CHRISTINA BLANCH TALKS THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD: A DYNAMITE INTERVIEW ON BLEEDING COOL08/14/14 @ 4:31 pm EST
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‘THE FORCE AWAKENS’ WAS MEANT TO OPEN WITH LUKE’S HAND AND SABER FALLING TO JAKKU05/05/16 @ 8:13 am EST
Almost a month ago it was announced that the Thrillbent
webcomic The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood
by Christina Blanch
, Chris Carr
and Troy Peteri
was being collected byDynamite
. Now Byron Brewer
caught up with Blanch and asked about the transition from digital to print and how it might change things.BYRON BREWER: Christina, how did Damnation of Charlie Wormwood make the jump from Thrillbent to Dynamite?
It’s all thanks to Nick Barrucci of Dynamite. We were chatting at a con and we started talking about the book and he asked when it was coming out in print. I told him we were printing one issue of it just so I would have something to sign at conventions and he was surprised that I hadn’t taken it somewhere. He and I then talked the next and it all just happened. It was amazing, and Dynamite has been wonderful to work with – we couldn’t ask for anything better.BB: What is it like producing a book for Thrillbent vs. a more mainstream company like Dynamite? Can you explain the process difference to the reader?CB:
The biggiest thing is that now we know that it will be in print so we well keep that in mind when writing and when Chee is drawing. However, we still want to give readers the digital comic experience on the screen so we aren’t really changing too much. The big difference is in the production – taking the pages or the screens as we call them at Thrillbent and turning them into print pages. Our editor Mark Waid has been great in helping to do that and we are learning as we go. I’m sure we will get better at the transformation every issue.BB: You and Chris Carr have written the property for Thrillbent. Will you both be on the miniseries, and if so how do you share those responsibilities of collaboration?CB:
Nothing will change. The whole creative team that we have on Charlie is so integral to the book that we don’t want to change things. Our creative process is pretty simple but has changed over time. The first few issues we wrote together, in the same room, working through all of it. As time went by and schedules got busier and busier, it was harder to be in the same workspace. We have worked out an outline for each issue and one of us will write the book, the other will approve it, and then we send it to our editor Mark, ho then send it to our incredible artist Chee.For the uninitiated, tell us the concept of the book.
Charlie Wormwood is a teacher in the correctional education system aka prison. He isn’t thrilled about it but job in education are not easy to get. He also happens to have a son who has been in and out of the hospital and they really can’t figure out what is wrong with him. With bills piling up, Charlie is offered help from an unexpected source. This is the story of how far someone will go to help their child and how that journey changes that person. I don’t want to give too much away. People have said it has a Breaking Bad vibe which I have to take their word on because I have internationally stayed away from that show so I don’t subconsciously put in a similar storyline. When the book is done and that makes me sad, it will be nice to have Breaking Bad to watch as a treat.BB: The book is very dark, from what I understand. How do you keep the emphasis on what sacrifices Charlie is making for his sick son?CB:
I’ve heard the book is dark. Some of our readers send me notes asking why I hate Charlie. I don’t hate him. He does have some bad luck. But, the book is called the Damnation of Charlie Wormwood.
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LIONSGATE TO ADAPT STEVEN MOFFAT’S ‘JEKYLL’ SERIES INTO FEATURE FILM05/05/16 @ 8:10 am EST
Mark Hamill — who plays Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” film franchise — recently shed some light on a fan theory that for a time was an accurate prediction of the way that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would open.
If you’ve seen “The Force Awakens,” you know that the film opens with a super star destroyer crossing over the planet Jakku. Then the film cuts to Poe Dameron entering the tent of Lor San Tekka and the film kicks off from there.
According to Hamill, who recently did an interview with the UK publication The Sun, the first shot of “The Force Awakens” was meant to be Luke Skywalker’s severed hand from “Empire Strikes Back.” It would have been floating though space, still gripping his father’s blue lightsaber. The hand would have then dissolved as it entered Jakku’s atmosphere, and the saber would have landed on the surface of the planet.
According to the Nerdist this was a fan theory that had surfaced online a few years before “The Force Awakens” hit theaters. In The Sun interview, Hamill recounts how many different fan theories he read online, and how this was the only one people were actually correct about.
JJ Abrams obviously decided that he would save the mystery of Luke’s hand and lightsaber for another film. Perhaps “Star Wars: Episode VIII” director Rian Johnson will shed some light on how Luke’s lightsaber found its way into Maz Kanata’s possession.
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"ER'S" ERIQ LA SALLE JOINS HUGH JACKMAN IN "WOLVERINE 3"05/05/16 @ 8:08 am EST
Lionsgate is moving forward with an adaptation of Steven Moffat’s 2007 BBC series “Jekyll.”
“Jekyll,” which starred “The Hobbit’s” James Nesbit, was one of the first series to take a period drama and adapt it for a modern age. “Jekyll’s” showrunner Steven Moffat made modern adaptations famous when he bought Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective into the new millennium with “Sherlock.” “Jekyll” was Moffat’s first attempt at that trend.
According to The Tracking Board, Lionsgate will adapt the series for the big screen, with “The Nice Guys'” Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry set to write the script.
“Jekyll” ran for one season in the UK and told the story of Doctor Tom Jackman, whose dangerous alter ego, Mr. Hyde, threatened to destroy everything Jackman ever loved. In the series, Jackman’s friends Katherine and Peter were the only people who could help control Hyde when he was in control of Jackman’s body.
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ONI PRESS CREATORS ATTEND FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 201605/05/16 @ 8:03 am EST
"ER's" Dr. Peter Benton, actor Eriq La Salle, has joined Hugh Jackman, in "Wolverine 3."This news comes via Variety, who reported La Salle's casting today.
La Salle will join "The Office's" Stephen Merchant, "Doctor Who's" Richard E. Grant, and "Narcos'" Boyd Holbrook.
While details of "Wolverine 3's" plot is being tightly kept under wraps, there are rumors that X-23 could make her debut in the film and that it could be rated-R.
La Salle's most recent work includes directing episodes of "Once Upon a Time," "Lucifer," "Rosewood," and "CSI: Cyber." He also played Hektor Martin in "Under the Dome."
Currently "Wolverine 3" is set to open on March 3, 2017.
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HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT STAR WARS DAY. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!05/04/16 @ 8:46 pm EST
Oni Press is proud to be a sponsor for the 15th Annual Free Comic Book Day
. This year's event takes place at local comic book shops around the world on Saturday, May 7. JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE FCBD 2016 EDITION (W)
Greg Smith and Michael Tanner(A/CA)
Zach Lehner with Ryan HillGenre:
12 and up
The Junior Braves Free Comic Book Day edition
features a 24-page excerpt
from Book 1
of the hit Oni Press survival horror Young Adult series! Perfect for readers who are a little too young for The Walking Dead
, this zombie apocalypse epic follows a plucky band of scouts as they navigate the end of the world with only their combined smarts, teamwork, and good old fashioned camping skills at their disposal. And even then, they've still got other survivors to contend with! Will Tribe 65 make it out alive?JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE
SIGNINGS:Co-writer Greg Smith:
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at Portland TFAW, 2916 NE Broadway St., Portland, OR 97232
12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. at Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5355 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97213Co-writer Michael Tanner:
The Comic Bug, 4267 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230Artist Zach Lehner:
11 a.m.–2 p.m., Challengers Comics, 1845 N Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
MORE FCBD CREATOR SIGNINGS:Acme Comics, 2150 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27408Cassie Kelly (Invader ZIM)
, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.Chris Schewizer (The Crogan Adventures)
, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.The Comic Bug, 4267 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230Dave Crosland (Invader ZIM)Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker, Elk's Run, Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth, The Life After, Tumor)Gabo (The Life After)
10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Defiant Comics, 7234 Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130Jackie Lewis (The Lion of Rora, Merry Men)
, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. at Heroes Aren't Hard to Find, 1957 E 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204Jeffrey Burandt (Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad)
, Mama Says Comics Rock, 306 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11231Joey Weiser (Mermin)
, The Android's Dungeon, 2539 Perry Crossing Way, Suite #110, Plainfield, IN 46168Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime)
, at Space Cadets Collection Collection, 27326 Robinson Rd., Suite #117, Oak Ridge, TX 77385Paulina Ganucheau (Another Castle)
, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. at Big Planet Comics of College Park, 7315 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740
Source: Google | Categories: Star Wars | Comments (0) | E-mail Article | Add a CommentHEROIC BLOODLINES – MICHAEL USLAN TALKS LONE RANGER / GREEN HORNET05/04/16 @ 8:35 pm EST
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Michael UslanMARVEL WILL TACKLE ITS ONE-DIMENSIONAL VILLAINS ISSUE WITH THANOS' "AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR" ARC05/04/16 @ 8:25 pm EST
talks Lone Ranger / Green Hornet
#1, on sale in July from Dynamite
. Main cover is by John Cassaday
with two incentive covers by Giovanni Timpano
.BYRON BREWER: Well, Michael, Dynamite is known for its wild mash-ups. However did the concept of the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet come about for you? Was this something you pitched?MICHAEL USLAN:
Many, many years ago, long before the rights to making a Lone Ranger movie and the rights to making a Green Hornet movie were parsed out by the respective right holders to two different movie studios, I had a dream of combining the two characters into one great family saga. Unfortunately at that time, the owners of one property had no interest in going down that road, and the owners of the other property wanted a large fortune on the table for the rights. Needless to say, little old me was quickly outbid by one of the major studios.
And so, I placed my notes for what that motion picture might’ve been into a file and moved on. Many years later, when I became friendly with Nick Barrucci at Dynamite Comics, and he began amassing rights to some great classic pulp, radio and TV properties, I told him that if, after some 80 years, he could be the one to bring together legal rights to the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet for one joint family story, that I would give my left whatever to write it. Nick had always enjoyed the crossover I wrote for DC back in the 1970s in The Shadow #11, when the Shadow met the Avenger. On that basis, he asked me if I would be interested in writing the first crossover of the Shadow with the Green Hornet. I jumped at that, and we had a great experience together with The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights. That led to my giving Nick my graphic novel writing bucket list. I said that if he could ever get the rights for a first-ever crossover of the three Street & Smith pulp heroes, Doc Savage, the Shadow, and the Avenger, I would love to write that. He did it. And so I wrote Justice, Inc. I then told him if he could get the rights to the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet appearing in one story, that I would love to write that. He did it. And now, here we are…
By the way, the opening of this saga in issue #1 of “The Lone Ranger Meets the Green Hornet: Champions of Justice” is based on my original notes as to how I envisioned the opening of the movie that I had wanted to make. One more note of historic interest is that I wanted Ronald Reagan after he left the presidency to play John Reid in his 80s in this opening scene. One last note of historic interest is that there are still three crossovers left on the bucket list I gave Nick. I am hoping that one day he will also reach out to me to write those when and if the magical days happen.BB: That is so cool, Michael. Can you tell us about the LR/GH storyline?MU:
In its essence, this is a family story of three generations who are bound together by blood and traditions and who are torn apart by generational rifts. It’s a story of hope, tragedy, choices and consequences, love, integrity, redemption and adventure.
Like my last three graphic novels, Batman: Detective #27, The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights and Justice, Inc., this too is a tale of alternative history. I’ve taken these legendary fictional characters and mixed them together with real legends of history in true historic events interwoven with fictional events. It’s a story grounded in real life, as it may have actually unfolded in a parallel universe to ours.BB: Can you compare and contrast your two stars?MU:
Both men are Reids. They are connected by DNA.
Both have chosen to wear a mask and to allow themselves to be perceived as villains.
Both have partners… Tonto and Kato.
One rides an amazing horse called Silver, and the other rides an amazing car called Black Beauty.Both refuse to kill.
Both lead the fight for law and order in a daring and resourceful way.BB: Why is Giovanni Timpano the right artist for this book?MU:
Gio and I previously worked together on Justice, Inc. He knows how to portray legendary, classic characters and respect their integrity. He does his research carefully and when we are doing stories that are alternative history, this becomes very important to the ultimate effectiveness of what we are trying to accomplish visually. In addition, creatively, we are on the same wavelength. We communicate with each other often and he offers suggestions, modifications and new ideas, and the end result is based on a full partnership between us. Not only is he an excellent illustrator, he is a cutting edge, dynamic, bold graphic story-teller. And he is as crazed about every detail as I am!
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"CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR" WRITERS ADMIT NEW VIEWERS MAY BE LOST...AND THAT'S OK05/04/16 @ 8:19 pm EST
Marvel Studios has a villain problem; while their films are generally well-received, their antagonists frequently are not. In an interview with JoBlo, "Captain America: Civil War"screenwriters Steve McFeely and Chris Markus addressed the Marvel Cinematic Universe's trouble with creating well-rounded villains.
"If you think about it, I get the criticism, but the early phases were all origin stories," McFeely explained. "It tends to create a similar villain. When it is no longer an origin story, I think you might have a little bit more freedom to create different villains. I'm sensitive to the problem. I get it. But it wasn’t the Robert Redford story, it was 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.' It wasn't the Red Skull's journey, it was the journey of one guy going from ninety pound weakling to American hero and then going into the ice."
"So in a 120-minute movie it is difficult, and Thanos will possibly change that, but you want time spent," he continued. "Excuse me for going on a tangent but I love the Marvel Netflix shows because you have so much more time to spend with your villains. It's literally minutes and hours spent. We have 120-minutes and 'Jessica Jones' had how ever many it had."
As to their approach to Thanos, he added, "As you said, we tend to take the ingredients and make a different meal out of it. 'Winter Soldier' owes a great deal to the [Ed] Brubaker run but it's not the Brubaker run. 'Civil War' owes a great deal to [Mark] Millar, but it's not close to the 'Civil War' run. So we'll do the same thing with Thanos and his gauntlet."
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and more, "Captain America: Civil War" opens on May 6, 2016.
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NEW "LEGENDS OF TOMORROW" IMAGES FOR "DESTINY" REVEAL A RESCUE MISSION 05/04/16 @ 8:10 pm EST
Stan Lee is often quoted (apocryphal or not) as saying that every comic is somebody's first one. But as Marvel Studios prepares its 13th big screen adventure, the same logic won't apply to "Captain America: Civil War."
As part of a new interview with The Wrap, "Civil War" screenwriters Stephen McFeely andChristopher Markus admitted that there was no way for them to make the franchise film that some have referred to as "Avengers 2.5" totally inviting for brand new viewers.
"We had to make a decision early that we were OK losing virgin audience members," McFeely said, stressing that such an idea wasn't the end of the world. "If you don’t know some of these movies before you walk in you might be lost, but hopefully you’ll still be entertained. We can’t do a 'previously in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,' because it will take 25 minutes."
At least the writers have good tabs on things, having already written both the first two "Captain America" movies and serving as creators and executive producers for two seasons of the "Agent Carter" spinoff TV series.
"This isn’t a new thing, it’s an ongoing story that’s organically evolving movie to movie," Markus added. "In the beginning I think [Marvel] did operate as, 'If this is your first one, it should be as fun as if it were your third one.' Its a dense ongoing novel at this point."
"Captain America: Civil War" opens this weekend.
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"Captain America: Civil War" directors Joeand Anthony Russo are in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the long haul. The brothers will stick with Marvel Studios through the second "Avengers: Infinity War" film in 2019, and they don't seem to be slowing down. During an interview with Collider, they discussed who they'd love to bring into the MCU and if they'll stick with Marvel after "Infinity War."
When asked which character he'd most like to bring into the MCU fold, Joe Russo said, "Wolverine."
"Yeah," Anthony Russo agreed.
"First favorite character growing up was Spider-Man, second was Wolverine. One of my most-prized possessions is 'Incredible Hulk' #181. It was his first appearance," Joe Russo shared. "It's in my collection. It's sitting in a safe. I won't disclose where it is."
"I know where it is," Anthony Russo pitched in. "And I would say Wolverine as well, for all of the exciting reasons that we all gravitate to."
Of course, Fox currently holds the rights to the X-Men franchise, including Wolverine, but stranger things have happened than two studios making an agreement; after all, Sony and Marvel Studios reached a deal to share Spider-Man's rights, enabling the character to appear in "Captain America: Civil War."
Wolverine isn't the only character the Russos would like to include. Asked to select a more obscure character, Anthony Russo responded, "Great Lakes Avengers."
"Great Lakes Avengers, yeah. I'll pick Groo the Wanderer," added Joe Russo. "It was a big character in my childhood."
As to whether or not they'll stick around after the final "Infinity War" film in 2019, Joe Russo said, "It's so hard to say because we're working through 2019, which is a long way from now. So it's very difficult to say what our headspace will be like then and what we'll be interested in, whether we'll still be invigorated to keep working on larger stories, or whether we'll want to do some smaller stories, what the business is going to be … There are so many opportunities out there, it's tough to say. Probably something we could answer in 2019."
"I will say this: Our experience with Marvel has been amazing and we really do feel like we're in our creative sweet spot there. So it's definitely a place that we'll always think about," Anthony Russo shared.
"One of the great things about Marvel is that they like to marry genre, and who knows where it’s going to go from here," Joe Russo explained. "You have to keep varying up the storytelling to surprise audiences. I think there are going to be some fun surprises in store over the next few years."