Posted by Rich Johnston

Joe Glass writes:

Marvel brings the ResurrXion panel to Sunday at SDCC, as editor Nick Lowe introduces writers Sina Grace, Marc Guggenheim and Christina Strain to talk about all things X-Men and ResurrXion.

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The panel did start a little late, following as it did from a popular Jack Kirby tribute panel, but then the show got on the road.

Marc Guggenheim comes out wearing a gold jacket, which is fitting, as he’s the writer of X-Men Gold. He talks the Mojoworld crossover that will see the various X-Men whisked away to artificial scenarios reminiscent of all kinds of past X-Men eras. He’s having a blast writing it with Cullen Bunn. It all kicks off with a softball game. The comic will have a bunch of cameos, including Ink, whom Guggenheim has a personal love for. Also, we’ll see the return of Longshot.

They then bring up the last page reveal of Professor Xavier in Astonishing X-Men; Lowe says they’re so excited about the series. Artists Mike Deodato, Ed McGuiness, and Carlos Pacheco are on the next issues.

Moving on to Iceman: Grace talks about Iceman being at a funny time in his life in the Marvel Universe, and Marvel asked him what he wanted to do with the character. So he looked at how the character had been served, and how he could work with that and change things.

Grace talks about how writing the Champions in the Legacy story has been super fun.

With Generation X, Strain talks about being approached by Daniel Ketchum and how honored she was to be asked, as she found the original series to be perfect. She took what meant the most to her about the series — the feeling of being isolated and not knowing if you’re good enough — and put her voice to it. She says the easiest way to find that original-series feeling was finding the characters that are often seen as loveable losers. The new cast will reflect where the original cast were at back then, so will get them to meet and bounce off each other.

Lowe, Strain, and Grace all rave about Quentin Quire, Grace saying he had to sneak him into a page just to get to write in that voice for a moment. Strain paraphrases a description she was given of him as “he’s like a feral cat who’s been told to make friends with a confused llama.”

Moving onto Weapons of Mutant Destruction, Lowe talks about how it all comes out of the so-dumb-it’s-awesome idea of a Hulkverine.

On to All New Wolverine, which they rave about but don’t discuss much. The Cable and the Legacy story Newer Mutants comes up, and the panel again just discusses how excited they are about the solicited series. Then Old Man Logan is brought up for a quick rave, but no real info.

Lowe then briefly discusses the Marvel Insider loyalty program again, and then moves on to audience questions.

How do you create the synergy between the writer and artist? Strain talked about working in different stages of it, and she says she likes to make sure that the penciller feels like they have a stake in the story and tries to keep an open line of communication with them. Grace agrees it does help to understand the other person’s job, himself being a writer and artist. Strain discusses how she creates a lookbook for Generation X for when characters aren’t in costume or uniform. Guggenheim tries whenever possible to be familiar with the artist he’s working with, and he’s always much happier to let the artist make changes as he can easily move things around at the letters stage.

Can they share any unused ideas from writers retreats? Lowe discusses how there aren’t any real mandates against what people can do. Grace goes on to discuss how before IvX, there’d been plans to include one character, but when he then checked in, he was told that character was going “nuclear” and he won’t be able to use her. Lowe says that the draft process of finding characters happens a lot.

When is Kid Omega going to become Omega? Lowe talks about how tough it is aging characters, and how it is weird and fluid. Strain did say that it definitely isn’t something coming in Generation X. She suggested that she will be delivering a big story about Quire’s past, and suggested in particular about his parents.

Who were your heroes in real life and mentors in the industry? Grace says everyone has been very nice to him, and he mentions how Jeff Lemieux has been so gracious and kind to him in particular. Strain says Amanda Conner, meeting her at a small New Orleans con, who gave her some big advice and told her to stop wasting her time doing things she didn’t love, when she clearly loved comics. Guggenheim says Brad Meltzer, who “literally” taught him how to write comics, and gave him tips that Guggenheim still uses to this day. Lowe says Nancy Quesada, who hired him at Marvel, and Axel Alonso and Joe Quesada who taught him how to edit, and praises Alonso as best story editor he knows.

What about bringing back Andre in Generation X? Strain says that Andre was the reason Gen X got approved. She looked at a ton of characters who were considered useless or damaged, and how he was a perfect example how there are grave consequences for young mutants who the school/X-Men fail to help.

Any concern of Old Man Logan getting overused? Lowe jokes how you got to remember retirees have a lot of free time. Guggenheim thinks that by taking away Wolverine’s healing factor (or at least toning it down) it makes the character more interesting, and it leads him to write him as more crustier and grumpier than the original Logan was.

What would draw a burned-out reader to the Gold and Blue books? Grace says he’s a huge fan of those books, and Strain says she’s of the opinion that everyone is going to have their tastes, and if you’re going to like them, then you’re going to like them. Lowe thinks there’s never been a better time to be a fan of comic books, so if you need to take a break, there is so much out there for you.

Bringing Back Longshot, And More From The Marvel ResurrXion Panel At San Diego Comic-Con

 
 

Posted by Todd Allen

Do you watch any of the comics-based shows on the CW?  Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, iZombie, Black Lightning or Riverdale?  We’ve got the trailers for the upcoming season for all of those shows right here for your convenience. Want to learn more about how comics publishing and digital comics work?  Try Todd’s book, Economics […]
 
 

Posted by Marykate Jasper

When it comes to problematic old-timey white-people relationships, the straights have…I don’t know, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald? And the rest of us have Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. The modernist thinker/writer and prolific poet/garden designer had a decade-long affair which represented one of the most artistically and emotionally fulfilling times in both women’s lives. And it’s finally making its way to the big screen.

Gemma Arterton will star as Vita Sackville-West, and either Andrea Riseborough or Elizabeth Debicki (the IMDB page keeps shifting) will star as Virginia Woolf, in the upcoming biopic, Vita & Virginia. (Eva Green was originally cast as Woolf, but had to leave the role for other projects.) The movie is based on the stage play of the same name by Dame Eileen Atkins, which adapted “the letters Virginia and Vita exchanged and weave[d] them together into a witty, intimate conversation, telling their story in their own words.” Atkins is co-writing the film adaptation with director Chanya Button.

The film is set between 1927-1928, the period of time during which Woolf was inspired by her relationship with Sackville-West to write the modernist masterpiece Orlando. Button described the film as “a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energized perspective on one of our most iconic writers…We so often associate women of the past with oppression, bound by the duties of marriage, propriety and domesticity; but what Vita & Virginia offers is an example of a relationship where bold, brilliant women bent these institutions to their will at great personal cost.”

Honestly, I don’t know if there’s anything more impossibly romantic than writing a literary masterpiece about your lover that describes her as having “eyes like drenched violets” – but if there is, I haven’t seen it yet. While Woolf had one-too-many proto-fascist friends in the Bloomsbury Group and could be a (self-admitted) classist snob, she also wrote beautifully, and achingly, about opening up to Sackville-West and experiencing two different loves, for both her husband and Sackville-West, at the same time. And their relationship is an important reminder that open marriages and bisexual people (Sackville-West’s husband, too, was a bisexual) have always been here.

Plus, Woolf and Sackville-West’s letters to each other are just gorgeous: touching, surprisingly funny, and often oh-so-pretentious. “I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia,” wrote Sackville-West, after leaving for Trieste. “I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way…So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become.”

To which Woolf replied: “And ever since [you left], nothing important has happened—Somehow its dull and damp. I have been dull; I have missed you. I do miss you. I shall miss you. And if you don’t believe it, you’re a longeared owl and ass.”

Ah, romance!

(Via Variety and The Irish News; images via Wikimedia Commons)

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23 July 2017

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Posted by Beat Staff

By Rachel Maurer This year’s Image panel offered a laid-back opportunity to check in with several popular creators, who provided insight and anecdotes surrounding both current and upcoming projects. Brenden Fletcher revealed the first cover for his Miyazaki-influenced ISOLA, with art by Karl Kerschl. Originally announced at Image Expo, Fletcher has been featuring small bits […]
 
 
 
 
 

Posted by Beat Staff

By Rachel Maurer Star Wars books have never gone out of style, but with Rogue One still fresh in our minds and Episode VIII on the horizon Lucasfilm Publishing seems busier than ever. Friday’s panel gave us some face time with fan-favorite Star Wars authors and new blood alike as they discussed current projects and reminisced in […]
 
 
 

Posted by Dan Wickline

On a day where we celebrate this amazing comic industry with the biggest convention of the year, we remember someone who helped build it into what it is today. Word from multiple sources tell us that Flo Steinberg has passed away this morning.

Fabulous Flo, as she was known to Marvel fans around the world, was an original member of the Marvel Bullpen in the 1960s, taking on multiple roles in the company including fan liaison and secretary to Stan “the Man” Lee when things took off. She was also a publisher in her own rights for one of the first underground comics, Big Apple Comix in 1975.

Flo Steinberg

She famously appeared in a few of the Marvel comics when the bullpen crew were depicted, including as a stand-in for Sue Storm when they did What If The Original Marvel Bullpen Had Become The Fantastic Four?

She left Marvel in 1969 when the company refused giving her a $5 an hour raise. She went to work for the oil industry for a while, then lived in California and Oregon before moving back to New York to help run the mail order wing of Warren Publishing.

She spoke at a 1974 New York Comic Art Convention panel on the role of women in comics and the following hear is when she published Big Apple Comix. The book contained the work of Neal Adams, Archie Goodwin, Denny O’Neil, Al Williamson, and Wally Wood. Steinberg returned to work for Marvel as a proofreader in the 1990s. Flo would speak at comic book conventions until at least 2007.

Rest in peace, Fabulous Flo.

Marvel Legend “Fabulous” Flo Steinberg Has Passed Away

 
 

Posted by Beat Staff

By Gabriel Neeb Okay, here’s the rest of the it. Be careful for spelling errors and the like… Saturday can start to affect you. $24,180,050.77 or, Jack Kirby’s 100th Birthday Celebration with IDW Panel Report Over the past few years, IDW has earned praise for its “Artist’s Editions” line of comic art that collects reprints […]
 
 
 

Posted by Marykate Jasper

Abrams, what are you up to?!

The new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery premiered at Comic-Con, and there’s a lot of good stuff going on. It looks like First Officer Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, will really be taken through the ringer – she’s even accused of “help[ing] to start a war” – and Martin-Green has the perfect expressiveness and sincerity to be the viewer’s lens into this world. I’d definitely watch this woman run through the universe.

At the panel, it was also revealed that Burnham is Spock’s adopted sister, taken in by Sarek and Amanda after her parents were killed. Given the trailer’s voiceover – “All life is born from chaos; the world doesn’t always adhere to logic” – and quotes like, “Change is the essential process of all existence,” it looks like Martin-Green will have to deal with a world that doesn’t always match up to Vulcan ideals of logic and rationality. While I wonder about the necessity of connecting Martin-Green to Spock in such a direct way, I do think her Vulcan-adoptee past could be a cool character element.

However, this trailer is also quite…splodey. We don’t see nearly as many new, alien worlds as we see careening and burning spaceships – and while it’s obviously okay to reinvent a series for its reboot, all the explosions and interstellar warfare made it feel less Star Trek and more Battlestar Galactica.

Plus, they didn’t give Michelle Yeoh’s Captain Georgiou much to do in this trailer. Give me more Yeoh!

Obviously, I’m still going to watch it – first, for the experience of seeing two women of color leading and learning their way through the Trek universe; and second, because the first look trailer seemed much more explore-y. But I don’t quite know what to expect from this series after this SDCC trailer. I guess I’ll find out on September 24, 2017.

(Via io9; image via screengrab)

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Posted by Heidi MacDonald

Florence “Fabulous Flo” Steinberg, an iconic member of the original Marvel Bullpen, has passed away, age unknown but truly ageless. Flo was the sole MArvel staffer besides Stan Lee himself in the early Marvel Comics of the 60s. She can be heard on this immortal Merry Marvel Marching Society record starring Stan, Jack Kirby and […]
 
 
 
 
23 July 2017

Posted by JenniferP

The wonderful Miss Conduct at the Boston Globe answered a letter about a pair of sisters, one of whom is dating a dude who has a Nazi flag in his room. She nailed it:

“…the thing about Nazis is, they are a great place to draw the line…”

Let me add a script:

“Sister, your fucking boyfriend has a fucking Nazi flag in his fucking bedroom. What the fuck are you doing? YOU ARE DATING A LITERAL NAZI. LOOK AT YOUR LIFE!!!! WHAT THE FUCK!!!! GET RIGHT WITH THE LORD AND YOURSELF AND ALL THAT IS GOOD AND TRUE AND DUMP THIS NAZI ASSHOLE!!!”

STOP DATING NAZIS, EVERYONE, OKAY, COOL, GOOD TALK, THANK YOU.

P.S. Stop dating people with Confederate paraphernalia, too. SAME DIFFERENCE, Y’ALL.


 
 

Posted by AJ Frost

Walking around aimlessly on any comic convention floor inevitably leads to many surprises. Booths are set up for maximum eye-catching—gimmickry abounds!—attempting to lure attendees and wanderers alike to partake the wares at hand. This method is not new by any means, but it is effective. I felt the pull when I randomly found the booth […]
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Rich Johnston

Everyone is heads down into the final day of San Diego Comic-Con, but plenty of other things have been happening this week. And Lying In The Gutters is happy to point out exactly what you’ve been reading on Bleeding Cool this past week. Well, most of you, anyway. As you can see there’s lots more out there than SDCC. There’s D23 too!

Top Twenty Traffic Of The Week

  1. Rebecca Sugar Apologises For Steven Universe Racism Controversy
  2. Now Jodie Whittaker Is Cast As Doctor Who, Can We Please Avoid This Predictable Tabloid Response?
  3. Arrow Season 6 The Big Bad And Who Survives
  4. Where Can You Get Funko SDCC Exclusives If You Aren’t At The Show? We Have The Answer!
  5. D23: The Great Movie Ride At Hollywood Studios Is Closing Its Doors In August
  6.  Is This The True Identity Of Mr. Oz In Superman? (Possible Spoilers)
  7. Marvel Releases First Poster For ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ At San Diego Comic-Con
  8. ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8: Reunited, Carol & Daryl Don’t Feel So Good
  9. J.K. Rowling To Release Two New Harry Potter Books In October
  10. Funko Announces New Licences At Funko Fundays, including James Bond!
  11. Tom King Teases ‘Dark Matter’ From DC Comics For December 2017
  12. Who’s Your Daddy? We Review ‘Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator’
  13. Secret Empire #10 Cover Unclassified By Bleeding Cool (SPOILERS)
  14. What Is Tony Stark Now, Anyway? (Secret Empire #6 And Invincible Iron Man #9 Spoilers)
  15. Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker Revealed As First Female Doctor
  16. Fantastic Four In Marvel Cinematic Universe As Likely As Aliens Coming Down From Sky, Says Kevin Feige
  17. Dr. DisRespect Gets Banned From ‘Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds’ For Teamkilling
  18. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who Salary Revealed In BBC Transparency Move
  19. Will Titans And Teen Titans Merge In 2018?
  20. Justice League #25 Vs Ultimates2 #9 In Explaining The Universes Of Marvel, DC And Watchmen (Spoilers)

 

Lying In The Gutters -23rd July 2017 – Show Me Some Sugar

 
 

Posted by Todd Allen

You can’t say Jason Momoa hasn’t been having a moment at ComicCon.  Here’s his reaction to the suggestion of playing Aquaman: Want to learn more about how comics publishing and digital comics work?  Try Todd’s book, Economics of Digital Comics or have a look at his horror detective series on Patreon.
 
 
 
 
 

Posted by Marykate Jasper

The second season of Stranger Things will premiere on Netflix on Halloween of 2017, and so it’s fitting that the Comic-Con trailer kept things creepy. With Vincent Price’s opening monologue from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and plenty of Upside Down, flashlights-in-the-woods, and crumbling-suburbia footage, this trailer shows that Hawkins, Indiana is in for more of a fright.

Most importantly, it also shows the return of Eleven, who claws her way through the wall between the Upside Down and our world. Yay!

Aside from Eleven, the boys look like they’re having a rough time of it, too. Mike is still hunting for Eleven, saying, “Sometimes I feel like I still see her.” Will keeps having hallucinations and hop-backs to the Upside Down: one minute he’s in the arcade with his friends, the next he’s in the crumbling, deadly other world. His visions are driving him to stare into space, frantically draw the monster that’s coming, and warn his mother that the creature wants, “Not me. Everyone else.”

Plus, it looks like the boys catch a monster in their Ghostbusters ghostcatcher. What might emerge when they open it?

Aesthetically, this looks very similar to the first season, and it seems like a strong escalation of the original conflict with the Upside Down. I appreciate that it doesn’t look too much slicker, and I like that so much of the story seems to focus on the “What’s going on?” elements that made the first season feel so true to small-town life. Based on the size of the monster Will sees, they’re undeniably upping the stakes for the world-at-large – but I’m still optimistic that it won’t mean losing our focus on the citizens of Hawkins.

Then again, as the trailer warns, “Nothing’s gonna go back to the way it was.”

(Via Vox; image via screengrab)

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By Gabriel Neeb After years of false starts and rumors, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane confirmed that a new Spawn movie is coming, to be written and directed by McFarlane himself. Although announced a day earlier through the internet, McFarlane was able to share a fee additional details at the panel “Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane […]
 
 


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Posted by Todd Allen

There’s quite a rumor mill floating around about whether Ben Affleck is still going to be playing Batman after the Justice League movie is over.  We don’t know what the studio might have said to his agent or what his agent might have said to the studio.  HOWEVER, Affleck did address the situation during the […]
 
 

Posted by Rich Johnston

This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the “Wednesday Warriors”, those who can’t wait to the weekend to get this week’s comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your passion.

It’s a busy San Diego Comic-Con week, but there are comics to be sold! And while DC Comics are going to have to make Batman #27 returnable for having a different creative team and story than solicited and not telling anyone, it still seems to have sold really well – so not many to return!

  1. Batman #27
  2. Justice League #25
  3. Secret Empire #6
  4. Superman #27
  5. Astonishing X-Men #1
  6. Super Sons #6
  7. Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #2
  8. Star Wars: Darth Maul #5
  9. Mighty Thor #21
  10. Aquaman #26

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DC dominates once again. Sixteen of our Top Twenty titles and all of our Top Ten books were DC. Dark Days the Casting was our #4 top seller even on its second week. The first Marvel book was Secret Empire at #12, followed by Daredevil and Mighty Thor at #18 and #20 respectively. Invincible was the only indie book in our Top Twenty this week at #19. If you would have told me five years ago that Aquaman was a top selling book that was outselling every single other Marvel book, I’d ask you who hurt you and then tell you, you were out of your mind! But here we are, Captain America is a fascist, Iron Man is a robot and Spider-Man is Iron Man. The recent Legacy announcements don’t seem to be doing much in the way of getting people excited about Marvel again. I would love to be selling 100 copies of Ms Marvel or (any one of the 4) Spider-Man, but people are still hesitant to get into titles when they know the chances of reboots are high.

Marvel managed to get four titles in our top ten this week. Granted Diamond helped them by only shipping half of our Green Arrow order thus taking Green Arrow out of our top ten. Diamond was doing so good till this week. We were also shorted all of our order for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Astonishing X Men 1 made it into the top ten but wasn’t a hot seller for a first issue. To many X titles now. Batman of course took the top spot. Darth Maul did well this week.

7 out of 10 of the TOP 10 books were Marvel titles for us this week. DC still captured #1 with BATMAN sales constantly climbing, but Secret Empire was a close 2nd.

DC continues to dominate the Top Ten charts in our store, but Marvel did place three books in the top ten this week–two of them superhero titles (Secret Empire and Spectacular Spider-Man). That’s a good step forward

Solid week with everyone still buying the Dark Days lead up book and sadly finding out they’re still just as confused as they were after reading the last one. Hopefully they don’t all give up before METAL finally hits..

Back issues of Amazing Spider-man vol 1 seeing movement thanks to the current movie.

Continued interest in affordably priced 1980s and 1990s DC’s and Marvels. Customers want strong, positive superhero stories with recognizeable characters, and they can get excellent books from time period for not much more than the cost of a new comic today.

Captain America #175 VF $20 – Not the rarest issue in the world to come by, but it seemed like kismet to have it come into our store in the midst of the current Event Marvel is slogging through. The customer who bought it was interested in the issue because of an early crossover appearance with the X-Men. The fact that it also features President Nixon being the head of a worldwide conspiracy made it an even cooler find.

Bleeding Cool Bestseller Lists – 23rd July 2017 – An Interlude Of Jokes And Riddles

 
 

Posted by Todd Allen

It wouldn’t be the modern ComicCon without a few trailers.  Here’s the trailer for a comic book movie that’s a world away from Justice League and Avengers.  My Friend Dahmer, based on the graphic novel of the same name by Derf Backderf about growing up with young Jeffery Dahmer.
 
 

Posted by Marykate Jasper

To compensate for cruelly playing Black Panther footage but not releasing it online for the rest of us, Marvel also shared some Captain Marvel information and concept art at their San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) panel yesterday. We found out that Carol Danvers will take on the Skrulls in her debut film, which is going to be set in…the ’90s!

What’s more, Samuel L. Jackson will co-star in the film as a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury, so we may finally find out how MCU Fury lost one of his eyes.

As Collider points out, this would make Captain Marvel the first MCU movie since Captain America: The First Avenger that isn’t set in the present day. It also allows Carol to have her debut without needing to address or interact with the Avengers apparatus that Tony Stark has set up in the present day. The 1990s were also a tough time for women in the U.S. military; they still weren’t allowed to apply for combat roles in most branches, our national conversation around sexual assault was even more dismal than it is today, and the U.S. was dealing with the many controversies of the Gulf War. It’ll make an interesting setting given Carol’s background.

Honestly, I also love the idea of a ’90s period piece, because it hopefully means we get to see a short-haired Carol walking around in flannel and ripped jeans and punching things. Queerbait me, Marvel, I’m ready.

At their panel, Marvel also shared some of the movie’s concept art, from Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man & The Wasp concept artist Andy Park. It looks pretty gorgeous, and Brie Larson’s costume draws very clearly from the Jamie McKelvie redesign in the comics.

As for the Skrulls, speaking to the press after the panel, Kevin Feige said, “There’s an entire section of our comics that deal with the Kree/Skrull War, and we haven’t tapped into that at all. And we thought that would be an amazing, huge portion of mythology to belong to Captain Marvel.”

Of course, the news about the shape-shifting Skrulls also had fans speculating about the possibilities. Has one of our beloved heroes been a Skrull all along??

For me, however, the pressing question that arises is…the soundtrack! Are we going Spice Girls? Grunge? ’90s hip hop? There are no bad choices.

(Via ColliderCBR, and Time; image via Marvel Comics)

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Posted by Rich Johnston

In 2011, Marvel Comics decided to rename October as Costoberfest, to celebrate and show off Marvel Comics cosplay in the run up, and throughout, the New York Comic-Con. It may be an awkward title but it works. And every year since, their social media has run a similar event. But could Marvel be about to up their game for 2017 ahead of the Seventh annual Costoberfest?

I only ask because Marvel Comics are trademarking “Costoberfest” for “entertainment services in the form of an online gallery of photos and social media postings related to cosplay of comic book, film and TV characters.”

Could it be that some are using it generically and Marvel want claim to the term they coined? Or are they planning to use it as a more official title for a service?

Either way, cosplayers who use the term for non-Marvel characters, watch out!

Marvel Comics Trademarks ‘Costoberfest’

 
 

Posted by Jude Terror

San Diego Comic-Con. It’s an event where members of the comics community can gather together, set aside their various differences, and celebrate their mutual love of the comics medium. And sometimes, to rip into people until they cry.

 

Genetically engineered super-writer Cullen Bunn took to Twitter Friday night to put a collaborator on blast:

Bunn didn’t name names, and since he writes approximately 37 ongoing monthly titles, with dozens more we probably don’t even know about yet, he could be talking about pretty much anyone in comics. That makes this story a tough one for comics’ fifth estate to crack, despite lofty expectations.

Harsh critiques we assume are meant for Heidi MacDonald and Tom Spurgeon.

Still, Bunn’s Twitter saber rattling may have been good enough, as there have been no reports of public outbursts, ragings, or collaborators crying after having been ripped into by Bunn.

On Sunday morning, the last day of the convention, Bunn tweeted:

Which got us thinking: Rage-Spiral would make a pretty good name for a heavy metal band, or for an upcoming supernatural horror comic written by Cullen Bunn with a teary-eyed artist.

The biggest question, though, is: was all of this a brilliant, viral promotional stunt?!

Fanboy Rampage was a blog by Graeme “Graham” McMillan dedicated to the funniest, most ludicrous and most inappropriate comic book back-and-forths online. McMillan has moved on now, becoming a proper journalist for the likes of The Hollywood Reporter and Wired but he gave permission to Bleeding Cool to revive his great creation.

Fanboy Rampage: Cullen Bunn Trapped In “Rage-Spiral” At Comic-Con

 
 

Posted by Todd Allen

Ezra Miller sure looks like he’s having fun with the whole ComicCon experience.  You don’t always see actors cosplaying as a different character, so give him a point.  Here’s Miller’s account of what happened when his agent called him up about playing The Flash. Want to learn more about how comics publishing and digital comics […]
 
 

Posted by Dan Wickline

Alex Roberts writes: One of the San Diego Comic Con panels, titled “Comics are for Everyone… Aren’t They?” delved into the issue of accessibility at the convention and in the larger comics industry. Assembled by Rosie Knight of Nerdist, the panel also featured Jazmine Joyner (Visionary Comics), John Jennings (Kindred), Regine L. Sawyer (Women in Comics), Rachelle Cruz (UC Riverside), Adam Karenina Sherif (Orbital Comics), and Johnny Parker II (Broken).

Rosie Knight started with defining the panel as an exploration into accessibility, intersectionality, and representation.

“When we talk about accessibility, we’re really at the base level talking about physical access to spaces,” Knight said.

Comics Are For Everyone

We were immediately given an example as even the room for the accessibility panel was not accessible. There were no ramps to the stage and the staff did not know how to properly use the lift, resulting in an earlier issue with trying to use it. As the panel discussed, it is important to allow fans to enjoy Conventions without needing to worry about where they can and cannot go.

“For me, the question is ‘Am I allowed to be here?’” Cruz stated, in regard to both physical accessibility and intersectionality.

“I would suggest we are all poorer for a lack of accessibility,” Sherif pointed out.

“Every fandom, everything in the world, needs to be accessible to anyone and anybody,” Sawyer told the room, “Accessibility is a #1 right for anyone who needs it.”

The panel took place on Saturday, so it was only natural to discuss the Eisner Awards from the night before. Many of the panelists were in attendance or nominated and found it a very inaccessible venue. They pointed out that most of the queer and black nominees were seated at the back two tables, furthest from the action.

Additional discussion on the Eisner’s brought up that, while more and more diverse names are being brought into the nomination pool, it doesn’t necessarily result in more diverse winners. Time and time again, the people being handed Eisner’s are white males.

“The Eisner’s diversified the nomination pool, but none of them won,” Knight said. “Come in, but don’t actually come in.”

Sherif had past experience with being on the judging panel for the Eisner’s and was stunned by how inaccessible many of the comic stores being nominated were. It was not uncommon to find comic stores boast two floors, but not having a lift to allow disabled customers to reach the second floor.

Comic stores were also a long topic of conversation. Panelists and audience members alike shard their struggles with being able to get to comic stores, with many not having a comic store within a half hour or hour distance. For some who grew up in a poorer family, this meant they could not get comics at all without it being a special occasion.

Joyner spoke about how the industry essentially forces comic shops to carry mainly the Big Two (DC and Marvel) and making it very hard to carry unique and lesser-known comics. Joyner chooses to create accessibility by seeking out diverse and more obscure comics so that anyone who enters her store can find something to relate to.

While discussing representation, Jennings used the term “symbolic annihilation,” relating to how the underrepresentation of people can lead to erasing their existence. Knight followed up on this notion later, proposing that in the distant future, comics could be looked back on as a historic value, a representation of our culture and folklore. If comics are not representative of a diverse culture, we are effectively erasing marginalized voices from our history.

During a discussion on how creators need to be more aware of what they are putting into their work and what it represents, Parker brought up that editors also need to be held accountable. Joking about ruining his future career chances, Parker said that editors are the behind-the-scenes people who can make a difference that often get overlooked in these discussions.

Ultimately, the panel pointed to needing greater education and more discussions to solve these issues.

“What is radical should be our norm,” Sherif said about pushing for greater diversity and accessibility.

“The radical space starts with changing one’s worldview,” Cruz later said.

Toward the end of the panel, Knight urged people to continue to push others and themselves, “It’s very hard for people to unlearn privilege.”

Follow the panelists on Twitter to learn more about their individual works to improve accessibility and representation.

The Comics Industry Has An Accessibility Problem

 
 

Posted by Todd Allen

Due to the presence of children, Ray Fisher was only able to relate the PG version of when Zack Snyder called him up to tell him he got the Cyborg role for Justice League. Want to learn more about how comics publishing and digital comics work?  Try Todd’s book, Economics of Digital Comics or have a look […]
 
 

Posted by Rich Johnston

At the Diamond Retailer Lunch at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, retailers were able to see the nominated candidates for the Summer’s Best Practice Awards, a retailer award set up by Diamond Comic Distributors to reward and acknowledge comic stores individual efforts. They made theuir judgment, cast their votes, the numbers counted and the winners announced. And look, there’s a video as well, which hardly anyone has watched so far. Maybe we can fix that a little?

Here are the results:

Most Creative Store Sale: Comic Quest – Lake Forest, CA

Best Staff Morale Booster: Jesse James Comics – Glendale, AZ

Best Store Sign: AA Comics and Cards – Lebanon, PA

Best T-Shirt Display: Haywood Comics – Asheville, NC

And you can see the nominations below:

Announcing The Winners Of The 2017 Diamond ‘Best Practice Awards’ For Comic Retailers

 
 

Posted by Todd Allen

Frank Miller had a chat with Vulture’s Abraham Riesman about a new project.  Something he describes in terms of being the Superman version of Batman: Year One.  It’s a little hard to know what to make of that.  Remember, Batman: Year One was not over-the-top.  These days we tend to think of Miller in terms of Dark Knight […]
 
 
(I was waiting for someone like cyberghostface to say something first, but since they didn't I thought I would post this here)

Telltale Games have announced several new titles and release dates for upcoming episodes of their currently running series.

Episode 3 of Guardians of the Galaxy, More than a Feeling, will be released on August 22nd, 2017. Episode 2 of Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2 is expected to be released in the same month.

Speaking of August, a sequel to Batman has been unveiled, titled Batman: The Enemy Within. Said sequel will follow up on the tease from the end of the last series, where Bruce Wayne's mysterious and unhinged ally(?), John Doe, escaped from Arkham. Episode 1, The Enigma, is stated to come out on August 8th, 2017.

After three seasons and two spinoffs, 2018's The Walking Dead: Season 4 will be Telltale's last venture into their popular The Walking Dead video games. Series regular Michelle Hutchinson will return to voice recurring protagonist Clementine.

Perhaps most surprisingly, Telltale have revealed they're working on a second season for their critically acclaimed The Wolf Among Us, based on Bill Willingham's Fables. Not much is known so far beyond the release window, but Adam Harrington and Erin Yvette will reprise their roles as Bigby Wolf and Snow White, respectively.
 
 

Posted by Marykate Jasper

The second Thor: Ragnarok trailer has landed, and it’s got me even more excited than the first one. Mostly because we get to see more of Cate Blanchett’s Hela, and she is…a masterpiece. When Blanchett warned us, “All shall love me and despair,” as Galadriel, this is the look she was foretelling.

“I am not a queen,” she declares, “or a monster. I’m the Goddess of Death. What were you the god of again?”

Just…behold.

Say, “Oh, my.”

Say, “Yessss.”

And bow.

The trailer also features Thor and Hulk trash-talking after their fight, Valkyrie giving a battle-grin worthy of her name, Loki bein’ Loki, some signature Taiki Waititi humor, Fenris Wolf (and/or Fenrir, pick your universe), and our first glimpse of Surtur. All in all, I cannot wait for November 3, 2017 – but Asgard has always been my favorite corner of the Marvel comics universe, so Thor movies are forever my jam. Bring this one on.

(Via Nerdist; images via screengrab)

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