Photo Finish

Today on the site Kristian Williams reviews The Complete Alan Moore Future Shocks:

Future Shocks collects some of Moore’s earliest humor work from 2000 A.D. (the magazine, not the year). Most of the stories are short, just a couple of pages, but some combine to make up a longer, ludicrous arc. Though they date from the early eighties, they feel like they belong to an earlier era: the humor is a little like the early Mad — oddball and mocking — often mixed with the morbid twist-ending of old E.C. comics.

And elsewhere on internet… Tom Spurgeon offers a modest proposal that we writers-about-comics link creator’s names to their creations when writing about whatever the latest iteration of those properties. It’s a good idea, and one that can build the idea of those linkages to, one hopes, will highlight the debt we owe to those artists.

No transitions here: This is a Hodler link special: Plastic Man in Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow; TCJ contributors Joe McCulloch and Tucker Stone write about some recent movies. J. Caleb Mozzocco on the book Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist

A final reminder: Your applications for the Santoro Correspondence Course are due today! Frank also has some comic-making format options up here.

Last but not least, fave local comic shop and culture producer Desert Island is celebrating its 4th anniversary tonight with a blowout party from 7 to 9 pm. On the docket: Beer and 20% of everything. 540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn NY 11211.

5 Responses to Photo Finish

  1. Thanks, Dan, as always, for the plug. So far, it’s generated 126 page views of the Plastic Man in Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow post. Nice!

  2. patrick ford says:

    So when is Fantagraphics going to publish (on paper) your Midnight book?
    Let’s get on with it, what’s the hold-up?

  3. Jeet Heer says:

    Is Midnight public domain or owned by DC? I thought he was, alas, a character DC had bought out.

  4. Well, I guess they might if I would contact them! :)

  5. Hey Jeet,

    I think the character may be owned by DC, but the Quality Comics stories are public domain. That is what the good folks at Digital Comic Museum say. I think that means it may be legal to reprint the Cole stories, but not to make any new stories with Midnight without licensing the character. I could be wrong about this. The recent Quality Companion book reprinted a Midnight story with no consequences. BTW, love your work.

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