Mark Waid ruffled a few feathers with his Harvey Awards keynote speech at Baltimore Comic-Con, and he kicked off a round of Twitter discussions that included an exchange with Erik Larsen and follow-ups from a few vocal anti-piracy creators. He says he's posting the entire text of his speech online soon, but you'd do well to click through to his and Larsen's feeds to get a wider perspective.
On the other side of the globe, Jim Lee has been posting pictures from his adventures in Egypt, and loves his photo filters. Check out where he's going next, what John Layman thinks about Paris Hilton and how Cameron Stewart learned to use a new Gmail feature to find his phone.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this stuff's all on the record in the Twitter Report for September 1, 2010.
Piracy pt. 1: @ErikJLarsen Maybe I'm cynical--but when I listened to Mark Waid what I heard was "I want to download pirated silver age DC stuff. You cool, with that?"
-Erik Larsen, Writer/Artist ("Savage Dragon," "The Amazing Spider-Man")
Piracy pt. 2: @MarkWaid @ErikJLarsen You characterized my entire speech as "Sounds like Mark Waid just wants to pirate comics." Doesn't strike me as "open."
-Mark Waid, Writer ("Kingdom Come," "Irredeemable")
Piracy pt. 3: @ErikJLarsen @MarkWaid that was a joke--and it's hard to cover all points in 140 characters
Piracy pt. 4: @Christosgage ...if you illegally download a comic, especially a low or mid seller, you are voting for it to END. That's all. Back to work.
-Christos Gage, Writer ("Union Jack," "Absolution")
Piracy pt. 5: @ronmarz I know of one publisher who tracked illegal downloads for a specific title, found them to be 4X (per issue) the actual sales of the issues.
-Ron Marz, Writer ("Green Lantern," "Witchblade")
@THEHITCHFACTORY Drawing a cover for Wolverine: The Best There Is issue 2 today then FINALLY starting the @brianmbendis project after too many false tries!
-Bryan Hitch, Artist ("The Ultimates," "Captain America: Reborn")
-Jim Lee, Artist ("Batman," "X-Men")
@themightylayman I think Paris Hilton should be allowed to have cocaine. Of course, I think the same about Layman. #fb
-John Layman, Writer ("Chew," "Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness")
Parting Wisdom for the Day:
@cameronMstewart I just used the Gmail "Call Phone" thing to find my phone, which was buried under some clothes. It worked!
-Cameron Stewart, Writer/Artist ("Batman and Robin," "Sin Titulo")
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