Tom King on Leaving Batman 

Q: “Is there a character you feel particular ownership of now? Like if somebody comes in and changes Kite Man, are you going to throw the issue across the room and scream, ‘Fuck no, that’s not how this is supposed to be done.’”

It’s kind of like when you sign up for this gig, that’s part of the agreement and coming into comics is realizing that this is a medium that extends to other people and no one has benefited more from that than me, who’s twisted the work of Jack Kirby and Marv Wolfman and Bob Kane and Bill Finger for my own benefits. I feel like denying that to others would be hypocritical.

Apple FBI Backdoor Battle Is About More Than Two iPhones 

Near the end of this CNBC story is the real kicker:

[Donald] Trump, when he entered the encryption discussion, explicitly linked Apple’s willingness to unlock the phone with trade and the “help” he’s given Apple, likely referring to his warm relationship with Cook. He also framed Apple as protecting criminals. That puts Apple in a tough spot.

The surveillance state and cronyism join hands to form authoritarian capitalism.

Watchmen, Not Game of Thrones, Proved to Be HBO’s Show of the Decade 

Nathan Mattise writing for Ars Technica:

Whatever you might have admired about Thrones, Watchmen ultimately had it and did it better. Elaborately imagined worlds with deeply intricate histories and rules? Robert Redford has been president for several decades, Vietnam is a state, reparations exist (but cell phones don’t), and squids fall from the sky…. And when it comes to leaving audiences with something to think about, it’s not even much of a comparison. Watchmen not only had the more surprising plot, but it had more philosophical ideas, too…. [T]he show touched on the audacity of privilege (Veidt wanting to “earn” everything himself and telling Trieu to do the same), the inescapability of one’s past, and the negative impacts of choosing masks (literal in their world; more like social media personifications, message board muscles, and the like in ours).

Game of Thrones was great. I loved it. Did not even hate the last season like many folks, but Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen is a genuine triumph.

[Comic books] are the cradle of our culture’s imagination.

Gary Duggan, Dawn of X/Marauders writer on the Off Panel podcast (episode #233).

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