Points of interest from the comics interweb; I sort the chaff so you only get the wheat.
DC announced Batman: Earth One is on for 2012, courtesy of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. As well Newsarama has an interview with Frank.
“It’s essentially the first piece of the jigsaw,” said Frank. “He’s not the Batman people know, but he might be one day. He’s certainly not yet a superhero. The fun is to watch him piece the persona together drawing on his experiences and the influences of those around him and, at this stage, the idea of becoming a ‘superhero’ hasn’t even entered his head.”
The Royal Mail in the U.K. is releasing stamps based on British comics.
The comics featured are: The Dandy (with Desperate Dan), The Beano (Dennis the Menace), Eagle (Dan Dare), Topper (Beryl the Peril), Tiger (Roy of the Rovers), Bunty (The Four Marys), Buster (Hugh McNeill version of Buster), Valiant (The Steel Claw), Twinkle (Twinkle), and 2000AD (Judge Dredd).
A look at Akahon, a relatively unknown type of manga.
One last thing is typical of akahon: laxness regarding copyright. Cover art was recycled without permission. Characters were freely swiped from popular manga and animation. And foreign stars were just as subject to cameo.
An interview with Michel Gagné about his upcoming book Young Romance: The Best Of Simon & Kirby’s Romance Comics.
The Webcomic Overlook has a nice history, or would that be herstory, of The Phantom Lady.
She also had a snappy invention: something originally called a “Black Lantern” (no relation to the latter day zombifiers in DC’s Blackest Day) which would cast darkness the same way a flashlight cast brightness.