T Campbell says we should do an episode on a Year in Review, so we did! He guest hosts this episode with Thom Revor, Fes Works, Adam Smithee, and a return of Rosscott! Thanks to Content Producer Eric Kimball, for helping to set this up; along with T Campbell for creating the list of 16 discussion points.
Top 16 Topics Over the Last Year
16. GENDER IN WEBCOMICS VS. COMIC BOOKS.
Yeah, Eric, it IS the same damn profile reprinted 50 times, but it does really say something that Kate Beaton– and other female cartoonists like Danielle Corsetto and Meredith Gran– are treated as representative webcartoonists in the press, at the same time DC Comics struggles to explain why it hires so few female creators and Womanthology is considered a step forward. The only reason this one’s so low on the list is… it doesn’t feel like that much has changed, this year.
15. MARVEL’S SUMMER AT THE MOVIES.
This year was the strongest argument yet for Marvel’s overall film strategy, with Thor clearing a tidy profit and both X-Men: First Class and Captain America topping the $150 million mark. Reviews have generally been positive, and Marvel’s identity as a film studio seems on increasingly solid ground. What does that mean for the comics? (Again, this would be higher if it were newer.)
14. Special Mention
“The year in review” lists are always unfair to anything that happens right at the end of the year– there’s not always enough time to gauge the significance. This is especially true of The Adventures of Tintin, due out December 21. While I’m concerned the film’s motion capture may submerge its appeal within the Uncanny Valley, Tintin is the most popular comics property ever to emerge from Western Europe, and international film success could have implications for other Euro-comics.
13. THE DEATH OF STEVE JOBS.
Jobs’s release of the iPad 2, early this year, cemented the tablet medium as a growing field of opportunity for comics. The loss of his sometimes controlling influence will likely mean a loosening of Apple’s restrictions upon digital content in the long run, though probably not soon enough to satisfy individual comics creators.