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Hey, it’s a Brand New DC NEW 52 survey

22 Jun

by Mike Hansen

Frankenstein (DC Comics)

A New 52 character. Also a metaphor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m back, folks!

Looks like DC Comics has stuck with Nielsen to offer another online survey – go here and let them know what you think of the New 52 so far. I just took the survey, and I was happy to let DC know what it’s doing right or wrong.

One thing to watch out for: “Orange Ivy” is the fake title this time. Make sure you mark that you’ve never heard of it, or you won’t be able to take the full survey.

A couple of thoughts on the survey:

Once again, there is no option for indicating that a customer purchased print comics from an online comics retailer. Some of the questions about going to a comics shop and making impulse purchases or whatever don’t really apply if some of the comics were preordered online.

Also, the survey did not ask any detailed questions about the characters, story, or creative teams – there was one question about how important these are to me when I buy comics. I suppose DC doesn’t want its readers second-guessing the always-fine decisions made by its editorial staff.

Anyway, check out the survey – and feel free to let me know what you think…

Links: The Oatmeal update, Avengers, New 52, World War Z, etc.

12 Jun

by Mike Hansen

The cover of World War Z

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal raised his $20,000 to spite FunnyJunk in only 64 minutes. He’s now at over $117,000.

Warren Ellis explains why he’s cool with Iron Man 3 using his ideas without paying him. (At least modern creators know what they’re getting into – too bad it doesn’t help the original creators that built comics in the 1930s-1970s.)

Liked the Avengers movie? Support the Jack Kirby Museum!

Were cave dwellers the first animators? Could be.

Speaking of animation – this is the greatest comics commercial I’ve EVER SEEN:

Why can’t DC’s New 52 commercials be that good? (And why are the currently running commercials advertising the upcoming collected editions almost exactly the same as the old ones? That’s a good way to get kids to tune out.)

Speaking of the New 52, it looks like Continue reading

MUST-READ: John Hodgman on Comics and the New 52

15 Nov
John Hodgman at Barnes & Noble Union Square in...

(Image via Wikipedia)

by Mike Hansen

Another prominent comedian/nerd/celebrity has spoken out about the New 52 at Newsarama. Unlike Patton Oswalt’s complaints about DC’s customer survey, this time John “I’m a P.C.” Hodgman (The Daily Show) has some choice words for DC’s bizarre editorial choices on many of their superhero titles.

More importantly, he also talks about his love of Comics, and makes some great recommendations.

Some of my favorite quotes from the interview:

I am a great fan of the form, both in its corrupt fanboy nostalgia factor of pining for a time when I read superhero comics as a child, and also for its mature, challenging, artistic future.

The New 52 thing… my understanding of this relaunch of the line is that it was supposed to be giving new readers a chance to come in and experience these characters. And on those terms, I find many of the decisions in those comics to be really befuddling. Continue reading

DC New 52: I Read a Whole Lotta BATWOMAN

18 Oct
Batwoman: Elegy

BUY THIS BOOK. Not because you need it to enjoy the new series, but because IT'S REALLY, REALLY GOOD. (Image via Wikipedia)

by Mike Hansen

Batwoman is the best of the New 52 series, by a wide margin.

I finally got around to reading the first Batwoman collection, Elegy, and it is absolutely beautiful in every way. Greg Rucka’s story is one of his best (and that’s saying something). J.H. Williams III continues to up his game with shockingly great artwork in multiple styles (with moody, silhouette-heavy night/action scenes, Bryan Talbot-esque heavy linework in day scenes, and a lovely, simple style for flashbacks – plus a terrific Russ Heath/Dave Gibbons-ish style in one great war scene!). Multiple Eisner Award-winner (and my ex-coworker) Dave Stewart does the work of his career on this series, with absolutely breathtaking coloring throughout: the night/action scenes have wonderful color holds on the linework, with a moody color style that has an almost airbrush quality that I haven’t seen in over a decade in comics (when there were still actual airbrush-paint colorists); some nighttime scenes go even farther with even the linework looking painted and sculpted with color; and other scenes have simply perfect flat color choices that might even surpass Stewart’s work on the Hellboy books. With the addition of legendary letterer Todd Klein’s work, this book is a masterclass in how to do beautiful sequential superhero storytelling. Every creator involved is doing some of their best work, and I WANT MORE.

Luckily for me, the new Batwoman Continue reading

DC NEW 52: The Video Every DC Editor Should See

13 Oct

…and Marvel editor, and every comics writer and artist… but especially the female editors of Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws. And whoever edited the dull mess that is Voodoo #1.

WHY am I still talking about this? Because this is a problem that is far more pervasive than a few bad DC comics.

YES every publisher is free to publish whatever they want, but do we really need more missed opportunities that drive away a bigger audience for Comics and hurt the image of Comics? After all of the gains that have been made in the last 25 years? NO I think not.

Comments?

 

Miss Representation premieres on OWN on Oct. 20.

New 52: DC’s Response to Starfire Controversy = FAIL

28 Sep
Starfire (comics)

Rated T for THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE, DC. (Image via Wikipedia)

After literally hundreds of negative reviews of Starfire’s portrayal in Red Hood and the Outlaws #1, DC Comics has finally responded to the controversy with this tepid statement on Twitter:

We’ve heard what’s being said about Starfire today and we appreciate the dialogue on this topic.
We encourage people to pay attention to the ratings when picking out any books to read themselves or for their children.

Pay attention to the ratings? That’s IT?

I didn’t Continue reading

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