|The FF, Mark Waid, Bill Jemas & the Internet - 17/06/2003|
|In an open letter to the Internet, Marvel's very own Joe Quesada has dispelled much of the mystery surrounding Mark Waid's departure from Fantastic Four and shed light on some of the rumours surrounding the Epic Comics project. He writes:|
"Dear Comics Fans,
I've been busy as hell of late and found my life much more enjoyable these last few months that I've avoided Internet message boards, but sometimes things get so out of hand that issues just need to be addressed and tackled head on.
First off, regarding Mark Waid's exit from the FANTASTIC FOUR (pretty much the only part of this 'story' that's completely accurate). Let me preface this by saying that Mark and I have been friends for years and years and I
expect that that relationship won't change over this creative decision. Mark is one of the most talented guys in the business and I have the utmost respect for what he does, but his departure from FF is now being siphoned through inaccuracies, mistaken impressions and hardcore enthusiasts
inability to wait for the whole, real story before slitting their proverbial wrists and launching profanity-ridden grenades. Hey, what the heck, it's so much more fun to be angry at Marvel even with only half the story.
Over a month ago Bill Jemas asked for a change of direction for the FF monthly title ... business as usual and no different than asking for a costume change, a change of cast or story line. As President, it's Bill's right and responsibility to call for changes as he feels will benefit any Marvel title just as it is mine. This is not the first time such changes have been asked for and I certainly hope it won't be the last.
|Oni & Allred go Atomic with new TPB - 16/06/2003|
|Get ready for a super good time come October, as Oni Press and AAA Pop will be bringing you Mike Allred?s THE ATOMICS: SPACED OUT AND GROUNDED IN SNAP CITY, a trade paperback collection of four one-shots Allred has written starring his characters. The book will include the It Girl one-shot with Chynna Clugston-Major (SCOOTER GIRL), Mr. Gum by J. Bone (WOLVERINE/DOOP), Spaceman by Lawrence Marvit (SPARKS), and an older Allred comic, printed in color for the first time?Crash Metro & the Star Squad! Drawn by artist Martin Ontiveros in 1999, the 27-page space opera has new colors by Han Allred, done exclusively for this collection. |
"CRASH METRO is like a lost gem," said Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich. "It?s like space debris, floating amongst all the other comics released into the cosmos in the last several years. We?re taking it back and claiming it for Oni!"
"It?s still one of my favorite things I?ve done," Allred explained. "Martin Ontiveros is just such an amazing artist. He draws the best robots! We had him before he became a sensation illustrating the RICKY RICOTTA?S MIGHTY ROBOT children?s books. SPACED OUT AND GROUNDED IN SNAP CITY wouldn?t be the same without this book here."
|Hasbro announces Transformers Live Action Movie - 12/06/2003|
|Hasbro, Inc. announced today that it entered into an agreement with the highly successful producers Tom DeSanto (X-Men and X2: X-Men United) and Don Murphy (currently producing 20th Century Fox's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) for a full length, live action movie based on Hasbro's enormously popular TRANSFORMERS brand.|
"TRANSFORMERS enjoys an amazing fan base worldwide, and we believe that we can create an incredibly fast-paced, exciting movie that will be appealing to anyone who loves action films," said Don Murphy.
"TRANSFORMERS is one of those rare properties that has been embraced by a generation around the world. Like X-Men, TRANSFORMERS offers an amazing mythology with all the elements to create a successful ongoing franchise, iconic characters, global themes, and a world that has never been seen before on screen," said Tom DeSanto.
|Laura Martin "Three Peats" as favourite colourist - 11/06/2003|
|For the third year running, Crossgen's Laura Martin was named “Favorite Colorist” in the Comics Buyer’s Guide Fan Awards. Fellow CrossGen colorists Justin Ponsor and Rob Schwager also made the 2003 list in comics industry’s longest running awards.|
“Wow! What a surprise and honor. I want to give a big thank-you to all the folks who voted,” stated Laura. “I also want to say that I’m lucky to be surrounded by such a great group of color artists who always keep me on my toes. Also, I want to thank writer Scott Beatty, penciler Butch Guice and inker Mike Perkins for bringing out the best in me.”
Every month, readers can enjoy Laura’s work on RUSE, Justin’s hues on SOJOURN and Rob’s colors on BRATH. CrossGen thanks every fan that voted for these talented artists.
|Farewell, Georgia brings Southern Storytelling to SLG Publishing - 8/06/2003|
|"Nothing reveals as much about a culture as its stories," says Ben Towle, the creator of the new original graphic novel from SLG Publishing, Farewell, Georgia, to be released in August 2003. |
As the title implies, Farewell, Georgia is a work Towle created when he was preparing to move away from Savannah, Georgia, where he had been living for several years. Growing up in a military family, Towle never remained for very long in any one place, and he feels that for that reason he's been compelled to form connections to places where he's lived by learning about their histories and cultures. Folk tales and stories in particular, Towle feels, offer a distinctive glimpse into local character; even when the same basic story is being told, the variances in detail and tone reveal similar variances in the tellers' perspectives and traditions. Towle describes the four stories that comprise Farewell, Georgia as "unique to Georgia, yet . . . universally appealing."
From a tall tale about an ageing and cantankerous Ty Cobb to a shaggy dog story about a raccoon-hunting monkey, the folk legends retold in Farewell, Georgia reveal the uniquely playful, odd, and sublime aspects of life in Georgia. "For me," says Towle, "there was no other way to tell these stories than through comics," adding that cartooning evokes "the give and take of detail and vocal emphasis that make for a well-told verbal story." In Farewell, Georgia, Towle achieves this storytelling quality through simple panel layout, clean cartooning, and moody uses of graytones, and true-to-life dialogue.
Farewell, Georgia is a 48-page original graphic novel in a special 8 1/2" x 11" format with cardstock covers. It will be published in August 2003 and has a cover price of $6.95 US.
|Hulk: Nightmerica preview - 5/06/2003|
|This past weekend, fans who bought advanced tickets to WIZARDWORLD EAST got a full, preview copy of HULK: NIGHTMERICA #1, the first issue of a new 6-issue limited series premiering June 25th. Written by Robin Laws (IRON MAN) and fully-painted by artist Brian Ashmore, this beautifully-illustrated mini-series tells the haunting tale of fugitive Doctor Bruce Banner, who discovers that being on the run is a little bit easier when you have a charming young woman to run with. |
But his new friend - the beautiful and mysterious Chrissie Cutler - has her own secrets, and her own demons to run from! And their adventure takes them to a secret and sinister place called Nightmerica! Read on to see the first three preview pages from this comic.
|Bill Jemas talks trouble - 2/06/2003|
|Marvel editor-in-chief Bill Jemas has commandeered the Marvel hype-machine to bring us a short teaser about Trouble.|
"Making Trouble. This may be Marvel's most important teen book since Amazing Fantasy #15.
Think about it. Think about who we are and what we do.
Joe Quesada knows how to package a big hit book; he can tug on your heartstrings or tickle your ribs in ways that bring out the kid in an old-time comic book collector. Remember that thing where he got Stan to swear that the Sentinel was a lost character (and they even cooked up a 'forgotten' creator?)
I love to use Marvel's characters to illustrate those heartbreakingly liberal "morals" of the story. Captain America can be black just this once. Spider-Man can be young again.
And Mark is brilliant. I've seen the future of comic books, and his name is Millar. He had passed on writing the Origin of Wolverine, waiting for something bigger to come along, and wanting to make a bit of Trouble.
And, Terry Dodson shines like the sun - you've seen his first look pages - 'nuff said.
And, Axel Alonso is the editor -- the best editor in story editor comics -- wanna fight?
And, this is Trouble #1, EPIC #1.
Aren't you expecting something? Aren't you expecting a great book that means something to all of us? Or at least some kind of juvenile stunt?
Marvel promised to release more information about the series as we get closer to print time, but all we can say right now is that the lead character's name is May."
Expect more hi-jinks to follow.
|First One Plus One series summed up in September trade paperback - 30/05/2003|
|Hailed as one of the more intriguing miniseries debuts of 2002, ONE PLUE ONE will be collected in trade paperback form by Oni Press in September, 2003. Written by Neal Shaffer and illustrated by Daniel Krall, ONE PLUS ONE is an unpredictable story twisting crime, horror, and slice-of-life comics into one surprising plot. Don't believe us? The how about Michael Avon Oeming, who was such a fan of the pair's work, he volunteered to do covers for them and plugged the book in POWERS? Or Mike Allred, who liked it so much he asked Krall to contribute to July's MADMAN KING-SIZE SPECIAL? If you have yet to read what they're all fussing about, your second chance is coming! You can now enjoy the story of Dave Coulson under one cover in the new, handy, pocket-sized Oni graphic novel format.|
"I love the way Neal Shaffer structured ONE PLUS ONE," Oni editor Jamie S. Rich said. "I liked that each issue ended at a point that was completely different than where it began. The end of each chapter left the reader wondering where the book would go next-which is the point of any really good novel. You want every revelation to be a surprise, and I don't think anyone was fully aware of everything going on in ONE PLUS ONE."
"As a writer in today's comics market," Shaffer explained, "you always have to be thinking in two directions. You have to consider how it's going to read for the person buying the individual comics, and then how the whole thing is going to read as a complete piece of work. I think as long as a writer can keep the mystery interesting, it should be fine either way. But at the same time, I am looking forward to hearing how the book appeals to readers who digest it as a whole."
|Kissing Chaos: Nonstop Beauty collected in September - 24/05/2003|
|Oni Press is pleased to announce the September release of the second KISSING CHAOS trade paperback, collecting the second miniseries by Arthur Dela Cruz, NONSTOP BEAUTY. Coming a year after the arrival of the first volume of the teenage crime comic, NONSTOP BEAUTY cracks open the confines of Dela Cruz's original story line and begins to reveal the larger facets of a very dark and deadly world. |
"The best thing about Arthur's work on this book is watching him peel back the layers," said Oni Press publisher Joe Nozemack. "Everything he does is about subtext. It's not the plot that's out in front, it's the plots going on in the background. It's not about what the characters are telling their friends, but what's running through their head, the activity of their interior lives. You can enjoy this in so many different ways, discovering something new with each reading. How you enjoyed the comics in individual form is not how you're going to enjoy them reading the story in one sitting."
|Runaways & Sentinel join forces for a special Marvel Must Haves - 23/05/2003|
|Marvel is going to give readers who missed out on one of the most critically acclaimed new series of the year ANOTHER chance to read the first two sold-out issues. And the even better news is fans that give that series a try will also get to jump-on to one of the OTHER best-reviewed new series of the year ... at no extra charge! |
RUNAWAYS #1 & 2, by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona, are being collected in a new MARVEL MUST HAVES edition, and they'll be just one-half of a specially-priced 'flipbook' format volume also collecting SENTINEL #1 & 2, by writer Sean McKeever and the artists at UDON.
This four-issue, 96-page MARVEL MUST HAVES: SENTINEL & RUNAWAYS #1 & 2 FLIPBOOK will go on-sale in June, with a cover price of just $3.99 US! The volume replaces the previously announced SENTINEL #1 & 2 MUST HAVES, and fans and retailers who have previously placed orders on that that will now receive the double-sized flipbook, for the same low price!
"With the reports from Diamond of quick sell-outs and unmet and the critical reception both series received, it became obvious quickly that early issues of both SENTINEL & RUNAWAYS would be collected in MUST HAVES editions," said Marvel E-I-C Joe Quesada, "and plans were made and announced for the SENTINEL volume, along with the drop in cover price to $2.50 with issue #3. Plans were also being made for the RUNAWAYS edition as well.
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