Grant Morrison took the stage mid-day on Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 to a packed house – there was actually a line of hopeful attendees wrapped all the way around the meeting rooms waiting to get in. Luckily, we had snagged our place from the previous panel, and were front row for a lively Q&A with the modern master.
Since Morrison kicked it off by sitting solo on stage and just talking directly to the audience, we thought we’d do something a little different, and just present the audience member’s questions… And then Morrison’s answers, with very little commentary from us, mainly because the whole thing was so darn entertaining. Only thing we couldn’t capture? Morrison’s amazing accent(s). So here we go:
Q: “I loved Final Crisis!”
Morrison: “So you’re the one!”
Q: “The Invisibles changed my life.”
Morrison: “It was designed to change fucking lives.”
Q: “What was the difference – for you – in writing The Invisible and The Filth?”
Morrison: “My life just changed for the better, honestly, I was just trying to make a darker book. I thought The Invisibles was lacking a bit of dimensionality, I wanted to get down into the dark and the cat shit.”
Q: “Don’t ever stop – ever.”
Morrison: “Tell that to the grim reaper!”
Q: “Will you ever tackle Wonder Woman?”
Morrison: “I would still love to do Wonder Woman, there’s still some issues I’d want to work out. Wonder Woman was very successful originally, so I’d like to find a way to make it more contemporary.”
He’s still working on the screenplay for Dinosaurs vs. Aliens, and there’s a graphic novel coming. “It might be the first of my movies to actually make it to the screen.”
Aspen Comics and Valhalla Entertainment are joining forces for an all-new series titled Dead Man’s Run, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. Written by award-winning comic book and film writer, Greg Pak, the series will show readers a brand new vision of Hell.
Valhalla and Aspen released this brief description of the new, original series: “In a future where hell exists as an underground prison for the reanimated dead, a young man enlists a team of the damned to escape and save his innocent sister’s soul.”
“We have a wonderful working relationship with Aspen, and it’s very exciting to be working with a talented creator like Greg Pak,” said Gale Anne Hurd. Read More...
Representatives from the largest publisher in Japan discussed the exciting manga they'll be releasing in the coming months at the Kodansha Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. Kumi Shimizu of Kodansha USA talked with Dallas Middaugh about the triumphant return of Sailor Moon in the U.S.!
After years of mistrust, intrigue, and out and out superhero action, writer Jeff Parker is sending the Red Hulk one place he’s never been before: Arabia. As announced yesterday at Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel, starting with HULK #42, Parker – along with new artist Patrick Zircher – will find the hulked out General Ross going rogue, journeying to the arid region after a friend of his is murdered. Hot in pursuit? The Secret Avengers, Ross’ arch-enemy General Fortean, and a new villain, Sultan Magus.
To find out more about the storyline, as well as what’s coming up for the title – and the enigmatic Sultan Magus – we chatted with Parker… Who turns out to be JUST as enigmatic: Read More...
It was only a few months ago at PAX East when Steve Jackson Games announced Munchkin Axe Cop, the first-ever licensed Munchkin card game set. Now, the product lineup is starting to grow. While Munchkin Axe Cop is not set to release until later this year, popular franchises Conan the Barbarian and Terry Pratchet's Discworld are also getting the Munchkin treatment.
If you're a Munchkin fan at San Diego Comic Con, here's what's not to miss:
- First shot at purchasing Munchkin Conan booster packs. The Steve Jackson Games crew of Phil Reed, Andrew Hackard, and Ben Williams are eagerly awaiting your dollars, and will gladly hand you this first of the licensed Munchkin expansions. Go quickly, though, as these may not wait around for Sunday stragglers.
Boxed of Munchkin Conan booster packs ready to be sold for the first time to SDCC attendees. Photo: Phil Reed
- Preview the Munchkin Axe Cop cards. This set has been completed and has been sent to the printer for production, so stop by the booth for a hands-on look at some of the early samples. If you ask nicely, that is.
- Grab a free Discworld card. While there are no announced plans for further cards, Terry Pratchet's Discworld has received the Munchkin treatment in the form of this one-off promo card, "The Luggage." If you ask REALLY nicely, the Steve Jackson Games crew may send you home with one.
- Get your card signed. If you've got a keen eye, you may spot Munchkin and Dork Tower artist Jon Kovalic. He'll be roaming the halls and occasionally tweeting his location to give away some of the above-mentioned Discworld promos. Bring a pen and you'll have yourself a souvenir worth saving.
This year, DC Comics’ editorial brought Swamp Thing back into the DC Universe proper at the conclusion of their Brightest Day event. At almost the exact same time (as if it were planned?!), Mattel announced their San Diego Comic Con 2011 exclusive figure for their DC Universe Classics line was also the elemental force of nature. Now, with SDCC looming before us, we have Dr. Holland in hand and are bringing you the review!
A packed room at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 welcomed DC’s first panel of the Con, focused on the current Flashpoint event. The big question? Would the panel ACTUALLY stay focused on Flashpoint, or rather what comes afterwards – meaning, of course, DC’s upcoming relaunch that takes place directly after Flashpoint #5.
The good news? For the most part, questions stayed on Flashpoint, and panel members – and audience members – were in high spirits throughout, joking, quipping, and generally having a good time. Read More...
That's a slightly misleading title. There is no Beavis and Butt-Head prequel. I repeat, there is not a Beavis prequel.
Westeros comes to Ballroom 20, y'all!
The panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 started off with clips of the entire first season, introduced by GoT creator George R. R. Martin. Yeah I almost forgot how they simply nailed that last episode and that very last scene.
Martin was joined onstage by Lena Heady ("Cersi"), Nicola Costa-Waldan ("Jamie Lannister"), Kit Harrington ("Jon Snow"), Peter Dinklage ("Tyrion"), Jason Momoa ("Khal Drogo"), Emilia Clark ("Daenerys"), and show runners David Benihoff and D.B. Weiss.
Okay, Avengers Academy fans, we have a bombshell for you, which is being announced RIGHT NOW at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, at Marvel's Next Big Thing panel: starting with issue #21, the Academy – which brings together at-risk superpowers students in order to turn them to the side of good – will be moving to the former headquarters of the West Coast Avengers. Not only that, but it’s opening its doors to ALL teen heroes in the Marvel Universe. And someone is going to die!
To find out more about this gigantic change of status quo (which turns out to NOT be that gigantic after all), we chatted with series writer Christos Gage, as well as Editor Bill Rosemann, who filled us in on why the move was necessary, how the Academy is just like Glee, and whether a certain Scarlet Witch might find herself teaching sometime soon:
MTV Geek: New school? New students? Chris, you’re killing me here, what about the OLD school, and the OLD students. As a comic book fan, I hate change, so you’ve got me worried…
Christos Gage: Relax! With one exception, all the old students will be back, and the dynamic you love about the book - a group of troubled kids walking the line between becoming tomorrow's heroes or tomorrow's villains - will continue to be what we're all about. Read More...
Writers Greg Pak, Jonathan Hickman, Jim McCann, Nick Spencer, as well as Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso, gathered at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 today to announce an exciting slate of new titles and intriguing arcs:
First up was "Hulk of Arabia," a new arc starting in Hulk #42 in October. The storyline sees Red Hulk heading to the Middle East to seek revenge for an old friend, and encountering both Fortean and the Secret Avengers along the way. Jeff Parker and Patrick Zircher present Red Hulk's most harrowing journey yet!
The LEGO Group, Marvel and DC Comics made a pretty awesome announcement at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. The three companies are joining forces for a new line called 'LEGO Super Heroes' that will turn characters from both universes into mini-figs!
LEGO’s new DC line-up will be an extension of their Batman sets, but new characters -- including Superman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern -- will be added to the line come January. It’s not just mini-figs; brand new DC construction sets, and buildable characters and creatures will all be available at launch. Read More...
What a better way to start of my first day at San Diego Comic Con 2011 with a coffee in hand, and a panel full of HOT sexy geek women! Oh and did I happen to mention I ran into SETH GREEN in the elevator??? LOVE HIM.
The panel of hot GEEK women, and one late dude, came together to discuss whether fans can be sexy and geeky at the same time -- and if they should!
Check out this panel line up!!! It includes some of my all-time faves:
Moderated by Action flick chick Katrina Hill (ActionFlickChick.com)
Bonnie Burton (Grrl.com and Star Wars Craft Book)
Adrianne Curry (America's Next Top Model)
Clare Grant (Team Unicorn, "G33k & G4m3r Girls")
Kiala Kazebee (Nerdist.com)
Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Nerdy Bird - Jill Pantozzi ("Has Boobs, Reads Comics")
Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazons, GeekGirlCon)
Chris Gore (G4)
On Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Mattel had their toys displayed in full force. While a lot of the yet-to-be-released figures had been seen earlier at this year’s Toy Fair, one display case in particular got our attention…and then mesmerized us with its sheer awesomeness! That case held the previously-unseen lions, figures, and giant blazing sword for this year’s Voltron Lion Force!
The 3 3/4" figures and lions will be part of a subscription service available exclusively through the Matty Collector website called the 2012 Club Lion Force. Full details on the releases haven’t been announced yet, but you better believe we’ll be finding out during their upcoming fan panel. However, since we can’t give you the full lowdown—here are some photos to fill that giant robot-shaped hole in your heart. Read More...
Bi-weekly Transformers! Dead Joes! Dark Elves! Magic!