Yesterday at the Image Expo, a bunch of white folks got up on a stage, and people got angry. In a feature article over at Comics! The Blog, I detail what I know of the Image business system, and why the fact their creative pool is fairly homogeneous is not down to their business model, but a symptom of larger problems within the industry as a whole.
In today’s Um, Actually letter column, James and I answer questions about the current Daniel Bryan/Wyatt Family angle over at WWE, our various holiday experiences, and more!
This issue opens with a scene that plays like a cold open to a tv show. In short order, we’re treated to a display of Natasha’s skills, and her temperament. We’re also told exactly what to expect from this series, the modus operandi set in the span of five pages before the issue’s main story truly begins. Armed with all you need to know, the adventure unfolds like a slick spy film with a decidedly sixties vibe. Edmondon’s taut script weaves twists with seemingly effortless motion while Noto’s astounding sense of colour and design turns the proceedings than something far more than the sum of it’s parts.
This week’s You Read These With Your Eyes features my comic recommendations for this week – including the fantastic première issue of Black Widow.
In this titantic first issue, your hosts Brandon Schatz and Liam Creswick talk about Shia, Guardians of the Galaxy, and our picks of the week. Warning: the first three rows will get wet!
Featuring the music of this week’s featured band: The Vanas!
Songs featured are “Take Me Away” and “It Goes On”, with “Lason Sa Daga” getting the full-play at the episode’s end.
In today’s letter column, James and I explore a question from Diego Ibarra:
I bid a fond farewell to The Eleventh Doctor and his comic book adventures with IDW’s final Doctor Who offering, by Paul Cornell and Jimmie Broxton.
In keeping with starting every year with a list of things that I never quite accomplish, here’s what might be on it’s way in 2014 and beyond…
01 // Submetropolitan
This. A blog about process, updating daily with something. Ongoing concerns such as Comics! The Blog and my various dealings managing Wizard’s Comics will be given sufficient spotlight, as well as my various attempts at broadening the scope of my output. An experiment in building a profile while creating content with an eye to improve.
02 // The Wizard’s Comics Podcast
Starting on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, Wizard’s Comics will be putting out it’s own podcast, filled with pop culture nuggets to chew as you hit our shop (or others) on Wednesday. This will be co-hosted with Wizard’s new full-time MTG guy and fantastic comedian, Liam Creswick.
Fun fact: if that guy gets super famous one day, I’m pushing for a local eatery to name a sandwich “The Liam Creswich” – if only because that’s what my fingers type every time I try and get down his last name.
03 // Cereal
A sub-section of this site where I plan to serialize weekly fiction, beginning in September. That said, I’ve intended to do this for the past four years or so. We’ll see.
04 // Comics! The Blog
Continuing into it’s fourth year. Which is madness. This year is going to feature more, starting with the addition of Devin R. Bruce who has offered provide additional content. We’re excited to have Devin on board, because that dude is rad.
05 // Doctor Whooch
Danica and I will be continuing to hit the bottle, and the airwaves as we aim to discuss more classic Who. We obtained quite a few DVDs containing older serials for birthdays and Christmas, and we’re ready to go nuts.
06 // How To Make Comics
In the closing months of last year, I came into a bit of money which I’m putting aside to make a big How to Make Comics guide with James Leask through C!TB. Unlike most books of this ilk, we won’t be focusing exclusively on the language of comics. Making the book is only a quarter of the battle. You also have to be able to sell editors/distributors on your concept, sell retailers on the concept, sell readers on the concept (three remarkably different things) and more. We’re going to be digging into all forms of publication, and all means of distribution, complete with conversations with established creators on how it all works for them. It’s going to be fun.
Looks like a full schedule, right? Well, I’ll probably end up adding quite a few other things to the docket before the end of the year, because I’m a crazy person. Anyway, keep an eye on this site for any and all things by me.
Hey all! Testing the phone-blogging functions on this business, wishing you all a happy something!