As AT&T’s attempt to acquire Warner grinds along, there are a great many rumors in the air, some going back as far as 2016, about the Warner monolith possibly being broken up and sold off in pieces, or some other massive restructuring for a variety of reasons. Those rumors got another boost this week, fueling endless speculation and fanboy conspiracy theories. Variations on the question “Is Warner selling DC to Marvel” have been popping up on Quora and Reddit for a few days now. So it seems like it’s up to us to clear up a few misconceptions.
Travis looks at cool Kickstarters, like new stuff from Karl Kesel, a new book from Unlikely Heroes, the complete Trekker, and a new Cerebus art portfolio.
We’re back (after far too long away), with discussion of DC shuttering Vertigo, Ink and Zoom; Brian Michael Bendis on Legion of Super-Heroes; the books spinning out of Heroes in Crisis; Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda; JJ and Henry Abrams and Sara Pichelli’s Spider-Man; the returns of Pretty Deadly and Battle Chasers and so much more – join us after the cut, why don’t you?
Been a long time, we shouldn’t have left you without a dope… comics podcast to step to? NYCC was last weekend, and there’s a whole ton of news just waiting to be chewed over, so it would be rude of us not to do that, frankly. On the new House to Astonish, Paul and I remember Norm Breyfogle and Carlos Ezquerra, and talk about all the news out of New York Comic Con.
When a person in the arts dies, we should celebrate their beautiful achievements. So let’s do that with Norm Breyfogle, the Batman artist’s Batman artist!
There was a minor controversy in the comics world after Bleeding Cool picked up an Instagram post from comic artist Trevor Von Eeden; a photo of a check, which Trevor described as his payment from the Black Lightning TV show. Bleeding Cool assumed that this check must also be indicative of Tony Isabella’s proceeds from the show. Naturally, Tony had something to say about that. I reached out to him and recorded an interview. Here’s a transcript of that conversation.
We lost Russ Heath today. He passed peacefully at age 91. If you don’t know his work, do yourself a favor and look him up. He was one of the best comic artists of his generation, specializing in WWII and western comics. Aside from his enviable talent, Russ was quite the character. He was cranky but in a fun curmudgeonly way, always quick with a (usually off-color) joke, but with pretty strong opinions about comics and a lot of other things. Today we say goodbye.