CARLA SPEED MCNEIL WINS LA BOOK PRIZE!05/01/12 @ 2:46 pm EST
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FRANK BARBIERE TALKS 'SOLAR': A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW IN BLEEDING COOL07/27/14 @ 10:10 pm EST
continues to be one of the most talked about books of 2011, and word of its story and artwork has spread far and wide. So far, in fact, that Carla Speed McNeil has been awarded the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize
in the Graphic Novel category for Finder: Voice
Praise for Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder
“I love Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder
, and I imagine the reason I love it is the same reason it doesn’t get more attention in the comics press: it’s simultaneously straightforward and labyrinthine, genre-based and uncategorizable . . . For me, and for other readers who have gotten pulled into McNeil’s weird and woolly far-future world, Finder
is one of those comics.”—The Comics Journal
“It’s been entirely too long since we were able to experience Carla Speed McNeil’s unique brand of sociological science fiction with its emphasis on character, class and culture. Once again McNeil immerses you in her meticulously detailed world and you’re immediately caught up in a beautifully drawn and deftly written story.”—ICv2
“You’ll keep turning the pages in Voice
to put the pieces of the puzzle together and to see what Grosvenor does next. It is an intricate tale, and Carla Speed McNeil is a master storyteller—with her words and art.”—ScienceFiction.com
“McNeil conveys more emotion and depth through the slick line of a raised eyebrow than most can with an entire book, played out in a world that is unquestionably familiar and unshakably alien.”—Bleeding Cool
“McNeil excels at tying her many character and story elements together and anchoring them in the same increasingly familiar universe, making her fictional world, its inhabitants and their issues and experiences all the more real to the invested, gratified reader.”—No Flying No Tights
Awards and nominations:
Unshelved Book Club’s Book of the Month, February 2012—Unshelved
#1 on Comics Worth Reading’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011—Comics Worth Reading
#2 on Comics Bulletin’s Top 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2011—Comics Bulletin
#4 on Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2011, Comics—Publishers Weekly
#4 on ComicsAlliance’s 11 Best Comics of 2011—ComicsAlliance
#29 on Comic Book Resources’ Top 100 Comics of 2011—Comic Book ResourcesAbout Dark Horse
: Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties such as The Mask
, and SpyBoy
. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars
, Mass Effect
, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, Emily the Strange
, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity
, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
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Solar: Man Of The Atom #6'SPIDER-WOMAN' ONGOING FROM DENNIS HOPELESS, GREG LAND ANNOUNCED07/27/14 @ 10:03 pm EST
is coming up and Byron Brewer
sat down with series writer Frank Barbiere
to talk about the series and what the writer has in mind for the future.BYRON BREWER: Frank, how has it felt to be a part of returning an old, favored comic book universe to the pages of modern reader-dom? Seems like all the fans are climbing on board.FRANK BARBIERE:
It’s been an absolute honor to write such an established character. I’m very excited to see people embracing our new take, but certainly careful to revere what’s come before and try to stick to what made the original stories work so well.BB: The Erica/Ghost Dad combo hero has been an adjustment, I will admit. I thought the daughter was only a temporary plot device, but it seems to be for the long haul, correct?FB:
Yes, Erica is here with us to stay. We certainly didn’t want to take Phil completely off the table, and I think we’ve found a really fun balance that strikes true to our theme of family. Erica will be getting a new all-white costume to help differentiate her from Phil as well…we’re really making her her own character.BB: Frank, as a writer, you certainly have sewn a lot of choice seeds to be picked up on in future tales, not the least of which is that we have two protagonists instead of the one I expected. Does this make writing the book more of a challenge?FB:
It makes it a lot more enjoyable, to be honest. There is just so much room for fun stories here and knowing we have room to stretch are legs has helped build a really fun long form story that will be paying off in issues far on the horizon, as well as arc by arc. There is a lot of careful outlining and decision making, but ultimately it just makes the book feel bigger and more organic.BB: I very much enjoy your lettering! Who came up with that visible formula format when Solar uses his/her/their powers?FB:
I had talked with Nate (Cosby, the Gold Key line editor) about trying to work in a unique way to show Solar using math. I thought of how when Dr. Strange would use his powers in the Marvel books they would list the spell, and thought “Hey, we should show the equations he’s using!” It’s been a lot of fun working with Christopher Preece, a science teacher and Solar fan I met, to come up with realistic equations and keep the fun balance between fact and fiction.BB: With smart characters (Iron Man, Batman, Reed Richards), sometimes a writer will forget to utilize this “ability” as opposed to clobberin’. But that has not been the case in Solar, as Dad has used his brains quite a bit since #1. Difficult?FB:
It’s a challenge to try to think like this character who is supposed to be brilliant, but the extra work is worth it. There’s no better feeling than coming up with a unique solution to a story problem…it’s ultimately so much more satisfying and true to the character. As well as Phil we have Erica who is not a brawler and more of an artists—the real fun part has been thinking of how she would approach her power set and work differently from Phil.BB: I love how the bizarreness of alien life was woven into the even more bizarre situation we have with the Solars. Are the aliens you are utilizing in #6 from a former iteration of Solar or are these FB originals? Can you tell us any more about the race(s) than has been hinted at?FB:
These are all new aliens I’ve come up with. Phil and Erica will be venturing to a few different worlds so we’ve been playing with different races and really giving it all a very fun sci-fi feel.BB: What does Jonathan Lau bring to your book?FB:
Jonathan’s work is absolutely stunning. He has jumped right in headfirst and done some knock-out pages, particularly the opening splash to #5 which has a bunch of aliens chasing our father and daughter pair. Jonathan has a really beautiful sense of layout and elegance to his work that is really just amazing—it’s an honor to be able to collaborate with him.BB: Frank, where do father and daughter go from here?FB:
We’ll be seeing Phil and Erica travel across the universe trying to solve impossible problems, prevent an alien war, and not kill each other in the process! It’s going to be a lot of fun and bring in some great cosmic elements—I can’t wait for readers to join us!
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JOHN LAYMAN AND JAVIER GARRON TAKE OVER 'CYCLOPS'07/27/14 @ 9:56 pm EST
Jessica's back! Again!
Announced at the Women of Marvel panel at San Diego Comic Con, and spinning out of the "Spider-Verse event," will be a new ongoing Spider-Woman series by Dennis Hopeless and Greg Land.
Hopefully, she is not a Skrull.
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MARK WAID WRITING NEW ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ SERIES07/27/14 @ 9:37 pm EST
Coming out of the Marvel: Next Big Thing panel at SDCC, we get a new creative team on Cyclops – John Layman and Javier Garron starting with #6.
It’s still Space Pirate adventures, reports Bleeding Cool, with an emphasis on the pirates.
From Nick Lowe: ”Really sad that Greg [Rucka] had to step off, but his novel schedule was getting really intense. We’ll see him back in the X-world really soon.”
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RA'S AL GHUL, WILD CAT COMING TO 'ARROW' SEASON 307/27/14 @ 9:30 pm EST
At Marvel’s “Next Big Thing” panel at SDCC, Mark Waid (Doctor Spektor, Irredeemable) revealed that he is writing a new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.-inspired ongoing series that he described as “S.H.I.E.L.D. the TV show, the unlimited budget edition.”
The series will feature a revolving team of artists that will include Alan Davis, Carlos Pacheco and Chris Sprouse.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (as the new series is to be called) launches in December.
Waid also told the SDCC crowd that he saw the book as a “stealth Marvel team-up.”
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'GODZILLA' SEQUEL REVEALS ROSTER OF NEW MONSTERS07/26/14 @ 10:32 pm EST
The CW has released information that venerable DC villain Ra's al Ghul will be coming to Arrow Season 3.
Not only was Ra's al Ghul confirmed to be a part of the new season at Comic-Con, but also Ted Grant AKA Wild Cat.
Arrow premiers Wednesday, October 8th at 8 p.m. ET.
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EVANGELINE LILLY IS HOPE VAN DYNE IN 'ANT MAN'07/26/14 @ 10:17 pm EST
Legendary Pictures returned this year, and head honco Thomas Tull and director Gareth Edwards presented a video which revealed that Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah will all be in Godzilla 2.
For those of you who don't know about these monsters, Rodan is a mutated pterosaur, designed after a type of prehistoric reptile, Mothra is basically a giant radioactive moth, and Ghidorah is a three-headed dragon with large wings and two tails.
No release date for the sequel was announced.
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'GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY' 2 ANNOUNCED FOR JULY 28, 201707/26/14 @ 10:12 pm EST
Spinning out of the Marvel Studios liveblog… Evangeline Lilly is on stage, now officially announced as Hope Van Dyne, Hank’s daughter in Ant Man.
That's all on that one from SDCC.
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Spinning out the Hall H Marvel Studios liveblog (via Bleeding Cool): Marvel has just announced the date for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 as July 28, 2017, 'ANT-MAN' MOVIE – WHO IS DARREN CROSS?07/26/14 @ 10:05 pm EST
And then there was this tweet from James Gunn:
Yes, I’m writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week!
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BEHOLD YOUR NEW WONDER WOMAN!07/26/14 @ 8:33 pm EST
Just announced at Comic-Con, Corey Stoll will be the bad guy in the new Ant-Man movie. He will be playing Darren Cross.
Now Cross is not a new character, he is actually vital to the origin of the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man and since that is who Paul Rudd is playing, it makes sense to have Cross as the villain. But having him also be Yellowjacket, another of Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) personas, is an interesting twist.
Here is basically a synopsis the origin of Scott Lang and Cross’ involvement from Marvel Premiere #47-48 in 1972:
Darren Cross is a villain of the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man origin. Head of Cross Technological Enterprises, he grew the company to rival Stark and Hammer. But Cross was diagnosed with a rare heart condition and used his tech to create a nucleoganic pacemaker to save his life. The device worked but it mutated Cross giving him superhuman abilities but also he was burning out his heart quickly. Heart transplant would work but only last for short periods of time.
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Every year at San Diego Comic-Con there’s one announcement that fans will talk about all year. This year it was the surprise unveiling of the Amazon Princess herself, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice!
Beautiful, strong, and wielding her warrior’s sword, Diana Prince looks ready to go toe to toe with any villain master filmmaker Zach Snyder deem worthy to throw at her. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
opens on May 6, 2016.