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Deadpool Kills On The Aftermarket | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Deadpool Kills On The Aftermarket | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe follows on a series of similar books that were kicked off by the original Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe by Garth Ennis and Doug Braithwaite about twenty years ago.

This one however appears to have caught many retailers by surprise. With the first issue selling copies for thirteen dollars on eBay.

It’s not often a new Marvel book sees such a rapid rise. Retailers have become rather expert at ordering enough copies to suit their retailers and there are usually enough. Copies floating around somewhere to absorb small sudden surges in demand.

In this case however, it may have been seen as yet another Deadpool book, without realising the amount of hype the character generated at San Diego Comic Con with the announcement of his new video game, something not lost on the retailers present on the show floor. The weekly mini series at Marvel also haven’t killed on sales either.

Apart from this one… issue 3 is out this week.

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Spurrier And Huat Explore X-Men's 'Legacy' In Marvel Now! Relaunched Series

Spurrier And Huat Explore X-Men's 'Legacy' In Marvel Now! Relaunched Series | Comic Books | Scoop.it

We already know that the original X-Men are going to be playing a major part in Marvel NOW! when Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen bring Charles Xavier's first five students to the present day in All-New X-Men, but Si Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat will be exploring another of the many ways in which Xavier had impacted mutantkind in the relaunched X-Men Legacy.

British writer Spurrier -- who described his first ongoing Marvel series as "stir[ring] up this freaky cocktail of excitement, pride and sphincter-perforating terror" -- told MTV Geek that the new series is "the black sheep of the X-family." Promising the appearance "a lot of surprising but familiar faces and concepts along the way," he and artist Huat find themselves using the relaunched title to delve into the mind(s) of Charles Xavier's son -- and occasional New Mutant -- David Heller. "I hesitate to say too much about him because part of the journey we'll be taking is about meeting this amazing guy properly for the first time," Spurrier explained, adding,
There are a few obvious notes you'd expect to see: he's haunted by the trouble he's inadvertently caused in the past, he's shaped to a certain extent by his relationship with his father, and he's constantly anxious about his own mind. He's got a fascinating setup: he's one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe but he can't trust his own brain. That's a fantastic, and often spooky, tension.

"Above all, he's a good guy," Spurrier said. "He wants to help -- to matter -- to make the world a better place. It's just that he's completely conflicted, not to mention constantly facing violent opposition, whenever he tried to figure out how to go about it."

Part of the series will be about how Heller deals with the way in which his father, the founder of the X-Men, is treated as a saint by the majority of the Marvel Universe, Spurrier explained, while there's also "a redemptive arc in there" for Heller himself, dealing directly with the chaotic effect the character has had in previous appearances (Including causing that whole "Age of Apocalypse" thing back in the mid-90s). But if that's not enough, Spurrier knows what you want, offering up this sneak peak of things to come in the series:
Psychic insanity! Telepathic parasites! Golden Age characters! Multi-dimensional prison! Kirby krackles! Romance! Murder most foul! Parental Trauma! Classic villains! New villains! Sex! Drugs! Memetically altered rock music! Wraparound weirdness! Aliens! A bloody enormous crow! EVERYTHING EXPLODES!

X-Men Legacy is released this fall.

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No World War II Flashbacks, More "Giant Huge Ideas": The Marvel Now! Captain America

No World War II Flashbacks, More "Giant Huge Ideas": The Marvel Now! Captain America | Comic Books | Scoop.it

How do you follow up what might be the most critically-acclaimed Captain America run ever? If you're Rick Remender and John Romita Jr., you go entirely in a different direction and offer up a science-fiction series full of big ideas and even bigger action, apparently.

Talking to iFanboy about the new Captain America series, Remender said that it was "obviously an honor" and "terrifying" to take on the creative reins of Cap after Ed Brubaker's near-decade run with the character. Describing the task as "a hell of a challenge," he explained the approach he was planning to take:
In the tone of the thing, I decided to try and draw from the [Jack] Kirby era of Cap where characters like Arnim Zola were created in the mad bomb stuff. All of these giant huge ideas, and a bit of sci-fi leaning as I am wont to do, that seemed perfect to me. To sort of emulate, as much as I could in my own voice, that era of Cap. So that's sort of where we're going. Seeing Johnny [Romita Jr.] do that stuff, there's nobody who could do Kirby and still be himself like Johnny. It turns into this, it's like Man Without Fear mixed with all of the mad bomb Zola Kirby stuff.

As well as shifting away from the more-grounded feeling that the character has enjoyed in recent years, Remender will be breaking with another Brubaker (and Cap!) tradition that may surprise a lot of people:
One of the mandates I have to myself is, I don't want to touch the World War II stuff. I think that that has been done, now, and it's been done perfectly. To go back and to keep focusing on Cap in World War II at this point, again, would be following too closely to what Ed has already done. What I'm doing is spending a lot of time in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the 20s and 30s, showing Steve grow up [including] a lot of flashbacks to a young Steve Rogers growing up in Depression-era Lower East Side, and getting to know his family and his friends, and how this 98-pound weakling became such a tenacious, strong person; focus on the fiber and the integrity of who he is, and really develop that for the first time.

If promises of big ideas and small beginnings aren't enough to whet your appetite for the relaunch, the writer also teased the debut of "the Green Skull," (Apparently "someone who believes that humanity is the cause of all problems on earth [who] wants to turn humanity into soil for plants," according to Remender) and the appearance of somewhere - or something - called Dimension Z. "I like to read things in serialized pulp stories," Remender explained when talking about his influences, and that's definitely shining through with what he's got planned for the series, which sounds like something that we haven't seen for Captain America since the 1970s heyday of the second Jack Kirby run.

Captain America #1 launches in November.

 

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Fraction Forms 'FF' And 'Fantastic Four' Futures With Allred and Bagley

Fraction Forms 'FF' And 'Fantastic Four' Futures With Allred and Bagley | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Continuing the week-long announcements/confirmations of last week's Marvel NOW! teases, Matt Fraction has been confirmed as the new man in charge of Marvel's First Family, writing relaunches of both Fantastic Four and spin-off title FF.

USA Today had the details about Fraction's plans for the two series, with the writer saying that "it's very easy to say, 'I want to stay true to what Stan [Lee] and Jack [Kirby] did.' Well, what Stan and Jack did was invent the entirety of the Marvel Universe in 104 issues. This is the place to be wildly inventive, and I would like to put as many things down on the page as humanly possible and offer up another dose next issue."

Fraction will be joined by Ultimate Spider-Man co-creator Mark Bagley on Fantastic Four, as the two send the Richards family (along with Uncle Johnny and Uncle Ben, of course) on a road trip across time and space for what's being called an "epic historical lesson." "If they're studying ancient Rome, then by God let's go have lunch with Caesar on the Ides of March. If they're looking at the Big Bang, they're going to watch it from the front row."

During the road trip, which is planned to last a year, their place in the Marvel Universe will be taken by a hand-picked replacement team, who'll be taking over the FF book with art by Mike Allred. That team will include Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk and a brand new character called "Miss Thing," who Fraction describes as a "Lohan-esque celebutante blonde" wearing armor that replicates the strength and appearance of Ben Grimm. "She's the overwhelmed 'Whaaa?' of it all," the writer explained.

Fraction is aiming high with the two books; in addition to Lee and Kirby, he name drops Pixar as an influence on his thinking for the two. "I feel like one of the best Fantastic Four stories was The Incredibles, and I want to take that back. It's so arrogant to say, but it should have been us. We should have done that," he told USA Today. "If this could be the Pixar version of the Fantastic Four, something that everyone can enjoy, not just our medium 30-year-old white-dude reader, I'd be happy."

Both Fantastic Four and FF launch in November.

 

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Ben Affleck to direct the Justice League movie?

Ben Affleck to direct the Justice League movie? | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Warner Bros. is desperate to find a way to do a Justice League movie to match Marvel's Avengers. But now that Christopher Nolan has made it clear he's not going to be dispensing Justice, who's going to step up and be Warners' answer to Joss Whedon? Rumor has it, the answer is Daredevil himself, Ben Affleck.

Variety is reporting that Affleck is the only directorial candidate thus far who's actually read the Justice League script (penned by Gangster Squad writer Will Beall). The movie will star Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash. So far Affleck has starred in almost every movie he's directed, so there's some speculation he could play a major role in this film, too. Let's just hope he doesn't set the whole thing in Boston.

That being said, The Town was a great movie. He's got the grainy look they could easily carry over from the Superman-the-lobster-hunter trailers. And we're exceptionally excited about his next directorial project Argo based on the true story about the fake science fiction blockbuster the CIA created to sneak a bunch of Americans out of Tehran. But then again, he hasn't helmed any big action-heavy movies of this magnitude. And Affleck's main superhero movie experience? Daredevil.

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Joss Whedon to direct Avengers 2 and develop a new TV show

Joss Whedon to direct Avengers 2 and develop a new TV show | Comic Books | Scoop.it

It's apparently official: Disney just announced that not only is Joss Whedon returning to The Avengers for a second movie — he's also developing a Marvel TV show that is set to air on ABC. (Probably in the fall of 2013, at the soonest.)
Variety's Marc Graser tweeted:


Marc Graser@marcgraser
"Disney just announced Joss Whedon will write and direct THE AVENGERS 2 and develop a Marvel TV show for ABC."
7 Aug 12 


So we're guessing that this TV show is the same one that was mentioned last week — a show that would be set in the same universe as Avengers, but won't feature any of the actual members of the team. Presumably, this is a world of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, super-scientists, super-spies and other people with "super" in their job description. More details as soon as we find out any.

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Confirmed: The Next 'X-Men' Movie Will Be 'Days of Future Past' - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

Confirmed: The Next 'X-Men' Movie Will Be 'Days of Future Past' - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Even though the last X-Men movie showed the earliest days of Charles Xavier's dream of a better world for mutantkind, its follow-up looks set to jump straight to the bitter end with confirmation that the sequel to X-Men: First Class will be titled X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The X-Men movies' executive producer Bryan Singer confirmed the title to IGN while promoting his new web series H+, saying that the movie - due in Summer 2014 - will "deal with aspects of that comic, but also some very new things."

"Days of Future Past," for the uninitiated, was the title of a two-part storyline from the end of Uncanny X-Men's much-loved run by Chris Claremont and John Byrne which flashed forward to a then-distant future (The year 2013; happy to say, things didn't turn out the way they predicted back in 1981). In that far future, all of mutantkind is being hunted and slaughtered by the giant robot Sentinels; during the story, Wolverine, Storm and Colossus are all murdered as they try to fight back against the genocide. In addition to be reprinted multiple times -- and inspiring countless sequels, prequels and spin-off comics -- the storyline has been the basis of stories in both the 1990s X-Men animated series and the more recent Wolverine and The X-Men show.

Whether or not the movie will include its own time-travel into a dystopian future or merely take inspiration from the comic's other plot - that of the planned assassination of an important politician whose bigoted rhetoric has made him a figurehead for hate groups and anti-mutant legislation alike - remains to be seen. We can only hope that our long-held dream of seeing an aged Hugh Jackman stare down a giant robot death machine -- for real, not like the tease in X-Men: The Last Stand) will finally come true. Hopefully he's down for more than a cameo in the next film, especially considering how close filming could run to his current work on The Wolverine.

 

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Watch The Avengers' big secret villain reveal right now!

Watch The Avengers' big secret villain reveal right now! | Comic Books | Scoop.it

The Avengers had not one, but two extra endings. One featured the crew feasting on shawarma, post-alien battle — and another revealed the future big bad, Thanos! Behold the live action face of Thanos, and the future problem for Earth's Avengers. This clip was released to promote the upcoming Avengers DVD and Blu-ray releases.

 

CLICK THROUGH TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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New Sandman By Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III: More Info Including New Artwork | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

New Sandman By Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III: More Info Including New Artwork | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Twenty-five years after one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all-time hit shelves, award winning and critically acclaimed author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman, announces his return to THE SANDMAN. Gaiman made the surprise announcement, via video, at DC Entertainment’s Vertigo panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Karen Berger, Executive Editor of Vertigo, then revealed that Gaiman is paired with artist, JH Williams III (BATWOMAN) for the series, who appeared on stage to an already stunned and elated crowd. THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published by Vertigo in 2013.

One of the few graphic novels ever to be on the New York Times Best Seller list and lauded by critics the world over, THE SANDMAN is credited with changing the path of storytelling in the comic book industry. Gaiman will pick up his pen for the first time in more than 10 years since ending the series to continue a story that he feels still has yet to be told.

“When I finished writing THE SANDMAN, there was one tale still untold. The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in THE SANDMAN #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war. It was a story that we discussed telling for Sandman’s 20th anniversary… but the time got away from us. And now, with Sandman’s 25th anniversary year coming up, I’m delighted, and nervous, that that story is finally going to be told,” said Gaiman.

“There’s nothing like a Neil Gaiman story,” said Berger, “and there’s nothing like having Neil back home on THE SANDMAN, his dark, soulful, literary epic that transformed comics and continues to captivate countless new readers year after year. Working with him again, and with JH Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of.”

DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio added, “As accomplished as Neil Gaiman is in other media—whether it be novels, film and even music—he still has an incredible passion and love for comics. It’s exciting to have him back. J.H. Williams will be the perfect complement to Neil’s writing. He has a history of creating art that pushes the boundaries of the medium.”

Each issue of THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published day-and-date digitally. The title will be announced at a later date.

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Hero Initiative Seeks Donations To Cover Funeral Costs of 'Static' Writer Robert L. Washington III

Hero Initiative Seeks Donations To Cover Funeral Costs of 'Static' Writer Robert L. Washington III | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Last week saw the passing of Robert L. Washington III, the longtime comic book writer perhaps best known as the co-writer of the original appearances of the Milestone Media/DC Comics character Static, at the age of 47. To make the situation more tragic, Washington's financial situation at the time of his death may mean that his burial won't be befitting of a creator who contributed years of material to the comic book industry.

Washington, whose work outside of his run on the initial issues of Static included Milestone's Shadow Cabinet, DC's Extreme Justice and Acclaim's Ninjak, died last week of a heart attack, bringing an all-too-early end to a hard life that had seen him homeless on more than one occasion following the crash of the comic industry in the late 1990s. Unfortunately, his troubles may continue past post-mortem, according to friend Craig Hicks.

In a message board post written by Hicks that was re-posted on The Outhouse blog, he explained the current difficult situation:


I went to school with Robert Washington in the Detroit area from 5th to 8th grade. Like many of Robert's school friends, and sadly, his family, I had not been in touch with him for many years. But when I heard about his death and learned more about his financial and family situation, I immediately became concerned that his remains might end up on Hart Island. The island is New York City's location for indigent burials. The dead here are buried in pine coffins, stacked in unmarked trenches, by Riker's Island inmates. There are no services or ceremonies.

A small group of Robert's former classmates and colleagues have joined forces to ensure this doesn't happen. We've been in touch with the city medical examiner's office and after some serious sleuthing made contact with one of his relatives. And we've started raising funds to pay for a modest funeral.

If you knew Robert, were a fan of his work or just are interested in lending a hand, here's how you can help.

The Hero Initiative - a not-for-profit, 503(c) charitable organization that helps comic book creators in need - has agreed to act as our vehicle for contributing to Robert's funeral arrangements.

The money we contribute goes to the Hero Initiative, but can be directed toward specific purposes, in this case Robert's funeral. Any money over and above the cost of the funeral will be applied in Robert's name toward helping other comic book creators make ends meet.


Donations can be made via The Hero Initiative's website (Be sure to enter "Robert Washington" in the "Add special instructions to seller" field to ensure that your money will go toward Washington's funeral). Washington's stories will be remembered by fans -- Go and seek out back issues of his Static and Shadow Cabinet runs, which remain as smart and funny now as they were almost 20 years ago, for proof -- and this action can help those same readers remember the man behind them.


Update: According to Christian Hoffer, the NYC medical examiner has placed Mr. Washington's body on hold to give Hero Initiative time to raise funds, meaning there's still a window for donations from fans.


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Alex Ross Designs For Flash Gordon And Ming The Merciless | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

Alex Ross Designs For Flash Gordon And Ming The Merciless | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors | Comic Books | Scoop.it
He doesn’t just do the covers you know.

Alex Ross is instrinically involved with every issue of Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist and Ming The Merciless from Dynamite. As such, here are some designs for both those series from his pen – and brush.


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Guillem March Parodies His Own 'Catwoman' Cover in the Style of R. Crumb - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

Guillem March Parodies His Own 'Catwoman' Cover in the Style of R. Crumb - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews | Comic Books | Scoop.it

A ComicsAlliance favorite for his typically excellent pin-up artwork, Guillem March alarmed readers recently with an uncharacteristically strange cover illustration for September's Catwoman #0 for DC Comics. The cover depicted Batman's classic love(-hate) interest in such a way that caused some of his fellow artists to comment upon the anatomical realities of the drawing -- Catwoman's face, chest and rear-end are all visible from the same angle -- in the form of parody artworks. Plainly aware of the humorous nature of the Catwoman cover, March has parodied his own work with a new drawing in the style of cartoonist R. Crumb, who is of course well known for his work with sexual themes.


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The Marvel Life: Patton Oswalt | Marvel Heroes | News | Marvel.com

The Marvel Life: Patton Oswalt | Marvel Heroes | News | Marvel.com | Comic Books | Scoop.it

By Blake Garris
For a man that needs no introduction, we’re going to give him one anyway.
You probably know him best from his hugely successful comedy albums, his memorable appearances on late night talk shows and his roles in projects like “Ratatouille,” “Big Fan,” and “The King Of Queens “just to name a few. He’s Patton Oswalt and in between his busy schedule doing stand up, promoting his albums and acting in numerous TV and film roles, he took the time and speak with us about comics, writers, and why he’d like to be Foggy Nelson.
NOTE: This interview took place in fall 2011
Marvel.com: Who is your favorite Marvel character?
Patton Oswalt: I have too many to name. I mean, I’ve always liked the idea of Spider-Man. You know, the fact of getting power gets you responsibility. Like that was the first time that they really, really embraced that.
John Garrett from ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN is a favorite of mine. He's pretty awesome. I don't really think the character matters as it matters so much the writer who is doing it. Great characters can be done horribly depending on whose writing them.
Marvel.com: What are you reading right now that you're really into?
Patton Oswalt: Anything that Jonathan Hickman's doing right now is pretty great; all of Matt Fraction's stuff with CASANOVA and INVINCIBLE IRON MAN.

Invincible Iron Man
Marvel.com: You love some specific comic shops. Would you want to name any of those that you like to go to?
Patton Oswalt: Oh God, Austin Books & Comics is pretty great. Forbidden Planet in New York is terrific. The House of Secrets in Burbank. Comics Ink down in Culver City is pretty great. Golden Apple, I know it's an oldie but a goody; it’s great, Golden Apple. Nothing wrong with it. Secret Headquarters in Silver Lake is great, places like that.
I mean, sometimes I do a lot of traveling so I'm just kind of at the mercy of whatever local store I'm in. Comix Experience in San Francisco is great; Quimby's in Chicago. So yeah, places like that.
Marvel.com: I was wondering if you ever had any storylines for Marvel characters that you thought about doing.
Patton Oswalt: Off the top of my head, none have really come to mind right now. I would want to do something smaller and self contained like a Daredevil or a Moon Knight or somebody like that. I'm not too good with like massively cosmically powered figures. I actually had a Ghost Rider idea a few years back but something to do with Ghost Rider now is too close to the idea that I had. So that didn't quite work.
Marvel.com: What character would you want to play if you ever got to play a Marvel character?
Patton Oswalt: A Marvel character? Foggy Nelson would be fun. It's a guy trying to talk sense into an obsessed blind criminal. I'm not really in shape to play any Marvel characters. I don't think anyone would buy me playing any Marvel characters.

Elektra: Assassin
Marvel.com: Do you have any specific runs you love from the past and even today?
Patton Oswalt: [“Born Again” from DAREDEVIL] is brilliant. ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN is one of the best comics I've ever read.
Marvel.com: Any illustrators that you like?
Patton Oswalt: I don't really follow art; it's just the writers. Art has always been kind of indifferent to me. I know that's kind of a sacrilegious thing to say. Except for in extreme cases like Guy Davis and [Bill] Sienkiewicz. And [Jim] Steranko’s stuff was always pretty amazing.
Marvel.com: Any recent Marvel movies you've seen that you've liked?
Patton Oswalt: Well the first two X-Men, the first two Spider-Man [movies] were some of the best super hero movies ever made. “Punisher: War Zone.” The first “Blade” was amazing. I thought “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “X-Men: First Class” were both fantastic. They really put the lie to this whole idea that studios had that "kids wanna see stuff that takes place today." It's like “no they want to see good stories, man.” That's all they want to see.
Marvel.com: You had an album come out recently. Anything you want to say about that?
Patton Oswalt: It's my fourth one and I'm very happy with it. I had a lot of fun doing it and it feels good now that I can do theaters and people are coming to see me, which kind of makes me want to work a little harder and step up and not give them what they think they're expecting and take them in different directions. And I hope that people think that I did that on this new album. So far the reviews have been really good so it's gratifying to do something that you really like and had fun doing and people seem to like it so that to me is always an A plus.

Patton Oswalt photo by Ryan Russell
Marvel.com: What other things do you geek out over besides comics and movies?
Patton Oswalt: It's not like I'm a slave to any genre; anything that's good. I mean that can be a restaurant, a film, a landscape, a book. I guess the term “geeking out” is just you appreciate that something good exists, you know? I just geek out when the folly is there, when the essence is there, when the joy and the creating is there rather than the joy in getting the awards and accolades. And it's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.
Marvel.com: Anything else you want to talk about right now?
Patton Oswalt: Well I'm looking out the window of my car right now and a leaf just fell off of a tree onto the street and now the leaf is on the street. You said talk about anything you want to talk about.
For more information on Patton Oswalt’s albums, upcoming shows, and appearances you can visit his website at www.pattonoswalt.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @pattonoswalt.

More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/story/18894/the_marvel_life_patton_oswalt#ixzz1xnkfnjUg

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Joe Kubert Passes, Aged 85

Joe Kubert Passes, Aged 85 | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Co-creator of Sergeant Rock, Tor and Ragman, famed for recreating Hawkman, pursuing war comics, founder of the Kubert School, author of Fax from Sarajevo and father to Adam and Andy Kubert, Joe Kubert has passed away, aged 85.

Even now, he had Before Watchmen: Nite Owl on the stands with his own Joe Kubert Presents projects coming out at the end of October from DC Comics,

Richard Bruning, ex of DC Comics, where Joe did much of his best known work, said it best;

"Joe Kubert one of the finest men I’ve ever known Rest in peace, Joe."

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New 52 Designs Aplenty Surface In Mattel's DC Unlimited And Batman Unlimited Action Figure Lines

New 52 Designs Aplenty Surface In Mattel's DC Unlimited And Batman Unlimited Action Figure Lines | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Mattel's DC Universe Classics brand has been relegated from retail to the pricier Mattycollector subscription service, but plenty of compatible 6" superhero figures will continue to roll out in stores via the rebranded DC Unlimited and Batman Unlimited lines in early 2013. Among the figures headed to retail under the Batman Unlimited banner will be "New 52" versions of Batman and Batgirl, along with a "classic" Penguin that collectors will recognize as a redeco'ed version of the DCUC version from some years back. The DC Unlimited line's first wave will introduce even more New 52 costumes, with Superman, The Flash and Hawkman all decked out in their respective relaunch looks. Accessories for the figures haven't quite been identified at this point, but Hawkman seems to be sporting his share of weaponry. You can take a look at Mattel's take on Jim Lee's New 52 Justice League costume designs after the cut.

 

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Posehn, Duggan, Moore Take On Zombie Presidents And More In 'Deadpool' #1 In November

Posehn, Duggan, Moore Take On Zombie Presidents And More In 'Deadpool' #1 In November | Comic Books | Scoop.it

It looks like Wade Wilson will be sporting some updated combat attire as he faces down an assortment of deadly monsters (and perhaps a chimichanga or two) in Deadpool #1 this November. In interviews with Marvel and IGN, new creative team Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Tony Moore (alongside a cover by Geof Darrow) shed official new light on their plans for the Merc With a Mouth in the Marvel Now! relaunch, which will see DP working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and slaying zombified American Presidents, what appears to be a kitten-eating kaiju, and other targets.

Duggan elaborated on their opening arc at Marvel.com explaining, "It starts with a man who has decided that America has a lot of problems that can only be fixed by bringing back our former leaders, our great American Presidents. But that's not how it works out. Once they're back, they have a completely different idea of what they need to do and what the country needs. It's a distasteful job having to send our presidents back, but Deadpool is up for the job and is suited for it. They're not equal in terms of their planning, but in their own way they have returned corrupted. We think it's going to be a very fun first story that leads to other funny stories."

Speaking of "leading to other funny stories," Posehn and Duggan are planning to stay on the series for the long haul despite their busy careers in comedy and television and are already working on the next arc of the book, with a focus on advancing the character through fresh stories while staying mindful of the past.

"We love that stuff, going back to Joe Kelly [and] Gail Simone's runs and obviously Daniel Way. All of that is canon and we won't be rebooting it. We give him a nice star entrance in the first issue, and hopefully what comes across is our love of the character and that material. We're very happy and the one thing we tried to keep in mind was that it's a new #1 and hopefully it's the chance for a person to pick up their first Deadpool comic," Duggan told Marvel.

For Moore's part, the artist says he'll be working on the book as long as he can. However long his role as artist on the new DP run lasts, however, he'll have left a mark with his new costume design for the Rob Liefeld creation. "I tried to wrap my head around the character [and] his design and tried to have it make sense to me. Since it's a #1 I wanted to give him a fresh take. I tried to streamline things a little bit but not take away the things I loved about Deadpool anyway. While I added more black to his costume and made his tactical gear more in tune with the stuff I'm familiar with, I didn't abandon those Liefeld-ian pouches. I actually brought some back. He has the leg pouches!"

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Tony Moore Launches Second Lawsuit Against Robert Kirkman Over 'Walking Dead' Ownership - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

Tony Moore Launches Second Lawsuit Against Robert Kirkman Over 'Walking Dead' Ownership - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews | Comic Books | Scoop.it

For the second time in six months, artist Tony Moore has filed a lawsuit against former collaborator Robert Kirkman over The Walking Dead - but this time, he's looking for more than just unpaid royalties that he believes are owed to him.

Moore's first lawsuit against Kirkman was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court in February of this year, with the artist claiming that Kirkman had fraudulently induced him to hand over his copyright interests in The Walking Dead to Kirkman's company in exchange for 60 percent of "comic publishing net proceeds" and 20 percent of "motion picture net proceeds," neither of which he had received. Kirkman was accused of breach of written contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and promissory fraud in that lawsuit, with Moore asking for a recession of the copyright agreement in addition to monies owed.

That lawsuit is still pending -- there was actually supposed to be a hearing this morning -- but that didn't stop Moore from filing a second lawsuit yesterday that was far stronger in both its rhetoric and its demands. Calling Kirkman "a proud liar and fraudster who freely admits that he has no qualm about misrepresenting material facts in order to consummate business transactions" -- This is in the actual legal papers, remember -- the new filing was made in federal court, apparently with the aim of securing Moore legal status as co-author of The Walking Dead, as well as his other collaborations with Kirkman, Brit, Battle Pope and two unpublished series, Dead Planet and My Name is Abraham.

The new lawsuit is seemingly necessary for the continuation of the first lawsuit; the new filing explains that "in order for the State Court to properly award the correct amount of money due and owing to Moore resulting from Moore's returned copyright interests, and because Defendants now dispute Moore's co-authorship status, Moore requires a judicial determination that he is a co-author of the Works." In effect, the second filing -- which seeks a declaratory judgment that Moore is the co-author of his collaborations with Kirkman, and not simply an employee fulfilling a clearly defined role -- would remove Kirkman's argument that Moore has no legal claim on co-ownership on The Walking Dead or any other collaboration.

Kirkman's attorney seemed unfazed by the new filing, with Allen Grodzky telling The Hollywood Reporter that "he is never going to be able to show fraud, plus the statute of limitations on co-ownership has passed," adding "Also, he's not a co-owner."

It remains to be seen whether or not a judge will agree. If he doesn't, and Moore gets his declarative judgment, then he'll also get access to financial records from the various projects, including Kirkman's contracts and dealings with Image Comics. It may also mean that Moore would be able to license his own, entirely separate from the AMC series, The Walking Dead movies or television series. According to his lawyer Devin McRae, "that is definitely a possibility."

The new filing is available to be read in full here.

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Guillermo del Toro teases "big name" writer for his Incredible Hulk TV show

Guillermo del Toro teases "big name" writer for his Incredible Hulk TV show | Comic Books | Scoop.it

The post-Avengers Marvel project we're perhaps most excited about — sorry, Thor 2 and Captain America 2 — is the promise of a Hulk TV series produced by Guillermo del Toro. But the Pan's Labyrinth director is often followed with a list of forever-in-development projects, so imagine our surprise when he announced that the show will go on! In a recent interview with Collider, the director promised that his Hulk program is still moving forward:

 

"I had one meeting with Marvel after Avengers and we had a very, very good chat. We have a writer that we want to bring on board, a very, very concrete name. I can't reveal it, but we want to wait for that writer. It's a writer who is otherwise engaged. So right now we are in a holding pattern until that writer becomes free. Then we're going to do a new draft of the script."

 

Good, we'd rather him wait for the right scribe than just whoever was available. Another interesting fact: del Toro revealed that he became very close to directing both Thor and the Wolverine sequel that's currently filming.

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Marvel Teases Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Tony Moore On 'Deadpool' - ComicsAlliance

Marvel Teases Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, Tony Moore On 'Deadpool' - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it

After three days of teaser images released by Marvel in support of their Marvel NOW! initiative, there's been quite a bit of anticipation as to what the next images would be. The first three have featured popular and respected creative teams attached to powerful adjectives that, we can all assume, are meant to represent Iron Man, Thor, and The Hulk. So after Invincible, Worthy, and Indestructible, what would be next? Fantastic? Amazing? Uncanny? ...Chimichangas?

In a surprising and somewhat bold move, it looks like Marvel is turning to writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan to take over Deadpool in the fall, with art chores to be handled by Tony Moore.

Posehn, best known for his role in The Sarah Silverman Show and a regular at comic conventions, previously collaborated with Duggan on The Last Christmas, a five-issue miniseries published by Image about a post-apocalyptic Santa Claus fighting Zombies in the North Pole, a premise that would easily fit into a Deadpool storyline.

Again, this is a surprising move for Marvel. Deadpool is currently one of their more popular characters, so entrusting the character with writers whose comic work is minimal is definitely a high risk/high reward kind of gamble. But Posehn is well liked among many comic fans, so this will definitely be a book that gets attention. And if Tony Moore is the artist working with the duo, they're in good hands. His style is well suited for the type of over-the-top stories that are normally associated with any Deadpool run.

And if they ask him to draw Deadpool fighting zombies in the snow, I don't think anyone will complain. Especially if they throw in a few chimichangas.

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Christopher Eccleston will play Thor 2's villain, Malekith The Accursed!

Christopher Eccleston will play Thor 2's villain, Malekith The Accursed! | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Former leather-jacketed Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston is in final talks for the major villain of the second Thor flick, Thor: The Dark World, which wil be helmed by Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor.

Malekith is the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim and a trickster and illusionist, which makes him the perfect co-conspirator for Loki. Oh, and he dresses like a Mardi Gras float crashing into a Scandinavian black metal music video — psyched to see Eccleston in such zany regalia! Thor: The Dark World will hit theaters on November 8, 2013.

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How To Get Into Comics

How To Get Into Comics | Comic Books | Scoop.it

With The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers posting record performances at cinemaplexes, it can be easy to forget that not everyone can rattle off the names of Bruce Wayne's parents or the address of the X-Men's school off the tops of their heads.

Comics' reach gets through pop culture seems to get bigger every day, meaning that more and more people are having to wade through the medium's wild jungles without so much as an Adamantium machete. Well, Kotaku wants you to explore all that comics has to offer and has come up with a plethora of starting-out tips that should help out even the most inexperienced of sequential storytelling neophytes. Let's get started!

 

Where to Get Comics

 

Support your local comic shop. Don't let the Simpsons character scare you off; most comics shops have friendly staff ready to steer you towards great material that you'll probably love.
Back issue boxes are your friends. Almost every comics shop has a cache of recent and older comics—single issues, mostly, but sometimes trade paperback collections as well. Older copies of a single issue can be had for as cheap as a dollar, or even a quarter. Back issues can let you explore various titles and talents at a lower price point, which is great for anyone trying to figure out what they like.
You'd also do well to check out online subscription services like DCBS. Their sister site, in-stock trades boasts RIDICULOUS prices on trade paperbacks. Other sites like Khepri specialize in exclusives that come directly from creators.
If you don't have a comics shop nearby or don't have the square footage to stockpile loads of printed material in your home, then think about digital comics. Most of the major publishers have digital storefronts where new comics are available on the same day as they arrive in stores. You'll also find selections from their back catalogs, usually at a big discount, in digital comics stores.
If you really, really like something, buy it in print. It's been noted in several examinations of the relatively new digital comics market that you may not own those digital comics you get through a website or an app store. At least, not in the traditional sense of physical ownership. Devices break or become outdated and web services mutate and fracture. (Look at how cable TV providers are feuding with various channels for an example of how wrong things can go.) But you'll always be able to dig out a paper version of a comic you love. Besides, most comics are designed for the printed page. The way writers and artists use layout, color and other storytelling techniques are generally going to be best experienced that way.
For those interested in digital comics, the main thing you want to check is Comixology, an app for iOS, Android and other devices that sells comics from most of the big and medium-sized publishers, with the notable exception of Dark Horse (those folks publish Star Wars, Buffy, Sin City and other cool comics; so check their app out, too). Comixology ties your purchases to your account, so while they don't let you outright download a file for the comics you buy, they do let you download them to any app they support. You can also read them through their website. Comixology sells most new comics from major publishers, day and date with release, so that's around noon ET on Wednesdays. They usually add about 100 issues of older comics to their back catalog at the same time. One of the nice things about their service is that they run a lot of sales and drop the price on most new comics after about a month (they usually go down a dollar). Sales run throughout the week, but the big ones consist of 99-cent-per-issue Marvel sales on Mondays and Fridays and frequent weekend sales, including a 101 or 201 (that's 101 or 201 comics for 99 cents each) from DC about once a month. Dark Horse and Comxology also have lots of free comics, so check their free sections, too.
Ask friends for recommendations and loaners. Seriously. The people you know who read comics are REALLY into their comics. They are unfulfilled prophets and will happily lend you anything worth reading that they think will convert you to the tiny tribe of comics-readers.

 

What Kinds of Comics to Get

 

You don't have to read superheroes. Seriously. If you think that comics are just home to the big bruisers and babes that make it onto the screen, you should know the capes-and-cowls set isn't all the medium has to offer. Memoir, historical non-fiction and beautifully allegorical creativity all thrive in comics. Comics remain a relatively cheap field to produce work in, which means that there's a plethora of styles, voices and viewpoints to experience.
Don't ever buy anything because it'll be "worth something." Anything touted as a collector's edition is most likely going to be so mass-produced that it won't actually ever be rare enough to fetch an astronomical price at auction. There will probably plenty of copies of the Get-It-Now-Edition of the "Death of Captain ZOMG" twenty years from now.
If you want a true collectible, get a commissioned sketch or page of original art by an artist you like.
Read some webcomics. The best part about comics work designed for the internet is how it can use pacing and technology differently than paper comics.
Buy trade paperbacks, or TPBs, for short. Sorry, monthlies lovers, but there are no ads and you get a story all at once, making them a much better way to read a comic.
If you're reading this guide, don't go jumping into continuing superhero storylines without guidance. They're a tangled mess of canon and backstory that will just confuse you. Aim for classic, standalone pieces. So, don't just pick up Superman. But Superman: Red Son? Pick it up.
Follow your favorite writers and artists, not favorite series or characters. More specifically, follow writers and writer-artists as opposed to artists. Everyone likes cool illustrations, but it's a far worse experience to read a badly-written comic with good art than it is to read a well-written one with bad art. So learn which writers you like; most of the best have excellent runs on a surprising array of creator-owned and company-owned work. Maybe you're a Garth Ennis person. Maybe you're a Brian Michael Bendis person. Or maybe Warren Ellis is more your speed.
Don't worry about starting in the middle. Publishers of serialized super-hero comics sometimes advertise that such-and-such issue is a great jumping on point for new readers. Non-readers, meanwhile, fret that most ongoing comics will be too impenetrable for them to understand. Forget about all of this. Jump into the middle of something. See if there's anything you like about it and then, if you're intrigued, load up on back issues.The longest-running arcs in comics right now are things like Brian Michael Bendis' 8-year run on an array of Avengers comics and Grant Morrison's 6-year run on a batch of Batman books (both concluding in the next 12 months by the way). Even those massive runs are chopped up into 4 or 6-issue arcs, so you're never more than a few issues from being at the start of something. You can always go back and fill in from the way beginning if need be.
Size up your wish list and plan to fulfill it accordingly. Many of the books people will rave to you about—Watchmen, Maus, Ice Haven, We3, to name a few—can be read in an afternoon with time left to read a second. These comics are no bigger a risk to your time and budget than a dinner at a restaurant you've never tried before. Longer, iconic series such as Sandman, Preacher, Transmetropolitan, Y The Last Man or The Walking Dead run 60-100 issues (and still going, in the last one's case). These longer runs take much more time to read can cost more than $100 to obtain in print. This may drive you toward piracy. Avoid temptation!; comics creators get paid crap money as it is. Consider either getting the trade-paperbacks, which is still pricey or doing legit digital downloads, which, if you catch a sale, is way cheaper. But, remember, you probably have a friend who can lend you a collection of one of these longer runs so that you can see if it's your thing.
Read some modern comics, and then read some Will Eisner's The Spirit (look for a best-of collection; skip the early part of the run) or Jack-Kirby-drawn Fantastic Four (sampling the first few issues of that is fine). These two guys are seen as the pioneers of the field and probably the two greatest artists in its history, but both did work that's an acquired taste. The same holds true for alt-comics godfather R. Crumb. Trust us. It may seem backwards, you should try to attain your literacy in modern comics before going back to try to appreciate the masters. But, when you do, you'll be in for a treat.

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No New DC Comics Movies For "At Least 3 Years" Besides Batman and Superman Films

No New DC Comics Movies For "At Least 3 Years" Besides Batman and Superman Films | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Marvel Entertainment is coming off a string of successful films, culminating in The Avengers — but meanwhile, its counterpart DC Entertainment can't get a non-Batman, non-Superman film off the ground. A new article in the L.A. Times reports that it will be "at least three years" before another DC movie hits our screens, besides this month's The Dark Knight Rises and next year's Man of Steel.

None of the other DC projects in the works has "a producer, director or cast," says the Times. Meanwhile, Marvel is set to put out a couple movies a year in 2013 and 2014. Warner Bros. reorganized DC Comics into DC Entertainment a few years ago, and many people predicted a fast track for movie projects — especially after DC Entertainment moved to L.A. But DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has played no role in the Nolan Batman films or Man of Steel, according to the Times. That makes Green Lantern the one big-screen product of this venture.

Christopher Nolan made it clear last weekend that he's not going to be involved in a Justice League movie — which didn't seem especially newsworthy, since Nolan's involvement in a JLA film always seemed highly unlikely. But according to the Times' sources, this came as a crushing blow to Warner Bros., which had been hoping to rope Nolan in to the Justice League picture, hopefully hitting screens in 2015. The DC strategy will be the opposite of Marvel's — launch a Justice League film, and then spin off all the League members into their own solo films.

(What this will mean for Henry Cavill's Superman is unclear — would he be in a Justice League film and then more solo films, or would the League launch a new Superman as well as new versions of all the other heroes?)

But now that Nolan's officially said no to the League, DC has to find a new creative partner to launch its counterpart to the Avengers. Talking to the Times, Warner Bros.' Jeff Robinov sounds a hopeful note, saying he hopes they'll be able to announce "the plan for the next DC movies" in the next month or so.

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'Harbinger' Writer Joshua Dysart on Bringing Zephyr Back in the 'Geek Chic' Era [Interview]

'Harbinger' Writer Joshua Dysart on Bringing Zephyr Back in the 'Geek Chic' Era [Interview] | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Fans who read the original run of Valiant Comics' Harbinger would almost certainly identify Faith Herbert, a.k.a. Zephyr, as the beating heart of the book's team of super-powered teen protagonists. A fun-loving fan of all things nerdy, Zephyr was the character who seemed to have the most fun being a superhero.

So it's great news that Valiant announced this week that Faith will return to comics in Harbinger #4, hitting stands September 12 as part of the publisher's continued resurgence. We tracked down series writer Joshua Dysart to ask him a few questions about what effect 20 years or so have had on the character, who was once beloved for representing the outcast, overweight geek, and whether she'll still be styling in her homemade costume. And after the interview, check out an exclusive five-page preview of Harbinger #2, out July 11, and your first look at character designs by David Aja.


ComicsAlliance: The world has changed a lot in the 20 years since the original Harbinger series was published. Nerdy kids aren't quite as uncool as they were back then. Even Kris Hathaway, Pete Stanchek's love interest, has transformed into a glasses-wearing semi-hipster with a "reading is sexy" button on her backpack. How has that affected your characterization of Zephyr?


Joshua Dysart: [Valiant Executive Editor] Warren [Simons] and I have discussed this quite a bit. It seems like the nerd has won, culturally speaking. So Faith's proclivity towards nerd culture doesn't alienate her like it used to. But at the same time, it's important that Faith be an outcast. She can't get a character remake that turns her into someone cool like Kris did and then end up serving the same purpose in the book. The fact is that none of these characters are being pushed away from their core. Kris is pretty and cool. That's what she was always meant to be. Faith is less pretty -- by normative weight standards; I think we're drawing her quite beautiful -- and less cool. And that's what she'll be here as well. I think you'll find most of my alterations to character are cosmetic and not that far off from the original.


CA: You don't see a lot of overweight characters like Zephyr in comics. She was probably the most likable member of the team in the original Harbinger series, but she also got ridiculed a lot for her weight, with other team members calling her "Zeppelin." How will you address that, if at all?


JD: Of course weight is a huge issue in [the United States]. We're either dealing with horrible socialized body expectations for women that result in a culture of diet-over-nutritional eating, low-self esteem and eating disorders which are manifesting at younger and younger ages, or, on the opposite side of the issue, the rising American obesity figures that are taxing our national healthcare system and ballooning the cost of medical care for all Americans.

I think that ultimately Faith, as a character, is a way to be honest about the very complex debate over weight in this country without slowing down the narrative in some ponderous-ass internalized debate. Also, the initial impulse behind Jim Shooter's creation of her is still very, very relevant. Nowhere in above ground popular culture does the female form suffer more objectification than in comics. Faith's body has always been about smashing that convention. That's just as important now as it was then.


CA: Zephyr often served as the comic relief in the original comic, and seemed to be pretty good humored about things. Is she more serious now?

JD: No. Same old Faith. Faith is a good person, possibly the best, as far as content of character goes, in the book. She is full of charity and kindness. The hope is that she can serve the same role that Joe did in the first issue and we can use her presence to bring a lighter tone into the book. If I write her correctly, she should be a character that dissipates the darkness around her.


CA: In the original series, Zephyr was into Star Trek and Elfquest. What's she into now? Anime? Webcomics?


JD: Firefly and Hunger Games. And yes, anime and webcomics. And video games and role-playing games. And nerdcore rap. She attends PAX once a year. But she's no hipster. She's not too cool for school, not like me. She likes what's popular.


CA: I see you're keeping the no-costumes approach of the original series' first few issues. Will Zephyr create a costume for herself like she did in the previous series?


JD: Yes.


CA: Eventually, everyone had costumes in Jim Shooter's Harbinger. What about here?


JD: To me the costume is a relevant detail only in that a uniform says a lot of things thematically. It can speak to everything from corporatization and loss of free will, to statements about duty and teamwork. Throughout the series the uniforms and superhero "costumes" will be used to discuss both a mindless lack of individualism and the idea of collective cooperation. Beyond that, you'll just have to wait and see.


CA: One thing that really struck me about the first issue of the new series is the new way you, artist Khari Evans and letterer Rob Steen came up with for showing Peter's telepathy powers on the page. Portraying Zephyr's power of flight is probably pretty straightforward, I'd think, but have you devised any other plans for portraying other powers in cool ways like that?


JD: I'd like to, yeah, but we're crafting this one solid issue at a time. We know where the story is going, but how we build the images for that story is something that must be attacked in the execution stage. Ultimately the point is not to come up with gimmicks, but to find the most effective visual ways of telling that story. Having said that, I very, very much would like to come up with a specific scene that handles Faith's experience with flying in a new and really engaging way. I've been thinking about this a lot.


CA: Any crossover plans? It was a pretty long time before the team met Doctor Solar in the original book.


JD: I'm afraid talking about that would profoundly damage your enjoyment of the book as it stands now. Let it simmer, my friend. All will be revealed when the time is right.


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Parting Shot: Couple Wed At Midtown Comics On 'Astonishing X-Men' #51 Release Date - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

Parting Shot: Couple Wed At Midtown Comics On 'Astonishing X-Men' #51 Release Date - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews | Comic Books | Scoop.it

This week's Astonishing X-Men #51 was historic for Marvel Comics for showing the publisher's first gay wedding (between Northstar and his boyfriend Kyle), but it was an even bigger milestone for real Ohio couple Scott Everhart and Jason Welker, who won Midtown Comics' contest for a free wedding in New York City to coincide with the release of the comic. The couple met online about a year ago and bonded over Everhart's comic fandom during a date on Free Comic Book Day. You can watch the couple's big day play out at Midtown Comics after the cut.


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Adam’s Apples – Talking To Atomika’s Sal Abbinanti | Bleeding Cool

Adam’s Apples – Talking To Atomika’s Sal Abbinanti | Bleeding Cool | Comic Books | Scoop.it

After reading and writing about Atomika, I decided I must speak to the genius who made this. Sal Abbinanti, or “Uncle Sal” as he is known on the podcast circuit, is the artist and creator of Atomika.


Adam Messinger: How did Atomika develop? Was it a concept that you developed before you drew it? Did you draw him and then develop the concept


Sal Abbinanti: I tried for a long time to get work at Marvel and DC and they told me “I sucked so many times that I had to either go out and publish on my own or join the Chicago Fire Department. All The editors I met with told me my style was “too European” to work in American comics so being a child of the 70′s where Russia was always the evil empire i always thought the Soviet Union would be a cool setting for a title. Growing up a Kirby guy, Atomika came together quickly with a visual style in mind that channeled an indy mind set.


AM: In a story rife with evil gods, why did you choose the human Arohnir as your villian?


SA: Arohnir is the second son of Mother Russia (The government) and being the political side he needed to be human wanting to be a God. In the end the human side of mankind always screws up the highest political and religious aspirations.


AM: There is a lot of amazingly rendered architecture in the series. Where did you find the inspiration for drawing it?


SA: I always felt the setting needs to be an extension of the character and can add a lot of emotional. Growing up in the city your surroundings are always evolving and a combination of many time periods all mashed together.


AM: What is your favorite part of the story,and which part are you proudest of?


SA: Getting the series finished without any money, yet pushing through and getting it done regardless. I’m very proud of the fact that my work got better as the series progressed.


AM: What was the process behind designing such a unique cast of characters? Did you have a reference source of Russian mythology or did you design them on your own after seeing their back story?


SA: [There was] lots of research in Russian Mythology. Most of those characters are right there. When you research Stalin the story can write itself. He was worse to his own people than Hitler. [It was a] tremendously sad part of history and the more I dug into the Soviet history the more ideas flowed. I tried to design them with the idea that they didn’t look like an American designing Russian character. I wanted them to look organic and not like bad 90′s comics where they gave everyone bad armor.


AM: Throughout the series you had Buzz on inks on and off. Did you prefer letting someone handle the inking or did you prefer having control over the final look of the pages? Why or why not?


SA: Buzz’s inks gave the series the professional polish it needed. His brush work is second to none in the business. I would have preferred to do the entire series myself but Buzz and I have been friends forever and having him ink over my madness was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. I was floored with Buzz’s draftsmanship Every time I received a batch of pages from him. Tremendous, tremendous artist and a dear friend.


AM: What was the process like working with Andrew? Did you guys hash out the story before you started drawing it, or did he script it before you started drawing it?


SA: I had fleshed out many of the core ideas and thought I was a great writer…. Showed some of it to Andrew and realized I was far from it. Andrew and I ran over where we wanted the series to travel and eventually end. Atomika was definitely a creative collaboration. Andrew offered to take a stab at it and knocked it out of the park. So much of Atomika is the brilliance of Andrew’s writing, [and I’m] so grateful to be friends with him. I would send him xerox’s and he would write over the artwork. Many, many people have expressed their love for Andrew’s writing on the series and I could not agree more.


AM: In issue 6 we see the birth of Chernobyl from Atomika battling Baba Yaga. How did you and Andrew come up with the concept of such an unconventional birth?


SA: I think we ran some ideas around on the phone and decided regular intercourse wouldn’t work well for such a crazy cast of characters..


AM: What was the biggest challenge is self-publishing Atomika?


SA: Money, printers, trying to hold everything together and not lose sight of the work.

I discovered the work is the most important thing. Getting stores and comic readers to give an indy title is a tough proposition. There is a tremendous amount of brand loyalty in comics. Thats why I asked big name cover artists to do my covers, I wanted to give the store owners a reason to put Atomika on their shelves.


AM: At the end of the story Atomika leaves Earth and lets humanity develop without the Gods. Where do you think he went and what do you think happened to him?


SA: The God is red story arc was always meant to run its course and then let the character move on. Atomika is a metaphor for technology becoming the God of the 20th century. The Soviet state told its people that we will solve all your problems and that religion was counterproductive to “the state”. Atomika discovered he could destroy the planet but not cure the real ills of his people (disease, class division and human corruption). Atomika is out there and will return I promise.


AM: How can readers purchase everything Atomika related?


SA: www.mercurycomics.com comes directly to me, and I’ll take care of everything.

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