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Rick Remender on End League, Fear Agent, Atom and More…

Rick Remender on End League, Fear Agent, Atom and More…

Over at Comic Book Resources, Rick Remender chats it up about his critically praised, post-apocalyptic superhero saga The End League, as well as his other post-apocalyptic saga, the creator-owned Fear Agent series.

"I guess I’m a bit bleak in my worldview. That and I always tend to make sure Earth is in a state of shit,” quipped Remender. “I like post-apocalyptic stories, what are you gonna do? I like hopelessness. It brings out the grit inside a character. Might as well get right to it and see how someone reacts when faced with a stacked deck and insurmountable obstacles. In my shitty opinion, that’s the good stuff. Unlike most books of this nature, these characters are all dealing with the prospect of real extinction that’s always waiting around every corner.”

The eternal optimist, eh? No fear, though. Remender goes on to discuss his work on other projects big and small – literally – including his run on DC’s Atom, as well as an upcoming Ultraman-meets-Truman Show project (his description, not ours) titled Gigantic.


ANDREW’S LINKS: I Can Haz Sekrets

ANDREW’S LINKS: I Can Haz Sekrets

What do you get when LOLcats meets PostSecret? Lolsecretz! [via John Scalzi]

Comics Links

Camden New Journal reports on a “market trader” (is that like a day trader, or does it mean a professional?) whose graphic novel Brodie’s Law has been bought by Hollywood for the proverbial pile of money.

Comic Book Resources talks to Daniel Way about the Origins of Wolverine…well, this year’s version, anyway.

A high school teacher in Connecticut has been forced to resign after giving a female first-year student a copy of Eightball #22, which her parents found inappropriate (to put it mildly).

Comics Reporter lists all of the recent firings at Wizard, among other comings and goings at various comics-publishing outfits.

Some guy at Comics2Film is very, very opinionated about what is and isn’t manga.

Comics Should Be Good, anticipating next year’s April Fool’s Day, reports that all indy publishers are now “selling out.”

Comics Reviews

Forbidden Planet International reviews the first collection of The Boys.

Comics Reporter reviews John Callahan’s 1991 cartoon collection Digesting the Child Within.

Newsarama reviews Gods of Asgard by Erik Evensen.

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog takes on the Haney-riffic “Saga of the Super-Sons” from the early ‘70s.

Brad Curran of Comics Should Be Good reviews the first issue of Umbrella Academy.

Occasional Superheroine is impressed by the high level of emo in Penance: Relentless.

Occasional Superheroine also reviews Booster Gold #2 and Suicide Squad #1.

From The Savage Critics:

And YesButNoButYes also reviews this week’s comics, starting with Jungle Girl #1.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Bat-Crime and Bat-Punishment

ANDREW’S LINKS: Bat-Crime and Bat-Punishment

Comics Links

R. Sikoryak’s Dostoyevsky Comics, an adaptation of Crime and Punishment staring a Dick Sprang Batman and originally published in Drawn & Quarterly #3 in 2000, has been posted on the web.

Amazon Daily interviews Nick Abadzis, author of Laika.

The New York Times Magazine last weekend started its serialization of Dan Clowes’s comic Mister Wonderful, in its “Funny Pages” section.

The Baltimore Sun profiles cartoonist Emily Flake.

AnimationInsider interviews manga expert and popularizer Fred Schodt.

The Fresno Bee talks to local broadcaster Dale Berry, who creates graphic novels in his spare time.

New York Magazine has a ten-page excerpt from Gipi’s Notes for a War Story.

Publishers Weekly chatted with David Michaelis about his upcoming biography of Charles Schulz, Schulz and Peanuts.

Publishers Weekly has a preview of Legend of the Dark Crystal, Col. 1: The Garthim Wars.

PW also interviews Jonathan Hickman, author of The Nightly News.

Comic Book Resources chats with Mark Guggenheim about his Oni Press series Resurrection.

To celebrate the publication of their collection Dr. Thirteen: Architecture and Morality, creators Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chang have done thirteen separate interviews, all published the same day. Links to all of them are on Cliff Chang’s blog.

South Carolina’s The State rounds up recent reader reaction to Tom Batuik’s deeply depressing current storyline in Funky Winkerbean. [via Comics Reporter]

Journalista! takes aim at comics’ poster-boy for getting out of the house more often, Dave Sim. (And what is Sim doing these days? Didn’t Cerebus end several years ago now?)

A truck ran into Oni Press’s wall/window, but everyone there is fine.

Wizard interviews Gerald Way, who writes Umbrella Academy (and also has a band or something).

Eye on Comics wonders what happened to the promised Adam Hughes All Star Wonder Woman.

Arowette’s Diary presents the Dan Didio Advisory & Warning System. Is your comic at risk of Rape, Death, or Emo?

The Icarus Comics blog notes that some manga categories (for adults, even!) previously little known here are starting to come out in the US market. The possibly not-so-good news is that they’re having to be in Diamond’s “Adult” section since they actually have sexual content.

Comics Reviews

Bookgasm reviews The Architect, by Mike Baron and Andie Tong.

Los Angeles City Beat reviews Tom Neely’s The Blot.

Hannibal Tatu lists this week’s “buy pile” for Comic Book Resources.

Comics Reporter reviews Al Hirschfeld’s 1951 book Show Business Is No Business.

The Daily Cross Hatch reviews Shannon Wheeler’s Screw Heaven, When I Die I’m Going to Mars.

Comics Worth Reading reviews Fell: Feral City.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Pipsqueak Wolverine

ANDREW’S LINKS: Pipsqueak Wolverine

Comics Links

Marvel Comics is having a costume contest on their website, to be judged by fans. The winner (who gets a Handbook-style page in some random comic) will be announced, appropriately, on Halloween. And the guy to beat this year is…pipsqueak Wolverine!

Scripps News talked to Mike Carey about his “real” novels, like The Devil You Know, and his graphic novels, like Re-Gifters.

Comic Book Resources interviews Amy Kim Ganter, who creates American Manga.

ICv2 interviews Marvel publisher Dan Buckley.

The Daily Cross Hatch interviews Paul Karasik, who edited the Fletcher Hanks collection I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets, among other things.

Comicon interviews Alex Robinson.

Comics Reviews

Bookgasm reviews the collection of the Alan Moore-plotted, old-British-character-filled Albion miniseries.

Augie De Bliecks, Jr.’s Pipeline column at Comic Book Resources looks at the new Marvel Comics Presents #1, the JLA Wedding Special, and other things.

Comics Reporter digs up Lynn Johnston’s 1992 “For Better or For Worse” collection Things Are Looking Up…

Brad Curran of Comics Should Be Good adores Scott Pilgrim.

From The Savage Critics:

Graeme McMillan cocks a snoot at Booster Gold #2 and other fine comics

and also looks at the first issue of the new Suicide Squad series.

Newsarama presents the usual picks of the week.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Super Hanger!

ANDREW’S LINKS: Super Hanger!


Now you have no excuse not to hang up your super-suit…

Comics Links

Eddie Campbell writes about speech balloons (including his differences of opinion with Bryan Talbot).

Yann Martel, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Life of Pi, has been sending a book and cover letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper every week for the past three months. This week, the book he sent and wrote about was Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

Viper Comics, not content with making comics I’ve never heard of, is branching out into clothes I won’t wear.

Comic Book Resources talks to Andy Smith, artist of Stormwatch PHD.

Fantagraphics Books has a regular Shoot-Out party, in which they run out into the woods, dump a pile of old monitors, lawn mowers, and TVs, and then blow them to pieces with assorted firearms. Apparently, this is not precisely legal. Wow, if you’d told me there was a comics publisher that shot up electronics regularly, Fantagraphics would not be the one I guessed…

Comics Worth Reading isn’t sure if there’s any market for comics mini-series any more.

Associated Content interviews Desert Peach creator Donna Barr.

Comic Snob pulls together various bestseller charts to make a grand unified field theory of popular manga.

Dick Hates Your Blog tries to work up some hate for Fantagraphics and Drawn & Quarterly.

Living Between Wednesdays likes that new magazine Comics Foundry.

Comics Reviews

Inside Pulse reviews the usual stack of comics, starting with Daredevil #100.

Sequential Tart reviews the newest Minx books, Clubbing and Good As Lily.

Comics Reporter reviews Will Eisner’s Life, in Pictures.

The Axis reviews Confessions of a Blabbermouth.

Warren Peace Sings the Blues reviews the Groo 25th Anniversary Special.

From The Savage Critics:


ANDREW’S LINKS: Lactose Intolerant

ANDREW’S LINKS: Lactose Intolerant

As I type this, it’s still Friday, which was New Comics Day back in my own misspent youth.  Very vaguely in honor of that, enjoy this picture of a Milk & Cheese magnet.

Comics Links

Jonathan Ross, British TV personality and famous snogger of Neil Gaiman, has an article in the Guardian about why he loved Steve Ditko. It also serves as a teaser for Ross’s documentary, In Search of Steve Ditko, appearing on BBC4 Sunday night at 9.

Comic Book Resources reprints Diamond’s charts for market share and sales for August in the direct market.

CBR interviews Andrea Offerman.

And CBR also interviews Billy Tucci.

The Small Press Expo has announced the nominees for this year’s Ignatz Awards.

Newsarama interviews Garth Ennis.

Cracked.com lists the ten funniest webcomics.

Omar Karindu, at Comics Should Be Good, argues that it was always stupid when comic-book superheroes fought real-world dictators, terrorists, and the like.

Mike Sterling ponders the state of Spider-Man’s marriage, and whether anyone but Joe Quesada was every strongly against it.

Nerds with Kids interviews Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer about their work on the kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba.

The Washington Post looks at comics designed to be viewed on cellphones.

Comics Reviews

The Joplin Independent checks out the New Look Betty & Veronica.

PopMatters reviews the last ten issues of Strangers in Paradise.

The Onion’s A.V. Club reviews a bunch of comics.

The Christian Science Monitor reviews the new graphic novel biography of Ronald Reagan.

Warren Peace Sings the Blues reviews Osamu Tezuka’s bizarrely brilliant Apollo’s Song.

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog covers this week’s comics, starting with B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground #2.

Jog of The Savage Critics reviews two old Vertigo comics: Kill Your Boyfriend and Girl.

Occasional Superheroine really likes the new Thor series.

Yes But No But Yes has its eyes on this week’s comics.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Tentacoo Wape!

ANDREW’S LINKS: Tentacoo Wape!

Hey, guess which loathed-by-the-Internets cover came out this week? Yup…that one.

Comics Links

Forbidden Planet International’s Continental Correspondent visits the Brussels Comics Center, and isn’t terribly impressed.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer talks with Douglas Wolk.

The Beat has some serious thoughts about the professionalism – or lack thereof – of the current crop of comic shop owners and management.

ICv2 interviews Viz’s Senior Vice President Liza Coppola.

Silver Bullet Comic Books interviews Umbrella Academy artist Gabriel Ba.

Panels and Pixels awoke to find itself buried under a giant wave of Naruto books.

At Newsarama, Grumpy Old Fan ponders the recent wave of creators returning to the books of their youth at DC.

The Chicago Reader talks to Anders Nilsen, cartoonist of The End. [via Newsarama]


Comics Reviews

Inside Pulse reviews Punisher War Journal #11.

Comic Book Resources’s Hannibal Tabu lists his “buy pile” for this week.

Warren Peace Sings the Blues reviews Good As Lily, the Minx graphic novel by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm.

Greg Burgas of Comics Should Be Good reviews this week’s comics, starting with Bad Planet #3.

Living Between Wednesdays also reviews this week’s comics, but she starts with Wonder Girl #1.

At The Savage Critics, Graeme McMillan also looks at Wonder Girl #1.

And Occasional Superheroine reviews the Justice League of America Weding Special.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Isn’t He A Little Short…?

ANDREW’S LINKS: Isn’t He A Little Short…?

(See the continuation for an explanation of our "Bob & Godzilla" photo today.)

Comics Links

Publishers Weekly Comics Week talks to Matt Fraction, writer of Casanova.

Steven Grant, at Comic Book Resources, thinks about Jack Kirby and the art of comic book covers, then and now.

Brian Michael Bendis was interviewed by CBR about the various flavors of Avengers currently available in the marketplace.

CBR also interviews Ryan Dunlavey, artist of Action Philosophers!

The Beat casts its beady eye on Platinum Studios’ plans to go public.

The Baltimore City Paper (motto: “Eh, who needs a fancy name. It’s only Baltimore.”) visits Steve Geppi’s museum.

The Edmonton Journal interviews Peter Kuper, author of Keep Forgetting to Remember.

The New York Daily News profiles Meredith Gran, creator of the webcomic Octopus Pie.

Washington Post Express interviews the creators of Black Metal.

Comics Reviews

Publishers Weekly reviews Robert C. Harvey’s biography of Milton Caniff.

Warren Peace Sings the Blues reviews the October issue of Shojo Beat, and finds an unexpected obsession with breasts.

Brian Cronin of Comics Should Be Good looks at this week’s Thor and realizes that editors should say no to J. Michael Straczynski more often.

All of Comics Should Be Good gang-review the first issue of Potter’s Field.

From The Savage Critics:

Ain’t It Cool News reviews a pile of comics.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Defending Freedom

ANDREW’S LINKS: Defending Freedom

Comics Links

The ACLU has a new online comic to explain its mission: Defenders of Freedom. (I would have used a panel from one of their stories to illustrate this post but – irony of ironies – it’s left-click disabled, locked down tight by proprietary software. So, instead, you get the very first Google image for the search “defender of freedom,” because Andrew Wheeler is all about the random fun. It’s from this page, by the way.)

Mike Carey talks to Comic Book Resources.

CBR also interviews Action Philosophers! creator Fred Van Lente.

Wizard chats with Jim Shooter, once and future writer of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Occasional Superheroine, at the Baltimore Comic-Con, found the crowd incredibly conservative and unwilling to look at any materials outside the usual Punchy McSuper-Dude “mainstream.”

Kevin Jones of Culture Magazine has an essay on Craig Thompson’s graphic novel Blankets.

Comix Talk interviews Krishna Sadasivam, creator of the webcomic PC Weenies.

Bookslut interviews Journalista!’s Dirk Deppey.

Comic World News interviews Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide.

Comics Reviews

Augie De Blieck, Jr. (of Comic Book Resources) reviews Asterix in Spain.

Comic Book Bin reviews Jaime Hernandez’s Maggie the Mechanic.

Comics and More reviews two manga collections: MPD Psycho, Vol. 1 and To Terra, Vol. 2.

Newsarama lists its picks for the week.


ANDREW’S LINKS: Knitted Hellboy

ANDREW’S LINKS: Knitted Hellboy

Comics Links

They’re sold out now, but for a brief, shining moment, the world had a chance to buy knitted Hellboy dolls. (Figures? Plushes? What do you call these things?) [via Newsarama]

This weekend, The New York Times dug through Stan Lee’s boxes of old photos for an article about the places he’s lived.

Comic Book Resources interviews Kent Williams.

The Friends of Lulu are looking for new board members, sayeth The Beat.

The Beat lists Diamond graphic novel sales charts from 2006 and 2007 (to date).

The Harlan Ellison/Fantagraphics legal matter just will not die…even after the supposedly final settlement, Ellison has now balked at posting the required-by-the-agreement 500-word rebuttal by Fantagraphics’s Gary Groth to three specific claims Ellison made about Groth. The unposted statement, and Ellison’s lawyer’s “not gonna do it” letter, are in the middle of this long post at The Beat.

Comics Reporter interviews Warren Craghead. (No, I didn’t know who he was, either. But CR likes him…)

The ComicBloc interviews Sean McKeever.

Some guy named Dan Stafford:

1)    wrote polite letters to various comics folks, like R. Crumb, Joe Matt, and James Kochalka, asking some questions.

2)    got letters back from same, with answers to those questions.

3)    Posted the results here.

The Bookseller (the UK’s magazine of bookselling) recently reported that UK manga publishers have had to beg the big chains over there to expand the space devoted to manga. Either the UK market is vastly different from the US, or Waterstone’s just isn’t that interested in making great piles of money…

Comics Reviews

The Joplin Independent reviews the Marvel comics adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

The Globe and Mail reviews a bunch of graphic novels and comics, starting with Sara Varon’s Robot Dreams.

Hannibal Tabu of Comic Book Resources lists his “buy pile” for this week.

Brian Cronin of Comics Should Be Good reviews Nick Abadzis’s Laika.

Greg Burgas of Comics Should Be Good reviews this week’s comics, starting with Action Philosophers! #9.

Greg Hatcher of CSBG reviews a pile of stuff he got for free.

From The Savage Critics: