Loads to talk about as Jon Stump makes his return to the show to discuss tons of news.
We first get into the unfortunate tragedy of the Aurora, Colorado shooting at a midnight premiere of Dark Knight Rises. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families and loved ones of the victims.
Then we talk about the last of the Christopher Nolan trilogy and what it brought to the table. The highs, the lows, the flaws, the crying butlers – it’s all here.
And then of course there’s the 800-pound gorilla of a convention in San Diego that transpired a couple of weeks ago. We discuss each publisher’s announcements (or lack thereof) and get into some concerns about the lack of comics in a “Comic Con”.
Music provided by No Definite Time – Life Before
Marvel’s Avengers movie only made about a gazillion dollars, so there was skepticism as to whether or not sequels to their popular characters and introducing new ones was going to fly with the SDCC audience at yesterday’s movie panel.
Nah, just screwing with you. Marvel announced five different movies in the works for the next 2-3 years. 3 of them were pretty much a given with the core Avengers getting sequels, but doesn’t take the excitement away:
We know Iron Man 3 is next on the Marvel list, scheduled to come out May 3rd, 2013. Shane Black is directing and Ben Kingsley looks like he’s set to take the role of Iron Man’s biggest villain, Mandarin.
November 8th of next year will see Thor : The Dark World. The majority of the cast returns under the direction of Alan Taylor this time, who a few of you may know as the guy behind HBO’s Game of Thrones. Sounds like a good fit to me.
The sequel was not surprising, but the subtitle was. Reportedly producing the biggest positive reaction from the crowd, it looks like we’re getting one of the best Ed Brubaker arcs adapted to the big screen. Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Arrested Development and Community, are directing the movie, scheduled to come out April 4, 2014. Interesting choice for a release date.
And then there was the confirmation we were waiting to hear about after the rumors went out a few weeks ago. Guardians of the Galaxy will be the 2014 movie to watch for, giving Marvel plenty of time to build the name up for audiences not familiar with the cosmic team. The team is set to be Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot. Here’s some concept art to salivate over:
And then lastly, Edgar Wright (of Scott Pilgrim fame) ran a test clip of Ant-Man to the panel, which reportedly received positive approval. Still no word on casting and given what we’ve learned of the movies coming out so far, we’re probably still way too early to get anything notable of this flick for a while.
Just looking at this lineup (along with the inevitable Avengers sequel most likely hitting 2015), it’s clearly showing that Marvel is hitting its stride with movie adaptations compared to what DC has had to offer (minus the upcoming Dark Knight Rises).
Marvel has seen a renaissance in its animated programming the last couple of years, starting with Avengers : Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and working its way up to Ultimate Spider-Man earlier this year. Shake-ups have been the rumors lately along with new shows on the horizon. Today’s Marvel TV panel, headed up by Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, gave us some insight as to where the programming is going next:
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
Leave it to Loeb to kick it off with this new series, considering he was the mean that introduced Red Hulk to the world of comics a couple of years ago. Given Hulk’s rising popularity between the animated show and the Avengers flick, it comes to no surprise that this would get the green light to come on.
“We thought it would be good to be able to show Hulk as a hero,” he said. Loeb, who launched the Red Hulk and ultimately extended the Hulk family, showed test footage of the upcoming show, which features Hulk, Red Hulk, She-Hulk, and A-Bomb.
The Hulks, including Skaar, fight bug beasts and other monsters, ending with the rallying cry “Time to smash!” The show will debut in 2013.
Expect more shenanigans with Spidey and his S.H.I.E.L.D. teammates as they tangle with villains like Kraven, Lizard, and Rhino. There’s speculation that Spider-Ham will be an episode of the show. That’ll do just fine.
Many may remember some of the mature movies Marvel took on such as Thor & Loki : Blood Brothers. Loeb confirmed that they have more in the pipeline including Astonishing X-Men, Inhumans, Wolverine : Origin, and Wolverine : Weapon X.
And then of course, there’s the giant elephant in the room. It was noted earlier in the year that Marvel was ending Avengers : Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once its completes this season’s run as a way to take the animation in-house. Ultimate Spider-Man is already under Marvel, hence it only made fiscal sense to roll up its other popular property under it too. Loeb though had this to say:
“Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” was always going to be 52 episodes, an animation industry standard order. When that show concluded itself, we had an issue on our hands, what to do next.
Avengers Assemble plans to continue that continuity though fortunately, though obviously with different animation and voice acting not yet finalized.
Last night, San Diego honored the very best in comics with its 2012 Eisner Awards. A wide array of categories were in place to honor all creators of the medium. Take a looK:
Best Short Story
“The Seventh,” by Darwyn Cooke, in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (IDW)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Daredevil #7, by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)
Best Continuing Series
Daredevil, by Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, Paolo Rivera, and Joe Rivera (Marvel)
Best Limited Series
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel Icon)
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)
Dragon Puncher Island, by James Kochalka (Top Shelf)
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)
Snarked, by Roger Langridge (kaboom!)
Best Publication for Young Adults (Ages 12-17)
Anya’s Ghost, by Vera Brosgol (First Second)
Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)
Best Humor Publication
Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin (Dark Horse Books)
Best Digital Comic
Battlepug, by Mike Norton, www.battlepug.com
Best Reality-Based Work
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case (Dark Horse Books)
Best Graphic Album – New
Jim Hensons Tale of Sand, adapted by Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)
Best Graphic Album – Reprint
Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition, by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)
Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Strips
Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse vols. 1-2, by Floyd Gottfredson, edited by David Gerstein and Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
Best Archival Collection/Project – Comic Books
Walt Simonson’s The Mighty Thor Artist’s Edition (IDW)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material
The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt (Dark Horse Books)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
Mark Waid, Irredeemable, Incorruptible (BOOM!); Daredevil (Marvel)
Craig Thompson, Habibi (Pantheon)
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Ramón K. Pérez, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (Archaia)
Best Cover Artist
Francesco Francavilla, Black Panther (Marvel); Lone Ranger, Lone Ranger/Zorro, Dark Shadows, Warlord of Mars (Dynamite); Archie Meets Kiss (Archie)
Laura Allred, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Madman All-New Giant-Size Super-Ginchy Special (Image)
Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse)
Best Comics-Related Journalism
The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon, www.comicsreporter.com
Best Educational/Academic Work (tie)
Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice, by Ivan Brunetti (Yale University Press)
Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, by Charles Hatfield (University Press of Mississippi)
Best Comics-Related Book
MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon)
Best Publication Design
Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, designed by Eric Skillman (Archaia)
Hall of Fame
Judges’ Choices: Rudolf Dirks, Harry Lucey
Bill Blackbeard, Richard Corben, Katsuhiro Otomo, Gilbert Shelton
Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award:
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:
Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award:
Frank Doyle, Steve Skeates
Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award:
Akira Comics, Madrid, Spain – Jesus Marugan Escobar and
The Dragon, Guelph, ON, Canada – Jennifer Haines
Many kudos to Mark Waid – he absolutely deserved the accolades given his excellent Daredevil run and wrapping up his Irredeemable and Incorruptible runs. And Jim Henson’s Tales of Sand had a lot of predictions from the comic book media for its amazingly original story and art.
Surprisingly, DC did not figure into any of the awards. I would think if there was a “Best Gutsy Reboot” category, they’d win it in spades. Oh well…
The 2nd weekend of October is my absolute favorite time of the year. New York Comic Con resides over that weekend, my birthday is on the 13th, and this little do-hickey premieres its third season for the Sunday night cable-viewing audience:
The prison arc is probably the most revered of the 100 Walking Dead comics that have come out so far. It will be also the most depressing and gruesome if the producers are staying faithful to that arc as well. Needless to say, the zombies are back, both the dead and the living…
In the midst of the pop culture haven that is San Diego Comic Con, comics often get pushed aside for the bigger movies, games, and shows in the coming years.
But screw all of that because DC and Vertigo just announced a fanboy dream for those that were there in the beginning when Vertigo was just getting off the ground running. I’ll let Mr. Neil Gaiman explain:
Truly the announcement to beat so far at this year’s convention. For Gaiman to return to the series that gave him a great comic book reputation and a stellar artist in J.H. Williams who caught everybody’s eyes with his stunning work on Detective Comics and Batwoman, this will be the one to keep an eye on next fall for Sandman’s 25th anniversary.
I tip my hat to you, DC, Vertigo, and of course, Mr. Gaiman…
UPDATE: an image was released of one of the covers for the mini-series just now: