- Posted by Johanna on December 12, 2010 at 10:29 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Ragnell and Kalinara are back with Dispatches From the Fridge, a blog collecting links about women in (mostly) superhero comics. As they say, “We’ve no intention of replacing When Fangirls Attack. We consider ourselves a weekend supplement, perfect for slow Sunday afternoons.” That’s a nice, achievable aim, without risking burnout. When Fangirls Attack, their original linkblog, now with new owners, has been on hiatus, although the latest message, dated mid-November, says WFA intends to return before the end of the year. You’ve got three weeks, gals!
Update: Hey, Fangirls Attack is back! There are an astounding number of links to catch up on, too.
Along those lines, I don’t agree with this rant against Trina Robbins’ book From Girls to Grrrlz, but I admire her passion. If I may oversimplify her very lengthy post, the main objection seems to be that Trina prefers to recommend comics other than superheroes for girls, and the poster feels insulted and left out as a result because she likes superhero comics.
Speaking of moving away from superheroes, congratulations to Alex Segura on his new position as Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing for Archie Comics. He’s an excellent choice for any comic company, let alone one that’s moving rapidly into the modern era and trying new things they need to get the word out about.
This tongue-in-cheek legal analysis of treating superheroes as property is a tad too silly for my taste, but it’s written by a couple of lawyers who are willing to tackle a bunch of similar topics, so you may want to browse around their blog. This webcomic strip and the two following tackle the same topic, with overtones of the much-loved-by-me 70s take on “Dial H for Hero”, where fans could send in character ideas.
IDW has revamped their planned Alex Toth book into a three-volume set because of the scope of material involved. Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth is now due in March 2011 as the first volume. According to co-writer Dean Mullaney, “the book has been compiled with complete access to the family archives, and with the full cooperation of Toth’s children.” Continuing the description,
The second book in the series, Genius, Illustrated, picks up the story as Toth becomes one of the leading character designers in television animation; continues through his renewed career in comics with Warren, DC, and his creator-owned properties of the 1970s and beyond; and includes an examination of the artist’s poignant final years.
The third book, Genius, Animated, is a wide-ranging art book reproducing hundreds of Toth’s model sheets and storyboards for such successful cartoons as Space Ghost and Dino Boy, Jonny Quest, Space Angel, Super Friends, The Fantastic Four, Hot Wheels, Thundarr, and Shazzan…and also includes many full-color presentation pieces designed to sell new series to the networks.
Unfortunately, the book has already achieved some notoriety. Genius, Isolated was originally due in October. It seems that someone put it on their press list as due at that time, and the result was a faked review (now removed, see note at end) posted at the AV Club. One of the comic contributors wrote about the book as though they’d seen it, although of course they hadn’t. The result was their firing and a public apology from the editor after the fraud was pointed out by another blog.
Now, I’ve written better and worse reviews here, and it’s relatively easy — if you don’t have much of an opinion about a particular book or want to slide around it — to put out lots of factual descriptions and plot/content description in lieu of actually evaluating a work. And yes, it’s easy to jog your memory about what the publisher thinks are the high points of a work by referring back to the press materials, and maybe under a tight timeline it’s understandable to not read the entire book and skim instead. (Not a good idea, not good craft or responsible, but understandable.) But to write about something without ever having seen the object or its interior page images (in the case of an electronic copy)? That’s just a lie. I can’t conceive of why someone would bother doing that.
Then again, I also wonder why the editor wouldn’t be double-checking an updated release list or asking for coverage of books s/he’d been sent or seen.
Update: Chris Sims uses the incident for some humor, as is his wont, coming up with some amusing fake reviews of other books not yet released. And you can read the offending writer’s apology here (2nd comment). Although he says this was the only time he’d ever done it, he doesn’t hint at why he made that choice.