Quotes of the Week: A very twisted way of thinking

I don’t view Eric Powell as a competitor or Mike Mignola or Terry Moore. I don’t have to take from someone else to gain something. That’s a very twisted way of thinking in my book. We’re all fighting the same fight. Sure, we’re all going for a slice of the same pie, but believe me, there’s plenty for everybody, and if we work together we can actually make the pie bigger again, like it used to be.
Steve Niles

[Books are] very old, cats and kittens, but before we had them we had scrolls and before that we had tablets and before that we had oral traditions. The codex—a book with a cover and pages—hasn’t been around forever and it won’t be around forever, and the sooner publishers, booksellers, and other industry insiders realize this and not only accommodate but embrace the changes that are revolutionizing the way people read, the better.
Eric Blank

The multiplex audience…seems to lay down money for the right to sit in front of the movie and do whatever they want. That’s different [from the art-house theater crowd], and I don’t like it as much. It’s colder. I don’t think it’s that the people are any better or any worse; I think it has to do with how much they love being at the movies. And for me to love being at the movies, I have to be with other people who love being there, too.
Linda Holmes

Island Intelligence: Aquawar

I’m abandoning the “Awesome List” title for news round-ups. Sometimes stuff isn’t awesome, but I want to talk about it anyway (see: the way DC’s handling its Aquawar storyline).

Comics

*A collection of Aquaman “splash” pages (get it?) by Jim Aparo. [Diversions of the Groovy Kind]

*DC teases some of its Aquawar storyline coming up in Brightest Day. I’ve been easing back into periodical comics after abandoning them for a year and I’d love for Aquaman’s story to be one of the ones I can read as it comes out. Unfortunately, since it’s part of Brightest Day, the only way I can read it is to endure the stories of a bunch of other characters I don’t care anything about. That’s not something I’m willing to do. I’ll have to continue to keep up via The Aquaman Shrine’s excellent summaries. [The Source]

*Greg McElhatton reviews Marineman #s 1 and 2. [Read About Comics]

Movies

*Marvel’s working on a Black Panther movie. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Miscellaneous

*An undersea hunter in Indonesia is able to hold his breath for five minutes and stalk his prey on the ocean floor. It would be unbelievable, except that there’s footage. [Awesome Robot!]

*If the T-shirt he wears on stage is any indication, the lead singer of The Kickback is an Alpha Flight fan. The band also has a song called “Alpha Filght.” I need to listen to some Kickback, I’m thinking. [You Ain’t No Picasso]

*Project: Rooftop, Warren Ellis, Superhero Cocoa, and Superhero of the Month are banding together to ask artists to redesign Aquaman. [Project: Rooftop]

Elsewhere…Harryhausen’s Sinbad sails without Harryhausen

In lieu of actual content today, I hope you’re okay with my pointing you to this week’s Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs post:

Bluewater sent out a press release last week to announce that Morningside Entertainment has optioned the film rights to Bluewater’s Sinbad: Rogue of Mars comic from 2007. There are several interesting things about that.

According to the press release, Morningside has optioned the comic in order to adapt it into a feature film for 2012. Not a reboot, the movie is intended to be an extension of the Sinbad films that started with 1958’s The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and continued into the ‘70s with The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.

The release went on to quote Executive Producer Barry Schneer as saying that Rogue of Mars would be the first film in a new trilogy. “I’m thrilled to continue the amazing legacy my uncle, Charles Schneer began with 7th Voyage and to bring to the screen the Sinbad movie that he and Ray Harryhausen never got to make.”

Since Bluewater published Sinbad: Rogue of Mars as part of its Ray Harryhausen Presents line of comics, I started wondering how this fit together and who owned the rights to what. I assumed that Morningside already owned at least a portion of the rights to the Sinbad films. Since Rogue of Mars was based on those movies, why would Morningside need to option the story from a comic book company that had bought the license from them in the first place? What exactly was Morningside optioning? And how does Ray Harryhausen himself fit into all of this?

I asked questions and got some answers, all of which you can read in the link.

Pass the Comics: Panther People

Oyster War

An oyster-fishing town fights back against oyster pirates. [Oyster War, by way of Robot 6]

Pirate Max Overacts

Wait’ll you hear what Max and Klaus consider “relevant information.” [Occasional Comics Disorder]

Young Tarzan

I didn’t have a subscription to Pizzazz as a kid, but because it ran these John Buscema Tarzan stories (as well as a recurring Star Wars strip), I wanted one. The best I could do was try to find new issues when they hit the drug stores, but of course I missed some. It’s very cool to see them collected in one place. [Diversions of the Groovy Kind]

Princess Pantha, Corporate Tool

I love the art on Princess Pantha, but she’s a lousy hero. This comic concludes the multi-part storyline in which she plays Carl Denham to M’Gana’s Kong for a paycheck from a cigar-smoking fatcat back in the States. [The Comic Book Catacombs]

Marga the Panther Woman on The Lost Plateau

Marga’s much cooler. When a scientist takes his family on a scouting expedition to look for a radium deposit in the jungle, the pilot insists on bringing Marga along as a guide. The scientist objects at first, but soon learns her value when a rival group who also wants the radium attacks the party. [The Comic Book Catacombs]

The Phantom fights The Beasts of Madame Kahn

Were-beasts, that is. [Diversions of the Groovy Kind]

Art Show: Zombie Spoor

Pirate

By Jim Silke. [Illustrateurs]

Mermaids

Artist Unknown. [Never Sea Land]

Tannhauser at Hoerselberg

By Willy Pogany. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Namor Meets the Beatles

By Chaz Folgar. [Puffdoggydaddy]


Aquawoman

By Buddhaful.

Black Widow and Deadpool

By Kyle Baker.

Tarzan the Invincible

By Neal Adams. [Giant-Size Geek]

Judy of the Jungle

By Alex Schomburg. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Ki-Gor

By George Gross. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Princess Pantha

By Alex Schomburg. [Golden Age Comic Book Stories]

Chimps

By Dave Hoover. [Shanna the She-Devil Blogger]