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Dan DiDio Added as an Inkwell Awards Special Ambassador

Dan DiDio

The Inkwell Awards, a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy group, elected writer/editor/publisher Dan DiDio as a new Special Ambassador to help further the group’s mission of public promotion, education and recognition of the art form of inking and ink artists in the US comic book industry.

Dan DiDio began writing for TV and print in the early 1980s, joining DC Comics as vice-president-editorial in 2002, where he oversaw the new 52 maxi-series in 2006. While at DC, he also wrote several titles including Superboy, Metal Men, The Outsiders, OMAC, The Phantom Stranger, Sideway, and others. DiDio became co-publisher of DC with Jim Lee in 2010 and worked there until 2020. This year, he became publisher of Frank Miller’s new comic-book company, FMP (Frank Miller Presents). DiDio has worked with many experienced ink artists such as Brent Anderson, Keith Giffen, Miller, Jerry Ordway, Joe Prado and others.

The Inkwell Ambassador’s main role is to celebrate the work of the organization and support its mission all the while enhancing it’s exposure and credibility. Prior ambassadors include (in chronological order) Adam Hughes, Mark Brooks, Sal Velluto, Cully Hamner, Eric Basaldua, Phil Jimenez, Jim Shooter and Brian Pulido, along with the late Joe Kubert and Rich Buckler. The more-involved Special Ambassadors include the late Joe Sinnott, J. David Spurlock, Mike McKone, Clifford Meth, Aldrin Aw, aka “Buzz”, Dan Parsons, Rags Morales, Jim Starlin, Laura Martin, Mark Sinnott and Joe Prado. The role is not made up exclusively of ink artists but of different creative talents to show community solidarity in support of the quality-driven art of inking.

New Frank Miller Presents Details Revealed

Ronin by Philip Tan and Daniel Henriques
Ronin by Philip Tan and Daniel Henriques

One of the more intriguing announcements of the year is the new publisher Frank Miller Presents. Founded by comic legend Frank Miller, the publisher is looking to both the past and future to chart its course. During the announcement it was revealed that some of Miller’s older properties would return while brand new ones would debut. Joining Miller in the venture is Dan DiDio as Editor in Chief and president and Silenn Thomas as COO. DiDio will spill some of those at this weekend’s Megacon but ahead of the convention some have been revealed.

Ronin was originally published by DC in 1983 and 84 and was a samurai story set in a dark future. Philip Tan and inker Daniel Henriques will be the team behind a sequel featuring layouts by Miller. The story will explore the life of Casey McKenna, a security officer pursuing the nameless Ronin and who had a child with him.

Sin City returns with Sin City 1858 that will be written and drawn by Miller. Set in the Wild West, the series will feature familiar names. The once only black and white series will get a one-issue special in color featuring artist Milo Manara.

New projects include Ancient Enemies created and designed by Danilo Beyruth and Didio and others created by Miller. DiDio will write the series. It focuses on an old war between alien races.

Pandora is a sci-fi fantasy story written by Anthony Maranville and Chris Silvestri and drawn by Emma Kubert. It’s described as a “fairy tale-like beauty and a genuine spookiness”.

Recently, it was announced that Frank Miller Presents had inked an exclusive distribution deal with Diamond. It’s expected to release 2 to 4 titles a year with the first being released later in 2022.

(via New York Times)

Frank Miller Launches an Independent Publishing Company with Dan DiDio as publisher

Frank Miller Presents

In rather unexpected news, Frank Miller is launching a new publishing banner called Frank Miller Presents. Miller will act as president and editor-in-chief with a focus on a curated line of comics that captures Miller’s style from a range of talent. In the works for months, the line will launch with new Sin City and Ronin.

Dan DiDio will join the venture as publisher while Silenn Thomas, the CEO of Frank Miller Ink, will serve as COO of FMP. DiDio was formerly co-publisher of DC comics from 2010 to 2020

The line’s goal is to publisher two to four titles a year which will be a mix of Miller’s creations as well as new works.

Announced so far is Sin City 1858 which takes Sin City and places it in a Western tale as well as Ronin Book Two, a follow-up to the six issue mini-series that was originally published by DC in 1983 and 1984 and focused on a ronin reincarnated in a bleak future. New titles announced include Pandora and Ancient Enemies.

No details have been released as to the creative teams on the projects.

The first release is expected later this year with Miller’s back catalog remaining with their original publishers.

(via THR)

Preview: Metal Men #12

Metal Men #12

Written by: Dan Didio
Art by: Shane Davis

It’s the final issue in this epic adventure with Doc Magnus and the Metal Men! Is there more for the Metal Men out there in the world that can give them purpose? And what’s the fate of Nth Metal Man, belonging neither on his world nor ours? Everything will be answered, including some unanswered questions Tina has for Magnus!

Metal Men #12

Preview: Metal Men #11

Metal Men #11

Written by: Dan Didio
Art by: Shane Davis

The Metal Men are together again, as Nth Metal Man, Gold, and Tina are reunited with Magnus and the rest of the team…but now they’ve got a one-way ticket to the Dark Multiverse-so how will they get out? And to make matters worse, they run into their own worst enemies, and Nth Metal Man’s old friends-Dark Multiverse versions of themselves! Plus, a surprise guest star will appear to help, in this most unlikely of places!

Metal Men #11

Dan DiDio Joins The Kubert School

Dan DiDio Kubert School

The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art have announced that former DC publisher Dan DiDio is joining as a member of the faculty.

DiDio will be teaching a new online course called “From Concept to Sale”. In the course, he will show students how to develop and present their ideas for a character, book, or series, to publishers or other media outlets. During these weekly sessions, students will discuss and work towards constructing a series bible and a story concept pitch that will generate opportunities in a crowded marketplace.

“From Concept to Sale” is only one new online course that will be coming Oct. 1. There will also be “Storyboards” taught by animation director, Abe Audish (Cartoon Network/Nickelodeon); “Basic Drawing” taught by artist Emma Kubert (Ink Blot from Image Comics); “Basic Drawing II” taught by David Williams (Batman The Animated Series, X-Force) and “Narrative Art” taught by comic book creator Moritat (All Star Western, The Spirit); with additional new classes to be announced.

They will join returning instructors such as Fernando Ruiz, Amy Chu, and Sergio Carriello just to name a few from The Kubert School’s incredible list of instructors.
The Kubert School Online Studies fall courses will be available for registration starting Tuesday, September 22nd.

Preview: Metal Men #10

Metal Men #10

Written by: Dan Didio
Art by: Shane Davis

In this issue, it’s the startling secret origin of the Nth Metal Man! As Tina, Gold, and Nth Metal Man get sucked into the Dark Multiverse and taken hostage by a mysterious organization, it’s up to the rest of the Metal Men and Magnus to risk a one-way ticket there to save them! If the Metal Men don’t know that the Dark Multiverse is a result of their deepest, darkest fears come to life, can they even trust the person who has led them straight to this nightmare realm…Nth Metal Man?

Metal Men #10

Preview: Metal Men #9

Metal Men #9

Written by: Dan Didio
Art by: Shane Davis

Back at the pit the Nth Metal Man came out of, something strange is happening! Is this a portal into the Dark Multiverse-or something worse? It’s up to Tina, Gold, and Nth Metal Man to go investigate, and along the way, they run into the Phantom Stranger! Back in Manhattan, the other Metal Men have to figure out how to defeat Chemo and get him out of the city before there’s a radiation reaction that could melt through more than just metal.

Metal Men #9

Preview: Metal Men #8

Metal Men #8

Written by: Dan Didio
Art by: Shane Davis

With the new Animal Gas Gang united under Magnus, the Metal Men are eager to see what their freedoms bring- but at an amusement park they quickly learn that life is a disappointing rollercoaster ride. Meanwhile, back in New York City, Chemo wreaks havoc in Times Square, and when Magnus’s animals fail to save the city, the Metal Men must decide whether they want to return to Magnus’ side-or not!

Metal Men #8

Preview: Metal Men #7 (of 12)

Metal Men #7 (of 12)

(W) Dan DiDio (A/CA) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki
In Shops: Jun 17, 2020
SRP: $3.99

What’s this? There’s an entire new group of Metal Men, except they’re not metal…or men…but…animals?! After the Metal Men left Magnus for Nth Metal Men, Magnus knew the next team he created had to be loyal-and what’s more loyal than animals, right? All this, plus the new Metal Men face the Missile Men in their first epic battle since their conception.

Metal Men #7 (of 12)
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