— Elsa Charretier (@e_charretier) February 5, 2018
§ Nice Art: Elsa Charretier’s Childish Gambino as Lando sums up the general feeling. No one cares about young Han Solo.
— Ed Piskor (@EdPiskor) February 6, 2018
§ Nice Art 2: I did not know there was a Stan Lee Box to subscribe to…but this cover hits the jackpot. (h/t/ AJ Frost)
§ Franco-American production company Gaumont has optioned Stan Sakai’s ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ for a cartoon!
The announcement was made today by Gaumont’s president of animation, Nicolas Atlan. “Usagi Yojimbo has been much sought after for many years, and we are honored to work with Stan Sakai to translate his multi-generational stories into the first ever TV series,” says Atlan. “Usagi Yojimbo’s blend of history and mythology, clever balance between action and comedy, and real-world touchpoints combined with the supernatural, together with the passionate fan base that Stan has already amassed, makes this an incredibly exciting property to develop with our partners Atomic Monster and Dark Horse Entertainment.”
Usagi previously appeared as a character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles carton of the 90s because back then anything was possible.
§ Finally! Every Stan Lee Marvel Movie Cameo, Ranked. Tragically, it’s one of those 32 click slideshows, but I liked the one where he had a hot dog.
Author Harlan Ellison is retiring from signing books. He's also opened a web store today. There's a limited number of signed books, and when they are gone they are gone: https://t.co/TPeAZIEFa7
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 6, 2018
§ Via Neil Gaiman, if you want a signed Harlan Ellison book, this is your last chance as he’s retired from signing.
§ I haven’t kept up with Black Lightning since the exc ellent first episode (that’s just how I roll) but it seems that the older daughter Anissa, is “television’s first Black, queer, superheroine.” Briana Lawrence shares the news.
It only took two episodes, and, y’all, Anissa Pierce is everything.
A lot happened in the second episode of Black Lightning, but the scene with Anissa and her girlfriend sticks with me for all the right reasons. Prepare for spoilers and general gushing.
§ I guess Marvel was inspired by “Serial” to make their own mystery type podcast, of course starring Wolverine. They just released the trailer for Wolverine: The Long Night . It’s Marvel’s first scripted podcast.
The “Wolverine: The Long Night” story is a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe. It follows agents Sally Pierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) as they arrive in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska, to investigate a series of murders and quickly discover the town lives in fear of a serial killer. The agents team up with deputy Bobby Reid (Andrew Keenan-Bolger) to investigate their main suspect, Logan (Richard Armitage). Their search leads them on a fox hunt through the mysterious and corrupt town.
In addition to Armitage, the show’s cast includes notable actors Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”), Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Mr. Robot”).
Also cast in the series are actors Zoe Chao, Chaske Spencer, Jordan Bridges, David Call, Michael J. Burg and Lannon Killea. Chris Gethard, host of the popular “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People” podcast, also will make a cameo appearance.
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.