DYNAMITE’S THE SPIDER MAKES NEWSARAMA’S MUST-READ LIST!05/01/12 @ 10:43 am EST
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JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER TALKS DAWN / VAMPIRELLA: A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW IN BLEEDING COOL09/22/14 @ 1:26 pm EST
Following the incredible success of Dynamite’s The Shadow
by Garth Ennis, another pulse-pounding pulp hero returns to comics as Dynamite unleashes The Spider
by writer David Liss with art by Colton Worley! The Spider’s Dynamite debut comes complete with covers by Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Francesco Francavilla and Ron Lesser. The book also made Newsarama’s Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 5/2/12; here’s what they had to say:
Historical fiction novelist David Liss made an impact in the comic book world in recent years with Mystery Men and Black Panther at Marvel.
His latest project is The Spider at Dynamite, reviving a long-running pulp fiction hero.
"I think The Spider is hugely influential and has shaped a lot of what we consider standard elements of comic book heroes and villains, but the character's influence has held up better than the character itself," Liss told Newsarama. "I'm very excited to have the chance to reintroduce readers to a very cool hero who they ought to know if they don't already."
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MORRISON, QUESADA, MILLIGAN & ALLRED UNITE – YOUR NEW LOOK AT ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #109/22/14 @ 1:14 pm EST
As we hit the third issue of Dawn / Vampirella
from Dynamite Entertainment
, Byron Brewer
checks in with series writer and artist Joseph Michael Linsner
to talk about bring two iconic female characters together for the first time.BYRON BREWER: So, we are halfway through this unique mini-series teaming your gal Dawn with Vampirella in Dawn’s first-ever crossover. Has it been a fun ride?JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER:
You bet. After 25 years of drawing Dawn it’s nice getting to draw her interacting with another intelligent, beautiful lady. It’s been a nice challenge as well. In order to give them separate visual identities, I’ve had to get a better handle on Dawn’s body language. You should be able to tell them apart just from simple stick figures, beyond all of the fine details that come later. This has all been great fun and it’s keeping me on my toes.BB: Like Jim Starlin and a few others, you are a one-man creative band here on this mini. Does that make creating comics easier or harder?JML:
When you have something particular in mind, writing and drawing the whole thing makes it easier. I’ve had some great collaborators (like Jeff Eckelberry) over the years, but nothing is worse than butting heads with a creative collaborator. In the end the work always suffers and it shows in the sales. The ideas fall in the middle and don’t reach their potential. Doing the whole thing myself, writing, drawing, inking and creating color guides, is more work but ultimately more satisfying.BB: Have you had any difficulties jibing the world of Vampirella with that of Dawn?JML:
Not at all. Dawn has the ability to dance between worlds — she can go to Heaven, Hell and beyond. Overlapping her mythos with Vampi’s has been as easy as pie. I think both ladies are strong characters, which makes it easier. You can take them and stick them into any scenario and they’ll write themselves out of it easily.BB: Give us your impression of each character: differences, similarities, etc.JML:
Dawn is more reserved and calculating. She is a chess player who doesn’t like to get her hands dirty. Vampirella is carnal, she craves her righteous blood. Actions first, consequences later. I never would have envisioned a Goddess and a Vampire matching up so well, but they do play nicely off of each other.BB: Both characters are good “storytellers,” and November’s issue has two wonderful tales. Do you like this method of storytelling?JML:
I started off doing short stories in my first series, “Cry For Dawn”. I love short stories — they give you the chance to introduce a concept, develop it and then wrap it up all in a few pages. An ongoing adventure is easy to do, like a soap opera, but a good short story is hard work. It needs to have some meat on it’s bones as well as a good payoff in the end, otherwise it feels like a waste of time for everyone.BB: Can you give us your impression of Masodik as a villain? JML:
He’s greedy. Being a demon, greed comes naturally. Part of him can’t believe that he’s actually pulling this storyline off, kidnapping Dawn and Vampirella, but somehow he is. He has the full attention of two smart and beautiful women, and he’s loving every second of it because he’s convinced that he’s going to get everything he wants in the end. Will he? We’ll have to see.BB: Does Joseph the Writer ever get frustrated at Joseph the Artist, or vice versa?JML:
Yes. I actually draw pretty fast, but not fast enough for Joe the Writer. I’ve got 10 million story ideas! So many graphic novels I want to get in print, but drawing them properly takes so long. And Joe The Artist gets frustrated because comics are such hard work. You have to draw everything to flesh out a scene fully. Lame details are essential to create the reality of a setting — chairs, tables, light sockets, doorknobs. I hate drawing that stuff. Joe the Artist just wants to paint girls, that’s the fun part. Luckily, Kristina Deak- Linsner is an artist as well, and an excellent Editor. She’s been instrumental in helping the artist and the writer maintain balance and keep the series on track.BB: Hasn’t this team-up mini been a wonderful way to celebrate the special anniversaries of both lead characters?JML:
It’s been fantastic. I couldn’t dream of a finer celebration of these two iconic female characters.
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DAREDEVIL STREET KING ENERGY EDITION TO BE JOINED BY PUNISHER09/21/14 @ 3:45 pm EST
It was the series that changed comics forever, injecting new sophistication into the medium and becoming one of the most significant works in comic history. Marvel is proud to present your new look inside December’s ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1,
bringing you new stories from legendary talents! Celebrated comic creators Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred unite for a star-studded, can’t-miss comic event that will have the whole industry talking!
is a legend that resonates deeply in the world of comics,” says Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso. “Without its trailblazing stories, who knows what the landscape of comics would look like today? If you want to live up to that pedigree, you don’t pull any punches. That's why we tapped two incredible creative teams — Grant Morrison and Joe Quesada; Peter Milligan and Mike Allred — for this historic annual. All-New Miracleman Annual
#1 is a must-read for any fan of the character, or the medium in general.”
Comic book icons Grant Morrison and Joe Quesada team for the first time to bring you a story over 20 years in the making. Famously written over 20 years ago, Grant Morrison’s long-lost Miracleman tale will finally see print in this epic, oversized annual! Brought beautifully to life by legendary artist & Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, this notably unpublished story and much talked about piece of Miracleman history will finally be available for the first time ever! Experience a foreboding tale of the once Kid Miracleman prior to the cataclysmic Battle of London.
Then, comic superstars Peter Milligan and Mike Allred take you back to the glory days of Miracleman’s past for an all-new look at the classic Mick Anglo era as Miracleman, Kid Miracleman and Young Miracleman do battle against a fearsome and terrifying foe! But amid the Miracleman Family’s awe-inspiring clash, there is a sense of unease. Something is not right. Something in Miracleman’s own mind! Is this all a dream? What is Project Zarathustra?
Plus, ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1
comes jam-packed with bonus extras that should not be missed - including Grant Morrison’s original script, sketches, original art and more!
Debuting on New Year’s Eve, ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1
stands as one of only two Marvel Comics hitting shelves on the final day of the calendar year. Launching alongsideS.H.I.E.L.D. #1
, Marvel Comics is ready to close out 2014 with a colossal bang! Be there when Grant Morrison, Joe Quesada, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred take the Miracleman mythos to new heights for the blockbuster ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1
– hitting comic shops and digital devices on 12/31!
ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON & PETER MILLIGAN Art by JOE QUESADA & MIKE ALLRED
Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Variant Covers by JOE QUESADA & JEFF SMITH On-Sale 12/31/14!
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HOWARD, A BRITISH INVASION HITS MALTA COMIC CON 201409/21/14 @ 3:24 pm EST
Bleeding Cool reported a couple of weeks ago that retailers would be receiving, one per store, an edition of an upcoming issue of Daredevil with a Daredevil-branded bottle of the energy drink SK Energy taking over the whole cover.
Well, it looks like they may have another variety, as a version of Punisher #11 will also be sent out , one per store, to retailers, the week of New York Comic Con. Can we expect similarly branded bottles to accompany the Daredevil version?
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ROB HOOD TAKES THE OFFENSIVE IN SHERWOOD, TX09/21/14 @ 3:15 pm EST
Wicked Comics is proud to announce that creator owned comics king Jason Howard (The Astounding Wolf-Man), legendary editor, writer and letterer Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), creator and Grand Wizard Tim Perkins (Worlds End Vol 1 – The Riders on the Storm) as well as fan favourite creator and comic activist Sean Azzopardi (Necessary Monsters) will be joining Yishan Li,Rufus Dayglo, Andrew Wildman, Guillermo Ortego, Steve Scott, Mickey Lam, Mike Collins,Cliodhna, Dave Taylor, Christian Ward, John-Paul Kamath, Michael Dialynas, Lew Stringer, Daniela “Iella” Attard, Mario Alberti, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby as guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30thNovember at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday.
“I met Jason Howard during New York Comic Con 2012 and he’s a great guy on top of an excellent creator. We’re delighted that he has accepted our invitation and are certain that he’ll fit in well with the family spirit prevalent at the Malta Comic Con. Richard Starkings influence on the industry is such that any convention organiser would be delighted to have him on his guest list. Consequently, we’re excited to welcome him to Malta and look forward to his contribution towards our show. Tim Perkins and Sean Azzopardi were amongst the guests present at the first Malta Comic Convention. They believed in us from the off-set and in addition to their presence in each successive show they continue to provide invaluable input to help us develop further the Maltese comic scene and our convention. Simply put the Malta Comic Con wouldn’t be the same without them. The presence of these fine creators as well as that of the other guests has us all enthusiastically looking forward to the Malta Comic Con 2014 and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their participation and look forward to hosting them here,” said Chris Le Galle, co-founder of Wicked Comics.
Jason Howard is a comic book artist best known for his creator owned work. He had long runs as the artist of the Image comics series Super Dinosaur and The Astounding Wolf-Man, both with co-creator and writer Robert Kirkman. He also wrote and drew half of the cult hit comic Sea Bear and Grizzly Shark. In 2013 Jason collaborated with Warren Ellis on the webcomic Scatterlands. In May of 2014 the duo launched their new comic book collaboration; Trees. Trees is a science fiction series from Image comics that focuses on the quiet aftermath of an alien invasion.
Richard Starkings is a British font designer and comic book letterer, editor and writer. He broke into the industry lettering for 2000AD’s Future Shocks and a variety of strips in Warrior magazine. He then moved to Marvel UK where he later held the post of editor. In 1992 he founded Comicraft; a studio offering “Unique Design and Fine Lettering” and one which provides lettering services for virtually all the major publishers. Comicraft also sells Font designs as software applications through their Active Images company. Starkings created a character called Hip Flask an anthropomorphic hippopotamus which he used to promote Font Designs although later a number of one-shot comics featuring this character have also been published by Active Images. In 2006 Image Comics launched an on-going series titled Elephantmen as a prequel to Hip Flask. Elephantmen is written by Starkings and features the work of a variety of illustrators.
Tim Perkins is an award winning comic illustrator and writer and now graphic novelist based in England and has worked for over 30 years on comics as diverse as Dark Dominion, Transformers, Thundercats, Doctor Who, Judge Dredd, Dreamstone, Earthworm Jim, And Hot Wheels for such illustrious giants as Marvel, DC, 2000AD, Defiant, and Tekno, amongst a great many others.
He also works as a concept artist, designer and writer in the worlds of themed rides and attractions and animation, as well as lecturing about comics, storytelling and creativity. He is also founder and lecturer on the Fantasy Art Unlimited art course and is company director of Wizards Keep Publishing, the publishing imprint of Wizards Keep Limited.
His “Science Fusion” graphic novel Worlds End – Volume 1 – The Risers on the Storm is the first major publication from the company. He is currently producing the artwork for the second volume, Worlds End – Volume 2 – A Hard Reign’s Gonna Fall. Artwork from this second volume will be on show at this year's convention along with the hard backed copies of the first volume, the Worlds End Colouring & Storybook and a NEW Volume 2 Ashcan, containing some surprises for Maltese fans for sale. Tim also promises some Top-Secret new surprises for this 2014 convention.
Sean Azzopardi is a London-based cartoonist who has created and self published comics for eleven years. During this time he attended a variety of comics related events, both locally and internationally. This year has seen Sean in France (Angouleme) and Malta (MCC). He has also been involved with collectives and was a founding member of London Underground Comics, and organised exhibitions with the Crouch End Festival. Sean has produced many mini comics and books for his Phatcomics imprint, including acclaimed titles such as Ed, Twelve Hour Shift and Dark Matters. Away from self published titles he has just completed volume two of Necessary Monsters (First comics) and has drawn a back up strip for indy smash Phonogram (Image). He has also contributed to numerous anthologies and magazines, most recently the current Off Life and Ink + Paper.
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‘MAZE RUNNER’ LEADS BOX OFFICE REVIVAL09/21/14 @ 2:55 pm EST
It's time to go on the offensive!
From 12 Guage: Rob Hood and the Jesters hatch a plan to rob John Prince and free the kidnapped Mexican girls he and the Nobles have forced into their sex-slave business.
Meanwhile, Maria puts her life on the line for Hood, doing everything she can to bring justice to the men who murdered his father. SHERWOOD, TX #3 (of 5) Written By: Shane Berryhill Artist: Daniel Hillyard Colors: Charlie Kirchoff Cover: Andrew Robinson Price: $3.99
24 pages On-Sale: 9/24
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MARVEL SUPERHEROES, VILLAINS TAKE SAME STAGE IN TOUR SHOWING09/21/14 @ 2:45 pm EST
The teenage dystopian drama The Maze Runner topped the weekend box office with a $32.5 million bow, easily eclipsing fellow newcomers A Walk Among the Tombstones, and This Is Where I Leave You. Together the troika of new arrivals pushed the total of the top twelve films to a 25% gain over the same frame last year when the drama Prisoners opened with $20.8 million. Debuting in 602 theaters Kevin Smith’s horror film Tusks could muster only $886,000 and debuted at #14.
The latest in a burgeoning series of teen dystopian dramas, The Maze Runner differs from its predecessors in that its hero is a boy, one of a group of teen boys stranded on island in the center of a giant maze. While The Maze Runner’s $32.5 million bow is a solid start for the $30 million film (MGM immediately announced a date for a sequel), it pales in comparison to the March opening of Divergent ($54.6 million) starring Shailene Woodley, to say nothing of the mammoth bows of The Hunger Games films ($152 million and $158 million). Obviously the teen dystopian genre is predisposed to favor female leads, and even in The Maze Runner, which has only one key female role, females made up 52% of the debut weekend audience.
Kevin Smith’s horror film Tusks, which opened in 602 theaters, could muster only $886,000 for a very poor $1,472 per venue average. This poor showing will only accelerate the trend of B-budget modern horror films going directly to VOD (and disc). With a nearly non-existent marketing campaign, the fate of Tusks was probably to be expected, but it is unfortunate nonetheless.
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BATMAN WORLD RECORD REACHED IN CALGARY09/21/14 @ 2:12 pm EST
In 1939, a Brooklyn comic artist started a company that has since dominated print, TV and the big screen.
This summer, Martin Goodman’s Marvel Comics was elevated to another form – a live-action tour: Marvel Universe Live!
The show features heroes and villains from the Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Thor
and Iron Man
The Asgardian God of Thunder, Thor, shatters the Cosmic Cube, “the source of ultimate power,” and scatters its pieces across the world.
That doesn’t stop Thor’s devious brother, Loki, from trying to own the cube’s powers.
Now, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and Wolverine must track down the pieces before Loki does.
Along the way, they run into a few obstacles – their arch-enemies!
Marvel Universe Live! will be hitting 85 cities across the country.
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HEROES RUN FOR THE CHILDREN IN LEXINGTON TODAY09/20/14 @ 9:34 pm EST
Hundreds of Nexen Energy employees dressed as Batman gathered in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as they set a Guinness World Record for most people masquerading as the Caped Crusader.
Nexen carried out the effort as a way to kick off its 2014 United Way campaign, which has the theme, "From Suits to Superheroes."
The world record was officially set when 542 persons dressed as the Dark Knight participated.
And it isn't the first time that Nexen has set a Guinness World Record, In 2011, employees with the oil and gas company set the record for biggest gathering of people dressed as Superman, with 437 people in attendance.
World's Finest, eh?
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THIS WEEKEND AT THE ROSE CITY COMIC CON IN PORTLAND09/20/14 @ 9:17 pm EST
The CASA Superhero Run is held annually in Lexington, KY, and is a key fundraiser in the fight against child abuse. Every child needs a hero, and plenty were in Lexington Saturday morning, Sept. 20, 2014. Congratulations to Josh Nadzam (Batman), who was first across the 5K Finish Line today.
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