- Posted by Johanna on July 28, 2010 at 8:12 am
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Reviewers Are Collectors, Too
Wow, This Guy Should Write Documentaries
I don’t always read Tucker Stone’s work, because he’s a little profane for my tastes (although I admire his energy and vibrancy), but I absolutely adore this appreciation of Cliff Chiang, one of my favorite artists. He frames it as an “Unaired A&E Special”, which is a genius idea, covering how Cliff built his career in very smart ways. There’s also a part two.
What Makes a Satisfying Ending?
Bob Greenberger considers good and bad closure when it comes to final episodes and twisty movies like Inception. Fans deserve to feel satisfied, not cheated.
I Wish I Was Going to Be in San Francisco
Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, an art show, will be at the Cartoon Art Museum in SF starting October 1. Featured cartoonists include Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Sarah Glidden, Miriam Libicki, Diane Noomin, Trina Robbins, Ariel Schrag, Lauren Weinstein, and many more. It will also appear in Toronto in April 2011.
The Next Comic Movie Adaptation I’m Looking Forward To
Yay, the Tamara Drewe movie has a U.S. release date, October 8! Boo, it’s New York and L.A. only. I’m guessing that this adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel, one of my Best Books of 2008, may play the art house circuit, which means it’s a gamble whether it will come anywhere near me. Oh, well, that’s what home video is for.
DC’s Digital Successes
Valerie D’Orazio looks at the top comics on DC’s digital application and draws some conclusions about why WildStorm is still around. She points out that licensed material is huge online. So are movie tie-ins and properties that already have brand awareness. (Which implies that Warren Ellis can be considered a brand at this point.)
Did We Really Need Another Half-Naked Jungle Girl Comic?
The Captain Action folks have announced Savage Beauty, about “the Goddess Anaya, who descends from the heavens as a golden-haired beauty to bless the innocent or rises from the earth as an ebon-skinned bringer of vengeance to punish the guilty,” which means two colors of lookalike helium hussies. Says writer Mike Bullock, “On the surface this may seem like just another jungle book with pretty girls going on adventures in the Dark Continent, but readers will find that’s far from the reality once they hold the book in their hands.” He then jumps to another subject, relying on us to trust him that a book promoted with good girl art really isn’t about that. Sorry, Mike. Bragging that “something about drawing scantily clad, beautiful women really appeals to comic artists” tells me you’re trying to have it both ways.
And Now Comes the Non-Comics Digital Stuff…
First, I wanted to say goodbye to the G1. T-Mobile’s first Android phone is no longer for sale from them. It was a great phone, opening up a whole new mobile operating system, and I’m hoping that we’ll get a suitable replacement from the carrier later this year that has as good a keyboard and is as forward-looking now as the G1 was then.
Next, in the issue of making copies (I suddenly have Rob Schneider’s voice in my head) … a judge ruled that circumventing Digital Rights Management (DRM) software for legal purposes was not by itself illegal. This is a good thing. Companies were trying to eliminate fair use, reverse engineering, and other legal rights by sticking some software on a system and saying it was illegal to break it. And previously, it was. So, for example, if I legally purchased a DVD, it might have been illegal for me to play it on some of my systems if I had to region-unlock or otherwise hack something.
Unfortunately, right now this ruling only applies to Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, the 5th Circuit. I hope that other judges recognize that it should not be illegal to exercise your legal rights, especially when it comes to purchased products.
In similar news, the Librarian of Congress has just announced new rules that make it legal to copy “short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment” in the cases of college educational uses, documentary filmmaking, and noncommercial videos, even if you have to circumvent the DRM. They also stated that jailbreaking smartphones was legal, as is breaking video game DRM for testing or investigating security flaws, and having ebooks read aloud (a rule requested by the blind). There were other things requested that didn’t get approved, though — maybe next time.