We’ve finally got our first footage from the upcoming sci-fi flick, along with some nice behind the scenes action: Chris Evans gets angry, John Hurt looks wise, Tilda Swinton looks like a BAMF.
This has been a rough week for the internet. The news that Comics Alliance was to be shut down, thus removing us all from our right to read daily articles from Andy Khouri, Joe Hughes, David Brothers, Andrew Wheeler and many others, was a blow to the head. This followed on only a day after finding out that the AV Club had lost five of their top writers in an exodus which hasn’t quite been explained. A small army of wonderful writers have suddenly vanished from our day-to-day lives.
Reports are coming in that ComicsAlliance, the comics and comics culture website, has been shut down today by AOL. We’ll tell you everything we know as soon as we know it.
A spoiler-free farewell to my beloved favourite, and a note of regret from an ex-fan of the New 52.
Coinciding with all of the big C2E2 announcements from just about every comics publisher, IDW released some information about more than one upcoming series bringing the characters created by Jay Ward to comics. The two big titles will include MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, leading up to a March 2014 film release from DreamWorks Animation in 3D and a new ROCKY & BULLWINKLE series in early 2014. There are also hints that reprints of previous comics for ROCKY & BULLWINKLE will be in the works.
The cartoon Rocky & Bullwinkle, officially known as The Bullwinkle Show after its first two seasons, is one of those remarkable shows that’s incredibly dated but somehow doesn’t age. With its cold-war spy themes and current event references from its original run from 1959-1964, it becomes a kind of competition for modern viewers to catch all the references. At root, it’s probably a combination of the characters and the artwork that keep a cult following, and availability on DVDs doesn’t hurt either. IDW promises to bring many of those beloved characters into the limelight, including “Rocky & Bullwinkle, Boris & Natasha, Snidely Whiplash, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Dudley Do-Right” as early as this fall. It makes you wonder if, like the show, the comics will have that rapid-fire plot shifting between character arcs and the snappy interlude transitions. Here’s hoping that that artwork will stay as close to Ward’s designs as possible, from line-work to colors, since the world of Rocky & Bullwinkle is so much a part of the rendering.
Hannah Means-Shannon writes and blogs about comics for TRIP CITY and Sequart.org and is currently working on books about Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore for Sequart. She is @hannahmenzies on Twitter and hannahmenziesblog on WordPress.
There was a lot of talk at C2E2 about press lists, who’s on, who’s off, how you get on and what’s expected. There’s no question that Marvel and DC, like the studios that own them, want to have more control over a positive message about their products. Unquestionably, the very professional PR people who work at Marvel and DC know that this isn’t always possible, but they still have to do their jobs.
Mind you, it's not all beer and sandwiches at Marvel either. I've been the cause several ructions in the past few weeks, though that's mostly been my fault. But it's not just me, another respected comics reporter has told me the site he works for has told him that Marvel won't work with him on articles, while another has been criticized by Marvel reps for writing too much like me. But you know what? Maybe some sites have gotten too close to publishers, who do see them as PR extensions. Sometimes you have to bite the hand that feeds you – or be dismissed as a poodle? I've never liked being described as a journalist, and have usually resisted it. But everyone finds a different way to walk the line.
Satire/news site The Outhouse has a column today on how one of their writers was told point blank that the site would not get any interviews because of their constant satirical zinging. But, writes E-i-C Christian Hoffer
In fact, it was DC’s constant pushing us aside that helped push the Outhouse to the snarky, satirical site you see today. After years of being denied interviews and review copies while constantly kissing ass, and posting the same bland press releases in the hopes of being seen as “good soldiers”, we decided that we didn’t want to play ball anymore and decided to be a voice for change instead. And I haven’t regretted that decision one bit.
It’s been almost a year since we first started the “News Initiative” that spawned all the snark and satire you see on the front page. While we’ve had a few industry people upset with us from time to time, most of the industry professionals we speak to range from ambivalent to pretty positive about the site’s new direction. At the very least, most people seem to at least be appreciative that we’re taking an honest, unfiltered fan approach towards covering the news. At least ‘til yesterday.
“But, we’re not going to discontinue our satirical criticism of DC in order to talk to creators for five minutes.” he continues, and for his site that makes a lot of sense. When news coverage results in the same 20 sites having almost identical meatless promotional interviews with the same “I can’t talk about that yet,” blank spots…well, no one is really winning.
And what about The Beat? We’re on most press lists, and have good working relationships with almost every PR person out there (I think? hope??) but try to be as honest as possible, which means we’re not a preferred outlet most of the time either. We don’t run those five-minute interviews either, but Bleeding Cool has proven you don’t need approved sources to be a well read site–you just need a lot of sources and people willing to leak information.
Like we said no one is really winning, in this war of access and credibility. The honest authentic voices on both sides are still going to rise above the sludge, but finding them will get harder and harder in an ocean of haystacks. An ocean of sludgey haystacks…okay, no more metaphors until I’ve had more coffee.
The Stumptown Comic Art Awards were handed out Saturday in Portland and via Jen Vaughn’s twitter feed and Johanna Draper Carlson here are the winners, from Juanjo Guarnido to Evan Dahm — big comics town that PDX.
Best Writer: Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley)
Best Artist: Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad: A Silent Hell)
Best Webcomic: Evan Dahm (Vattu)
Best Small Press: Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of Living Well on Less by C. Spike Trotman and Diana Nock
Best New Talent: Kory Bing (Skin Deep: Exchanges)
Best Letterer: Carla Speed McNeil (Finder: Talisman)
Best Colorist: Kory Bing (Skin Deep: Exchanges)
Best Cartoonist: Carla Speed McNeil (Finder: Talisman)
Best Anthology: Smut Peddler, published by Iron Circus Comics
Best Publication Design: Blacksad: A Silent Hell, designed by Cary Grazzini
Readers’ Choice Award: E.K. Weaver
Photo via winner Kory Bing
May is shaping up to be a great month for comics fans in Arizona. This Saturday AZ retailers are holding various Free (to you) Comic Book Day signings and benefits for local charities, and promoting the highly anticipated Phoenix Comicon right around the corner. [Read more…]
This weekend sees the first-ever Oxford Children Comics Festival, held on Saturday 4th. I’ll be heading over meself, and there promises to be heaps of stuff going on, including workshops, tables, ice cream and something called ‘The Wall of Awesomeness’. But in order to find out exactly what an Oxford Children’s Comic Festival is, exactly, I had a word with The Phoenix’s Tom Fickling about the event. Tom works for The Phoenix Magazine, a weekly children’s comic collection, and also helped to organise and set up the festival along with the rest of The Phoenix’s staff, led by Liz Payton and Caro Fickling.
He’s a man with a plan, and that plan is for neatly-spaced convention tables and comics-themed pizzas!