StatWatch: Can Bleeding Cool really be the most influential comics blog in the industry? Blogwatcher Technorati thinks it is, and yesterday gave it a perfect 1000 mark for comics, something I can't recall a precedent for. Technorati's methodology is byzantine, and the abscence of Comics Alliance from the top ten is a mystery – though I see they are racing up the chart. But there should be some kind of medal though… after all the only way is down.
FreeC0micWatch: Thunderbolts #163.1 is out today, written by Jeff Parker, drawn by Declan Shalvey and set in Ireland. And Dublin comic shop The Big Bang, are giving all their copies away, signed by Declan…
BatWatch: Chip Kidd has been writing to Yale students about one of their alumni. Batman.
And here, we come to the heart of the question. In the background of this last panel, on the wall, is a framed document, a diploma. Using an extremely strong magnifying glass you can just barely make out that it's from … the Yale Law School. I bow to the eagle-eyed sleuth who discovered it. I have re-read the story countless times over the years and never before noticed this tiny detail.
TweetWatch: "I urge you to do your utmost as a gentleman to approach with maximum purity of purpose" – Grant Morrison on a schoolgirl changeroom scene – Cameron Stewart
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
In this case, it was a cover for GA #1. However, we hadn't yet decided on a final bow design, we were still playing around a bit with the costume, and even more importantly, were still undecided about whether or not Ollie would be sporting the familiar facial hair.
Radio's Howard Stern reported on yesterday's show that his cousin Jack Adler had passed away over the weekend at the age of 93. Jack Adler was a staffer at DC Comics from 1946 to 1981, working in the production department and eventually becoming vice-president in charge of production. What that means: The folks in the production department are the ones who prep a comic book to go to press, taking care of the technical specifications and doing art corrections and mechanical tasks. Adler did all that. And at DC, it meant supervising and often doing the coloring.
In a post on the DC Comics blog, its co-publishers, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, wrote that "we want these adventures to resonate in the real world, reflecting the experiences of our diverse readership." To truly resonate in today's inclusive culture, they should start by reintroducing their depictions of mental health.
TW: Would you call your Swamp Thing an unofficial follow-up to Alan Moore's run, an inheritor to it?