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Joe Quesada Comments on Marvel/Northrop Grumman Deal

If you missed the big story out of New York Comic Con, Marvel comics was planning on announcing a promotion with Northrop Grumman. If you’re new to the issue, we’ve got you covered.

The announcement led to an outcry and Marvel cancelled plans and presumably the deal as a whole since Northrop Grumman also removed references to the deal and event.

It would seem in this case one hand didn’t know what the other was doing.

At his “Cup of Joe” Panel, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada commented on the screw up:

I’ll be honest with you, I saw it for the first time [same] as you guys. I think there were some messaging issues. It was really about science and education.

While it’s clear from that not all executives know what is being done under the Marvel brand, there’s also a little bit missed by Quesada. It’s not the subject that was the issue, it was doing and business with a company such as Northrop Grumman. Again, read the link above where we list the abuses and crimes the company has committed.

These comics are produced through Marvel Custom Solutions which is run separately from normal Marvel editorial. Expect some changes behind the scenes after this dust up.

New York Comic Con 2017: It’s Robots vs. Princesses in 2018

Following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, comic book writer Todd Matthy, along with artist Nicolas Chapuis will bring fans the unique and enchanting four-issue children’s fantasy tale, Robots vs. Princesses, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment! This story about courage, friendship, and acceptance will appeal to readers of all ages when the first issue hits stands in April 2018!

Robots vs. Princesses, the fun, action-packed, pop-culture mash up of fairy tale princesses and giant robot anime follows the beautiful Princess Zara as she sets off on her quest to find a dragon. But along the way, she instead crosses paths with a robot named Wheeler. The two join forces, and along with Zara’s friends, the pair must repel an impending robot invasion. Robots vs. Princesses is an all ages sci-fi/fantasy mash up that aspires to be the greatest animated movie never made!

New York Comic Con 2017: Dynamite Brings Charlie’s Angels to Comics

Once upon a time there were three very different little girls who grew up to be three very different women with three things in common: they’re brilliant, they’re beautiful, and they work for a mysterious man named Charlie. Thanks to a new partnership between Dynamite Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television, they now have something new in common: they will all reunite for brand-new adventures in Dynamite’s upcoming Charlie’s Angels comic book series, slated to hit shelves in 2018!

The 1976 Charlie’s Angels television series was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, with industry legend Aaron Spelling serving as Executive Producer for the show during its 5-season run.  The iconic series followed the crime-fighting adventures of three powerful women working in a Los Angeles private detective agency for the mysterious and unseen Charlie Townsend. The smash-hit series saw more than 100 episodes, and became a cult hit for decades to come thanks to subsequent syndication and DVD distribution deals.

New York Comic Con 2017: Pumpkinhead Descends on Dynamite with Cullen Bunn

Dynamite Entertainment has announced their new agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures to develop original comic book projects based on the cult classic Pumpkinhead film franchise. The ever-talented Cullen Bunn has been tapped to serve as writer for the terrifying horror tale, slated to hit shelves in February 2018.

In the original Pumpkinhead film, a group of teenagers inadvertently kill a young boy in rural Appalachia, and his father seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. Instead, she invokes The Pumpkinhead – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Harley’s bloodlust. As the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Harley confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever. A “vivid, stylish, atmospheric” film as described by The Hollywood Reporter, the Pumpkinhead film features a hypnotic, heart-rending performance by Lance Henriksen and the directorial vision of special effects master Stan Winston, and spawned three sequels.

New York Comic Con 2017: Watch the DC Doomsday Clock Panel With Geoff Johns Moderated by Lev Grossman

Yesterday at New York Comic ConLev Grossman, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy and former Time Magazine book critic, lead a discussion with Geoff Johns on his ambitious new comic book series Doomsday Clock. Johns revealed the first six pages of issue #1 and provided fans with new details about the series where the Watchmen and DC universes will meet for the first time ever.

Those who attended also got an ashcan of the comic which you can check out online.

New York Comic Con 2017: DC Announces The Curse of Brimstone and The Unexpected

Fans attending the Dark Nights: Metal/New Age of DC Heroes panel at New York Comic Con got more than their money’s worth when they came to hear the latest about the headbanging, face-melting event taking comics by storm! Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio, the dais included an all-star lineup of DC talent, beginning with the bestselling Metal team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. With the critical and sales success of the six-issue main series, Dan, Scott and Greg talked about how Dark Nights: Metal truly is an event that impacts the DC Universe, now as well as in the future.

Initially announced with as Dark Matter, fans also got to hear and see the latest on what’s been renamed as the New Age of DC Heroes. Spinning out of Metal, the unique vertical gatefold covers were revealed for The Terrifics, The Immortal Men, Damage, The Silencer, and Sideways. DiDio reminded the crowd that all debut issues would launch at a $2.99 price point and that the gatefolds could hold some “easter eggs” that will be revealed throughout the series.

NYCC fans were also introduced to two additional titles added to the New Age of DC Heroes lineup, along with their creators. Writer Justin Jordan, who also is co-writing Sideways with DiDio was on hand to talk about his vision for The Curse of Brimstone, showing off some of the early artwork and character designs, while Steve Orlando got to introduce fans to his new mystery title, The Unexpected.

You can see some of the images shown during the panel below and more at the DC website.

Marvel Teams with Northrop Grumman for Custom Propaganda (Updated)

Earlier today, Marvel tweeted out a promotion this Saturday at New York Comic Con involving weapons manufacturer Northrop Grumman.

Under their “Custom Edition” printing arm, the company will see N.G.E.N. (Northrop Grumman Elite Nexus) meet the Avengers in a story called “Start Your N.G.E.N.S.!“. The comic is marked as “all ages” and written by Fabian Nicieza with art by Sean Chen.

Marvel’s “Custom Edition” allows the company to work on special comics like this for instance they’ve produced a comic for a pharmaceutical company to promote their drugs to treat IBD.

In this comic:

When RED RONIN emerges from the Hudson, the Avengers assemble to stop his destructive march toward New York City. But when the mechanical behemoth proves to be a match with seriously upgraded technology, a call for assistance goes out to a new super group. Northrop Grumman’s Elite Nexus is a team of scientists who specialize in cutting edge, hi-tech adventures. The new squad of heavy hitters, known as N.G.E.N. rushes in to assist the Avengers. But who could be behind Red Ronin’s mysterious attack?

Why doesn’t this sit well?

Northrop Grumman is a leading U.S. military contractor and aerospace company known as the producer of the B-2 Stealth bomber and fighter jets like the F-14 Tomcat (a competing company to Lockheed Martin) and also been fined for hundreds of millions of dollars for charges such as bribery, fraud, workplace safety issues, wages, and more.

There’s numerous reasons this corporate team-up is disappointing including it goes directly against Marvel’s “progressive” claims. It’s a help to mainstream part of the military industrial complex through comic propaganda.

The company is no saint and unlike Tony Stark has not seen the light when it comes to their death merchant ways.

In the 1970s the company was embroiled in controversies over illegal campaign contributions as well as $30 million in bribes it paid to foreign governments to win contracts.

During the 1980s there was numerous investigations about mismanagement over their work on the MX Missile and B-2 Stealth Bomber (defrauding upwards of $2 billion in this case alone) and in 1989 they were indicted on criminal charges of falsifying test results. Instead of a trial the company plead guilty to 34 fraud charges and paid a fine of $17 million. In 1992 the company paid $4.2 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit over padding invoices regarding the MX missile system.

The company then paid $1.4 million in 2000 to settle another whistleblower case about overcharging the Air Force. 2003 saw a $111 million settlement about overcharging the Pentagon for work on several programs. 2003 also included an $80 million settlement regarding two False Claims Cases. 2004 saw a settlement of $1.8 million over a whistleblower case from the 80s involving cruise missiles. 2005 saw $62 million paid to settle claims about overcharging for the B-2 bomber program.

The company was awarded a contract after the U.S. invasion of Iraq for $48 million to train the new Iraqi army. They did such a horrible job the Jordanian Army was brought in to take over.

In 2007 the Justice Department said Northrop would pay $8 million to resolve allegations about improperly testing equipment used in night vision goggles and sniper scopes sold to the Pentagon. 2008 saw a whistleblower bring a lawsuit about overcharges regarded the Joint STARS radar aircraft program.

The 00s weren’t done as the company then paid $325 million to settle charges that it failyed to test out parts for spy satellites. They wound up being defective.

They kicked off the 10s with a $12.5 million settlement that they neglected to test electronic parts it supplied for military aircraft and submarines.

Beyond fraud they’ve also destroyed the environment. A former complex in Bethpage, New York was contaminated with carcinogenic solvent and named a superfund site in 1983. The cleanup didn’t work.

There’s also labor abuses that led to strikes and in 2007 guest workers employed by a contractor were being held against their will.

A subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, Litton Industries, provided parts of source code for guidance and navigation systems aboard Air Force One to a company in Russia in 1998. They paid $15 million in fines for 110 violations of the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulation. They also failed to notify the U.S. State Department about guidance systems transfers to Angola, Indonesia, Israel, China, Ukraine, and Yemen.

Northrop Grumman also owns the Vinnell Corporation, a defense contractor who’s also a mercenary outfit that’s worked in fifty countries and allows US support with “official” United States involvement. Vinnell has trained other military organizations and in the case of training in Saudi Arabia it was used to crush unrest in Bahrain regarding the Arab Spring. This is the subsidiary that failed to train the Iraqi army.

The company has also been in a legal dispute with the city of Richmond, Virginia over IT infrastructure, showing off even more deplorable business actions.

We’ll of course have a full review of the comic as soon as possible.

Update: Marvel has cancelled the NYCC event and pulled the comic from Marvel Unlimited. References to Marvel have been removed from Northrop’s end. It’s unknown if the entire partnership has been dissolved.

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).

Comics Cabaret at the Society of Illustrators! French Comics Kiss Better Festival this Friday

What are you doing Friday of New York Comic Con? Whether or not you join the cosplay crush, venture uptown to the Society of Illustrators for an artsy party… Yes, There Will Be Swashbuckling!

Friday / October 6th
6:30 – 9:30pm
The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd St.

An evening of comics, screened and read aloud by their creators and actors like Robert Ross Parker (Vampire Cowboys), with Q&A and signings/sketches to follow. Inspired by the popular Carousel series.

Bonus charming accents included.

Featuring: Zep (A Story of Men), Fabien Nury (The Death of Stalin), Alexis Sentenac (Siberia 56), Mathieu Lauffray (Long John Silver), Patricia Lyfoung (The Scarlet Rose), Valérie Vernay (Water Memory) and El Torres (Ghost of Gaudi). Learn more about the creators at the French Comics Association. Emcee’d by the fabulous Katie Skelly (My Pretty Vampire) with special guest “ambassador” Alex de Campi (No Mercy), this cross-cultural gathering will be a can’t-miss artsy party.

Whether you come up after NYCC or skip Javits and just head uptown to start your weekend… This is your Friday night.

$15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 Seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)

You can order tickets in advance at The Society of Illustrators.

Stay after to get books and free prints signed by the creators. The event is organized in cooperation with Europe Comics and Albertine Bookshop.

New York Comic Con 2017: Kid Brooklyn is “Comics with a Cause”

With New York Comic Con taking place this weekend from October 5-8th, comic fans stop by the Kid Brooklyn booth #1071 and discover this brand-new, social good comic series by Father/Son duo Joseph and Jaden Anthony. Comic Con marks the debut of Kid Brooklyn, a graphic novel series based on a real kid from Brooklyn and his friends, who are given the power to save the planet. All the main characters are real kids from Brooklyn that want to change the world and this is truly “comics with a cause.”

Founded by 12-year-old future activist, Jaden Anthony, Kid Brooklyn is a comic book that strives to responsibly educate children of all ages about environmental and social issues that challenge today’s world. Given the power of technology and the internet, today’s youth are increasingly aware of the world around them and as a result need a resource for content- which Kid Brooklyn hopes to deliver.

Kid Brooklyn depicts the adventures of Jaden Anthony, aka Kid Brooklyn and his band of sidekicks. Kid Brooklyn was chosen by an alien being who left his home world when he learned of their desire to take over Earth by destroying its natural resources. He entrusts Kid Brooklyn with rare “Sun Stones” which give he and his friends super powers. Sun Stones amplify natural talents, capabilities and what’s in your heart and if they fall into the wrong hands, they also can amplify evil. Once Kid Brooklyn and his friends accept their destiny, they must use these stones and their powers to stop the alien race from destroying Earth and its natural resources.

The Kid Brooklyn franchise is the brainchild of father and son team Joseph and Jaden Anthony. Joseph Anthony is an award-winning marketing entrepreneur who is an expert on the youth market and sought out by Fortune 500 companies for his in-depth knowledge of Gen Y and Z. Born premature and under 2 lbs., Jaden Anthony, aka Kid Brooklyn, has been a “superhero” since birth and is not only the co-creator of the franchise but also its main character. Aside from having strong aspirations of being an engineer and scientist, Jaden frequently references his desire to make the world better by helping children.

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