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Rumor of DC’s Movie Line-up. Take it With a Grain of Salt.

Justice League RevampThe rumor mill was churning today, with news being passed along like a bad game of telephone. A report today came out from Nikki Finke, former Deadline honcho, claims to list DC‘s upcoming movies through 2018.

May 2016 – Batman v Superman
July 2016 – Shazam
Xmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2

 

 

 

 

There had been talk of a Metal Men and Suicide Squad movie for sometime in 2016 but that project fell off the schedule.

Finke claims to late start to Batman V Superman is due to DC attempting to get this all settled down.

There’s numerous reasons I expect this all to be bullshit and click bait. One is, it ignores projects we’ve been told are being worked on, like the Justice League Dark film. The second big reason I don’t believe this is the history. It was about this time last year that it was rumored Cable, X-Force, Deadpool, Aquaman, the Flash, and Wonder Woman were all being announced as movies at SDCC 2013. We all know how that turned out.

While I’m sure DC is putting a plan together, I’ll believe this when I hear it directly from DC.

Vertigo Reveals Details Surrounding Neil Gaiman’s Highly Anticipated Return to The Sandman

Its been 10 years since writer Neil Gaiman weaved tales from the beloved Sandman universe. This October 30th, Gaiman returns to the realm of the Endless for an eagerly anticipated tale that will bring readers back to one of the most critically-acclaimed comic book series ever. The Sandman: Overture will unite Gaiman with artist J.H. Williams III and reveal a previously untold story in The Sandman mythos. This new story will explore Morpheus’ world before he was captured.

One of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years, Gaiman’s The Sandman stands tall as one of the few graphic novel series ever to be on the The New York Times Best Seller list and lauded by critics the world over for its transformative storytelling in the comic book industry. The series has been translated into nine different languages and sold over 7 million copies.

The Sandman features literature’s Endless family—Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, Destiny and Dream. The critically acclaimed Vertigo fantasy series transformed the landscape of comics, helping usher in an era of more compelling and sophisticated storytelling. Combining mythology and literature in an epic story, it is one of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years. It has garnered nineteen Eisner and six Harvey Awards and is the only comic book to win the World Fantasy Award.

The Sandman: Overture #1 will be an oversized issue and will showcase J.H. Williams III’s talent with a spectacular interior gatefold. The series will be published bi-monthly and each issue will feature stunning covers by Williams and original series cover artist Dave McKean and will be published on the same day digitally.

Also bi-monthly and alternating with the main Overture series, Vertigo will publish The Sandman: Overture Special Edition. These deluxe issues will include original scripts by Gaiman, additional concept art and sketches by Williams, Q&As with the creative team and more, starting in November.

More details about the series – including artwork – will be revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Gaiman, Williams and McKean are special guests of the convention, during which Vertigo will host a 25th Anniversary all-star panel featuring Gaiman, Williams and artists Dave McKean and Sam Kieth. Gaiman will also be spotlighted at his own standalone panel. Additionally, the cover of the San Diego 2013 Souvenir Book features all-new Sandman art by Dave McKean, which will also be featured on an official convention T-Shirt.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are folks getting? If you’re not sure yet, make sure to stick to this blog as we’ll have previews through out the day and our picks for the must gets.

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Bleeding Cool – Stuff And Things At DC EditorialInteresting….

The ComiChron – Full November 2012 comics sales estimates online; Pony stomps Godzilla

IGN – Scott Snyder to Exit Swamp Thing -Might be one more comic I don’t have to buy.

 

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IGN – The Annotated Sandman Volume 2

Bleeding Cool – Creator Owned Heroes #7

ScienceFiction – Deadpool #3

CBR – Earth 2 #7

CBR – Hawkeye #5

NYCC 2012 – DC Entertainment Takes on New York

DC Entertainment is heading to New York Comic Con with a number of announcements, creator signings, panels and celebrity appearances. Stephen Amell, star of The CW’s highly-anticipated Arrow, will be on hand, along with a lineup of comic book talent to give fans and attendees insight into what DC has in store.

DC will also has its fully interactive booth experience at New York Comic-Con. First revealed at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, the state-of-the-art booth includes a demo area where fans can experience digital comic book reading on the iPad, Nook and Kindle and a green screen that will allow attendees to pose next to some of their favorite Super-Villains. Fans will also be able to purchase exclusive merchandise at the DC Entertainment booth for the first time, including top titles and a wide selection of DC Collectibles product.

DC Entertainment can be found at booth #1238. Here are some of the major stories fans can look forward to hearing about at the show, plus much more:

  • Following the historic, nationwide debut of “Arrow Day,” superstar comic book writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns joins the cast and creators of Arrow for an exclusive panel to provide new insights into the new television series on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the IGN Theater.
  • Con-goers and panel attendees will be treated to major, game-changing news announcements affecting the Man of Steel and the entire Superman family of titles.
  • Fans will also be treated to key revelations and jaw-dropping, beautiful art from the best-selling Batman: Death of the Family event courtesy of writer Scott Snyder, artist Greg Capullo and an all-star cast of talent.
  • DC Entertainment will announce details on a new and unique partnership in support of We Can Be Heroes.
  • The literary event of the season will be a major point of interest, as the gritty graphic novel adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo speeds toward its November release.
  • Clues surround the next chapter in the epic Green Lantern comic book saga, as fans will get hints at what’s coming their way in the pages of the Rise of the Third Army crossover event.
  • Vertigo fans will get a heavy dose of their favorite titles – along with some groundbreaking new additions, including Sandman, Django Unchained, Ghosts and Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland and more.
  • MAD Magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots” will be on hand to discuss the arrival of Totally MAD, a hardcover book celebrating 60 years of the magazine’s sharp satire and biting parody. Fans will also have the chance to subscribe to MAD Magazine in the DC Entertainment booth.

DC Entertainment’s New York Comic-Con 2012 panel schedule includes:

Thursday, October 11:
5:00-6:00pm – DC Collectibles
6:30-7:30pm – DC Comics – THE NEW 52: Superman

Friday, October 12:
10:15-11:00am – DC Entertainment: Talent Search
12:30-1:30pm – DC Entertainment: From Concept to Page
1:30-2:30pm – Vertigo: A View from the Cutting Edge of Comics
2:45-3:45pm – DC Comics: Green Lantern – The Third Army Arrives
4:15-5:15pm – DC Comics All Access: Before Watchmen

Saturday, October 13:
11:00am-12:00pm – DC Entertainment: Talent Search
12:15pm-1:15pm – Mad about MAD
1:30-2:30pm – DC Comics – THE NEW 52
4:00-5:00pm – Vertigo – Fables: 10th Anniversary!
5:15-6:15pm – DC Comics: Justice League

Sunday, October 14:
11:00am-12:00pm – DC Entertainment: Meet the Co-Publishers
12:15pm-1:15pm – DC Comics: Batman – Death Comes to Gotham
2:30-3:30pm – Drawing DC: Kids Edition

SDCC 2012 – New Sandman By Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III

DC Comics might have dropped the announcement of San Diego Comic-Con on the first day. We can expect new Sandman from Neil Gaiman with art by JH Williams III in 2013.

Some art:

And the release:

Twenty-five years after one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all-time hit shelves, award winning and critically acclaimed author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman, announces his return to THE SANDMAN. Gaiman made the surprise announcement, via video, at DC Entertainment’s Vertigo panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  Karen Berger, Executive Editor of Vertigo, then revealed that Gaiman is paired with artist, JH Williams III (BATWOMAN) for the series, who appeared on stage to an already stunned and elated crowd. THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published by Vertigo in 2013.

One of the few graphic novels ever to be on the New York Times Best Seller list and lauded by critics the world over, THE SANDMAN is credited with changing the path of storytelling in the comic book industry. Gaiman will pick up his pen for the first time in more than 10 years since ending the series to continue a story that he feels still has yet to be told.

“When I finished writing THE SANDMAN, there was one tale still untold. The story of what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in THE SANDMAN #1, and why he was returned from far away, exhausted beyond imagining, and dressed for war. It was a story that we discussed telling for Sandman’s 20th anniversary… but the time got away from us. And now, with Sandman’s 25th anniversary year coming up, I’m delighted, and nervous, that that story is finally going to be told,” said Gaiman.

“There’s nothing like a Neil Gaiman story,” said Berger, “and there’s nothing like having Neil back home on THE SANDMAN, his dark, soulful, literary epic that transformed comics and continues to captivate countless new readers year after year. Working with him again, and with JH Williams, the extraordinary and groundbreaking artist, is truly the stuff dreams are made of.”

DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio added, “As accomplished as Neil Gaiman is in other media—whether it be novels, film and even music—he still has an incredible passion and love for comics. It’s exciting to have him back. J.H. Williams will be the perfect complement to Neil’s writing. He has a history of creating art that pushes the boundaries of the medium.”

Each issue of THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published day-and-date digitally.  The title will be announced at a later date.

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It’s Friday which means I get a weekend to enjoy!  Yay!

Around the Blogs:

CBR – Upper Deck and Super Hero Squad Online Producing A New Marvel CCG Hmmm, as much as I want to try it…

Bleeding Cool – What’s The Frequency, Uncanny? If the quality is good, who cares?

CBDLF – PayPal Threatens Deactivation of Publishers’ Accounts Over Erotic Content – Another reason to not use PayPal.

 

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CBR – Amazing Spider-Man #680

The Washington Post – The Annotated Sandman

CBR – The Shade #5

CBLDF Receives Comics Code Seal of Approval!

Official Press Release

CBLDF Receives Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today announces that it has received the intellectual property rights to the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval in an assignment from the now-defunct Comic Magazine Association of America, which administrated the Code since the 1950s.

The Comics Code Seal comes to the CBLDF during Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read, and just a few months following a decision in the U.S. Supreme Court where Justice Scalia cited CBLDF’s brief addressing the comics industry’s history of government scrutiny and the subsequent self-regulation the Comics Code represented. Dr. Amy Nyberg, author of Seal of Approval: The History of Comics Code has prepared a short history of the Comics Code Seal and the era of censorship it represents exclusively for CBLDF that is available now in the Resources section of cbldf.org.

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, “As we reflect upon the challenges facing intellectual freedom during Banned Books Week, the Comics Code Seal is a reminder that it’s possible for an entire creative field to have those rights curtailed because of government, public, and market pressures. Fortunately, today comics are no longer constrained as they were in the days of the Code, but that’s not something we can take for granted. Banned Books Week reminds us that challenges to free speech still occur, and we must always be vigilant in fighting them.”

The CBLDF will take over licensing of products bearing the Comics Code Seal, including t-shirts, providing a modest source of income for the organization’s First Amendment legal work. Graphitti Designs is currently offering t-shirts with the Code Seal to benefit CBLDF.

Brownstein adds “It’s a progressive change that the Comics Code seal, which is yesterday’s symbol of comics censorship, will now be used to raise money to protect the First Amendment challenges comics face in the future. That goal probably would have been unimaginable to the Code’s founders, who were part of a generation of comics professionals that were fleeing a witch-hunt that nearly trampled comics and any notion that they deserved any First Amendment protection.”

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics field. It is currently in the midst of Be Counted, a member drive aiming to raise $100,000 for urgently needed First Amendment legal and education work. To learn more about the CBLDF and to support its efforts, please visit www.cbldf.org

Latest Artists To The Rescue Auctions Include FEAR ITSELF and SANDMAN Originals!

This week CBLDF continues our Artists to the Rescue auction drive to raise money for our current legal work with even more pieces donated by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen!

First up, we have a gorgeous Sandman page by Jill Thompson! The page comes from the Brief Lives story arc, and features the Egyptian goddess Bast and Dream.

Next, we have the pencils for the cover of the first issue of the hit Marvel series Fear Itself. Drawn by Stuart Immonen, the pencils feature the Avengers and would make a great addition to any art collection!

We round out the auction with a number of original sketches and pinups from Fund supporters including Dean Haspiel, Denys Cowan, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chris Giarusso, and Steve Lieber! Show your support for the CBLDF and take home an amazing piece of art — bid now!

NYC: Comics College Continues with Jared Fletcher on October 8th!

The CBLDF’s Comic College series continues with letterer and designer Jared Fletcher (X-Men, Ex Machina, Batman and Robin). Jared’s master session will focus on the creation of a memorable logo, from brainstorming to initial design to final execution. Jared’s work on the X teams’ logos was recently featured on Comics Alliance.

Comics College is a series of master sessions held at our New York City offices, featuring expert advice and insight from professionals of the industry. These sessions are opportunity for aspiring creators to learn about the craft and business of comics from experts

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