30 comics that never were or may never be

Over the holiday Chris Arrant had a fantastic two part survey of what-ever-happened-to comics, including no-shows like such as All-Star Batgirl and All-Star Wonder Woman, and done-but-long-shelved books like Batman Europa and Daniel Way and Darick Robertson’s Deathlok: Detour, it-sounded-ike-a-good-idea-when-we-were-talking-about-it-in-the-bar projects like Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips’ vampire pirates book Black Sails (above) and something best not thought about too much called “Frank Miller’s Jesus.”

Fight! Alan Moore vs Frank Miller over OWS

Once they teamed up to fight dull comics and superhero tropes with the twin pillars of 80s dark and edgy — THE DARK KNIGHT and WATCHMEN — but now they find themselves on opposite sides of a political battle!

Okay it’s not really a fight, it’s middle-aged comics creators speaking their minds, but Alan Moore has rebutted Frank Miller’s disparaging comments on the Occupy Wall Street movement. While Moore’s work has actually become something of a symbol for the various protest movements springing up around the world as the V for Vendetta mask has become an icon at the rallies, Miller called the protesters losers who needed to go home to their momma’s basement. And as usual, Moore just has no time for it:

SDCC11: The Beat to quiz Frank Miller on Legendary Comics Panel

Frank Miller and editor Bob Schreck will be revealing details of HOLY TERROR and the rest of the Legendary Comics slate at Comic-Con.

And The Beat will be moderating. I have been told there will be special guests and I’m psyched.

2:00-3:00 Legendary Comics— For its inaugural year at Comic-Con, join iconic writer/artist Frank Miller (300), Legendary Comics editor-in-chief Bob Schreck (All-Star Superman), and other artists from the Legendary stable to find out about upcoming releases, including Miller’s Holy Terror. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
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This is one of the few comics-oriented panels being held in one of the big off-site rooms, so I’ve got my work cut out for me.

I’ve also seen about 1/3 of HOLY TERROR and it looks amazing.

Legendary Comics debuts with Frank Miller’s HOLY TERROR in September

In the white hot days following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, a lot of art was planned and some executed. One near legendary project was Frank Miller’s Holy Terror, Batman, which was just what it sounded like…the Batman taking on the terrorists. With Miller’s increasingly right-wing views, it was expected to be a real barn burner.

However, it turned out to be a little too hot for DC– as did the project’s editor Bob Schreck, who left for IDW and now a start-up line at Legendary Pictures. With a main character recast as “The Fixer,” the book is now planned to come out this September, in time for the 10th anniversary of a day most people would rather forget.

The Legendary Comics line has been quietly ramping up for some time — a publishing arm for Legendary Pictures, the powerhouse production company behind the Batman movies, The THE HANGOVER, and many more films. Editor Schreck was seen hanging around the Comics Pavillion at BEA with new assistant editor Greg Tumbarello, and the imprint is busy setting up a distribution deal yet to be announced.

Flashback: Hugh Hewitt vs Frank Miller in 1994

What was the world of comics like in 1994? This edition of the KCET nightly news show LIFE AND TIMES will give you the answer: much like today except there was a lot more hair and a lot less respect.

The Beat UN-gift list: Plant your butt where Frank Miller planted his

The CBLDF is auctioning off a very interesting item: Frank Miller’s Drawing Chair, SIGNED.

Frank Miller’s complete perfume ad

The Frank Miller -directed Gucci Guilty ad is now online, with Chris Evans, Evan Rachel Wood and a Depeche Mode cover by Friendly Fires. It’s sorta…steamy. The new fragrance is for “her,” btw.

Trailer pitch: Frank Miller’s Gucci mini-movie

For those of you wondering if Frank Miller would ever direct again, the answer is, “Yes!” He’s directed a commercial/short film for Gucci Guilty perfume starring Chris Evans and Evan Rachel Wood — that’s right. Captain Johnny Stormerica and The Girl Who Was Almost Mary Jane. The music is by English dance duo Friendly Fires. A trailer is getting some airing, but the whole caboodle will premiere during the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12th. If you can’t wait — or your doctor has warned you that watching the MTV Video Awards could trigger a fatal brain embolism — the whole thing will be available online on August 24th.

Frank Miller is back

Geoff Boucher catches up with Frank Miller in a long and comprehensive piece covering his recent and current activities. The big news is that his 300 prequel Xerxes is underway, and like the Spartans, it isn’t going to take prisoners: