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Coming in May, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave” will literally expand the world-building efforts of the comprehensive publishing initiative. With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways.

“Superman’s cousin loves her adopted world with a passion, seeing how the people of Earth have adopted her and taken her to their hearts,” said EARTH 2 writer James Robinson. “She is the definitely brightest light among this first group of Earth 2 heroes.”

“Meet the Earth 2 Supergirl, aka Karen Starr,” said WORLDS’ FINEST editor Wil Moss. “As readers of MISTER TERRIFIC already know, Karen has been busy since she arrived on the main DCU Earth, creating a successful company and dating the brilliant Michael Holt. But what are her true motives behind those actions? How did she get here? And what incident prompts her to take up her new identity of Power Girl? Find out in WORLDS’ FINEST #1!”

Here’s a first look at the Supergirl of Earth 2, designed by Kevin Maguire.

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One Million Homophobic Moms Target Archie Comics And Toys R Us

One Million Homophobic Moms Target Archie Comics And Toys R Us | Comic Books |

via - Rich Johnston

UPDATE: John Goldwater, c0-CEO of Archie Comics has responded to the story below. He writes;

“We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/ feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.“

Despite a few Fox News commentators, the introduction of gay characters and gay marriage into Archie Comics had gone down rather smoothly. Celebrated even. Leading to sell out sales and positive vibes all round.

That was until conservative mother-focused pressure group One Million Moms began soliciting members to target Toys R Us, demanding they remove copies of Life With Archie from the shelves.

"Select Toys ‘R’ Us stores are now selling ‘Archie’ comic books with a same-sex wedding displayed on the front cover. The front cover reads “Just Married” with two men marrying and one is wearing a service uniform. This comic book is being sold in select stores across the country. One example is the Queensbury, NY location in the upstate New York area."

"Toys ‘R’ Us employees do not actually set up the displays; they leave this up to the vendor, but they should be aware of the merchandise being sold in their stores nonetheless. These comic books are sold at the front checkout counters so they are highly visible to employees, managers, customers and children. Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary."

"A trip to the toy store turns into a premature discussion on sexual orientation and is completely uncalled for. Toys ‘R’ Us should be more responsible in the products they carry."


Please send Toys ‘R’ Us an email letter requesting they remove all the same-sex “Just Married – Archie” comic books immediately from their shelves.

Send Your Letter Now!

NOTE: If you see a commercial or program which is offensive, email us the information. Many of you have done this, and it is very helpful.

Here’s the form letter;

"As a mother and a member of, I am extremely disappointed to learn that select Toys ‘R’ Us stores are now selling ‘Archie’ comic books with a same-sex wedding displayed on the front cover. I am referring to the ones where the front cover reads “Just Married” with two men marrying, one wearing a service uniform."

"I am aware that Toys ‘R’ Us employees do not actually set up the displays; they leave this up to the vendor. Your company should be aware of the merchandise being sold in your stores nonetheless. These comic books are displayed at the front checkout counters so they are highly visible to employees, managers, customers and children.

Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in your toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary."

"A trip to the toy store turns into a premature discussion on sexual orientation and is completely uncalled for. Toys ‘R’ Us should be more responsible in the products they carry."

"Please remove all the same-sex “Just Married – Archie” comic books immediately from your shelves. My decision to shop in your stores depends on it.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding my concern"

Of course, for some reason, the existence of Ken and Barbie dolls don’t trigger discussions about sexual orientation. And what if a child’s kindergarten friend has gay parents? Is it too soon for them to pick up their child at the same time as yours?

Archie Comics isn’t showing scenes of leather S&M gear, sauna houses or even a Gay Pride flotilla. It is just trying to portray gay couples in a similar fashion to straight couples. Seriously, what else is there to explain?

And why did One Million Moms decide to skip the Life With Archie issues that portrayed not only future Archie getting married to different women, but also getting divorced? When is it okay to have that discussion?

Of course you could rewrite the form letter to anything you fancied. I doubt it will make it through to Toys R Us, but it might make a point to One Million Bigots…

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Grant Morrison & Darick Robertson's 'Happy!' and the Renewal of Image Comics - ComicsAlliance

Grant Morrison & Darick Robertson's 'Happy!' and the Renewal of Image Comics - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books |

via - David Uzumeri

In a weekend that contained a bunch of surprising news in the world of creator-owned comics -- such as the return of Phonogram, new Steve Niles books with Tony Harris and Scott Morse, new books from Brian Wood & Ming Doyle and Nick Spencer & Riley Rossmo, and a sequel to Howard Chaykin's Black Kiss -- the most surprising news, delivered by Image Publisher Eric Stephenson in Steve-Jobs-"one-more-thing" style, is that Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson will be collaborating on a new series, Happy!, out this year.

It's appropriate that the Happy! teaser image is a blue feather, since this project really is the feather in Image's cap for what looks to be a downright astounding 2012, likely the best collection of true creator-owned talent since the early days of Dark Horse (Paul Chadwick, John Byrne, Frank Miller and Mike Mignola). While Image Comics was a creator-owned powerhouse in the early 1990s, the initial founders' studios eventually became overshadowed by Image Central, which is the portion of the company that publishes the purely creator-owned material outside of studio imprints like Jim Valentino's Shadowline or Marc Silvestri's Top Cow. It has long been a stepping stone for new creators making their way into the big leagues or a preferred outlet for a few established creators, with many popular DC and Marvel writers taking their creator-owned works to Vertigo, WildStorm, Icon or other imprints of the Big Two.

But even before the announcement of Happy!, that scenario had begun to change. And thanks to an incredibly strong 2012 roster that includes both new faces like Morrison and a host of other talents, Image is now unquestionably not just a place for up-and-coming talent, but a prime publisher for veteran comics talent with existing, loyal fanbases.

In 2012, Image has or will have major new series coming from creative teams like Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips, Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, Mark Millar & Frank Quitely, Nick Spencer & Riley Rossmo, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (with another BKV book coming by Marcos Martin) and Jonathan Hickman & Nick Pitarra (with another Hickman book coming by Ryan Bodenheim). This is on top of existing creator-owned successes like Spencer and Joe Eisma's Morning Glories and Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard's The Walking Dead and Kirkman & Ryan Ottley's Invincible. Last year they published Severed, a series co-written by DC Comics wunderkind Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire).

On its 2012 release roll, Image has one of the major architects of the modern DC Universe in Grant Morrison and two of the official, company-minted Architects of the Marvel Universe in Brubaker and Hickman. Given their status at Marvel, it seems likely that they could have taken Fatale and Manhattan Projects to that company's in-house creator-owned label Icon if they wanted (indeed, Icon publisher's Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Criminal), but they went with Image. For his part, Morrison describes his new work at Image (which will apparently extend beyond Happy!) as "rawer" and "more unrestrained" than even his Vertigo work.

As for why these creators have come to Image all of a sudden, I can only speculate, but the smart money is on, well, money. And control. If you do a creator-owned book for Image, you don't write a participation contract with DC/Vertigo, you own it outright, including all the media rights. There's supposedly a similar philosophy in place at Marvel's Icon, but so few creators (the writer list caps out at Bendis, Mack, Straczynski, Brubaker, Fraction and Millar) have published work through the imprint, and the barrier to entry ("become a successful work-for-hire creator for Marvel") is so high that the details of that publishing agreement are pretty much 33rd-degree Masonic rites. Still, there must be something more attractive about Image if Brubaker specifically took his his latest collaboration with Sean Phillips from Icon.

Equally interesting, though, is not just that Image was attractive enough to draw Grant Morrison, but that that Grant Morrison was even open to the idea of leaving DC in the first place. His remarks in recent months have cast him in the persona of something of a DC company man, and other than his screenwriting work there was no indication that he was planning on writing for anyone other than DC at any time in the near future. He's been completely exclusive with the company since 2004 with regards to comics, producing a whole mess of DC Universe books as well as the first two segments in the Seaguy trilogy, We3, Vimanarama! and Joe the Barbarian for Vertigo. Other than Seaguy: The Slaves of Mickey Eye and JtB, all of his Vertigo creator-owned work came out in the first year of his exclusive with the company. I suspect he's either been completely devoted to Superman and Batman for the past few years, or he's been holding back what's usually a font of creative energy that will be unleashed at Image.

Additionally, I wonder if this will bring changes to Morrison's public image. He got a lot of crap from the Internet last year -- somewhat justifiably so -- for his alleged whitewashing of the history of Superman co-creators Joe Siegel & Jerry Shuster as "well, they signed a contract." I wonder if that vision will change as Morrison finds himself more enmeshed in truly creator-owned comics. All of Morrison's creator-owned projects up until now have been published by Vertigo (excepting "St. Swithin's Day" and a few other curios from the '80s and early '90s), so this is the writer's first foray into true creator-owned comics, at least in this era.

Nobody yet knows what Happy! is about, who it stars, how many issues it is, or when it's coming out (other than "2012"), but it's a monumental piece of news because Morrison is one of the genuine heavyweights of the last 30 years of comics possibly going all-in with Image Comics on his creator-owned projects.

Where both Image and Morrison go from here, I can't wait to find out.

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via - Josh Kushins

Coming in May, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave” will literally expand the world-building efforts of the comprehensive publishing initiative. With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways.

“Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter?” asks EARTH 2 editor Pat McCallum. “Right out of the gate that should tell you we’re dealing with a different kind of Dark Knight here. More ruthless, dangerous…the costume is familiar and yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask, but we’re looking at a man desperate to save the only family he has left. EARTH 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.”

Here’s a first look at the Batman of EARTH 2, designed by Jim Lee.

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Wallace Wood Estate Appoints J. David Spurlock as New Director

Wallace Wood Estate Appoints J. David Spurlock as New Director | Comic Books |


The Estate of Hall of Fame MAD magazine and Daredevil artist Wallace Wood appoints artist’s rights advocate / award-winning author J. David Spurlock as new Director.

New York, NY, February 28, 2012 -- Wallace (Wally) Wood is one of the most celebrated cartoonist-illustrators of all time. Wood's co-creator efforts on such properties as Daredevil, Weird Science, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, MAD, Witzend, Mars Attacks, etc., has earned him great acclaim both during his lifetime and posthumously including inductions into the Eisner, Harvey and Inkwell Halls of Fame. Since the passing of the legendary cartoonist-illustrator, author and graphic novelist, just after Halloween, 1981, The Wallace Wood Estate has been managed in keeping with the artist's Last Will & Testament. The Estate's original Executor, who was selected by Wood himself, quickly enlisted long-time Wood associate, Creepy magazine writer and Charlton Comics editor Bill Pearson, to serve as Director of new Estate-related business. Under Pearson, Wood's legacy has continued with various authorized collections including Woodwork (Crouch/Sea Gate) The Complete Cannon (Fantagraphics), The Wally Wood Sketchbook (Vanguard), The Complete Sally Forth(Fantigraphics), The Complete Wally Wood Lunar Tunes (Vanguard), Illustrator Archives Wallace Wood Portfolio (Buffalo Nickel), The Wizard King Trilogy (Vanguard) and more.

Since the new millennium, J. David Spurlock has served in a support role to Mr. Pearson, acting as Agent for the Estate. Mr. Spurlock has worked for years with the Wood family and Estate on various projects including Wood's acclaimed biography, Wally's World (with Steve Starger, Glenn Wood and Tatjana Wood), co-founding The Wally Wood Scholarship Fund (with Glenn Wood), Curating the Wally Wood Day event at The National Arts Club (with Roger Hill), The Wizard King Trilogy (with Tatjana Wood), and more. 2011 saw a transitional period for the Wood Estate, with Mr. Spurlock taking over much of the day-to-day activities. As of January 2012, Mr. Pearson has stepped down as Director of the Wood Estate to concentrate on other pursuits, but he will continue on, as a consultant, with the title of Director Emeritus. Mr. Spurlock has been appointed the new Director of the Wallace Wood Estate.

Mr. Pearson said, "Representing my friend Wallace Wood's estate for the last thirty years has been an honor but also a responsibility. I'm passing on that responsibility to my friend and associate J. David Spurlock, with confidence that he'll continue to respect and protect Wood's legacy well into the future." Spurlock is no stranger to looking after the interests of artists. The award-winning author has been long-associated with star talents including Frank Frazetta, Neal Adams, Jim Steranko, Joe Kubert, Julius Schwartz and Carmine Infantino. Spurlock's decades of service to artists, artist's rights, and artist advocacy includes: Art Instruction at various Universities with a focus on law as it effects the artist; Multiple terms as President of the Society of Illustrators in Dallas; Decades of work representing artists; Founding of Vanguard Publishing--designed to best serve and present artists; Founding of various University scholarship funds; Lecturing nationally on artists rights, copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law; Member David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies Arts & Letters Council (was instrumental in expanding the Babbitt Holocaust campaign to include Neal Adams, Stan Lee and many others); Original Art Appraiser for Museums and other entities; Goodwill Ambassador for the Inkwell Awards; Guest Art Exhibit Curator: Geppi Entertainment Museum, National Arts Club, etc.

About his appointment as the new Director of The Wallace Wood Estate, Spurlock said, "Wallace Wood is a pop-culture icon. Dedicating my experience to the advancement of Wood's compelling legacy is a mission I could not be more enthusiastic about." Spurlock went on to say, "On behalf of the Estate and myself, I would like to thank Bill Pearson, Jack Robinson, Glenn Wood, Eleanor Wood, Gay Pomeroy, Tatjana Wood, and the Estate of Muriel VanSweringen- Wood for their allegiance."

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Walking Dead casts a familiar Doctor Who face as the Governor

Walking Dead casts a familiar Doctor Who face as the Governor | Comic Books |

via - Lauren Davis

Forget the zombies, the sadistic Governor of Woodbury is the scariest thing about The Walking Dead. So who has the evil stones to portray the zombie-baiting, limb-chopping madman? AMC has found its Governor in an actor who will be familiar to Doctor Who fans.

David Morrissey has been cast as the Governor for the third season of The Walking Dead. You may remember Morrissey as the faux-Doctor Jackson Lake from the Doctor Who episode "The Next Doctor." Even if you haven't watched him aim his sonic screwdriver alongside David Tennant, you may have seen Morrissey in any number of British dramas, including Red Riding, State of Play, Blackpool, and Sense and Sensibility.

Appropriately, David Morrissey is fresh off a turn as Macbeth's murderous king. Let's hope he'll channel some of that viciousness for the Governor.

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Brian Wood and Ming Doyle Meet for 'MARA' Miniseries - ComicsAlliance

Brian Wood and Ming Doyle Meet for 'MARA' Miniseries - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books |

via - Andy Khouri

Included in Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson's keynote address at the Image Comics Expo in Oakland, California was the announcement of Mara, a new six-issue sci-fi/superhero miniseries created by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle. Featuring color art by Jordie Bellaire, Mara stars a teenage celebrity whose life becomes chaotic when she manifests superpowers. Speaking exclusively with ComicsAlliance, Wood said he initiated the project in response to the increasingly vocal opposition to dubious depictions of female characters in superhero comics.

Wood provided us with the setup for his and Doyle's new project:

"The world of MARA is a war-and-fitness obsessed future, where the angst and insecurity of average citizens is compensated with an extreme focus on sports and battle. Mara Prince is a superbly gifted athlete, playing in a women's volleyball league, and is as famous as you can imagine, with endless endorsements, comped everything, and millions of screaming teenage fans. Until one day, during a highly visible match, she starts to manifest superpowers. For a culture that prizes physical achievement, conformity, and fair-minded sportsmanship, this puts Mara's entire world at risk."

Mara is a progression of a theme Wood explored most famously in Demo, what happens to superpowered young people in an otherwise normal, realistic world. There's an obvious sci-fi twist to Mara, though, and one specifically designed to help Wood and Doyle address the reaction of some (including us) to the nature of female characters in genre comics.

"I decided to create this during the post-DC52 reaction regarding women in comics, female characters in superhero stories and their depiction within, and all that discussion that followed. In addition to just feeling like I had a powerful, relevant story to tell, I wanted to prove, if only to myself, that a story like this can be told without reducing it to or otherwise relying on these sorts of base depictions of women. Like Channel Zero, Jennie One, Supermarket, Demo, Local, The New York Four, The New York Five, DV8, and a good deal of Northlanders, MARA features a complex, realistic, multi-faceted female lead."

It's been a good night for Image announcements. In addition to Mara, Image confirmed a new series of Phonogram by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.

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Talking with Jim Zub, Part 1: Skullkickers breaks 500,000 page views | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

Talking with Jim Zub, Part 1: Skullkickers breaks 500,000 page views | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment | Comic Books |
Jim Zubkavich got plenty of buzz for his comic Skullkickers when it was just in print, but now that he is running the early chapters on Keenspot as a free webcomic, it’s really a hot ticket: One month after the comic debuted on Keenspot, his traffic has reached over half a million page views from over 38,000 viewers.

As you will see below, Zubkavich is not afraid to talk real numbers, and we quizzed him on why he would take a hit comic and put it on the internet for free and how his other online comic, Makeshift Miracle, is working out. In part two of this interview, we’ll ask about his newest project, Shifty Look.

Robot 6: Skullkickers has gotten all sorts of critical acclaim, and I assume it has sold well in its print incarnation. Why did you decide to put it online? And why at Keenspot, as opposed to your own site?

Jim Zubkavich: No matter how well Skullkickers has done as indy creator-owned comic, the unfortunate reality of the print comic business and retail system in 2012 is that once the series is running, it’s incredibly hard to keep growing the audience on monthly issues. Some readers you started with convert to trades, others move on. The reading audience nowadays is less likely to jump in to a random issue and start from there unless you give them an easy way to catch up. Serializing our earlier issues online is the equivalent of lending thousands of new readers our earliest adventures as a way to get them on board the Skullkickers concept.

Keenspot has a massive loyal online audience that consistently reads webcomics. They have great outreach and experience in building that audience, along with a solid ad revenue system in place thanks to the tens of millions of pageviews their combined sites get each month.

Instead of starting from scratch and spending my time trying to find people, Keenspot allowed me to get the site running and in front of a huge group of potential readers who are primed for the type of content we’re doing. That way I can focus on making great comics. It’s not a turnkey solution and there is upkeep and interaction, but a lot of the infrastructure and outreach is taken care of. I wouldn’t have that kind of impact on my own site, not without a massive outlay of time and extra money.

Robot 6: How will you monetize it?

Jim: The site updates 5 days a week and we currently have enough material to last us over a year on that update schedule. Every day readers can clearly see the story evolving and, just below the latest page, it shows them that there are more chapters/issues they can read any time they want – via their local comic shop, as digital issues on comiXology or by buying our trades online through their favorite outlet like Amazon. Without trying to sound cocky, I’m banking on being able to break down their resolve day by day with our fun comic.

If that doesn’t work, we’re still making money from online ad banner revenue bit by bit and will have expanded visibility at conventions. I think no matter what happens, the website enhances our ability to make money (directly or indirectly) and keep doing the comic.

Robot 6: You told Gary Tyrrell that in your first week on Keenspot, you got more readers than all three printings of Skullkickers combined. (I assume you are counting each comic sold as a single reader?) Has that momentum continued?

Jim:It has, actually. We’re now just under the one month mark for the site and we’re growing at a solid rate. The site, as of February 21, has 503,000+ pageviews from 38,000+ readers. That’s more than triple the number we sold for our first printed issue. In four weeks we’ve expanded our possible audience and are letting thousands of new people know we’re out there and have a fun totally accessible comic.

Love fantasy? Read Skullkickers?

Excited about the Hobbit movie coming out? Read Skullkickers.

Playing Pathfinder and pumped about the upcoming 5th edition of D&D? Read Skullkickers.

It’s just a click away.

Robot 6: I know it’s early yet, but what sort of effect has it had on sales of the print comics?

Jim: Since we’re between story arcs and the new issue won’t be out until April, I honestly don’t know at this point. Our upcoming Skullkickers Treasure Trove (combined vol 1 & 2 deluxe hardcover) arrives the same day as our next issue, April 4, and I’m hopeful the extra exposure will help increase pre-orders. With the way the accounting and tabulation works, I won’t know the effect for quite some time.

Robot 6: Do you think the print comic has helped the popularity of the webcomic (rather than the other way around, which is how the model is usually supposed to work)?

Jim: Based on the feedback I‘m getting from the new audience trying us out, I’d actually say “No, not really”. They’re fantasy fans, RPG fans, and webcomic fans, not necessarily print comic readers.

The vast majority of these new readers aren’t comic shop regulars and they hadn’t heard of us before. They’re the elusive “new reader” the comic business keeps talking about but rarely seems to grab hold of. They’re not biased for or against independent creator-owned work. They just read comics online and support the ones they like.

Robot 6: Do you see yourself possibly transitioning to a digital issues/print trades model, like the Foglios do with Girl Genius?

Jim: I’d like to keep printing physical issues as long as the market will have us. I’m not looking to abandon comic retailers at all, especially the ones who have gone to the wall for us. I think both can and should co-exist peacefully. The more outlets, the better.

Robot 6: Makeshift Miracle has been a webcomic all along. How does your audience for that compare to Skullkickers?

Jim: Makeshift has had 45,000+ readers and more total pageviews in the four months it’s been online, but it’s also a slowly unfolding dramatic story with a 2 page per week update schedule. Skullkickers’ 5 updates per week and its ridiculous violent content will outpace Makeshift soon and that’s fine.

They’re very different stories with different goals. Obviously I want both to succeed but I understand that Skullkickers is an easier “sell” in the mainstream. I’m thrilled I can have both stories on the go. They both scratch different creative itches I have.

Robot 6: A while back, you posted a downloadable copy of the first chapter of Makeshift Miracle and encouraged people to torrent it and share it with their friends. How did that experiment work out, and would you do it again?

Jim: It’s almost impossible to track torrent download stats, which is one of the reasons the entertainment business loathes it so much, but it was a totally worthy experiment. A few thousand people downloaded it and dozens of people ‘seeded’ and shared it. I’m assuming there were a bunch of new people in there trying to out. I doubt someone who read the updates online would then go to the hassle of downloading it again. Considering that the whole point of serializing Makeshift online was to get the word out about it, torrenting the online pages synced up with that incredibly well.

Robot 6: Do you think you could make your living solely as a comics creator based on those properties and that marketing? Is that your ambition someday?

Jim: I’d be thrilled to make my living solely through creative pursuits, especially ones I have a stake in, absolutely. I have no idea what form that will take though. One of the downsides of this steadily moving industry is that you’ve got to be constantly shifting your goals to keep up with the changes as they come along.
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Alien Mating Strategies That Would Probably Result in Extinction

Alien Mating Strategies That Would Probably Result in Extinction | Comic Books |
Alien Mating Strategies That Would Probably Result in Extinction
One of the great joys of science fiction is encountering alien races, with their weird customs and vastly different biologies. A really great alien race can make you question everything you know about humanity — but sometimes, alien races don't entirely make sense.

In particular, a lot of alien mating rituals seem guaranteed to drive their races into extinction in no time flat. Here are some alien races with highly illogical reproductive strategies, that probably wouldn't make it more than a few generations.

Kif is an Amphibiosan, a member of a species that's related to a sea cucumber — and his species has a somewhat... involved method of reproducing. In the episode "Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch," Kif wants to settle down with Amy, and becomes pregnant — but it's not clear who the real mother is. Because, as we discover, when members of Kif's species falls in love, their skin becomes semi-permeable, and can take on DNA from anyone who touches them. Anyone. In the end — spoiler alert — we discover that Leela is the genetic parent, but Amy is the "smizmar," or person whose love made the conception possible. Kif goes back to his homeworld to spawn, and his tadpole-like offspring are clearly in danger of being eaten by random predators before they even reach the pond where they will live — for twenty whole years.

Attack the Block
We loved this movie about aliens attacking a British council estate... but the aliens' method of reproducing does seem a bit impractical. This is a species in which the males seem to greatly outweigh the number of females, and they reproduce through galaxy-spanning biologic dispersal (remember, space is very empty). They arrive on Earth as flaming meteors, but they're able to be killed by fire, impalement and blunt force trauma (their completely aphotic hides, covered in a furry cilia, are black as space, without any other protective egg or casing). The species is also seemingly blind, yet they have bioluminescent teeth, which, as seen in the film, serves no purpose but to alert prey. All of the males have to engage in a complicated hunt for the lone female, via scent alone, and it's not clear whether more than one male can impregnate her. (She would have to have a lot of babies, to make this all worthwhile.)

Star Wars
The sarlacc not only swallowed up Boba Fett, it's also created tons of speculation about the big sand-mouth's mating practices. And it turns out that sarlacc sex requires an intense number of coincidences. Somehow, an adult male sarlacc comes in contact with a female, where it injects sperm into
the female egg sac. The female then ejects spores into outer space where, with any luck, they will reach an inhabited planet and attach itself to a creature of a certain size as a parasite. Eventually, the sarlacc detaches, and fends for itself as a predatory worm, challenging larger and larger creatures as it grows. If it is not killed and eaten, the sarlacc will eventually encounter a creature large enough to eat it, where it again lives as a parasite (varying accounts say it will kill its host outright, so the creature must be very large to avoid decaying immediately) until it grows large enough to eat its host from within — at this stage, it will develop its beak-like"tongue" and tentacles. When complete, the sarlacc is ready to dig its burrow and grow roots, where it develops a secondary, encircling mouth, and becomes a pit.

Doctor Who
Similarly, in "The Twin Dilemma," the alien caterpillar Mestor planned to detonate a planet, in hopes the shock wave would carry its eggs across the galaxy. What is it with aliens sending their eggs into space? Remember: Space is very, very empty.

In this book series, it appears that Yeerk reproduction involves the fusion of three individual Yeerks into a single organism -– a process none of the "parents" survive. The adult Yeerk eventually breaks apart into hundreds of offspring "grubs" –- Yeerks have no living parents, so the grubs, who who are parasites but also need "Kandrona Rays" to survive, are left to fend for themselves.

Apparently there's more to this species than just Kevin Spacey staring into space in weird sunglasses. The K-Paxians, or "dremers," as the book version calls them, have a method of reproducing that the book describes as "extremely unpleasant", involving intense pain and horrible odors. As K-Pax explains, "It's more like having your gonads caught in a vise, except that we feel it all over. You see, on K-PAX pain is more general, and to make matters worse it is associated with something like your nausea, accompanied by a bad smell. The moment of climax is like being kicked in the stomach and falling into a pool of mot shit."

Star Trek
According to some of the books, the Andorians have four genders: Zhen, Shen, Chan and Thaan -– and each is needed to form a telepathic bond in order to reproduce. The complications of this quadrigender paradigm has actually caused the species to be driven to near extinction.

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Setting Up At Image Comics Expo

Setting Up At Image Comics Expo | Comic Books |

via - Rich Johnston

Expect lots of announcements tonight from Eric Stephenson’s address to open Image Comics Expo.

Sadly, I’ll be in bed when that’s happening. Which means they’ve still got plenty of time to set up.

Here’s how the show is looking right now, from our Bleeding Cool man on the floor, Mat Nastos.

Please people, just buy me stuff. Lots of stuff.

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Bane Did Break Batman’s Back – Official

Bane Did Break Batman’s Back – Official | Comic Books |

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It was mentioned in the solicitations. But now it’s appeared officially on panel, honest. With all the various discussions over which stories “happened” in the new 52, we now have positive on panel proof that, yes, Batman did get his back broken in the Knightfall story, by Bane.

Yes, this is news. Shush.

And in Batman: The Dark Knight, out today, he may have the opportunity to do so again. Possibly in an upcoming film.

It’s odd how characters become known for one thing. Bane breaks backs, Dr Light rapes, Darkseid sits around in a armchairs drinking brandy, it’s almost as if they are… two dimensional.

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Lost Frank Miller / Klaus Janson Art! War Journal, Addendum

Lost Frank Miller / Klaus Janson Art! War Journal, Addendum | Comic Books |

via - Graeme McMillan

If you’re thinking “Is that an unprinted page of Frank Miller/Klaus Janson art from their Daredevil run?” then the answer is yes:

The page comes via Tom Brevoort’s uber-amazing Marvel Age of Comics Tumblr, where he explained:

Here’s an unprinted page by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson from the two-part angel dust story that was originally intended for DAREDEVIL #167 and #168, and which was rejected by the comics code. The story eventually saw print, retooled, as DAREDEVIL #183 & #184, but this page fell by the wayside.

For those who like seeing scans of original art and/or Marvel ephemera, I can’t recommend that Tumblr enough.

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Archie goes OCCUPY RIVERDALE | The Beat

Archie goes OCCUPY RIVERDALE | The Beat | Comic Books |



You gotta hand it to Archie Comics. They are completely staying on top of current trends and even controversies. If it isn’t the lighter side of gay marriage and interracial dating, it’s now income inequality and the Occupy Movement, as shown by this awesome Jill Thompson variant cover. Not that this comic will necessarily deliver a sharp critique of Keynesian models vs the Austrian School…by now “Occupy anything” is just another buzz word. But it is definitely today’s buzzword.

If Marvel were smart, the Occupy movement would be the underpinning for AvX. For reals. Civil War and Secret Invasion —and the Death of Captain America—played on the politics and zeitgeist of the time. Even genre fiction can have a subtext.

The story will be written by Alex Segura with art by Gisele Legace.

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Valiant's Bloodshot Optioned by Sony

Valiant's Bloodshot Optioned by Sony | Comic Books |

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With Valiant Comics returning to prominence this year--their new "X-O Manowar" series premieres in May--it was only a matter of time before the popular characters from the comics line created by publisher Jim Shooter in 1992 would start seeing some possible movement on the movie front.

Sony Pictures and Neal Moritz's Original Film (The Green Hornet) have teamed to acquire the rights to make a movie based on the Valiant Comics series, Bloodshot, a deal that came out of the purchase of a spec script by Jeff Wadlow (writer/director of Cry_Wolf) .

The Bloodshot character was the results of experimentation on mob assasin Angelo Mortalli, who was forced into an experimental procedure where his body was injected with nanites that enhanced his strength and skills but erased his memory in the process.

Bloodshot was introduced in 1994 during comics' "grim and gritty" phase where characters like Marvel's The Punisher and Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" were dominant with Bloodshot #1 becoming one of the highest-selling comics in Valiant Comics history with a reported 900,000 copies sold. After buying Valiant, Acclaim Entertainment were developing a video game based on the Bloodshot character but that was eventually scrapped. Valiant Entertainment plans on bringing the character back to comics later this year.

At one point, X-Men: FIrst Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn was developing a movie based on Bloodshot, but he's no longer a part of the equation in bringing Bloodshot to the screen, even though he did mention Wadlow's script when we spoke to the director last year.

Here is the official press release from Sony:

Columbia Pictures is closing a deal to acquire the rights to adapt Bloodshot, the bestselling Valiant comic book character, into a feature film to be produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani on behalf of Valiant Entertainment, it was announced today by Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures. Jeff Wadlow will write the screenplay.

Bloodshot first appeared in Valiant comic books in 1992 and quickly became one of the comic world’s most popular characters. Appearing in over 70 issues, the character sold seven million comic books globally and was a cornerstone of the Valiant Universe, which sold more than 80 million comic books, third only to Marvel and DC. As Valiant re-launches in 2012, the Bloodshot character will return to shelves as well.

Commenting on the announcement, Minghella said,

“The Bloodshot character has been a fan favorite for nearly two decades, selling approximately 7 million comic books globally. Because there have been more than 1,500 pages of storylines published, there is a rich legacy to draw from as we develop the screenplay. Neal is one of the best action producers working today and we know he is the right filmmaker to take on this potential franchise.”

Originally founded in 1989, Valiant Comics quickly became one of the most successful comic book publishers by creating unique and compelling heroes and villains and focusing on storytelling. Valiant characters have been written and illustrated by many of the industry’s most famous creative talents, including Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, Barry Windsor Smith, Joe Quesada, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Steve Ditko, Mike Mignola, Kevin VanHook, Don Perlin and Neal Adams, among many others; in addition, Valiant was previously named Publisher of the Year by Diamond Comics Distributors. Valiant is returning to comic books in May 2012 and has a number of movie projects in development based on its characters involving some of the industry’s top business and creative talent.

Neal Moritz and Original Film are currently in post-production on four films: 21 Jump Street andTotal Recall for Columbia Pictures, R.I.P.D. for Universal, and Warner Bros.' Jack the Giant Killer. He is entering pre-production on the sixth entry in the Fast and Furious franchise as well as onDead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace. With over 40 films to Moritz’s credit, past titles include Battle: Los Angeles, The Green Hornet, The Fast and Furious series, I Am Legend, XXX, S.W.A.T., Gridiron Gang, Sweet Home Alabama, Click, Vantage Point, Blue Streak, Cruel Intentions, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Skulls, Volcano, Urban Legend, and Juice. Original Film’s box office is north of 2 billion worldwide.

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Nathan Fillion teases Robot Chicken's DC Comics Special | League of Comic Geeks

Nathan Fillion teases Robot Chicken's DC Comics Special | League of Comic Geeks | Comic Books |

via - Jordan Blanco

Back in October, we had heard that Cartoon Network and Adult Swim were working on a DC Comics Special of Robot Chicken that would lampoon Green Lantern and many other heroes. Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) tweeted a photo earlier today revealing his involvement in the episode, tentatively titled "RC/DC".

Fillion will once again voice Green Lantern Hal Jordan as he has done in several of DC's animated movies. Based on the photo, it's clear that DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns helped create the episode with comic book writer Zeb Wells, writer/actor Breckin Meyer, and many others. He'll also be joined by actress Clare Grant.

Robot Chicken's DC Comics Special is set to air sometime this Summer. Until then, you'll have to make do with this clip featuring Hal Jordan and Sinestro battling it out, before Fillion recorded his voice.

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Coming in May, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave” will literally expand the world-building efforts of the comprehensive publishing initiative. With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways.

“Helena Wayne has been taught how to be the perfect Robin,” said James Robinson, writer of EARTH 2. “Assured as a detective, fighter, scientist, pilot and all around crime-fighter she’s been groomed by Batman to be the perfect caped manhunter (or should we say manHuntress) when she grows up.”

“Before coming to the main DCU Earth and taking up the mantle of Huntress, Helena Wayne fought crime alongside her father as the Robin to his Batman on Earth-2!” said WORLDS’ FINEST editor Wil Moss. “But how did she come to be on this Earth? And why did she decide to become Huntress? You’ll get some clues in next week’s HUNTRESS #6, but for the real scoop, pick up WORLDS’ FINEST #1!”

Here’s a first look at the Robin of Earth 2, designed by Kevin Maguire.

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Heroes Ignore Falling Objects in New 'The Avengers' Movie Poster - ComicsAlliance

Heroes Ignore Falling Objects in New 'The Avengers' Movie Poster - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books |

via - Andy Khouri

Marvel released today the latest theatrical poster for The Avengers, the new Joss Whedon film based on the classic comic book superhero team. The image features all of Earth's mightiest heroes -- Iron Man, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Captain America, Black Widow, Nick Fury and Thor -- in distinctive poses that express each of their particular idioms. However, it would seem that they were too busy posing to notice a sizable object falling out of the sky and crashing into a civilian office building behind them. Tsk.

A new trailer is meant to surface tomorrow that explains the carnage, but you may behold the complete poster image after the cut.

The Avengers is much anticipated by superhero comics fans as well as the wide audience that the charming Marvel Studios productions have cultivated. However, some industry professionals like Golem's Mighty Swing cartoonist James Sturm have called for a boycott in protest of Marvel and its parent company Disney's treatment of the late Jack Kirby -- the legendary cartoonist who created many of the Avengers characters (and a great deal of others owned by the company) and his heirs, who recently lost a court battle to reclaim rights to the characters.

Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers is a first for nerd cinema in that it assembles the main players from a series of several Marvel films that began with 2008's Iron Man and continued with The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all of these films were mostly pretty good to even great, performed very well in their own rights, and served collectively as a prelude to The Avengers. The film opens May 4.

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In a deleted scene from The Muppets Bunsen and Beaker accidentally create robotic life

In a deleted scene from The Muppets Bunsen and Beaker accidentally create robotic life | Comic Books |

via - Lauren Davis

As wonderful as the new Muppet movie is, it could, like all things in life, use more Bunsen and Beaker. In this deleted scene, our favorite puppet crackpot inventor shows off his remote controlled bowling ball, with predictably disastrous results.

Now I'm waiting for the Muppets/Terminator crossover where Bunsen accidentally creates Skynet from a bowling ball (or some other piece of sporting equipment). This scene will appear on The Muppets DVD and Blu-Ray, which come out March 20th, and will also feature a Muppety blooper reel

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Gillen & McKelvie Reunite for 'Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl' in 2012 - ComicsAlliance

Gillen & McKelvie Reunite for 'Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl' in 2012 - ComicsAlliance | Comic Books |

via - Andy Khouri

Image Comics' Publisher Eric Stephenson confirmed tonight that Phonogram, the cult favorite series created by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, is returning for a third installment in 2012. Featuring color work by Matt Wilson, Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl will take the form of a six-issue series that stars the Emily Aster character seen in previous Phonogram outings Rue Britannia and The Singles Club.

Also, ha ha ha, I was right.

A teaser image dropped earlier this week strongly hinted that McKelvie, Gillen and Wilson would reunite for a third series of Phonogram, but bets were hedged as it had been said rather definitively that despite wide praise from comics critics and creators, the cult status of Phonogram was so culty that it wasn't actually sustainable, financially. In a statement posted to his personal blog, Gillen addressed the welcome reversal:

"... we said we couldn't do any further Phonogram. We're doing more Phonogram. What's changed? Circumstances have changed. Sorry to play enigmatic, but it's just financial stuff and the day when the most important thing about Phonogram are lines on a graph is the day the little Phonofairy dies."

"The most important reason for our return? Phonogram felt like unfinished business. While each volume stands alone, knowing we were so close to giving a little closure to Emily, Kohl and the rest was more than we could bear."

In Phonogram, music is literally magic. A slogan that went around the last series was "last night this DJ ruined your life," and in this comics series that can actually happen. Practitioners are known to each other as Phonomancers, and they live their lives right alongside the rest of us: on the street, in the subway, in the cafe, in the club or in the queue. They have their own sects and rituals.

One of these people is Emily Aster, who we saw in the previous series. As promised long ago, Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl sees Emily take center stage. Gillen wrote:

"We've talked a little about what a hypothetical third Phonogram would be about in interviews, and almost all of that is in here. It's primarily about the war between coven queen witch Emily Aster and the half of her personality she sold to whatever lies on the other side of the screen. It's about identity, eighties music videos and further explorations of Phonogram's core "Music = Magic" thesis. There is horror. There are jokes. There are emotions. There may even be a fight sequence. It also takes A-ha's Take On Me with far too much seriousness – which, for us, is the correct amount of seriousness."

Phonogram: The Singles Club initially took the form of seven 16-page issues with backup stories drawn by guest artists. Gillen said that serialization details for The Immaterial Girl may or may not be forthcoming, but added, "We hate to repeat ourselves."

It's been a good night for Image announcements. In addition to the new series of Phonogram, the publisher announced Mara, a new miniseries by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle.

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Image Expo: Publisher Eric Stephenson’s Keynote Speech

Image Expo: Publisher Eric Stephenson’s Keynote Speech | Comic Books |
Today in Oakland, California, the Image Comic Expo opened to the public and to kick things off, Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson delivered a keynote address to attendees. This keynote address was delivered in a dramatic manner, as Stephenson presented his vision for Image Comics, as seen in the recent Experience Creativity ads, as well as made several major announcements about future projects from Image Comics coming in 2012 (many of which were reported on here at iFanboy).
As with Stephenson’s speech at the annual ComicsPRO meeting, Image Comics was kind enough to share with us the text of Stephenson’s speech, so that those of you who couldn’t attend the Image Comic Expo could hear what Stephenson had to say as well absorb all the announcements of new projects from superstar creators such as Grant Morrison, Steve Niles, Tony Harris, Scott Morse, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Nick Spencer and more…
I’m Eric Stephenson, and as the publisher of Image Comics, I have the tremendous good fortune to work for and with some of the most creative people in comics.
Every so often, someone asks me what the best part of my job is, and almost always, I tell them it’s being able hear or see a new idea before anyone else.
But with so many of our creators in one place this weekend, it occurs to me that what really makes my job so fulfilling is all wonderful people who come up with those new ideas.
Want to know what a new idea sounds like?
Way back in the 20th century, I got a phone call from Jim Valentino.
I’d met Jim a few months earlier at a comic book convention in Southern California, and I’d interviewed him for what would later become Wizard magazine.
As luck would have it, my tape recorder broke, so we wound up meeting up a couple more times to re-do the interview, and we kept in touch after that.
So Jim called one day and asked: ”What would you say if I told you Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Marc Silvestri, Whilce Portacio and myself were starting our own comic book company?”
All I could think to say back was, “Are you serious?”
Then Jim told me about their idea for Image Comics, and how everyone involved would own the characters they created.
He told me how they wanted to build a company that did things totally different from Marvel and DC.
Because back then, the comic book industry was Marvel, DC, and a handful of ambitious outsiders.
And I very vividly remember sitting on the floor in my living room, back in 1991, talking to Jim on the phone, and thinking Image Comics was just about the best idea I’d ever heard.
I was just beginning to establish a foothold in comics – but Image sounded a whole lot like the future.
And if not for my relationship with Jim Valentino, I may never have been part of all that.
Image thrives on relationships, though.
Image – like the whole creative experience – thrives on people.
One of the things I’ve always found so great about the whole Image story is that the founders themselves weren’t assembled by flipping through a rolodex and picking out the best bets for starting a new company.
Their relationships brought them together.
All of Image’s founders knew one another.
Some were better friends than others, but they all had a connection.
They were all on the same side.
It was a totally different dynamic from the other companies.
DC was – and is – owned by Warner Bros.
Marvel hadn’t been sold to Disney yet, but their stock had just gone public.
Image was completely – and is – independent.
Image isn’t just associated with independence – it’s associated with the men who started it.
Rob. Todd. Jim. Erik. Marc. Whilce. Valentino.
Image is associated with people.
This year, perhaps, more than ever.
In the same spirit the company was founded in, relationships have continued to bind the creative men and women of Image together, making us all stronger.
Robert Kirkman’s friendship with Ed Brubaker made it possible for Image to publish Fatale.
Similarly, Robert’s desire to collaborate with other writers he admired, led him to do Thief of Thieves with Nick Spencer and Shawn Martinbrough.
It was the relationship Rob Liefeld and I built working together over six years at Extreme Studios back in the ’90s that got us talking about bringing those characters back this year.
And when I started looking for writers and artists to put that line together – former Image PR coordinator Joe Keatinge was one of my first calls.
I knew Joe wanted to write comics, and I knew I liked his sensibilities.
He seemed perfect for Glory, and when he brought along the amazingly talented Ross Campbell.
Joe had introduced me to Brandon Graham a few years earlier and helped facilitate the publication of King City at Image. He also helped get Brandon on board to do Prophet with Simon Roy.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Hickman got his start at Image Comics when he pitched The Nightly News to us through the mail.
Jonathan went on to do some fine work elsewhere over the last few years, but we stayed in touch and continued to talk over that time.
Now we’re doing not one, but two new series with Jonathan – The Manhattan Projects with Nick Pitarra and Secret with Ryan Bodenheim.
Both of those artists have developed long-standing creative partnerships with Jonathan.
And so it goes.
Creativity is the fuel that powers the engine of comics, but it is through relationships that we mine that fuel.
Ideas are important, but people even more so.
I would have never met Jonathan Ross if not for Mark Millar.
If I hadn’t met Jonathan Ross, we wouldn’t have done Turf with Jonathan and Tommy Lee Edwards.
We wouldn’t be launching America’s Got Powers with Jonathan and Bryan Hitch this April.
And I don’t want to make Mark’s head swell too much, but I think it’s pretty obvious we wouldn’t all be looking forward to the insanely awesome work of Frank Quitely on Jupiter’s Children if not for Mark.
Here’s another one: Back when I first took over as PR & Marketing Director for Image in 2001, I had a crazy idea of my own.
I wanted to put together an anthology called Four-Letter Worlds.
One of my earliest ideas for the book came from something writer Jay Faerber had told me.
He was friends with Brian K. Vaughan, Geoff Johns, and Devin Grayson.
Each chapter of Four-Letter Worlds focused on a different four-letter word: LOVE. HATE. FEAR. FATE.
I thought it would be cool for Jay, Brian, Geoff and Devin to kind of curate one of those chapters – four friends working together.
It didn’t work out, for various reasons, but it did put me in touch with Brian.
I was a huge fan of Brian’s work on Y: The Last Man and emailed him now and then to say him how much I loved various issues.
Jay, meanwhile, frequently extolled the virtues of working at Image to Brian.
And just to add another layer to it all, Robert Kirkman established a friendship with Brian while they were working at Marvel.
Over the course of what seemed like forever, meals were had, emails were sent back and forth, and plans were hatched.
The result of all that, this year, is Brian’s amazing collaboration with Fiona Staples, Saga.
From the very beginning, Brian and Fiona have had such an easy rapport.
When we were all on a panel together in San Diego last year for the Saga announcement, I was surprised to learn it was the first time they’d actually met.
Good people just go together, don’t they?
I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of old war stories, though.
Like I said – the best part of my job is hearing about new ideas first, and tonight, I want to share some of that excitement with you.
Howard Chaykin created one of comics’ seminal works, American! Flagg! back in the ’80s, but he’s also well-known for the erotically-charged thriller Black Kiss.
We teased this last year in San Diego, but since then Howard has been working on the follow-up, and I wanted to show you the first art for Black Kiss II.
I’ve known Howard for years now – and I’ve always loved that he pretty much says and does whatever he wants, no matter what anyone else thinks.
I also love that he’s willing to challenge his audience.
Black Kiss II goes to some pretty uncomfortable places, but that’s exactly what makes me so excited to publish it.
This next book was teased online a couple days ago, and it’s a bit of a sequel as well.
It’s a book I’m very proud of, not just because it’s good, but because the insanely gifted artist who draws it is someone I’ve known for close to a decade.
We even worked together a couple times, which makes charting his progress that much more special.
The writer he’s working with now is one of my current favorites in all of comics, even if we don’t always see eye-to-eye when discussing our favorite Britpop bands from the ’90s.
But who wouldn’t be proud to publish Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen?
And who wouldn’t be thrilled to announce that after far too long a wait, Phonogram returns with a third volume this year:
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl.
My friend Ron Richards from iFanboy is here tonight, and I guarantee you he’s grinning from ear-to-ear at that news.
He’s friends with Jamie and Kieron, too.
And he owns a lot of Jamie’s Phonogram art.
Ron was also the catalyst behind this next new book.
See, Ron also works for digital provider Graphicly.
A short while ago, he asked if I’d read a new comic they were doing as a digital only release.
He said the creator was looking for someone to do the print version, and I said I was curious – let’s see it.
Within a matter of moments, I was admiring the work of a wonderful new talent named Ken Garing.
Moments after that, Ron had connected Ken and myself and we were talking about bringing Planetoid to Image.
And that’s exactly what is happening, beginning this June.
If I can skip back to Jim Valentino for a second – we all have him and his Shadowline imprint to thank for introducing us to the work of another sharp new talent: Nick Spencer.
Nick has done a number of books with Jim at Shadowline over the last couple years – Existence 2.0. Forgetless. Shuddertown. Morning Glories.
Robert Kirkman got to know Nick’s work through those books, and as I mentioned earlier, he liked it enough to get him involved with his Thief of Thieves concept.
Nick, meanwhile, liked the whole Image experience enough to come to us with yet another new series.
He’s doing this one with fellow Image alum, Riley Rossmo.
Nick lives in England these days, and I think this one project alone is probably driving his phone bill through the roof.
When he first told me about it, I couldn’t stop asking questions.
It’s such a simple idea – but the way Nick’s handling it gives it just the right amount of complexity.
It’s called Bedlam, and you’ll be able to read it this fall.
We also have not one, but two new books coming up from the creator of 30 Days of Night.
One of them is with Scott Morse.
Scott has done a few things at Image over the years, and interestingly enough, he moved up to the Bay Area right around the same time Image did, back in 2004.
We see each off and on – probably more off, because he moved up here to work for Pixar, and as you can imagine, they keep him pretty busy – but we’ve been talking with him and Steve Niles about Crime & Terror for a while now.
Separately, Steve and I have been talking about a way for him to really let loose on something of his own for a while now.
Sometimes books projects have a long gestation period.
This one came together quickly, though, once Steve got together with an artist who shared his sensibilities and his excitement for new creativity.
That artist is the always amazing Tony Harris.
The book is called Chin Music.
It’s going to be in fine company alongside the likes of Fatale, Thief of Thieves and Near Death.
And finally, a writer whose work I’ve admired – pretty much since he started out at Image 15 years ago – is making his return this year.
That writer is Brian Wood, and he’s bringing an amazing young artist with him, the extremely talented Ming Doyle.
Together, they’re doing an all-new miniseries called Mara.
Actually, there’s one other thing I wanted to mention.
Late last year, Joe Casey asked Robert Kirkman and myself if we were interested in going to dinner with some friends of his.
They were curious about Image, and wanted to meet up – ask a few questions, get to know us a little bit.
So, one day last October, just before the New York Comicon, I made a trip down to Los Angeles.
And dinner went okay, I think, because tonight, I am incredibly proud to announce that we will be working with one of the true supergods of comics…
Grant Morrison.
I don’t want to ruin all the fun by giving you every last detail about this, but I can tell you that it’s called HAPPY! and that Grant is being joined on this project by another comics superstar, whom you may know from Transmetropolitan and from The Boys – Darick Robertson.
And that really is it for now.
There are going to be other announcements over the course of the weekend, so make sure you come back for our panels tomorrow and Sunday.
More than anything, though – have fun.
I’m going to tell you right now – putting this whole thing on wound up being even more of an undertaking than I think any of us imagined going in – and we’ve been going crazy these last few days getting ready for this.
But we’re glad to be here – and we’re glad you’re here.
And just like I wouldn’t be here if not for an exciting phone call from Jim Valentino back in 1991 – none of us would be here without your enthusiasm and support.
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Avengers Vs. X-Men: War Journals Video Series | Marvel Heroes | Comic News | News |

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Avengers Vs. X-Men: War Journals Video Series
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Posted Feb 25, 2012 2:43 pm
Updated Feb 25, 2012 2:44 pm
Marvel and MTV Geek have joined forces to produce "Avengers Vs. X-Men: War Journals," an all-new video series going behind the scenes of the year’s most anticipated comic book event. Granted unprecedented access into the Marvel offices, creative retreats, key planning meetings and creator studios, this new documentary from MTV Geek shows just how Avengers Vs. X-Men was developed by the brightest minds in comics. Each episode will debut exclusively on beginning March 28.
“This is the biggest story Marvel’s ever told and we’re excited to partner with MTV for a special look at how AVENGERS VS. X-MEN came together,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Comics. “We’ve never shown just what goes on in our top secret meetings—from the development of our best ideas to heated debates—and this is the first time fans will see just how it all goes down, along with new insights into key moments of this series.”

AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1 arrives in comic shops and the Marvel Comics app on April 4, uniting the top talent in the comic industry—including Brian Bendis, Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel and Adam Kubert—for the biggest story of the year. This 12-issue landmark series brings together the world’s most powerful—and popular—super hero teams for a war like the Marvel Universe has never seen before!
“Since launch, MTV Geek has been committed to providing the ultimate access and coverage and can’t wait to present fans this inside look at Marvel’s creative process,” said MTV Digital Executive Producer Tom Akel. “The characters and talent involved in AVENGERS VS X-MEN are iconic and we’ll be with them every step of the way to chronicle the making of this epic event.”
This March, fans get a unique look at the biggest super hero war of all time in "Avengers Vs. X-Men: War Journals" on And on April 4 make sure to pick up your copy of AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1, in comic shops and on the Marvel Comics app.
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Brian Bendis To Take Over The X-Men Books

Brian Bendis To Take Over The X-Men Books | Comic Books |

via - Rich Johnston

We know that Avengers Vs X-Men is meant to have some major changes for the Marvel Universe. Honest, this time. Well, this looks like the first of them.

After Avengers Vs X-Men, we know Brian Bendis is bringing to a close his writing and showrunning of the Avengers comics for Marvel. But what next for their golden child?

I’ve been told by a number of industry sources only one thing. That he’ll be taking over the X-Men books.

Brian Bendis came to the Avengers books with the Avengers Dissassembled storyline that saw the Scarlet Witch take the team apart – and then the world itself in House Of M. Relaunching as The New Avengers, the book would then split in two, in three, before spearheading the Secret Invasion storyline. And with The Ultron War now coming, with Bryan Hitch and Avengers Vs X-Men, it’s time for Brian Bendis himself to switch sides.

Marvel are expected to perform some form of Marvel relaunch, possibly as a wave rather than a DC All-In-One – and one could also argue that Marvel have been doing that for the past couple of years anyway. But Brian Bendis will be the writer of the X-Men titles, in the same way that he writes Avengers and New Avengers now.

I wonder if he’ll be bringing Scarlet Witch with him?

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Avengers Vs X-Men #1 Advance Orders To Top 200,000

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It looks like Justice League is about to lose its streak of number one sales. Not only is Jim Lee away from the book for a few issues, but Avengers Vs X-Men #1 is coming through, and I hear from reliable industry sources that it orders are expected to top 200,000 this weekend. I can’t see any way that it won’t be a number one best selling issue, can you?

Marvel has created a number of promotions for retailers including advance party promotions, incentives for shops to order large amounts, and a lot of advertising and awareness raising. And it seems to have worked.

But the other question to ask is…. will the 200,000 be enough? I understand that Disney-owned ABC News will be running a feature on the upcoming crossover series, and that another TV network will be running a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the comic.

“We’re making a concentrated effort like never before to get whatever we can out there,” Marvel marketing guru David Gabriel said. This is probably something to do with that.

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Two Million Dollars Worth Of Comics Found In A Closet

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An amazing find.

345 comics found, neatly stacked in a closet, discovered by the late owner’s great nephew, in Virginia.

And they include Action Comics #1. Decective Comics #27. Captain America #2. All American Comics #16. Batman #1. Marvel Comics #1. Indeed, 45 of what are considered the most collectible comics of all time were in that closet. The conditions vary, from a CGC 3.0 Action Comics, to the CGC 8.5 Batman.

Mentioning the comics to a co-worker months later, specifically the cover of Captain America, saw the family rush to a Price Guide, and their heads started reeling.

So up for auction today from Heritage, the “Billy Wright” collection, named after its original owner, is expected to sell for over two million dollars.

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Robert Downey Jr. Nearly Played Lex Luthor in McG’s Superman

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Robert Downey Jr. Nearly Played Lex Luthor in McG’s Superman

Wedged between Tim Burton’s unrealized vision for Superman Lives and Bryan Singer’s much-criticized Superman Returns in the storied on-screen history of the Man of Steel is Superman: Flyby, a planned origin story that turned out to be another false start for the superhero franchise.

With a script by J.J. Abrams in hand, director McG eyed Scarlett Johansson as Lois Lane and Shia LaBeouf as Jimmy Olsen. For the lead role, he screen-tested several relatively unknown actors, including the current Man of Steel Henry Cavill. But who did he want to play Superman’s arch-nemesis ?

While making the rounds for his new action/romantic comedy This Means War, McG revealed to The Playlist that he’d secured Robert Downey Jr. ahead of the actor’s Hollywood comeback. “We had Robert Downey Jr. locked up to be Lex Luthor, which I think would have been extraordinary,” he said.

Ultimately, though, Flyby fell apart, primarily because McG’s fear of flying prevented him from going to Sydney, Australia, where Warner Bros. wanted to shoot the bulk of the film.

“J.J. wrote the script, and we got that to a really good place in the end,” he said. “But I’m to blame for [the film not happening].”

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