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215 Ink To Sell Digital Comics. With A Tablet Thrown In. | Bleeding Cool

215 Ink To Sell Digital Comics. With A Tablet Thrown In. | Bleeding Cool | Comic Books | Scoop.it
A while ago, when faced with a retailer telling me that Marvel were actively trying to recruit print customers to become digital customers. I joked that if Marvel were actually trying to do that, they’d be giving away tablets.

At Baltimore Comic Con in September, 215 Ink will be selling an branded Android 4.0 tablet, fully loaded with the company’s library of comics, for $99, all in.

With 63 titles currently in the library, with more on the way, that might work out at under $1.50 each.

With a free tablet.

However you look at it, this might be a way for all sorts of people to decide to try out digital comics…
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Green Arrow TV Pilot Picked Up For Series This Autumn? | Bleeding Cool

Green Arrow TV Pilot Picked Up For Series This Autumn? | Bleeding Cool | Comic Books | Scoop.it
If this is true, Green Arrow has succeeded where Wonder Woman failed and gone from pilot to a series commission.

It’s just a rumour, but CW are said to have given the show the thumbs up for a premiere in this year’s fall TV season. According to The Daily Blam, multiple sources have given them word of the commission.

So while there’s been no official word on this, it sounds pretty likely that we can expect to see Arrow on the CW’s roster when they unveil it later this month.
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Stan Lee on Michael Jackson's Desire to Buy Marvel and Play Spider-Man - ComicsAlliance

Stan Lee on Michael Jackson's Desire to Buy Marvel and Play Spider-Man - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Marvel's Chairman Emeritus Stan Lee has been making the promotional rounds in support of the company's latest motion picture, The Avengers, based on the classic superheroes he created with Jack Kirby. By this point in his life, the 89-year-old publishing icon has seen a lot of Marvel movies come and go (and has appeared in at least 15 of them), and with that experience comes a lot of great stories. Among them, that time that noted comic book fan Michael Jackson was so keen to play Spider-Man that he attempted to buy Marvel just to make it happen.

Lee was asked about the Michael Jackson experience in an interview with Eric Larnick for our sister site Moviefone:
Moviefone: The most interesting bit of almost-casting that I've ever heard came from a Producers Guild conference last summer: the "X-Men" producers revealed that Michael Jackson seriously lobbied for the part of Professor X.

Stan Lee: I wasn't aware that Michael Jackson wanted to be Professor X. I knew Michael Jackson. And with the things he discussed with me, I felt he wanted to be Spider-Man. That was the character that interested him. He never discussed the X-Men with me.

MF: How do you think he would have fared as Spider-Man?

SL: I think he'd have been good. I think he'd have been very good. But I must say that Tobey Maguire was wonderful.

MF: I'm fascinated by the fact that Jackson worked with Stan Lee Media and attempted to buy Marvel, in the 90s.

SL: Yes, he wanted to. He felt that would be the only way that he could play Spider-Man. [Laughs]

MF: What do you think the company would have looked like now if that partnership came to fruition?

SL: I can't imagine it would have been totally different of course, but maybe not as successful. Michael was not a great businessman.

For more on Stan Lee, including his favorite Marvel film cameos, click over to Moviefone for the full interview. For a little more on the Michael Jackson anecdote, check out this 2009 video from the Associated Press:


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Chris Evans And Chris Hemsworth Talk THE AVENGERS Deleted Scenes

Chris Evans And Chris Hemsworth Talk THE AVENGERS Deleted Scenes | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Talking to Collider, Chris Evans had this to say about some of the deleted scenes we can expect to see on the DVD and Blu-ray. "I was talking to Joss and he was like, 'So apparently I shot a five hour movie' so a lot of stuff had to go. There was a lot more backstory about Cap getting a bad feel of the world. Just not adapting to the way things work. You can't have too much backstory for each individual character." Chris Hemsworth on the other hand doesn't think there will be any extra Thor footage to be found. Be sure to check out the video interview below for that and more on their initial reactions to the script and meeting young fans of the characters they play.

In an interview with MTV Splash Page, actress Cobie Smulders has speculated about the chances of returning as Maria Hill in either Iron Man 3, Thor 2,Captain America 2 or even the long rumoured S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off. "I mean, everything's up in the air right now. I know they're starting 'Iron Man 3' and then 'Thor [2]' and then 'Captain America' again. I don't know about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s involvement with all of them, but I hope to be a part of it," she said at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday.

"I really loved doing stunts. And I hope that if we do more films that I can get more physical. I want to hit somebody with this," laughed the How I Met Your Mother star as she held up her fist. "Is that intense? I got to do a lot of this," she adds making a gun motion before going back to a fist, "but not so much this. So, I'd like to do more of this." Check out the interview in full by using the player below.
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ICv2 - New 'The Dark Knight Rises' HD Trailer

ICv2 - New 'The Dark Knight Rises' HD Trailer | Comic Books | Scoop.it

The new trailer for Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie provides hints of the movie's epic scope, glimpses of its shiny Batvehicles, and a newly intelligible Bane, who could be the most frightening Batvillain yet. Anne Hathaway's Catwoman is featured prominently in the trailer as is (more enigmatically) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Gotham City cop John Blake.
The Dark Knight Rises, which stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, and Morgan Freeman, opens nationwide on July 20th. Many analysts still see The Dark Knight Rises as the "apex predator" among this summer's blockbuster movies. As the summer movie season draws closer there has been an increasing flow of new images from Nolan's final Batmovie (see "Six New Hi-Res Images From 'TDKR'"). CLICK THRU TO WATCH THE TRAILER

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"Avengers'" Global Numbers On Track To Surpass $500 Million This Weekend - Comic Book Resources

"Avengers'" Global Numbers On Track To Surpass $500 Million This Weekend - Comic Book Resources | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Just six days after debuting in overseas markets, Marvel's "The Avengers" has already grossed $218 million, breaking opening-day records in nearly a dozen countries along the way. But as The Hollywood Reporter notes, the Joss Whedon-directed action film is only getting started: By Sunday, it's expected to rocket past $500 million in the worldwide box office.

That Hulk-like boost will come from the movie's midnight Thursday premiere in North America, where it's on track to bring in somewhere north of $150 million, followed by debuts in China and Russia, which should raise the film's foreign gross to $350 to $400 million.

At that rate, "The Avengers" will quickly surpass the $623 million worldwide total of 2010's "Iron Man 2" to become Marvel Studios' most successful release. By comparison, last year's "Captain America: The First Avenger" finished with $368.6 million globally, and "Thor" with $449.3 million. The studio's first self-produced film, 2008's "Iron Man," earned $585 million worldwide.

"The Avengers" stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.
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Fox Plans 'First Class' Sequel, 'Daredevil' and 'Fantastic Four' Reboots and Potential 'New Mutants' Movie - ComicsAlliance

Fox Plans 'First Class' Sequel, 'Daredevil' and 'Fantastic Four' Reboots and Potential 'New Mutants' Movie - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Marvel Studios isn't the only movie studio looking to build some superhero franchises out of Marvel Comics characters, it seems. Not only is Fox planning to start shooting a sequel to X-Men: First Class next January, but it's also planning reboots for Daredevil and Fantastic Four, as well as mulling over the possibility of a New Mutants movie, too. Will Marvel soon find itself playing cinematic catch-up to itself?

Talking to Fox Studios chief Tom Rothman, MTV News reported that Matthew Vaughn will return as director for a sequel to X-Men: First Class, co-writing the movie with Jane Goldman and Simon Kinberg. "We're going to start the beginning of the year of '13 for... either Christmas '13 or summer '14 [release]," Rothman explained. Rothman also confirmed that The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse director David Slade was still on board for a reboot of Daredevil, and said that he's "hopeful" that Chronicle director Josh Trank will develop a relaunch of the Fantastic Four franchise for the studio.

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Meanwhile, in a separate interview with Collider, Rothman teased an announcement "in the summer" for other properties connected with the X-Men franchise, telling the site that he "agree with you in your assessment of the potential in a lot of these characters" after original X-comic spin-off New Mutants was brought up as a prospective movie idea. The X-Men franchise has already successfully spun out Wolverine as a solo-star, and although plans for Magneto and Deadpool movies has seemingly run aground, the sheer number of X-Men and related characters available suggest that there are many possible movies just waiting to be made should Fox want to.

Overall, Rothman's comments suggest that Fox is looking to hold onto the rights to the various Marvel characters it has for as long as possible. Maybe we shouldn't hold our breaths for an Avengers vs. X-Men movie anytime soon...

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The Wasp Was Almost a Movie 'Avenger' - ComicsAlliance

The Wasp Was Almost a Movie 'Avenger' - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Sure, The Avengers movie -- which will be released in the U.S. this Friday after already breaking box office records all over the world this past weekend -- may be your most eagerly anticipated movie event of the year, but some fans might be just a little let-down by the absence of one of the team's founding members in the comics, Janet Van Dyne, AKA the Wasp. Turns out, however, the heroine almost made the cut...

In a piece from the New York Daily News about Marvel's The Avengers - to give the movie its full, official U.S. title - it was revealed that Van Dyne, one of the two comic book founding Avengers to be missing from the movie alongside Ant-Man, was in an earlier version of the script for the movie, even before Joss Whedon got involved:
There was a version of the script, back when Johansson wasn't involved, that featured a female superhero named the Wasp. Whedon had to scrap that script, and was making changes to his final version even as the effects people were starting work on the 40-minute battle that closes the movie. "Trying to figure out the way you want to introduce all those characters, that was stuff we were still tweaking in the edit," says Whedon.

If it was before Scarlett Johansson's involvement, then this must have been a very early version of the script -- potentially one of the first passes from screenwriter Zak Penn, who has said more than once that he took a lot of inspiration for the project from Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's The Ultimates -- a comic that, of course, featured Janet Van Dyne fairly prominently. Rumors were buzzing that the Wasp might be a part of The Avengers movie a few years back when Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria was seen leaving Marvel Comics offices. It turns out she was meeting with Marvel regarding "a different movie," though.

This most recent excising of the Wasp is the latest in a long series of humiliations for the one-time leader of the Avengers, coming after deaths in both the mainstream Marvel and Ultimate universes during event storylines (Secret Invasion and Ultimatum, respectively) and the usurping of her superhero identity by others as a result (Seriously, Hank Pym, taking on the identity of your ex-wife after she dies isn't a moving tribute, it's just creepy). With every other Marvel hero seemingly eager to redeem their return ticket from the afterlife (the Human Torch, Thor, the Winter Soldier, Captain America and so on, and so on), would it be too much to hope that at least one Janet Van Dyne lived on in some version of the Marvel universe outside of the animated incarnations? Apparently so -- but, on the plus side, maybe the booted movie take on the character will live on in an Avengers sequel or spin-off at some point in the future.

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/04/30/the-avengers-movie-wasp/#ixzz1tefBiZf8
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Amazing Spider-Man Sequel In Development Already

Amazing Spider-Man Sequel In Development Already | Comic Books | Scoop.it
A sequel to this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man is already in development, with hot writing team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci working on a script, according to Hollywood Reporter. Kurtzman and Orci have previously teamed on geek fare such as Star Trek, Transformers, Mission Impossible III, Cowboys & Aliens, and the Locke & Key pilot.
The first film in the reboot series opens July 3rd, starring Andrew Garfield (see "Two More 'Amazing Spider-Man' Reboot Posters" and "Kinetic New 'Amazing Spider-Man' Int'l Trailer"). The studio has claimed May 2, 2014 for the sequel.
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Agent Coulson and New Head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Come to Mainstream Marvel in 'Battle Scars' - ComicsAlliance

Agent Coulson and New Head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Come to Mainstream Marvel in 'Battle Scars' - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Agent Phil Coulson has been an unlikely -- or perhaps super likely? -- breakout star among the master-assassins and glamorous demigods of the Marvel movie universe. The unflappable S.H.I.E.L.D. agent played by Clark Gregg made his first appearance in 2008's Iron Man movie and became one of the threads tying the movie universe together with appearances in Iron Man 2, Thor, and of course this summer's The Avengers. He's also a prominent character in Disney XD's new Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. So it was only a matter of time before he arrived in Marvel's main 616 continuity, right? Right. And he's not alone. A brand new character, who looks a little something like a certain cinematic head of S.H.I.E.L.D. is also coming along for the ride in Battle Scars.

Coulson is perhaps the most significant movie universe character to have no parallel in the main Marvel comics universe. That changes this week with the release of Battle Scars #6, the Shattered Heroes mini-series that introduced readers to Nick Fury's secret son Marcus Johnson and his Army Ranger buddy Cheese. Cheese's real name, we discover, is Phil Coulson. His new job? Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

But the arrival of the Son of Coul in the Marvel U is not the only move bringing the comics more in line with the movies. Marcus Johnson has undergone a few changes as well, losing his hair and his left eye and gaining a goatee. In an interview on Marvel's website, Battle Scars writer Chris Yost came straight out and called Johnson the "new Nick Fury." Now the Marvel Universe has its own Samuel L Jackson-lookalike, based on the movie Nick Fury, based on the Ultimate Universe Nick Fury, based on Samuel L Jackson. What this means for the future of the original Nick Fury remains to be seen, but let's keep our fingers crossed that David Hasselhoff will make an appearance as Samuel L Jackson's dad in the next Marvel movie.

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DC Teases 'Second Wave' of New 52 Titles With 'Leaked' Preview Images - ComicsAlliance

DC Teases 'Second Wave' of New 52 Titles With 'Leaked' Preview Images - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
We're just weeks away from the launch of the "second wave" of DC Comics' New 52, and to mark the occasion, the publisher had released all manner of new art from the six new series making their debut in May, both on their official blog and via carefully orchestrated "leaks" to another website.

The "second wave" of the New 52 sees six new ongoing series - Batman Incorporated, Dial H, Earth 2, G.I. Combat, The Ravagers and Worlds' Finest - replace the just-canceled Blackhawks, Hawk & Dove, Men of War, Mister Terrific, O.M.A.C. and Static Shock on the schedule, keeping the 13-books-per-week rotation alive while expanding the scope of the rebooted DC universe with not one, but two books rooted in the "multiverse" concept (Earth 2 and Worlds' Finest). On the DC blog, these books were offered a spotlight with Earth 2 artist Nicola Scott talking about "everything [being] up for grabs" in her book, while Bryan Hitch's return to DC was unveiled with a look at his variant cover to Earth 2 #1.

Perhaps more interesting were the "leaked" photos previewing other titles in the second wave that appeared on Buzzfeed a couple of days ago, showing development and design sketches as well as finished artwork from titles like Dial H and The Ravagers (If you're wondering how so much of the material made it online intact considering DC's usual control over such material, it's worth noting that the site admits, "we were kindly invited to take these pics."

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Phil Hester and Todd Nauck Begin 'Guarding The Globe' Monthly This Fall - ComicsAlliance

Phil Hester and Todd Nauck Begin 'Guarding The Globe' Monthly This Fall - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Starting next month, Robert Kirkman's Invincible universe will become a little bit safer as Guarding The Globe returns for Free Comic Book Day, previewing an all-new monthly series launching in September by writer Phil Hester and artist Todd Nauck.

Like the original Guarding The Globe mini-series from 2010 -- perhaps best remembered for a teaser ad campaign parodying Marvel's contemporary Avengers teasers and claiming The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes, President Barack Obama and Harry Potter as members of the team -- the new ongoing series will center around the Invincible universe's flagship super team. That doesn't mean that you'll be seeing the same characters as before, however; according to the announcement of the project from Image Comics, the team will find itself "in search of new blood" in the new series as a result of events in Invincible.

The new series will also be handled by some new blood -- new, at least, to these characters. Replacing the mini-series' creative team of Kirkman, Benito Cereno and Ranson Getty on the new book are Hester and Nauck, along with colorist John Rauch. "When Robert floated the idea it didn't take me very long to say yes," said Hester in an official press release, calling the series "a great chance to both pay homage to super heroes and upend them a bit in way that isn't cynical, but humanizing." Nauck agrees, adding that he "really respect[s] what Robert's accomplished so far with the series and I'm having a blast drawing this book."

After a taste of the new series in Image's Free Comic Book Day book, Image 20, on May 5, the new series will launch this September.

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Tony DeZuniga in critical condition and needs your help.

Tony DeZuniga in critical condition and needs your help. | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Hey All
I hate to report this, but Tony DeZuniga is in extremely critical condition in the hospital in the Philippines.
I’ve been in contact with his wife Tina, and she provided me the following update Friday night:
It’s really tough since Tony doesn’t have insurance here. The medication is very expensive and hospital bill is paid cash 90% Our daily bill is around $1,500 even if we have some money it’s drained out already. I have a house here but the process of getting a loan would take time and I can’t be gone long away from the hospital.
As for Tony’s condition, I will give you a brief history and update – he had a stroke in the morning of Tuesday last week (we’re 16 hours ahead) The stroke damaged the brain. it has bleeding inside and they need to open up the brain but with so much medication they were able to stop the bleeding but the brain was swollen so they need to take the pressure out so they need to insert a tube to release the pressure but since I don’t want them to open up it created an hernia. His condition is so unstable. He got infection that they need to treat, his pneumonia, need to be watched because he’s having problem breathing and blood pressure on top of the heart. With too much medications his stomach bleeds. One on top of the other. Anyway. Any little help will be greatly appreciated.

I’ve been in touch with Neal Adams and he’s going to try to pull something together to help Tina and Tony. If anyone would like to contribute to Tony’s health care, they can send the money directly to the DeZunigas via Paypal at tonydezuniga@yahoo.com.
If you make the payment as a personal gift, 100% of the amount gets transferred.
I have some books signed by Tony on my website www.fantompress.net. I’ve been doing Doc Savage related collectibles to help Bob Larkin whose wife is suffering from brain cancer.
Tony signed book plates for the Showcase Doc Savage reprint from DC and I’ll donate 100% of the profits from the sale of the Showcase books to Tony as well as 50% of the profits for anything else on site that you purchase.
Tina also is hoping to be able to send scans of some of Tony’s art that she will sell to help with their bills, so please drop me a line to get on the list to be notified when I get them.
If you have any questions, please send them to me and I’ll provide updates when I get them.
Thanks
Terry Allen docsavagefan@yahoo.com
www.fantompress.net

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The Return Of Faust | Bleeding Cool

The Return Of Faust | Bleeding Cool | Comic Books | Scoop.it
There was Watchmen. There was Dark Knight. And there was Faust.

Created by David Quinn and Tim Vigil, this disturbingly violent superhero thriller fit the times well. Published by Rebel Studios in 1987, it was published sporadically since in thirteen chapters, while inspiring a film adaptation in 2001.

Well, in October and November, the final fourteenth and fifteenth books will see publication, finishing the story, for the 25th anniversary of the book. Before then, the previous comics will be collected in four books entitled The Communion, putting the whole series back in print.
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Real-Life Super-Villain Rex Velvet Terrorizes Seattle With Hilarious YouTube Video - ComicsAlliance

Real-Life Super-Villain Rex Velvet Terrorizes Seattle With Hilarious YouTube Video - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Remember that part at the end of Batman Begins, where Commissioner Gordon talks to Batman about escalation, and warns him that simply by existing as a super-hero, he's opening the door to an equal response from the world of villainy? Well, it turns out those same rules apply here in the real world. This week, real-life super-hero Phoenix Jones has gained an arch-nemesis in the form of a Real-Life Super-Villain operating under the name "Rex Velvet." And seriously? He is quite possibly my new favorite person.

Velvet, a villain so evil that he has a scar, an eyepatch, a moustache and an affected Mid-Atlantic accent, issued a challenge to Phoenix Jones and "his gang of misfit Power Rangers" through a YouTube video with criminally high production values that's likely to be the best thing you see all day. Check it out after the cut!

It's hard to pin down one thing great thing about this video -- even his name is fantastic -- but I'll say this: Velvet appears to be following the rules laid out in Matt Wilson's Supervillain Handbook pretty religiously. He's got the art of villainous theatricality down to a science.

Seriously, this video was made in what appears to be an honest to God lair in an abandoned warehouse. There are literally skulls hanging on the walls and a portrait of his arch-enemy that he throws things at!

As for Rex's motivation, he seems to be taking a page from the Joker in The Dark Knight: He wants Phoenix Jones to unmask and retire from crime-fighting. Now, far be it from me to get in the way of good old-fashioned villainy, and believe me when I say that I hate to be the one to break this to him, but he's a little late on at least half of that.

To be fair, though, his video didn't involve stabbing a dude in hockey pads, so hopefully, Rex Velvet will stick to making videos and avoid getting into, you know, actual crime. If I was in Seattle, though, I'd probably still avoid taking the ferry for a while. With a mastermind like this on the loose, you never know when you're going to be faced with a moral quandary that can only be solved by Tiny Lister.

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New 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Movie Trailer Digs Into Peter Parker's Past [Video] - ComicsAlliance

New 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Movie Trailer Digs Into Peter Parker's Past [Video] - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it

The latest trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man movie is now live on iTunes Movie Trailers, and it's perhaps the moodiest yet. When I say "moodiest," though, I mostly mean "awesome-est." For the most part the trailer expands on the themes established by previous teasers/trailers. The cops and a mutant Lizard guy are at odds with Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), when all he wants to do is find out what happened to his mysteriously AWOL parents and smooch Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). That's all cool and very dramatic stuff, but here's why you'll want to watch this trailer 15 times: Peter Parker does a kickflip on his skateboard ala Tony Hawk II. See what you make of this, and other elements from the new The Amazing Spider-Man (in theaters on July 3) trailer after the jump.

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Devil's Due Returns to 'Previews'

Devil's Due Returns to 'Previews' | Comic Books | Scoop.it
After a two-year hiatus Devil’s Due Publishing will be back in the pages of Diamond’s Previews. In the summer of 2010 Devil’s Due, embroiled in a dispute with Diamond over returns and fees announced that it would no longer be distributed by DCD (see "Devil's Due Leaves Diamond"). Now Devil’s Due has resolved its problems with Diamond and will be returning to the direct market later this year with a smaller lineup.

Devil’s Due will continue to be led by its original founder Josh Blaylock. In announcing DDP’s return Blaylock also announced the launching of the “Project Rectify” imprint, which will include all initial DDP titles, and which will indicate that profits from the sales of these titles will go toward repaying the debt owed by DDP to creators.

In a statement announcing DDP’s return Blaylock noted that the old methods of publishing are now obsolete, and that modern times call for “fusion publishing,” which requires companies to produce content in different media. DDP’s new publishing plans involve a small roster of high quality projects. Blaylock appears chastened by the failure of DDP’s old business model, which relied heavily on licensed comics. He notes that he has been able to reduce the company’s more than million dollar debt by six figures, but that a substantial sum, primarily payments to creators of previous DDP books, remains. Blaylock is hoping that via Project Rectify, DDP will be able to retire this debt to creators in a year’s time.
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Another Solo Hulk Movie Could Be Happening After All — in 2015 - Spinoff Online

Another Solo Hulk Movie Could Be Happening After All — in 2015   - Spinoff Online | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige crushed the hopes of legions of fans, and possibly actor Mark Ruffalo, when he essentially dismissed the possibility of another Incredible Hulk movie, telling The Huffington Post just last week that, The Avengers “was the third appearance of Hulk, and everything that we had and were going for, we put in to Hulk’s appearance” in the film. But following the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the Green Goliath in The Avengers, another Marvel executive suggests the plan may be changing, and we could see another Hulk movie within three years.

Talking with Forbes about the studio’s merchandising strategy, Marvel’s President of Consumer Products Paul Gitter reveals that executives are “pleasantly surprised by the phenomenal response” to the Hulk — so much so that, if the character’s popularity continues to grow, the company “will spin him off to a stand-alone program next year,” supported by his own film in 2015. That’s in addition to the Guillermo del Toro-David Eick television revival, which if all goes well, could debut on Disney-owned ABC in 2013.

Gitter credits the Hulk’s turnaround to a tweaking of the character that could set him on the path to becoming a corporate icon, similar to how MetLife uses Snoopy. “We repositioned him from where he was always misunderstood to now depicting him in a more heroic and aspirational manner,” he said.

Opening May 4, the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.
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First Look: Robot Chicken DC Comics Special

First Look: Robot Chicken DC Comics Special | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Those clever boys at Robot Chicken are about to strike fanboy gold. The Adult Swim stop-motion comedy hit is partnering with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation for Robot Chicken DC Comics Special. Airing this fall, the episode puts a hilariously irreverent spin on the world's most popular superheroes. The Robot team worked closely with longtime collaborator Geoff Johns, DC's chief creative officer, to create an outrageous parody of the comic book genre.

Series co-creator Seth Green will provide the voices for Batman, Robin and Aquaman. He'll be joined in the cast by Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens as The Riddler, Neil Patrick Harris as Two-Face, Alfred Molina as Lex Luthor, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Megan Fox as Lois Lane and Breckin Meyer as Superman.

"Having been raised on DC Comics and the Super Friends vs. Legion of Doom, it's exciting to tell a whole Robot Chicken story within this awesome universe," Green says. Adds co-creator Matthew Senreich (who is also in the cast), "We've been working with Geoff Johns for over 15 years, so playing together on this special only made it more fun to work in the worlds we all love so dearly."
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Police Arrest 'Real-Life Superhero' For Pulling a Gun on a Perp - ComicsAlliance

Police Arrest 'Real-Life Superhero' For Pulling a Gun on a Perp - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
As if the unreality of superpowers wasn't enough, it turns out there's another problem with the idea of being a real-life superhero: Being charged with assault by the very lawbreakers who you've sworn to protect society from. The latest example of proof that superheroes might work best in fictional surroundings is Bee Sting, a 36-year old Michigan-based vigilante and (now former) member of the Michigan Protectors group, who has been arrested and charged with felonious assault and possession of body armor while committing a violent felony after an altercation with a couple over how loud their motorbike was.

Lt. Michael Odette of the Burton, MI Police told the MI Live website that Bee Sting approached the couple in the Twin Meadows Mobile Home Park in Burton around midnight one night last week to complain about the noise of his motorcycle, before the discussion "escalates and the subject, Mr. Bee Sting, according to our victim, points a gun at him." According to the complaint, the victim was able to grab the barrel of the gun and push it away before a shot was fired, hitting a nearby (vacant) trailer.

This isn't the first time that Bee String has found himself running afoul of the law; the police had previously run into the hero and his fellow Michigan Protectors when they were investigating a string of arson fires in the Twin Meadows park earlier this year. Odette said that the department, concerned about the effect the costumed vigilantes could have, had "discouraged [the park owner] from having these modern-day, self-proclaimed superheroes in the park because of what may happen."

Bee Sting's identity remains secret pending his arraignment; it's believed that he's an Iraq war veteran recovering from injuries.

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Mark Waid Launches ThrillBent.com

Mark Waid Launches ThrillBent.com | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Today, Mark Waid launches ThrillBent.com, showcasing his original new digital comic Insufferable with Peter Krause, in which a villain seems to turn to Kickstarter for his latest venture.It also hosts Luther, a digital adaptation of his Boom! zombies comic, in a venture backed up by Leverage TV’s John Rogers. More, much more, is to come.

Scott Kurtz of PvP has warned that this may be the beginning of the end for established webcomics as the “big boys” notice the pay model they’ve been mining for the last decade and a half…

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Chris Roberson Talks About Leaving DC

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It was just a simple tweet, but things ramped up very quickly for comics writer Chris Roberson (iZombie, Elric: The Balance Lost), who said this last week:
Citing some of the reasoning written about by David Brothers, and some of the questionable business practices by Marvel and DC over the years, Roberson pulled the plug on his association with DC Comics, who quickly terminated their relationship with him. This set off a firestorm of chatter on the comics internet, both of praise and vilification of anyone within spitting distance.

Today, an interview with Roberson popped up on The Comics Journal, where you can go to read the whole thing. Here’s a little of what’s there:
What led you to decide you could no longer work for DC?
Well, this has been building over the last few months, and mostly had to do with what I saw DC and Time Warner doing in regards to creator relations. I think the first thing—you have to understand that when I first started working for DC in 2008, the Siegels had just recaptured half of the copyright for Action Comics #1 and I felt very good about that. That seemed like a very positive step. And then over the course of the last few months there has been the counter-suit against the Siegels’ lawyer, Marc Toberoff, and I was less sanguine about that, and starting to get a little itchy about it, and then there were just a few general things about the way that it seemed that DC regards creators now that are working for them—and I can talk about that more in detail—but the real kind of proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back was the announcement at the beginning of February of Before Watchmen, which I just thought was unconscionable. And so I had already signed a contract by that point to do six more issues of iZombie, of which three of them had been turned in, and so I just made the decision to go ahead and turn in the remaining three, not wanting to jeopardize the livelihood of my collaborators Mike and Laura Allred. But once I turned in the last one, even though I had other work lined up, I would have to at least—if only for my own peace of mind—let people know that I wasn’t happy with it.
On how it happened:
And that’s really an issue above and beyond why you decided to leave DC — making your decision and motivation publicly known via Twitter. Was that something you deliberated about before doing?
Over the course of the last few months, I have been reining myself in from complaining too vocally and publicly about things like Before Watchmen. I couldn’t completely restrain myself so if you go through my Twitter feed or my Tumblr posts back through February there are an awful lot of quotes from Alan Moore from interviews and panel descriptions dating back to 1987 about what the terms of that deal were. But then I was very much trying to bite my tongue and not be too vocal about it. I had literally mailed in my last script and had that morning read David Brothers’ essay on Comics Alliance, which I thought was a very concise and thorough examination of all the problems I had with DC and also that I had with Marvel. Those kind of collided in a very unscripted unplanned declaration of my feelings on the matter, and to be quite honest I thought that that would be read by the few thousand people who follow me on Twitter, who would then shrug and it would be no big deal. I’m not walking back from those statements in the slightest, but I was in no way prepared for the kind of response it got.
There’s a lot more to the interview, and it’s well worth the read.
This is the part where you, the reading public, chime in with your opinions one way or the other. Before we get to that, I’ll tell you how I see it. I understand and respect the decision entirely. There are dozens of creators out there who likely feel the same, but either can’t or won’t make that call. It helps to have another avenue to fall back on in terms of work. If you’re a penciler, and your whole career has been at DC comics, it’s a hell of a leap to just walk away for ethical reasons, and wonder how you’re going to support your family. I don’t blame that guy either. Personally, I’d be very torn on it. I know lots of people who work at comic companies. I know people working the much debated Before Watchmen. They’re not scumbags. They’re people trying to work in the medium they love in what is a very tough time for that medium. But at the same time, I get where Robertson is coming from, and the fact is, he’s making it harder for himself, based on a principle. These are the kinds of things we’re taught are right to do. These are the kinds of lessons we should learn from reading superhero comic books all our lives.
So have at it, but please remember to be respectful and mature, or we’ll zap those comments faster than a speeding bullet.

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Fox Announces 'Axe Cop' Animated Series for 2013 - ComicsAlliance

Fox Announces 'Axe Cop' Animated Series for 2013 - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Clearly, the world domination plans of Malachai and Ethan Nicolle are proceeding apace, with the news that their webcomic Axe Cop is to be adapted into a television series anchoring Fox's upcoming late night Saturday night animation block starting next year.

According to Nick Weidenfeld, the former Adult Swim executive who's in charge of Fox's new Animation Domination HD block, the popular webcomic -- also available in print from Dark Horse -- has been something the network has been looking at since it started thinking about new series for a potential late-night slot. "It's rare that you find something that feels both so new in its tone and content but also so fully formed," he told the Hollywood Reporter, adding "To me it was very clear that 'Axe Cop' has potential to be a larger franchise."

The result of a collaboration between professional cartoonist Ethan and his then-five-year-old brother Malachai, Axe Cop first appeared in 2009 (The website was launched the next year, after initial installments were posted to Facebook) and quickly won over readers with its mix of ridiculousness, kid logic and ideas that were too awesome to ignore. Picked up by Dark Horse in 2010, the strip has gone on to crossover with webcomic Dr. McNinja, inspire fan movies as well as win multiple awards and be named as one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens in the 2012 Young Adult Library Services Association Awards.

The network is currently looking for a writer to adapt the series into six 15-minute episodes, which Weidenfeld is referring to as a pilot for a longer series. Fox hopes to launch the Saturday night Animation Domination block in the first quarter of 2013.

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Frank Quitely's Cover to 'Batman Incorporated' #1 - ComicsAlliance

Frank Quitely's Cover to 'Batman Incorporated' #1 - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Frank Quitely's cover to the upcoming Batman Incorporated #1 was revealed on The Source today, an issue that will launch the second volume of the series for DC's New 52. Written by Grant Morrison, the series chronicles the worldwide franchising of Batman and the global heroes who take up the mantle of the crimefighting identity.

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Flashpoint To Be A DC Direct To DVD Animated Movie

Flashpoint To Be A DC Direct To DVD Animated Movie | Comic Books | Scoop.it
Flashpoint. The alternate DC Comics history that reshaped the DC Universe and led to the DC Relaunch and the New 52 last year.

And now, it appears, to be the next DC Direct-To-DVD movie, according to Kevin Conroy who commonly plays Batman in such animations, and recorded his role in the new movie the other night…

Check in at around 05:20 into this week’s Comic Book Club…CLICK THRU TO WATCH VIDEO

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