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Hey Kids! Comics News! 8/12/2021

Hey Kids! Comics News! for August 12, 2021

“And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for he realized he had forgotten to read that day’s Hey Kids! Comics News!

—Attributed to Plutarch

What would HK! CN!’s first week have been without every artist and writer you’ve ever heard of yielding to the warm embrace of Mother Substack? I can only speculate, but I suspect we would have been choking down a record-setting amount of clickbait. Like this:

Venom: Eddie Brock’s 10 Strongest Relationships In The Comics, Ranked  |  CBR.com

You get no points for guessing that number one is the alien suit. The man goes around eating brains like it’s his job. His relationship with his mother probably informs that. You can have a good relationship with your mother or you can go around eating the brains of the unwary. You cannot do both. There’s no point in trying to build suspense about it, fellow content provider.

Substack has been an absolute treasure chest for this column thus far. Four days in, everything is still Substack, Substack, Substack. For instance, Rich Johnston wonders:

How Do Substack Comic Creators Sleep At Night?  |  Bleeding Cool

Turns out, they’re all sleeping just fine, although Scott Snyder is still anxious to make sure we know that a tower of creative splendor will be built upon the foundation of his pusillanimous betrayal of Batman and Superman. How could you, Scott. They are heroes.

Indeed, this “Substack” may not be the bed of roses that the traitor Snyder would lead us to believe, according to Rich Johnston. I surprise even myself by how quickly this column has been reduced to me just telling you about stuff I read on Bleeding Cool.

Substack Comics Creators Criticised Over Site’s Offensive Content  |  Bleeding Cool

Yes, it seems that Substack has a troubling laissez-faire attitude when it comes to getting into bed with fascists, which Batman and Superman would never do, Scott Snyder. Well, maybe Batman would. In any case, I suppose I’m inclined to sympathize with the side that opposes doing business with people who do business with fascist hate-peddlers, but there’s an argument to be made that it’s a platform not a publisher and you can’t restrict speech and blah, blah, blah Mark Zuckerberg this and Twitter that. I wouldn’t make it, but someone would. And really, what’s worse—fascist hate speech or silly clickbait top-ten listicles about Eddie Brock’s bosom chums? The answer is fascist hate speech, obviously. Shame on you for even pausing to consider it. I thought better of you.

In happier news, Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, and… Fungirl! Behave yourself!

Coca-Cola Paused Printing of Fungirl Comic, Over Sex Act Concerns  |  Bleeding Cool

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Sheesh. Take that smut to Substack.

Meanwhile, someone besides Rich Johnston got to read some FCBD comics ahead of time and shared his thoughts:

FCBD 2021: Read It Or Leave It?: Gold Titles  |  Comics Beat

Ahead of Free Comic Book Day, the Smithsonian has unveiled a stunning digital project in collaboration with the Ringling College of Art and Design showcasing women cartoonists. They really like to throw their weight around over there. Hey, we got some good stuff too, Smithsonian. I bet you don’t have those last five Sensational She-Hulk issues in your warehouse.

New Comic Series Presents Ten Visionaries and Rule Breakers in SAAM’s Collection  |  Smithsonian Magazine

Breaking: Hey Kids! Comics News! sources have confirmed that the last five Sensational She-Hulk issues were discovered this week behind a crate of used mopheads in a janitor’s closet at the Smithsonian.

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Hey Kids! Comics News! 8/10/2021

Hey Kids! Comics News! for August 10th, 2021

Infracells: Up! Dynotherms: Connected! Megathrusters are go! LET’S GO HEY KIDS! COMICS NEWS!

Have you heard the earth-shaking Batman news that’s dominating the headlines at all the major news sites?

Comics News | BatmanDC Comics Just Resurrected a Classic Batman Costume  |  CBR.com

I applaud DC for taking this step with such a major character. Long overdue. Already, there’s a certain element of Batman readers kicking up a fuss about seeing such an icon portrayed as an oval-wearer. Pish-posh, I say. Some amongst our brethren need to do some work on themselves instead of projecting their own insecurities onto a comic book character. “If even the Caped Crusader can be a yellow oval-wearer,” they think, “perhaps I can, too. And it’s only a matter of time before the community finds out. In fact, perhaps they already know. I had better post some extra-hot takes on social media and comments sections just in case.”

With all the fuss surrounding the Bat-Oval story, you may have missed this one:

A new ‘Batman’ comic confirms that sidekick Robin is queer  |  CNN

Like we all didn’t already know that. Joel Schumacher, you were a prophet.

Meanwhile, Scott Snyder has to apologize for acting in his career’s best interest, because up is down in the wacky world of comics:

INTERVIEW: Scott Snyder says “None of us are there to just take the money and hurt comics”  |  ComicsBeat

I would say to you, Scott Snyder, how am I supposed to get a rare 1:25 retailer incentive variant cover of a digital comic, huh? Whither my fungible tokens, Scott Snyder? Selfish.

Bleach Reveals Ichigo’s Real World Job  |  ComicBook.com

Turns out he’s been aggregating comics news headlines for a local comic book store website. Ichigo, I get you, man.

The Suicide Squad’s Underwhelming Box Office Debut Is a Lot More Complicated Than It Looks  |  IGN Africa

My big takeaway from this is that The Suicide Squad had the second-biggest premiere on HBO Max behind Mortal Kombat. Mortal Kombat had a character who wore a magic sweater. The Suicide Squad did not. The conclusion is obvious.

The Suicide Squad Bombs at US Box Office  |  The New Paper

“Suicide Squad” Fares Well On HBO Max  |  Dark Horizons

What a rollercoaster you are, The Suicide Squad.

Exclusive Marvel Legends X-Force 3-Pack: Domino Cannonball & Rictor 90s Figures!  |  Marvel Toy News

You know your generation is in consumerism’s driver’s seat when toy companies are celebrated for producing that early-90s children’s-snowsuit Cannonball design.

See you tomorrow night, buddies!

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Hey Kids! Comics News! 8/9/2021

Hey Kids! Comics News! 8/9/2021Hey Kids! Comics News!

Happy Monday, kids! Did you have a great weekend? Looks like while you, the comics-reading cat, were away, the comic news mice did play. Let’s see what comics have been getting up to the last few days! It’s time for Hey Kids! Comics News!

Holy moley! Your favorite artists and writers are jumping ship from the major publishers to go it alone on… Substack? Now why would they do such a nutty thing?

James Tynion IV announces DC departure, new creator-owned deal with Substack  |  Comics Beat

Scott Snyder Launches Substack Writing Classes For $7 A Month  |  Bleeding Cool

Oh, I see, it’s because of stuff like this:

Marvel and DC Face Backlash Over Pay: ‘They Sent a Thank-You Note and $5000—the Movie Made $1bn”  |  The Guardian

Don’t worry, though, artists and writers and artist/writers, they’ll get sentimental about you when you’re dead:

Berserk to Release New Chapter Following Creator’s Death  |  ComicBook.com

We kid, we kid—it’s outstanding to get to enjoy Kentaro Miura’s final pages and see him get his due.  Can’t wait.

Comics Journal, can you elevate this feature with some thought-provoking commentary on Tom Taylor and The Other History of the DC Universe? Can you ever:

Big Trouble Since 1976  |  TCJ.com