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Back in the day, Walter would, every once in a while, forget how to draw. Remember?" Louise said.

“Oh yeah,” Walter agreed. “That still happens occasionally. It’s like, ‘Oh my god, nothing I’m drawing looks any good anymore. My life is over as an artist.’ And what I realized, because I was an editor at the time, and had seen a lot of work go past me, was that when you hit this phase where suddenly your stuff, which looks just like it did yesterday, doesn’t look good to you anymore, it’s because your mind has made a leap. Your brain has gotten farther than your hand has learned to do it yet. But eventually, give it a few weeks, keep it up and you’ve made a leap in your own craft. That was a big help because it was so depressing when you realize you couldn’t draw anymore.
From an interview with Walt and Louise Simonson.

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graemem:

“When women create superhero comics, though—as with G. Willow Wilson on Ms. Marvel—they’ve had success attracting a female audience. So Marvel’s decision to make Thor a woman, and the company’s general effort to reach out to female readers, seem like canny business moves.”

Well, except for the fact that the creative team making Thor a woman doesn’t contain one woman, of course. (From here. This has been the year for “Hey, women go to Comic-Con too?!?” pieces, it seems. See also this terrible piece.)

2009 headlines: “Did Twilight Ruin Comic-Con? Some people think so.

And: “Will Twilight Ruin This Year’s Comic-Con?

And Yahoo Answers: “What is comic-con? and how did twilight ruin it?

And the LA Weekly’s delightful headline: “Comic-Con’s Twilight Protests: Is There a Gender War Brewing?”

2011: ”This Year, Twilight Will Not Ruin San Diego Comic Con

But this year it’s okay because there’s going to be a female version of a corporate-sponsored male character written by the usual guys.  Plus, Thorette’s shoulders and parts of her belly don’t have any armor on them, another female superhero plainly created for the male gaze; with Twilight, women were asserting their own sexual thoughts, too (however messed up)— that threat is gone.  Not a hard math; just the same old lame one.

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comicartistevolution:

Bill Sienkiewicz 1990: Big Numbers #3

It remains one of his greatest regrets of his career and has often commented that “a day doesn’t go by that he doesn’t think of wanting to finish it.”  

I should maybe finish Big Numbers someday.” — Bill Sienkiewicz to himself, while inking Daredevil comics.  Goddamn, that is fucking tragic.  

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Reading all the announcements for new comics coming out of Comicon (and/or clicking refresh to find out if this is the year gun violence has finally and inevitably erupted, or some crazy weirdo runs through the crowd with a Lord of the Rings sword, cutting down dweebs like they were so much wheat; however you want to phrase it).  Besides the delight involved with the heavily promoted comic about the black superhero being named FEAR HIM, besides that, sometimes I feel a little— I don’t know if jealousy is the right word…?  Or maybe it is.  

I guess I’m jealous of the being able to do stuff with a straight face part…?  Basically how I see it going in my head, is if I ever tried to make some comic or cartoon or whatever, that’s all like, “Hey, guys, it’s the year 2098, on the Planet Squeeswag and there’s an elf on a big motorcycle, and—"…?  I just imagine someone immediately jumping up and yelling, "It’s not the year 2098— you’re a sad man who never gets out of his pajamas on his weekend, falls asleep on his couch regularly because he’s too lazy to walk over to his bed, and sometimes has problems sleeping because he’s lying awake worrying about whether he needs to have his testosterone levels checked.  Nice try, jag-off."  And that someone’s name?  Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  And we’re both buck-naked.

I’m not jealous about the rest of it, the actually making something about Planet Squeeswag because I don’t have any ideas about Planet Squeeswag usually, or what life’s like there, in the summer— that’s not the stuff I just usually make when left alone to my own devices, at least.  I’m just jealous of that sort of, like— I just imagine it takes a self-confidence I just don’t think I’m ever going to have to say “I really think I’ve got important things to say about werewolf dick-magicians" out loud or whatever. I guess I’m just kinda jealous that I don’t have that, like, gear to even have those kinds of ideas.  I wouldn’t even know how to get to the place where I did have that gear, what kind of hemophiliac-slash-Rocky-in-the-tundra workout routine I’d have to do to get there.  I’m not decrying it— like, it’s obviously a very popular skill to have!  People seem really excited by that stuff, and hey, great.  I mean, it’s a little weird they made a whole documentary of Image creators yelling Freedom like they were extras in Braveheart, before announcing sci-fi/fantasy comics. But excitement’s good for everybody, I suppose, and I’m not trying to be all “I just got to be Phe Phe" about it.  Like I’m legitimately and sincerely jealous of the confidence that must take.  

I don’t have that.  I don’t even know if it’d be nice to have that kind of confidence— with that kind of confidence, maybe I’d drive like all crazy, or wear shorts a lot, or try to fist-fight the local teenagers at the mall food court, or do things that it’s probably just as well I don’t do.  Maybe it’d be unhealthy for me, that kind of confidence.  But the heart wants what the heart wants, I guess. 

Video is a very-NSFW commercial for a bath cream from Thailand.  

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Went looking to see if anyone was talking about something relating to comic books on twitter; found these tweets instead. So yeah, I’d say so far my favorite news from Comicon so far is whatever the heck this is.  ”Why was my business competitor not sufficiently respectful towards me?  Why can’t comics just be creator-enjoyed?"  Also: who taught comic book people the word "diatribe" and can someone go back in a time machine and slap them in the face, with the back of their hand?  Not me— I’m too weak; I literally got a bad cramp hugging someone the other day.  I yelled out in pain because of the physical exertion caused by hugging. I’m falling apart both physically and emotionally.  But someone else.  Time Machine Ownership a plus.  

Went looking to see if anyone was talking about something relating to comic books on twitter; found these tweets instead. So yeah, I’d say so far my favorite news from Comicon so far is whatever the heck this is.  ”Why was my business competitor not sufficiently respectful towards me?  Why can’t comics just be creator-enjoyed?"  Also: who taught comic book people the word "diatribe" and can someone go back in a time machine and slap them in the face, with the back of their hand?  Not me— I’m too weak; I literally got a bad cramp hugging someone the other day.  I yelled out in pain because of the physical exertion caused by hugging. I’m falling apart both physically and emotionally.  But someone else.  Time Machine Ownership a plus.  

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DARK HORSE PUSHES 12 CREATOR-OWNED SERIES FOR SDCC, INCLUDING ‘FIGHT CLUB 2′, ‘LADY KILLER’, AND ‘HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.’
By Andrew Wheeler
Over the last twelve days, Dark Horse has thrown a spotlight on twelve new creator-owned titles that they plan to promote at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The series include the Fight Club sequel from Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart
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How much of the Fight Club sequel is Cameron Stewart going to own?  

comicsalliance:

DARK HORSE PUSHES 12 CREATOR-OWNED SERIES FOR SDCC, INCLUDING ‘FIGHT CLUB 2′, ‘LADY KILLER’, AND ‘HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.’

By Andrew Wheeler

Over the last twelve days, Dark Horse has thrown a spotlight on twelve new creator-owned titles that they plan to promote at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The series include the Fight Club sequel from Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart

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How much of the Fight Club sequel is Cameron Stewart going to own?  

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A Thing I Get Annoyed About Myself For Doing, Episode 12 Billion and Four: There’s been all these announcements in the Nerdy-Nerd World about ladies becoming the Thor or there being a black Captain America or whatever.  And I do this thing in my head that I find really annoying when I catch myself doing it of… When This or That gets announced, I imagine that there are Other People in the World who I don’t know and can’t see and will never meet, but that in my head I imagine are quite cross about the various goings-ons.  Ooooh they’re very upset, these hypothetical people who I imagine are very likely to exist!  And I’m, like… happy about that because I don’t like those people who I have made up in my mind (or I imagine I wouldn’t like them even though I have liked all sorts of people who I don’t agree with on stuff, throughout my life)…?

And when it’s race or lady stuff, like with this week, I may not even be wrong— I could probably find some sum certain of these people if I, like, lifted up a rock in some dark place where I know things grow under rocks or if I got a twitter account, if that’s how I lived my life.  But having not done that, having them exist in a purely hypothetical Schrodinger’s Cat kind of existence in my mind, it’s just… It just puts me in an obnoxious place where I’m in my head judging people who I myself have created for the purpose of judging them…?  If I had dice, I could at least tell myself I’m playing some kinda rad one-man Dungeons & Dragons game, but I got no dice!

It’s not just nerdy stuff.  I do this every week after I watch John Oliver’s show (which I love)— I get this smug feeling of “Oh, well I bet there were people who didn’t know about that subject" or with the income inequality one especially, like "Oh I bet he’s certainly upset some people who deserve it, goshdarnit"… Which… What?  Who do I think subscribes to HBO???  What kind of unwashed yokels do I think are watching that show besides me?  People watching HBO news-oriented comedies are probably a bunch of people with opinions on the best way to eat wine and cheese- people more sophisticated than me who understand what the deal is with chartecuriess at restaurants.  I don’t know what the hell chartecuries are or how I’m supposed to order on that part of a menu— I always get really confused and feel lost as a person when I see those on menus at restaurants. (I could just ask a waiter but I don’t know— I’ve just never done that— too much pride— restaurant pride…?).  But, yeah, everybody else who has HBO and watches John Oliver is probably way better than me at being a person.  Who am I making up in my head???

(Except the people who watch True Blood.  Because come on...)

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Hm. Darker thematically than I was expecting, the Seconds.  The stuff around the stuff, at least— past the surface.  I’d gotten a very off impression of what it was like from the early stuff I’d seen written about it— the stuff I’d seen, I’d somehow gotten the impression that it’d be like, like, a light fun fantasy-romp…? Which— I think is definitely not how I received it, but… 
(One especially weird interview asks him about his interest in fashion and his “research on the restaurant industry” and page layouts, before bothering to mention in the very last question that it might be about anything— at least having read the book now that interview just seems tip-to-toe crazy bananas…) 
I’m on a nice little run lately with this, Beautiful Darkness, Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, and I had an okay time with that Sophie Yanow War of Streets & Houses (a little outside my usual wheelhouse).  I’m on a little streak.  Right now, I’d say Beautiful Darkness over everything, but…

Hm. Darker thematically than I was expecting, the Seconds. The stuff around the stuff, at least— past the surface. I’d gotten a very off impression of what it was like from the early stuff I’d seen written about it— the stuff I’d seen, I’d somehow gotten the impression that it’d be like, like, a light fun fantasy-romp…? Which— I think is definitely not how I received it, but…

(One especially weird interview asks him about his interest in fashion and his “research on the restaurant industry” and page layouts, before bothering to mention in the very last question that it might be about anything— at least having read the book now that interview just seems tip-to-toe crazy bananas…)

I’m on a nice little run lately with this, Beautiful Darkness, Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, and I had an okay time with that Sophie Yanow War of Streets & Houses (a little outside my usual wheelhouse). I’m on a little streak. Right now, I’d say Beautiful Darkness over everything, but…

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Q&A: Bryan Lee O'Malley on His New Book 'Seconds,' Food, Cuteness, and Post-'Scott Pilgrim' Stress

dontstopbereaving:

There’s a very memorable hamburger in Seconds that is illustrated so lovingly, that you know something has to go wrong. You can’t love a food object that much without something going terribly wrong.

Yeah, exactly. When I read Seconds back after I got it printed, I was like, “Oh, this is another adult problem.” Like, being unable to enjoy food because you feel bad after eating it. Before and after, you feel bad. It’s like: guilt and then intestinal distress.

Hi, I did a very long interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley. It was VERY COOL and FUN and I hope you read it!!

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