Continuing a recent spate of mainstream news coverage of comic books, Brian K. Vaughn in profiled over at the Wall Street Journal (not tooooo shabby!):
"On Jan. 30, Brian K. Vaughn will finish his most acclaimed comic series, "Y: The Last Man." After a mysterious plague kills every man in the world instantly, a young escape artist named Yorick Brown and his monkey Ampersand are strangely spared. Evading female soldiers and gangs of angry, antimale freedom fighters, Brown and his guardian angel, a dreadlocked government agent named 355, search the globe for Brown's girlfriend and an answer to the male holocaust."
Oh wait -- does this mean that Y The Last Man has a...FEMINIST AGENDA?! Oh, noes! If the book is perceived as "anti-male," people won't read it! Oh, wait -- plenty of people are reading Y The Last Man? Both men and women? Well, ohmagosh!
The "Wizard" Seal Of Approval
Speaking of "Y," I noticed that the trade paperback has a big endorsement by Wizard Magazine prominently on its front cover.
Now, what demographic is DC going for here?
Does the target Wizard reader enjoy books about antimale freedom fighters?
And does the target reader of Vertigo books like "Y" and "Fables" read Wizard?
Wouldn't the book be better served by quotes from publications like The New York Times or Rolling Stone or Entertainment Weekly?
Iron Man To Appear In "Hulk" Film
C'mon, how cool is this?
"Rumors of the cross cameo have been rampant for quite some time now. It now seems likely that the ultimate goal is, in fact, to tie the “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” movies together and, more than likely, make an Avengers movie that would feature both characters (and likely Nick Fury who is played by Samuel L. Jackson in “The Incredible Hulk”). Jon Favreau, director of “Iron Man” has reportedly already called “dibs” on the Avengers movie."
And this is why I still think having a "JLA" movie cast that differs from that of the other current cinema incarnations of Superman and Batman is a terrrrrrrible idea.
See a gallery of Stan Lee tribute artwork by some of today's most talented fine artists...
Hey, how did that last one get in there? Oh, that's just part of the 30 second recap contest at the ISB!
Strike, Schmyke: How Does It Impact The COMICS Bottom Line?
Here's a new wrinkle to the ongoing Writer's Strike: its eventual effect on the comic book conventions:
"The second half of the TV season is already a doozy, and if production doesn't start soon next season may never start. Since TV shows like Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, and Lost draw in a large part of the crowd at Comic-Con, can we expect a way smaller audience this July?"
Of course, with all these TV writers out of work...might they turn more to comic book writing?
In general, comic book publishers are turning more and more to TV and movie writers to write their comic books. This shrinks the already limited pool of available writing work for professional comic writers.
Maybe those comic book writers should start their own union as well?
Movies By The Numbers
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