Toronto-based creator Ray Fawkes is quickly becoming one of DC Comics hottest writers. He has been turning out work nonstop on the darker side of the DC Universe, in the pages of “Justice League Dark” and “Constantine”. Fawkes’ writing brings a sort of Hitchcockian cinematic writing style to the characters, and he’s now taking that to the forefront of DC Comics with the new ongoing series “Trinity of Sin: Pandora”.
Fawkes sat down with Bloody-Disgusting at this year’s FanExpo to discuss his approach to John Constantine, moving the character out of “Hellblazer” and into the DCU, his work on “Pandora”, and his upcoming graphic novel “The Spectral Engine” coming out in October from McClelland & Stewart. READ MORE
The DC Comics: New 52 panel was jam packed with creators including David Finch, Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, James Tynion, Ray Fawkes, Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone, Matt Kindt, and James Robinson. They dove into the books quickly, chatting about all things in the New 52. The biggest news to come is that Ray Fawkes will be penning a brand new series starring the mysterious Pandora, who has been appearing throughout the DCU since the relaunch.
Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes also spoke at length about the new Constantine and what his story will be about in New York City. For you Batman hounds, Gail Simone is bringing The Ventriloquist back into Gotham in “Batgirl”. For a whole load of other details coming up at DC, head inside. READ MORE
Amazon.com will be introducing a new service entitled AutoRip, which will upload digital copies of every Music Player-compatible CD a customer has purchased since 1998 to their cloud storage. The data will not impact the storage limitations that each customer has (meaning a customer won’t be charged if this goes beyond their storage space). The service will also upload a digital copy upon point of purchase.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos states, “What would you say if you bought music CDs from a company 15 years ago, and then 15 years later that company licensed the rights from the record companies to give you the MP3 versions of those CDs… and then to top it off, did that for you automatically and for free?”
The goal for Amazon is to get more people using the cloud-based player it has instead of services like Spotify, iTunes, Google Music, etc… The service will begin in the US and then shift over to the UK.
I can see this as being a great way for people to go back and replay music that they might’ve forgotten about. After all, how many of us remember every single CD we’ve purchased over the last 15 years? READ MORE
It’s no big secret that the amount of money a musician makes from their songs being streamed is pretty much next to nil (check out this graph from 2010 that illustrates how many times a song had to be streamed on Spotify for a musician to make the US minimum wage). However, artists like Pandora and Spotify are trying to get Congress to introduce the Internet Radio Fairness Act, which will mean that these streaming services will pay artists even less per stream. The idea here is that cable and satellite radio services pay far less in terms of royalties and internet radio outlets want the same treatment.
According to Variety, musicians such as Common, the Dead Kennedys, Maroon 5, and more have signed an open letter that will be published this weekend. In it, they ask, “Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That’s not fair and that’s not how partners work together.”
In a post written on Oct. 9th, 2012, Pandora founder Tim Westergreen lauds his service for the amount that it pays to each artist, claiming that they are helping create a “…musicians middle class”. However, in the same post, Westergreen advocates for lower royalty rates. It’s a very uncertain piece, one that says, “…we’re proud to pay performance fees” yet asks people to understand why they do not want to pay those exact same fees.
Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi) wrote a fantastic piece on Pitchfork in which he explains the royalty rates from the perspective of a working musician. The amount of sneaky fine print that is involved in payment to musicians is astounding. For example, he writes that his band Galaxie 500 has a song entitled “Tugboat” that was played 7,800 times in one Pandora quarter. Know how much the band made from this? $.21. Each musician got seven cents. That’s it.
All three of the above linked articles are well worth reading so as to inform yourself over how music streaming is “helping” the everyday musician. But what do you think about all of this? What’s your position? READ MORE
We’ve all seen her creeping around the pages of the New 52, and today DC finally revealed her name along with the first real image. Since the very first issue of the relaunch this ominous woman has been stalking our favourite heroes, and though we may not know her intentions or origins just yet, you can be sure DC has some big plans for the New Year. Stay tuned for more details as they come out, and check the full image after the jump.