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Artist Darwyn Cooke has created a new short from the Batman Beyond animated series. According to The Huffington Post, it first premiered during the Warner Bros. panel at WonderCon.
The video embedded above features a fight between Bruce Wayne’s successor Terry McGinnis and what looks to be a red-eyed version of the original Caped Crusader. Longtime Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy plays the elderly Wayne and Will Friedle reprises his role as McGinnis.
Bluewater Productions, the publisher behind dozens of comic book biographies of famous people, got into celebrity biographies back in 2008 as an attempt to do something new with comics.
After seeing a comic of Barack Obama and John McCain during the 2008 elections, the founders of the company decided to do Hillary Clinton.
“So I thought, let’s do this, but let’s do it differently,” Darren Davis, founder of Bluewater Comics explained in an interview with Oregon Live. “Let’s not do it like everyone else, with a boring biography. We did it with a female empowerment angle. We released Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin at the same time, and whether you like Sarah Palin or hate Hillary Clinton, you have to respect both of them for where they came from and who they are.”
Amazon has agreed to acquire digital comic book publisher comiXology, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close during Q2 2014.
“We have long had the goal of making every person on the planet a comics fan,” wrote David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology, on the company’s site. “With Amazon’s help, this crazy goal is more possible than ever before. With the Kindle, Amazon has shown a passion for reinventing the reading experience, just like comiXology has shown for comics and graphic novels.”
comiXology will continue to operate under its name, as a subsidiary of Amazon. The firm will remain in its New York offices. The platform offers digital comic book content from more than 75 comic book publishers.
Archie Comics has announced that protagonist Archie Andrews will die in the final installment of the Life with Archie series.
A release date for this double commemorative issue has been scheduled for July 2014. In issue #36, readers will learn how Archie sacrifices himself to save a friend’s life. In issue #37, the story will detail how the Riverdale gang reacts to this tragic turn of events.
Publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched Life with Archie five years ago, and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment. Archie has and always will represent the best in all of us—he’s a hero, good-hearted, humble and inherently honorable. This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie.”
Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg will star in a new comic book from Bluewater Productions. The comic is a visual biography about the Facebook Chief Operating Officer titled Female Force: Sheryl Sandberg.
CNET has the exclusive: “The comic, written by Michael Frizell, details both Sandberg’s professional and personal life, from her family to her education to her successful career, which has made her famous within the tech industry.”
The publisher has created dozens of such comic books about the lives of famous people. For example, the company has created books on Chris Christe, Kurt Cobain and Barbara Streisand.
Bluewater Productions has announced that the next issue of the Tribute series will profile legendary rocker Kurt Cobain.
Jayfri Hashim penned the story and created the artwork for this biographic comic. The book will be released on April 2nd to honor the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s passing.
Here’s more from the press release: “Nirvana front man’s life from his early days to his battle with overwhelming fame and the pain he suffers mentally and emotionally. Tortured by success and struggled with an addiction to drugs before his death at the age of 27 twenty years ago.”
AMC has signed on to produce a fourth season of Kevin Smith’s unscripted reality television series Comic Book Men, along with two other projects.
The Hollywood Reporter has more: “Smith seems like a natural choice in AMC’s current unscripted roster to help expand its alternative offerings. Three seasons in, Comic Book Men averages a very competitive 1 million viewers and a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 — at the very late hour of midnight. In the key demo, it outperforms cable series like Top Chef, The Americans and the similarly targeted King of the Nerds.”
The reality show is set in a New Jersey comic book store in which regular characters discuss their vast knowledge of comic books.
The panelists include Boxers & Saints graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, The Shark King graphic novelist R. Kikuo Johnson, education expert Professor Barbara Tversky, and New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly.
If you are a comic creator looking to submit your comics to this prestigious anthology, the window is now open for the 2015 volume is open from now until August 31, 2014. Here’s more about submissions guidelines from this year’s issue:
Printed submissions can be sent to the address below. Digital submissions can be made in the form of a PDF of the comics published in the eligibility window with each comic labeled with the exact date it was published online. Better yet, you might make a sub-selection of what you consider your best strips from the year or send a self-contained continuity, as long as it appeared in the eligibility period.
Tyler Crook, an Eisner Award winner, will do the artwork. The announcement, made during New York Comic Con, revealed that the first installment will be released on January 01, 2014. Maberry gave this statement in the press release:
Bad Blood tells the story of Trick, a teenage slacker on the losing side of a fight with cancer. When he’s attacked by a vampire, he figures it’s game over. Except that the chemo drugs in Trick’s blood poison the vampire. As punishment, the vampires begin slaughtering everyone Trick loves. So he goes hunting for the vamps to try to destroy them.
Marvel has partnered with Feld Entertainment, a production company, to conceive and develop the “Marvel Universe LIVE!” arena show. Marvel made the announcement at New York Comic Con.
The traveling show will kick off in July 2014, complete with pyrotechnics and martial arts performances. The video embedded above features a teaser trailer–what do you think? Here’s more from the press release:
“Marvel Universe LIVE! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and fearsome villains to life like never before during a live-action arena spectacular that will tour 85 North American cities in its first two years. Officially kicking off in July 2014, Marvel Universe LIVE! will redefine the live show experience by integrating a Marvel character driven story with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts and countless other show elements.”
you’re going to want to watch it again because there’s a lot to take in. In fact, there’s so much going on that no one could blame you if missed a few references or if a few moments had you scratching your head. So to help you keep track of all of the details, nods and references in the short, we thought we’d put together a list of annotations. Seventy-five of them. That’s right, in honor of Superman’s 75th year, we present our 75 points of annotation about the Superman 75th Anniversary short.
After years without speaking to the press, Watterson admitted that he has no plans to adapt his beloved comic strip: “There’s no upside for me in adapting it.” Here’s more from the new interview:
Obviously the role of comics is changing very fast. On the one hand, I don’t think comics have ever been more widely accepted or taken as seriously as they are now. On the other hand, the mass media is disintegrating, and audiences are atomizing. I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money. I’m old enough to find all this unsettling, but the world moves on.
Comic book and graphic novel publisher IDW Publishing has launched IDW Entertainment, a division of the company that will develop television work inspired by the company’s collection of more than 300 original properties.
Television executive David Ozer will serve as publisher of the new division, working alongside publisher Ted Adams. Here’s more from the release:
A key focus for the division is the financing, development and production of television series with the goal of securing straight-to-series commitments from networks. Ozer’s background includes executive level roles at Sonar Entertainment, Starz Media/IDT Entertainment and DIC Entertainment …. Circle of Confusion, Executive Producer of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, will oversee packaging and creative development of the division and will executive produce the company’s projects. Rick Jacobs will continue to run point on these efforts.
I didn’t know Aaron Goldfarb wrote my memoir before I did. I’m totally embarrassed. I plan to read that guy’s book so I can learn more about my life, especially the college years that are a bit foggy. And once I am finished, apparently I never have to see another book in this genre. And for the record, I totally believe you read my entire book within a few hours of its release, and not just the title.
Artist Audran Guerard and writer Daniel Roy hope to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter for their comics project, The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Novel.
The funds will be used to cover the costs of supplies, live models, editing fees, printing, and distribution. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:
“The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Novel will be a graphic adaptation of Frederick Douglass’s life based on his two autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and My Bondage, My Freedom. The graphic novel will be composed of three 50-page volumes and will feature gorgeous watercolor art.”
Veteran comic book artist Nick Cardy has died. He was 93 years old.
Cardy was best known for his work with DC Comics and his work drawing Teen Titans and Aquaman. According to NickCardy.com, Cardy worked for the Iger/Eisner studio drawing for Fight Comics, Jungle Comics, Kaanga Comics for Fiction House. In the fifties he drew the Tarzan comic strip. When he started his career at DC Comics, he drew The Legends of Daniel Boone, a comic with only a couple of issues. In the 1970s he created artwork for movie posters including: Apocalypse Now, Movie, Movie and California Suite.
In 2005, Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. (Via Comicbook.com)
The publisher plans to release the four Dunham issues sometime in 2015. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa promised that Dunham’s story will be “really, really funny.”
Dunham had this statement in the press release: “I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that I kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”
The first, an original fiction series called “Queen of Hearts,” stars Wonderland’s infamous monarch. According to the press release, the story in these comics will explore the history “behind one of the most memorable villains in all literature.”
The second, a comic called “Tribute: Lewis Carroll – Author of Alice in Wonderland,” features the life story of the author himself. The publishing house enlisted Michael L. Frizell to write this biography and Mark Stroud to create the art.
What personal writing rules do you follow when writing emails?
22-year old comic creator Dominic (aka Domz) created the video embedded above–an exploration of his personal email writing etiquette. He has already earned more than 280,000 views on YouTube for his hilarious animation. Here’s more about his creative process:
[I use] Adobe Flash CS6 for both comics and animation. I also use Adobe Premier Pro CS6 to export my animations … any of my comics pretty much reflect life experiences I’ve had, which is why I can understand how you guys can relate to them lol. Often times, I’d start off asking myself, “I hate it when…” and keep going from there.
In 1991, artist Jeff Smith founded Cartoon Books to self-publish his comic book work, releasing his critically acclaimed series Bone.
Cartoon Books published a hardcover graphic novel of his Rasl story this week, a book following an ex-military engineer who uses the journals of Nikola Tesla to pull of mind-bending capers. We caught up with Smith to find out how comic book self publishing has evolved over the last 20 years. Smith explained:
Self-publishing has been a badge of honor in the comics community for two decades now, since the early 1990s. The Self-publishing Movement was a loosely affiliated group of like-minded writer-artists, who believed that the cartoonist was an author who’s work should be controlled by him or her, and should be read by the widest possible audience. We were on a quest for equal shelf space, equal critical reviews, the ability to sell our work beyond the confines of the comic book retail shops, and perhaps most important, the ability to print our own work and to keep it in print.
You seriously don’t want to miss this video. I know, I know, you probably think you’re over Christian Bale’s Batman voice jokes — I thought I was too — but Batdad will prove you wrong, and if he doesn’t his kids will. Promise. His wife, on the other hand, seems somewhat less amused at her husband’s Bat-antics. I sense a Bat-divorce in his future if he doesn’t want to end up as Single Batdad.
Elliott created Weirding Willows, a fantasy comic book that blended scores of heroes and creatures from classic books. Here’s an excerpt from his interview:
Marvel and DC look towards IDW, Boomstudios, Dark Horse and Image Comics for their talent. They do that because there is no hiding when a creator can’t keep their deadlines or has an emotional meltdown … If you want to draw something in particular, you’re going to have to do some samples of that character. You can always get more eyeballs on your pages by doing mash-ups where characters meet who couldn’t in their own books. Have Batman meet the new Sherlock. Draw how you would imagine the Justice League would look in J. R. Tolkien’s world. Have Blade and Buffy team up against the Twilight characters.