Following are some excerpts from this weeks Lying in the Gutters at CBR. Definately worth the read this week with some commentary about the more sensual side of the Avengers….

By Rich Johnston, CBR.com.

Welcome to the sixty-eighth Lying In The Gutters, the long-running gossip and rumour column for the comic book industry. Written by British commentator Rich Johnston, it’s read by professional and reader alike. Loved and hated equally, every Monday (ish) it brings the stories not-quite-ready-for-primetime, a look behind the curtain, a sniff of the toilet seat, the worst and the best that the comics industry can inspire. Go in with your eyes open, your blinkers off and a peg on your nose.

POP COMICS

So what do your favourite comic book creators do when they’re not making comics for your favourite two companies?

SIZE DOESNT MATTER

Newsarama’s report that the new Avengers is to be a mature readers book for one issue, as a result of these three pages, has caused cloth to be torn across the Internet by certain rabid fans. Geoff Johns, long lauded as a new comics writer with a respect for the traditional mores of superhero comics, is now fast becoming a pariah in their eyes.

EVERY EPIC COMES TO AN END

There’s been quite a bit of doom and gloom talk about the ending of Epic of late. The line, championed by Bill Jemas, was seen as a way to inject new talent and explore new types of projects at Marvel, and also reducing the costs of production. Compared against the Marvel Knights deal, it was a remarkably cheap way to increase marketshare and spark new vitality into the line. Problems with creator-owned issues however, saw the likes of John Romita Jr and Mark Millar take projects elsewhere, and as the rejection notes started to go out, a number of bright hopefuls began to turn slightly bitter.

And much much more. Head on over to CBR.com for the rest of this juicy story….

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