- Posted by Johanna on July 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Marvel’s movie head Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, gets a puff-piece profile in the NY Times that bills him as a real fan. I wasn’t familiar with his name, previously, but given his responsibility for a great slate of entertaining films, I’d say he’s doing a good job. Feige is praised for keeping properties true to their comic roots while not overwhelming the mainstream audience. From the article:
Though Warner Brothers and its DC Comics unit have strained to turn their lesser-known superheroes like Green Lantern into film stars, Mr. Feige has been on a tear. His two Iron Man movies sold over $1.2 billion in tickets worldwide; a third arrives in 2013. Thor, the potentially ridiculous tale of a pseudoviking with a magic hammer who can travel by rainbow, took in $445 million since opening in May. And over the weekend Captain America: The First Avenger sold a stout $65.8 million in tickets; a sequel is already in the works.
Did we know they were already planning Captain America 2? I should be sure to see the first one, then.
Over the weekend came news that Fantagraphics would be publishing the EC Comics Library beginning summer 2012. The new twist is that, instead of reprinting runs of issues or titles, they will be rearranging the material by artist. That’s the reason most of today’s readers are interested, anyway. The first two books will be suspense stories by Wally Wood and war stories by Harvey Kurtzman. Tom Spurgeon has a great piece on the significance of these works and some additional details of the reprint project.
My most thought-provoking read of the day was Warren Ellis on comic pitch competitions, especially when people don’t know they’re competing on a particular title. As he says:
I’m hearing a lot lately about writers being put into foot races on gigs. And not only do they not know who else is running for the job — but many of them seem not to be told they’re in a foot race at all. Writers who assumed they were writing the gig are being told that they never had the gig at all, that other writers have been run parallel to them. Even though they were put through multiple drafts. They didn’t know they were in competition.
When I was studying project management, one very smart piece of advice I read was to avoid the “bring me a rock” game. There’s a long piece there that explains it, but basically, it’s what happens when your bosses know what answer they want you to give, but they won’t tell you what it is, they just tell you you’re wrong, try again. In the worst case, they don’t know what they want, they just know you’re not giving it to them. Hearing about DC’s current management makes me wonder if they’re operating under similar rules. Are they hoping that they’re recognize a good idea when they see it, or are they just going to pick the person who guesses closest to what they already think they want? Either way, it’s a mess.