Rebecca Sugar: Cartoon Network Trailblazer!
“Adventure Time” veteran creator Rebecca Sugar is at it again, her latest “Steven Universe” show premiered in early November…. and she made a little bit of TV History, according to this Washington Post article. Why? Because she’s female. Which leads us to the usual debate: is it better for the advancement of women in comics (or anywhere, for that matter) to let their gender be the bigger issue, than their talent and accomplishments? Do we need “Women in Comics” panels at comic cons, or would simply including MORE women on ANY panel be more beneficial in the battle for true gender equality?
“By following her artistic passion from Silver Spring to Hollywood, Sugar has become something of a trailblazer. On Monday evening, Cartoon Network will debut its newest program, “Steven Universe,” officially making Sugar, at just 26, the first woman to be a solo show creator in the channel’s 21 years on the air.
She is thrilled to achieve the breakthrough, but with just days until the debut, she’s not focused on being the first female creator — she’s too busy simply being a creator, with plenty to still decide and coordinate.”
Ohio State University Museum Reveals Some Pure Awesomeness
Comic and cartoon art enthusiasts: start planning that trip to Columbus, OH for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on the Ohio State University campus — and behold comic masterpieces old and new!
“Today, the museum collection includes more than 300,000 original strips from everybody who’s anybody in the newspaper comics world, plus 45,000 books, 29,000 comic books and 2,400 boxes of manuscript material, fan mail and other personal papers from artists. The university says it’s the largest collection of cartoon art and artifacts in the world.
The museum has originals from everyone from Richard Outcault — whose “Yellow Kid” in a 19th century comic strip spawned the term “yellow journalism” — to Charles Schulz (“Peanuts”), classic “Pogo” story lines from Walt Kelly, Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury,” Chester Gould’s “Dick Tracy,” early “Blondie” strips from Chic Young and the entire collection of Jeff Smith, an Ohio State graduate who created the hugely popular “Bone” series of comic books.”
“Wired” interviews Allie Brosh of that comic/meme you’ve seen all over…
Some of the best webcomics wind up being more known as funny memes that invade your social media feed, and “Hyperbole and Half“ is definitely one of them. Wired discusses with Allie her new book, and what it’s like to have your comic turned into a meme that takes on a life of its own.
“WIRED: One of your comics, “This Is Why I’ll Never Be an Adult,” inspired a meme sometimes called “All the Things.” How do you feel about having your work repurposed outside your comic in a way that isn’t credited and that you can’t control?
Brosh: I think it’s fine when it’s just the internet playing around with it and having fun with it. I sort of get sick of seeing it sometimes. [laughs] But occasionally someone will come up with a creative new way to use it that really makes me laugh. I don’t enjoy when, say, some cause I don’t agree with uses it to support their agenda. That rankles me a little bit, but there’s not much I can do to prevent that. But for the most part I like that people are having fun with it. It’s not OK to use it to sell things, or anything that would be copyright infringement, but I enjoy its nature as a meme.”
Dear Mr. Watterson… a Documentary you REALLY should have heard about by now.
Calvin & Hobbes fans rejoice: it’s finally here. And USA Today brings us an interview with the director and a sneak peek. A collection of interviews of fans and creators of all walks of life, by Joel Schroeder in his directorial debut, “Dear Mr. Watterson is being screened in select cites and arrives On-Demand Nov. 15th. Guess you know what you’re watching tonight, eh?
I made a concerted choice to not approach Bill Watterson for an interview, because I respect his desire for privacy. I never wanted this to be a movie about trying to track him down and have always wanted to avoid any perception that that was the goal of the film. I wanted the story to be about the meaningful impact that Watterson has had on countless fans, and not about a hunt for a celebrated “recluse.”
In the end, I have no regrets, and I think it was the right choice. Watterson has indeed seen the film, and we know that he appreciated our choices to make it less intrusive.
Speaking of Watterson…. You HAVE read this, right?
“There is a tendency to rehash and regurgitate properties with sequels and remakes. You had an idea, executed it, then moved on. And you ignored the clamor for more. Why is it so hard for readers to let go?
Well, coming at a new work requires a certain amount of patience and energy, and there’s always the risk of disappointment. You can’t really blame people for preferring more of what they already know and like. The trade-off, of course, is that predictability is boring. Repetition is the death of magic.
Purely for trivia and posterity’s sake, if you could indulge some (even more) inane queries: One story that’s made the rounds is that a plush toy manufacturer once delivered a box of Hobbes dolls to you unsolicited, which you promptly set ablaze. For people who share your low opinion of merchandising, this is a fairly delightful story. Did it actually happen?
Not exactly. It was only my head that burst into flames.”
BitStrips: Good, Bad, or Silly Fad?
So, Facebook feeds are annoying enough as is. The endless game requests, political memes (most half-truths and exaggerations), people STILL playing Farmville, and now your parents have even signed up. Along comes Bitstrips, and your friends are being sucked in, one by one. Well, the non-creator/artist ones anyway. Now EVERYONE is an artist! Or so they think. Or maybe they don’t, maybe they just consider it a time-wasting fad and a fun little app. Either way, it seems everyone has an opinion on the latest app. The casual comic fan getting reacquainted with their love of comics could be a GOOD thing, but when a social media feed is filled with a TON of cartoony comics, your “real” comic could get lost in the noise… losing its value. Or are we getting worked up over a flash-in-the-pan fad? Robot6 covers a bulk of the reaction…
“….that doesn’t mean they’re good comics. Cartoonists probably feel as if they’re being stabbed in the eyes and then stabbed in the back. After all, if you want a good comic, why not hire a real comic artist? It’s not much different from how talent and crew probably feel watching one of those painful GoAnimate videos with the Speak ‘n’ Spell voices and vaguely Family Guy designs. As with many things on the Internet, free usually wins out, especially for something so casual and ultimately inconsequential.”
There certainly is an element of “Get Off My Lawn!” backlash from artists regarding Bitstrips. It makes me wonder… is this how professional published authors felt about the emergence of self-publishing and Print on Demand? Another extension of the Print vs Web war?