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Black Hole Wizard

My great friend and sometimes collaborator Eliza Gauger is starting a new comics series with writer Simon Berman called Black Hole Wizard. Official info is scant thus far, but:

Created by writer, Simon Berman and artist, Eliza Gauger, Black Hole Wizard is a comic book series that explores the weirder recesses of science fiction and fantasy, the droning soundscapes of doom metal, and the new aesthetics of 21st Century occultism.

There’s some pretty cool fan art coming out already.

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Tom Spurgeon on Comic-Con 2012

There are important thoughts and rumination, here, I think. A few choice pull-quotes:

comics at its worst adopts a consumer’s myopia where everything is colored by whether or not one’s own appetites are being met, and how, and to what extent.

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The central dilemma of writing about something like San Diego Con is that you want to make strong choices in terms of what it all means, but doing so is ridiculous. It’s not blind men describing an elephant by touching an isolated part of its body; it’s blind men discussing the quality of being enjoyed by an elephant after touching an isolated part of its body.

I went this year, on Saturday, and I’m still somewhat decompressing.

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Marvel Comics Actively Supports SOPA

Disappointing, but not surprising. Marvel is shit-scared of piracy, and instead of finding ways to make their comics better/more interesting/more apt to be purchased, they spend their time and money on disgusting legislation like SOPA. Really, they’re no different than the movie or music industry. They’ll fuck you as hard as they can to eek out one little potential point of revenue.

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Annotations to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century 1969

Jess Nevins’ annotations add so much to every book he does them for that I consider feel sorry for every book without any of his annotations available. I first came across his work with Neil Gaiman’s limited series 1602 and I’m glad I did.

If you haven’t bought any of the books yet, now is as good a time as any to buy them on Amazon, and give me a small kickback in the process.

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Happy Jack Mulraney, the Joker of the 19th century.

From the indispensable blog of Jess Nevins:

Still another Gopher of distinction was Happy Jack Mulraney, so called because he always appeared to be laughing. However, his smile was caused by a partial paralysis of the muscles of his face. In reality Happy Jack was a verjuiced person and very sensitive about his deformity; when his chieftains wished to enrage him against an enemy they told him that slighting remarks had been made about his permanent grin. Happy Jack was finally sent to prison for the murder of Paddy the Priest, who owned a saloon in Tenth avenue and was a staunch friend of Happy Jack’s until he asked the gangster why he did not laugh on the other side of his face. Happy Jack then shot him and for good measure robbed the till.

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Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, and Fan Art

A primer for the uninitiated and the knowledgable alike:

Technically, this means fan art, fan music, and fan fictions are illegal in and of themselves because they are derivative works of protected content.

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But before you get your panties all in a bunch, it’s pretty clear that no creative entity in their right mind gives a shit.

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A Letter From Lois Lane

Joanne Siegel, widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, passed away on February 12th of this year. She’d been working on writing a letter to Time Warner’s CEO, Jeffrey L. Bewkes.

Joanne is widely known to be the inspiration for Lois Lane, and even at 93 she fit the part. Time Warner’s action in all of this has been gross.

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Magnus, Robot Fighter Cover Archive

Recommend for enthusiasts of the Man-Punching-Robot genre.

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I Want To Be Your Horrible Boyfriend

John Campbell of the webcomic Pictures for Sad Children has a tumblr now.

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$3.99

Warren Ellis’ afternoon ramble is about the cost of (print) comics, and where do you go from $3.99?

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The Devastator – A New Book Series of Comics and Satire

Issue #1 features Extra Future royalty James Urbaniak and David Malki.

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The All-New Independent Cowboy Justice Brigade Archive

Preserving some comics by friend Edward and I did longabouts 2003-2004. A work-in-progress.

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New(!) Bill Watterson Interview

A rare interview with the reclusive artist/author. I adored Calvin & Hobbes as a child, and having re-read some recently, I am confident my love was well-placed.

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DO ANYTHING 026 by Warren Ellis

Concluding Volume. 1, a brief history of comics, Jack Kirby, Marvel, DC, and the connections between them. Soon to be published in what I assume will be a print-on-demand edition.

I imagine the Robot Head of Jack Kirby curses a lot as it spins down.

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Batman: The Animated Series Writer’s Bible

Brought you by the magic of the internet (PDF). Of personal interest to me:

NO STORIES ABOUT BATMAN’S ORIGIN

If only Hollywood would’ve listened. The document itself is full of reasons why Batman: TAS is still the best Batman-related media outside of the comics-sphere, but the above rings truest to me.

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Warren Ellis’ BLACK SUMMER In Development As A Film

Congratulations, Internet Jesus. BLACK SUMMER’s main story is a super hero killing the President of the United States due to his implicit and explicit approval of various crimes against humanity. I’ll be surprised if this actually gets made, but I look forward to it. More: The official Black Summer comic site. Amazon has the Black Summer Trade Paperback for $16.95.

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Do Anything 021 by Warren Ellis

It’s Tuesday:

This is where the robot head of Jack Kirby has been taking you too, all this time. This is a universe that abuts our own, a vast space of cometary ideoplasm and speaking atomic structure.

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Status Report

Things are going to be slow around here while I try to squeeze in enough time for Brütal Legend in-between actual paying work. Should still be able to hit the Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday schedule for Extra Future Comics, though.

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Warren Ellis Writing New Motion Picture Based on “Gravel”

Legendary Pictures has picked up the rights with Ellis serving as an Executive Producer. I’ve read the first 12 or so issues of Gravel, and it could make a fun movie. England, magic, detective grit. All good things.

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Jack Kirby’s Heirs File To Regain Copyrights

The author assumes that Kirby’s heirs will probably just end up with rights to royalties, which I can’t say I give a shit about it. Jack’s long gone.