March 13, 2015

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Weekend Pattering for March 13th, 2015-- Storified Journalism

** Deb Aoki has a huge Storified piece up asking "Do you have to be Japanese to create manga?" It starts with a webcomic called Mahou Shonen Breakfast Club stopping due to complaints that they were just using Japan and Japanese culture but it quickly becomes this fascinating look about how the whole issue developed.

Deb even using Storify is a fascinating to look at this story.  She's has online venues to report this news through but using Storify, she pursued reactions to this using Twitter and other line articles.  To a degree, this is some "man on the street" type reporting but Deb's use of Storify provides a really broad and expansive view of the issues at play here, in ways that standard online reporting just hasn't been capable of doing.  Twitter opens up the number of people that you can reach and question and Storify provides a way of archiving all of that in ways that Twitter just doesn't seem capable of or interested in.

From Whit Taylor's "The Myth of the Strong Black Woman"

** The Nib has a great collection of cartoons called "Whatever We Please- Women on working, speaking, dancing, and being in a world built for men." Panel Patter's own Whit Taylor has a piece in there on "The Myth of the Strong, Black Woman."

**  The last couple of days saw a couple of big editorial announcements at both DC and Dark Horse Comics.  First is that Jamie S. Rich is joining DC as a Senior Editor at Vertigo.  That's a very nice get for DC and for Vertigo.  With his background at Dark Horse and Oni, Rich looks to have a lot of the type of creator connections that could be good for Vertigo.  He and Shelly Bond should be quite a powerful pair at Vertigo.

And speaking of Dark Horse Comics, Diana Schutz announced her retirement from editing this week.  Heidi at The Beat has the announcement.  Josie Campbell at CBR has a great interview with Schutz talking about her career and retirement.
I think a smart editor just hires the right people and then gets the hell out of their way! In those days, with the exception of the late, great Archie Goodwin, editors tended to get bad raps. That's because they were editing work owned by their corporate bosses, and they were paid to toe the company line. When I finally started working with writers and artists to make comics -- and especially comics that they owned -- I wanted to undo that bad rap and give creators an editor they could trust, someone who would stand up for them in the face of publisher greed. And someone who would not "interfere" with the work so much as shepherd it. Ultimately, that means giving the creator as much, or as little, as they want from an editor, and backing off when it's time.
Big congratulations are due to both Jamie and Diana on this great news.

** At Sequart, David Faust compares Terry Gilliam's Brazil with Charles Burn's X'ed Out trilogy.  His focus is on the dream imagery in both works.
In the end neither Doug (X'ed Out) nor Sam (Brazil) is able to save the women they love, and both men meet very different ends. Sam at least believes he was able to save Jill and that they escaped the city to live happily in the countryside. This is Sam’s final dream which happens in the interrogation chamber while being tortured at the hands of his friend Jack. Doug, with the support of his current girlfriend at last goes to visit Sarah and meet his son. However, after everything that has happened, Sarah says that she doesn’t want him to come around anymore. Although in the end Sam is a completely broken man, he still has his dreamworld and a life with Jill. Doug on the other hand does not have the refuge of a dreamworld, but he does have the potential to become a better person.
** Comic's Bulletin asks "what is Marvel's Gotham Central?" and firmly answers it's Sean McKeever and Takeshi Miyazawa's "Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane."   Honestly, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane is one of the greatest unknown comics of the 2000s.  McKeever and Miyazawa were working in that mid-2000 manga-influenced realm on this series but chronicling Spider-Man's love life fit perfectly into that style.


** The Week that Was on Panel Patter.