I had the extreme pleasure to sit down with comic book legend David Lloyd. The conversation really did go through the ages as well as topics as we talked about V for Vendetta, the Occupy movement, comic books, politics and his new venture Aces Weekly.
Aces Weekly is a new digital comic magazine featuring a long list of talent. The series is being released in volumes which range from 20 to 32 pages or more and the run of 7 issues is $9.99. A pretty great deal especially for material you won’t find anywhere else.
Check out the full 30 minute interview below.
Comic creator Molly Crabapple was arrested during the one year anniversary protests over Occupy Wall Street. The news was all over the place including Al-Jazeera.
Occupy Comics #2 is out now featuring a cover by David Lloyd and someone sporting the now iconic Guy Fawkes mask, similar to his and Alan Moore’s creation V from V for Vendetta. The comic series sprung out of the Occupy movement and it’s initial funding was done on Kickstarter.
The anthology comic features numerous creators and this issue has submissions from Bill Ayers, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Mike Allred, Matt Bors, Shannon Wheeler, Si Spurrier, Riley Rossmo, Molly Crabapple and more.
The first issue was fantastic and you can get the series from Black Mask Studios now.
To mark the one year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, people descended upon Wall Street and the New York City financial district to commemorate the political movement that still shaping politics. Cartoonist and comic creator Molly Crabapple has been one of those in the comic book industry active in the movement and was arrested today during the protests which saw the New York City police arrested more than 180 people (according to some reports).
That’s Molly Crabapple being arrested with other protesters. She tweeted her arrest and the protest.
French artist Gilles Roussel, who is better known as Boulet, has responded to Frank Miller about Batman and Occupy Wall Street.
You can see how it was drawn here.
(via Bleeding Cool)
A bit ago we brought you the story that Shepard Fairey had modified his iconic “Hope” image for the Occupy Wall Street cause. After a bit of drama the artist has modified the image at the request of the movement. The original poster “hoped” the President was with the movement. Well that didn’t sit too well with some and they sent a letter to Fairey according to the Village Voice:
I myself and several other organizers cannot in any way be connected to this design. The 99% movement is wholly non-partisan and we have been repeatedly attacked as being a front for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Our movement is about uniting people, from all different walks of life and all different political viewpoints, against the global financial elite who have bought control of our government through campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door.
I don’t read Fairey’s original poster as saying such, it implores the President to be a part of the movement, not the movement endorsing the President, there’s a difference. Would the movement be against the President taking a stand and implementing the changes espoused by them? In fact, I think the as for the change voices exclusion by the movement. You can compare the two images below:
The newest version:
Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic Barack Obama “Hope” art has decided to modify it a bit to show his support for the 99%. But, the comic connection is interesting. As you can see below, a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask now stands in for the President. The mask began to hit pop culture awareness with it’s use in Alan Moore and David Lloyd‘s graphic novel V for Vendetta and has since been adopted by the disruption movement Anonymous.
You can read Fairey’s statement here.
A pretty light day of news. But here’s some while you watch football today.
Around the Blogs:
Bleeding Cool – Frank Miller Vs Alex Cox On OWS… And Robocop – Forgot about Miller and the Robocop 2 connection.
Bleeding Cool – Captain America Cannabis Seized In San Diego – I think it was just some early shipments of giveaways for next year’s San Diego Comic Con.
Through all of the protests this week when it comes to Occupy Wall Street, one took a comic spin as a “bat-sginal” was used projecting slogans on a Verizon building during the Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march. First reported on Boing Boing, the slogans included:
99% / MIC CHECK! / LOOK AROUND / YOU ARE A PART / OF A GLOBAL UPRISING / WE ARE A CRY / FROM THE HEART / OF THE WORLD / WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE / ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE / HAPPY BIRTHDAY / #OCCUPY MOVEMENT / OCCUPY WALL STREET / list of cities, states and countries / OCCUPY EARTH / WE ARE WINNING / IT IS THE BEGINNING OF THE BEGINNING / DO NOT BE AFRAID / LOVE.
Screwing with Verizon brings back my memories of working against FISA and doing so while renting space from Verizon. There was something entertaining about fighting a company while being inside their building. Mark Read is the person behind the signal and in an interview with Boing Boing he goes over the how and why he did this.
It’s Wednesday, so it’s new comic book day. What’s everyone getting? While you contemplate that, here’s the news you might have missed.
Around the Blogs:
The Beat – Must read: How to Beat The Haters by Rob Liefeld – Liefeld was popular today.
Comics Alliance – Rob Liefeld is Right: How To Deal With Haters – I might not like his art, but he generally handles it really well and I have to give him props.
Washington Post – A TALE OF TWO OCCUPY CARTOONISTS: From arrest to arresting humor — how diverging journalists respond to the movement – A good read.
Journal Star – $15,000 comic missing from Lincoln home – So that’s a couple of long boxes.
GamePolitics – Warner Bros. Asks For Help with Arkham City Save Game Glitch – Smart of them…
Around the Tubes Reviews:
Wired – CIA: Operation Ajax