PICARD'S DOG DEBUTS IN STAR TREK SPIN-OFF POSTER07/11/19 @ 8:55 am EST
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'DARK ONE' EXCERPT: BRANDON SANDERSON UNVEILS FANTASY GRAPHIC NOVEL06/05/20 @ 3:07 pm EST
has dropped a new poster for its Star Trek spinoff, Picard,
and a new character debuts: apparently the former Enterprise captain's companion in retirement, a French bulldog.
The streamer has yet to reveal a debut date for the series.
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DC GARNERS TWELVE 2020 EISNER AWARD NOMINATIONS06/05/20 @ 2:59 pm EST
Fans of fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson have an unexpected treat waiting for them this morning: the first chapter to his next book. The new work from the author of the Mistborn
and Stormlight Archive
series is available at the bottom of this post (via THR
).Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One
is a break from the norm; it’s a graphic novel from Vault Comics, originally announced as being in the works two years ago, based on an original idea from Sanderson. The book will be written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing from a story by Sanderson, with art by Nathan Gooden and colors from Kurt Michael Russell. Lettering on the project comes from Deron Bennett.
The chapter below was originally intended to be Vault Comics’ Free Comic Book Day release this year. The event was indefinitely postponed from its original May 2 date, leaving the issue without a home — until now.
The debut of the material coincides with the news that the complete graphic novel is now available for preorder in both Sanderson’s web shop
and the Vault Comics web store
. The first 500 preorders will include an exclusive bookplate signed by Sanderson as well as access to an exclusive live-stream Q&A with the author. Those preordering will also receive a bonus pack featuring behind-the-scenes content, and an additional 50 percent off other Vault digital editions.
Copies that are preordered will ship at the end of August. A wider release in comic and book stores remains unscheduled, meaning that the title is, for now, exclusively available via the Sanderson and Vault web stores.
To read the first chapter, click here
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BISHOP GETS A NEW COSTUME IN 'MARAUDERS'06/05/20 @ 2:51 pm EST
The nominees for the 32nd annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced today, and DC has earned twelve nominations! Celebrated as “the Oscars of the comics world,” for over three decades the prestigious Eisner Awards have recognized the industry’s very best releases and talent.
Chosen by a highly lauded panel of judges and voted on by industry professionals, this year’s winners will be announced in July. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote at www.eisnervote.com
. The deadline for voting is June 18.
Congratulations to all the 2020 Eisner Award nominees! DC’s titles and creators are represented among their peers with the following nominations:
Best Continuing Series: The Dreaming
, by Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely et al. (DC)
Best Limited Series: Naomi
by Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker, and Jamal Campbell (DC)
Best Publication for Teens:Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
, by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh (DC)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint:Cover
, vol. 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (DC/Jinxworld)
Mariko Tamaki, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:
Bilquis Evely, The Dreaming
Steve Pugh, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass
Matt Hollingsworth, Batman: Curse of the White Knight, Batman White Knight Presents Von Freeze
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist:
David Mack, Cover
Deron Bennett, Batgirl, Green Arrow, Justice League, Martian Manhunter
(DC)Clayton Cowles, Aquaman, Batman, Batman and the Outsiders, Heroes in Crisis, Superman: Up in the Sky, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen
Best Cover Artist:
David Mack, Cover
A full list of nominees can be found at https://www.comic-con.org/awards/eisner-awards-current-info
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HOW '2000 AD' WRITER ALEX DE CAMPI CRAFTED 'FULL TILT BOOGIE'06/05/20 @ 2:38 pm EST
The "Dawn of X" relaunch has established a new status quo for Marvel's X-Men, while also bringing back and celebrating some of their most iconic elements. That has especially been the case for Bishop, the former time-traveling mutant who now serves as a member of the pirate ensemble Marauders. The first ten issues of the series have brought about some major changes for Bishop -- including a brand-new costume. The recently-released Marauders
#10 gave Bishop a surprising new ensemble to wear while on missions, while also honoring some of the most iconic elements of his original costume. (via ComicBook
The issue revolves around the Marauders (sans-Kate Pryde, who is currently dead and apparently unable to be resurrected on Krakoa) trying to invade a Russian freighter, which has been working to recreate Forge's evil technology.
Events unfold in a handful of panels wherein fans get to check out Bishop's newest costume. It consists of a dark red suit that includes a red and black jacket, a belt, and a leg holster, complete with a new version of his iconic red scarf.
Bishop - and his new costume - are expected to be featured next in Marauders
#11, currently scheduled to be released on August 12th.
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THRDC CUTS TIES WITH DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS06/05/20 @ 2:18 pm EST
reports that Judge Dredd
isn’t the only character embarking on a new journey in 2000 AD
— next week, the British anthology series launches a brand-new serial aimed at younger readers, titled Full Tilt Boogie
Named for the spaceship adopted by the story’s protagonist, Tee — a teenage bounty hunter accompanied by a support team that includes her grandmother and a pet cat that may or may not have unusual abilities — Full Tilt Boogie
is the creation of Alex De Campi (Image Comics’ No Mercy
and the upcoming Madi
with Duncan Jones) and artist Eduardo Ocaña.
The debut of the serial in 2000 AD
Prog 2184 is actually the second
appearance of the property in 2000 AD
; Full Tilt Boogie
first appeared as a one-off strip in last year’s 2000 AD Regened
special issue, with reader reaction leading to this new extension, building out the galaxy the space opera exists in, and the many wonders (and threats) to be found inside."Full Tilt Boogie
is a love letter to the space operas I grew up watching: Gatchaman
and Space Battle Cruiser Yamato
, in their bad US dubs / recuts as Battle of the Planets
and Star Blazers
. I was never a Star Trek
or Star Wars
kid; these were what I loved best," De Campi told THR.
"I’d been playing with the idea of Full Tilt Boogie
for a long time, and it existed as a pile of notes and part-completed scripts across notebooks and Word files for years. Tee, the Black Dog, everyone already existed," she continued. "Then, Tharg [2000 AD
’s resident fictional editor] called, and asked if I had anything that would work for an all-ages issue of 2000 AD
Thus the one-shot.
"And then — honestly, to my complete surprise — folks wrote into 2000 AD
and asked for more of it," De Campi said. "We have more Full Tilt Boogie
because readers asked for it, and I’m still stunned and very thankful to the readership of 2000 AD
for supporting our story."2000 AD
Prog 2185, featuring the first regular episode of Full Tilt Boogie
, will be available digitally June 10.
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DISNEY REPORTEDLY DEVELOPING LIVE-ACTION REMAKE OF 'THE BLACK CAULDRON'06/05/20 @ 10:35 am EST
In a seismic shift for the comic book industry, DC has cut ties with Diamond Comics Distributors. The announcement was made via an email to retailers sent Friday morning, with the company telling customers that all orders for DC product will be fulfilled by Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors for periodical releases and Penguin Random House for graphic novels and collected editions.
An email sent to retailers explained, “We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momentous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC's distribution plans has not been made lightly and follows a long period of thought and consideration. The change of direction is in line with DC's overall strategic vision intended to improve the health of, and strengthen, the Direct Market as well as grow the number of fans who read comics worldwide.”
The message continued, “In the near term, Diamond will only be fulfilling orders placed through June 1 Final Order Cut-Off and will not solicit the sale of new DC titles further. To ensure a smooth transition for retailers, DC will suspend Final Order Cut-Off for June 8, making those books available to order on Final Order Cut-Off on June 15.”
A spokesperson from DC told The Hollywood Reporter
, “After 25 years, DC and Diamond Comic Distributors are ending their long-standing relationship. Moving forward, comic book retailers can obtain their DC books from Penguin Random House, or their books and periodicals through Lunar or UCS comic book distributors. DC continues to be committed to providing the Direct Market with best in class service and the fans with the world’s greatest comic books.”
As of this writing, there had been no response from Diamond.
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'TERRIFIER 2': NEW PHOTOS RELEASED06/05/20 @ 10:25 am EST
Walt Disney Pictures is reportedly developing a live-action remake of its 1985 animated film The Black Cauldron
. Disney re-acquired the rights to The Chronicles of Prydain
, the five-part novel series penned by Lloyd Alexander that inspired the animated feature, in 2016. Published between 1964 and 1968, the fantasy series — The Book of Three
, The Black Cauldron
, The Castle of Llyr
, Taran Wanderer
, and The High King
— was first optioned by the studio in 1971. The animated feature, largely inspired by the first two novels but having little resemblance to Alexander's works, will reporedly receive a re-do.
It's not yet known whether Black Cauldron
is being eyed for a theatrical release or a bow on Disney+, where the studio premiered its live-action Lady and the Tramp
. Disney is also developing a live-action Lilo & Stitch
for the streaming service. (via ComicBook
Disney's animated Black Cauldron
followed the magical adventure of assistant pig keeper Taran and his allies — Princess Eilonwy of Llyr, minstrel Fflewddur, wood creature Gurgi, and Hen Wen, a pig with the ability to predict the future — who banded together to keep a maniacal monarch, the evil Horned King, from possessing the Black Cauldron and using its demonic powers to raise an army of the dead and conquer the world.
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The Facebook page of Terrifier 2 has released photos for the upcoming sequel.MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT DANIEL INOUYE'S BATTLEFIELD HEROISM GETS GRAPHIC NOVEL06/05/20 @ 10:10 am EST
More details of the movie, which is currently being edited by the filmmakers during the coronavirus quarantine, are expected soon.
No release date has been set as of yet.
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Daniel Inouye's life is littered with examples of triumph in the face of adversity, personal sacrifice, and acts of physical and moral courage, both on and off the battlefield. THE CW REPORTEDLY EYEING 'HUNGER GAMES' ACTRESS TO PLAY NEW BATWOMAN06/05/20 @ 9:53 am EST
As a civilian, Inouye treated the wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He enlisted in the Army at a time when the loyalty of Japanese Americans like him was in constant question. And during World War II, he distinguished himself on battlefields across Europe, no where more so than in Italy, where he led a frontal assault against a heavily defended German position, and was grievously wounded, twice, yet never once faltered.
He went on to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor, and became the first Japanese American to be elected to the United States Senate.
It seems only fitting then that Inouye, whose life reads like the origin story of a super hero, should get the comic book treatment.
The newest addition to the Association of the United States Army's Medal of Honor series was created by a cast of prolific comic book creators whose work spans the DC and Marvel universes.
"I was so pleased to be able to tell the senator's story and describe part of the history of the 442nd," said Chuck Dixon (Batman, The Punisher, The ‘Nam), who wrote the script for the graphic novel.
Dixon was joined on the project by Christopher Ivy (G.I. Joe, Avengers, Flash), Peter Pantazis (Justice League, Superman, Wolverine) and Troy Peteri (Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men).
The entire series can be read on the Association of the United States Army's website for free.
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BOOM! STUDIOS CELEBRATES PRESTIGIOUS 2020 EISNER AWARD NOMINATIONS06/05/20 @ 9:42 am EST
Fans were shocked when Ruby Rose announced her departure from Batwoman
after the first season finale. From what we’ve heard from insiders though, her exit wasn’t a big surprise within the show. Rose was reportedly unhappy with the unrelenting schedule of shooting network television and being stuck in Vancouver, and she felt the series was limiting her movie career.
The second season of Batwoman
is set to air in January 2021, meaning they’ll need to start filming the moment the COVID-19 restrictions lift. That tight timeframe also means that The CW is now busily hunting for someone to step into the cape and cowl. So far, the network has somewhat narrowed their potential casting choices by confirming that the role will be played by an LGBTQ actress, and now We Got This Covered
is reporting one name that’s being eyed.
Sources close to WGTC say that The CW is currently looking at The Hunger Games
actress Amandla Stenberg, who’s also appeared in Everything, Everything
, The Hate U Give
, Where Hands Touch
and Netflix’s The Eddy.
She identifies as non-binary, has come out as gay and is outspoken about her feminist views, all of which should make her a good fit for Batwoman
. Stay tuned!
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BOOM! Studios is proud to announce it has received three nominations and one shared nomination in the 2020 Eisner Awards, honoring the best in the comic book industry. This includes three nominations for BOOM! Studios’ new original series and graphic novels – along with one shared nomination for letterer, Jim Campbell.
The full list of nominated comics and talent are below:Best New Series
: Once & Future
, by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)Best New Series
: Something is Killing the Children
, by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera (BOOM! Studios)Best Graphic Album- New
: New World
, by David Jesus Vignolli (Archaia)Best Lettering
: Jim Campbell, Black Badge, Coda
(BOOM! Studios); Giant Days, Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship
(BOOM! Box); Rocko’s Modern Afterlife
(KaBOOM!); At the End of Your Tether
(Lion Forge); Blade Runner 2019
(Titan); Mall, The Plot, Wasted Space
"It's an honor to receive this recognition from the Eisner Awards committee,” said Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios. “We're incredibly proud of the brilliant work that our creative partners and the BOOM! Studios team consistently put into our titles. On behalf of everybody at BOOM! we congratulate all the creators that have been nominated!"
The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.
A full list of nominees can be found at the Eisner Award website