Two men with far-reaching influences on the comics industry have passed away, and both Taco Bell founder Glen W. Bell Jr. and crime writer Robert B. Parker appeared in various tweets this morning. Check out the posts below and you'll find out which well-known artist used to work at a Taco Bell and which writer steamrolled through Parker's novels when he was in junior high.
In other news, Jon Favreau's tireless efforts to complete "Iron Man 2" continue, and he says he's on the "home stretch" right now — the beginning of the end, in other words. The Twitter Report will continue to cheer him on until we've got a film to watch, just as Brian Michael Bendis' kids anxiously anticipate the next episode of "iCarly." Find out why, as well as what Jeff Lemire's inks for the "Sweet Tooth" #9 cover look like and what Tom Brevoort thinks of the Marvel/DC rivalry after the jump.
It's all in the Twitter Report for January 19, 2010.
@Jon_Favreau Began "locking reels" today. It's the beginning of the home stretch on IM2.
-Jon Favreau, Director ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2")
Taco Bell pt. 1: @GeneHa As a once high school Taco Bell worker, noting passing of TB founder Glen Bell. Never heard of him till yesterday.
-Gene Ha, Artist ("Top 10," "Back Roads")
Taco Bell pt. 2: @BrianReed The founder of Taco Bell passed away. A moment of silence, please. And a Burrito Supreme, if you don't mind.
-Brian Reed, Writer ("Ms. Marvel," "Secret Invasion: Front Line")
@joe_hill Tremendously sad to hear about Robert Parker dying. When I was a jr. in H.S., I went through about 10 of those Spenser novels in 6 months.
-Joe Hill, Writer ("Locke & Key")
-Jeff Lemire, Writer/Artist ("Sweet Tooth," "Tales from the Farm")
@BRIANMBENDIS so carly just totally kissed freddie on icarly and my house has turned into an insane asylum. this is the 'luke, i am your father' for girls
-Brian Michael Bendis, Writer ("New Avengers," "Ultimate Spider-Man")
@HackinTimSeeley Finally saw Avatar. It is weird how hot that Zoe Saldana cat monkey is.
-Tim Seeley, Writer/Artist ("Hack/Slash," "WildCats")
Marvel vs. DC pt. 1:@TomBrevoort And most DC editors have been pleasant. Dan Didio's been nothing but nice whenever our paths have crossed.
-Tom Brevoort, Editor ("New Avengers," "Civil War")
Marvel vs. DC pt. 2:@TomBrevoort But by that same token, DC is the competition. Friendly, but not friends. Frienemies.
Parting Wisdom for the Day:
@granulac One day I'll be able to tell my grandchildren about a time when Sega's slogan was literally just a man screaming "Sega"
-Meredith Gran, Writer/Artist ("Octopus Pie")
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