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Go Behind the Scenes of Monsters Unleashed

Run if you can! Hide if you must! Monsters have invaded the Marvel Universe! As skyscraper-sized behemoths rampage across the globe – it’s all hands on deck in the highly-anticipated Monsters Unleashed event! Kicking off on January 18th in comic stores everywhere, series writer Cullen Bunn and five superstar artists bring you a blockbuster epic that has to be seen to be believed. But before heroes everywhere go toe-to-toe with these gargantuan beasts, hear from the minds behind the massive monster mayhem with a special Monsters Unleashed Behind the Scenes Featurette.

Featuring interviews with Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, Senior Editor Mark Paniccia and Assistant Editor Christina Harrington – get the inside scoop on all the wall-to-wall action fans can expect inside Monsters Unleashed #1! Plus, fans will get an opportunity to meet Kid Kaiju, a brand-new character who’ll have some MONSTROUS repercussions for the entire Marvel Universe!

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It was a long weekend, and I hope folks got to relax because tomorrow is new comic book day!

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Kotaku – Over 600 Game Creators Call For An End To “Hateful, Harassing Speech” – Good! Now we need comic creators to step up too.

The Mary Sue – Marvel’s EIC Apologizes For Any “Mixed Messaging” That Spider-Woman Butt Cover Might Have Caused – Awe, that’s super.

 

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Review: Uncanny X-Force #3

UncannyXForce3The first two issues of this series have been chock full of action, so with good reason it’s easy to anticipate the book slowing down a bit. It didn’t slow down without a fight though, if you catch my meaning. Psylocke is once again taking the lead and, given she’s the main reason I picked up this title, I was very pleased to see her shine.

The Dialogue:

Someone get that girl a bar of soap! Psylocke has shown that one of her mutant abilities may be cursing. No, not in the form of putting a hex on someone, but having a mouth that would make a sailor blush. I like it though. It really sets her apart from the other people in this book and is in line with her “I don’t care” attitude regarding everyone’s opinions. There is a lot of back and forth emphasis in the dialogue and someone is being a little liberal with the ability to use bold print. It’s almost the norm in some spots so there are either a lot of very important words, or everyone is just yelling sans exclamation points. Bishop offers the most profound dialogue as he shows he’s fluent in speaking zombie with complex phrases such as “Grrr” and “Arggh”.

The Art:

Not very colorful, but highly effective. There are a lot of monochromatic themes going on here in this issue, which is fine because it’s done during some important moments of the book. We are brought a full range of colors during the breaks in action and I’m enjoying this type of style. There are a few panels where there is so much going on with the backgrounds that it gets a bit difficult to sort through everything. On the other hand there were plenty of panels that had no backgrounds at all so one could say it was a book of extremes. A little hard on the eyes and if it was consistent one way or another, it would have been a bit more appealing visually.

What I Loved:

Betsy is a bad-ass and this title has done a great job sticking to that. I’m not sure if Psylocke is a leader, so much as she’s taking charge. Because of her personality, she’s doing things her way and letting Storm and Puck decide if they want to keep up with her. Bishop seems to be raging mindlessly in an effort to obtain Ginny, the little girl whose mutant ability seems to put people in a state of euphoria. We aren’t sure what his motive is yet as his only dialogue has been a series of grunts and growls, but the end of this issue leads us to believe that he may not entirely be in control.

What I Hated:

If there’s one thing I’m not enjoying about this series is Fantomex and his clone/lover. They are running around and suddenly can’t stop thinking about Psylocke so they decide to seek her out while avoiding Dark Fantomex (who apparently can stand up quite comfortably on top of a 747 mid-flight). Quite frankly this side plot is a bit distracting and I could do without it.

Favorite (non-spoilerish) Line:

“What was I supposed to do on this stupid planet? Get a job at In-N-Out Burger? They don’t exactly hire six-armed super villains.” Spiral’s snarky comeback when Puck insults her for how she’s been living her life.

 

In Conclusion:

There are a lot of characters in this book and it’s pretty good at giving you a snapshot of who they are and why certain things may or may not bother them. That being said, the distracting side plot seems out of place and I’m not entirely sure what Storm and Puck are doing there. They seem like dead weight because the book is driven by Psylocke and she doesn’t much listen to their opinions. Overall it’s a good read but it’s probably not for everyone. If you’re a fan of Psylocke, it’s a must have otherwise you may just want to wait until you can borrow a copy or the digital version drops in price.

 

Story: 7 Art: 6.5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

 

Uncanny X-Force #3 Credits: 

Writer: Sam Humphries Pencils: Ron Garney Inks: Scott Hanna Colorist: Marte Garcia with Israel Gonzalez Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit Cover Art: Kris Anka Editor in Chief: Axel Alonso Associate Editor: Jordan D. White Editor: Nick Lowe Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover Date: May 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 US Title: “Sweet Virginia”

Marvel Entertainment Makes History At SXSW Interactive’s ScreenBurn Arcade in March 2012

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Marvel Entertainment Makes History At SXSW Interactive’s ScreenBurn Arcade in March 2012

Leading Entertainment Company Unveils Groundbreaking New Publishing Initiatives

This Spring, Marvel Entertainment takes Austin, Texas by storm in its inaugural appearance at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival with the Marvel: Digital House of Ideas panel at SXSW ScreenBurn! In this historic event on Sunday, March 11 at 1pm on the IGN stage at the Palmer Events Center, Axel Alonso (Marvel Comics Editor in Chief), Jeph Loeb (Head of Marvel Television) and Peter Phillips (SVP & GM, Marvel Digital Media Group) unveil Marvel’s bold new multimedia plans that includes the premiere of Marvel’s revolutionary new ways to read comics. Not only does this mark the first major appearance by a comic book publisher in SXSW history, but Marvel is coming armed with the big news—and exclusive animation footage—that can’t be missed by any fan in attendance! Best of all, this event is free and open to the public, so everyone can be on hand to see Marvel’s newest innovations.

“Marvel’s always been the industry leader in graphic fiction & digital media and with the announcements we’ve planned, we couldn’t have picked a more appropriate show than SXSW,” said Dan Buckley. Publisher & President of the Print, Animation & Digital Divisions, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. “We’re big believers that both print and digital can work hand-in-hand to bring more readers to comics than ever before—and if you’re at SXSW Interactive you’ll be the first to see just how we’re going to do that.”

Since the launch of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited in 2007, the first major digital comics program in comics history, Marvel has been on the forefront of digital comics publishing with innovations such as the landmark Marvel Comics app in 2010. Since then, Marvel has expanded its digital comics offerings to numerous platforms, while also becoming the first comics company to offer free digital copies with select print issues and comic shop coupons with the purchase of a digital comic.

“We are very excited to have Marvel on board for the ScreenBurn portion of the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival,”  said Hugh Forrest, Director of SXSW Interactive. “The presence of this industry leader is another indicator of the growth and maturation of the event. Marvel’s addition to the SXSW lineup will add even more flavor to the mix of creative energy that fills Austin in March.”

After the Marvel: Digital House of Ideas panel concludes, fans in attendance will receive a limited edition lithograph (while supplies last) and a chance to have it signed by Alonso & Loeb in a special Marvel signing session.

“Marvel’s fans are the best in the world—bar none—and I’m excited to meet more of them at SXSW” said Alonso. “We have exciting new plans that you’ll see implemented with the release of Avengers VS X-Men #1 that’ll take the biggest comics event in history and make it even bigger!”

Stay tuned to www.marvel.com and www.sxswscreenburn.com for more details on the Marvel: Digital House of Ideas panel and Marvel’s plans for SXSW.

About Marvel:

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

About SXSW Interactive:

The 19th annual SXSW Interactive Festival will take place March 9-13, 2012 in Austin, Texas. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is unfolding in the world of technology. Join us March 2012 for the panels, the parties, the 15th Annual Interactive Awards, Startup Village, ScreenBurn at SXSW, the SXSW Trade Show and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver. SXSW

Interactive 2012 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Chevrolet, IFC, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Monster Energy, Samsung, Freecreditscore.com, Microsoft and The Austin Chronicle.

For more information, visit www.sxsw.com/interactive

About SXSW ScreenBurn

SXSW ScreenBurn Arcade presented by Alienware will take place March 9-11, 2012 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas. The SXSW ScreenBurn Arcade is the gaming arm of SXSW Interactive and features three days of a gaming expo that is free and open to the public. Join us for the The Arcade Stage presented by IGN, which will host pro gaming tournaments, panels and reveals by AAA publishers and developers, and a cos play competition. Attendees with a SXSW Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge are also able to participate in ScreenBurn Panels and gaming-related panels at other SXSW campuses. For more info, visit sxswscreenburn.com.

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San Diego Comic-Con is almost upon us and today is #comicmarket in Twitter.  Hope on over there to chat with fans, retailers, artists and writers.  It’s always a good time.  Also here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Kotaku – Green Lantern’s Light Comes at a Price in DC Universe OnlineTo pay the $10 or not to pay the $10, that is the question.

Kotaku – Valve Comic Book Due Out This NovemberValve has been taking advantage of the comic fans to help promote their games.

USA Today – Meet Axel Alonso, the main man at Marvel ComicsA puff piece focusing on one of the key players at Marvel comics.

Con Coverage:

ScreenCrave – Comic-Con’s Friday Schedule

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: The Infinite HC by Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld

Bleeding Cool – San Diego Debut: Severed #1 by Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft and Attila Futaki

The Beat – SDCC11: A Five Step Plan to having fun at Comic-Con

MTV Geek – Warner Bros. Will Follow SDCC’s Autograph Ticket System – We’ve Got An Up To Date Signing List!

Examiner – Comic-Con or Whedon-Con? The Whedonverse swallows up San Diego Comic-Con 2011

IGN – Image Comics SDCC 2011 Panels

The Mary Sue – Cirque du Soleil Will Perform At SDCC and It Will Cost You Nothing Except Your Blown Mind

CBR – NBM Publishing Announces Comic-Con International Debuts and Exclusives

The Beat – SDCC 11: The Lord of the Rings is coming to Comic-Con with special surprise spectacle

The Mary Sue – Thank You, The Walking Dead: AMC’s Zombie Series Overtakes Twilight at SDCC

Bleeding Cool – Jews, Comics And Foreskin Man – Arlen Schumer At San Diego Comic Con

Bleeding Cool – Five Things You Can Get At San Diego Comic Con

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Good Comic Books – Big Mother #1

Huntington News – Blood Work

CBR – Red Skull #1

Make Yours Marvel At Comic Con International In San Diego!

Official Press Release

Make Yours Marvel At Comic Con International In San Diego!

Marvel takes San Diego by storm this July during Comic Con International! Marvel will be in full force to provide an exclusive look into all things Marvel (Booth #2329)! No one can compare to what Marvel has planned because we’re running a veritable cornucopia of panels that will span the four daylong event. If you’re a True Believer (and we know you are) you can’t afford to miss out on these exclusive Marvel panels! Trust us no fan will be disappointed because whether you’re a lifelong Marvelite, or a casual fan there will be something for you to enjoy.

Thursday, July 21st

10:15 – 11:15 AM MARVEL: BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY – You have the talent. You have the imagination. You have the “Go get ‘em Tiger” determination that would make the Bullpen proud. But where do you go from there? Discover the next step in your budding comics career with world-renowned talent scout C.B. Cebulski, Skottie Young (Ozma of Oz), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), and Marvel SVP of Brand Planning & Communications Mike Pasciullo, as they give you all the right pointers towards getting a foot in the door at Marvel Comics. Discussing all entry points across every department, this can’t miss panel is must for all Marvel hopefuls! Room 6DE

1:00 – 2:00 PM MARVEL DIGITAL: WHAT’S NEXT?! COMICS…AND BEYOND! – Join members of the Marvel Digital Media Group for the first word on Marvel digital comics, casual games, original streaming video productions, social media outreach and the future of Marvel’s ever-expanding digital endeavors.  Room 7AB

4:30 – 5:30 PM MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING – The Marvel Universe is where the biggest comic stories happen—so wouldn’t you like to be the first to know what we’ve got planned? Get the latest news on Marvel’s plan for their biggest heroes and villains, with some surprises along the way! Join panelists Greg Pak (Incredible Hulks), Jonathan Hickman (FF), Jim McCann (Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol), Nick Spencer (Ultimate Comics X-Men), Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they answer all your burning questions while giving you a sneak-peek at the future of Marvel! Room 6DE

Friday, July 22nd

12:30 – 1:30 PM MARVEL: YEAR OF THE X-MEN – The bonds of brotherhood have been broken between Cyclops and Wolverine, as their feud reaches its boiling point – tearing the X-Men apart in X-Men: Schism. But after the dust settles, what’s next for the X-Men and their allies? Enter X-Men Regenesis, where we answer all your questions and reveal exclusive details about what’s next! You’ve got questions & these people have answers! Writers Marjorie Liu (X-23), Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force), Chris Yost (X-Men: First to Last) and Editor in Chief Axel Alonso are on hand to lay out what’s going on with the X-Men for this all-new, all-DEADLY panel! Room 6DE

1:45 – 2:45 PM MARVEL: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AVENGING FRIENDS – Spider-Man’s riding high after hitting the Big Time, but it’ll all come crashing down this summer in Spider-Island! It’s the fight of his life and we’ve got an in depth look inside the event that changes the course of Peter Parker’s life. But ol’ Web-Head isn’t the only New Yorker with a major storyline this summer! Daredevil makes his return, Punisher wages a new war, Venom explores the dark side of saving the world and more of your favorite heroes are back with a vengeance! Sit down with our spectacular panel of creators, including Zeb Wells (Avenging Spider-Man), Rick Remender (Venom), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Greg Rucka (Punisher), Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man), Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso and more as they lay the groundwork for New York City’s greatest heroes. And don’t forget to grab your exclusive Daredevil pin – only at this panel! Room 6DE

4:30 – 5:30 PM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS: ANIME ON G4 – Marvel Television and G4 take your favorite characters – Iron Man, Wolverine, The X-Men and Blade –  to Japan to tell their stories in a whole new way, beautifully animated by the anime masters at Madhouse. Also, watch a never-before-seen episode with Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb and surprise guests! Plus, get a sneak peek at The X-Men’s explosive first episode. Room 6BCF

Saturday, July 23rd

10:30 – 11:30 AM MARVEL TELEVISION PRESENTS – Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb, brings the inside scoop on Marvel’s latest series that take your favorite heroes from page to screen. Get a first look at the premiere of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes season 2, a sneak peek at a certain ULTIMATE webslinger, and a few other surprises from Marvel Television. Room 6BCF

12:30 – 1:30 PM MARVEL INTERACTIVE: MARVEL VIDEO GAMES – Learn all about Spider-Man: Edge of Time, X-Men Destiny, Captain America: Super Soldier, Super Hero Squad Online, Super Hero Squad 3DS and uDraw, Marvel Pinball and the Marvel Universe MMO. Also, find out some exciting new details about the future of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and other Marvel games via exclusive trailers, surprise reveals, and Q&A with the game creators from some of the industry’s top publishers. Room 6A

2:45 – 3:45 PM MARVEL: CUP O’ JOE – This is it, Mighty Marvel fans- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full of surprises panel you wait all year for, and it’s here!  Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests.  You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 6BCF                                       

Sunday, July 24th

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM MARVEL: WOMEN OF MARVEL PRESENTED BY OXYGEN

Forget Spider-Woman & Emma Frost, meet the real Ms. Marvels of the comic world!  Join women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel to hear what it’s like working as a woman in comics today. These ladies are busting through the four-color ceiling! Guests include host Grace Randolph (The Weekly Watcher), writer Marjorie Liu (X-23), artist Christina Strain (Runaways) and more, brought to you by Oxygen. Room 5AB

12:30  – 1:30 PM MARVEL: FEAR ITSELF – The biggest comic book event of the year has everyone talking—but just want comes after it concludes? We’ve got the exclusive news here, with the big announcements that’ll change the future of the Marvel Universe—and set your favorite characters in exciting new directions. Be the first to know the biggest news of the weekend as the creators behind the comic blockbuster event answer your questions and leave you cheering! Join Senior Editor Steve Wacker, Senior Vice President C.B. Cebulski,  Nick Spencer (Iron Man 2.0), and more for the news you can’t miss. Room 6DE

And to learn more about the Amazing Spider-Man and Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance films, check out Sony’s panel on Friday, July 22nd at 2pm in Hall H!

Do yourself a favor True Believers, head on over to the San Diego Convention Center July 21st to the 24th. No fan can miss out on the fantastic line up of superstar talent, exciting panels, and loads of top secret information that Marvel will be dishing up in San Diego!

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App & events.marvel.com, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!

The Mighty Thor Joins Marvel Entertainment Executives to Ring The Closing BellR at the NYSE

Official Press Release

On Monday, May 2, Marvel Entertainment, LLC will summon the power of its iconic Super Hero Thor to join the Company’s President of Print, Animation and Digital Dan Buckley and Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso to ring the NYSE Closing Bell in celebration of the theatrical release of Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios’ latest highly-anticipated film Thor, in theatres nationwide on May 6.

About Thor

Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of super hero: Thor. This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, and produced by Kevin Feige, this epic adventure stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the god of thunder, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, a young woman who befriends Thor on Earth, Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s evil brother Loki, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor’s father and King of Asgard.  Expect to see agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., previously seen in the Iron Man movies, foreshadowing the coming of Marvel’s The Avengers! Thor’s screenplay is by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz and Don Payne from a story by J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich.

About Marvel Entertainment, LLC

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. Super Hero(es) is a co-owned registered trademark.   (Source: Marvel Entertainment, LLC)

 

When/Where:

Monday, May 2, 2011 – NYSE – Security Checkpoint at Exchange & Broad Streets

3:30 p.m.    Media arrives for bell ringing

4:00 p.m.    The Closing Bell rings

A live webcast of The Closing Bell (beginning at 3:59 p.m.) will be available on the homepage of nyse.com.

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Marvel Entertainment Promotes Axel Alonso To Editor-In-Chief

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MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PROMOTES AXEL ALONSO TO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

New York, NY – January 4, 2011 – Marvel Worldwide, Inc announced today that it has promoted Axel Alonso to Editor-in-Chief, Marvel Entertainment.  In this new role, Mr. Alonso will report to Dan Buckley Publisher & President, Print, Animation & Digital Divisions, Marvel Worldwide Inc. Mr. Alonso will oversee all day to day aspects of Marvel’s Publishing division, including advising on the editorial creative direction, developing new storylines and brainstorming new initiatives. Additionally, Mr. Alonso will work on creative aspects of development of larger corporate initiatives involving Marvel’s popular library of characters. The announcement was made today by Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment.

Mr. Quesada stated, “It’s with tremendous pride that I announce Axel Alonso’s promotion to Editor-In-Chief. For over a decade, Axel’s been instrumental in bringing fresh new voices to Marvel and reinventing our biggest characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men, Wolverine and so many more. He’s fought to create unique imprints like Marvel MAX while also bringing fresh new voices to the Marvel family.”

Working in comics for over 15 years, Mr. Alonso began working at Marvel in 2000 as a Senior Editor and was promoted to Vice President, Executive Editor in 2010. Overseeing acclaimed runs of Amazing Spider-Man and X-Men, in addition to shepherding groundbreaking projects such as X-Statix and Rawhide Kid, Mr. Alonso developed a reputation for bringing readers the unexpected and the electrifying. He also oversaw cross-promotional projects such as the creative collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and ESPN The Magazine on their recent NBA Preview issue, which drew attention across the world from mainstream media for it’s innovation.

“Marvel has a great history of the most dynamic and memorable EiCs in comics history and I’m honored to step into this role,” said Axel Alonso. “I’ve been blessed to work with some of the most creative men and women in the world, bringing to life some of the most compelling stories you’ll find in any medium. This new role provides me with exciting challenges and prospects I’ve never encountered before, but I know one thing—Marvel’s getting even bigger in 2011.”

“Most of you know Axel from his high profile job as Vice President, Executive Editor and the man behind some of our very best and edgiest books,” added Joe Quesada. “Time and time again, Axel has proven that he is one of the very best story editors in the history of our medium and one of the finest people I know.  And, like everyone here at Marvel, he has one single focus, bringing you the best stories with the best characters in all of comicdom.  That’s why I have no doubt that Axel will bring Marvel Comics to greater heights than it’s ever known!”

As part of this strategic initiative, Joe Quesada will focus on his duties as Chief Creative Officer, overseeing Marvel’s creative endeavors in film, television, publishing, digital and more. In his ten-year tenure as Editor-In-Chief, Mr. Quesada was instrumental in Marvel’s rise to prominence as a global entertainment juggernaut and the increased profile of the comic book medium. Mr. Quesada brings his expertise and experience to further strengthen the Marvel brand as a leader in worldwide entertainment.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com.

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NYCC 2010: Cup O’ Joe Panel


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Marvel‘s Cup O’ Joe panel was packed at the 2010 New York Comic Con.  Not only were all of the seats taken up, but there had to be 100 people standing against the walls.  Those attending got a promotional CrossGen button.

On the panel were Joe Quesada, Jeph Loeb, Tom Brevoort, Axel Alonso, Brian Michael Bendis, C.B. Cebulski, Arune Singh and Dan Buckley.

Below are the highlights:

  • The panel started with three teaser images from whatever is coming from CrossGen.  There was something with Sigil and was announced Mark Waid would be involved somehow.
  • Coming from Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Oeming is a new series Takio about two sisters who get super powers.  It’s an all ages graphic novel that will come out around February 2011.
  • I Am Moon Knight” was teased with images of Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine and finally a beautiful image of Moon Knight from Alex Maleev.  Coming in early 2011 the series from Bendis and Maleev will do for Moon Knight what Bendis did for Daredevil.  It will establish him in the Marvel Universe and been working on it for a while.
  • Marvel + ESPN = ? – Marvel is working with ESPN on their magazine and is mixing super hero iconography with the NBA.  A pic up Lebron on the cover of the Unmazing Cavaliers solicited boos, and a pic of Kobe with all of the Green Lantern rings got some laughs.  The magazine will be out October 22.
  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark solicited groans from the audience.  I was one of them.  They showed a clip of Marvel staffer Steve Wacker who went to college on a theater scholarship and tried out for the musical.  Expect the clips at Marvel.com.  It looks like this might be the best thing coming from the musical.

The panel went onto questions:

  • The first question was about Marvel’s and their staff’s use of Twitter and they view it as a great way to interact with the fans and get feedback.
  • An irate fan complained about the Sentry and Rogue having a fling and the fan insisted it couldn’t of happened.  The panel wasn’t the happiest with the tone and pushed back a bit stating that mistakes do happen, and we’re unaware of the continuity issues they do catch.  They went on to point on the whole point of an affair is not knowing it’s going on.
  • When referring the the Sentry they used the word disappear instead of dead.
  • Loeb said Cap White is happening and their target date is for it to be out in time for the movie.
  • A teacher who uses comics in the classroom brought up how the Sentry tearing apart Carnage was a metaphor that the 90’s was over and Marvel was moving forward into the future.  With the Sentry now dead and Carnage back, what was that a metaphor for?  The Marvel panel seemed to enjoy that one.  But didn’t really respond.
  • When asked about new series and trying different ideas they said not everything is a hit, and you need to try things because you never know what will take off, The Runaways was an example of an unexpected hit.  There are no hard and fast rules about what gets published.
  • As to the new War Machine series Iron Man 2.0, they said the movie helped make the decision even though a series just ended with the character.  He now has a higher profile, hence the series.
  • There are two artists working on a crossover of the three Avengers teams.
  • There is news coming up concerning the Powers television show within days.  There is a director and show runner in place.