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Thursday, July 24, 2008

A San Diego Story Worth Reading -- Here's Roger Green's reflections on his visit to 1987 the San Diego Comicon. I love reading Roger's thoughts about just about anything, and in a week where there will be a lot of irrelevant stories with "San Diego" and "Comicon" as keywords (likely along with even worse words, like "Loeb" and "Johns" and "Exclusive"), it's nice to have a San Diego post to read that is interesting and worth reading.

Colour me ambivalent about the news that Darwyn Cooke will be adapting Donald Westlake's Parker series for IDW. Cooke's last adaptation/reimagining, The Spirit for DC, ultimately felt like a year of wasted time, with Cooke only catching fire in the last issue. Everything he does is beautiful to look at, but I'd like to see him do something of his own, infused with the energy and imagination he brought to Catwoman and New Frontier. I'll be first in line to cheer if the Parker comics are up to the high standards Cooke has previously set, because we could use another great Pop Noir crime comic on the stands alongside Criminal and Femme Noir. But given Cooke's recent Spirit run, I'll definitely have to wait and see how it shakes out.



Blogger Roger Green said...

A mention in the ADD blog. I'm famous! OK, semifamous...maybe semidemifamous...

Thanks, Alan.

24 July, 2008 09:07  
Blogger Chad said...

I actually disagree with you about the Spirit — I think it was pretty good throughout — but I felt the same ambivalence when Cooke's stint on Eisner's creation was announced, and I had a similar feeling of disappointment when the Parker adaptations were announced, even though Cooke's comics and the Parker novels are two of my favorite things in the world.

But what the heck, I'm sure these will be great comics, and I've seen mention that Darwyn Cooke will be announcing some creator-owned work at the Baltimore Comic-Con, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.

24 July, 2008 22:39  
Blogger Roger Green said...

In TODAY'S Comics Reporter: "One retailer recalls the 1987 Comic-Con." I wondered why I got 24 hits to that post today...

04 August, 2008 14:55  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Word gets around!

04 August, 2008 14:59  

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