C2E2 2012: Jason Aaron is Tied to 'Scalped'

MTV Geek chatted with "Wolverine and the X-Men" writer Jason Aaron recently at C2E2 2012 about "Avengers VS X-Men," "Incredible Hulk," and "Scalped." The last book on that list holds a special place in Aaron's heart, as he explained to us:

"Without Scalped I wouldn't be sitting here, I wouldn't be writing comics for a living...I went from being a dude who worked in a warehouse and carrying around boxes, to writing comic books for a living, to getting married, to having a kid...and my kid is the same age as Scalped."

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Animator, illustrator, and artist Yehudi Mercado is responsible for the upcoming graphic novel Pantalones, TX which is being released this September through Archaia. He’s also got his ode to Community, ActionFigurology, along with homages to Game of Thrones and even the Biblical book of Esther in the pipe. Suffice it to say, he’s busy, but he was kind enough to take a couple of minutes out of his schedule to answer a few questions by e-mail about his upcoming work before C2E2 2012.

Find out more about Pantalones, TX, which Mercado calls “Smokey and the Bandit meets Peanuts” after the jump.

When writer James Asmus wrapped up his first ongoing run on a comic with Generation Hope #17, the big question was: what’s next for the new Marvel writer? The answer was finally revealed at C2E2 2012, as we discovered Asmus would be writing a new, ongoing series focusing on the Rajun Cajun himself, Gambit, along with fan favorite artist Clay Mann.

During the Con, we chatted with Asmus about the book, what he’s revamping (hint: the costume and accent), and what’s coming up for Rogue’s former beau:

MTV Geek: Let’s talk Gambit, James. What’s the one thing you want people on the fence about the series - or who are just intrigued - to know about it?

James Asmus: The biggest that I think that I would love for people to know about ‘Gambit’ is that we are really trying to make a book that is a blast for everyone, including lapsed readers. There’s a lot of people I know and talk to who, when the name Gambit comes up, they get really excited. They go, “Oh, I used to read X-Men,” or, “I loved him in the cartoon, and I wish they’d done more with him in the movie...” I think there’s a fandom for him that is separate - or maybe even above and beyond the general X-Men fandom. Read More...

Yesterday, we brought you news that John Barrowman would love to come back to Torchwood, which sure, isn’t too much of a surprise – we’d like that too. But today, we’re bringing you Captain Jack himself talking about how – and why – he should return to the show that made him famous, Doctor Who.

First up, we talked to Barrowman about the possibility of him meeting up with the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith – as well as his thoughts about returning to the show for 2013’s 50th Anniversary. Barrowman said that, “It would be a shame if Captain Jack wasn’t involved in the 50th Anniversary,” and challenged the fans to make it happen:

C2E2 2012: Will Barrowman Meet Matt Smith?


When you get right down to it, artist Janet Lee just can't seem to stop pushing the boundaries of what she's putting on the page and how she's putting it there. The Return of the Dapper Men and Emma artist continues to mix media and visual elements in ever more elaborate ways to tell stories both mundane and fantastic. And again, she's not stopping, carrying on this evolution of style in the upcoming Dapper Men sequel, Time of the Dapper Men as well as her illustrated alphabet project, The Wonderland Alphabet: Alice’s Adventures Through the ABC’s and What She Found There, both titles coming out from Archaia later this year.

Just before C2E2 2012, we caught up with Ms. Lee by e-mail to talk about her work and what she's got next for us to feast our eyes on.

MTV Geek: How did the Wolderland Alphabet come about?

Janet Lee: The year was 2009. There were a bunch of us in the Nashville arts community who had always wanted to illustrate a children’s book, so we came up with a gallery show called “Protopulp: Classic Books of the Future” as a sort of kick-in-the-pants to get us all to finish our books. Unfortunately, MY original book idea was Return of the Dapper Men, and I couldn’t show or sell pages from that until after Return was published. Silly me! Read More...

Lately there's been a lot of Shia LaBeouf  coverage in Geek circles, for reasons that do not include either Transformers or that Indiana Jones movie with the refrigerator. The reason: his surprise appearance at last weekend's C2E2, hawking copies of his self-made comics at Artist's Alley. A good portion of that coverage ranges from somewhat skeptical to outright MEAN, ripping apart his comics page-by-page and basically castigating him for ever having the "nerve" to want to make his own stuff.

Well I don't know of a better way to spread awareness and appreciation of our favorite artistic medium than to kick celebrities who dare enter that arena in the teeth, do you? Certainly, the sight of the (at least in Geek circles) controversial LaBeouf at a comic-con table is going to raise a few eyebrows. He's been attached to two movie franchises that have sparked a lot of heated fan debate, and worse...he's talking about expressing his deepest thoughts and feelings through comics! Horrors! "Leave our comics alone! Pick another form of personal self-expression, like, like ska or something! How dare this rich so-and-so pretend to be a real comic creator!" Read More...

 This past weekend in Chicago at C2E2 2012, we had the pleasure of chatting with Captain Jack Harkness himself, John Barrowman. The star of Torchwood and Doctor Who gamely showed up at ten in the morning on a Sunday, and still brought his boundless energy and enthusiasm out to talk about why he thinks there should be another series of Torchwood, where he thinks it should go… And why there will, in fact, be a follow-up to last year’s “Miracle Day” mini-series.

First up, we chatted about whether he would want to don Captain Jack’s coat again (though honestly, who wouldn’t?) We’ve heard that Eve Myles – who co-stars in the series as Gwen Cooper – would be interested, but here’s the official word from Barrowman:

C2E2 2012: John Barrowman Talks Captain Jack and More 'Torchwood'


Starting in July, the Ultimate Universe is about to crossover in a big way... And none of Marvel’s characters may survive the experience. Teaming up writers Brian Michael Bendis, Sam Humphries, and Brian Wood on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Ultimate Comics Ultimates, and Ultimate Comics X-Men respectively, the event - titled “Divided We Fall” - introduces a new enemy in the Ultimate Universe that may change everything. Read More...

Elliott Serrano, host of Chicago’s “Geek To Me” show, welcomed some local creators for one of the last panels of C2E2 2012, a spirited discussion about deep dish pizza, and wind. Just kidding. The panelists included Jenny Frison (cover artist on Angel), Mike Norton (Battlepug), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), Rafael Nieves (The Apocalypse Plan), and a late arriving Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother).

Serrano kicked things off talking about what’s different about working in Chicago. “There isn’t a lot of challenges in Chicago, other than that in New York City there’s Marvel and DC,” said Seeley. “It used to be that was the only place you could do things, but now, with FTPs, and the Internet, you can be in Chicago. I think it’s really the third place to be after NYC and LA.”

“Other than time zones,” added Norton. “Sometimes they call me earlier than I’d rather. You can do face to face in New York, but I really don’t like being face to face with people. I like being farther away, where I can use distance as an excuse.” Read More...

Beginning in August, when it comes to Marvel’s Norse gods Loki and Thor… Everything Burns. A nine-part epic arc teaming writers Matt Fraction (The Mighty Thor) with Kieron Gillen (Journey Into Mystery) will cross over their two titles, with art by Alan Davis & Carmine Di Giandomenico, covers by Alan Davis and special 50th anniversary cover by Steve McNiven.

But what happens, you ask? After an old foe returns to wreak vengeance on the nine realms, Thor and Loki have to team up to take him down. But things don’t go as planned, as Asgardian secrets are revealed, Thor finds himself in over his head, and Loki may find all the lies he’s set up over the course of Gillen’s run crashing down on his head. Oops. Read More...

With C2E2 2012 winding down on its last day, that didn’t mean there wasn’t still room for a few big announcements from Marvel. A packed, standing room crowd filled the room at the publisher’s Next Big Thing Panel to reveal some new series, big crossovers, and more. Attending the panel were Director of Communications Arune Singh, Talent Director C.B. Cebulski, Editors Sana Amanat and Daniel Ketchum, and writers Dennis Hopeless, Kelly Sue Deconnick, James Asmus, and Cullen Bunn.

But that’s not what you’re here for, right? You’re here for the news! Big scoops! Etc, etc: Read More...

If you like your humor dark, tinged with weirdness, and with an extreme focus on pigs and moose, Jhonen Vasquez is your man. From cult classic comic Johnny The Homicidal Maniac, to cult classic cartoon Invader Zim, Vasquez has cornered the market on insane maniacs who like to scream at people, and only occasionally do the right thing. A clearly appreciative group of fans packed his spotlight panel at C2E2 2012, and though it was light on news of any sort, there was spirited Q&A. Here’s some of our favorite bits, which mainly focused on what movies Vasquez had seen lately:

On The Hunger Games: “I don’t go to things because I want to see violence, I go to things because I want to see them handled well.” Read More...

One of the biggest panels at any Con for Marvel? Cup O’ Joe, which usually peppers a couple of big announcements, with a free form discussion with the company’s Chief Creative Officer, and a few of his amazing friends. This time around, C2E2 2012 welcomed Joe Quesada, as well as EIC Axel Alonso, Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb, Talent Director C.B. Cebulski, Director of Communications Arune Singh, and writers Jason Aaron, Dan Slott, and Rick Remender.

Before the panel started, Slott had fun with the audience, as one audience member tweeted, “I see @DanSlott talking on his phone at a panel,” which led Slott to quip that he should now tweet, “Now @DanSlott is talking about my tweet on a panel.” And then we wrote about it in a panel recap, which will later be tweeted out, and the cycle of reflexivity was complete.

Anyway, news:

So it’s come down to this: Avengers vs. X-Men vs. Chicago. The AvX panel at C2E2 2012 played to a packed crowd of fans eager to here what’s next with Marvel’s big event of the year, and to - of course - weigh in on who they think will win the comic book fight of the century. On the panel? Joe Quesada (CCO, Marvel), Axel Alonso (EIC), writer Jason Aaron (one of the architects behind AvX, and the guy who wrote the second issue), writer Rick Remender, and Talent Director C.B. Cebulski. They were joined halfway through the panel by artist Frank Cho... It was all moderated by Marvel’s Arune Singh, as per usual.

Singh kicked things off by asking who was with Avengers, and who was with X-Men, with Quesada joking that if you’re for the X-Men, “You’re not allowed to see the Avengers movie.” Then he welcomed a costumed Scarlet Spider, and a costumed Wolverine up on stage to read AvX: Versus #1, before getting into it. (Oh, and he gave a little plug for MTV Geek’s War Journals series, so that was nice... Looks like our intense glaring at the stage paid off).

First, the news, and a little bit of recap: Read More...

In July, Wolverine's arch-enemy Sabretooth comes back to life, from the team who killed him: writer Jeph Loeb, and artist Simone Bianchi. Okay, that's not exactly right... Sabretooth is already back, and causing trouble for Marvel's second hairiest mutant. But starting with Wolverine #310, we're going to find out just how the villain managed to escape from a rather graphic on-screen beheading, and what that means for Wolverine's future (hint: nothing good). To find out more, we chatted with Loeb about the book, why it's important to bring Sabretooth back, and why Romulus - the guy pulling the strings - may not, in fact, be the guy pulling the strings:

MTV Geek: Jeph, between this and Cable, you’re becoming the guy who brings characters back to life… I think what everyone wants to know is: are you some sort of dark wizard?

Jeph Loeb: I wish! Then I’d make it so I had more time! Actually I’ve been very lucky to tell these stories and work with such incredibly talented artists like Ed “Ed” McGuinness and Simone “Supremo” Bianchi! Read More...

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