The first of several Ghibli-inspired posters surfaces in advance of the 25-year Ghibli retrospective at New York's IFC Theater.
The first of several Ghibli-inspired posters surfaces in advance of the 25-year Ghibli retrospective at New York's IFC Theater.
It looks like Marvel was happy with the response to the Age of Apocalypse's return over the last year in the X-titles. Most recently, the 616 and the AoA universes have intersected over in the pages of Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force in the "Dark Angel Saga." There, we saw the current state of the AoA, where characters from the original 90's event have died and circumstances are somehow even more dire.
David Lapham (Deadpool Max, Stray Bullets) will be writing with Roberto de la Torre (The Stand) providing art for the March release of the new #1. Humberto Ramos was responsible for the cover image up top.
During a conference call today, Dan Slott talked about the big March event happening in Amazing Spider-Man, "Ends of the Earth," the big Spidey event leading up to the series' 50th anniversary and 700th issue.
To go by the last few cycles of announcements from Marvel, you get the sense that they really want eyes back on the X-Men line of books, shaking up the creative teams and the lists of characters in the books, moving them around, opening new schools, and generally doing everything from tweaking to outright overhauling the status quo to get some kind of heat for the line. Case in point: Monday's "mystery project conference call with novelist and X-23/NYX writer Marjorie Liu, accompanied by artist Mike Perkins (X-Men: Endangered Species, The Stand) to announce that the duo will be taking over Astonishing X-Men in March with issue #48. The new team will be comprised of Wolverine, Gambit, Iceman, Northstar, Karma, Cecelia Reyes, and the new Shi'ar Warbird from Wolverine and the X-Men, following a series of Cyclops-led teams. Read More...
I'm not going to lie: I was so itching to use a title that riffed on something like, "They fight, then team up," but then Witchblade/Red Sonja writer Doug Wagner took the wind right out of my sails during the course of the announcement from Top Cow/Dynamite:
"Let's get this out of the way right now, this is NOT your typical crossover," says writer Doug Wagner. "There's no time traveling, no merging of universes, no soul swapping, and no messages in a bottle. The first issue won't have the two heroes fighting against each other until they figure out who the real villain is. If that's what you're here for, you've come to the wrong place. WitchBlade/Red Sonja #1 is the beginning of a grisly trial for both characters. Red Sonja and Sara Pezzini are about to plummet into despair and hopelessness, both physically and emotionally. Their beliefs and courage will be tested, and it will take more than just either heroine brandishing their fabled weapons to overcome this threat. Humanity as they know it is at risk. And if one fails, they both fail."
It's reaching the point now where so many companies have their hands on a piece of the Game of Thrones license, that it's kind of nuts. We just brought you news that Atlus will be publishing an action-RPG based on George R.R. Martin's books, and then there's the Dynamite ongoing series presenting another take on the novels, and finally, we've got Dark Horse teaming up with HBO to produce all of the licensed merchandise you could ever ask for from the land of Westeros.
Starting in March of next year, the Dark Horse Deluxe line will be responsible for all of the toys, patches, stickers, playing cards, mugs, etc. that will be sure to have some odd entries in January's Previews.
Here's a snippet of the actual release:
Dark Horse Deluxe is proud to announce, in partnership with HBO, a vast Game of Thrones product line debuting in the spring of 2012, leading up to the show’s second-season premiere in April. Licensed product categories derived from the series will span a large range, including statues, busts, and action figures; prop and jewelry replicas; and barware, stationery, and other collectibles. This exciting new line of products debuts with a range of branded magnets, patches, playing cards, coaster sets, and more.
“We are delighted to be part of HBO’s licensing roster for Game of Thrones. We are big fans of the television adaptation,” said Dark Horse’s VP of Product Development, David Scroggy. “We are working closely with HBO to develop a line of products inspired by the series that will delight the fan base.”
It's everybody's favorite time of year again: that's right, time for the quarterly/first-half earnings reports from the game publishers. No, seriously, this is actually a cool time to keep up with game news since around now the companies that make the games you like will be announcing (or at least teasing) what they have coming down the pipe in the next year.
In this case, it's Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot running down some of the Tom Clancy name-owners' dollars and cents for the last six months, including the announcement that they're so excited about next week's release of Assassin's Creed: Revelations that there's another, unnamed AC game coming in 2012. Here's precisely what the man had to say about next entry in the time-hopping murder adventures: "I have the pleasure to announce today that there will be another full-fledged Assassin's Creed title next year. It will be another major release, and we will be communicating more about it in the coming months." Read More...
Via The Hollywood Reporter, we've learned that the Oni miniseries Ghost Projekt is in development at the SyFy network. No word on what kind of project Projekt is taking shape as--presumably a series of some sort--but it has Brett Matthews of Supernatural on board as writer and executive producer joined by Andy Bourne and Eric Gitter in additional executive producer roles.
The comics, from writer Joe Harris and artist Steve Rolston, involve Will Haley, a terminally-ill American nuclear weapons inspector in modern-day Russia, whose investigations into an abandoned former Soviet site unearths a man-made supernatural horror. Along the way, he's joined by a taciturn and brutally efficient KGB agent, Anya Romanova, half of whose job is the unearth secrets buried by the Soviet regime while the other half is to keep Will alive and out of the way.
I really enjoyed the series when I reviewed it earlier this year:
Harris more or less threads the needle with the challenge of a story of this type: he tries to keep the characters grounded so that the situations in which they find themselves don’t come across as ridiculous. Will and Anya make an interesting pair, the story not really taking any pains to press them together as romantic co-leads. They just happen to be two people good at their jobs: he, a person particularly adept as sniffing out loose weapons, and her, someone particularly good at brutalizing people for information.
Unless this is your first time at the rodeo, you know how this goes: step one, Activision releases a Call of Duty game that breaks shipping and/or sales records; step two, Activision announces within a day of the most recent release that you're going to be getting a sequel next year. Repeat until video games don't exist anymore and we're all getting our entertainment through hyper-sentient "fun cubes." Case in point, yesterday's global release of Modern Warfare 3 has resulted in the biggest shipment of a title in one day in gaming history. Just to clarify, that's not sold, that's ordered and shipped to retailers for sale, meaning there are a lot of copies of out there.
In a quarterly report, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick confirmed that yes, there will be a new COD game in 2012 alongside the planned release of Diablo III. Of course, at this stage there's no confirmation on the all-but-certainty that alternate year developer Treyarch is the team building the next non-Modern Warfare entry in the series. My guess, though: in the almost certain likelihood that Treyarch is working on the next one, it'll be a direct sequel to the history-hopping Black Ops. Read More...
This is huge: via an extensive Gizmodo post from this morning, we've learned that Marvel is joining DC and Image on the day and date digital delivery bandwagon, with all titles in the Marvel and Ultimate Marvel universes being available on your favorite e-reader. This announcement sees the top three publishers embracing digital delivery as a viable platform for new comics. What remains to be seen is how each will, in turn, figure out the best means to market their titles beyond brick and mortar locations, while navigating the quirks of the current systems (did you know you still have to buy comic bundles online and not in-app?). Read More...
Not only are evil Martians getting a regular series at IDW, Charlane Harris's sexed-up vampires, witches, werewolves, and fairies are getting their own monthly book starting next year. That means between this announcement and Dynamite's Game of Thrones series, HBO has doubled its comic presence in the last year. Now, if only someone could greenlight that Boardwalk Empire series featuring Chalky White that we all want.
"Sookeh." You'll have to just read it aloud that way to get the completely broad southern-fried accent adopted by actor Bill Moyer to get it just right.
Here's IDW's pitching the series:
“The comics are a great way to continue telling True Blood stories off screen,” said show creator, Alan Ball. “With this new ongoing series, Truebies will be able to find a new comic in stores every month. We’ll also have even more room to create in-depth drama and further explore the world of Bon Temps.”
Added IDW chief operations officer, Greg Goldstein, “IDW could not be happier than to move to this next step with our HBO partners. Since we originally launched TRUE BLOOD comics in 2010, fans have been asking for an ongoing series, and we’re happy to be able to work with HBO and offer it.”
Currently, no creative teams have been announced or attached,
The True Blood ongoing comic will begin in the spring of 2012.
The Discovery Channel is getting into the act with the Halloween-themed entry in their Curiosity series, "How Evil Are You," directed and hosted by Hostel writer-director Eli Roth.
Here's the synopsis:
Actor/Director Eli Roth is no stranger to exploring the nature of evil. As a master of horror with films like Inglorious Basterds and Hostel, Roth turns his lens to research possibly the most horrifying monster of them all - the average American. In CURIOSITY’s “How Evil are You?”, Roth sets out to recreate the infamous Milgram experiment to see how, or if, the results have changed. Roth himself even undergoes tests and scans to see if he carries what researchers dub "the evil gene." So does Hollywood's famous horror director have a little extra ‘edge’ in his craft?...
You may not know the Milgram Experiment by name, but it's likely that you remember it from a brief description. Essentially, Yale psychologist Stanley Milgram sought to determine the limits of authority by tasking volunteers to deliver shocks to an unknown respondent when the respondent answered a series of questions incorrectly. Milgram's experiment--an excellent look at the relationship between authority and obedience, but not necessarily evil per se--is one of the reasons we have stricter constraints on psychological testing and the type of duress subjects can be put through.
Curiosity: How Evil Are You airs Sunday, October 30th at 9PM ET on the Discovery Channel.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Mars Attacks, IDW has announced that they're teaming up with playing card makers Topps to release a monthly comic based on the alien invasion series. The original 1962 trading cards by artist Wally Wood told the story of a martian invasion and human efforts to repel the extraterrestrial incursion. Many of you may remember it though, from the mind-bogglingly terrible Tim Burton movie from '96 which played up the camp of the concept so thoroughly, there wasn't any camp left for the rest of that year and early '97. Read More...
On the heels of vocaloid star Hatsune Miku's first live concert in the U.S., on November 10th, distributors Live Viewing Japan will be holding screenings in select cities around the U.S. of the concert film, Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 39's LIVE in SAPPORO. The screenings will be broadcast simultaneously at 7 PM local time in each market.
Here's the pitch for the event from Live Japan Viewing:
“We’re very excited to present this unique Hatsune Miku experience for her U.S. fans,” says Live Viewing Japan Exective Director Hiroki Kotani. “Miku has captivated a global audience with a mix of catchy pop music and captivating technology-inspired visuals. Her popularity has opened an entirely new range of possibilities to blend a cute pop idol persona with technology and computer-created graphics. We invite fans to visit the Live Viewing Japan web link for more information and for specific movie theater event locations. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Hatsune Miku perform!”
You can catch the event at the theaters below:
Owings Mills, MD: Owings Mills 17, 10100 Mill Run Cir
Boston, MA: Fenway 13, 201 Brookline Ave
Chicago, IL: River East 21, 322 E Illinois St
Houston, TX: Houston Marq*E Stadium 22 Plus IMAX, 7620 Katy Fwy
Los Angeles, CA: Rave 18, 6081 Center Dr
New York, NY: Empire 25 with IMAX 234, W 42nd St
San Francisco, CA: Century 9 San Francisco Centre, 835 Market St
Seattle, WA: Pacific Place 11, 600 Pine St
Orange, CA: Orange Stadium Promenade, 1701 W. Katella Ave
New York, NY: Union Square Stadium 14, 850 Broadway
You can find out additional information about the screenings at the Live Viewing Japan site.