Super Boys just won the Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction. I feel like I’m on the same kickball team as Doris Kearns Goodwin (at least in Ohio). Thank you, Ohioana Llibrary.
Here’s what I did at Comic-Con. Batman panels are very different from Superman ones.
So yeah, I’m gazing at Denny O’Neill — what of it?
There is a write-up of the panel here by Cardner Clark at Comic Book Resources. Thanks to Travis Langley (Batman & Psychology, Wiley 2012) for organizing the whole thing.
Signing and Giveaway, Thursday, July 24 at 3pm (Booth #1019)
The St. Martin’s Press booth (#1019) will be giving away FORTY FREE COPIES OF SUPER BOYS on a first come, first serve basis at 3 pm on Thursday. I’ll be there to sign your book and the first 40 get a rare Con-only promo item.
If you can’t make it on Thursday, stop by the booth during the show, they will have some really cool giveaways for the book — just ask. You’ll know them when you see them.
Friday, July 25, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Room 26AB
Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Who Created Batman?
Who really created Batman? Was it the Caped Crusader’s officially credited creator, Bob Kane, or was it his secret collaborator, Bill Finger? What did editor Vince Sullivan, artist Jerry Robinson, writer Gardner Fox, and others contribute when first shaping the Batman mythos, from the Dark Knight’s debut in 1939 until he gained a young crime-fighting partner, a clownish arch-foe, and a feline femme fatale one year later? Pulling from interviews, biographies, personal communications, and external evidence, experts conduct a forensic investigation into this question of historical, cultural, and ethical importance. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) asks Tom Andrae (Batman & Me), Brad Ricca (Super Boys), Athena Finger (The Cape Creator: A Tribute to Bill Finger), Marc Tyler Nobleman (Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman), Denny O’Neil (Batman), Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art), Jens Robinson (CartoonArts International), Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight films), and Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson (granddaughter of DC Comics’s founder) the basic question: Who built the bat?
Super Boys has been named a Finalist for the Ohioana Book Award — which has been around since 1942 — in Nonfiction.
To see the other finalists and learn more about Ohioana, click here. I am very excited for the book to be recognized like this, especially in my home state, past and present.
Patrick Reed asked me to contribute something for Joe Shuster’s 100th birthday over at Comics Alliance. Some great art there, too. Happy Birthday, Joe.
I have another piece up at StarWars.com — this time about Boba Fett and his real first appearance. I got to talk to Duwayne Dunham, who was an assistant editor on Empire. Yeah. He was also the first to don the armor. And he’s had a pretty nice career since.
I wrote this thing and it is already causing some controversy.