morrison doesn’t have a leg to stand on, and I’ll have to see if that’s true, because it would make me feel better about ordering it. Right now, I’ll probably skip it, but I might change my mind.

Stuff like this is annoying. Ownership should be clearer, damn it!

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