If you want to hear Alan Light’s important 1975 interview with Jerry and Joanne Siegel, head over here to Comic Convention Memories to hear a digital copy of the LP. There is a big difference listening to them instead of reading about them. Plus: no lines.
Today is the 76th anniversary (as near as we can tell) of the publication of Action Comics #1. I thought I’d post this — something optimistic — their first (until their deaths) cover story in their hometown, announcing the appearance of the Superman syndicated newspaper strip — which was, back then, the much bigger deal.
I want to thank the Ohio Arts Council for generously awarding me an Individual Excellence Award for 2014. The OAC “is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen communities culturally, educationally and economically.” You can check out the great work the OAC does here. Thank you and please support their programs. Love Ohio.
“Ken Winston” by Jerry Siegel and Mike Roy (July 11, 1955)
A big thank you to the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History — and guest judges David Hassler, Emily Wilson, and M.L. Smoker — for awarding me the Grand Prize in the Poetry in the Museum Contest this year.
You can read all of the winning poems here.
The Museum is one of my favorite places for many reasons, so this means a great deal to me. Go visit soon.
Do you think they should — or could — make a Sandman movie?
Madeline Lumley over at Think Mag asked me what I thought.
It’s a tough call — not that it’s mine to make. It seems almost inevitable at this point, you know? How times have changed.
Big fan, of course.
BONUS: A cool “Which Superhero Are You?” quiz.
Here is more stuff about Captain America and my post at The Beat about a possible real-life inspiration for Cap. After the story, I was interviewed by WEWS and it ended up on Yahoo News. Click below — hopefully don’t fall asleep.
SF SIGNAL has a recurring feature called “Mind Meld” where they ask writers a group question. This month, they asked:
Q: If you could take one trip in the T.A.R.D.I.S., where would you go?
I thought about my answer for a loong time. Some great answers and company on this. Thanks to Andrea Johnson for asking.
There is a new installment of my comics history column up today over at The Beat.
This one is on Captain America. And it’s big. Go read it.
I was lucky enough to see some of the filming for Cap 2 when they were here in Cleveland. But it’s different to see Natalia “Natasha” Alianovna Romanova standing right in front of you instead of on a comic page or projected onto a screen. It wasn’t just the costumes, either. To see them act as these characters, without irony, was really kind of surreal. I’m not complaining. There’s something to that suspension of belief being played out in reality that validates everything we imagined about these characters when we first read them. We knew there had to be some truth there. Turns out there was.