BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for November 2, 2011A comics news article
Bullet Points is Comics Bulletin's weekday roundup of some of the most notable news, criticism, tweets and other craziness of the comics industry.
Think of it as the entire comics internet shrunk down into one convenient article, for people with not enough time to check every single comics website on the Internet.
LOOK AT THIS
First Second Books have some fresh(ish) preview art from Paul Pope's upcoming Battling Boy. Look at that.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Nicola Scott Will Draw Some Superman
Nicola Scott, the (amazing) artist of Secret Six, Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice Society series with James Robinson, will take over for penciler Jesus Merino on the George Perez-scripted Superman for Issues 3, 5 and 6.
Don't worry -- Merino will draw #4 and come back to draw #7, when Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen take over from Perez as writers.
That's a lot of changing shit, but check out this preview page. There are a few more at the link below.
French Satirical Comic Mag Firebombed for Showing Mohammed
The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo had planned to publish "a special 'Sharia issue' guest edited by the prophet Mohammed.
Then the offices got firebombed, destroying everything inside, and Hebdo's website got hacked to feature pro-Islam messages.
Nobody was hurt in the attack, thankfully.
Phoenix Jones Got Fired
Seattle real-life superhero and amazing hair haver Phoenix Jones (a.k.a Ben Fodor) just got fired from his job working with disabled autistic children. Which totally sucks.
The saga of Phoenix Jones is totally fascinating to me, and I totally feel for his plight, no matter how many people accuse of him being an idiot/insane. Just seems really well-meaning to me.
Speaking of, is Phoenix Jones the only superhero with a clearly altruistic job in his secret identity? Rich guys who happen to give money to causes like Bruce Wayne don't count.
Steve Rude Got Arrested
Comic book artist Steve Rude was arrested on November 1, 2011 after arguing with neighbors about Barking Dogs. Charges against him include "assault and violating a court order."
The Beat points out something pretty interesting about Rude's Arizona county of residence:
"Maricopa County is the homebase of Joe Arpaio, America’s Toughest Sheriff, who’s known for housing inmates outside in 145 degree heat, feeding them spoiled food, and other practices that have gained notoriety and lawsuits from organizations such as Amnesty International."
Rude faces a load of legal fees in the process but only makes money from passion projects and commissions, so if you're a fan you can help your favorite artist out by buying stuff from him on his website.
New Trade Agreement Could Affect Japanese Fan Comics
Here's an interesting tidbit -- Japanese copyright law allows copyrighted characters to be remixed and reinterpreted by creative types to a certain extent. As a result, Japan has a comics subculture based around fan comics called doujinshi, which is not only a place for amateurs to make stories based on other people's work, but has also spawned major talent such as Love Hina creator Ken Akamatsu and Ranma 1/2 creator Rumiko Takahashi.
Akamatsu in particular is speaking out against Japan jointing an international trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which would make all copyright laws the same among the countries that sign it. Part of that "would allow police and prosecutors to take action against copyright violators without a format complaint from the copyright holder."
Brigid Alverson, writing for Robot 6, notes that such aspects of fan culture are key to manga's success in Japan, and could mean trouble for fans and maybe, by extent, the manga industry as a whole.
And over here Air Pirates is the biggest copyright snafu in comics. Yowza.
Belgium: Tintin's Not Racist
On November 1, a Belgian judge ruled that the second Tintin book, the controversial Tintin in the Congo, isn't racist for its stereotypical depiction of native Africans.
The court deemed that creator Hergé's drawings didn't have racist intent, but were rather reflecting the times they were made.
How crazy is it that there's a court in the world deciding if stuff's racist?
READ THIS COMIC
Cameron Stewart drew a two-page Catwoman comic for Converse.
Check out the comic over at Journeys, where you can download it as a PDF at the "Learn More" link.
LOOK WHO'S TALKING
- This month's Funkywatch features this amazing panel from Funky Winkerbean that needs to be on a T-shirt:
- Matt Seneca talks to Benjamin Marra for this weeks' Wednesday Sequence.
- @NateCosBOOM: I now know what it looks like when @ChrisEliopoulos draws a donkey. #CowBoyComic
- @mattfraction: junggalos
- @hopelarson: doom doom doom doom doom
- @aftertheschism: I should do a 'how to attend a signing' column. Man. Some people!
- @rstevens: Weirdest name for underpants ever: twitpic.com/7a3bp0
WATCH THIS VIDEO
Danger 5 is the newest project from the people who gave us Italian Spider-Man, and after one viewing of the trailer, is on its way to becoming my favorite thing.
Danny Djeljosevic is a comic book creator, award-winning filmmaker (assuming you have absolutely no follow-up questions), film/music critic for Spectrum Culture and Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin. Follow him on Twitter at @djeljosevic or find him somewhere in San Diego, often wearing a hat. Read his comic, "Sgt. Death and his Metachromatic Men," over at Champion City Comics and check out his other comics at his Tumblr, Sequential Fuckery.