§ Nice Art: Kitty Pryde and Colossus are getting married and Marvel previewed the bride’s gown in covers by Phil Noto (below) and J. Scott Campbell (above). No word on who will be disrupting the nuptials with a fight yet, but as you can see from the Noto cover, everyone arrived ready to rumble.
§ I guess that big EW package on Avengers Infinity War also included a peek at some unused concept art, helpfully excerpted by Comicbook.com. Marvel Studios’ head of visual development, artist Ryan Meinerding had some comments, and here’s an unused blue Gamora by Andy Park. It’s nice to see some of the design work that goes into these movies to prove they aren’t made by faceless drones.
PS: That dark blue look went to Nebula instead.
§ Crime in Rancho Cucamonga! $1.4 million worth of Marvel Comics collectibles were rescued from a heist and two men were charged!
Two San Bernardino men have been arrested and charged with felonies for the alleged theft of a trove of Marvel Comics collectibles valued at $1.4 million. Some of the items recovered include movie props such as “Captain America” shields, the arm and hand of Nebula from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an Einherjar shield from “Thor,” an “Iron Man” mask, and a set of X-23 claws from “Logan.” Signed artwork by retired Marvel publisher Stan Lee and a special edition “Spider-Man” electric guitar were also recovered.
§ RJ Casey reviews the new Robert Kirkman/Lorenzo De Felici series Oblivion Song for TCJ and didn’t much care for it.
A cataclysm has already taken place. Presumably hundreds of people are dead, missing, or being used for nefarious purposes. But there’s one man… a loner who isn’t duped. An outsider who’s been told by everyone—so-called experts, the needling government, his nagging girlfriend—that he needs to get a grip on reality and move on. But no. He radicalizes himself, equipped with firearms, and decides to take matters into his own white, male hands. He’s on a mission that no amount of rationality or emotional maturity can halt. This is the true story of Edgar Welch, who brought an assault rifle to the restaurant Comet Ping Pong last December to “investigate” #pizzagate on his own. It’s also the fictional story of Nathan Cole, the hero of Oblivion Song, a new Image series by Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici, that at its core is a right-wing wet dream.
§ Also from TCJ, Ardo Omer interviews writer/editor Taneka Stotts, who is a powerhouse of the webcomic/Kickstarter world:
You mentioned not getting feedback from, I assume, the wider world in terms of reviews and things like that. Is that what you meant?
Yeah. Feedback is not important to me, so to speak, because I just create things and that’s about it. I just don’t usually get people who seem to care about it [Laughs.] who care deeply enough to know the characters as much as my editor does [or collaborators do], per se. So it’s still something new for me. For a long time, I felt very wrapped up more as being just an editor versus a writer as well. Most people know me editorially and publishing-wise, such as Beyond Press, but they don’t usually come up to me and they’re like, “Hey, Full Circle!” [Laughs.] So it’s really refreshing and kind of different. It definitely makes me very, very happy.
§ My Friend Dahmer, the movie, is coming to DVD/BluRay on April 10th. But this month the graphic novel is coming to an improv theater group in Michigan!
This month, the co-owner of Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale is producing a new show inspired by a book. This is the eighth year Jacokes and Go are partnering with the Ferndale Area District Library’s annual community reading event. This year’s selection, “My Friend Dahmer,” is a graphic novel and memoir detailing the surreal span of illustrator/author Derf Backderf’s high school days in 1980s Ohio, when he was acquainted with the young, introverted and soon-to-be-infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. “Warning Signs” is an Improv Comedy show that “looks at the high school relationships between a group of misfits in a lighthearted way,” Jacokes says. It opens Wednesday, March 14, and returns to the stage on the next three Wednesdays, closing April 4.
§ Finally, Christopher Eccleston let it all hang out with the Guardian, moping about how his leaving Doctor Who was mishandled and complaining about being in GI Joe and Thor Dark World:
“Working on something like GI Joe was horrendous,” he says, emphasising that the responsibility was his and not anyone else’s. “I just wanted to cut my throat every day. And Thor? Just a gun in your mouth. Gone in 60 Seconds was a good experience. Nic Cage is a gentleman and fantastic actor. But GI Joe and Thor were … I really paid for being a whore those times.”
Thor: Dark World was no one’s idea of a good time, but that’s what you get for being a dark moody Doctor and not a twee darling like Matt Smith or David Tennant.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.