November 2010

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Second Episode!  If you haven’t tried out our new podcast yet, now’s the time.  Check out my new podcast comics review venture with fellow comics lovers and lady bloggers Sue of DC Women Kicking Ass and Maddy of When Fangirls Attack.

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Special thanks to Nik Furious for the 3 Chicks theme and to Adam Greene for assistance on the 3 Chicks logo.

For more information you can also always visit the 3 Chicks Cast page here on 1979 Semi-Finalist.

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Some good stuff this week, but much like cover of the week…nobody could compete with J.H. Williams and Amy Reeder on Batwoman #0.  That said, because of the way it was structured and drawn, it was almost impossible to pick a single panel…so you’re getting a whole page.  Enjoy!

Also, check out my review of Batwoman #0 on She Has No Head – as well as our discussion of Batwoman #0 on our second episode of 3 Chicks Review Comics, which goes up today at 2pm on Comics Should Be Good.

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Come by She Has No Head! and read what I thought about J.H. Williams III’s much anticipated Batwoman #0.

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Artwork by Zugma

The “hot topic” section in my new 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast with Sue of DC Women Kicking Ass and Maddy of When Fangirls Attack! was about a Buffy film remake sans Joss Whedon, and tangentially the lack of a Wonder Woman film.  Sue made an excellent point that perhaps Hollywood didn’t care much for the existing fan base and was simply trying to capture the “Twilight” audience with a Buffy remake, and I think she’s right.  But reading this piece from the LA Times, confirms my suspicions that Hollywood is totally deluded about the Buffy fanbase that exists and what it wants.

This quote by Charles Roven (a producer involved with Batman Begins) is so misinformed and ignorant about the Buffy fanbase that it’s hard to have confidence in anyone involved: “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return…”

Um. No. There IS an active fan base, but it’s in love with a character and world created by Joss Whedon (and his devoted team of actors, writers, and producers) and that character and world WILL NOT be reproduced in a re-vamped movie.  Anyone remotely interested in this, please keep in mind that as I understand it nothing you love of the television show: Willow, Xander, Anya, Oz, Angel, Spike, Wesley, Riley, Cordelia – even Giles will exist in this remake.  Those are creations of the television show, not the film – the film has no rights to those characters. Buffy and the slayer concept is the sole hold over from the movie to the television show (everything from the city Buffy lives in, to her Watcher is different), and Buffy and the slayer concept sound as if they will be the sole hold over to the new film.  And I think most of us agree, that as much as we love Buffy, that she’s not much without those other characters.

Is it possible that new writer will be able to come in and build a great new supporting cast and storyline around a retooled Buffy?  Sure.  But in order for it to be good and not feel like a complete rip off of the television show it’s going to have to be so different from the original…that I’m not sure why WB is bothering?  Why not just come up with something NEW?  If Ms. Whit Anderson has such a fresh interesting take on these things, why not just let her create something new…is that so unfathomable?  Why try to co-opt something fans love and want preserved respectfully in its original form and via its original creators instead of just creating something NEW to capture those young “Twilight fans”?  There are infinite vampire stories to be told – some of them are even good – why not go there instead of disrespecting something that already owns its place in the world.

I also have to say, as a writer who, like Ms. Anderson, grew up on Buffy (and based on the article she clearly proclaims a loves and respects for Buffy), I would NEVER deign to even touch Buffy without Joss Whedon’s okay.  And I find it a little hard to believe that Ms. Anderson respects and loves the material as she purports but is also more than willing to go against Whedon’s wishes and do this remake that shuts out all original creators.  There’s an argument to be made that if Anderson doesn’t do it someone else will…and that’s totally valid, and is probably just one more reason why I’m not crazy successful and rich.  Doing the right thing…it doesn’t usually make you rich, what can I say?

Anyway, if you have any doubts about the fan base Warner Brothers…take a look at the comments on the LA Times piece…332 and counting, and they swing wildly toward the negative.

I for one, don’t believe in Buffy without Joss (and maybe not Joss without Buffy? Whoa…just blew my own mind) and will be boycotting for sure.  And probably talking about it…a lot.  Prepare yourselves.

15, 060 words / 48 pages

Woo.  Still way behind with only three days to go, but it’s hard to feel bad.  I like what I’ve got, and I’ve written more this month than I have in an age, and this experiment has pushed me so hard to solve problems with the plot and world building.  Had I not done this I suspect I wouldn’t have worked on this book at all…instead I have a nice chunk (and hopefully maybe 10 to 15k more to come) and a lot of the world building and characters and plotting ironed out – which in pseudo science-fiction/post apocalyptic books like mine – is a lot of the battle.  So though I’m disappointed there’s not more by now, it’s still a hell of a start to the new novel…I think depending on where I end up I’ll try to keep this same attitude and finish a draft by January 1st, even though December is going to be part hell and part heaven from a busy/commitments standpoint.  We’ll see.  I’ll keep updating, at least through November 30th.  Tomorrow at least should be one more good day of words…maybe I can get to 25K.

There were some really nice covers this week including Travel Foreman’s Black Widow #8, the lovely (and bittersweet) final cover to Madame Xanadu #29 by Mark Buckingham, and Jock’s very cool Detective Comics #871, but nobody could hang with J.H. Williams III and my girl Batwoman for Batwoman #0.  Bathe in the awesomeness:

Happy Thanksgiving to those Americans that celebrate it.  I mostly celebrate having two days off…which at this point in my life is a massive luxury.

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It’s here!  My new podcast comics review venture with fellow lady bloggers Sue of DC Women Kicking Ass and Maddy of When Fangirls Attack.  Podcasts will be going up weekly via Comics Should Be Good – Tuesdays at 2pm.  Check us out now!

Special thanks to Nik Furious for the 3 Chicks theme.  And to Adam Greene for assistance on the 3 Chicks logo.

For more information you can also always visit the 3 Chicks Cast page here on 1979 Semi-Finalist.

Update: Some linkage on Scans_Daily and at DC Women Kicking Ass

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This panel from the very first page of Batman Inc. #1, by Yanick Paquette is pretty damn hard to beat…you can see why…

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New She Has No Head! is up – a review of Sarah Glidden’s How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or LessCheck it out!

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Man I wish comics were more like this more regularly.  Let me just go on record as saying that I would buy Marvel’s Strange Tales II monthly…forever…I’d even buy it weekly forever.  It’s true that anthologies are always a bit of a mixed bag, because every story is not equal, at the same time while my favorite piece may be a Kate Beaton piece, someone else may prefer something completely different, so there’s also room in an anthology for everyone to find something to fall really in love with.  The price tag on these is high ($4.99) but it’s 48 pages and the first two issues this year were some of the most enjoyable comics reading I’ve done all year…and that’s worth quite a bit to me.

Check out a few preview pages here, if you doubt me.  And you can see more pages, and a longer write up here.

By Michael DeForge

Written by Nick Gurewitch and illustrated by Kate Beaton

By Eduardo Medeiros

And of course the great Ivan Brunetti Cover, so you know what to look out for. Strange Tales II #3 releases on December 8th, 2010.  Don’t forget to ask for it at your shop.

By Ivan Brunetti

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