X-Men’s Warpath Mopped Up In Mistranslation Error, Ghost Machine Creates Kubert School Scholarship, G.I. Joe Kickstarter Gets Over $1 Million | Comic Book Club News For June 4, 2024

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Editor Tom Brevoort has revealed the time Warpath “mopped” instead of “moped.” Ghost Machine creates a Kubert School scholarship. G.I. Joe Kickstarter gets over a million dollars. All on Comic Book Club News for June 4, 2024.


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Warpath mops up!

Ghost Machine has created a scholarship working with the Kubert School.

G.I. Joe gets $1 million on Kickstarter.

This is Comic Book Club News for June 4, 2024.

X-Men’s Warpath Mopped Up In Translation Error, Reveals Tom Brevoort:

Incoming X-Men editor Tom Brevoort has once again taken to his newsletter to reveal some surprising behind-the-scenes stories about Marvel Comics. And this time, it’s a pretty funny one that never saw the light of day. Specifically the time X-Men character Warpath “mopped” instead of “moped.”

Responding to a question about whether having artists and writers who don’t speak English as a first language ever causes problems, Brevoort answered seriously about how the publisher works around those issues — translation software, and in extreme cases, help from native English speakers. And then he dropped this little tidbit.

Said Brevoort: “In terms of translation miscommunication, the one that I remember was back when Ed Brubaker was writing UNCANNY X-MEN. The team was in space, and Warpath was depressed and sad about something, and the scene called for him to be moping around the deck. But when the artwork for the page came in, Warpath had a water bucket and a mop and he was cleaning the deck—the artist had mistranslated ‘moping’ as ‘mopping’. But it all got fixed before anything saw print.”

I think I speak for everyone when I say: Marvel, release the mop cut.

Ghost Machine Creates Kubert School Scholarship:

Ghost Machine, a co-op of writers and artists including Geoff Johns, Bryan Hitch, and more, has announced a scholarship in conjunction with the Joe Kubert School, an institution that has trained hundreds of artists, including Ghost Machine’s own Brad Anderson and Rob Leigh.

Anthony Marques, President of The Joe Kubert School, and former Booth Man for the Comic Book Club podcast said: “Not only has Ghost Machine established itself as a powerhouse in the comics industry, their dedication and belief in nurturing the next batch of incredible comic artists and writers aligns with our mission at The Joe Kubert School. The Ghost Machine Scholarship is not just an opportunity for one of our students; it’s also a launching point for them to jumpstart their career and provides mentorship for all of the Joe Kubert School students.”

The new scholarship will cover full tuition and supplies for one third-year student at the school, and one recipient will be selected before the 2024-2025 school year. In addition, Ghost Machine creators will guest lecture at the school on various topics.

Good luck to whoever is the recipient of this scholarship!

G.I. Joe Kickstarter Gets $1 Million:

Hey, you know who DOESN’T need a scholarship? G.I. Joe. Skybound recently put a compendium of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic up on Kickstarter, and not only was it funded in under 48 hours, but it has made over $1 million.

In fact, as of recording time, the Kickstarter is up over $1.6 million, which is almost enough to Kickstart a real G.I. Joe, not just a trade collection. Because that’s what this is for: 155 issues of the original Marvel run of G.I. Joe, collected in four volumes with a new slipcase cover.

As reported by The Beat, the collection will come in either blue Joe varieties, or red Cobra varieties. And it has already unlocked several stretch goals, with 22 days — again, as of taping — left to go. Seems like the real American hero are the folks putting out these comics everyone wants!

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And I’ll tell you what, I got a scholarship from a ghost machine once and it was terrifying.

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