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EC’s Weird Fantasy and More is Being Brought to Life by Hivemind

Hivemind has announced a new partnership with William M. Gaines Agent, Inc., the proprietors of EC Comics, for a number of film and television projects based on the hugely influential – and often controversial – comic book publisher’s groundbreaking legacy and library. One of the first endeavors of the partnership will be Weird Fantasy – a new television show inspired by the shocking and subversive sci-fi/fantasy series that collided visionary genre storytelling with socially conscious themes of racial and gender equality, anti-war advocacy, nuclear disarmament and ecological preservation to create some of the most impactful and hotly debated comic book stories ever produced. This is the first time that WMG Agent Inc. has made Weird Fantasy available for adaptation in more than two decades.

Changing the industry seemingly overnight in the early 1950s under the stewardship of publisher and writer William M. GainesEC Comics quickly became the dominant force of the era’s booming comic book industry, selling tens of millions of copies annually and generating intense, nationwide controversies with taboo-smashing, confrontational stories in series like Tales From the Crypt and MAD Magazine. EC’s unique formula eschewed superheroes in favor of science fiction, fantasy, war, horror, and humor – redefining comics storytelling with a newly sophisticated and artist-driven approach that would pave the way for the ascendancy of both Marvel Comics and the counterculture underground in the decades to come.

Weird Fantasy Judgement Day

A lynchpin of the EC line during the publisher’s creative watershed, Weird Fantasy produced dozens of seminal stories that intersected razor-sharp social commentary with epic science fiction, high adventure and dark fantasy by some of the most celebrated comics creators to ever work in the medium, including Frank FrazettaWally Wood, and Harvey KurtzmanWeird Fantasy‘s defiantly rebellious sensibility is perhaps best exemplified by “Judgment Day” – a history-making story by William M. GainesAl Feldstein, and Joe Orlando that championed the then-burgeoning Civil Rights movement and provoked a showdown with the Comics Code Authority, the pro-censorship organization that policed and sanitized the comic book industry for more than 50 years.

William M. Gaines

The new partnership is also slated to include a feature film based on the life of William M. Gaines, the former EC Comics publisher and self-styled comics provocateur who challenged the rigid moral code of 1950s America with shockingly innovative and deeply subversive tales of fantasy, horror and humor that sold in the millions…only to find his company investigated by Congress and his books burned in the streets in the wake of EC’s staggering success. Chronicling one of the greatest untold chapters in American history, the film will follow Gaines’ transformation from a staid, New York publishing impresario into a counterculture hero, guardian of artistic freedom, and champion of the First Amendment as his darkly humorous journey through the troubled birth of the comic book industry reveals the Red Scare-era witch hunt that nearly doomed an American art form, through the subsequent founding of MAD Magazine and eventual rise of Marvel Comics in EC’s wake.

Both projects will be produced by Gaines’ daughter and grandson, Cathy Mifsud and Corey Mifsud, for EC, alongside Dinesh ShamdasaniSean DanielJason F. Brown, and Hunter Gorinson for Hivemind. The projects will mark Gorinson’s first for Hivemind, where he also has joined as VP Brand & Content Strategy.

Review: MAD Presents Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got MAD doing Superman?!

MAD Presents Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day is by Dave Croatto and Tom Richmond.

Get your copy now ijn comic shops and boostores on Ocotber 17. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

MAD Presents Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

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New York Comic Con 2017: Bill Morrison Named New Executive Editor of MAD Magazine

During New York Comic Con, DC Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee used their “Meet the Publishers” panel to kick of the Con and give a “State of the Union” overview of what comic fans can expect next from the home of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes.

At this year’s panel bestselling writer Grant Morrison made a surprise appearance. Morrison didn’t come empty handed either; lucky fans got a chance to see the newest art from longtime collaborator Yanick Paquette from their upcoming original graphic novel, Wonder Woman Earth One Vol. 2. Grant talked with Dan and Jim about his vision for this next chapter of Diana’s journey through Man’s world and what surprises readers can expect along the way.

The publishers had a little more “Morrison” in store for fans when they introduced Eisner award-winning artist and National Cartoonists Society president Bill Morrison as the new Executive Editor of MAD Magazine. Bill chatted with Dan and Jim about the legacy of MAD, the transition from New York to Burbank and his vision for continuing MAD Magazine’s role as America’s #1 home for humor and satire (in a field of one).

MAD Magazine, Get MAD About Trump!

Are you MAD About Trump? There is no president in American history more deserving of being mercilessly mocked, relentlessly ridiculed and savagely satirized than Donald Trump. Luckily, MAD Magazine is here to do the job! #MADaboutTrump 

An all-out comedic assault on the most idiotic idiot ever to reach the White House (George W. Bush and visitors included)! In these 128 pages, is a full-out assail to the chief, spoofing every aspect of Donald Trump’s career.

eaturing a foreword by CNN correspondent Jake Tapper, this book offers MAD’s best reprinted material with the sharpest satiric shots at “The Donald,” comically chronicling his rise from obnoxious businessman to really obnoxious reality show host to uber obnoxious “Commander-in-Tweet.” It’s going to be very, very, very good. Very good.

Please note: MAD will not offer refunds on this book in the likely event of President Trump’s impeachment. Sad!

MAD About Trump: A Brilliant Look at Our Brainless President will be available in bookstores everywhere on Tuesday, June 20th.

MAD Magazine Dumps on Trump with New E-Book

In the midst of the Republican National Convention this week, MAD Magazine has released a new e-book, MAD Dumps on Trump.

The e-book is a collection of MAD’s best satire on Donald Trump throughout the years and the cover is from MAD’s year end issue, which highlighted MAD’s “20 Dumbest People, Things and Events of 2015,” illustrated by award-winning artist, Mark Fredrickson.

The e-book is available now via the MAD website, and is free to read online. There is also an exclusive subscriber version that includes bonus material with famous MAD spoofs on Hillary Clinton.

MAD also recently released a poster with their last issue’s cover featuring Donald Trump and the slogan “Make America Dumb Again.”

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Goodnight Batcave: New Parody Book from MAD Magazine

Goodnight Batcave cover COLOR_page1_image1Venture into Batman’s secret lair with the “Usual Gang Of Idiots” at MAD Magazine as they try to put the Dark Knight to rest in the all-new story, Goodnight Batcave. Just in time for the holidays, the in(famous) comedy writers at MAD mix legendary DC Comics heroes and villains to create the 100% unauthorized Goodnight Moon parody, available November 2.

Batman may be ready for bed — but crime never sleeps! And before the Caped Crusader can turn in for the night, he’ll have to deal with villains like the Joker, Bane, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman and the Penguin. If the Dark Knight hopes to ever catch some Zs, he’ll have to catch Gotham’s most dangerous criminals first!

Written by MAD editor Dave Croatto and illustrated by MAD artist Tom Richmond, the ridiculously funny parody will be available in stores and online November 2 for the price of $14.99.

MAD Magazine’s Al Jaffee Turns 95! Happy Birthday!

Jaffee with Eisner Award 5-5-13Award-winning cartoonist and working MAD Magazine legend, Al Jaffee turns 95 today!

Jaffee has been with MAD for 61 years and remarkably is still the mind and hands behind the iconic “Fold-In” of the New York publishing institution – making him the publication’s longest-running contributor. A Reuben Award winner in 2008 and Eisner Hall of Fame recipient in 2013, Jaffee will receive the prestigious Medal of Honor from the National Cartoonists Society in April.

Jaffee first appeared in MAD in 1955, leaving the magazine briefly. In 1964 he created the feature he’s most know for and expected to only to do it for one issue. It was intended as a satire of the fold-outs in Playboy. It clearly lasted longer as he was asked to do a second one and it became a regular feature of the magazine.

His work has been featured in around 500 issues and on top of the fold-ins he’s been a writer and artist for the magazine.

Many of us here at GP remember the fun of folding the back of our MAD back pages and wish Jaffee a Happy Birthday!

SDCC 2015: MAD Magazine Announces New Spy vs. Spy Book

spyOn July 9th at Comic-Con International: San Diego, MAD Magazine Editor in Chief John Ficarra delighted longtime fans with the announcement of Spy vs. Spy: An Explosive Celebration. The newest Spy installment will feature 150 Spy vs. Spy adventures, presented for the first time in full color, Spy vs. Spy trivia and stats and an appreciation and selection of strips by long-time Spy vs. Spy artist Peter Kuper.

The new Spy vs. Spy collection is filled with lots of extras both longtime fans and first-time agent provocateurs will love, including a new foreword by angry-faced comedian Lewis Black and a new graphic remembrance, “My Friend Antonio,” written and illustrated by world-renowned cartoonist Sergio Aragones.

Spy vs. Spy: An Explosive Celebration will include 11 never before seen and four classic Spy vs. Spy art images, commissioned by an all-star lineup of comic and graphic artists: Orlando Arocena, Peter Bagge, Tom Bunk, André Carrilho, Darwyn Cooke, Evan Dorkin, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Jim Lee, Hermann Mejia, Tony Millionaire, Yuko Shimizu, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bob Staake and Richard Webber. The book will also feature never-before seen images of a large-scale LEGO sculpture created by internationally acclaimed brick artist, Nathan Sawaya.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Realist_coverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: The Realist (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka’s weekly strips commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

Divinity #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – Valiant I think has the best superhero universe right now in comics. It helps that they’re willing to try new things as far as the characters, tone, and direction series go. This one is one of their more audacious comics to date, and it has been a wonderful read so far.

Drones #1 (IDW Publishing) – Two former predator drone operators face insurgency and insanity on the Las Vegas Strip in the surreal surroundings of the world’s first terrorism-themed hotel!

Kaptara #1 (Image Comics) – A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! From Chip Zdarsky, do you need another reason to check it out?

Transformers: Windblade Combiner Wars #2 (IDW Publishing) – IDW has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to their latest Transformers events which brings worlds together, as well as Transformers.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Suicide Risk #24 (BOOM! Studios) – This series should be at the top of every comic fan’s list.  Its version of the superhero genre is astounding.

Little Mermaid #3 (Zenescope) – Zenescope’s under the radar series has veered a bit towards the expected, but it is still a fresh take on the fairy tale.

Manifest Destiny #14 (Image Comics) -The strange adventures through middle America continue, but will Sacajawea reveal something soon?

Postal #3 (Image Comics) –  The series has managed to be extremely gripping in its first couple of issues.  Secrets abound in the town of criminals.

Satellite Sam #13 (Image Comics) – The medium’s standout crime noir title returns with possibly some answers to the questions on the way.

 

Elana Levin

Top Pick: Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 (DC Comics) – The original Wolfman/Perez run of New Teen Titans was glorious soapy teenage hero wonder.   And now we get more of it and with Nicola Scott on pencils– a fantastic artists whose work I first fell for when she drew Secret Six. She draws attractive people but with real characterization and “acting” shining through in a way very few artists do. I don’t care about Tangent universe, which provides the characters they are fighting. But this old school Titans line-up and combination of classic and new talent have me sold.

I’d hazard to guess that fans of Claremont’s X-Men & the various Young Avengers series would enjoy the young characters’ soapy exploits if these books are anything like the original.

Velvet #10 (Image Comics) – Stylish as ever and unique. Complex, sexy and mature female characters are still rare in comics, and anywhere. Velvet is always a pleasure. A film version of her would make Brubecker a wealthy man and would be doing the world a favor. We need Velvet!

Lazarus #16 (Image Comics) – Lazarus is the scifi dystopia our world needs. Smart work that goes where no others dare. I should’ve proposed a session on this series for Left Forum or maybe get Jacobin Magazine to do an in depth review. I’d have ranked this higher but the story works better in tradepaperback.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (Marvel) –  Adorable, zany and feminist as hell. I love the way Erika Henderson draws Galactus.

 

Nevada

Top Pick: Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD & Revolutionized Humor in America (Fantagraphics) – I’m a fan of MAD and can’t wait to read this fascinating account of Mr. Kurtzman’s life and work, from the founding of MAD and then his early departure, to an investigation with the FBI during the McCarthy Era and beyond.  Packed with interviews by friends and family, this promises to be a revealing look at a great American humorist.

MAD Magazine #533 (Mad Magazine) – Speaking of MAD, I’ll have to catch this issue featuring Weird Al Yankovic along with Alfred E. Neuman on the cover. Whether you remember Weird Al’s work from the ‘80’s or you’re just now discovering his genius, this pairing on the April cover is truly inspired!

Miami Vice Remix #2 (IDW Publishing) – Oh, speaking of the ‘80’s, if you weren’t around to experience the fashion/ cultural/ musical phenomenon that was the original TV show, Miami Vice, here’s a Remix! This looks great—and quite bad-ass! Read this comic-book update and check out the original show that’s been playing on Esquire and Cozi networks and pretty soon you’ll be rolling up the sleeves of your pastel blazer and sporting a five o’clock shadow (guys), or slipping into a leather mini-skirt and double-processing your hair (chicks).

The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy (Hill & Wang) – A canoe trip with Heraclitus through the great debates of Western thought? Sounds like the cruise of a lifetime and a fun way to try and wrap your head around the mysteries of life and the universe, or vice versa.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (Marvel) – I’m new to Squirrel Girl comics but this looks like a winner! I always knew squirrels were clever, agile, resourceful, and brave; add to that true Girl-Power and Squirrel Girl has to be an unbeatable addition to the super hero pantheon.

10 Questions with Weapon Brown’s Creator Jason Yungbluth

weapon brownJason Yungbluth, Mad Magazine artist and creator of Deep Fried and Clarissa has just given birth to an equally hilarious creation, a full bound volume of Weapon Brown. As the product of one of 2013’s most successful Kickstarter campaigns, Weapon Brown is an epic parody if you will… But no, it’s more than that…. It’s a tale of a man trying to survive in a wasteland of a future, with his dog and his deadly robotic arm. That man is “wishy washy” Chuck Brown with his dog “Snoop.”

Yungbluth’s creation Weapon Brown: Blockhead’s War is littered with the dregs of a dead civilization and the Sunday morning funnies. It is an addictive and compelling read. Graphic Policy caught up with Jason recently for the following Q&A.

“But if I say you’re a dead man, then your future is crossed out asshole.”

-Chuck (Blockhead’s War)

Graphic Policy: There is some very crisp and salty dialogue in Weapon Brown. I am assuming that you weren’t channeling Charles Schultz. Where does the post-apocalyptic Charlie Brown get his voice? Any influences?

Jason Yungbluth: For crisp and salty one-liners, nothing inspires like Nabisco Premium brand saltine crackers. Chomp down on a sleeve of those and the dialogue just trips off your parched tongue!

Chuck is a little bit of Bruce Willis, a little bit of Michael Ironside. I tried not to make Chuck’s machismo too over the top, even though he is cast in the roll of the ultimate bruiser. He simply talks the talk because he’s walked the walk his entire life. I imagine he’s actually a nice guy if you aren’t fucking with him. But of course, everyone fucks with him.

GP: Without giving too much away were there any surprises in the story for yourself as an artist when making Weapon Brown?

JY: I suppose the biggest surprise were the few pages I genuinely liked, where my style seemed to finally snap into place. Most of the book was experimental in one way or another, a lot of on-the-job learning for this more “realistic” style of cartooning. I’m glad that what I was subconsciously aiming for managed to emerge here and there.

GP: What was the most interesting thing about the process of making Weapon Brown as an artist or as a publisher? What did you take away from it that maybe you did not know beforehand?

JY: I enjoyed taking Weapon Brown beyond the gritty cliches that the book itself is shamelessly based off of and developing real situations and people that I was invested in. The writing was a lot of fun, especially when the characters took over.

GP: Have you gotten any cease and desist letters? Has there been any copyright complaints? Any contact at all from the artist of the strips that you parity?

JY: Nope! I did my homework and learned as much about the fuzzy grey line of “parody” as I could. I made sure I tap danced on that line but not over it. Still, I’ve described the book as “a lawsuit on every page!”

deep friedGP: There is a rumor that Deep Fried is coming back. Is there a date for release?

JY: Deep Fried has been growing in its gremlin cocoon for a few years now, and is nearly ready to burst free. Deep Fried will return to become the regular comic feature at Whatisdeepfried.com once the Weapon Brown web strip wraps. It will begin anew before the end of the year.

GP: Where did you get the inspiration for Deep Fried? Are the characters people you know?

JY: Deep Fried is autobiographical in a psychological way, and so I use it as a conduit for all sorts of personal depravity and anti-social attitudes. On the other hand, I also use it to express my misgivings at my own shortcomings. For instance, I’ve decided to let Squints, my airhead/stoner character, cave in and join the corporate agenda. It’s a reflection on my inability to convince myself that my own efforts at being transgressive actually mean anything. (Squints, incidentally, is the only character based on a real person).

GP: Clarissa has gained a lot of momentum on her own, inspiring short films etc. there is something sick and twisted about “the American dream” which Clarissa exposes. Was that on purpose, or just a happy accident?

JY: Clarissa began as a poke in the eye at that sort of 50s era American idyll, but I quickly realized that the 50s are long over, both in time and as an idea of what America is. Most people take Clarissa’s stories on the level that I present them at, which is directly dealing with her abuse by her father. I do maintain an atmosphere of disquiet about the grotesque nature of our society, but it is principally to serve the story and not the other way around. For instance, in Clarissa’s newest story, “Take Me To Work Day”, we learn that Clarissa’s father works at a company that manufactures artificial flavors and colors, which I think says it all about both Clarissa’s home life and the country.

GP: Are you considering another Kickstarter campaign for future projects or have you found other means to finance your new ideas?

JY: I have the feeling that Kickstarter is the only thing holding up our economy at this point. I am planning a new Kickstarter to launch my next mini-comic, which will include the first printing of the above mentioned Clarissa story. I also think that this small scale offering will be a good way to reintroduce Deep Fried‘s style of humor to the world. I want to poison society in small doses so that when the collapse finally comes, no one can trace it back to me!

GP: Your website www.whatisdeepfried.com is more than just comics there is also some political commentary and social commentary as well. So let’s play a little free association… I say “2016 presidential election” you say….

JY: A country more divided than ever, and me loving every fucking minute of it.

GP: What is the best or most interesting conspiracy theory that you have heard recently?

JY: The Jews founded the Nazi party. Gotta love those kooks!

 

www.whatisdeepfried.com has everything a netizen such as yourself needs to pass the time including but not limited to your own personal copy of Weapon Brown, Deep Fried, Clarissa and or associated retail items!!!

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