Sunday, September 25, 2016 

Kita-Kyushu's global manga competition

An article in the Asahi Shimbun announcing that the Japanese city of Kita-Kyushu is holding a global manga competition to promote Japanese culture, and precede the planned Olympics that'll take place in Japan in the next few years.

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Friday, September 23, 2016 

Joss Whedon and Avengers movie stars make an anti-Trump video ad

The Avengers director and onetime comics writer hasn't just brought his ultra-leftism to the fore yet again. The star cast of the movie itself have joined him in a political advertisement:
Writer-director Joss Whedon has assembled his Avengers cast — and a bevy of other Hollywoods stars — for an anti-Donald Trump campaign ad released Wednesday timed to the launch of his Save the Day PAC, which encourages Americans to vote on Election Day.

Titled “Important,” the ad features Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Don Cheadle as well as Julianne Moore, Jesse Williams, Neil Patrick Harris, Keegan-Michael Key, James Franco, Cobie Smulders, Stanley Tucci, Rosie Perez, Yvette Nicole Brown, Martin Sheen and Leslie Odom Jr., among others.

“You might think it’s not important. You might think you’re not important,” Ruffalo says in the three-minute clip, before Key adds, “but that’s not true.”

“And the only way we can prove that to you is by having lots of famous people” appear in the video, Downey Jr. jokes.

“A sh*t-ton of famous people,” Moore adds.
I don't think any of the actors from the Avengers movie are important after reading this, nor the director. I do think they're embarrassing whatever legacy the film might have by yammering away with more leftism and declaring all conservatives inherently evil while obscuring all the pressing issues we face today. Whedon's decidedly a joke, and no matter the quality of his past TV shows, he'll be remembered in history as a blabbermouth who doesn't know when it pays to remain neutral. The same goes for the Avengers film cast, who IMO haven't done the franchise any favors.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 

Mike Baron's jab at SJWs

The creator of Nexus and Badger recently took aim at social justice warriors:

Well, I'm glad to see he's aware they're a bad lot. They spoil artistic value and freedom, and don't even buy the products they complain about over petty issues. Nobody should pay any attention to SJWs. Congrats to Baron for understanding what's wrong with them.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 

Dan Slott's attacks on Donald Trump

Let's see what the awful Marvel scripter has to say about presidential candidate Trump, whom he doesn't like. For example:

Thanks for obscuring victims of violence by "immigrants" to non-entities, Slott. So, do the feelings of a 5-year-old girl who'd been raped by Syrian/Somali boys in Twin Falls, Idaho not matter? The city councilman who insulted the girl's family apologized. Perhaps Slott should do the same for ignoring the plight of rape victims attacked by pseudo-migrants?

And Slott has awful morale when it comes to serious issues.


But Hillary Clinton never lied about the emails and Benghazi, did she?

But Clinton's foundation never misused any of their slush funds, eh?

He'll probably be less grateful to the NY Post after he realizes they reported on the Clinton slush funds. On which note they never spent much of it on charity funding. Less than 6 percent.

Man, Slott sure is pretty cheap in his rants against Trump.

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Manga history books winning with all ages and sales

Here's an article in the Asahi Shimbun about the success history books for manga are finding with all ages, and similarly, in sales receipts.

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Monday, September 19, 2016 

Neil Gaiman's ungrateful to the Sad Puppies campaign

Though the Hugo awards have come and gone last month, the Sandman writer won one for his Overture story, thanks in part to the Sad Puppies campaign, which did a bit better this year than last, despite the MSM's attempts to make it seem otherwise. But did Gaiman have any thanks to offer? As the following makes clear, that's not exactly the case:
Gaiman also nodded to the controversy of recent years as fan groups the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies have urged the Hugo’s voting members to follow a specific slate of candidates. The author ridiculed such slates:

“It meant a lot to see ‘Sandman: Overture’ nominated for a Hugo Award and was disappointing to see that it had been dragged into the unfortunate mess that the pitiable people who call themselves Puppies had attempted to inflict on World Con and its awards. I would have withdrawn it from consideration, but even that seemed like it would have been giving these sad losers too much acknowledgment.”
They did him a favor and demonstrated that they weren't letting any politics get in the way, and how does he thank them? By parroting the exaggerated narrative that Sad Puppies are just evil meddlers and not folks who don't want the awards hijacked by SJWs. Yet another clown who rejects half his audience over peanuts.

That said, I personally found his Sandman work overrated, if only because I don't think he made good use of Fury/Lyta Hall in that 1989-96 series (and come to think of it, not even Silver Scarab/Hector Hall). Making Morpheus sound like he wanted possession of Lyta's infant son Daniel was ludicrous, ditto turning Lyta de facto insane with anguish later on when her kid went missing so she could be seen exacting revenge on Morpheus with the Furies in tow. And where were her Infinity Inc. colleagues during most of this? And Geoff Johns made everything worse.

I guess that's Gaiman for us, being a PC buffoon who doesn't want a big audience, and doesn't show any gratitude to people who don't make too big a deal out of his politics, no matter what the quality of his books.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016 

Scott Allie's colleagues act like nothing ever happened

I recently looked at the archives of Comics Beat, and discovered that neither a few of the creators who worked with the disgraced Dark Horse editor Scott Allie, nor CB, in recent interviews with them, seem particularly disapproving of his offensive acts after nearly a year since the headlines were originally written. For example, in this June 16 interview with Chuck Palanihuk:
COMICS BEAT: You’ve also been working with Dark Horse again on something unexpected yet not out of the realm of surprise when it comes to someone with your level of creativity. Bait: Off-Color Stories For You to Color published by Dark Horse Books is very much an adult coloring book in every sense of those words. What was the inspiration to do this second collection of short stories as a coloring book?

CHUCK PALAHNIUK: My inspiration? All the glorious variant covers that artists did for the single issues of ‘Fight Club 2’. They left me panting to do projects with all of them. Writing “Bait” allows me to work with eight artists, collaborating with editor Scott Allie, all of us egging each other to greater heights of depravity. The reader will be the final collaborator, bringing our ideas to fruition. [...]

CB: There were some fantastic covers I hope will be shown in the collected edition of Fight Club 2 and it would have been fantastic to see Amanda Conner draw one of those short stories in Bait. Good news is the book doesn’t lack any artistic talent.

You have quite a line up of incredible artists drawing these stories such as Lee Bermejo, Joelle Jones, and Duncan Fegredo to name a few. Did you handpick this line up or did Dark Horse pitch these artists to you?

CP: This dream team was chosen by me and Scott Allie. And God bless Joelle, especially, because she’s swamped with work and still agreed to help us. The images the artists delivered convince me that I’m not insane – at least not the most-insane of the insane. Such a comfort.

Again, my inspiration came from seeing the variant covers. The second consideration was people’s availability. If we didn’t wrangle someone for this collection, Scott and I will campaign to include them in the next. I’d love to publish a new heavily illustrated collection – bound beautifully, more like a Medieval illustrated manuscript – every year.
He referenced Allie otherwise sans condemnation for his revolting behavior, and Comics Beat's interviewer asked no questions about the whole scandal. If he's working with Allie without reservations, he's done a huge disfavor for all victims.

Then, in an interview on July 18 with John Arcudi:
CB: On the topic of your partnership with Mike Mignola, how has it changed you as a storyteller?

JA: Scott Allie and Mike allowed me to tell long-arc stories, and that’s what I’m best at. I got to develop that skill here in the HBU, so I’m better at it and that makes me happy. Most publishers want slam-bang-get-in-get-out kinds of tales, and I can do that but it’s a lot more fun to really nurture a cast along and see them through.
I think it's in poor form to cite such an awful man after what he did, since it runs the gamut of giving him credence when he doesn't deserve any.

Then, in an article about Mike Mignola on July 23:
[...] Between just a very few writers, they’ve been able to create this world and this history. Between Mignola, Arcudi, Scott Allie, and now Roberson, this is a team that is based on a love of history, folklore and mythology. [...]
But one of that team does not base his MO on love of civilized values, and the writer of this piece does no favors by turning a blind eye to that fact.

Then, in a July 29 interview with David Mack:
CB: So there was quite some time wher Brian thought you might have been crazy. What about the experience of being part of Fight Club 2?

DM: It was great working with the entire team: Chuck, Cameron Stewart, Dave Stewart, Nate Piekos, and Scott Allie. Everyone at Dark Horse has been incredible with the Kabuki stuff and with the Fight Club stuff.
Even after what Allie did? Wow, he is a disgrace.

Even this August 9 interview with Chris Roberson bothers me:
COMICS BEAT: You’re no stranger to collaborating with the top writers and artists in the industry, but most of your career as a writer has been spent developing your own properties. Was there any kind of culture shock about how Mike Mignola works or writing in an already established universe when scripting Rise of the Black Flame, Witchfinder, or Hellboy & The BPRD 1953?

CHRIS ROBERTSON: It came pretty naturally to me, actually. I’ve been an enormous fan of Mike’s work for ages, and have followed the exploits of Hellboy and company since I bought the first issue of Seed Of Destruction the week it was released. So when Scott Allie gave me the opportunity to pitch a Witchfinder miniseries to him and Mike a couple of years ago, I jumped at the chance. But as time has gone on, I’ve realized that things like my Witchfinder miniseries and Rise Of The Black Flame are exactly the kinds of stories that I’d be doing on my own if I had the chance, but I’m lucky enough to set them in that established universe and make use of all of that fantastic backstory and mythology.
The chance to do an assignment or a favor for creep whose list of assault victims included Joe Harris? Ugh. He may not have known prior what Allie was doing behind the scenes. But if I were in Roberson's position and found out, I'd turn it down immediately. Yet here he went posting an uncritical comment about the man, and just couldn't get a clue that it's better not to lend validity to such perverts.

And this is why these reprehensible antics have the potential to continue - because even the comics press is sweeping them under the rug, and doesn't seem very dedicated to proving they're against violence behind the scenes. The problems will never be solved if neither contributors nor press takes any kind of a solid stand, all because they're presumably afraid of being blacklisted. They just don't get that some prices are too high to pay for fame and fortune.

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Friday, September 16, 2016 

Black Panther movie will draw from Ta-Nehisi Coates's work

If you think it's unfortunate that Captain America: Civil War took its basic premise from the 2006 company wide crossover, I think the filmmakers working on a Black Panther movie are going to make it worse, and make their planned movie more dispiriting than the engaging story it should really be:
If you’re anxious to learn about the plot for the upcoming Black Panther solo movie, consider picking up a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s critically-acclaimed Black Panther comic. Actor Chadwick Boseman revealed in an interview that he, director Ryan Coogler, and the entire Black Panther production team have been reading Coates’ book as a key influence for the upcoming Marvel film.

While Boseman warns that the film won’t follow the exact plot of Coates’s story arc, he says, “You definitely can tell that Ryan is reading Ta-Nehisi, and I’m reading Ta-Nehisi, and the producers are reading Ta-Nehisi. If we didn’t read what Ta-Nehisi is writing, we would be foolish.”
They're drawing from his work, and they are foolish. The guy's got such awful leftist influences, that basing their planned movie on his work is just doing him a favor he doesn't need. Coates even gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal last week where they gave more hints at what's wrong with his take on Black Panther:
I’m struck by how focused you are on telling a political story over a superhero story. Why did you make that decision?

I wouldn’t draw that dichotomy. I think “X-Men,” for instance, has long been a political book. Marvel has a long history of [political books]. “Captain America,” quintessentially, is a political book. I mean, it’s “Captain America.” … If you look at the current miniseries that Marvel’s been doing, “Civil War,” it’s all about profiling. I think, probably, the distinction I would make here is that “Black Panther” is much more focused on governance, which is a dry, boring word. But it’s more focused on governance than traditional superhero books, and that’s because Black Panther’s a king, he’s a monarch. There seems to be a really huge difference between him and other superheroes, so I thought that was really important.
It's not important, or at least not in the way he perceives it. When Marvel alluded to political situations in better days, they didn't do it at the expense of adventure themes and they didn't hammer readers over the head with a constant stream of anti-conservative themes. Yet that's what even Coates is promoting today, and while his book may focus on T'Challa as a leader, the bad news is that it's likely it's all done from an ultra-liberal perspective, touting that POV as superior in every way. Also note how Coates reveals that the Civil War sequel is about pretty much the same thing as the first one. What it hints is that the crossover is basically an attack on security steps, and to be sure, the Patriot Act.

Whether that's what the upcoming movie will be about remains to be seen. Even if not, there's still every chance it could be influenced by Coates's leftist politics, and that'll only make it tasteless. This is an important sign how even the Marvel movie adaptations aren't immune to bad politics.

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