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Review: American Carnage #1

Out this week is American Carnage #1, one of the new series that’s part of DC ComicsVertigo relaunch.

In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.

The series is by Bryan Hill, Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, Pat Brosseau, Maggie Howell, and Andy Khouri.

You can pre-order the comic now from your local comic shop now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online.



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SDCC 2018 Unboxing: The One:12 Collective Batman Beyond

The One:12 Collective ‘Dark Knight of Tomorrow’ abandons the definitive black and gray Batsuit for an all-black, high tech scheme, punctuated by a bright red bat symbol on the chest. Batman Beyond comes complete with two head portraits, his signature red wings, batarangs, and booster jet effects that create dynamic flying poses.

We open up and show off this San Diego Comic-Con exclusive but does the future batsuit work? Find out!

You can join the waitlist and get yours!

SDCC 2018: Transformers Trading Card Game First Look

The Transformers Trading Card Game is a fast, easy-to-learn action battling card game designed for two players. Players build a team of Transformers character cards and power them up with a customizable deck of battle cards.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018 we got our first look at the cards and game with an exclusive as well as getting a chance to talk to one of the individuals behind the game.

The Transformers Trading Card Game Convention Edition contains two Transformers character cards (Cliff jumper – Renegade Warrior and Slipstream – Strategic Seeker) and two battle cards (All-Out Attack and Tandem Targeting System) not available in the Autobots Starter Set or the Transformers Trading Card Game Booster Packs.

We open up the exclusives pack and you can see what you’ll be getting when the game rolls into stores later this year.

The Transformers Trading Card Game is out this September.

(via Board Game Today)

SDCC 2018: Entertainment Earth Pin Mates Blind Box Unboxing

One of the fun things about San Diego Comic-Con is getting to see all of the cool things you’ve wondered about in person.

We got a chance to check out Entertainment Earth‘s line of Pin Mates which updates the classic Little People line of toys.

With figures based on Marvel, DC, Star Trek, and more you can get your favorites, vehicles, and playsets to enjoy and have fun!

We open up four blind boxes which were handed out to the enthusiastic kids that visited the Entertainment Earth booth.

What do we think about this line of throwback wooden figures? Can you use the classic toys with them? Watch and find out!

You can get your own Pin Mates from Entertainment Earth!


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SDCC 2018: Diamond Select Toys Wrap-Up: Kingdom Hearts, Sonic, Star Trek and More!

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Diamond Select Toys revealed dozens of new products scheduled for release in early 2019, from licenses like DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Pacific Rim, Kingdom Hearts, Real Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Nightmare Before Christmas and more! With a variety of formats to choose from, there’s something for every kind of collector – It’s the best of all worlds!

Batman Classic TV Series Bruce Wayne & Bat-Phone Resin Busts

A Diamond Select Toys release! Gotham City needs Batman and Robin! Quick, to the Bat-Poles! DST’s colorful line of resin busts based on the Batman Classic TV Series continues with the first-ever bust of Adam West as Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman! In his civilian guise, this 6-inch bust of the Gotham City philanthropist is posed atop a pedestal base inspired by the show’s animated opening sequence, and comes with the Bat-phone, which sits on a tiny pedestal of its own! Limited to only 1,966 pieces, this hand-numbered resin bust comes with a certificate of authenticity in a hand-numbered, full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #JUL182492, SRP: $59.99)

DC Comic Gallery Catwoman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How purr-fect is your Gallery? The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas has an unauthorized visitor, as Catwoman breaks into the breakout series of collectibles from DST! Perched atop a massive Egyptian cat-headed statue, Selina Kyle steals the spotlight in this 9-inch-scale diorama, wearing her modern, curve-hugging black costume. Made of a high-quality plastic, and featuring a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by James Marsano! (Item #JUL182494, SRP: $45.00)

DC Comic Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Wisdom of Solomon! The Strength of Hercules! Billy Batson’s alter ego Shazam is the next entry in the DC Gallery line of PVC Dioramas, and this approximately 11-inch sculpture captures the hero in a split-second, grabbing a bolt of lightning on its way to the ground. With a feature film in the works, Shazam is poised to ride that lightning back to stardom, and this amazing sculpture celebrates the character’s godlike power! Sculpted by Joe Menna based on a design by Shawn Knapp.  Packaged in a full-color window box.  (Item #AUG182580, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Gallery Aquaman PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys release! In the wake of Justice League, the highly anticipated Aquaman movie is on our sonar, and DST is offering two new PVC dioramas based on the film! Arthur Curry, the Aquaman, faces off with the Ocean Master in these two 9-inch PVC sculptures. Featuring detailed sculpting by Rocco Tartamella based on designs by Mark Wong, each features actor likeness and fine paintwork that compares with a high-end resin statue. Each diorama is in scale to all other DC Movie Gallery PVC dioramas, and comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Aquaman PVC (Item #AUG182575, SRP: $45.00)

Ocean Master PVC (Item #AUG182576, SRP: $45.00)

DC Movie Vinimates Aquaman Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! DC Vinimates are taking the ocean by storm! These 4-inch vinyl figures capture the undersea world of the Aquaman movie in their signature blockish style, striking dynamic poses inspired by the film! Aquaman, Black Manta and Ocean Master comprise the first assortment, and they are in scale to all other DC Vinimates. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Aquaman Vinyl Figure (Item #AUG182577, SRP: $9.99)

Black Manta Vinyl Figure (Item #AUG182578, SRP: $9.99)

Ocean Master Vinyl Figure (Item #AUG182579, SRP: $9.99)

Ghostbusters Select Action Figures Series 9 Real Ghostbusters Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to get real! The Ghostbusters get animated in the newest assortment of Select action figures from Diamond Select Toys, with figures based on the classic Real Ghostbusters cartoon! Egon, Winston and Slimer make up the assortment, with the two ’Busters wearing their color-coded jumpsuits and packing cartoon-accurate gear, and Slimer coming with a support stand and three interchangeable faces! Plus, each figure includes pieces to build a larger diorama – collect all 15 figures in Series 6-10 to construct the firehouse headquarters’ sign and front doors! Designed by Yuri Tming and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUL182490, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Kingdom Hearts Select Action Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! Are you ready to play Space Paranoids? The Kingdom Hearts Select action figure line travels to the video game universe of Space Paranoids, where everyone gets a high-tech makeover! This assortment of multi-character figure sets includes Black Coat Mickey Mouse with a Shadow Assassin and a Shadow, Space Paranoids Goofy and Tron with a Shadow, and Space Paranoids Sora (with Photon Debugger) and Donald with Sark! Each figure features multiple points of articulation and is sculpted in a 1/10th scale, and comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Oluf W. Hartvigsen! (Item #JUL182491, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Kingdom Hearts 3 Vinimates Vinyl Figures Series 1

A Diamond Select Toys release! The highly anticipated sequel to Kingdom Hearts is almost here, and DST is joining in on the excitement with new toys based on Kingdom Hearts 3! This new assortment of VInimates vinyl figures captures the upcoming game’s protagonists – Sora, Donald and Goofy — in their Toy Story World looks, making these toys… of toys! Each 4” vinyl figure strikes a pose from the game and features a fully articulated neck to customize each dynamic pose. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Toy Story Sora (Item #AUG182588, SRP: $9.99)

Toy Story Donald (Item #AUG182587, SRP: $9.99)

Toy Story Goofy (Item #AUG182586, SRP: $9.99)

Legends in 3D Marvel Comics Venom ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Don’t get tongue-tied! Shout out your love for all things Venom with this breathtaking and drool-inducing half-scale bust of Venom! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this bust of Spider-Man’s least favorite dancing partner is based on a design by Joe Allard, and sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. This bust is limited to only 1,000 numbered pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color hand-numbered box.  JUL182501, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Watchmen Movie Rorschach Half-Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The conspiracy is real! Diamond Select Toys and Legends in Three Dimensions have colluded on a line of colossal half-scale busts of pop-culture icons, and up next is the ultimate whistle-blower, Rorschach! The anti-hero of the Watchmen movie is now an epic 10” bust, with detailed sculpting by Rocco Tartamella. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it’s the ultimate Watchmen collectible! Bust comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a numbered base and a certificate of authenticity. (Item #AUG182581, $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Squirrel Girl PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Release the Squirrels! And then hurry up and release this Squirrel Girl PVC Diorama, featuring the superheroine who eats nuts and kicks butts! Doreen Green has a long and varied history in the Marvel Comics Universe, but today she’s enjoying the height of her popularity as the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. This detailed 10-inch sculpture depicts her leaping over a tree stump with Tippy-Toe and her other squirrel allies, with meticulous sculpting by Sam Greenwell based on a design by Uriel Caton. Packaged in a full-color window box! (Item #AUG182582, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Ant Man and the Wasp PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys Release! These PVC Dioramas are not actual size! If anything, these 9-inch scale sculptures of Ant-Man and the Wasp are much bigger than the characters will appear in their highly anticipated 2018 superhero sequel. Featuring the heroes launching themselves into action on a penny and a pair of wings, respectively, each sculpture features detailed sculpting by Dave Cortes. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Ant-Man Diorama (Item #JUL182499, SRP: $45.00)

Wasp Diorama (Item #JUL182500, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Shuri PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Sonic boom! The most brilliant mind in Wakanda is T’Challa’s sister Shuri, and she not only designs amazing weapons, she wields them! In this PVC Diorama, Shuri takes aim with her twin Vibranium gauntlets, firing blasts of sonic energy. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this statue features detailed sculpting by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Nelson Asencio, and includes the character’s real movie likeness. Shuri comes packaged in a full-color window box.  (Item #JUL182503, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Daredevil Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! What is the sound of one hand clapping? We don’t know, because we need both hands to applaud this amazing statue of Daredevil! Hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean based on a design by Caesar, this 12” scale statue of Matt Murdock’s alter ego captures the vigilante overlooking the city streets with his batons in hand, the perfect embodiment of the watchful hometown hero. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. A must-have piece for any Daredevil fan! (Item #AUG182583, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Lady Deadpool Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The lady is a slob! One of the traits Deadpool shares with his alternate-reality female counterpart is their ability to feel at home in the messiest of environments. This statue captures a partially unmasked Wanda Wilson in her natural habitat, with pizza boxes, pistols, cans and cut-offs scattered around her feet, a comforting teddy bear in one hand and an equally comforting katana in the other. This approximately 12-inch resin statue is limited to only 3,000 numbered pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira based on a design by Caesar! (Item #JUL182502, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Movie Milestones Avengers Infinity War Thor Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! You guys are in trouble now! Thor has arrived on the scene, in his look from the end of Avengers: Infinity War, and the Black Order had better run! This approximately 16” statue shows Thor raising his new hammer, Stormbreaker, over his head as lightning strikes the ground beneath him. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it is in scale to other Marvel Movie Milestones statues and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza from a design by Joe Allard! (Item #AUG182584, SRP: $250.00)

Marvel Movie Milestones Black Panther Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Wakanda Forever! To celebrate the monetary milestones reached by the Black Panther movie, DST is returning to Wakanda to create the ultimate Black Panther collectible! This approximately 14” resin statue depicts the Black Panther himself crouching atop a massive panther statue in his native land. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella, this statue is limited to an edition of only 1,000 pieces, this incredible statue is the ultimate collectible for fans of the Black Panther movie or comics. Includes numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. (Item #JUL182504, SRP: $250.00)

Marvel Movie Milestones Iron Man MK1 Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Get ready for some retro tech! To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DST is traveling back to where it all began, with Tony Stark taking to the skies as Iron Man for the very first time! Wearing his scratch-built Mark 1 armor, Iron Man comes to life in this approximately 14-inch scale Resin statue, featuring amazing sculptural detail and real metal elements. Limited to an edition of only 1,000 pieces, this incredible statue is the ultimate collectible for fans of Iron Man comics, movies, or of the Marvel Universe overall. Includes numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUL182505, SRP: $250.00)

Nightmare Before Christmas Gallery Oogie’s Lair Jack PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Jack is back, in an all-new diorama! The hero of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington stars in this new PVC sculpture, capturing a scene from his climactic raid on Oogie Boogie’s lair. Stepping over a skeletal cowboy slot machine to save Sally and Santa from the spooky sack of insects, Jack balances on one foot in this beautifully balanced sculpt by Cortes Studio. Based on a design by Joe Allard! Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #AUG182589, SRP: $45.00)

Pacific Rim Uprising Select Action Figures Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Join the Uprising! Three new Jaegers are joining the fight against the kaiju menace, and each giant robot is cooler than the last! Joining the six Jaegers in Series 1 and 2, November Ajax, Valor Omega and the Kaiju-infected Jaeger Drone each measure between 7 and 8 inches tall. Each figure comes with interchangeable alternate hands, and each features approximately 16 points of articulation! Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks! (Item #JUL182498, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Pacific Rim Uprising Gipsy Avenger Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Save some cash for the upcoming apocalypse with this vinyl bust bank of Gipsy Avenger! The massive Jaeger is now an approximately 8-inch vinyl bust, featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, as well as a coin slot on the back and an access door on the base! It’s a collectible and a place to collect your change! Bank comes packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks!  (Item #JUL182497, SRP: $29.99)

Sonic the Hedgehog Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hurry up, it’s time to order the first set of Sonic the Hedgehog Minimates! Based on the long-running, smash hit video game series, the Sonic line kicks off with a bang, as Sonic, Tails, Amy Rose, and the evil Doctor Eggman! Each two-inch mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and includes a clear display stand. Designed by Barry Bradfield!  (Item #AUG182590, SRP: $24.99)

Sonic the Hedgehog Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! We feel the need for speed! Hurtling towards your Vinimates collection come three vinyl figures straight from the world of Sonic the Hedgehog! Sonic, Tails and Dr. Eggman each get the Vinimates treatment, striking a pose from the game in the line’s distinctive block-figure style. Standing approximately 4 inches tall, each Vinimate features an articulated neck for further posing options, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield!

Sonic Vinimate (Item #JUL182494, SRP: $9.99)

Tails Vinimate (Item #JUL182496, SRP: $9.99)

Eggman Vinimate (Item #JUL182495, SRP: $9.99)­­­­

Star Trek Movie Select Action Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The toy line everyone’s waited for is finally here! Since J.J. Abrams debuted his new Star Trek universe (the “Kelvin Timeline”) in 2009, fans have asked for a screen-accurate, 7” scale, fully articulated line of toys. Now, DST has brought the new timeline to the world of Select action figures! These screen-accurate figures of Kirk and Spock capture the costumes and faces of the new movies, and each features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as multiple accessories and connecting transporter pads. Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. (Item #AUG182585, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Advance Review: American Carnage #1

For those attending San Diego Comic-Con 2018, they got a chance to get an early copy of American Carnage #1, one of the new series that’s part of DC ComicsVertigo relaunch.

In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.

Out this November, the series is by Bryan Hill, Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, Pat Brosseau, Maggie Howell, and Andy Khouri.

You can pre-order the comic now from your local comic shop now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online.



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Advance Review: Border Town #1

For those attending San Diego Comic-Con 2018, they got a chance to get an early copy of Border Town #1, one of the new series that’s part of DC Comics Vertigo relaunch.

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on.

Out September 5th, the series is by Eric M. Esquivel, Ramon Villalobos, Tamra Bonvillain, Deron Bennett, Andy Khouri, and Maggie Howell.

You can pre-order the comic now from your local comic shop now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.



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Missed San Diego Comic-Con? The Comic Books Has You Covered

The Comic Books has done it again with lots of coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2018. You can check out lots of panels below!

San Diego Comic Con 2018 (July 18 – 22) 26 Photos

Maggie Thompson Spotlight: The Comics Buyers Guide (40:51, 37.4mb)
On the panel was Maggie Thompson, Mark Evanier, Scott Brick and R.C. Harvey. Maggie described the origin and the ending of The Comics Buyers Guide. Mark Evanier spoke about why he started and stopped writing for CBG. Maggie told a story about proposing a book of Mark Evanier columns and the shocking reason they turned it down. R. C. Harvey talked about his involvement with the magazine. Scott discussed writing comic history articles for CBG. It was also revealed that Scott wrote the most popular article the magazine had and that was about who added the ‘snap’ sound effect to Gwen Stacy’s fall, killing her. Maggie revealed the effort to save the CBG archives from the dumpster. Maggie and R.C Harvey told stories about Steve Ditko. Finally, they talked about digitizing CBG and putting them online.

20 Years of About Comics (52:00, 47.6mb)
The panelists were Nat Gertler, Lea Hernandez, Andrew Farago, Scott McCloud and Jim MacQuarrie. Nat spoke about why he got into publishing, who some of the early creators he publish were and what they’ve done with their careers. He talked about some non comics related publications that are popular like the Green Book and a Jewish parody of James Bond. He also spoke about Superfolks that influenced Kingdom Come. Nat mentioned that as of late he’s been reprinting works previously published by Eclipse, Aadvark, Dark Horse and Epic/Marvel. Scott McCloud and Nat spoke about 24 hour comics and some of the creators who did it and was published by Nat. Lea spoke about her own experience doing a 24 hour comic. Jim talked about the Licensable Bear, one issue having the first Obama in it and Nat selling a bunch on ebay and giving a cut of the ebay money to the artists.

Comics Arts Conference #3: Attorneys vs. Historians: Who Authors the Authorship Narrative? (50:19, 46mb)
An introduction was done by Kathleen McClancy. On the panel was James Thompson, Danny Barer, Alex Grand and Marc H. Greenberg. The group spoke about 3 cases where there are conflicting stories among the co-creators and publishing. They were Bob Kane and Bill Finger over Batman, Stan Lee, Martin Goodman, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon over Captain America and Stan Lee and Jack Kirby over Fantastic Four. They also pointed out how sales of the publisher or other media adaptions had correlated with those statements. They briefly went into how comic history books have written about these topics. Marc spoke about Batman and Me written by Bob Kane and Tom Andrae and Bob suing Tom and how that played into Bill Finger getting credit for Batman.

Spotlight on Robert Williams (48:38, 44.5mb)
Eric Reynolds interviews Robert Williams. Among the topics discussed were how much of his art is already finished in his head before he starts drawing or painting, his rules for himself as an artist, the comics he read as a kid and his other interests and how that influenced him as an artist. Robert talked about his early jobs he was fired from, working with Big Daddy Roth and then comics. Williams revealed he just didn’t fit in with the fine art world and how the punk rock culture become his peer group. They spoke about Juxtaposed, The Lowbrow art of Robert Williams, Zap Comics, Feltch and an obscenity case against underground comics. Other topics covered were politics, museums showing comic art, Tijuana Bibles and reduction & reproduction of art.

Splashing Ink of Museum Walls (52:04, 47.6mb)
Moderating the panel was Rob Salkowitz, panelists were: Kim Munson, Ann Nocenti, Adam Smith and Emil Ferris. Emil spoke about how art in museums was a part of her growing up. Kim spoke about the history of comic art in museums, Rob spoke about Robert Crumb being in a show with Rembrandt, Picasso and other traditional echelon of fine artists and why. Ann spoke about meeting Jack Able at Marvel and how art would be blown up and then sold for millions of dollars. Adam spoke about his plans for the new San Diego Comic Con Museum, how they want to be different from other museums dedicated to comic book art. Ann and Adam spoke about ‘ghettoizing’ comic book art and avoiding doing that within the museum. Emil discussed the Familiar Strange, the Wolfman being her favorite monster and what was behind the pentagram on the hand. Multiple people spoke about how taking 1 page out of a story and displaying it in a museum and how the comic art isn’t just art, it can be a historical artifact that people have a real attachment to.

Spotlight on Shannon Wheeler (54:28, 49.8mb)
Comic Con gave Shannon an inkpot award at the start of the panel. Shannon played 2 minutes of the Too Much Coffee Man Opera. Then Shannon did a reverse timeline of his career, where he started with the work he’s doing now, meeting Stormy Daniels at a strip club and Sh*t My President Says, and going back through time covering God is Disappointed with You, Oil and Water, Gramps Won’t Wake Up, Screw Heaven, When I die I’m going to Mars, The New Yorker and the process of relearning how to do cartoons to get published by them, the Too Much Coffee Man Opera and why he did it, the Too Much Coffee Man comic book and the incentive for stores. He spoke about the “bootleg” t-shirt of TMCM, JAB #3 where they shot a hole through the comic and Children with Glue.

Len Wein Tribute (48:19, 44.2mb)
Moderated by Gary Miereanu, panelists were Lynn Latham, Gillian Horvath, Christine Valada, Melinda Snodgrass, Paul Levitz and Charlotte Fullerton. The group talked about their first interaction with Len, working with him, where Len’s creative spirit came from, why he was so positive, his life long health issues, Len’s extraordinary memory, The Fan vs. Pro Trivia matches at San Diego, Len’s wish for Wolverine’s healing powers, Len’s odd rules for food and other things, Len’s work being displayed on Big Bang Theory, how Batman saved Len’s life as a kid, Len’s love of broadway musicals and singing, from the audience Michael Davis told a story about Len helping him out of a very serious situation with his singing. At the end a woman from the audience read something that Len wrote about Wolverine in an interview with her for Christine.

Graphic Novels: From Eisner to Explosion! (46:41, 42.7mb)
On the panel was Paul Levitz, Richard Burning, Scott McCloud and Emil Ferris. Scott talked about the Graphic Novel terminology and where he saw the graphic novel going after A Contract With God. Emil spoke about how Eisner’s work inspired her. Richard discussed the gap between the self expression of underground work and character expression of superhero work. Paul reminded everyone that A Contract With God was a disguised personal expression as it related to the death of his daughter. Paul also spoke to how Eisner saw the whole page when he drew, something that most artists didn’t do until the publishers replaced the 2x up boards with 1.5 boards. Emil talked about her crazy journey in creating and getting My Favorite Thing is Monsters published. Richard spoke about repackaging comics into graphic novels in the 1980s. They also spoke about the Graphic Novel format (particularly with A Contract With God) having the format fit the work, instead of having to fit the work into the format.

Comics Arts Conference #6: Two Women and Wonder Woman (51:56, 47.5mb)
Kathleen McClancy did the introduction and then Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson and Trina Robbins spoke about their issues with Jill Lepore’s book on Wonder Woman. Nicky went through the Greek Mythology influence on Wonder Woman that Jill didn’t mention, she also did this in regards to Amazon warriors. She also spoke of H. G. Peter and how under rated he is towards the success of Wonder Woman. She revealed how much of the family wasn’t that happy with Lepore’s book as Marston and his accomplishments were regularly trashed within it. Trina went through 3 golden age Wonder Woman stories that were both funny and revealing to Wonder Woman’s character. She also spoke about the changes to Wonder Woman over the years. Nicky spoke about the possibility of a good book about Wonder Woman and Marston ever coming out.

50th Anniversary of Underground Comics (50:51, 46.5mb)
Panelists were Joyce Farmer, Mary Fleener, Carol Tyler, Robert Williams, Denis Kitchen, Trina Robbins and Ron Turner. The panel was moderated by Charles Brownstein. Jackie Estrada started off by giving an Inkpot Award to Justin Green, who couldn’t make it to the convention. Carol Tyler accepted the award on his behalf. The group talked about how they got into Underground Comics, why they did those comics, what the current generation can learn from their struggles and S. Clay Wilson. In the audience was underground cartoonists Lee Mars and Bill Stout who also spoke.

2000AD: Simon Bisley (51:59, 47.5mb)
Simon Bisley is interviewed by Mike Molcher. They went over a range of topics including Simon being a self taught artist, his growing up, his influences, getting his professional start, painting, his styles of work and their evolution, getting work in the US, Batman / Judge Dredd, his following among the gay community, Lobo and where he was at the time, how he chooses projects, not doing a long run on a single character, Hellblazer, Album covers, what characters he wants to work on, his playing base in a band and his upcoming work.

IDW Artists Edition Panel (15:31, 14.2mb)
This was a very short panel where Scott Dunbier announced a new print run of Bernie Wrightson artist edition book and a new Bernie Wrightson Frankenstein artists edition book. Liz Wrightson joined the panel briefly as well. During the Q&A Scott revealed that DC for some reason doesn’t want to do any artists edition books and names some of the artists he’d do books on if he could. This panel was delibritely made short so that there could be a tribute panel for Steve Ditko who recently passed away.

Steve Ditko: Artist (45:17, 41.4mb)
Scott Dunbier, Paul Levitz, Nick Lowe, David Schwartz and Steve Leialoha all shared their stories of Steve Ditko. Paul spoke about working with Steve Ditko and Wally Wood at the age of 19 on Stalker. Scott talked about printing Ditko’s art in the artists edition books. David told his story of communicating with Ditko via letters and eventually getting a 3-hour visit and conversation with him. Nick told some hilarious Ditko stories courtesy of former Marvel editor Ralph Macchio. Steve Leialoha talked about inking Ditko pencils on what is likely his last comic book for another publisher and then meeting him. Paul and Nick revealed that DC and Marvel were still regularly reaching out to Ditko to see if he was willing to do some work for them, Marvel in particular wanted him to do something with Squirrel Girl. They spoke about Shade the Changing Man and what Ditko did best in comics.

The Gospel According to Archie (57:03, 52.2mb)
On the panel were Adam Sand, Rob Bradfied, Jennifer Joan, Tessica Tseang, Pat Jankiewicz and it was moderated by Erik Amaya. Among the topics discussed were Al Hartley’s work at Marvel and why he quit to work for Archie. They started talking about Spire, their licensed work, then the Archie comics. They went over some odd and now politically incorrect parts of the comic, how Archie characters were sometimes drawn off model, how certain characters like Reggie and Midge were almost never used and how there was some dark scenes not typically found in Archie Comics. The groups spoke about Hartley’s method of trying to convert people with these comics and why she didn’t agree with it. They also spoke about Jack Chick Comics and the Riverdale TV show.

Larry Stroman Spotlight (44:19, 40.5mb)
Larry got an Inkpot award to start off. He talked about his neighbourhood growing up and having dyslexia, how the Fireside Marvel books inspired him to become a comic artist, him quitting his job to pursue comics full time and moving to New York, selling his art in central park, going to a comics convention with his portfolio, Howard Chaykin giving him work and helping him get work from publishers, focusing on working for editor Carl Potts on the Epic line, getting his first regular book, his hilarious story about becoming the regular artist on X-Factor, doing Tribe at Image, his getting out of comics and doing other type of work, going back to do comics again, his commissions and how doing them has improved his inking, his restarting Tribe, his influences, differences between doing creator owned work via Image vs working for Marvel or DC, developing a style and having it slowly go away and how he feels about having one of his comics turned into a movie.

CBLDF – The Trials of Underground Comix (49:01, 44.8mb)
Moderated by Charles Brownstein the panelists were Robert Williams, Joyce Farmer and Ron Turner. Charles began by giving a brief overview of the censorship of EC Comics and the Comics Code Authority. Robert Williams spoke about psychedelic poster artists who were all EC Comics fans, he also spoke about the drug culture starting in the 1950s and the ‘beat’ culture. Ron continued on with history of how the beat culture connected to the origins of underground comics. Joyce spoke about her personal experience of getting married, having a child, getting a driver’s license, then divorcing her husband, Richard and Ron told a funny story about Feltch comics going missing causing a obscenity case to be dismissed, they also spoke about Zap Comics #4 being busted for obscenity and how that affected the comics industry.

Thi Bui Spotlight (48:13, 44.1mb)
Thi started by getting 3 audience members to join the panel for a reading a portion of her book The Best That We Could Do. She also spoke about A Different Pond, which was a children’s book that she drew, she revealed she is working with an Asian American Law organization to help fight the Trump administrator deport Asian refugees and the results of that work. She spoke about another book that is being worked on about climate change in Vietnam where the issue is very pressing. She talked about going to Vietnam twice and how the local population reacted to her. She also revealed why she chooses to use comics to tell her stories, how she deals with anxiety issues and the conflict within the Asian American communities in terms of conservative vs progressive politics.

How to create (and survive) a successful Graphic Novel series (45:25, 41.5mb)
The panelists were Jennifer and Matthew Holm, Raina Telgemeier and Traci Todd. The panel was moderated by Dr. Rose Brock. Jennifer and Matthew spoke about how they started collaborating together and their process of doing books. Raina spoke about her process and how much of her personal life she puts into the book. Traci spoke about the process from the editor’s perspective. They all revealed what they would tell their younger selves before doing a graphic novel. Traci recommended being brave and accepting feedback from humans (and not social media). They all gave recommendations for other graphic novels they enjoyed. They all spoke about what they wanted to be when they grew up, if they put real people in the book and how they keep themselves organized.

Fan vs. Pro Comic Trivia – Len Wein Tribute Edition (48:39, 44.5mb)
The Fan side was David Oakes, Derek McCaw and David Crowe. The Pro’s were Christopher Sequeira, Paul Levitz, Jamie Coville and eventually Glenn Hauman. Tom Galloway did some moderating and served on the fan side as did Derek McCaw. Christine Valada also did some moderating. All of the questions were about Len Wein’s work, including X-Men, Hulk, Swamp Thing, Batman, Teen Titans and much, much more. This is likely to be the last Fan vs. Pro Comic Trivia match.

SDCC 2018: DC Entertainment Announces More DC Ink and DC Zoom Graphic Novels

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, DC Enterainment announced the next wave of titles, authors and artists for the publisher’s upcoming young reader imprints, DC Ink and DC Zoom.

Marieke Nijkamp, the #1 New York Times best-selling YA author of This Is Where It Ends, will bring her storytelling to DC’s young adult line of graphic novels—DC Ink—with an original tale about a teenage Oracle, the superhero alter-ego that Barbara Gordon assumes after an encounter with The Joker confines her to a wheelchair. Oracle: Rising will be joined by another tale about a teenage Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, in Shadow of the Batgirl, written by acclaimed author Sarah Kuhn, known for her popular Heroine Complex novels.

Additional DC Ink titles announced today include: Truth or Consequences: A Jack Hyde Story, the working title of an Aqualad story written by award-winning author Alex Sanchez; Dick Grayson: Lost Carnival, written by critically acclaimed comics writer Michael Moreci; and Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, which will be adapted from its prose form into a graphic novel by writer Louise Simonson.

DC Zoom, DC’s middle grade graphic novel line, will introduce its first story starring Wonder Woman in Diana, Princess of the Amazons, written by Shannon and Dean Hale. Past collaborations from the husband-and-wife duo include the Eisner-nominated Rapunzel’s Revenge graphic novel and Marvel’s bestselling The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl prose novel series. Shannon Hale is also the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Princess Academy series and the New York Times best-selling Real Friends.

New artists and on-sale dates for previously announced titles were also revealed. Gurihiru Studios will provide illustrations for Gene Luen Yang’s Superman Smashes the Klan, Andie Tong will draw Minh Lê’s Green Lantern: Legacy graphic novel, Gustavo Duarte will join author Michael Northrop on Dear Justice League and Thomas Pitilli has been tapped to illustrate Melissa de la Cruz’s Gotham High graphic novel. DC also announced Chris Wildgoose as the artist for Stuart Moore’s adaptation of Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker and revealed the graphic novel’s official cover.

Both publishing lines will launch in April 2019 with previously announced titles Mera: Tidebreaker (DC Ink), written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne; and Super Sons: the Polarshield Project (DC Zoom), written by Ridley Pearson with art by Ile Gonzalez.

The complete list of DC Ink and DC Zoom titles and creative teams announced to date include:

  • DC Ink:
    • MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne
    • UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
    • HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (June 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh
    • TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
    • BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (August 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose
    • DICK GRAYSON: LOST CARNIVAL—written by Michael Moreci
    • GOTHAM HIGH—written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli
    • ORACLE RISING—written by Marieke Nijkamp
    • SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL—written by Sarah Kuhn
    • TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: A JACK HYDE STORY—written by Alex Sanchez (working title)
    • WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED—written by Laurie Halse Anderson
    • WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER—adapted by Louise Simonson from Leigh Bardugo’s prose novel for the DC Icon series
  • DC Zoom:
    • SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (April 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
    • DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (May 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska
    • SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (June 2019)—written and illustrated by Art Baltazar & Franco
    • DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (July 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • BATMAN: OVERDRIVE (August 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo Di Chiara
    • BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (October 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee
    • BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME (November 2019)—written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
    • GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (December 2019)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong
    • DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS—written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN—written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru Studios

SDCC 2018: DC Reveals More Details about Heroes in Crisis

There’s a new kind of crisis threatening the heroes of the DC Universe, ripped from real-world headlines by New York Times bestselling author Tom King: How does a superhero handle PTSD? How do DC’s Trinity – Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman – handle massacres and mass shootings? This September, King explores these themes in Heroes in Crisis with artists Clay Mann and Mitch Gerads.

King said the series is a parable about what this New War generation is dealing with, the millions who have fought overseas to come home and try to return to their normal lives.

At the core of Heroes in Crisis is Sanctuary, an ultra-secret space to help superheroes who’ve been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. King described the heroes walking the halls of Sanctuary — heroes like Aquaman, Superman, Lagoon Boy, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Arsenal, Batman, and more — as anonymous, wearing robes and gold masks to hide their identities from each other. In the debut issue, something goes inexplicably wrong and heroes wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects.

The story is about the failures of Sanctuary. These heroes felt safe. They had security. Then something horrible goes wrong. Is it possible to repair that? To fight that? This is a story geared towards this moment in our history.

Heroes in Crisis is about heroes who have to live through violence to save the world, and what that violence does to them. They make a sacrifice to fight the bad guys and this series is about that sacrifice.

Heroes in Crisis #1 arrives on September 26, 2018.

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