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First, the bad, then the weird:

 

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-Crossgen approved by bankrupcy court, properties going up for auction... :D

 

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-DC sues "Kyrpotnite" bike lock company

(and if you want a laugh, click here to watch one unlocked with a bic pen :D )

 

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-After a 20-year agreement, Marvel goes to court with WWE over the rights to the word "Hulk", as with their charcter, and Hulkamaniac Hogan. It's an interesting read.

 

The lawsuits sound silly, until you understand that both imprints are companies which, for better or worse, stay afloat largely by expoliting their creative properties, and cant afford to let others do so for free.

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Newsarama reports on WizardWolrd Dallas

 

MARVEL'S WW: DALLAS NEWS

 

Marvel’s panel at WizardWorld Dallas held a few secrets and surprises: from wizardunivere.com and Newsarama’s operatives on the floor then…

 

New Avengers: already has 18 issues planned out, and for those who aren’t thrilled with the new team and direction, Marvel Publisher offered up Avenegrs: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by Joe Casey and Scot Kollins.

 

Speaking of Casey, the writer will hit his format of filling in the blanks again, this time with Fantastic Four: First Family, a miniseries which will pick up after the rocket crashes. The artist’s name on the project was not revealed, though, as Newsarama readers know, Casey has been pimping a certain artist lately…

 

On the main Fantastic Four, it was announced that Mark Waid and Mike Weiringo will leave the series after the upcoming Galactus storyarc. Editor Andy Schmidt assured attendees that Waid was not fired this time. A new team has already been selected.

 

Ed Brubaker will write a six issue Books of Doom miniseries which will begin in June, with art by an artist who has never worked with Marvel before. In news closely related to Brubaker, it was announced that Michael Lark has signed a two-year exclusive with Marvel. Check with Newsarama in the coming week to learn what this means for Gotham Central.

 

As recently revealed at Marvel.com, Amazing Fantasy will return in 2005 as almost a “showcase” style series from Marvel, acting as a start point for new characters and concepts. If successful, as with the recent “Spider-Girl,” characters can then spin off into their own series or projects.

 

The previously announced Young Avengers will tie in to the Brian Bendis-written House of M in 2005, the fallout of Avengers: Disassembled.

 

A Weapon X miniseries is planned for 2005, written by Frank Tieri.

 

Adam Warren and Rick Mays team for the formerly rumored Live Wires in 2005.

 

Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev will leave Daredevil in December of 2005.

 

Frank Cho’s Shanna the She Devil is slated to launch in February of 2005.

 

Salvador Larocca will be on a Spider-Man project or title in 2005.

 

Thor will return in the summer of 2005. She-Hulk will end with issue #12, and relaunch with a Runaways-style marketing push.

 

Nick Fury will get his own series in late 2005.

 

In the Ultimate Universe, the third part of the Warren Ellis trilogy will se print in August.

 

Ultimate Iron Man will launch in 2005 with Andy Kubert as artist. Buckley hinted at Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card in regards to the title, which lead to parallel lines of speculation, as to whether Card himself will write the series, or if the series will somehow be related to Card’s premise in his novel series.

 

Adam Kubert will return to Ultimate Fantastic Four, while Warren Ellis will remain on the title through a portion of '05.

 

Wonder if "Fury" will be max...? Prolly not.

Kubert on Iron Whore could be interestin; talkin bout Maleev & Bendis leavin DD makes me sad, sad like this :D

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MARVEL SUES CITY OF HEROES PRODUCERS

 

According to a report from the Associated Press, Marvel has filed suit against the producers of the popular super-hero MMORPG, City of Heroes, NC Soft and Cryptic Studios Inc. The suit claims that the game violates Marvel’s trademark characters. Marvel is seeking unspecified damages as well as an injunction to force the two companies to stop using its characters.

 

While the game does not have, or feature Marvel characters, Marvel claims that the game’s character-creation engine allows players to create characters which are virtually identical to its characters, such as a giant, green ‘tanker’ style character whose powers are science based, which would be similar to the Hulk; or a mutant-based characters whose powers and costume could be seen as being nearly identical to Wolverine.

 

Marvel also claims that the game allows players to name their characters after its characters, though, according to the City of Heroes rulebook, players are not allowed to name their characters after copyrighted characters, and doing so is a violation of the game's Terms of Service; though quasi-identical variations would be able to get through the name system - for example, the City of Heroes Official Strategy Guide (licensed by Prima, and approved by NCSoft and Cryptic Studio) includes a comic strip where three characters that look like Marvel's Wolverine, calling themselves Wulferine, Wolvereen, and Wulverine, joke about who's the "real" character.

 

While Marvel claims that NCSoft and Cryptic Studios are responsible for what is on their servers where player play the game, at issue is also whether or not the companies can be held responsible for what players wish to do, and whether or not NCSoft and Cryptic should be acting as de facto agents for Marvel in actively protecting Marvel’s copyrights.

 

Also mentioned in the suit is Marvel’s allegation that the ability of players to create characters so close to Marvel characters has disrupted its business prospects for seeing its own MMORPG based on Marvel characters, which has been in development at Vivendi for years.

 

If the suit does go to court, pundits are already pointing out that it will be a landmark case in the matter of electronic rights.

 

From the AP Article by Alex Veiga:

 

”The Marvel lawsuit appears to be the first to raise this question in the scope of an online game. But early copyright infringement lawsuits brought by recording companies against pioneer file-sharing service Napster successfully argued Napster was liable for its customers' sharing of music online because they could do so only by accessing the company's computer system.

 

”The argument can still be made that "City of Heroes'' is only empowering users to the same degree that an establishment like Kinkos enables customers to make paper copies of copyrighted material, said Fred von Lohmann, senior intellectual property attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

 

"Is it a violation of copyright to make up a character in the virtual world or is that fair use?'' von Lohmann said. "This is really untested ground in the courts.''

 

The move is in line with Marvel's previous actions, specifically in June of 2003, when Marvel shut down a site that provided skins (designs for characters) resembling Marvel characters for Freedom Force. In that instance though, Marvel went after the producers of the skins (who were not doing it for profit), rather than Irrational Games, the studio which produces Freedom Force. With City of Heroes you cannot import skins which are external to the game, rather all characters, from look to powers, must be created using the game's tools.

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SB's gonna wanna know bout this for sure.... :D

 

Eisner Recovering from Open Heart Surgery

 

Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter has posted a Denis Kitchen e-mail, detailing that "Will Eisner is in intensive care following open heart surgery. Quadruple bypass. He didn't want anyone to know until he came through OK, but all signs are that he is recovering terrifically..."

 

"Please encourage fans and friends to send Get Well cards to:

 

Will Eisner Studios, Inc.

8333 West McNab Road,

Suite 131

Tamarac FL 33321"

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I didn't get through a hell of alot but it was good. I really dug Dave Sim's artwork and "I don't wanna sound like a queer or nothing but" the letter pages were always a really interesting read too. I'm debating whether or not to get the collections. I kinda wanna try and get my hands on all the Ennis shit I don't have first.

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According to Newsarama, Marvel's advertising on the air!

 

MARVEL READIES TELEVISION COMMERCIAL FOR FF COMIC

For the first time since the early ‘80s, there will soon be commercials for Marvel Comics on television. The program, which is small, and in its initial phases, will be part of the build-up to the Fantastic Four movie.

 

As with the last time Marvel Comics appeared in television spots (GI Joe commercials, circa 1983) the new spot will be a hybrid toy/comic ad, featuring a Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four (the publisher's renamed all-ages "Marvel Age" line) comic as well as a Toy Biz toy.

 

As Marvel’s Manager, Sales and Marketing David Gabriel told retailers via a recent interview in Diamond Dateline:

 

“There will be a new Marvel Adventures title closely related to upcoming blockbuster Fantastic Four film, due in theaters next summer. This title will be aggressively targeted as part of a multi-million dollar ad campaign for ToyBiz, which will, for the first time, showcase the Marvel Adventures comics as part of a nationally televised 60-second commercial spot. Last time this happened the result was Marvel's hugely successful G.I. Joe comic.”

 

While it is true that comic book distribution was more robust in the early ‘80s than it is now, only Marvel (and to a much smaller extent Malibu) ever really pursued television commercials as a means to reach potential customers. With this advertising campaign (albeit tied to a movie), Marvel becomes the second major US comic book publisher to try television in as many years – last May, Tokyopop debuted a series of commercials specifically for their graphic novels on a variety of cable channels viewed by its demographic.

 

The ad featuring Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four is slated to begin in May, and will air nationwide. Marvel did not disclose specifics of which channels and cable outlets will run the ad, but told Newsarama that more information will be made available soon.

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THE END OF $2.25 COMICS @ MARVEL?

 

Today Diamond Comics Distributors has released a text version of their April 2005 Previews (Vol. XV #6) Order Form for titles shipping to the Direct Market in June, and as some eagle-eyed readers have already noticed that June apparently marks a raise in price for Marvel Comics’ lowest priced books from $2.25 to $2.50.

 

According to the Diamond order form, the titles that retailed for $2.25 as of May 2005 and are seemingly affected include:

 

Ultimate Spider-Man #78

Ultimate Fantastic Four #20

Ultimate X-Men #60

Amazing Spider-Man #521

Wolverine #29

New Avengers #8

X-Men #171 & 172

Uncanny X-Men #460 & 461

Marvel Team-Up #9

 

Additionally, the Marvel Adventures books (including Marvel Adventures Spider-Man) that had previously retailed for $2.25 also had their price raised to $2.50 effective titles shipping in May 2005.

 

Marvel's last significant price increase came in April 2003, when the publisher raised the price of 13 titles (including Iron Man, Exiles and Thor) from $2.25 to $2.99, which at the time corresponded to titles selling at #30 or below in Diamond's Top 300 sales chart. That's not the case in this instance, as, aside from Marvel Team-Up, all of the books seeing a price increase are Marvel's best sellers, consistently ranking in the Top 10 monthly.

 

Marvel has not yet officially announced any price change.

 

The move effectively ends all $2.25 pricing at Marvel. DC still has six superhero titles priced at $2.25 (Nightwing, Robin, Batman, Flash, JLA and Wonder Woman), and their "Johnny DC" line (made of Cartoon Network and animated series tie-ins) is still priced at $2.25.

 

Newsarama is following this story and will bring you more information and confirmation and comments from Marvel when available.

 

Developing...

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Vertigo news

 

WIZARDWORLD LA: VERTIGO & WILDSTORM

 

The LovelessWrapping up their WizardWorld LA programming weekend, DC held their Outside the Universe – Vertigo and Wildstorm panel Sunday afternoon, attended by creators Joshua Dysart, Bill Willingham, Marcia Chen, Joe Benitez and Tim Bradstreet, Vertigo editor Jon Vankin, Wildstorm editors Ben Abernathy and Alex Sinclair, and DC VP - Sales and Marketing Bob Wayne.

 

A defective slide projector put a crimp on the usual DC mix of slide-show presentation featuring some new and some previously announced projects followed by fan/creator Q&A, which led to the panel turning to Q&A a little sooner.

 

- Perhaps the biggest news of the hour came was it was announced writer Mike Carey would be leaving Hellblazer after nearly 3 ½ years and 41 issues. Beginning with issue #216, author Denise Mina takes over as series writer for the “foreseeable future”.

 

New Hellblazer writer Denise MinaMina is a Glasgow-based Scottish crime novelist who has written five books, (including her newest Field of Blood). Her Hellblazer story arc will in fact take John Constantine to Glasgow.

 

Though a crime novelist, Vankin said Mina will not shy away from the supernatural elements of the series and that he first story is in fact heavy in the supernatural department.

 

There will be special guest artists during her run, and the panel strongly hinted attending artist Tim Bradstreet would contribute some interior art.

 

- DC showed preview art of Brian Azzarello and Hellblazer artist Marcelo Frusin’s upcoming new Western ongoing Loveless (image above), set to debut later this year.

 

- Jill Thompson’s second original manga story Dead Boy Detectives debuts in July. A mystery spinning out of The Sandman: Season Of Mists, it’s about Edwin Paine and Charles Rowland, two dead British teens that run a makeshift detective agency that travel across the pond to the States. It guest-stars the always-popular Death.

 

- Fable’s writer Bill Willingham was asked if the series would move beyond the more traditional fairy tale characters American readers know. Willingham said after the current story arc with Little Boy Blue that will reveal the Adversary, the following arc will detail what happens when the non-European Fables coming fleeing out of the homeland.

 

Willingham explained the Adversary is conquering the whole of the homeland, but like the Roman conquest of the world, it takes some time, and the European Fables we’re all familiar with were the first to flee. He promised quite a culture clash when Fables from around the rest of the world come out and try to fit in with our world/Fabletown.

 

Willingham also said there are more Fables side projects in the vein of The Last Castle from last year in the works. A new graphic novel will flash back to a time when the Fabletown people hatched a plan to enlist allies before realizing the battle with the Adversary was already lost.

 

He said in that story readers will also see lots of different Fables from other cultures and guest-stars.

 

- Asked if the Vertigo line would be expanding, Vankin said Vertigo is looking to push the envelope to find and reach out to readers who might not necessarily attend comics conventions or even currently read comics. In that vein, fans will continue to see more genre-type projects coming from the imprint, but also lots of “high-quality, non-genre,” projects with “wide appeal”, such as the new Harvey Pekar OGN.

 

- There will be more Grant Morrison Doom Patrol trades if the sales are solid on the first two volumes.

 

- In 100 Bullets, Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso and cover artist Dave Johnson will continue to follow the deadly conflict between the Minutemen and the Trust. In July’s 100 Bullets #62, “the deadly but beautiful Megan Dietrich runs afoul of Cole Burns and Benito Medici in a love triangle that can only end badly.”

 

- Vankin said he’s real happy with the real “Alan Moore/EC Comics vibe” Josh Dysart has brought back to Swamp Thing. Enrique Breccia will return as the series regular artist, though future guest artists include Richard Corben.

 

- A new Ex Machina collected edition is due in September.

 

- Speaking of Wildstorm Signature, Ben Abernathy said there are more Signature projects coming, as well as more projects set in the Wildstorm Universe, and they are looking forward to seeing the Universe move back to the forefront of comic book universes.

 

Abernathy didn’t say anything specific but did hint that they were working towards the relaunch of Wildcats, Gen-13 and others, including The Authority after the current Authority: Revolution series concludes.

 

- On that note there are no plans for any other creators to pick up on projects Ed Brubaker was associated with - like Sleeper - after their conclusion.

 

- Alex Sinclair said Mike Carey and Whilce Portacio are still working together and they’re trying to get to the point where they can put Wetworks back on the schedule.

 

- Writer John Ridley’s The Authority: Human on the Inside with art by Ben Oliver will come out in softcover this year, and Wildstorm hopes to do more with the very busy Ridley after the completion of his The Razor’s Edge: Warblade series, and that the two sides are talking.

 

- The trade paperback collection of Terra Obscura: Vol. 2 will be out in September. There are no plans for a third volume.

 

- Anyone remember The Wintermen? The Vertigo project by writer Brett Lewis and artist John Paul Leon announced a few years back is back on the schedule as a Wildstorm release for August.

 

The Wintermen tells the tale of fallen Russian super-soldiers and what happened to them after the Soviet Union crumbled. A Google search will probably land interested readers more info.

 

Wraithborn is a new 6-issue limited series written by Marcia Chen with art by Joe Benitez & Joe Weems launching in September.

 

A supernatural action-adventure, the story is about the Wraithborn, wielders of a mysterious power who defend humanity from supernatural beings called Wraiths. The series stars Valin, a young man who trained his whole life to be a Wraithborn, who finds that his powers have been given to a timid teenage girl named Melanie who doesn’t know how to be a hero and doesn’t necessarily want to be one. A powerless Valin is now forced to protect the super-powered Melanie from the Wraiths.

 

Carey leaving Hellblazer's a damn shame, I've really enjoyed his stint, especially his current arc. And Azzarello still wont say how long 100 Bullets is looking to go...

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For those DC fans around here, theyre changing thier logo: Newsarama....

 

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UPDATED: DC UNVEILS NEW LOGO

 

According to a report in Monday’s International Herald Tribune (posted online Sunday, by way of a pull from the Business section of The New York Times) DC will be unveiling a new logo on a comic book on sale May 25th, and then premiere it line-wide the following week. According to the report, the new look will replace the flat, four-star bullet that has served as DC’s logo since the mid-1970s, and is part “face-lift and part marketing strategy.”

 

DC's outgoing logo was designed by legendary designer Milton Glaser, who also designed the classic "I {heart} NY" logo, and dozens of other instantly identifiable brand marks.

 

Looking at DC's current schedule, DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy looks like a strong possibility to serve as the debut title, as it was recently rescheduled (moved up a week to 5/25, in fact) and has been called a pivotal book in what DC is building towards with the upcoming Infinite Crisis.

 

"The logotype is intended to brand DC Comics as a contender across all media, from comics and toys to television and film, as the company tries to compete with Marvel Comics, the publisher of Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four,” reports the Herald Tribune.

 

Kevin Tsujihara, the Warner Brothers Executive Vice President for Corporate Business Development and Strategy is quoted in the piece as saying, “We're talking about a multibillion-dollar brand. There was a level of concern that we weren't fully utilizing the power of DC."

 

The new logo will grace all manner of DC-related merchandise and programming, including toys, and TV’s Smallville and Justice League Unlimited.

 

The New York Times story reported that a Legion of Super-Heroes animated series is in development. Speaking of all the diverse products that wil be branded with the new logo, Tsujihara said it expects to see over a billion dollars in revenue.

 

The Times: Paul Levitz, the president and publisher of DC Comics, said: "Look at the Superman movies with Chris Reeves. Look at the animated Batman series. The projects that people remember for a generation also have a financial impact for a generation - they continue to air. When we're successful, it has a long, cumulative effect."

 

Update 5/8/; 3:30pm EST: According to sources speaking with Newsarama, DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy (recently rescheduled for a May 25th debut) will be the first book of the line to carry the new logo.

 

Update 5/9/05 6:25am EST DC/Warner Brothers' Press Release for the change reads:

 

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company and the world's largest English-language publisher of comics, unveiled a new DC Comics company logo today that will appear on comic books, graphic novels and, for the first time ever, on films and television series based on DC properties. The new DC logo will make its first appearance on a DC Comics cover May 25 when the company publishes DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy #1 and will then appear on the entire DC line the following week. An animated version of the new DC logo premieres June 15 with the release of Batman Begins, the highly anticipated Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes and Morgan Freeman.

 

For more than 70 years, DC Comics has provided entertainment for every age group and interest. In 2005, DC Comics is entering a new phase of growth with the launch of an exciting line-up of new publishing projects, feature films, television programming, licensing ventures and collectible products. The new logo, created by Josh Beatman of Brainchild Studios, highlights DC Comics' ambitious media plans for the future and represents the latest step in Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner's commitment to maximize the value and exposure of DC Comics.

 

"DC is a unique and powerful asset whose characters have long been exceptional performers for Warner Bros. with billions of dollars in cumulative sales," said Kevin Tsujihara, Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment. "This new logo and branding program is a statement that the DC brand is a strategic asset and vital tool in our approach to creating and developing films, television, merchandising and games."

 

"For generations, comic book fans have been loving supporters of the DC brand: voting us their favorite publisher, counting on us to provide a universe of imagination and entertainment, and looking for our mark as an invitation to try new characters and titles," commented DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz. "With the introduction of our new logo and a comprehensive branding program, we're inviting our fans in all media to continue to count on the DC brand standing for the best comics, classic characters and a fantastic creative experience."

 

2005 marks a particularly exciting year for DC across all media, including:

 

-- Theatrical releases. In February, Warner Bros. Pictures released Constantine, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz and Tilda Swinton. Based on the comic book Hellblazer, the film was the first to be based on a property from DC's Vertigo imprint and has grossed more than $200 million worldwide since its release. In June, Batman Begins will explore the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham City. This fall will see the release of another major motion picture based on DC comic books, V For Vendetta (based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd), starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski Brothers from a script by the Wachowski Brothers. Production is also underway on Warner Bros. Pictures' Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer and starring Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey.

 

-- Television programs. There are currently a record five television shows on the air based on DC Comics properties: The WB Network's hit drama Smallville (produced by Warner Bros. Television), three acclaimed Cartoon Network programs-Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans and Krypto the Superdog--and, appearing on both Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network, The Batman. Warner Bros. Animation produces all of the animated series based on DC characters that air on Cartoon Network and Kids' WB!

 

-- Home video. Warner Home Video has amassed an extensive library of DC Comics related releases, including DVDs of theatrical releases (including Superman: The Movie and Batman), live-action television shows (including Smallville, Wonder Woman and Lois & Clark), animated television shows (including The Batman, Static Shock and Challenge of the Super Friends) and direct-to-video projects (Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman).

 

-- Video games. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, DC Comics and Electronic Arts will release a Batman Begins video game day and date with the film on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube™ and Game Boy® Advance. Electronic Arts is also developing computer and video games based on Superman.

 

-- Comic books. Each month, DC Comics and imprints Vertigo and WildStorm publish more than 75 comic books, including perennial favorites Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash, and critically acclaimed series such as 100 Bullets, Y the Last Man and Ex Machina. In 2005, several of the comic industry's premier talents are bringing their distinctive talents to DC's iconic characters. In July, DC will unite two legends, Frank Miller (Sin City, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) and Jim Lee (Batman: Hush, Superman: For Tomorrow) for the new series All-Star Batman & Robin. The ongoing series will pair all-star creative teams with all-star characters to create memorable and dynamic adventures. In October, DC will publish Infinite Crisis, the most eagerly anticipated sequel in the history of comic books, to be written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Phil Jimenez. And in December, DC will unveil All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison (JLA) and Frank Quitely (X-Men).

 

-- Graphic novels. DC will publish two powerhouse hardcover books this fall, Identity Crisis, a superhero murder mystery by New York Times bestselling writer Brad Meltzer, and The Quitter, a coming-of-age graphic novel by Harvey Pekar (American Splendor).

 

-- Manga. CMX, DC's new imprint of manga graphic novels publishes all genres of manga including horror, fantasy, science fiction and adventure titles. Later this year, CMX will add the international bestselling Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne to its list, alongside titles such as Gals! and Monster Collection: The Girl Who Can Deal With Magic Monsters (based on the successful fantasy trading card game of the same name).

 

-- DC Direct. DC Direct, DC Comics' own toy and collectibles brand, markets and distributes a wide variety of collectibles for pop culture enthusiasts, comic book fans and toy collectors alike. The product line includes action figures and statues of DC's most popular characters, including Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Sandman, as well as collectible statues based on Cartoon Network's hit shows Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Puffy AmiYumi.

 

-- Global brand alliances. The DC brand reaches into all forms of pop culture, through relationships with powerful partners including Coca-Cola, Converse, Dolce & Gabbana, Hasbro, Mattel, Microsoft Xbox®, Monolith, Nintendo, Pepsi, Rocawear, Sony, Upper Deck, and Verizon. Warner Bros. Consumer Products licenses all of DC's major properties and this year a massive licensing program for Batman will dominate the retail environment.

 

As both a distinguished publisher and a vital creative development source, DC is a unique asset in the media world for both Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC has the ability to create properties that appeal to a wide-ranging audience, from preschoolers (Krypto) to adults (Constantine), and everyone in between. For decades, DC characters have permeated pop culture around the world and cutting edge graphic novels such as Watchmen and Sandman have altered the public's idea of the medium. 2005 marks the beginning of the next stage of the ongoing evolution of one of the media world's gems, DC Comics.

 

DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC super heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics' Web site is located at www.dccomics.com

 

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I dug the bullet logo a lot better, but i mean, that and a big red M are what i grew up with, so...

 

ps Jim Lee: DC's sole artist?

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I couldn't find a place for stuff like this. Just general news, happenings in the industry. Shit like that.

 

So it looks like we're definitely getting that 300 sequel, but it sounds to me like it's being written specifically so they can make another movie. Kinda ass-backwards if you ask me.

 

Nestled in this Los Angeles Times article about the resurgence of Greek mythology in popular entertainment just may be the first official details of Frank Miller's sequel to his 1998 miniseries-turned-2007 box-office hit 300.

 

Previous reports had indicated that the new graphic novel, which would be used as the basis for another movie, is set between the Battle of Thermopylae and the Battle of Plataea, shown at the end of 300.

 

However, according to the LA Times article, the follow-up is now titled Xerxes -- Xerxes I of Persia is the antagonist of 300 -- and takes place 10 years before Thermopylae.

 

“It’s the Battle of Marathon through my lens,” Miller told the newspaper last week. “I’ve finished the plot and I’m getting started on the artwork.”

 

Among the criticisms levied against 300 is Miller's depiction of Xerxes as an inhumanly tall, bejeweled androgynous figure at the head of a near-demonic horde.

 

The Battle of Marathon marked the end of Persia's first invasion of Greece, triggered by the involvement of Athens and Eretria in revolts by several regions in Asia Minor against Persian rule. Xerxes' father Darius I was the ruler of Persia at the time of the conflict.

via ComingSoon.net

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I believe the trick of rushing a comic into production just to make it into a movie should be dubbed "The Mark Millar Method." All in favor?

 

Once he gets the ball rolling, I sometimes wish he'd rush a little more. Procrastinating motherfucker. But yeah, you're right. I give it an "aye".

 

Also, The Boys Vol. 3: Good for the Soul Limited Edition Hardcover comes out today.

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Is that another Absolute edition? I have the ridiculously-oversized vol 1 HC and have been waiting to get a second so I can have the complete collection of what I read and enjoyed of the Boys.

I believe the trick of rushing a comic into production just to make it into a movie should be dubbed "The Mark Millar Method." All in favor?
Not sure what this was aimed toward, Wanted certainly had a cinematic quality to it, but good god if only they'd followed the clear-cut casting Call he instilled in the book. Eminem & Jada Pinkett-Smith beat the shit out of Angelina & Mcavoy any day.
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Kick-Ass and his upcoming Darker Batman knock-off mainly...

 

That's what I was referring to as well.

 

From CBR.

 

Cerebus Returns To Todd McFarlanes "Spawn"

 

After over fifteen years, Todd McFarlane and Dave Sim's highly acclaimed collaboration in SPAWN #10 guest-starring CEREBUS returns to print in the upcoming SPAWN ORIGINS COLLECTION: DELUXE EDITION VOL. 1 HC!

 

"It hasn't been reprinted since it first came out," SPAWN #10 writer and CEREBUS creator Dave Sim said. "I'm very glad that's all over with after 14 years. Todd sent me black and white scans of Spawn 10 which will be published in a Cerebus Miscellany volume someday and,

 

hopefully, Spawn 10 will be included in any and all future collections if the Toddmiester decides to make that official McFarlane policy."

 

The SPAWN ORIGINS COLLECTION: DELUXE EDITION VOL. 1 HC features the artwork of Todd McFarlane, which laid the groundwork

 

for the most successful independent comic book ever published. This limited edition hardcover includes classic SPAWN stories written by Sim, Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison and McFarlane himself in one massive slipcase collection. It will mark the first time Sim and McFarlane's

 

collaboration has seen print since it first appeared in 1994.

 

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Is that another Absolute edition? I have the ridiculously-oversized vol 1 HC and have been waiting to get a second so I can have the complete collection of what I read and enjoyed of the Boys.Not sure what this was aimed toward, Wanted certainly had a cinematic quality to it, but good god if only they'd followed the clear-cut casting Call he instilled in the book. Eminem & Jada Pinkett-Smith beat the shit out of Angelina & Mcavoy any day.

A-tothamuthafuckin-MEN on the book's casting trumping the film's. Although I always thought Fox was supposed to be Halle Berry in the comic?

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