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Superhero comics versus superhero movies: Why does one get a bigger audience than the other?

02-24-2013 03;29;31PM (2)

A few weeks ago I got into a bit of an argument in the comments section for my latest “Flippin’ through Previews” post. After it had played out, I thought the kernel of the argument would make an interesting post about the prevalence of superhero movies even as superhero comics are still ghetto-ized. Yes, it’s another post where I postulate. I can postulate with the best of ‘em, I reckon!
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A few spoiler-filled questions about The Dark Knight Rises, with spoilers!

Yes, I’m probably the last comic book fan on the planet to see this movie, but I did yesterday, and I have questions! So, yeah, SPOILERS ahead. I’m totally serious, here, people!
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You know you’re a comic book nerd …

When the first thing you notice and the only reason you buy a CD is because you can recognize Jamie McKelvie’s artwork almost from across the record store:

Dang, McKelvie rocks

It’s not a bad CD, either. It’s very “English,” and the lead singer doesn’t have the greatest voice (not that that’s every stopped great bands from existing, I know), but the lyrics are pretty keen and the music is good, so there’s that. But yes, I bought a CD strictly because of the cover art. I didn’t know McKelvie was doing the artwork for it (he’s been promoting it on his tumblr, but I didn’t see it), but it was enough to get me to buy the recording! Yay, comic book artists!

ESPN + Superheroes … How will Marvel marketing screw this up?

If you haven’t seen or heard about the NBA preview in ESPN The Magazine (the world’s most idiotically-named magazine!), it features various Marvel artists blending various Marvel characters with various NBA players. It’s, frankly, pretty goddamned cool. And I’m sure Marvel will see absolutely no bump in comics sales from it, because they’re, well, a comic book company. Oh well. Let’s check out some of the images, saving the absolute meanest for last!
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New comic strip by A. David Lewis!

A. David Lewis, the writer of last year’s best graphic novel, Some New Kind of Slaughter, has a nifty new webcomic strip running in The Boston Phoenix. It’s called Brave Play, and it’s drawn by Matt Roscetti. It takes place over the course of the 1948 baseball season (it began running just when the season began) and is about certain teams manipulating Native American spirits to benefit their clubs. So far we’ve seen a few spooky things, the introduction of the main characters, and some machinations of the plot. Lewis, presumably, chose 1948 for at least two reasons I can think of: It was the year after Jackie Robinson integrated baseball (the first few strips deal with the Negro Leagues) and 1948 was the year the Cleveland Indians won their last World Series, beating the Boston Braves. Twenty-four strips have been published as of this afternoon, but each are 3-4 panels and you can get caught up fairly quickly. Lewis is a fine writer, and there’s already a lot going on in the strip, both plot-wise and metaphysical-wise (baseball always seems to bring out the romantic nature of writers). Roscetti’s art is rough but works pretty well for the rough-and-tumble days of the late 1940s. I encourage you to go check it out!

The political leanings of superhero comics … revealed!

No, this isn’t another post about Captain America #602. It’s partly inspired by that, but it’s much more far-reaching than that. You recall that every once in a while I like to generalize about comics in such a way that it sends people into paroxysms of rage? Well, here’s another one of those posts! They’re always fun, aren’t they?
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Stupid reviewers think big fun summer action movies are stupid!

Paramount won’t screen G. I. Joe for critics.

Usually, this means the movie sucks and has a built-in audience anyway, so who cares what those stupid reviewers think? This, according to the story, is an odder move, as this is the final big-time action movie of the summer. It’s not surprising based on the critical reaction to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which apparently causes brain aneurysms to explode but is still in the top ten of highest-grossing movies of all time. So why screen G. I. Joe for critics when it’s going to get trashed anyway and will probably still make a boaload of money?
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More interesting auction news!

Action Comics #1 sells for $317,200. Apparently, it’s the first appearance of some dude named “Superman.” Man, what a dumb name. Why couldn’t he have been called something cool like “Amokk” or “Vibraxis” or “Mammon” or “Zapatak” or “Logix” or “Ripclaw” or “Armata” or “Softcore” or “Slog” or “Devlor” or “Wipeout”?* That would have been much neater.

According to the news story, the winning bid was submitted by the drummer for System of a Down. That’s odd. He bought it for an unidentified client. There are only about 100 copies of this comic (so it couldn’t be that cool, right?), and the dude who sold it bought it in 1950 for 35 cents. That’s a handy return on your investment.

Man, I can’t wait to auction off my issues of X-Men #1 by Claremont and Lee (yes, plural). If this crappy comic is worth 300 large, think of how much an awesome book like X-Men #1 is worth!

CSBG: Your source for comics auction news! I swear, I’m not looking for these – I just happen across them!

* Note: These are all actual names of characters who have appeared in comics. And they’re all cooler than stupid Superman!

The National Basketball Association = scans_daily?

The NBA has cancelled plans to release a “Krypto-Nate” T-shirt after DC complained about stupid copyright infringement. After this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend, during which wee Nate Robinson leaped over Dwight Howard to win the slam-dunk contest (Howard was wearing a Superman cape, like he did last year, and Robinson was wearing a green Knicks jersey and using a green ball), the NBA planned to release green T-shirts with “Krypto-Nate” written across the back:

Yeah, well, DC put the kibosh on that right quick. Actually, they didn’t really put the squeeze on the NBA, they just pointed out that, as Superman and Superman-related stuff (such as Kryptonite) belongs to them (but for how much longer?????), they should get a piece of the action. The NBA decided to kill the shirt instead.

I heard about this on Pardon the Interruption this afternoon, where Michael Wilbon ripped DC for giving up the free publicity this would garner them. Hmmm … that sounds familiar! How dare DC exercise its property rights? Don’t they know that everyone who buys a Krypto-Nate T-shirt would immediately rush out to buy DC comics? It’s marketing gold, baby!

300 Online Press Events Are Good

The 300 online press event Warner Bros organized Friday, which was hosted by Second Life, went quite well, as director Zach Synder, writer Frank Miller and actors Gerard Butler, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro engaged in an extensive audio chat, answering questions presented by the online bloggers and podcasters who were there. For your convenience, I broke down the information I gathered at the event into a category for each person (plus an additional one for Watchmen info, which was a popular question topic), so if you’re only interested in reading about Frank Miller, then you can just read his category.

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