MidWeek LinkBlogging

I’m not going to get a chance to talk about Mr. Big any time soon, so here’s Dave Carter’s review, which I agree with.

Ditto for Chris Butcher’s Casanova review. Amazing writing, there, tackling a wonderful, mind-blowing series that’s doing something really different.

On the other hand, there’s Newsarama’s interview with Jamie Rich, in which Benjamin Ong Pang Kean seems to want to spend more time dragging out old-fashioned canards about romance comics than engaging the ostensible subject of the piece. I want to know what Jamie thinks, not the interviewer. It gets worse in the comments, where someone starts in with racist comments about “non-Asians who draw manga”.

Let’s get back to the professionals. Tom Brevoort is sharing the story of how he started at Marvel with tales of his intern days. Be sure to click the left-column link labeled “Captain America story submission”. (KC, that’s for you.) It’s an early example of meta-comics. I also got a hoot out of seeing that old-style dot-matrix printing.

Last, Dan Vado shares lessons learned from their Disney license. It doesn’t sound promising for those titles:

The Disney thing (as I call it) has not been what one might call a success for us. While the comics have sold better than the rest of our line (for the most part) the sales have not justified the amount of time, money and effort that has gone into these projects. ON top of that, I made some bad contractual decisions that are coming back to haunt me. Lesson learned, just as you should never get into a land war in Asia, you should also never make a deal with Disney that involves creating original content with their properties. If you have ever wondered, as I once did, why there were not more comics based on Disney’s vast array of properties, well that’s why.

9 Responses to “MidWeek LinkBlogging”

  1. Justin Says:

    Oh no! I love Gargoyles, I have been getting the comic even despite a tight budget. And having met Greg Weissman at a Kansas City con, it is only going to get better.

    There is going to be the wonderful Arthurian exploration (that got me truly loving the show) coming after issue 6. Maybe I should have supported the other SLG Disney attempts?

  2. caleb Says:

    So does that mean the SLG/Disney marriage is coming to an end?! I’ve really been digging WONDERLAND, but haven’t read any of the others (well, the first issue of HAUNTED MANSION…Eddie Murphy sorta ruined that franchise for me)

  3. Jennifer de Guzman Says:

    I can’t believe Benjamin Ong Pang Kean asked Jamie about stuff that happens in Civil War! I agree with you, Johanna. An interview is not the place to let everyone know about your own opinions and interests.

    And lest there’s some confusion in regards to caleb’s comment: The SLG Haunted Mansion comic has NOTHING to do with the Eddie Murphy movie. I don’t see how disliking the movie has anything to do with not supporting the comic.

  4. Jennifer de Guzman Says:

    Err, I should say: “an interview is not the place for the interviewer to let everyone know about his own opinions and interests.”

  5. Dan Coyle Says:

    Well, as Harlan Ellison once said (well, using stronger language than I): “Don’t Mess With The Mouse.”

  6. ~chris Says:

    I’m an old school raised-in-Anaheim fan of the ride, I’ve seen the movie, and I’ve read every issue of the comic. Jennifer de Guzman is quite correct in her assessment. The comic is (loosely) based on the ride, not the movie.

    She forgot to mention how good the comic is. (Professional humility, I guess.)

  7. caleb Says:

    Oh yeah, what Jennifer de Guzman said.

    My comment about the Eddie Murphy movie was just that the badness of that particular movie sort of colored my ability to look at the comic book without thinking of bits of the movie. The two have nothing to do with one another, other than sharing a name and both being based on the same attraction.

    I read the first issue of HAUNTED MANSION and enjoyed it immensely; I was downright shocked at how much it read like a typical SLG book rather than something that felt like it was guided by the heavy hand of the mouse.

    I was just voicing a personal aesthetic prejudice derived from a personal aesthetic response to a movie (Like, I don’t know if I’d be able to read and enjoy OWLY if I was attacked by a flock of owls as a young child).

  8. Rob Staeger Says:

    Caleb wrote:

    (Like, I don’t know if I’d be able to read and enjoy OWLY if I was attacked by a flock of owls as a young child).

    Every day is a struggle, but I take it one day at a time.

  9. ~chris Says:

    When I was a child, I was deathly afraid of the Haunted Mansion ride (specifically those heads popping out from behind gravestones!). It eventually became my favorite Disneyland attraction by far. C’mon, you can overcome your fears too! :-)




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