Archive for March, 2003

Free Comic Book Day, May 3rd

Monday, March 31st, 2003

Diamond Comic Distributor’s 2nd Annual “Free Comic Book Day” is coming May 3rd to a comic store near you.

The Free Comic Book Day website has all the info you need. A running countdown of the number of days you have to wait till you get free goodies, a contest to enter, images of some of the free comics that will be available, and a zip code search feature to find the nearest participating store!

Personally, I loved last year’s Free Comic Book Day, my local store not only gave away the freebie titles printed up by the comics companies; but also put several boxes of quarter bin style comics on the table to get rid of. Plus, their Free Comic Book Day lasted weeks (until all the stuff was gone). My son and I walked out with armloads of free comics everytime we visited for about 3 weeks! I can’t wait for the repeat!

So, take a friend who normally won’t buy comics; take the neighbor’s kids; take my wife, please (ba dum bump). Seriously, if it’s free, it’s for me and most people feel the same way–so this is a good opportunity to introduce new people to the joys of comics!

Thank you and good af—naaaahh!

Chuck Dixon to do a Silken Ghost mini-series

Monday, March 31st, 2003

The Silken Ghost, the mysterious fighter from Way of the Rat, is getting her own five-part mini-series.

What is it about female protagonists getting five-issue minis? Five-issue minis are unusual enough as it is. Odd to hear of these two in the same day!

DC brings back western star Cinnamon

Monday, March 31st, 2003

Cinnamon will “return” in a new five-issue miniseries. The art looks great, but I’m less thrilled that this isn’t a proper western but an update of the character set in modern times.

Check out the full story by Jen Contino and then discuss it in the forum!

Christian Comic Companies

Saturday, March 29th, 2003

Those of you looking for wholesome comics for young children without checking them all first for borderline “mature” content… look no further!

My son and I have been reading Power Mark comics put out by the comic company of the same name.

The story is set in a near, but highly technological future where reading is all but forgotten and people get all their news, information and education from personal Virtual Reality devices. A worldwide Christian Coalition has recruited young VR savvy children with great Bible knowledge and Christian values to create VR modules of popular Bible stories to help reintroduce the Gospel to the younger generation. The forces of evil are out to stop them!

The story is fun to read, with an almost “Bruce Timm” animated style art. The futuristic scenes, aircraft and weaponry show real imagination and just plain look cool. The VR scenes are equally well depicted, graphically speaking, and are Biblically accurate. Available at most Christian bookstores.

Check here for a whole list of Christian comic companies on the web, I’m sure you’ll find one to your liking.

Justice League DCDirect and Pocket Heroes

Saturday, March 29th, 2003

Looks like DC is expecting the Justice League “Animated” toy line to be a big success and is already following up with DC Direct resculpts and a DC Pocket Heroes boxed set!

The DC Direct “JLA” line-up is projected to hit stores 15 Oct 03 and will have individually available: A Modern Age Superman with a “meaner” look, a Modern Age Wonder Woman, Kyle Rayner in his new costume, a “Wally West” style resculpt of the Flash (looks like the only change is the lightning bolt around his waist points down toward the crotch), and a new Aquaman.

The Pocket Heroes Justice League Boxed Set will be out on 1 Oct 03 and has what appears to be Modern Age versions of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Kyle Rayner in the new costume, and Silver Age versions of Batman, Atom, and Flash. Batman and Atom are reported to be exclusively available in the boxed set.

I am somewhat dismayed about the mix in Silver and Modern Age costumes in the Pocket Heroes set and, darn it, I gotta buy this whole set just to get Batman!

Marvel Legends Series IV

Saturday, March 29th, 2003

Hey folks; reports rumors of the action figure line up of Marvel Legends Series IV; including pictures posted for presale on Forbidden Planet.

The line up includes Punisher, Elektra, Goliath/Ant-Man/Wasp, Gambit, and the Beast.

Archie – I tried

Friday, March 28th, 2003

Honestly, I tried. Phil pointed out that someone did a search for Archie news on our site, so (obliging soul that I am) we realized we had overlooked a fine comic company! I added them to the navbar and our news categories, and then headed on over to the Archie site to see what news I might glean about upcoming titles.

I have to say: their site is a great and terrible thing.

“Great” because it has plenty of entertainment for kids and your child may be able to spend hours there looking through comic strips online or engaging in any of the fun activities Archie’s site has. Someone has spent a lot of time making an attractive site with image maps.

“Terrible” because if you don’t like exploring and image map navigation, it can be frustrating. If they have news about upcoming comics on their site, I can’t find it. Oh, and the only thing that’s NOT clickable is their logo, which is too bad because as far as I can tell there isn’t an easy route back to the home page.

Guess I’ll have to wait until a comic news site writes about Archie!

David Goyer Writing New Batman Film!

Thursday, March 27th, 2003

Superhero Hype, among others, announced today that prolific comics-to-film screenwriter David Goyer (Blade, Dark City) will be the next writer to take a crack at a screenplay for a big-screen treatment of The Dark Knight.

Goyer, who also co-wrote several JSA arcs with Geoff Johns, is known for his ability to keep comic book characters intact, something that is almost an afterthought on the many DC properties annouced lately (Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Superman).

Let’s hope that this is one that actually does make it to the big screen.

Entertainment Weekly’s comic book section

Thursday, March 27th, 2003

According to NEWSARAMA: THE EW EFFECT, “Smaller publishers and individual creators who were plugged in the [first Entertainment Weekly issue featuring comic books] report seeing a nice bump in their sales”

Every little bit of advertising for this medium helps.

Power Company Cancelled!

Thursday, March 27th, 2003

John Wells (Fanzing contributor and the brains behind a certain metahuman resource company used by a San Fran superhero firm) has passed on this note from Kurt Busiek. As I don’t have a link, here is the text:

It’s true, I’m sorry to say. POWER COMPANY is ending with #18.

(See the extended entry below for the full message from Kurt.)

*sigh* And here I was just telling everyone how Power Company was one of the few books I collect anymore that I truly enjoy. I can’t tell you how disappointing this is. Power Company has been a delight to read, and I wish it could have had a run of at least several years. The most recent issue, in which Firestorm has a disheartening realization about the Power Company team, was terrific.

Kurt is perhaps being too hard on himself, as he may have simply run up against the glass ceiling of DC Comics. It’s been ages since any DC book not related to Superman, Batman or JLA lasted more than two years. There are numerous reasons for this, of course, but that’s a subject for a thesis.

I wish Kurt the best, and hope that the P.C. at least gets some one-shots in the future.


Epic Comics RETURN!

Thursday, March 27th, 2003

Way back when, Marvel Comics created epic — a place for creator owned comics… differing takes on other corners of the Marvel Universe, and the like.

Think Vertigo before there was Vertigo.

Marvel’s bringing epic back. And they’ll have open submissions… soon.

Pretty simple process for writers. Send ’em a script, a W-9, and an idea agreement. If they like, you get a check for $500. If they don’t, you get a rejection slip and your script back. Like I said, simple. Artists don’t have it much harder.

Further details are up at Marvel Online…..

Marvel’s ‘Kingpin’ to get Ongoing Series

Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

Hot off the steam of the Daredevil film comes the announcement that the longtime Marvel gangster villain The Kingpin will get his own series… at first a mini, it graduated to ongoing status recently.

The first dozen issues will fill in the Kingpin of crime’s backstory, while #13-on will take him into the future.

And in a bold move, Marvel bucks Hollywood by retaining the character’s original caucasian status.

The writer will be Bruce Jones, Sean Phillips will be doing the art, and it starts in June.

I’m told this info broke on Newsarama . [Link fixed by mod.]
I wonder if NBC will sue?

Back to the Batcave

Tuesday, March 25th, 2003

All right, this one doesn’t really qualify as “news”, being a few weeks old, but I’ve just read the review of “Back to the Batcave” over at The Pulse and I realized I never shared my thoughts on it.

The movie is really two movies: a campy modern adventure in which Adam West, Burt Ward and other actors from the old show evoke their old screen personas instead of playing themselves and set in an unrealistic world. But then they flashback to a moderately realistic retelling of what it was really like to be on the Batman show. The disconnect is what really ruins this movie, as each one would be better as two separate TV-movies. However, each one would be intolerable if it was two hours long, so instead, we get this.

The only saving grace is the chance to see Frank Gorshin again, and they only show him for a few brief minutes.

Maguire NOT a wuss!

Monday, March 24th, 2003

To follow up on Phil’s post below…this thing about Maguire’s back pain keeping him from being in the sequel appears to be just a rumor. As Sarah “Scribbler” Beach points out over on the Dixonverse board, if he were off of the sequel to one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, it would be much bigger news.

You can ignore the rest of that thread, unless you really didn’t like Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. I thought he was excellent. This is the first time I’ve encountered anyone who didn’t like his performance.

PvP wants fan art!

Monday, March 24th, 2003

Player vs Player‘s Scott Kurtz has put out a request for fan art!

I daresay some of our site’s visitors should be more than willing to rise to the challenge! Eh? Eh? He says he may run it in the PvP comic, so this could be a great chance for some exposure!

Alan Moore Book Announced

Monday, March 24th, 2003

Avatar Press has announced a new book by Alan Moore, reprinting a lengthy essay he wrote in the ’80s on writing comics.

The original was printed in serialized format in a British fanzine, and this is it’s first appearance in a single volume. Written in 1985, the “Miracle Man” and “Watchmen” era, it offers a window into the author’s method and views on the process “while he was beginning to
create some of the greatest comic book stories ever told.”

New Batman Animated Movie!

Monday, March 24th, 2003

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman!

I loved “Mask of the Phantasm”. “Sub-Zero” had its moments, too. Both of them were WAY above the quality level of anything the live action movies tried to do in terms of character development and a coherent plot. Amazing how a voice actor and some cartoonists can bring more to the role than Keaton, Kilmer, Klooney and all their stuntmen!

Blatant Shilling for a friend

Monday, March 24th, 2003

Our good friend, painter Rosalyn Terrill, is currently recuperating on her back due to an injury and getting ready to deliver her baby in a little over a month. In order to help her raise money, I designed some ebay auctions to auction off three one-and-only prints of her digitally-painted pieces: two Nightwings and one of Troia (Wonder Girl). However, they end in less than two days and so far they are up to only $6.50, which is less than the cost of printing them up! I know there may be some last-minute bidding, but I don’t want to count on it. So, if anyone is interested, here is a chance to get some one-of-a-kind artwork from an artist that I KNOW will be famous someday. And if you bid now…it’s cheap. (But don’t do it because of that!)

I told her this would help her raise money. Don’t make me a liar!

Oh, and yes…one of them is that sexy topless Nightwing piece. Please at least check them out and tell anyone that you may know who might be interested.

I Knew it….Maguire IS a Wuss

Wednesday, March 19th, 2003

Tobey Maguire may not reprise his role as Spiderman when shooting begins next April. According to Variety (note: you need a subscription to see the full story, but you can get the synopsis at ComicBook Resources), he has a bad back.

The CBR story states that, should Tobey be unable to fulfill his duties as Peter Parker, the runner up is Jake Gyllenhaal. Please, Tobey….get some rehab.

Starman TV Series in the Works

Thursday, March 13th, 2003

Just came across a nifty site with info about a possible Starman TV series. From the creators of Smallville (YAY) and Birds of Prey (BOO), it will focus on the Knight family dynamics, which is a definite plus. In my opinion, it’s one comic that’s just itching for adaptation to television.

Here’s hoping that it’s better than Birds of Prey. Heck, here’s hoping that it’s better than anything currently on television.
Check out Knights Past for more info.