- Posted by Johanna on December 5, 2007 at 10:19 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
A big thanks to Paul Di Filippo for plugging the Savage Critics as Site of the Week at SciFi Weekly (link no longer available).
Which reminds me, I’m overdue for posting again. I just haven’t wanted to talk about comics much lately.
But wait! This may change my mind! Roger Ash interviews Alan Davis about the return of ClanDestine in a five-issue miniseries in February. I love this series! Family superheroes rock. And Davis’ distinctively amazing art does too.
In a more fannish vein, Steve Bennett at ICv2 hits on the problem with erasing Spider-Man’s marriage:
Quesada’s reasoning (besides the obvious “I’m the boss, applesauce”) being Peter can only connect to his adolescent audience by being young, single, and ready to mingle. Now I understand how magically finding yourself unmarried and on the dating scene again would be the fantasy of a lot of middle aged men, but I think Quesada is really overestimating the desirability of part-time teacher, part-time photographer with money troubles.
It’s not what the audience wants, it’s what some guys who were the audience twenty years ago wants. The adolescents they want to attract haven’t known anything but the hero being married, just like with Superman and Lois Lane.
Maybe those middle-aged men are the same kind of people picking Diamond’s suggested gifts for Valentine’s Day — when they aren’t selecting kids’ comics (because, you know, women, girls, no difference, really), they’re recommending a Jim Balent Tarot “art” portfolio. That means mostly naked chicks with spread legs and basketball-sized breasts, for those of you unfamiliar with his oeuvre. I’m sure there are customers who will enjoy that for a holiday dedicated to love (self-, in this case), but ick.