Curiosity of the day: I just signed a release form for Universal to use issues of LOVE & ROCKETS in an upcoming episode of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT. Look for it in episode 15, airing sometime later this season. I sign a lot of these release forms for a variety of movies and television programs, but I'm especially curious to know what the context will be for this one.I'm curious too!
I have to say that I’m very afraid that the only real solution would be for the Justice Department to reopen their investigation of Diamond (as I understand it, the matter was put into abeyance rather than formally closed), and to break Diamond into two or three competing companies. Otherwise I can’t see how it could even be possible for a new national advance order competitor to get started.Seems oddly similar to my experiences with Qwest today -- shoddy website, lousy customer service, but monopoly-driven incentives to the customer to go with their products, even when they're not ideal. Diamond Comics joins Qwest and Microsoft on my list of monopolies to go after when I become Attorney General.
... Heck, checking right now, Diamond doesn’t have a single copy of Maus on hand, in any format. No need to stock the Pulitzer Prize winner, right?
... Diamond has effectively frozen out any chance that any new competitor could enter the market at this stage. Which means that there’s no market forces to encourage Diamond to address their pricing and stocking issues. But if you want to sell comics, you have to deal with Diamond, there’s no way around it.
There's some controversy there (and elsewhere) about whether it's a racist comic.
In my opinion, it's a transparently dystopian, anti-racist piece of SF -- it's set in an alternate present where the Civil War ended in separation, and Jeremy Gray is the actor hired to play Captain Confederacy, a media symbol for the Confederacy. Over the course of the comic, he comes to doubt his handlers and the role of being a blue-eyed blond white guy being the media-created hero of a racist culture. (Captain America anyone?)
The discussion on debunkingwhite is also valuable, [ETA: and includes a link to this interview with CC's writer Will Shetterly].
Before the trip, Bro dressed up in his best suit, put on some shades, and picked up a cheap pentagram ring from Spencer’s Gifts because it would look cool to Satan’s Appendage. While the other cops dressed in jeans and baseball caps, Bro’s duds had the desired effect, and Lefty trembled in fear, afraid he was facing one of Satan’s Own Enforcers. (From Colleen's blog)
Lea Hernandez does a rundown.
beegirl, originally, asked me if I had Cerebus, and I said I didn't, and that Dave Sim scares me because he is a misogynist schizophrenic, who thinks that women are "five-to-six-foot tall leeches". beegirl got a bit turned off by that (no surprise) and asked me for other recommendations; hence that post.
But I don't know why I didn't think of the best response to Cerebus: Bone. Fantasy-based, with an anthropomorphic (but non-human) main character. Strong male and female characters, with the flexibility and whimsy of the old Scrooge Duck comics, and a sense of full-on fantasy world-building (starting with small adventures, and leading up into world-shaking heroism (dragons! fleets of locusts! raging hordes of monsters!) that evokes the Lord of the Rings.
If you were looking for Cerebus, based on its reputation as a smart fantasy-based comic, but got turned off by Dave Sim losing his mind, then Jeff Smith's Bone ought to be just what you're looking for.
(and, as an update to the previous post on Johanna Carlson's writing: she has an excellent post pointing out issues with masculinity and male privilege in fandom, and points to cereta's thought-provoking post on the subject.)
...any comics you recommend for before bed reading? Maybe a little on the lighter side...?
And I responded there. But I thought I'd put this in an entry of its own...
I think Castle Waiting is really fun. It's a fairy tale, sort of -- a young woman escapes a frightening bad marriage, and runs to live at the Castle. It seems to surprise no one that the castle is populated by fairy-tale creatures, including a stork butler whose sense of humor runs to the very dry. (I like it much).
On the more science-fictiony end of things, there's Finder, which the author describes as "aboriginal SF", and is possibly my favorite comic put together in the last ten years. Also I have the collected versions of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which is a sort of aboriginal SF as well, only Japanese.
If fantasy and SF isn't so much your thing, you might like the Hopeless Savages, a family story about punk rockers, that's sweet without being sappy. Kane is pretty spectacular police procedural, but isn't exactly "lighter", though some parts are funny.
I am not in front of my collection, so that's cheating off JDC's. Oooh -- I bet beegirl would really like Clan Apis.
On the less-light side, there's quite a bit beyond Kane mentioned above, but I might mention Love and Rockets and Strangers in Paradise as non-fantasy extended novels. Very very good, especially L&R. And of course, there are modern classics like Sandman. Tell me more about what you like, and I'll try to help you out.
Last Tuesday she critiqued the Publishers Weekly Best Comics of 2005. Thanksgiving Day she listed her picks, which sound good -- and (squee here!) I have only read Avigon, Hopeless Savages, and (of course) Finder. Some of these I'll have to pick up.
Perhaps I'll wait til after the holidays...
Carla Speed McNeil has decided to move Finder to web serialization, with the trade paperbacks still coming out once or twice a year. This move echoes the Studio Foglio decision to publish Girl Genius on the web, with periodic collections on dead-tree.
So far the Light Speed Press website has no news about this, but it was quite clear from the notes in the back of the latest (last!) pamphlet Finder (the first in the Five Crazy Women storyline, which I was skeptical about but have totally fallen in love with now that i've read the first one).( I wrote Ms. McNeil: )