Comics Lowdown: Stan Lee speaks out on elder-abuse allegations

Patti LaBoucane-Benson appointed to Canada’s Senate! Finding Olivia James at CXC! Plus: Grant Morrison, Matthew Thurber and why we love Spider-Man so dang much!

People: In an interview subtitled “Those I Trusted Betrayed Me,” Stan Lee speaks to The Daily Beast about elder-abuse allegations against his daughter and the removal of several of his associates from his life.

“There really isn’t that much drama,” Lee said. “As far as I’m concerned, we have a wonderful life. I’m pretty damn lucky. I love my daughter, I’m hoping that she loves me, and I couldn’t ask for a better life. If only my wife was still with us. I don’t know what this is all about.”

People: The Outside Circle comic writer Patti LaBoucane-Benson has been appointed to Canada’s Senate by Prime Minister Trudeau.

Conventions

Sluggo is Lit

CXC: Rocko Jerome attended Cartoon Crossroads Columbus with the intention of seeing Olivia James, the writer and artist of the comic strip Nancy. He discusses his experience with attempting to see the mysterious creator and what she said about working on a strip that has gotten so much attention.

NYCC: Rob Salkowitz shares his thoughts on this past weekend’s New York Comic Con, noting the large crowds and space issues.

NYCC: Our own Brigid Alverson rounds up the Manga announcements from New York Comic Con.

Nostalgia: Letterer Todd Klein pulls out some old badges he’s kept from previous conventions, going back to the 1970s.

Interviews and Profiles

From The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling

Headlock Takedown: At Newsweek, Mo Mozuch looks at The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling: A Hardcore, High-Flying, No-Holds-Barred History of the One True Sport, by writer Aubrey Sitterson and artist Chris Moreno.

Interviews: Newsarama’s David Pepose talks to Grant Morrison about the next edition of Wonder Woman: Earth One.

Profiles: Matthew Thurber discusses his latest project, Art Comics, at Bedford & Bowery.

Reviews, Roundups and Commentary

From Spidey Zine

The Opposite of Arachnophobia: At the AV Club, Oliver Sava explores why we love Spider-Man so much, and reviews both Chip Zdarsky’s last issue of Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man and Hannah Blumenreich’s excellent Spidey Zine.

Reviews: Writing for The Beat, John Seven reviews Tumult by John Harris Dunning and Michael Kennedy.

Reviews: Martin Gray looks at the first issue of DC’s Heroes in Crisis. “As nastiness goes, it’s well done, King knows how to craft an intriguing scene, and the art by illustrator Clay Mann and colourist Tomeu Morey is a feast for the eyes, with everything from a slice of peach pie on up rendered with skill and care. A cornfield splash page, for example, is as gorgeous as it is simple. But Mann and Morey give the storm as much detail as the calm – the fight between Booster and Harley is especially unpleasant, with blades and blood to the fore. And this is obviously intended, to foreground the intense violence the characters encounter daily. Seriously, if you’ve always wanted a superhero/slasher movie mash-up, (Black) Christmas has come early.”

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