Monday, February 26, 2007

Image boys do stuff, or have stuff done to them (or their work)

-I can't believe there's going to be an Absolute Jim Lee's WildCATS. It's like the world has stopped making sense. My understanding of reality is shattered. I thought those Absolute editions were expensive to produce, which in turn meant that they would want to publish collections that people actually would buy. I thought they were mostly sold through the no-return direct market, which (I further assumed) was dependent upon retailers who were smart enough not to tie up funds in a guaranteed dust-collector like Absolute Jim Lee's WildCATS. Honestly, I thought Jim Lee had only drawn a few issues of WildCATS at all before following the lead of his fellow Image brethren and becoming more of a full-time outskirts-of-Hollywood schmooze-bot rather than, you know, an artist. Apparently I'm wrong, though--clearly there must be a reasonably large body of people out there eager to buy a presumably-longer-than-80-pages Absolute Jim Lee's WildCATS from DM retailers. I'd better go lie down.

-On the other hand, Rob Liefeld's Awesomely Blasphemous Bible (link via Graeme McMillan) makes perfect sense. If anyone other than Richard Corben is going to illustrate the Bible, it really should be Rob Liefeld. I must say, though, this reminds me of other instances in which a beloved intellectual property gets translated to another medium. Justice League Unlimited has misled thousands of children and adolescents who don't realize that Hal Jordan was plucked from the febrile mind of Julius Schwartz by God Himself, who obviously wanted some dopey white dude to be The Ultimate Real Green Lantern. Will the children of the future think that the Pharaoh pursued Moses with flying pyramids? When they watch Back To the Future II, will they look at young Marty McFly and say, "Look, just like David when he fought Mecha-Goliath!"

Rob Liefeld is an avowed Christian right? I think it just shows how awesome (PUN INTENDED!) the 21st century is that these images can be considered something that promotes Christianity (or Judiasm, considering this is all Old Testament stuff), whereas Liefeld would probably have been burned at the stake in earlier centuries.

-Blogging news: The Asorbascon is going on a monthlong hiatus, because Scipio doesn't like all the negative comments he's been receiving. Readers of this blog might remember that Mr. Scipio felt the need to address a negative comment left about him in the Newsarama Blog both there and at his own blog. This might be unusual behavior for him--I must admit that I was only an occasional reader before starting this blog--but I'm under the impression that the dude's skin is pretty thin. Might I speculate that there is but a single obsessed person leaving negative comments at his blog? And that this might very well be the same person who left the negative comment at Newarama Blog? And that this person will probably leave an anti-Asorbascon comment here as well?

-You have a few short hours--maybe just an hour, actually--to vote in the Stupendous Weekend Poll. It's looking grim for Mr. Millar.

4 comments:

Mark Engblom said...

"I can't believe there's going to be an Absolute Jim Lee's WildCATS."

Ditto for me. I would have thought the "to do" list for Absolute editions was a little more extensive, and that WildCATS was, perhaps, sitting at about #1078.

I think every now and then, DC is contractually obligated to throw Jim Lee a bone, per the whole Wildstorm publishing agreement hoo-hah. Considering his spectacular flame-out on All-Star Batman & Robin, I question why his properties are getting ANY kind of priority from DC Comics at all....but stranger things have happened (and continue to happen) in the Wide World of Comics.

"On the other hand, Rob Liefeld's Awesomely Blasphemous Bible makes perfect sense."

I guess it kinda does, now that you put it that way. I'm what you'd call one of them "Christian Types", and seeing Liefeld's preposterous concept art certainly didn't elicit an "Alleluia!" from me.

" I think it just shows how awesome (PUN INTENDED!) the 21st century is that these images can be considered something that promotes Christianity (or Judiasm, considering this is all Old Testament stuff), whereas Liefeld would probably have been burned at the stake in earlier centuries."

Well, considering the guy is routinely "burned at the stake" by just about everyone connected with comics (except for old pal Jeph Loeb), I guess one more group being down on the guy won't be too big of a surprise.

"The Asorbascon is going on a monthlong hiatus, because Scipio doesn't like all the negative comments he's been receiving."

Anytime someone enters the public "arena", negative comments are just part of the gig. Yeah, it's never fun to get them, but if you want to live a life with wall-to-wall affirmation, move back in with your mom.

Jones, one of the Jones boys said...

The Perry Bible Fellowship has already told us what history/fiction will look like in the future

Alien Rope Burn said...

Re: WildCATS

I think he actually managed a full 13 issues before dropping off the book. Seems unbelievable in retrospect given his current output, or lack thereof, but there you have it. He did the occasional cover or side story after that, but nothing more.

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