From Seduction of the Innocent to the digitalization of comic seductions, here are five links more sizzling this a.m. than anything dubbed “Fire”....
1. DC’s OTHER AMAZON: “Exciting developments,” DC honcho Jim Lee tweeted yesterday, teasing toward business with ComiXology. Now, DC aims to warm its synergistic hands by the PR “Fire.” This morning, DC’s Source blog makes it official about its digital future, on the heels of this week’s Amazon Fire unveiling.
“We’re thrilled to work with the leader in digital books to bring many [re: about 100] of the world’s most beloved and best-selling graphic novels to Kindle readers,” co-publisher Lee says in today’s statement. “We’ve learned from the success of DC Comics — The New 52 that making our graphic novels available whenever and wherever our readers want is critical to the future growth and health of our publishing businesses — both in print and digital format.” Among the digital first-timers: “Watchmen,” “Superman: Earth One” “and “Batman: Arkham City.” (Source offers the fuller menu.)
(Elsewhere in DC quasi-news: Patton Oswalt cheekily “swears off DC” over New 52 reader surveys. Guess he’ll be spending his day ogling new Avengers pics instead — and wondering what the heck happened to Mark Ruffalo.)
2. TOON-ISIA: The oft-so-excellent Cartoon Movement is teaming for the first time with Radio Netherlands Worldwide for a “special project” leading up to late-October Tunisian elections. “We will take public participation beyond voting for your favorites; we’ll also invite you to come up with winning titles and captions for the cartoons that are selected,” says CM.
3. ‘LEGAL’ BRIEF: For Week-2 of its big membership drive, the good and necessary Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is enticing with new offerings: A professional review from Tom Brevoort! A path to Bleeding Cool! And, if network TV is a greater lure, you can get up-close and personal with ”SNL” and its head writer, Seth Meyers. Writes the fund of its “Be Counted” campaign: “CBLDF has raised over $19,000 of the $100,000 we need by October 31 to pay for our urgent legal and education work.”
4. THE DREAD BADGE OF ‘COURAGE’: And today’s a two-fer for the CBLDF, which also announces that it has “received the intellectual property rights to the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval,” that infamous relic born of a panicky time. Says the Fund’s Charles Brownstein in the announcement: “As we reflect upon the challenges facing intellectual freedom during Banned Books Week, the Comics Code Seal is a reminder that it’s possible for an entire creative field to have those rights curtailed because of government, public, and market pressures.” In a deliciously ironic twist, the Fund says it will “take over licensing of products bearing the Comics Code Seal, including t-shirts, providing a modest source of income for the organization’s First Amendment legal work.” (We’ll take two: One in XL to wear; one in SM to wrap around our tattered copy of Wertham’s “Seduction of the Innocent.”)
5. WHAT WOULD THAT OTHER CARTOONING THURBER THINK? To draw saturated-color attention to his brand-spankin’-new graphic novel, “1-800-MICE,” Matthew Thurber offers this animated rap video. This, his latest animated video, seems a pretty fair litmus test for whether you’re the type of reader likely to be drawn to his GN itself. (Our favorite reference: To Chester Brown and his brazen confessions of paying for favors.)
A CUPPA SERVED WITH YOUR HOT LINKS: And since today is National Coffee Day — yes, really — seems as good a time as any to pour a warm-up of Matthew Inman’s classic The Oatmeal: “15(ish) Things Worth Knowing About Coffee.”