Late news roundup is late. I’m compensating with a double dose of geek goodness. Well, at least I think so.
Awesome Kickstarter of the Week!
Memory, by Jeremy Baum: An anthology of (weird and/or interesting) comics based on the theme of human memory and featuring the work of over 40 independent artists from 8 countries.
The project is currently 76% funded with 28 to go. I promise you, the video will sell you… on acid, if not the Kickstarter itself. But don’t take my word for it, click through!
There’s also, incidentally, some great geek Kickstarter news this week:
- The Girl Who Would Be King, Kelly Thompson (CBR, 3 Chicks) is now for sale on Amazon.
- Aw Yeah Comics! Hits Kickstarter Target Within Hours, Steve Morris (The Beat): All ages comics getting love. As it should be.
- Kickstarter funded Pirate Bay documentary TPB:AFK is ready for download! (Boing Boing).
Pick of the Week: Your must read.
- Lois Lane, Refrigerators, and Superman’s Dick, Kyrax2 (Comics Bulletin).
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m referring to a recently-released comic that’s setting up what will likely prove to be another popular, maybe even best-selling, video game starring DC characters: Injustice: Gods Among Us, by the makers of Mortal Kombat.
You see, DC needed a premise. An excuse. A reason why Superman might get angry enough to fight all the other heroes in the world. Thus, in the digital-first comic setting up this extremely violent video game, Lois Lane – a Lois Lane pregnant with Superman’s child – is captured, tortured, and mutilated by the Joker and Harley Quinn, who then trick Superman into killing her and her unborn child.
The commentary for this scene on some of the gaming boards has been particularly interesting. “Gosh,” it goes, in post after post. “That’s harsh. I sure feel bad for Superman.”
I sure feel bad for Superman.
- New indie comics publisher! Chromatic Press will publish original comics, prose, and audiobooks, by creators from all over the world.
- Digital Comics Are Getting Cheaper, Todd Allen (Publishers Weekly).
- Willem and Akira Toriyama win top Angoulême honors, Kevin Melrose (Robot 6).
- Matt Kindt Manages Mind MGMT Into Ongoing Series, Jeffrey Renaud (CBR).
- Sneak Peak: Walking Dead: The Suicide King!
- Ladydrawers posted about the 2013 Visions in Feminism Conference: Bringing Feminism to Un-Feminist Spaces: Visions in Feminism CfP. They’re looking for workshop submissions.
- The new Bookish.com has the beginnings of a great comics and graphic novels section. Get your recommendations here!
- Fetch Me My Smelling Salts, There’s a Downton Abbey-Style Pride and Prejudice Movie in the Works, Rebecca Pahle (The Mary Sue): OH EM GEE.
- These Genderswapped Fairy Tales Are Anything But Grimm, Rebecca Pahle (Mary-Sue).
- 12 Things That Ruined Superman, Charlie Jane Anders (io9).
- The Entire Run Of Omni Magazine Is Available Online For Free, David Wharton (Giant Freaking Robot): HO-LY SHITTTT.
- xkcd’s Interplanetary Cessna and Trajectories, Rhett Allain (Wired): Eff yeah factchecking.
- Dark Side of the Earth: What would happen if our planet became tidally locked?, Esther Inglis-Arkell (io9).
- Beating heart of a quantum time machine exposed, Jacob Aron (New Scientist).
- So the Committee for Small Body Nomenclature just named an asteroid after Wikipedia, Robert T. Gonzalez (io9): Just beautiful. ‘
- Pentagon: Zombie Pigs First, Then Hibernating Soldiers, Katie Drummond (Wired).
- Neil deGrasse Tyson Awesomely Estimates Weight of Thor’s Hammer (VIDEO).
Interviews and Editorials
- Maurice Sendak, R.O. Blechman (The Comics Journal).
- Love Bytes: A veteran of online dating finds he’s somewhat compatible with Dan Slater’s new book, Seth Stevenson (Slate).
- The final book of The Sandman’s main run ends one Dream and begins another, Noah Cruickshank, Genevieve Koski, Noel Murray, Tasha Robinson, and Oliver Sava (AV Club).
- Shooters Need To Get Better At Depicting Arab, Hussein M. Ibrahim (Kotaku).
- Conversing on Comics with Nate Bellegarde, Chris Arrant (Robot 6).
- Watch Stars From Django Unchained Discuss Tarantino’s Screenplay, Krystle Drew.
And finally, (brace yourself), there’s new Miyazaki!