By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
At NYCC, the Marvel Next Big Thing panel was one of the most interesting and entertaining panels, and I hope is one continues the trend. We’ll be listening to Brian Michael Bendis, David Liss, Fred Van Lente, Tom Brennan, Daniel Ketchum, and C.B. Cebulski.
So, what’s Marvel’s next big thing? Bendis talked a little bit about the Ultimate Death of Spider-Man, which has been solicited recently, but we don’t know too much about it. If you read Ultimate comics still, this is definitely something to look for.
Up next, Van Lente talk about Herc. The two-word pitch for this title is Urban Conan. This sounds like a fresh take on the character, and one that has been a long time coming.
Liss talks about his upcoming Black Panther stuff. While the first arc explored BP in New York fighting the crime boss Vlad the Impaler, the second while involve Storm and BP fighting Kraven e Hunter.
Mystery Men: creative team David Liss writing, Patrick Zircher on art. This series will push back the origins of the Marvel heroes to more pulpy stories set in 1939. This sounds like a fairly interesting story.
Greg Pak will be leaving Incredible Hulks after his final arc, Heart of the Monster, which starts in June.
The Iron Age will see the Marvel Universe destroyed by Dark Phoenix, with Iron Man tasked with a trip through time to save the planet. Could be interesting, but we’ll see.
Supreme Power will also be returning to the Marvel Universe, starting in July of this year. Kyle Higgins writes, Manuel Garcia draws, and Kyle seems like he has a handle on the characters, and he definitely is a fan of the previous Supreme Power stories.
Unsurpsingly, Marvel doesn’t seem to think that orginal graphic novels are a viable business model for comics.
Marvel Man: Marvel is working in getting that out as soon as they can.
Holy crap, powerless Herc versus new Hobgoblin! I cannot wait to read that.
What?!? No Cho in Herc? Man…well, at least Fred will be writing something for Fear Itself featuring Amadeus.
As a response to DC’s Drawing the Line at 2.99, Marvel is keeping their current 3.99 books at that price points, but newer books they will attempt to price at 2.99.
Runaways will see some more in print, but they can’t really give us an exact time frame on those.
Also, everyone hates Iron Fist’s green costume.
Keep an eye out in X-Men for more vampires and Blade. If you need more vampires in anything.
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear has no plans to wrap up and reinsert Daredevil into the title.
Van Lente hints that Taskmaster may appear in Alpha Flight.
And that’s about it for the Next Big Thing panel, and also the C2E2 convention as a whole! It’s been a lot of fun, thank you Chicago!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
Brightest Day, DC’s biweekly follow up to Blackest Night will be discussed by editor Eddie Berganza, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado.
Honestly, the DC panels at this convention have been kind of disappointing, but since Brightest Day is almost over, I’m a little hopeful that this one will have some decent information about what we can expect from this storyline after it’s officially over.
So far, no good, as it’s just a recap of the story thus far.
“Ivan Reis has done the coolest Aquaman ever,” is a quote that sets the bar fairly low. Aquaman talks to fish.
Most of this panel is wild beeping. Talk about doing the sound effects with their mouth while drawing Aquaman using his powers, ala Super Friends.
Ooh, a Brightest Day teaser from the next issue! Here we go: and it’s an ambiguous quote. That’s too bad, really, I thought we were getting something.
And we’re going to audience questions already. This is a really short panel, apparently.
DC, I have to say, I’m really disappointed in the content and quality of your panels. I understand that it’s a marketing tactic, trying to get people excited about picking up your books to come, but in order to build that excitement, you need to let us know some things that we can look forward to. I’m going to have to think long and hard about going to your panels at future cons. For now, I’m off to my next Marvel panel, where they actually know how to hook a fan.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
It should come as no surprise to long time readers that I’m covering this panel. I love the Avengers, but honestly, I’m thinking that this panel may be a lot of repeats of the one I just liveblogged. Sitting on the panel are Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, C.B. Cebulski, Nick Spencer, Jim McCann, and Tom Brennan. Join me in learning about what’s coming up for The Avengers, leading up to Fear Itself and beyond!
Bendis and Hitch will be releasing a title to coincide with Marvel’s Point One initiative, Avengers 12.1.
After Fear Itself, Bendis will be dealing with Space Knight continuity in Avengers.
New Avengers news: Bendis will keep going with his current story, with Nick Fury’s first Avengers, including Kraven, Namorita, and others.
Bendis is bringing back H.A.M.M.E.R.! Maybe we’ll finally find out what e acronym is for…
Moving on to secret Avengers, their stories will focus on Beast, Valkyrie, and Black Widow.
Brubaker’s Captain America in a story that will bring Bucky’s past as Winter Soldier coming back to haunt him.
In Fraction’s The Mighty Thor, he will have the Asgardian Gods face off against Galactus, who comes to eat Asgard!
Oh man, Matt Fraction just made an ICP joke!
McCann’s working on Hawkeye: Blindspot, which will conclude his run with Hawkeye. McCann promises to answer a lot of questions for long time Hawkeye fans!
And now, as in every Marvel panel, audience questions!
As I may have mentioned in the last liveblog, Bendis is promising to completely shake up the Avengers lineup as it ties in to Fear Itself.
Bendis’s Moon Knight is based in L.A., which I ink is a good move creatively. He’ll go back to something sort of like what he wrote in Daredevil, having a Kingpin for Moon Knight to face in L.A.
Bendis’ Avengers roster changes will include never-before-used Avengers.
Some Initiative members will be seeing some action in upcoming issues of Avengers Academy.
No plans for Deadpool being an Avenger. Thank god.
And that’s about all there is to come from the audience. Thanks for reading, be sure to catch up with me again for tomorrow’s panels!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
As you’re all hopefully aware, Fear Itself is Marvel’sbig event comic this year, dealing with the Agardian god of fear. I’m actuallly looking forward to this title quite a hit, and I hope that they give us a decent amount of information during this panel.
Panelists for is panel include Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Friend of By Odin’s Beard Fred Van Lente, C.B. Cebulski, Nick Spencer, And Mike Pasciullo.
Fear itself, the reason we’re all here. Fraction let’s us know that Odin might not be the All-Father, with the Red Skull playing a big part. The main exciting news is at the full story will be available in e 7 issues, and tie-ins are not required.
Even though they’re not required, the tie-in comics will expand the story. Fraction’s words were that you will not be penalized for not reading all the tie-in comics.
I’m really looking into Gillen’s Journey into Mystery tie-in, and of course I will be getting the Avengers tie-in books as well.
Bendis is taking a different narrative tack than he usually does, so I’m kind of looking forward to that.
Nick Spencer promises some ramifications for a lot of the Secret Avengers, and also announces that he’ll be using the Immortal Weapons on Iron Man 2.0.
Pak and Van Lente’s Alpha Flight sounds kind of like a Canadian Civil War.
Also spinning out of Fear Itself is The Deep, focusing on Dr. Strange and Namor.
Hell on Wheels is a new Ghost Rider book, written by Rob Williams, art by Matt Clark.
And now audience questions! Here we go:
Wow, Howard the Duck will be in Fear Itself: Fearsome Four! And Deadpool in Hammer pants!
Fear itself will have a big impact on Captain America, obviously, but Fraction says that Fear Itself will deal with both Steve and Bucky.
Also, the Hulk will play a big part in the stories.
Bendis will be dealing with the ramifications of the death of Brother Voodoo in upcoming books, with the search for the new Sorceror Supreme.
Cebulski talk about event fatigue, saying that the folks at Marvel have been trying to focus on writing good stories, instead of putting out event after event. They promise that Fear Itself will be one that hopefully matters and doesn’t break the bank.
And that’s about all the good questions from the audience.
Thanks for reading, everyone, and don’t forget to come back in about an hour for the Avengs Assemble liveblog!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
The comics industry, like any industry, needs to adapt and grow to continue to be viable in the business world of today. In this panel, David Steinberger of ComiXology and Milton Griepp of ICv2 will give their thoughts on the state of comics for the future, whether it’s in digital or print. Also joining this panel are Patrick Bpwer of Challenger Comics, and writer of Box 13, David Gallaher.
Frankly, I’m a little surprised at the turnout for this panel. As it’s something that effects every comic fan, I’d think that every comic fan would be interested in.
It’s important to note that ComiXology has recently announced self-authoring service. Aspiring writers, take note!
Looking back on 2010, unsurprisingly, the print part of the comics industry saw a bit of a downturn, Griepp states that it’s mostly an issue of content, not an issue related to price.
Patrick, a retailer, saw an increase in sales, but says it’s not really from the big two publishers, and is certainly content driven.
The iPad and the breadth of new creative voices were named as the panelist’s best things a from 2010. Griepp, more versed in pop culture, also named Scott Pilgrim and The Walking Dead.
Patrick says he doesn’t expect people to come in for major movie tie-in comics, like Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America.
Steingberger echoes Griepp’s sentiments, saying that Scott Pilgrim and The Walking Dead performed excellently digitally.
Named as low points for 2010 were the loss of Waldenbooks, and other comic stores closing, as well as the lack of original comic content.
Looking forward to 2011, the panel sees the closing of Borders as a big problem, and a lack of education on the digital medium are some of the biggest challenges that the industry will face.
Wow, a digital lending program(not endorsed by ComiXology) would be a really awesome idea…
ComiXology will be releasing a comics for kids app, and has some big news coming up in the next 6 months.
This panel has been very informative and interesting, but now I need to hightail it to the Fear Itself panel, so we’ll see you over at that post!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
So liveblogging the GL panel went so smoothly that I decided to do it again for the DC Nation panel. Be sure to refresh often, as I’ll be updating often! Enjoy!
Dan Didio is leading this panel, which will talk about the upcoming events in the DC Universe.
Also joining Didio is Bob Wade, Paul Cornell, Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, and Bill Willingham.
Didio lets us know that the DC Nation panel is specifically designed to hear the voice of the fans.
DC will be reinstating letters pages in their comics. In Marvel news, they have been doing this for quite a long time.
Wow, someone actually likes Outsiders…
No real Brightest Day or War of the Green Lanterns, Dan just mentioned Flashpoint. And apparently Cyborg is going to be the breakout character of the story, much like Mera was in Blackest Night.
So this panel seems to be more jokes than actual information.
And Didio can answer a question without answering it.
If you’re here tomorrow, you can get your very own Flashpoint T-shirt!
Flashpoint is a major event, which, with the cancellation of some other titles, will try to bring the focus back to some of the characters from recently cancelled titles.
A lot of Flashpoint minis and tie-ins will deal with some Elseworlds.
And now to the audience questions! To lead up to Flashpoint, Didio suggests that you read up on Boost Gold, The Flash, and Rip Hunter: Time Masters: Vanishing Point.
DC’s Free Comic Book Day book will feature some Flashpoint previews.
Abnett and Lanning will be doing some Flashpoint minis and have “some” work for DC going forward.
Flashpoint will have less ongoing series tie-ins than Blackest Night had, as DC will be doing more self-contained stories.
Wow, this panel has degenerated to a debate over Wonder Woman’s costume, whether or not she has pants. No mention of that coat…
Didio says he likes Wednesday Comics. This is not an endorsement for another, but it means that the industry is looking to going at way. That has me kind of excited.
Special mention of comics reaching #900, specially Action Comics. An image announcing the “Reign of Doomsday” accompanies this part of the talk, which will be written by Paul Cornell.
A question mentioned in both panels so far: Will there be a new Deadman ongoing? The answer given both times it was asked was fairly ambiguous.
DC is definitely looking into more all ages stuff, with some reprints due, like DC Showcase.
Going forward, Adventure Comics is going to be more of an anthology book, with the lead characters changing periodically.
When is Batwoman coming out? Dan says there are several issues ready to go, so look forward to that!
There wil be both a second Superman Earth One, as well as Batman Earth One.
And that’s about it! Thanks for reading my liveblog, next one should be the State of the Comicsphere, tomorrow at about noon!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
So, C2E2 is upon us, and as an experiment, I’m going to try live blogging at least one panel. So, come back here at about 3:30 for the start of my first panel, the Green Lantern panel, and just refresh as it goes. Here we go:
There’s a murmur in the room, with the DC logo up on the screen, all the fans are waiting to find out the news. Let’s see what new they give us.
Seems like Eddie Berganza and the GL crew are running a bit late…
As Eddie takes the stage there is applause for him. He rhetorically asks if there are any Green Lantern fans. In attendance are Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, and more.
Lots of talk about Brightest Day character designs.
Next event, as some GL fans know, is War of the Green Lanterns.
A laugh as Berganza describes how difficult it is to be a colorist for Green Lantern.
Doug Mahnke talks about creating the emotional entities like Ion, Parallax, Predator and the like. Apparently, a lot of the character designs come from the fact that Geoff Johns gives a lot of description to his scripts.
Honestly, a lot of this panel so far is the Green Lantern creators patting each other on the back.
Time for fan questions: first is a question about the Indigo tribe. No elaboration.
Next is a question about whther or not Black Lanterns are done. Looks like there should be more Untold Tales of the Blackest Night coming soon.
The Red Lanterns are getting their own series! Apparently this is not news…
War of the Green Lanterns will feature parts from really all of the Lantern corps.
There’s some quibbling about continuity, but honestly, that’s kind of to be expected at a Q&A.
Apparently there are a lot of Guy Gardner fans in this room…
And that’s pretty much it. It hasn’t really given us much new information, but it’s been a fun panel and entertaining to boot. I which you all could have been here, but if you can’t, be sure to catch my next liveblog, which will be for the DC Nation panel, starting at 6:30 CST! Thanks for reading!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
So I’m still trying to get through all of the information and interviews I did at New York Comic Con, and I wanted to tell you all about these guys first.
I had a chance to meet up with the people at Mimoco, makers of Mimobot Designer Flash Drives on Saturday, the busiest day of the con. Even though the crowd was hard to move through and everyone wanted to see everything, especially the booth with the Star Wars and Hello Kitty flash drives and the Boba Fett DJ, Alex from Mimoco was nice enough to talk to me about their product for a few minutes.
BOB: So, why don’t you tell me a little bit about your product?
Alex: Mimoco is the maker of Mimobot designer USB flash drives, which use USB 2.0 technology, but have character-based designs. We have some really cool licenses like Star Wars, Sanrio Hello Kitty, and original artist, and our own core series of original characters.
BOB: Ok, are they any other licenses other than the ones that you mentioned?
Alex: Yeah, we go through different licenses all the time, and actually we’re coming out with some really exciting stuff for the end of this year and in 2011. There are some really cool things to look forward to, but that are still under wraps.
BOB: I noticed, looking at some of the Star Wars Mimobots, that you have different removable helmets, like Darth Vader and Stormtroopers. Are those limited edition, or collectible at all?
Alex: Well, everything we do is kind of limited edition. We’re on Series 6 of Star Wars right now, so we’ve released 6 series of characters, and all of them get sold out, for example Boba Fett was a huge, huge character for us. He sold out and people still ask about him. The removable helmets with the face underneath was one of the cooler elements we came up with for the Star Wars line. That was a new cap design for us, and it works just great with the Vader, Stormtroopers, Boba Fett like I mentioned. Another thing we do is we have chase variants, so you can get the young Anakin or old Anakin from Return of the Jedi as Darth Vader, or with the Stormtroopers, it’s either Luke or Han under there. We did a really cool limited edition for last year’s Comic Con I believe, where it was Luke Vader, from Dagobah, so you remove Vader’s helmet and it’s Luke underneath.
BOB: Can you give me some specs on the drives?
Alex: Well, it’s really high-quality USB 2.0, and the transfer rates are comparable to anything else of this generation. The drives we have available here today come in 4, 8, and 16 gigabyte capacities, with 2 gigabyte drives available online as well. Actually, that’s the best way to find them, online at www.mimoco.com. They can also be found in specialty stores, tech stores, museum shops, art stores and things like that. And then all the cool conventions, we’re here on the ground, everywhere you’d want to be. This year is our fifth year anniversary. So we’re totally psyched. We opened our doors at San Diego Comic Con 5 years ago, and we were back there this summer, we’re here at New York Comic Con, we’ve been here every year as well.
BOB: Are you guys doing anything special for the 5th year anniversary?
Alex: Yeah, we had some really cool Star Wars limited characters out, we announced a really cool partnership with Sanrio, marking their 50th anniversary, so we have all new Sanrio characters, and we’re just surging ahead. Again, we have some really cool stuff coming out at the end of the year.
BOB: Anything you can tell me about that?
Alex: Unfortunately I can’t say just yet, but maybe check back with us in about a month, and I’ll be telling you so much, you’ll want to shut me up.
BOB: Anything else you want to say?
Alex: As a product, it’s perfect for Comic Cons because it’s a perfect marriage of tech and character, and you’ve got the utility, but it’s also a really cool design they’re cool designer toys, and it’s something people can identify with, like I carry mine around all the time. Right now I have a Hello Kitty with me, and I’ve also got a C-3PO, which is awesome because Threepio is a robot and he stores things.
Over all, the Mimoco people were really cool about answering all my questions and even gave me a sample of the product to try out. I was able to get a 4GB C-3PO flash drive, which is really cool for me because I’m actually a big fan of Star Wars, and to have a C-3PO to carry around extra files in has me pretty stoked. As soon as I was back to my hotel, I whipped him out to give him a test drive, see how well he worked. It was a snap to get him working with my laptop, as it uses plug and play technology. As Alex said, the data transfer rates were very good, and I was able to store all of my recordings from the convention and all of the photos I took on the show floor there within the blink of an eye.
I’d say that if you have need of a reliable USB flash drive and want something that stands apart from the ordinary, maybe something to showcase a unique interest, like Star Wars, or Hello Kitty, or any of their other designs, look no further than Mimoco.
I also had a chance to sit down and talk with the people at Sega, including the director for the Thor game, being released to coincide with the new Thor movie, and one of the developers of the Captain America game, being released to coincide with the Captain America movie. You can hear my thoughts on that over at Nerds on the Rocks, which you can listen to by clicking that link! There’s still a little bit more New York Comic Con wrap up to come, so stick around!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
One thing you go to comic con for is to see the sights. Luckily, I took a camera along and had someone with me to take photos while I was busy with other things. Without anything further, let me show you what we saw:
That’s pretty much all the noteworthy things I saw, or at least the ones we thought to take a picture of. There’s still a little more con stuff left, so come back for more information on some exhibitors I was lucky enough to speak with!
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By Erik Lewis, Lead Blogger
Sunday was a smaller day than Saturday, but a good day nonetheless. Sunday I tried to give myself more time to wander the show floor, trying to get to see some more new comics and trying to find some good independent titles. I have a stack of postcards and fliers to go through for promising projects yet, but when I do, I’ll let you know what I found. The only panel I had scheduled was the Marvel: The Next Big Thing panel.
The Marvel: The Next Big Thing panel was attended by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, Dan Slott, Mark Paniccia, and Jason Aaron. The panel started off with Pak and Van Lente talking about Chaos War, which I’m going to assume you’ve all read by now. We moved on to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning talking about the end of The Thanos Imperative, and one more book following the end of that called Devastation, which will deal with the cosmic Marvel Universe after The Thanos Imperative. Abnett and Lanning will be writing a new Heroes for Hire book following the Thanos Imperative, which will feature a less than traditional team, with some characters not even aware that they’re working towards the same goal as the other character on the team. It sounds very interesting, I think I’ll check it out.
Jonathan Hickman was not able to join the panel, but there was some discussion about Fantastic Four, and the current story arc, Three. Next we heard a little bit about the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man stuff, which will be written solely by Dan Slott, including Peter Parker getting a new job, which has been a source of drama in recent Spider books, he’ll be working to expand his tools for fighting crime past webshooters and spider-signal to more weaponry and new costumes, which could be risky, but I’ll defer to Slott’s judgment until I see it in action. Hobgoblin will be returning in the first arc of Big Time. In other villain related news, Mac Gargan will be losing the Venom symbiote and will be returning to his former costumed identity, the Scorpion. Leaving us as an audience to wonder where the symbiote will be going next. Each issue for Spider-Man will be 30 pages, twice a month, which I think is really cool.
Up next was a little bit of info about Ultimate Comics, starting off with Ultimate Comics Thor, which is interesting because it’s actually available for download the same day that it’s available in stores. The downside being if you want a physical copy and a digital copy, you would need to buy it twice, but its still notable for the identical release dates. The book promises a different take on Thor than what we’ve seen in Marvel 616, but what previews I’ve read don’t make it seem too different. Next up was Ultimate X, by Jeph Loeb. Loeb answered the question “What’s next for Ultimate X?” by saying “Hopefully issue 4.” Apparently the title has seen some delays due to changes in the artist’s life, which is understandable. Issue 5 will see the introduction of a new Hulk character. Jeph then moved on to New Ultimates, which features the characters not used in Ultimates.
Brian Michael Bendis was next to speak, naturally about Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, which he has been writing for 10 solid years. News for that book included the introduction of a new swing artist in Sara Pichelli, who is apparently the first female artist to draw Spider-Man on a regular basis. This year will see the numbering return to the original numbering with issue #151, to follow issue #16.
Jason Aaron was announced as the writer on a new Ultimate Captain America book. Speaking about it, he seemed very passionate about the story, although he seemed to feel a little bad at what he was going to do to Cap in his book. He spoke a little about a replacement Captain America that took over the mantle during the Vietnam War, and was left as a different Captain America than the one that Steve Rogers became. The idea of a second Captain America, a replacement, has been done before in the comics, but never quite like this, so I’m interested to see what Jason Aaron comes up with for this story. Jason Aaron seemed like a soft-spoken guy, which is a little bit strange, considering the stuff that he writes. Now, I know that what someone writes isn’t necessarily indicative of someone as a person.
Lastly was a Q&A session, but there was really no big news on that. The last thing I did on Sunday was wander the show floor a little bit more to try and catch anything I missed, and get some last minute pictures, which you should see later today.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
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