“Digital comics services are still very much all about the single rather than the graphic novel. They’re not selling TRANSMETROPOLITAN as ten collections. They’re selling it as sixty singles. Mp3s are priced individually at most music services because people will buy the bits of an album they want. The days of being able to force the sale of a complete unit of songs, in a predetermined running order, are long gone. And I suspect what’s being said here is that there’s a belief that comics could go a bit like that. I also suspect it’s a bit of wishful thinking, hoping that waiting-for-the-trade will go away if you write technically infinite storylines that put the focus back on the individual single, and the individual single being the point of instant gratification that you load on to your tablet.”—Warren Ellis » Never The End: Comics And MP3s. Isn’t the “infinite storyline” ultimately one of the obstacles for bringing new readers in to serialized comics? They complain about not having a jumping-on point.
…the [V For Vendetta] mask resonates with the hackers because it was worn by a rogue anarchist challenging an authoritarian government in “V for Vendetta,” the movie produced in 2006 by Warner Brothers.
What few people seem to know, though, is that Time Warner, one of the largest media companies in the world and parent of Warner Brothers, owns the rights to the image and is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask.
“The conventional image of a ‘futurist’ is that of someone who speaks with certainty about the yet-to-come, making bold predictions of headline-generated changes … and never really being held to account when those predictions fail to be realized. … J. Random Futurist gets quoted on CNBC one day saying that Facebook is undervalued, and will soon be rich enough to buy a small country, and quoted on FBN the next day saying that Facebook is doomed, DOOOOOMED, because of what Google just unveiled. This isn’t informative, and it isn’t illuminating; at best, it’s infotainment.”—Open the Future: About Foresight (a minor rant) (via Warren Ellis)
“I’m a huge comic book geek as well. I collected comic books throughout my teenage years, but when you have people called Storm and Magneto and Thor… Thor’s a dude that throws a hammer at people. I mean, without the mutual agreement between audience and creator of, “OK, we’re going with this,” it’s a dude throwing a hammer at somebody. Which is a really ineffective way to fight crime or defeat bad people.”—Jon Hamm. (via twiststreet)
At recent concerts in Europe, the great former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed joined a growing list of venerable artists paying homage to Amy Winehouse since her tragically premature death last month.
Performing in Rome a few days after she passed, Reed paused midway through the title track to his 2000 album Ecstasy for his first tribute: “I’d like to dedicate this show to the great singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. We all loved her,” Reed said before singing an improvised take on “Rehab” with his trademark dry delivery. “Ain’t goin’ to rehab. No, no, no.”
Two days later in Lyon, France, Reed performed VU’s 1967 classic “Sunday Morning,” adding afterward — during the intro to “Femme Fatale” — that he wanted to dedicate the previous song to Winehouse. Check out clips from Reed’s brief yet poignant tributes below:
“How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world. It didn’t matter the color of their skin, it didn’t matter their language, it didn’t matter their economic status. Once you got here, we were all the same. Isn’t that remarkable?”—
ITV Reporter:Is rioting the correct way to express your discontent?
Young Londoner:You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?
Young Londoner:Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you.
“Openly saying what you want to read and admitting what you do read is very different. Lots of people say they want long form journalism and investigative reporting on Very Serious Issues, but then they only really read Perez Hilton and click through nip slip slideshows on HuffPo.”—