Off-Panel: January 30, 2015

Here’s your weekly round-up of comics news stories we found interesting, from the gutters and beyond.


“It’s a phenomenon in the industry that we call ‘stupid people’,” Whedon said. “There is genuine, recalcitrant, intractable sexism, and old-fashioned quiet misogyny that goes on.

“You hear ‘Oh, [female superheroes] don’t work because of these two bad ones that were made eight years ago’, there’s always an excuse.”

Your boyfriend and mine, Joss Whedon, drops some truth bombs about sexism in the comic book movie industry.



It’s Angoulême this weekend, and in the wake of Charlie Hebdo it has a very different tone.


When he was 17, his first published work appeared in a countercultural comic. When he applied for fine art courses in the early 1970s, he declared he wanted to produce a novel in comic form. He was “thrown out on my ear” because “it wasn’t abstract art, it wasn’t cool, it was ‘kids’ stuff’” and so he studied graphic design at Preston instead.

The Guardian has a wonderful profile of Bryan Talbot, “the father of the British graphic novel.”


54b7dd6cb689c-120290Funko and Marvel are collaborating on a subscription box and yes please I would like to go to there.


A hip-hop icon he may be, but Darryl McDaniels, one third of pioneering trio Run DMC is also a massive comic book fan. To mark the release of his comic DMC #1 he talks to Gigwise about his childhood inspiration, Guardians Of The Galaxy and why he prefers Batman to Superman.

Run-DMC and comics. Internet, rejoice.

And that’s it for me, Panels readers — Swapna will be taking this feature over starting on Monday, and Off-Panel will be returning to daily service. So thanks so much for reading, and enjoy SO MUCH MORE OFF-PANEL starting on Monday.


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