Need To Know… 24.3.14

by capelesst

only what you need

only what you need

Is it Kickstarter season? Because the crowdfunding projects are blooming, be they for Schmucks, Girls’ nights out, or a House Party. That’s a lot of crowd to fund, though, so to set you up in the giving vein, have a free tale of Yeezus.

Comics continue to crush culture, with Marvel Editor Sana Amanat giving a great TED talk on “Myths, Misfits, and Masks”; more MOOCS, on making this time; and that Grampa animated movie we were teased with going live on the interwebs. Of course, comics don’t always make positive headlines for their cultural sensitivity, and last week Valiant snatched the dunce’s cap away from Dan DiDio with their somewhat insensitive Rai relaunch. And there’s the ongoing issue of superhero diversity, rendered team by team in comic graph form over at Comics Alliance.

Time for some #longreads, and where better to start than with the excellent Past, Present & Future posts on Hellboy’s history over at Multiversity; they’re in depth, impassioned, and easy to follow. The Mercurial Blonde is at it again, owning comics journalism with some thoughts on love or art, an interview regarding a comic we’re very excited for: Genesis, and a little piece on actually interviewing artists. Then there’s Kate Beaton talking comics history and drawing Nelson, and your latest state-of-comics Mayo Report, which you might want to compare and contrast with The Beat‘s coverage. Of for the ultimate #longread… new solicitations are up, for June!

If, like me, you’re intrigued to see what the Prophet crew do after that title ends, here’s the first sign from Simon Roy, with Jan’s Atomic Heart. There’s more Shaky Kane on the way in 2014, too, and another Blacksad volume to come! Oh, and somebody loves Chris Samnee. Aaw!

In other news, there is only one True Detective, Stan Lee is old, and for those of you tired of speculation, try meta-speculation (or maybe its more like Comics Publishers Top Trumps?).

“I can’t really picture the average person going to the trouble of curating his own little comic section, much less reading a new and unfamiliar strip for months to build up a relationship with it. There’s so much other content available—instantly and all for free—that there’s no reason to stick around if you’re not immediately enthralled. We consume everything like potato chips now. In this environment, I suspect the cartoonist’s connection with readers is likely to be superficial and fleeting, unless he taps into some fervent special interest niche. And that audience, almost by definition, will be tiny. It’s a very different world from the days when everyone in America knew who Popeye, Dick Tracy or Charlie Brown was.” So says Bill Watterson. Thoughts?

Finally, do you like to feel the fur?