Heidi MacDonald covers the impossibility that is hotel booking for the San Diego Comic Con International. Congratulations for being one of the few to score your room of choice, Heidi! Although that doesn’t really make sense, does it, if they’re all sold out (here today, gone two hours later!). Erm, how about, congratulations on being one of the many who got lucky!
The Mix : What are people talking about today?
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jeff Bridges has joined the cast of the upcoming Iron Man movie, playing "a confidant and close business associate of Stark, a longtime employee at defense contractor Stark Industries who plays a major role in shaping Stark’s life." Sounds a bit like Happy Hogan to me. Or so one could hope.
Pia Guerra reports on her blog, "While doing a little Wiki surfing this evening not only do I learn that one of my favourite graphic novels, Bryan Talbot’s Adventures of Luther Arkwright, has been adapted into a full cast audio production available on CD but that it also stars [current Dr. Who star] David Tennant!" The triple CD is a couple years old but still available from Big Finish. The price is a bit dearer for those out of the UK, and with the exchange rate American fans might think about waiting even a little longer to purchase this gem.
In addition, Mike Netzer passes along the announcement from the Lewis Carroll Society of North America that Talbot will be speaking at their spring 2007 meeting, on April 14 at Columbia University, about his new graphic novel Alice in Sunderland. A Saturday in April in NYC? You can bet ComicMix will be there!
Jessa at Bookslut notes that the Poetry Foundation "has invited some of today’s most vital graphic novelists to interpret a poem of their choice from the more than 4,500 poems in our archive, reaching from Beowulf to the present." The link also takes you to the first entry, the first two stanzas of Diane Wakoski‘s 1966 poem "Belly Dancer" as interpreted by David Heatley, best known for his meticulous renderings of his dreams.
The TV series Heroes is bound and determined to rope in not only the mainstream audience garnered by its intricate serial plotline(s), but the comics cognoscenti and related fan hobbyists whence its genre fiction originates. First Christopher Eccleston ("Dr. Who"), then George Takei ("Star Trek"), and now Stan Lee ("The Man") will make a cameo on the show, in a scene with character Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka, easily the best reason to watch the show for those of us who don’t particularly care for it).
In last Monday’s New York Times, ComicMix contributor Dave Marsh sounds off on the democracy craze. Not the one in the Middle East, but the one sweeping the media, on shows like AMERICAN IDOL and DANCING WITH THE STARS. "What it really represents is an ever more cleverly manipulated pop culture," said Dave Marsh, a longtime rock critic and host of a Sirius satellite radio show. "Empowerment becomes a commodity."
In criticizing the contests, Mr. Marsh said the mass market spots talent well enough: "The mob chose Elvis Presley, the mob chose James Brown, the mob chose the Beatles." With executives filtering the process, he said, the result is "disposable" performers "who are selected because they stay away from anything that’s personal or controversial." Instead, we get the music Paula Abdul thinks we want.
It’s making the rounds – I first saw it on Budgie’s blog – but it’s "Weird" Al Yankovic so it’s bound to. With all due respect to fellow Long Islander (after all, Spidey’s home base of Queens is just western Long Island) Billy Joel…
Not a bad way to watch movie snippets.
The Tenth Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy has been posted at Reb’s blog Adventures in Lame. Lots of great comics-related links regarding bloggers’ thoughts on Batgirl, Supergirl, female characters in Spider-Man, and Mary Sue fiction. Comprehensive — and worth reading!
The latest edition of actor/writer/blogger Wil Wheaton’s Geek in Review column at Suicide Girls (caution, some portions of the website are Not Safe For Work, a.k.a. exploitive of women’s bodies) talks about all the graphic novels he’s been catching up on reading now that he doesn’t buy comics as often as he used to.
To nobody’s surprise, DC will be out in force at the upcoming New York Comic Con. Under the direction of DC President & Publisher Paul Levitz, nearly every member of the New York DC Universe and Vertigo editorial groups will be at the show, along with personnel from WildStorm, Editorial Administration, Creative Services, Sales & Marketing and other departments. DC also will sponsor several panels at the convention. A partial list of DC freelancers (writers and pencillers) attending the convention follows after the fold, as does their panel schedule.