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Quote Of The Day: Captain America

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Marvel Comics,

Willoughby Spit WonderHe scuffed directly to the wire magazine racks and twirled them till he located the comic books. He found the least-wrinkled copy of Young Men, which contained stories about the Sub-Mariner Captain America and the Human Torch. He took a minute to study its thrilling cover before carrying it and some war comics to the cash register.
    The guy who rang him up said, “First one of those we sold all week. Nobody’s buying superheroes anymore.”
    “Not even Young Men?”
    “Not even Batman.”
    Glancing back at the rack, Carter said, “That’s bad, huh?”
    The guy handed him his change. “We’ll live.”

The Willoughby Spit Wonder by Jonathon Scott Fuqua (Candlewick Press, 2004)

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[Artwork: The Willoughby Spit Wonder]


Quote Of The Day: Patricia Highsmith

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

Black Terror“I had also the advantage of a movie sale of my first book (Strangers On A Train) to Alfred Hitchcock, though for a sum so small no one believes it when I quote it, so I won’t here. My life was all right for about a year and a half; I went to Europe in a modest way, and began a second book on a freighter on the way back. But the going was very rough for three years after that; I did not have the comforts I had grown used to while doing hack work...”

From Plotting And Writing Suspense Fiction by Patricia Highsmith (1966).

Hack work? While it’s not often discussed, before Strangers On A Train propelled her career as a novelist, Highsmith used to write comic books back in the 1940s sweatshop days.

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Quote Of The Day: Doctor And Comic Book Fan

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

Doctor StrangeA small community hospital in Pennsylvania is seeking a doctor to join them.

“This location has a large assortment of shopping facilities including grocery stores, tee shirt design shops, comic book stores, and jewelry stores and is nestled in western portion of PA.”

If I were a doctor, I’d be enticed by comic book stores near my hospital!

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[Artwork: Dr. Strange, by Steve Ditko © Marvel Comics]

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Quote Of The Day: Peanuts

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Reviews, Independent,

Peanuts #1"It should not be forgotten that nearly all thoughts of Peanuts, especially by those who love it, are viewed through the rose tinted bifocals of nostalgia. This was a good comic strip and it certainly had a following, but it wasn’t Watchmen."

-- Ryan K Lindsay

Wikipedia: “At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages. It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States, and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion. Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and run in almost every U.S. newspaper.”

Thank goodness it wasn’t Watchmen! [I have my copy of Peanuts #1 and will post a review shortly.]

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[Artwork: Peanuts #1 from kaboom!]

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Quote Of The Day: Steve Bissette

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Marvel Comics,

Journey Into Mystery 89"Heirs earn from inherited real estate, patents, companies, stocks, bonds, etc.; this isn’t rocket science.

"The argument that heirs shouldn’t earn from the labors of parent creators is completely and offensively nonsensical [BS] - fortunes, and earnings from ongoing revenue streams, are passed on every day, everywhere. Arguing that real revenue-creating and generating properties like comic book characters/titles/concepts aren’t the same turf is more defeatist horse[expletive]."

Steve Bissette explains in greater detail his position on Jack Kirby V. Marvel.

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[Artwork: Journey Into Mystery by Jack Kirby, © Marvel Comics, swiped from Mondo Marvel]

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Quote Of The Day: Cowboys & Aliens

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies,

Cowboys & Aliens

"One can only hope [Cowboys & Aliens] is the happy start to a long line of Hollywood films that settle ancient, legendary rivalries: Centaurs & Gangsters; Zombies & Boxers; Pterodactyls & Frisbees; Demons & the cast of '80s sitcom Full House (who may be on the same side)."

-- Chris Lackner, Postmedia News

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[Artwork: Daniel Craig, from Cowboys & Aliens]

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Quote of the Day: Barnes & Noble

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

Barnes & Noble

If you're wondering where to invest your money now that Borders Books is in a state of freefall, you might hold off on putting some of your hard-earned money into the competition, Barnes & Noble.

“At the moment booksellers are something to avoid as an investment. Across the board, even for B&N, losses have exceeded expectations. Economics of digital business for B&N look worse than they should.”

-- Goldman Sachs analyst Matt Fassler speaking at Digital Book World.

[Artwork: Where Print Goes To Die]

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Kenneth Branagh Explains Why He Directed Thor

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Interviews, Movies, Marvel Comics,

Kenneth Branagh on a Thor set

Kenneth Branagh believes is like a Shakespeare play.

The actor-and-director - best known for his adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays - says he took on the job of directing the forthcoming superhero movie, because it reminded him of the English playwright’s works:

“I read the script and saw an epic adventure with, at the centre, human dynamics - which for me is what really works in comics. I looked at the relationships and saw brothers, mother, father and sons: the tight royal circle. When you get down to it, this is pure Shakespeare it’s a great drama about familial problems concerning those who possess great power.”

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Quote of the Day: Robert Kirkman on The Walking Dead TV Set

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Interviews, Television, Image Comics,

Robert Kirkman on the set of The Walking Dead

“I was telling my manager that I want to walk around on set and look at all the actors and just be like, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve killed you and I’ve killed you and you don’t last very long in the book. Sorry!’ I am seeing a lot of characters who aren’t in the book anymore, and I think that’s kind of cool.”

- The Walking Dead writer reflects upon working with old characters on the set of the comic book’s television series adaptation.

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Quote of the Day: John Layman on Hollywood’s Eye For Chew

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Interviews, Movies, Image Comics,

John Layman

“The Jim Carrey/Bruce Willis companies called me and asked why I didn’t go with them. I said, because I can’t call Jim Carrey. I can call [Brian Michael] Bendis!”

- writer John Layman on Hollywood adaptations.

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