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UVC Launches for U, the Viewer

UVC Launches for U, the Viewer

Rich Watson has announced the launch of a new comics magazine called UVC, which he describes as "Wizard meets Vibe." Rich and co-editor Ron will be at the NY Comic-Con handing out free copies of the first bimonthly issue, which will feature articles, news, reviews, interviews and so forth about the comics world and people of color.

Rich asks people wishing to work on this magazine to contact him, and assures readers the magazine will be distributed locally at first then going national, and an accompanying website is in the works.

Jeff Smith takes Captain Marvel fun seriously

Jeff Smith takes Captain Marvel fun seriously

Over at his blog, Jeff Smith advises Captain Marvel/Shazam fans to "visit DC Comic’s website to find the Monster Society Secret Decoder. On Friday, February 9th, I’ll hide a Monster Egg in my blog and you’ll need the decoder to find it… You will also need to know the code for a couple of lines in the comic book."

He further challenges "every member of the comics blogosphere, blog writers and readers, to do this: if you liked Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil, pick up one extra copy this week or next and give it to a kid you know who likes Harry Potter, Eregon, A Series of Unfortunate Events, manga or just plain loves reading. Promise them that if they like it, you’ll buy them every issue. And ask them to read it and tell you what they think. Do they want to read the next issue? And if they do, you have gotten them interested in comics. And, although it’s a baby step to a massive world, superhero comics."

Dark Tower – Googling the Mainstream

Dark Tower – Googling the Mainstream

Has the Dark Tower launch event made it past the usual insular comics fan circles? Let’s take a look:

Four pages via Google News, including articles from Maine Today, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, the Kansas City Star, the Newark Star-Ledger, the San Jose Mercury News, the Toledo Free Press and Cleveland Plain Dealer (of course, the latter is Mike Sangiacomo so that’s a bit of a ringer), the Pike County Courier, the Elmira Star-Gazette, the Kane County Chronicle, the Capital Times, and a few other subscription-only papers. That’s a nice cross-section of coverage around the country!

Doctor Who as Luther Arkwright, Talbot and Lewis Carroll

Doctor Who as Luther Arkwright, Talbot and Lewis Carroll

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!

Graphic novelists wax poetic

Graphic novelists wax poetic

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.

Stan Lee on Heroes: Geek Factor Upped

Stan Lee on Heroes: Geek Factor Upped

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).

Who wins?

Who wins?

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.