COMICS LINKS: Felt Typewriters
Today, our illustration is of a felt replica of an Underwood typewriter, simply because dogged persistence in the pursuit of idiosyncratic ends should always be celebrated. That is really impressive.
Comic Book Resources has a Bizarro talk with Geoff Johns.
CBR also chatted with ComicMix‘s own Mike Baron, whose character The Badger will be returning soon from IDW. ("Lawyers? I hate lawyers!")
Comics Reporter runs down the reactions to the news that Berkley Breathed’s strip Opus has been dropped from a number of papers for two Sundays for religious intolerance and making the wrong kind of jokes.
Newsarama has another article in their ongoing series about stuff they love, “I (heart) comics.” Has anyone told them that the heart icon doesn’t come through in feeds – and not always on their page as well – so it looks like they’re saying “I slash team books?” And do they understand the significance of slash?
The Book Nerd reviews Linda Medley’s graphic novel Castle Waiting.
The Tri-City News loves itself some Scott Pilgrim.
Blogcritics reviews The Poison Diaries by Jane, Duchess of Northumberland & Colin Stimpson.
Ellen Kushner has arrived in Japan for Worldcon.
And so has Patrick Nielsen Hayden.
(Further links, I hope, as more people arrive in Japan and start posting.)
SF Diplomat circles back to the subject of Fantasy (which he still hates). You know, I could read one or two romance novels, loathe them, and then create a huge, unwieldy critical apparatus too, but…I have better things to do with my time. (He gets hammered in the comments quite comprehensively on similar grounds.)
John Joseph Adams’s upcoming anthology Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse has a website.
Niall Harrison of Torque Control has some notes from an evening with William Gibson.
Reviews of SF/Fantasy
Neth Space reviews Brian Ruckley’s Winterbirth.
Gwenda Bond recommends Elizabeth Knox’s Dreamhunter and Dreamquake.
Douglas E. Cohen reviews the December 1994 issue of Realms of Fantasy.
Kate Nepveu reviews Scott Lynch’s Red Seas Under Red Skies.
Interviews with various people
The Swivet interviews Chris Barzak, on his day.
And so does Robert J. Sawyer.
But Jayme Lynn Blaschke loves Lucy. (And not the one you’re thinking of, either.)
Tate of Wyrdsmiths explains that good books die, too. (I’m not sure that I agree with her that publishers generally deny that – maybe some do in public, but, when editors congregate, one of the things we bemoan is the books we loved that we couldn’t seem to get any people to buy. I know I’ve had plenty of those myself, and several were probably my fault.)
Richard Charkin posts the Publishers Weekly/Livres Hebdo list of the biggest publishers in the world.
Zach Snyder, director of 300 and the forthcoming Watchmen movie, is reportedly attached as director to a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s loosely-linked story collection The Illustrated Man.