So there was a test screening of SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD last night, and many reviews are around the web. Months from release, do you really want to know all about it? If you do…click the link for an AICN scooper. If you don’t, here’s the conclusion of a generally AICN-level ecstatic review:
I thought it was pretty awesome, all and all, and I really appreciated that it was completely unique. On originality alone it wins. But it also kept me laughing along with it, too, sometimes just at the plain audacity of what’s going on the screen.
Well gang, here is the game changer. Here is the bestseller. This is the book that’s going to drive all-new readers into comics shops, with full support of the publisher. Unfortunately it’s Twilight so the new readers are barbarian girls. Borders, get ready. EW.com has an excerpt of an exclusive interview with Stephenie Meyer and a one-page excerpt of a 10-page preview that is set to run in this week’s issue. That’s right, 10 pages of comics in EW. Do you remember the magazine industry?
The manga — which is being published in hardcover on March 16 — will have a 350,000 initial print run, and $19.99 price. Artist Young Kimis not a character in Scott Pilgrim, but at least hasn’t been replaced by a guy yet. Little was known of Kim, but she is Korean has a fine arts background and this is her first manga — a very faithful adaptation of the book, which will be presented in two volumes. According to the EW piece, Meyer had mucho input:
The text of your original novel is boiled down so carefully that it doesn’t feel like anything is missing. Were you the one who did that?
I was definitely involved. I didn’t do the original “script” for the book, so to speak. But when I got the dialogue with the images, I did a lot of tinkering. In a couple of places, I asked for missing scenes to be inserted. For example, the conversation in the car that Bella and Edward have after she faints in Biology.
Hachette also put out a press release, which you can read in the jump.
The Young Adult Library Services Association has released a list of 73 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
The list of 73 titles, drawn from 127 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. In addition, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee created a Top Ten list. “There was a wealth of great titles to choose from this year,” said Eva Volin, committee chair. “This allowed the committee to create a well-rounded list that includes everything from European comics to manga, superhero titles to adaptations of classic literature. We think librarians will find this to be a very useful list.”
The Top Ten Graphic Novels are as follows:
Hardison, Jim and Bart Sears. The Helm. Dark Horse. 2009.
Igarashi, Daisuke. Children of the Sea, vol 1. VIZ Media. 2009.
Jensen, Van and Dusty Higgins. Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer. SLG Publishing. 2009.
Kelly, Joe and J.M. Ken Nimura. I Kill Giants. Image. 2009.
Lethem, Jonathan and Farel Dalrymple. Omega the Unknown. Marvel. 2008.
Love, Jeremy. Bayou, vol 1. DC Comics/Zuda. 2009.
Neufeld, Josh. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. Pantheon Books. 2009.
Siddell, Tom. Gunnerkrigg Court, vol 1: Orientation. Archaia Studios Press. 2009.
Urasawa, Naoki and Takashi Nagasaki. Pluto. VIZ Media. 2009.
Yoshinaga, Fumi. Ooku: The Inner Chambers, vol 1. VIZ Media. 2009.
These ten picks are emblematic of pretty much the whole list — one worth analyzing a bit in terms of the breadth of the selections — this is “the new mainstream” or whatever you want to call it now, a mix of manga, non-event superheroes, licensed adaptations and YA graphic novels from mainstream publishers. While it encompasses a few critically acclaimed titles, it’s really more middle-of-the-road, and suggests that if this is what today’s comics-reading teens are reading, the next decade of comics may be even better than the last, at least in terms of being open to a wide variety of material.
Sacco has two events for his searing FOOTPRINTS IN GAZA graphic novel, starting tonight:
MCNALLY ROBINSON BOOKSELLERS
7:00 – 8:00pm 52 Prince Street
READING/BOOK SIGNING New York, NY
Phone: 212- 274-1160
Thursday, January 21 Brooklyn, NY
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
7:00 – 8:00pm Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
READING/BOOK SIGNING 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Wes Tillander, the previous owner of the Atlanta Comic Convention, sent out a press release clearing up the fact that he’ll still be running three of his smaller shows a year, and he has a contract to prove it. Text below:
I’M WESLEY TILLANDER, FOUNDER OF THE 15 YEAR OLD (4 TIMES A YEAR ) ATLANTA COMIC CONVENTION.CALLED “THE BEST ONE DAY SHOW IN THE SOUTH!” . WHEN WIZARD WORLD RELEASED THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY PURCHASED MY SHOW…I HAVE HAD OVER 100 EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS WONDERING IF THE ONE DAY SHOW IS GONE…IT IS NOT…
IF YOU HAVENT HEARD WIZARD HAS BOUGHT ONE…..ONE ….OF THE ATLANTA COMIC CONVENTIONS 4 SHOWS A YEAR….THEY ARE LOOKING NOW FOR A DATE… THE WIZARD SHOW WILL BE CALLED THE “ATLANTA COMIC CON..WIZARD WORLD” AND WILL BE A 3 DAY SHOW. THE OTHER 3 ONE DAY ATLANTA COMIC CONVENTION SHOWS WILL GO ON AS USUAL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR …
AT THE END OF THIS EMAIL , IM GOING TO INCLUDE THE SECTION OF THE CONTRACT I SIGNED /WITH SHAMUS –WIZARD WORLD DETAILING THE SITUATION AND MY INVOLVEMENT WITH THE WIZARD SHOW TO CLEAR UP THE SITUATION
Vulture’s Claude Brodesser-Akner had the earliest confirmation that (500) DAYS OF SUMMER director Marc Webbhas been signed on for the Spider-Man reboot, which is expected to “focus far more on the private life of Peter Parker” — not only that but he’s wayyyyy cheaper than the Raimi team.
Webb, whose (500) Days scored a Golden Globe nomination and whose name seems to have predestined him for this job, has long been a favorite of Columbia chairman Amy Pascal. We’re told that last year she very nearly hired him to direct the adaptation of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball after she pulled the plug on Steven Soderbergh three days before shooting. She ultimately chose Bennett Miller (Capote), thinking that Moneyball might be hurt by Webb’s whimsical style, but she views him as a latter-day Cameron Crowe for the economically and socially angsty Generation Y, and thinks he’d be perfect to explore the conflict within Parker.
Splash Page caught Webb on the Golden Globes carpet, holding an umbrella as is this year’s fashion, and Webb, whose background is in videos for bands such as Green Day, waxed enthusiastic about Ultimate Spidey, so he’s quickly learning the territory. Deadline has the PR:
A new place on the web to look at things! Namely Comic Twart a group art blog featuring Dan McDaid, Declan Shalvey, Tom Fowler, Andy Kuhn, Nathan Fairbairn, Evan “Doc” Shaner, Urban Barbarian, Ramón Pérez, Francesco Francavilla, Mr. Hawthorne, Mitch Breitweiser, Steve Bryant, Mitch Gerads, Chris Samnee and Ron Salas Ths contrbutrs are starting out taking turns drawing Zorro, and Francesco Francavilli turns out to be a ringer, since he’s drawn Zorro for Dynamite. Here’s Mitch Breitweiser’s version.