Occupy San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera poster by R. Black

R. Black‘s posters for San Diego Opera‘s 2013 season

Sorta late on the bandwagon, but I’m loving San Diego Opera‘s posters for their 2013 season, created by a graphic artist more commonly associated with grassroots protest movements, R. Black.  An outside-the-box collaboration that proved fruitful!  There’s even a tenuous comics connection, since Dark Horse published a book of his work!

Back to the opera, SDO doesn’t seem to be the most adventurous house as a whole, but they did present two pretty unique operas this season…  One was Ildebrando Pizzetti‘s rarely heard 1958 Assassinio nella Cattedrale, based on T.S. Eliot‘s play on the 1170 assassination of Thomas Becket (aw yeah, medieval English history through an operatic Italian lens!).  The other was the world’s first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna by José Pepe Martínez, director of Mariachi Vargas since 1975.

R. Black's posters for San Diego Opera

Both pretty rare, highly anticipated pieces, both wellreviewed.  Despite their rarity, it’s now possible to hear them both on Spotify!  Cruzar la Cara de la Luna was recorded at its Houston Grand Opera premiere, and the Pizzetti is represented by two recordings (I’d checked before, so these are new…).

Here’s the full first act  of the 1958 premiere performance of Assassinio nella Cattedrale from Spotify:

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300 Hits!

300 by Frank MillerCopyright Frank Miller

Probably the last comics-related hits milestone I’ll be able to think of for a long while, so enjoy?  I would’ve linked to Frank Miller‘s website, but his default homepage now seems to be his anti-Occupy rant, so I’ll spare you that fate…

To justify this “Blog News” post, you’ll see I’ve added a couple of links to my twin blogrolls at left (Comics Alliance and Intermezzo) and added a new resource for Free Comics too (Spinner Rack, from Newsarama).  Check those out and, as always, feel free to leave feedback and follow!

Untitled Sin Titulo post

Speaking of webcomics turning into books…  Cameron Stewart‘s Eisner and Shuster award-winning webcomic Sin Titulo will be released in published-book format by Dark Horse in 2013.

That should be good motivation to hurry on up and read it, before you have to pay to do so!  Here’s a great write-up from Comics Alliance‘s Lauren Davis.

This phenomenon of webcomics getting published and even books slated for publishing being released online first (a la Faith Erin Hicks and First Second) is really interesting stuff…  A physical copy in bookstores and libraries reaches a different audience, so publishers see a place in the traditional market for something that’s been online for free.  Heck,  First Second even sees a benefit to making a print book available for free before publication!  Is this model unique to webcomics?  The closest I can think of is Radiohead‘s online, pay-what-you-wish release of In Rainbows before its physical release…

So many interesting factors at play here…