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If you have quibbles or major beefs about how The Hobbit was adapted for Peter Jackson's movie trilogy, Philippa Boyens has answers.
Some interesting observations on the art of adaptation when your source material is not very film friendly. As you may expect, it's all about the story.
Valuable insights from the amazingly talented screenwriter Philippa Boyens.
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Graeme McMillan: "Throughout his existence, Superman has changed to match the times, for better and worse. Here's a quick guide to the many faces of the Man of Steel."
A fascinating look at character development, not over the course of a single story, but over the course of numerous decades.
Some love him, some hate him, everybody know him -
Rob Salkowitz: "As comics have become more powerful lords of the entertainment universe, we look at what’s in store, across platforms, for 2013."
After a stellar year in 2012, what's next for comics? Hint: there's a lot of transmedia storytelling involved.
Eric Kohn: '"Dredd 3D" may present a dreary vision of the future, but it offers a promising encapsulation of the modern action movie.'
Andrea Smith: "Clark Kent is hanging up his online dating profile because it’s official: Superman and Wonder Woman are now the ultimate power couple" ...
Travis Langley: "Why are we fascinated by supervillains? Posing the question is much like asking why evil itself intrigues us, but there’s much more to our continued interest in supervillains than meets the eye."
Mark Wilson: "[Jer Thorp's infographics] meticulously and elegantly plot the appearance of every one of the 132 Avengers through almost 50 years of issues, with each hero designated by a three-color shield borrowed from Captain America."
Sophie Woodrooffe: "Five years, $100 million in global marketing and Samuel L. Jackson. That’s what it took for Marvel’s The Avengers to earn over $700 million its opening weekend – a box office record."
Adam Rogers: "No one has professionalized nerdiness like Kevin Feige. As a movie producer, Feige - now an executive at Marvel Studios - has been involved with almost every movie involving a Marvel character for the last decade and a half."
"By announcing these initiatives at SXSW, an arts and technology event, rather than waiting for Comic-Con or the debut of one of Marvel’s big crossover movie properties like the Avengers, the company is clearly attempting to stake its claim to a larger chunk of cultural real estate than the niche market accorded to superhero comics in recent times"...
This article provides thoughtful analysis of "Marvel's innovations [as] solutions in search of a problem". You can check out the SXSW demo here to see if you agree.
With several Watchmen prequels looming (check out a sneak peak of the first prequel internal panel here) its iconic writer Alan Moore lashes out at DC Comics and the franchising of art, and speculates where the next big ideas will come from.
[I'd say that this is a "must read" article for those of us in the business of transmedia storytelling. #1 lesson learnt - know you're building a transmedia property before you start!]
This summer, the company will publish seven prequel comic book mini-series called Before Watchmen, each week unleashing a new title focusing on the characters’ lives and adventures in the years before the original story.
While the initiative was unveiled just this morning, this is not the first time comics publishers have used superheroes to help benefit charities seeking to end hunger and famine in Africa...
An astonishing artifact from the beginnings of American comics history was unearthed this week, the check written by DC Comics to Jerry Siegel and...
Tara Moore: "With adaptive sound to original shows and even Wolverine's new adventures in Japan, the comic company's growing far bigger than books."
Comics are becoming a powerful option for transmedia projects so it's interesting to look at how the genre is evolving ...
Seriebranschen förändras. Läsarna har blivit färre, men mediet har blivit accepterat och historierna breder ut sig i andra kanaler.
Comic book geeks: Marvel loves you. But it wants to expand its social circle. Don't worry. Whether it's debuting Wolverine's Japanese adventures or adding adaptive sound to your reading experience, the company will always hold you diehards dear. But at this year’s SXSW Interactive festival, Marvel unveiled five digital initiatives to woo non-fans, too.
Comic book and gaming industry is the catalyst to how publising will be viewed in the future.
With the release of Man of Steel looming, Paul Harris examines why the Superman story retains such power after more than 70 years
A look at how Superman stays relevant by mirroring society's changing values.
Interesting and thought provoking read!
Alex Garland: "Dredd moves, his character changes, but he’s like a glacier, you don’t see it change, maybe retrospectively you think ‘hang on, that’s a foot further down the valley than it used to be,’ but it’s kind of it. So that traditional story arc doesn’t apply in Dredd."
Noah J Nelson : "Here’s the heart of the speculation at present: that this TV show will somehow tie into the Marvel “cinematic universe”. Which means that charcters from the TV show could turn up in the next Avengers, or Thor, or Batroc The Leaper."
Jeff Gomez: "Our love of team-ups, in fact, dates back to the Stone Age. Early man imbued all things around him with animus, and the coolest things — the sun, the moon, the ocean — were either the incarnations of, or controlled by superior beings, gods. It was just a matter of time before pantheons formed, relationships got complicated, and villains arose to challenge the benevolent"...
Even as the industry scrambles to figure out how to emulate this success, here are six hard and fast reasons why Avengers gets it right:
Jeff Gomez and Fabian Nicieza, Starlight Runner Entertainment
Kendall Whitehouse: 'Disney’s Marvel Studios has been preparing the audience for this film for several years. After the closing credits of 2008′s Iron Man, an extra scene appears in which Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) encounters S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who states: “I’m here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative.”'
"Comic-book nerds are about to have it all. Beginning this month, all new Marvel releases are available digitally the same day they hit shelves."
DRC: An interesting article on how Marvel is working with its retail partners to make this a win-win for everyone.
Today at SXSW, Marvel announced a partnership with Autonomy’s Aurasma platform to lets users watch video trailers of books they see in stores, as well as 3D animation, recaps, and other augmented reality extras by holding their phones up to comics...
View the video of Aurasma's Iron Man demo over at TechCrunch.
DC Entertainment has announced a new corporate, "We Can Be Heroes" giving campaign fronted by silhouettes of its Justice League characters designed to benefit Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps' humanitarian efforts in Africa...
The risky strategy of restarting their entire comic book line paid off for DC Comics, which had the top-selling comics of 2011. We talked with copublishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio about what inspired the relaunch--and what challenges the creators had to heroically overcome to get it off the ground.