Funnybook Babylon

March 31, 2008

Is this really Truth, Justice, and the American Way?

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Jamaal Thomas @ 10:44 am

The most significant and common error that people make when discussing legal decisions is to apply traditional notions of morality to outcomes. As I’m sure that you all read it, a court recently ruled in favor of the heirs of Jerry Siegel, one of the co-creators of Superman, and granted them co-ownership of the material contained in Action Comics #1. This material includes some of the most recognizable aspects of the Superman mythos. Although this does not include some specific details that have been developed over the decades, the material is the core of the character we all know and love. This decision was a clear victory for the Siegel family, and all those who support creator rights are elated.

Since the Siegels are the victors, and the heroes in the eyes of some, does that mean that DC Comics was the villain? Historically, that may have been true. As Dirk Deppey points out in his most recent column, publishers have never treated creators equitably. Abhay Khosla has referred to this as the ‘original sin’ of the comics industry.

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November 8, 2007

FBBP #34 -The Vertigo is Fallin’

While Joe’s away, the cast of Funnybook Babylon is left to their own devices and where does it lead them?

Back to the age old (2 weeks) question of whether or not Vertigo is falling apart. With Jeph Loeb and Brian Michael Bendis’ help, they reveal the secret ultimate origin of the Vertigo U, hint: Sandman has black hair and Lucifer is a blond, and only one can lead the pack. Spider Jerusalem is really from a race of humans evolved from bastards instead of apes.

Kyle Baker’s Special Forces is vaguely discussed since Chris didn’t read it. Jamaal gives the nod to ABC (which is apparently not this), and what does Jerry Siegel’s Spectre and Shigeru Miyamoto’s Link have in common? If you said ghostridin’ the whip, you’re only half right.

This episode has been screwed, chopped up and remixed by Swishhouse (Pedro’s an intern there under Slim Thug) so forgive the 36th Chambers level of production. This is part 1 of a seriously long ass podcast, since the podcasts were too small to fit on Dirk Deppey’s Nano.

August 23, 2007

FBBP #25.5 – FBBLaw Bonus: Superboy in Court!

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , — Funnybook Babylon @ 9:50 am

Hey, Jamaal came over the other night, started to talk about what is going on with the Superboy litigation, and I put microphones in front of us. I hope you enjoy.

This had to be the most disturbing superboy cover I could find. Although I maybe I didn’t try hard enough

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