Friday, October 10, 2014

Pop culture roundup: Twin Peaks; cartoonists who changed the world; Dylan's lyrics; Superman

Yeah, "Twin Peaks" is coming up. With that in mind, it's worth reading this fascinating re-review of the "Peaks" prequel film, the darkly troubling and ultimately dissatisfying "Fire Walk with Me." (I'm still excited about the new "Twin Peaks," though).

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Read about 16 cartoonists who changed a world (from an upcoming book on the same topic).

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The New York Times has details on a new collection of Bob Dylan's lyrics.
The book is not simply an update of the previous compilation, “Lyrics: 1962-2001.” Christopher Ricks, a British literary scholar on the faculty of Boston University (and the author of the 2003 analytical overview, “Dylan’s Visions of Sin”), edited the lyrics and wrote a lengthy, philosophical introduction, with the sisters Lisa and Julie Nemrow as co-editors.

The songs are presented chronologically, including alternative versions released as part of Mr. Dylan’s archival “Bootleg Series.” The album covers, front and back, are reproduced.

The way the songs are laid out is meant “to help the eye see what the ear hears,” Mr. Ricks said. “If you print the songs flush left,” he added, “it doesn’t represent, visually, the audible experience.” So refrains, choruses and bridges are indented. And where Mr. Dylan intended a line, however long, to be unbroken, it sprawls across the 13-inch-wide page.
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The big news in comics creators' right last week was Marvel Comics' settling with the Jack Kirby Estate. Though details are scant, the upshot is Marvel paid a lot of money to Kirby's out of fear that - if a case went to the Supreme Court - the Kirby's might have a claim to at least some of the rights to the many characters Kirby created for the company over the years.

This week, lost in the shuffle, is the news that things didn't go nearly as well for the estate of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster vs. DC Comics. The Supreme Court opted not to hear the case. The upshot of this one is that, because Shuster made a deal with DC back in the 1970s not to pursue legal rights to Superman, the company would pay him, and his survivors a year pension of $25,000. Some of Shuster's family have since continued to go after DC, but the 1970s deal likely hurt their chances.

There's a good overview of the case here.

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