As May draws to a close, we look back at how the comics industry did this past week or so.
Neil Gaiman is not Fucking Around When it Comes to Sandman
After 30 years of “successfully battling bad movies of Sandman,” Neil Gaiman is very pleased with what’s to come from the Netflix series. Shockingly (but not actually), people who don’t actually read comics but say they do have issues with the casting, including the decision to prominently display pronouns on DC’s promotions. Gaiman himself has no fucks to give such people.
I give all the fucks about the work. I spent 30 years successfully battling bad movies of Sandman.
I give zero fucks about people who don't understand/ haven't read Sandman whining about a non-binary Desire or that Death isn't white enough. Watch the show, make up your minds. https://t.co/KcNzap8Kt4
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) May 29, 2021
In Other Comics to Screen News
M. Night Shaymalan is still making movies. His latest is film, Old, is inspired by a graphic novel by that was gifted to him by his children. His daughters gifted him Sandcastle, a French graphic novel by Pierre Oscar Levy and artist Frederik Peeters.
Family, friends, and colleagues bid farewell to writer David Anthony Kraft, who passed away due to a COVID-related illness.
So sorry to read this. David Anthony Kraft's sublime and nuanced characterizations broadened comics for both of us; this issue in particular planted the seed which blossomed into a lifelong love for Patsy Walker. https://t.co/mrPvMSn3nR pic.twitter.com/q1AhfXjuxx
— Grass.of.Parnassus (@grass_parnassus) May 20, 2021
“Dr. Kentaro Miura, the author of ‘Berserk,’ passed away on May 6, 2021 due to acute aortic dissection. We would like to express our utmost respect and gratitude to Dr. Miura’s painting work and pray for his soul.”
Ta’Nehsi Coates Says Goodbye to Wakanda, John Ridley Says Hello
In an interview with Polygon, writer Ta’Nehisi Coates reflects on the time he has spent shaping the world of Wakanda and the Black Panther. In the interview, he called out Marvel’s treatment of its creators.
John Ridley will be taking over with a new Black Panther series featuring covers by Alex Ross.
Women Making Comics Around The World
OZY takes a look at how women from the Middle East and North Africa are shaping comics in their region.
Oh Those Militant and Inflammatory Union Posters
Artist Michael DeForge’s union stewards recruitment poster was labelled too “inflammatory” and “militant” to be posted on workplace bulletin boards. The employer subsequently lost their legal challenge.
Employer loses challenge for refusing to allow "inflammatory" @seiulocal2can union poster in workplace.
— ryan hayes (@hayesrya) May 18, 2021