STATE OF THE (APE) NATION:
HOW HEALTHY IS GORILLA?

It's been a bumpy ride for the Gorilla Comics imprint.

When it was initially announced in November 1999, Gorilla was to be a creator-owned haven for some of today's most popular superhero creators turned partners in the new imprint: Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, George Pérez, Barry Kitson, Joe Kelly, Mike Wieringo, Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett, and was to be underwritten by a major comic book Web site much like CBR.

A year later, though, eHero.com remains stillborn, and without financing for the books, Kelly had to drop out before his first title was even formally announced ...

NEW FACES FOR THE ANCIENT GALLERY
JOHNS GIVES "THE FLASH" NEW FOES

When Geoff Johns landed the writing assignment on DC Comics' "The Flash," he at first didn't want to talk about it, other than acknowledging that he had, in fact, been given the job of filling outgoing writer Mark Waid's running shoes.

In the home stretch on his first long story arc, Johns is now breathing a bit easier.

"'The Flash' has been going incredibly well," Johns told the Comic Wire on Sunday ...

WHY BENDIS DIDN'T DO HIS HOMEWORK

College students and comic creators know the truth about winter holidays: You work all the way through.

Not Brian Michael Bendis, though, who got a sign from a higher power to take the day off on Wednesday ...

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