§ Nice Art: The Cool Comics Art Twitter spotlighted some pages from The Nam by Michael Golden, one of the most influential comics artists of the Bronze Age and beyond. Lovely stuff and note the sophisticated coloring done on the primitive hamster wheels of the time. The GCD credits the coloring to mostly Phil Felix, although Golden did some of it himself. Not sure who did this.
§ Not Nice Art: The Licensing Show is taking place this week in Vegas, and I originally had it on my schedule, but all my travel made it impossible to go, which is a shame because it is a hotbed for news about upcoming projects, programs and properties. However, photos leak out, and so it is that Reddit has posted a photo of a purported new poster for Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa and coming out in December. I promise you, that had I gone I would SOMEHOW, using whatever advanced technology I could get my hands on, have taken a better photo.
§ Oh here’s another reveal, the font for Wonder Woman 2! Jiminy Cricket – were armed guards surrounding this booth? If only people had access to small, portable devices which could take photos quickly and accurately.
§ Chris Arrant has tweeted a lost of Comic Residencies
§ Walt Disney Australia has reach a deal to sponsor the big multi purpose stadium in Melbourne, so Etihad Stadium will now be Marvel Stadium. Previous names include the Docklands stadium, Colonial Stadium and Telstra Dome.
§ An Oakland-themed variant cover for the new Black Panther #1 drew many fans to local comics shop Cape and Cowl Comics.
Shop owner Eiton Manhoff says when he learned that Marvel was going to offer a special cover to local shops, he didn’t hesitate, even if it meant jumping through all sorts of hoops. “I’ll jump through your hoops, but it has to be an Oakland themed cover, and they were really receptive to it. We went through a few different designs, they took all of my ideas, they have it to the artist, he came up with this super red, Oakalnd Cover,” Manhoff said. “I’m ecstatic, man, I’m exuberant, you know it’s kind of like, you know, it’s black man, you know what I’m saying, a black super hero, in the Town, in the Town,” Vello Scott said.
Cape and Cowl received 3,000 copies, 2,500 of which were reserved in a flash. The remaining 500 went on sale Wednesday.
§ BTW, that “Legacy numbering” trade dress isn’t so bad, is it?
§ Fun Home is in trouble again, this time in Watchung, NJ
Two parents took the opportunity for public commentary at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Watchung Hills Board of Education to express concern about a book in the senior English curriculum. [snip] Superintendent Elizabeth Jewett explained that the curriculum was expanded to include a broad range of literature to reach all students, not just works that portray traditional gender and sexual identities.
§ A couple of links came up in my feed that sort of related tangentially to my pamphlet musings yesterday. First off, Marvel’s Cable comic has been cancelled, so if you enjoyed him in Deadpool 2, tough! Writer Zac Thompson tweeted the news:
Marvel's solicits for August are out and… as you can probably tell CABLE is canceled. But @Lon_Monster and I are bringing back SP//Dr with @jakewyattriot so don't cry for us. pic.twitter.com/ssCfComDQT
— Zac Thompson (@ZacBeThompson) May 22, 2018
And CBR commented:
Despite recently appearing on the big screen for the first time in Deadpool 2, it sounds like time-hopping mutant Cable isn’t fairing so well in the comic book department. Cable writer Zac Thompson recently revealed in a series of tweets that the comic will be coming to an end shortly. Keen-eyed readers no doubt noticed the series’ absence in Marvel’s August solicitations and put two and two together from there. For those who were surprised or simply grieving, Thompson penned a eulogy of sorts for the series, reaffirming his love for Cable and vowing to pen a story starring him again.
However, Cable and Deadpool are teaming up in an annual, which comes out in August, so feel the heat!
§ And in the Houston Press, Jef Rouner wonders Are Single Issue Comics Worth It?
Keeping up with superhero books has become a nightmare, especially if you’re a fan of staple heroes like Batman or anything involving the Avengers. It’s not to say you can’t pick a book and stick with it, but more and more they are tied to these massive interconnected universes that are designed to be consumed as a whole. [location-1] It often takes great books and shifts them into park just as they are getting going. I was combing through my longboxes the other day and decided I wanted to delve back into Wolverine and the X-Men again. I loved that book. It had a great cast of charming lesser characters like Quentin Quire and Broo and a self-contained Saved by the Bell vibe that made it utterly endearing. I stopped reading because it got dragged into the whole Avengers vs. X-Men thing and sort of ground to a halt. Same thing happened with Batgirl and Red Hood when Death of the Family was going on. That’s not to say that these giant events are bad. I loved Secret Wars for example, but it makes simply following a serialized format a constant battle to catch up on.
§ But UNDETERRED, hip hop artist Jean Grae, who is named after the X-person, went to Forbidden Planet in NYC, and picked up some comics!
Her first pick was a pair of Kick-Ass comics. “I grabbed these Kick-Asses first because it was kind of a turn for me in music,” Grae explained. “Not the actual comic book, but the movie coming out, and it reminded me how much you can be an everyday superhero without having any powers. I think it made a lot of people uncomfortable, which made me like it even more.” She then chose Douglas Adams’ The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy before grabbing a copy of Watchmen: The Annotated Edition (both excellent choices), revealing that her two favorite Watchmen characters are Doctor Manhattan and Rorschach.
§ As audiences eagerly await the Solo movie, Glenn Greenberg looks back at his biograhy as seen in the comic books.
James Ferguson: How does the rivalry between Marvel and DC stack up against the others featured in Business Wars like Nike vs. Adidas and Netflix vs. Blockbuster?David Brown: It strikes me as similar in ways to Nike vs. Adidas because they are the dominant two brands in the industry, and there has been several instances of important people crossing enemy lines in both series. In Marvel-DC, the biggest defection is signature artist Jack Kirby. At one point, once Marvel learns Kirby is planning to leave for DC, three menacing members of Marvel publisher Martin Goodman’s family surround Kirby and pressure him into finishing the current issue of Captain America before leaving. [*Editor’s note: This event allegedly took place, but Comicon.com cannot vouch for the source of this story.] Marvel struck back when Jack Kirby’s DC ideas were leaked to them by an inker. Coincidentally, when a DC employee was giving intel to fan outlets and Marvel, DC executives flushed him by creating a fake idea called “Blockbuster,” which was a line of 500-page comics.
§ Ryan Reynolds did the Empire podcast and many many internet news stories were written from its revelations. You may have noticed that the mid credits “correction” for X-Men Origins: Wolverine has a clip that looked like it was from some kinescope of a 50s TV show not a movie that came out less than 10 years ago. Turns out the footage did not exist in good shape.
As Reynolds tells it: “We had a dick of a time trying to get the actual raw footage from ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ The movie was shot on film, it wasn’t shot on digital, so it was harder to get. And even though we were sitting there on the Fox lot, the exact piece of the movie we need had been damaged, on whatever the transfer was. So we had to go to some backup which was in some, vault somewhere in the middle of the country of the united states, and we ended up finally at the last second inputting it into the movie.”
§ In another shocker, Reynolds revealed that the sky was NOT the limit for making Deadpool 2, and Black Tom Cassidy’s role was cut down due to budget concerns.
“Black Tom was just in the movie as a supervillain who has incredible powers and all sorts of stuff. It was the f*cking studio that said ‘You guys are over budget, you can’t afford this. So his whole storyline got trimmed way back and Jack Kesy, who played him, is such a sport and stayed on in the role.”
§ OH looks someone DID manage to get a good look at that Aquaman poster with his new armor and all.
Bottom line: next year I’m going to the Licensing Show!
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.