Dave has an excellent post on Why He Hates Free Comic Book Day over at his sterling blog, Yet Another Comic Blog. I don’t see the point of FCBD any more, but I could just be a negative person. Go and let him know what you think.
The dude known as Johnny Bacardi has a similar list of comics for this week as myself, which I find kind of spooky and reassuring at the same time.
CBR reports that Ed Brubaker is officially exclusive with Marvel. This makes me wonder about what will happen to Gotham Central, the excellent police procedural he created with Greg Rucka over at DC (even if his Sleeper is going to end with issue 12 of season two). I won’t be reading his Captain America, because the character has absolutely no attraction for me, but I’ll be looking forward to anything else that he might get up to over at Marvel, especially if he gets the same sort of leeway that they give Bendis.
Talking of which, Joe Quesada is taking over Newsarama this week, and you can find the first part of his chat with Bendis here. They seem to be genuine friends, which makes for interesting reading.
In non-comics news, we move to animated comedy goodness. Being in the UK, we won’t see the episode of The Simpsons in question for some time, but over in the US, the real name of the Comic Book Guy has been revealed, as can be seen at here [EDIT: dead link] (link found via Mike).
And in film news, the Academy decides on change – the Oscars won’t all be presented in the traditional ‘And the Oscar goes to …’ format. (It used to be ‘And the winner is …’ but they changed that because that would mean the other people are losers, which they are because they didn’t win, but the Academy thinks that all nominees are winners, in a way, which goes to show you how stupid they can be sometimes.) I can’t see the point of this; in some cases, they’ll stay with the old format, in others, they’ll have people go out and annoy famous folk in the audience, while others will have all five nominees up on stage while the winner is read out, which seems particularly harsh. What was wrong with the close-up on the nominees when the winner is announced? It gave us the brilliance of seeing Sam Jackson swearing live on television when Martin Landau got the Best Supporting Oscar for his pantomime impression of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood, when Jackson should have got it for Pulp Fiction, which was a superb performance, and made Sam’s career.
And that’s a brief tour of the web for today. Join me tomorrow when I do something completely different. Until then, if you have been, thanks for reading.