Jamie Coville

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  1. 20 hours ago, SOTIcollector said:

    I know you were kidding but...

    There was actually a sequel in the works.  In the 1960's, Wertham tried to work on a sequel that would prove the Comics Code didn't go far enough.  Obviously that was never published, but in Wertham's files at the Library of Congress you can see some of the research he did when he was working on the sequel.

    He wrote a column in 1955 called "It's Still Murder" in which he continues to attack the comics after the code was implemented.

    I have it online here: http://www.thecomicbooks.com/1955itsstillmurder.html



  2. Hi All

    I went to Toronto Comicon and recorded 5 panels and took 24 pictures.

    Panels were:
    Steve Englehart Spotlight (51:27, 47.1mb) Steve Englehart is interviewed by Mark Askwith. He asks him about working on The Prisoner comic, starting off as an assistant under Neal Adams, working at Marvel, how he became a writer, why he left comics and what work outside of comics he did, writing Dr. Strange as a solo hero vs part of the Defenders, working with Frank Brunner and Gene Colan, the Master of Kung Fu, Starlord, Captain America, Silver Surfer, his work at DC for both Batman comics and the 1989 movie, working with Jim Warren and Steve Ditko.

    Meet the Pros (46:46, 42.8mb)
    Moderated by Brent Chittenden, the pros we meet are Phil Noto, Sean Galloway and Derek Laufman. They spoke about how they got started in comics, the culture shock of going from another industry to comics, how they all draw from the hardware they use to the software, designing characters and toys, their work schedules, the best advice they got, work they did that stands out, the benefits of a deadline and toughest deadline they had.

    Denny O’Neil Spotlight (49:59, 45.7mb)
    Denny O'Neil talked about a wide range of topics, including how we went from journalism to comics, Harlan Ellison, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Neal Adams, his near death experience, his views on violence, doing detective stories, mentoring Frank Miller, his rules for Batman, No Man's Land storyline, Azreal, The Question, his son's movie, how corporations affect the stories, the biography of Bruce Wayne. The panel was moderated by Mark Askwith.

    Ron Wilson Spotlight (45:36, 41.7mb)
    Brent Chittenden interviews Ron Wilson about how he got started, his love of Kirby, the difference between Marvel and DC when he was breaking in, Marvel Two in One, Captain Britain, character he would have loved to work on, He-Man, WCW comics and getting to know wrestlers, how he handled friction with his collaborators, who he liked collaborating with, Milestone Media, his tools for drawing, doing Kickboxer Genesis book through Kickstarter, Creative Freedom and more.

    The Rhythm Section of Comics: Ink and Colour (45:49, 41.9mb)
    On the panel was Craig Yeung, Jay Leisten, Nolan Woodard, Dave McCaig, John Beatty and moderator Brent Chittenden. The group talked about what lead them to colouring or inking, what tools they use for their jobs and how that's changed over the years, keeping computer software and hardware updated, recommendations for scanners and printers, what they hate inking/colouring, the work process and notes from other creators, resolving creative conflicts, their tightest deadline and changing trends.

    I also have a couple of videos from the convention floor of cosplayers. I've included them with my write up about the convention on my blog

  3. 2 hours ago, Cyrax said:

    Very cool! You might want to consider uploading them to archive.org this way, they'll be stored forever somewhere. It might not sound important now, but websites (even your own!) might go down due to many factors over the years, it would be a shame to lose that audio

    I have these backed up elsewhere too. Plus these are all downloadable (right click, save as) so I suspect somebody somewhere has downloaded them, if only to put on their mp3 player or something.

  4. Hi all,


    I'm hoping somebody here can help me find something.


    When I was young a neighbour got me a Marvel Comic Collection box that had a bunch of Marvel Comics in it. Here is a picture of it I found:




    With this box came a "comic" that was about collecting in general. I recall it being slim, so not a full sized comic and mostly text with some spot illustrations. I believe the cover was by John Buscema and it showed Namor under water in a shipwreck opening a treasure chest with comics inside and a bunch of heroes swimming behind him.


    Does anybody recall the name of this 'comic' and the cover?



  5. This story sounds strange to me. Has there been any other similar stories that have come forward from former SL employees?


    Not that I've seen and I've seen maybe 10 on facebook? Both from former writer/artists and from other staffers who've worked him more recently. A number of them mentioned they pissed Stan off pretty bad a couple times while working for him and he's never exhibited this type of behaviour.


    Some of these allegations are about his wife and daughter. No idea if they are like that or not.


    But yeah, it looks like an *spoon* who just got laid off/fired from a well paying job and is lashing out, trying to get more money from it by damaging Stan and his family in hopes for a 'shut up and go away' settlement.

  6. Yes, I'm looking forward to it as well. I'm not sure if there is anybody on planet earth that's better suited to write a book about Jack Kirby.


    My understanding Fantagraphic's told Mark to include everything, everything, everything in the book and they'd publish it no matter how high the page count is.


    I really hope Mark takes them up on that.



  7. I went to San Diego Comic Con and audio recorded 15 comic related panels and the Will Eisner Awards. Some of you might be interested in hearing these panels.

    You can find the 15 panels here and the Eisner Awards here

    I also have comic con pictures here and the Eisner Awards pictures here

    The Panels are:
    Comics Arts Conference: Scholars Lost and Found (47:14, 42.2mb)
    On this panel was Carol Tilley and Brad Ricca. Brad start off talking about an academic paper done in 1942 by Paul Cassidy, who was also an artist at the Siegel and Shuster shop and was assisting/ghosting Joe Shuster in drawing Superman comics. The paper was about the use of Ghost Artists. He conducted a questionnaire about the use of ghost artists in the industry and wrote about his own experience. Carol talked about a few other early academic papers she's come across. One from 1932 about kids reading Sunday Comic strips, 1933 on comic strips artists and their level of art training, 1938 on comics as children's literature and along the way also put together circulation figures of all Sunday Comic strips. The last two papers talked about was a 1942 one about Kids understanding editorial cartoons and a 1949 paper about comic book sales figures between 1935 and 1949. It was done by Charles Cridland who was the treasurer of comic book publisher David Mckay. He reveals his own companies numbers and gives estimates for his competitors.

    Kevin Nowlan Spotlight (48:38, 44.5mb)
    Jai Nitz interviews Kevin Nowlan after he receives an Inkpot award. They talked about how they two met and their friendship, there was a slide show of Kevin's work and discussed it. Among the topics discussed was his attention to detail, his breaking into comics with a Dr. Strange fill in under Al Milgrom, working on Marvel Fanfare, his colouring work, the hate mail generated when he did Defenders in a different style, Bruce Timm being influenced by him - which in turn was used for Batman: The Animated Series and other Bruce Tim cartoon series and movies, Nowlan inking Joe Quesada, a Batman story that was killed, his Superman covers and a new Conan story they are doing together.

    Skottie Young Spotlight (55:08, 50.4mb)
    Moderating this panel was Jim Viscardi. Among the topics discussed were his desire to draw and when he wanted to do it for a living, his influences, his early non-comics jobs, his run on Human Torch, finding his boundaries artistically, how drawing for animation changed his work, The Wizard of Oz, his favourite character to draw, the transition to writing, his upcoming creator owned book for Image, meeting Todd McFarlane and doing a Spawn cover.

    Comic Con How To: Art Thieft and the Law (51:29, 47.1mb)
    On this panel was law professor Jack Lerner, Deviant Art's Josh Wattles and creator DJ Welch. Josh Wattles announced that Deviant Art is very aware of Art Theft being a problem for its users and announced http://www.Deviantart.com/arttheft as a new resource in how to combat it. They explained the differences between Art Theft, Plagiarism, Copyright Infringement, Tracing, Copy/Mimicking, Appropriation, Fair Use and Resolving Disputes. DJ Welch talked about having his art used without his permission and how his fans were a big help in combating that. They also discussed Tumblr. As requested, the Q&A portion of this panel was not recorded so that artists asking about their specific situations could speak freely.

    Comics Journalism: It's about Ethics in Comics Journalism (51:32, 47.1mb)
    On the panel was Heidi MacDonald, Donna Dickens, James Viscardi, Casey Gilly, Joe Ilidge and Brett Schenker. The panel was moderated by Jeff Trexler. Jeff asked the question if neutral Comic reporting is dead? The group spoke about doing news from a personal point of view vs a straight reporting of the facts. They also talked about social media controversies, if they have any limits to what they report on, the comments they get from their readers and diversity in comics.

    Will Eisner: The Champion of the Graphic Novel (51:11, 46.8mb)
    This panel consisted of Paul Levitz, Jeff Smith, Sergio Aragonés, Denis Kitchen and Danny Fingeroth. Paul asked the group if Eisner's series of Graphic Novels is a more important influence on the comics industry than the Spirit, the group discussed Will's desire for respect for both himself and the comics medium. They said Will treated everybody as equals. Jeff Smith told a few funny stories about Will, they also talked about Burne Hogarth and answered questions about how Will's Graphic Novels did when they first came out and the difficulty for the market to rack and sell them.

    The Twisted Root of Comics (49:57, 45.7mb)
    On the panel were Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, Michael Uslan, Danny Fingeroth, Gerard Jones and Brad Ricca. Nicky had a slide show of pictures and the panellists jumped into identifying the places and people. The group talked about how there was a political crack down on the 'Spicy' books which drove some of the publishers into doing comic books. At the same time pulp books publishers were also getting into comic books too. Michael Uslan told a funny origin story of how Little Archie came about from a poker game among the publishers. They talked about how the early comic publishers knew each other, worked together and hung out socially. They discussed how the titles of some of the pulps and spicy books were used for comics. Nicky said the Major wanted to originally do comic strip adaptations of children's literature. They discussed how the early Superman & Batman characters borrowed/swiped from pulp characters. Nicky explained why the Major used original material for New Fun. They debated among themselves about the Superman discovery story and there is suspicion that the official story is not accurate. The group revealed information about The Major's being forced out of what would become DC comics and it's possible relation to Superman.

    Bob Layton Spotlight (46:39, 42.7mb)
    Bob Layton is interviewed by Michael Uslan. They first discussed their early friendship, Bob receiving a standing ovation at Hall H on an Iron Man panel, the group of comic creators to come out of Indiana and contributed to Bobs CPL fanzine, which included Roger Stern, John Byrne, Roger Slifer, Steven Grant (who was in the audience) and others. They talked about the group also doing Charlton's fanzine and then Bob being Wally Wood's assistant and later Giordano's. Bob spoke passionately about and how he was a father figure to him and really helped him out when he was young. He also spoke of being there with during his last days. Michael Uslan told a story about how he met a young Sam Ramni at a comic convention that Bob put on in 1975. Bob told the story of how he broke into Marvel, how he went to DC and how he convinced David Michelinie to come over to Marvel with him and work on Iron Man. Bob revealed that Iron Man was slated for cancelation and how he and David saved it from cancellation. The Demon in the Bottle story was brought up. Bob also said what happened to inker Jack Able after his stroke affected him and his career. Valiant Comics and Future Comics were also discussed.

    MARCH with Congressman John Lewis (57:04, 52.2mb)
    An introduction was done by Leigh Walton and on the panel was Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powel. After the introduction Lewis gave a powerful speech about getting into 'good' trouble. He spoke about his youth raising chickens on a farm and preaching to them. He also spoke about the movement for equal rights, the fight against white and coloured only areas and called on the youth to learn the tactics and use them towards non-violent progress. Andrew talked about his pestering John to write a comic. He revealed that he learned that Martin Luther King had edited the Martin Luther King comic that inspired this comic. They discussed the success of getting March in schools and teachers using it to teach children this part of American history. There was also talk of the need for free post-secondary education, raising of the minimum wage, removal of voting restrictions, the confederate flag and other topics. Nate spoke about them making the book as historically accurate as possible so that it couldn't be challenged on that ground in schools and said they were even able to fill in some gaps of history through the process of making this book. He spoke about their process of making this book and the effects it's had on him and his kids.

    Irwin Hasen Tribute (51:23, 47mb)
    On this panel was Danny Fingeroth, Chelle Mayer, David Armstrong, Arie Kaplin, Michael Uslan and coming in late was Jim Salicrup. David started off about talking about a story about Irwin and Carmine Infantino. The entire panel told their story about meeting Irwin for the first time. They dicussed his early work and creating Wildcat. A video of a Jules Feiffer interview regarding Irwin was played. David Armstrong explained the mutual admiration Irwin and Tooth had for each other with Tooth saying Irwin was a major influence on him. The group also talked about Irwin getting into the Will Esiner Hall of Fame and receiving the Award at New York Comic Con. Towards the end, the group shared stories of Irwin.

    The Best and Worst Manga of 2015 (46:50, 42.8mb)
    Moderated by Deb Aoki on the panel was David Brothers, Brigid Alverson, Eva Volin and Christopher Butcher. After introductions the group started with discussing their picks for the Best New Books for Kids and Teens, Best New Books for Adults, Best Continuing Books for Kids and Best Continuing Books for Adults. They then discussed the Worst Manga for any age, Underrated but Great Manga, their most Anticipated New Manga and their Most Wanted Manga.

    The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel (1:04:05, 58.6mb)
    Mark Evanier, David J Spurlock, Marv Wolfman, Rob Liefeld and Paul S Levine discussed Jack Kirby. Mark started off with getting people in the audience to make their new announcements relating to Kirby's work. Mark then talked about the lawsuit being over and he, Jack's family and he feels, Jack and Roz would be very happy with the settlement. Mark said he was at the first X-men movie with Stan Lee and stayed until the very end and was very angry that Jack's name was in very small type at the end of the film and has refused to watch Marvel films since. Mark also said that during his time of hearing Jacks version of events and talking with many other people who were at Marvel at the time (Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, Ayers, Stan Lee, etc..) he is convinced that Jack's version of events is accurate and Jack was an honest man who wasn't trying to take credit for thing he did not do. Rob Liefeld talked about meeting Jack, his love of Jack and doing Phantom Force. Mark said Jack and Roz was very happy for the large amount of money they received from Image for that work and it meant more to them than many tributes given to them in other non-monetary ways. Mark and David spoke of the mutual respect that Kirby and Wood had for each other and David confirmed Jack's honesty. David spoke about Wally Wood, saying he left around the same time Ditko did and felt Jack would have left too if he wasn't blacklisted at DC and had a family to feed. Mark said Jack and Wood would keep in touch after Wood left Marvel and encouraged him in his projects. Marv Wolfman talked about meeting Jack as a kid and his love of Kamandi. Everybody (except Paul Levine) spoke about the one comic they thought that best represented Jack Kirby. Rob in particular mentioned the Galactus Saga in Fantastic Four. He also told a story about how Jim Valentino, when the two had a studio together, ordered Rob to read FF 1 - 100, which he did and was very thankful for. He said earlier in his career he was trying to draw like George Perez, but would later switch to Jack.

    From Comics to Animation (55:32, 50.8mb)
    Moderator Mark Waid talks with Jhonen Vasquez, Jill Thompson, Reginald Hudlin, Michael DeForge, Jerry Beck and eventually Lalo Alcaraz who came in a bit late. Jerry Beck talked a bit about the early relationship between comics and animation going back to Windsor McKay. The group discussed how working in one field influenced their work in the other. Jill Thompson told us about the history of her Scary Godmother book first being adapted into a play and then into animation. The group discussed dealing with decisions made from higher ups and how frustrating they are and Reginald talked about the view point from the executive position. Reginald also spoke about how the Black Panther cartoon came about. Lalo spoke of his transition into animation and how he now had a new found appreciation for cartoonists. Jhonen said he taking Invader Zim back into comics and it's strange how people want the character to suddenly go 'dark' and be different than his animation personality. Regarding comics and animation Michael said what he liked about both formats. Jerry expressed that we are currently in a golden age for comic creators working in animation. Jill expressed that because of new software, one doesn't need to know as much about animation in order to create a cartoon. There was also an audience Q&A where the panel answered questions on working in other mediums, motion comics and pitching projects.

    Chip Zdarsky: A Life (47:24, 43.4mb)
    Chip Zdarsky is interviewed by Juliette Capra. Among the topics of Chips career were talked about are his art school, his early self published books Monster Cops and Prison Funnies, his starting a studio with Kagan Mcleod and Cameron Stewart, real people appearing in his comics and him appearing in Marvel comics, the letters page in Sex Criminals, Jughead, working within a shared universe, Sex Criminals #11 and the random sketch covers, how Sex Criminals came about, Mark Waid made a surprise appearance to ask Chip what's his favourite Justice Society of America character is, Chip's dream project at Marvel, what he can get away with while writing for Marvel, Sex Criminals translated into other languages, Comixology not being able to offer #3 because of Apple restrictions, his working for the National Post newspaper - particularly the Todd Diamond video skits and running for Mayor of Toronto. There was constant laughter from the audience throughout this panel.

    Pro vs. Fan Trivia Match (44:28, 40.7mb)
    Moderated by Derek McCaw. The Fan side is Tom Galloway, Peter S. Svensson and David Oakes. The Pro side is Len Wein, Anthony Tollin and Mark Waid. The questions range from 1956 to 1985 and are about The Joker, The Spectre, Hydra, The X-Men, Justice Society of America, Robin, Catwoman, Captain America, Shazam/Captain Marvel, Metamorpho, Dr. Fate and the Elongated Man.

  8. Then there is this part from Renee

    "No photos have been doctored in any way... to suggest otherwise is rather laughable.”


    The photo she's talking about is this:




    Cully Hammer points out:




    Others starting image searching and found:









  9. I would avoid Hall H where all the celebrities are. You can spend all day in a line up and maybe not get in to see what you want to see. Sometimes people bring tents and sleep in them overnight in order to stay in line up to try and get in and see those panels. People are crazy for big name celebrities.


    Cosplayers are for the most part fine. You'll get a mix of course. If you're going to take a picture, make sure to ask first and try not to do the pic in a busy isle where you're blocking traffic.


    There are panels you can go to and I'd recommend that. A creator you might like might be talking for an hour about their career or about a particular topic. Sergio Aragones, best known for MAD magazine, is always entertaining at convention panels. Still, I'd recommend going early as you might need to get into a line up and depending on how popular the creator is, the room might fill to capacity.


    If you are a real comic nerd, there is often a Comic Trivia Panel where it's fans vs pro's on Sunday and it's typically the last panel of the convention. Who is on the Pro side is mainly in flux, with Len Wein being the usual constant. Once upon a time Mark Waid and Kurt Busiek used to participate and would kick everybody asses. Waid is usually too busy at San Diego now and Busiek rarely goes to San Diego anymore.


    If you want to know what panels are like and the Trivia panel is like, I have audio recordings on my site at http://www.thecomicbooks.com/audio.html. I've got a bunch of different conventions on there, but scroll down and you'll see San Diego 2008 to 2014 within them.