New comic book day is tomorrow, are there any books you’re looking forward to? Sounds off below!
Around the Blogs:
Comics Alliance – Movie Batman Christian Bale Makes A Four-Year-Old Cancer Patient’s Dream Come True – Great to see him do this.
CBLDF – Welcome to the New CBLDF.org! -A great look for the new site.
Altoona Mirror – Area veteran writing a comic book about life as a combat photographer -We’re seeing numerous comic books come out of the experiences of soldiers in these wars.
Around the Tubes Reviews:
CBR – Fairest #7
CBR – Swamp Thing #0
The Graphic Policy office is still standing after the 5.8 earthquake yesterday (we’re just outside of DC in Virginia) and I wish I could say the piles of comics, graphic novels and movies thrown about due to it. That’s not the case, and is really just post convention chaos. While I attempt to get things in order, here’s the news you might have missed.
Around the Blogs:
Von Allan Studio – Minimum Wage and the Prices of Comics – A very good article about the comic book market and a look at wages over the years compared to the price of comics.
The Huffington Post – Comic Books go to war- A Very Brief History of the War Comic – Always great to see articles about comic book history.
Education Matters – Schools need comic books – A good article about using comic books in the classroom. Reading, no matter what it is, is good for children.
Bleeding Cool – Marvel Fires Some Of Their Marketing People – A lot of people reported this and this article seems to be the most likely scenario and even handed.
Bleeding Cool – Baltimore Comic Con In My Pants by Joshua Lazarus
The Beat – Baltimore Comic-Con Photo Parade
The Beat – Fun times in Baltimore, 2011 edition
Around the Tubes Reviews:
IGN – Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #1
Primary Ignition – We3: Deluxe Edition
Sarah Glidden, who tackled the subject of Israel in the excellent graphic novel How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less has published a twenty page web comic called The Waiting Room. The web comic looks at Iraqi refugees who now call Syria home.
Syria is home to the world’s largest urban refugee population; hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have poured in since the 2003 invasion. Barred from joining the Syrian workforce, they attempt to navigate bureaucratic hurdles and find a new place to call home. Sarah Glidden, with contributing reporting from the Common Language Project, give us a window into their lives.
You can check out the web comic at Cartoon Movement.
Each week we bring you quotes from the comic books of the last week to show off it’s more than spandex and guns.
Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #4
Patriot – This is terrorism. People could die. And if we let that happen, then we become terrorists, just like Magneto.
Bring the Thunder #2
Wayne – They came from every branch of the military. They weren’t recruited for their ability to work together. They were recruited to kill. That’s the side of war that gets obscured by the chain of command and the red tape. In the end, the goal is to kill your enemy.
Ultimate Comics Captain America #1
(Redacted Spoiler) – You’re not a hero to them. You’re just another blunt instrument the American government uses to bludgeon its enemies into submission.
Each week we bring you quotes from comic books to show they’re not all “bam,” “pow” and “smack.” Here’s this week’s Choice Quotes.
Avengers Academy #7
Reptil – Hello, Finesses… Due process of law? You don’t execute people without a trial.
Hazmat – Now that’s priceless. Reptil thinks we live in the world he read about in civics class.
Hank Pym – Believe in it or not, Hazmat, Constitutional rights still mean something.
Narrator – Stupid war, endless war, professional war, political war… the notion that starting a war is somehow a security necessary. No wonder people are in revolt. They got a war declared on them, too
It’s been quite a while but we’re bringing back Twitter Tuesday. Below is a highlight of some of the past week’s more politically oriented Twitter posts from those in the comic book industry showing it’s not just geek stuff they discuss.
The Navy has turned to graphic novels to help hospital corpsmen cope with stress due to war and combat deployments. The Docs: A Graphic Novel focuses on four characters deployed as corpsmen in Iraq. Developed for the Navy Medicine‘s Care for the Caregiver program the story is based on what real corpsmen and Marines face in combat and their personal experiences. The Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) in San Diego developed the book.
Heidi Kraft, a clinical psychologist at the NHRC said:
Many of them are asked to play these dual roles, to function as one of that line unit but when someone is hurt, they are immediately turned to the caregiver role… Data shows our expeditionary corpsmen are struggling with a lot of these issues, and certainly that is not a surprise.” Kraft is also a former lieutenant commander and author of a war memoir, “Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital.
The goal was to find a way to get through and provide a training tool for the corpsmen and they felt graphic novels and comic books were popular with that age group.
You can read the graphic novel online here.
Captain America: Patriot #1
Jeff Mace – It was Independence Day all over again for the hard-working employees of the Morgan Shoe factory, when a new Masked Marvel defended their constitutional right of assembly. The workers had gathered peacefully to discuss factory safety when they were disrupted by an unruly gang who were itching for a fight.
Store owner – You are the terrorists, not me! You and your government!
Deadpool – Hey, don’t look at me– I haven’t voted since the Pepsi challenge!
Store owner – Then you are guilt of doing nothing!
Deadpool – … what!? Man, complex political discussions make my head hurt…
Amina – I guess what I mean to say is one baby is too many to see in a warzone. But that’s the reality. All over the world, in every conflict. Is it any different here in America? Should it be?
The Invincible Iron Man #30
Tony Stark – Tonight, while escorting a young lady home from the Stark Resilient Gala I was the victim of an assassination attempt by terrorists. Apparently someone doesn’t like that Stark Resilient is building you a tomorrow that’s free of dependency on fossil fuels. They found out the hard way you can’t kill Iron Man and you can’t keep American ingenuity down.