Monday, I wrote about how MAD magazine was switching to quarterly circulation. I briefly and offhandedly noted how a lot of the outlets reporting the news were making “What, Me Worry?” jokes in their headlines, and that’s what I want to talk about today: The lazy shorthand used to refer to anything related to comics or graphic novels.
In an announcement that launched a thousand “What, Me Worry?” jokes and headlines, MAD magazine made the sad announcement recently that it was cutting its frequency down to quarterly. It’s another sign of a tightening economy, as if we needed one, and one that probably hits hard if you’re a comics reader over the age of, say, 35. Maybe younger if you were lucky enough to grow up with MAD around your local newsstand.John Hogan
I have to admit I had no idea Amazing Spider-Man # 583 (the one featuring President Obama) would be such a hit. And that would explain why I never got a copy. So for that reason, I cannot say I have any idea what the story inside is like, but even so: Who knew it would drag so many noncomics fans out to buy a copy? Whatever the reason, the comic is selling like crazy, sending Marvel back to print twice and leaving me a little confused as to why. But I'm happy to see it nonetheless.John Hogan
I had been a little concerned about the future release of the Watchmen movie, so I'm glad to share this good news with you (if you haven't seen it already). Watchmen is back on track and still schedule to be released March 6. Congratulations to Fox and Warner Bros. for reaching a settlement, much to the delight of everyone who is excited to see the movie.John Hogan
I’ve drifted in and out of watching Smallville, but anytime I return to watching the show, I’m always pleasantly surprised. The show seems to walk a weird and very fine line of trying to forge its own path while also cleaving somewhat to “official” Superman continuity (maybe the films’ continuity more than the comic books’). I’ve definitely enjoyed watching the series incorporate some of DC’s other heroes, like Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Black Canary.John Hogan
It’s hard to describe the mixed emotions I had when I heard Watchmen was finally being made into a movie. After hearing about it for so many years, I think we all had gotten used to the idea that it would never happen. And what would the harm be in that, really? It’s one of the most highly regarded comics series ever made, so right away, the filmmakers had so much to live up to they almost had nowhere to go but down. Plus, it’s dense, extremely verbal, and relies on several conceits of the comics medium to truly work well.John Hogan