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Friday, January 19, 2024 

What Jimmy Palmiotti's offering as a contribution to Humble Bundle

Artist/writer Palmiotti's donating some of his own comics to the Humble Bundle project, and the Hollywood Reporter reveals the leading example:
If you are a comic book reader who has a long flight coming up, writer Jimmy Palmiotti has one humble suggestion. He is offering hundreds of pages’ worth of his comics at a steep discount as part of a sale that see proceeds go to the World Wildlife Fund.

“It can get you from Japan and back from the east coast,” Palmiotti says with a laugh of the hefty reading material, available via the service Humble Bundle, which allows buyers to adjust how much of the proceeds to go charity and how much go to creators like Palmiotti.

Among them is Random Acts of Violence, which Jay Baruchel adapted as a feature in 2019. Another book in the batch was also in development as a movie: the crime drama Back to Brooklyn.

Palmiotti reveals that that late Boyz n the Hood filmmaker John Singleton, who died unexpectedly in 2019, was developing a feature version of the book, which Palmiotti penned with The Boys creator Garth Ennis.

According to Palmiotti, there’s one scene in particular that Singleton was puzzled about how to adapt. (It involves a despicable, wheelchair-bound mother being pushed into oncoming traffic.) As Palmiotti recalls it, Singleton said of the scene: “It’s the thing that makes me stop and put the book down and laugh out loud, but I’m like, ‘How would you do that in the movie?'”
It sounds like they went quite a ways to justify cheap sensationalism, making the parapelegic woman a scumbag as an excuse for this disturbing act of violence. And this is a mother too? Sounds like yet another variation on the cliche of wicked stepmothers, while stepfathers hardly got that kind of rendition in decades past.

In any event, what makes these a perfect choice for pastime, on transportation or otherwise? Why exactly are these the items being promoted for contribution to the Humble Bundle project? All this news does is make clear it's a lot of shame and embarrassment instead of admiration. And just look at that, Palmiotti even did a project with Ennis, whose own resume has quite a bit of such cheap sensationalism to boot. It's sad how these kind of scribes are the most promoted. All that does is make the industry look bad in the long run. If you're going to contribute to the World Wildlife Fund, do it independently. The comics in focus aren't the kind needed to get to that goal.

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