Monday Runaround – Don't Mess With Kyle Baker

Monday Runaround – Don't Mess With Kyle BakerI'm back. Did you miss me? No?

LoserWatch: Andy Diggle goes off The Losers a bit.

The dust still hasn't settled on exactly how I feel about that, some stuff I love about it, and there's some stuff that's cringeworthy… They got a fantastic cast for The Losers, they really cast for the part… I'm still very conflicted. There's stuff I love and there's stuff I hate.

ScotWatch: Denise Mina on comics;

I started reading comics when I was about 22. I think that's true for lots of women readers. The first thing I really read was Maus, which you're not allowed to mention to comic book guys, because you've got to talk about Spider-Man. I never drew a distinction between reading books and graphic novels. It's funny because graphic novels are such a big thing now in Britain, and lots of clever people I know say that they don't know how to read them. They don't know where their eyes should be. They genuinely don't know how to approach them. It's like someone who's never read a novel saying, "Do you have to read the whole thing? Do you have to look at all 350 pages?" Well, yes, you do.

FractionWatch: Matt Fraction will be attending the Singapore Comic Convention being organised by Reed.

ButtWatch: Sheena McNeil on Milo Manara's X-Butts.

Total number of butt-shots (three-fourths of the butt or more) from cover to cover is 87, give or take a few (it's hard to keep track of that many). That takes talent and drive, and a real love of the cheekier part of the anatomy! Many of those butt-shots are either naked or have the uber-thong, but again, it's hard to tell the difference or even know for sure since we don't see the front bits. These ladies have a lot of mutant skills to flaunt, but what's their real superpower? The ability to maintain a permanent uber-wedgie without flinching, complaining, picking or even noticing. And just wait till we get to the crotch-shot bonanza!

MusicalWatch: The National Post attacks the Spider-Man musical;

Plagued by financial woes and painful rehearsal mishaps, the production is finally set to open on Jan. 11, to the estimated tune of US$60-million. Which means I have less than two months to curb my cynicism about the project and regain my judge-less stance. The problem is, Everything Sounds Dumb doesn't necessarily mean the same thing as Everything Looks Dumb. If it looks dumb, then sadly, it probably is.

TweetWatch: Kyle Baker – "Just vanquished an opponent so unequivocally and devastatingly that they have to undergo court-ordered psych evaluation. Never fuck with me."

ForeignWomenWatch: Carla Bruni gets Bluewatered.

MathWatch: A Maths Odyssey, a new comic book maths book is published tomorrow.

The comic-style book, A Maths Odyssey, is intended to persuade a new generation that maths is not limited to memorising multiplication tables.

The book, published tomorrow, is about people who enter the imaginary worlds of numbers – and occasionally get lost in them.

For its authors, Matthew Connell, principal curator of physical sciences and IT, and Helen Whitty, manager of the museum's family and community experiences program, it is an adventure tale that runs from before the birth of Christ through to the modern computer.

BC ComicChronThis is The Bleeding Cool ComicChron Robot speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.

It's That Time Again

Comic-Con registration will open on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 6:00am Pacific Time. Thank you very much for your patience.

Leaf through 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking

A 100 page preview.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fight the Predator and more in Russian children's books

I'm sure that there's quite a few copyright laws being broken here, but sometimes to make great illustrated kids books, you've got to break a few copyright laws. Because once you get beyond that, you end up with this bizarre series of Russian Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle books in which they fight against wizards and Predators and watch Batman angle his way in on their girl April.Monday Runaround – Don't Mess With Kyle Baker

McCloud Doing Better

I'm happy to hear that cartoonist (practitioner and theorist) Scott McCloud is doing better after what sounds like a scary hospitalization. He and his family were in New Orleans attending a 50th birthday party for Neil Gaiman. (I would've been there but for a deposition I had to give in a legal matter.) At the party, Scott was stricken and taken away in an ambulance…which had to have been a horrifying experience for him and his family.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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