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Photo Bungling

Happy Wednesday. On the menu today:

* Ed Park joins us for our week of Chester Brown with the somewhat self-explanatory and can’t be described anyway, Notes to a Note on the Notes of Chester Brown.

* Mike Dawson returns with his latest TCJ Talkie (yes, I named it that. Proudly!) with guest Josh Cotter.

* Joyce Farmer, Day 3.

* TCJ related: Apparently Randy Chang is the best boyfriend ever.

Meanwhile, elsewhere online we have:

* Jeet Heer’s appreciation of the the Doug Wright Award-winning Spotting Deer.

* Daniel Best has put together a kind of “Don Heck In His Own Words” from various interviews, which are not sourced on the site itself — hopefully he’ll add some sources soon in the interest of giving credit where credit is due. In any case, it’s a great read, as Heck, while somewhat of a hack (ok, more than somewhat) did have some bright spots and comes off as a smart and earnest guy. I especially like the grounded-ness of moments like this:

I used to like Iron Man in the beginning, because of the characterization I could get into. Like when I had Happy Hogan, and Pepper Potts. When I was doing Pepper, I was thinking of Schultzie, who was the secretary on the Bob Cummings Show.  In other words, she was the girl who never quite got the date with the boss; he’s always watching all those good-looking girls. But they were characters, in a certain sense of the word. Happy Hogan was an ex-fighter. I think they were fun to do. They had personalities you couldn’t miss. I did the first Iron Man story. They have it listed that Jack Kirby did the breakdowns, but that’s not true. I did it all. They just didn’t bother to call me up and find out when they wrote up the credits. It doesn’t really matter. Jack Kirby created the costume, and he did the cover for the issue. In fact the second costume, the red and yellow one, was designed by Steve Ditko. I found it easier than drawing that bulky old thing.

* Tucker Stone digs into some recent comics and some shit-talking theory over at The Factual Opinion.

And now, kind people, my last bit about TCAF: Some blurry iPhone pix! Chris Ware actually explained to me that the new iPhone photo software is worse than the old, and so I’ll hold onto that as I reveal my poor photography skills.

Tom Scioli had a table behind me -- he was drawing this awesome picture of Thor for a chunk of Saturday.

 

Chris Ware, Brad "Mr. Doug Wright Awards" Mckay, and David Collier (in full uniform)

 

Tom Spurgeon had to lean very far back to get ALL of Michael Deforge's awesome pompadour in the shot.

 

The gorgeous, Seth-designed Doug Wright trophies.

 

Ware, Seth, Chester Brown, John Porcellino and Adrian Tomine, just before our panel Friday night.

 

Oh no, Tom Devlin is shouting at me to stop! I'm done! I'm done!


2 Responses to Photo Bungling

  1. patford says:

    Almost all of the Don Heck quotes are taken from two interviews published in Comics Feature #'s 21, and 34.
    According to Kurt Busick the interview in #21, " was done for a magazine called ARTFORM that never came out. But I think it ran in COMICS FEATURE, from the same publisher. It was conducted by Richard Howell and Carol Kalish, and was a very good interview." Busick transcribed the interview.

  2. ChanceFiveash says:

    I'm fairly certain that if one is familiar with Don Hecks work from the 50's you wouldn't call him a "hack". Even his early Marvel work on Giant Man shows his skill. I suppose as I get older the term "hack" seems to be overused. I enjoyed the link btw, I appreciate that.

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