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Moss — February 5th, 2012

(sigh) Fine, I’ll pretend I’m not still reeling from the Superbowl, and talk about Watchmen 2.

Or, “-1″ as it were.

Before Watchmen is a go as I’m sure you’ve all heard. The executives, the creators involved, the usual talking heads and of course, the internet have all chimed in. I’ve heard all the talk, seen the preview art and read the articles and y’know what…? Who cares, because it’s going to sell a million regardless.

Even the loudest voices decrying it will buy 2 copies of each issue. We’ve seen it before a thousand times in comics, and we’ll see it a thousand times more I’m sure. But, I can say after seeing the creators involved I am much more interested than I was. It seems like wherever possible they are trying to include the makers of the first (with one glaring, bearded exception of course).

Like any great comics legal dispute (they really should add an Eisner category for that), the one between Alan Moore and DC is storied, filled with legal nuance and more fan-divisive than Wonder Woman’s pants. People are firmly on one side or another, but in the context of the almost-guaranteed sales this book will have, the ethics of it all become moot.

If we are lucky though, Before Watchmen will accoplish the one thing that all comics “events” claim to be about, but often fall short of these days. Which is to get some of those elusive “new readers” through the doors of a local comic shop.

Today’s page was brought to us by Mike DeCarlo:

Mike DeCarlo was born on March 14, 1957 in New Haven, CT.

After graduating Notre Dame High School and studying art for 2 years at Southern CT ST College, he began his professional career as sports cartoonist for The New Haven Register in 1977. He left that position in 1979 to begin apprenticeship with the legendary Dick Giordano and after 18 months branched off to begin a solo career in the comic book industry. Over the next dozen years, he worked primarily as an ink artist on such titles as Batman, Teen Titans, Green Lantern, Thor, Iron Man and Conan the Barbarian.

In the mid-nineties, his focus changed to the cartoon/animation genre and worked as an artist on Looney Tunes, Powerpuff Girls, Ben-10, Scooby-Doo and Pinky & the Brain among others.

In the last decade, in addition to the work he now does for The Simpsons comic company Bongo Entertainment, he works for Disney Worldwide Publishing on Phineas & Ferb, Marvel Superheroes Magazine and Spider-Man Magazine.

Mike also has extended his repertoire into the digital field, becoming accomplished at digital inking in Illustrator and coloring in Photoshop. He also has an active commercial website www.fancommissions.com which engages the general public in personalized drawings.

Mike is happily married since 1981 and has raised 4 children and currently resides in Stratford, CT.

Stay good, friends! We’ll see you here Wednesday!

-Moss

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