It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below and while you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
Experience an all-new adventure with DC’s most powerful heroine
– filled with intrigue, mythology and relentless battles on shores near and far
– in Wonder Woman:
the next entry in the popular series of DC
UniverseMovies. Produced by
Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – accompanied
by the DC Showcase animated short Death, inspired by Neil
Gaiman’s “The Sandman” – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital
starting October 5, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 22, 2019.
Bloodlines will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP;
Canada $43.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $34.97 SRP) as
well as on Digital. The
4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a
Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition and a digital version of the
Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a
DVD with the film in standard definition and a digital version of the movie.
In Wonder Woman: Bloodlines,
Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor
and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s
most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as
protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of
Earth. Equally strong in
body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl
enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal
members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana’s
Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology
and endless wonder!
Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin, Rent, Luke Cage)
returns as the voice of Wonder Woman for the sixth time, leading a sensational Wonder
Woman: Bloodlines voice
cast that includes Jeffrey Donovan (Fargo, Burn Notice) as Steve Trevor,
Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100) as Silver Swan, Adrienne C. Moore (Orange
Is the New Black) as Etta Candy, Kimberly Brooks (DC Super Hero Girls,
Mass Effect, Winx Club) as The Cheetah & Giganta, Courtenay Taylor (Regular
Show, Fallout 4) as Dr. Poison, Constance Zimmer (Entourage, House of
Cards, Unreal) as Veronica Cale, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)
as Julia Kapatelis, Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek:
Deep Space Nine, Arrow) as Ferdinand, Cree Summer (Batman Beyond,
Rugrats) as Hippolyta, Mozhan Marno (The Blacklist, House of Cards)
as Dr. Cyber, and Ray Chase (Justice League Dark) as Lead Bandit.
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is co-directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen)
and Justin Copeland (Batman: Hush)
from a script by Mairghread Scott (Justice
League Action, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series). Jim Krieg (Batman:
Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Sam Liu and Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) are producers. Executive
Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Batman: Hush).
“Wonder Woman has been
inspiring fans for generations and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
will further stoke that flame with an action-packed adventure that offers new
and cherished characters from across Diana’s impressive comics history,” said
Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family &
Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
DC Showcase: Death(Animated
Short) – Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” Death is produced & directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. The Fatal Five) and written by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood). In the story, Vincent, an artist with unresolved inner demons, meets a
mysterious girl who helps him come to terms with his creative legacy … and
eventual death. Leonard Nam (Westworld)
provides the voice of Vincent, and Jamie Chung (The Gifted, Big Hero 6) is the voice of Death. The voice cast
includes Darin De Paul, Keith Szarabajka and Kari Wahlgren.
The Cheetah: Ferocious Archenemy (New Featurette) – Ferocious. Clever. Deadly. It’s the thrill of the hunt
and the prey is Wonder Woman. This is the story of The Cheetah, Diana’s
A Sneak Peek at the next DC UniverseMovie, Superman: Red Son– An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular
DC UniverseMovies collection.
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will also
be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and
website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their
Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
can also own Wonder Woman: Bloodlines via
purchase from digital retailers beginning October 5, 2019.
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On October 5, 2019, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will be available to own in high
definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including
Amazon, the app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation,
Vudu, Xbox and others. On October 22, 2019, Wonder Woman:
Bloodlines will be made
available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite
providers, and on select gaming consoles.
Vertigo is celebrating of The Sandman‘s 30th anniversary with brand-new collected editions of Neil Gaiman’s seminal story. Following the announcement of a new Gaiman-curated imprint called the Sandman Universe, launching this August, Gaiman’s original series will be rereleased monthly beginning in October.
The anniversary editions will include special introductions from legendary creators including best-selling authors Patrick Rothfuss, Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer/producer Paul Dini, author/comedian/actor Patton Oswalt and more. Each collection will also feature new, original covers from the original Sandman cover artist, Dave McKean.
Gaiman’s new imprint will launch on August 8, 2018 with The Sandman Universe #1, followed by four new titles: The Dreaming, House of Whispers, Lucifer, and Books of Magic. For those who want to discover the origins of these new stories, they can start at the beginning with these anniversary editions.
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Noctures 30th Anniversary Edition collects issues #1-8, written by Gaiman with art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III. It will also feature an introduction from Patrick Rothfuss, best-selling author of The Kingkiller Chronicles, and will be available in comics shops on October 24, and everywhere books are sold on October 30.
It was new comic book day yesterday! What got everyone excited? What did you read that was great? While you mull that over, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to keep you entertained.
We brought you the story of the student at Crafton Hills College who was protesting the use of four graphic novels in an English 250 course.
The issue was raised when a 20 year old student raised a stink over the use of Fun Home, Y: The Last Man, Persepolis, and The Sandman in the course feeling they were pornographic and violent.
The school president Cheryl A. Marshall has issued a statement saying that the college will not ban any books or alter the content of the course.
I support the college’s policy on academic freedom which requires an open learning environment at the college. Students have the opportunity to study controversial issues and arrive at their own conclusions and faculty are to support the student’s right to freedom of inquiry. We want students to learn and grow from their college experiences; sometimes this involves reaffirming one’s values while other times beliefs and perspectives change. In this specific case, the syllabus distributed on the first day of class contained the list of required reading materials allowing students the opportunity to research the books and make a choice about the class. The class is one of numerous electives available for completion of the English degree. We are attempting to avoid this situation in the future and Professor Bartlett has agreed to include a disclaimer on the syllabus in the future so students have a better understanding of the course content. I know he appreciated the differing views presented by Ms. Shultz in his class.
Maybe Seinfeld and Chris Rock are on to something about PC culture and college campus. A Crafton Hills College student, along with her parents, have lodged a complaint about graphic novels taught in an English course describing them as “pornographic and violent.” The works in question “depict nudity, sex, violence and torture. They also contain obscenities.”
20 year old Tara Shultz was joined by her parents and friends on Thursday on a protest over the material. The four books Shultz and her parents found offensive were Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 by Brian Vaughan; The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman; and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Many of these books are about tolerance and the free flow of ideas.
Instead of the above which are generally accepted as pretty important literary works, Shultz was expecting Batman and Robin. It should be noted Persepolis was one of the most banned books of 2014. Fun Home is also coming off of numerous Tony Award wins including “Best Musical” for its musical adaptation currently on Broadway. It too has been at the center of numerous banning attempts, but it was also chosen as a required reading choice for Duke University’s incoming class.
Going off her Facebook profile Shultz mostly enjoys the Bible, Star Wars, Star Trek, Disney films, and the Twilight series (interesting due to its questionable views when it comes to gender). Most of the entertainment listed is barely PG let alone PG-13. Most is G rated.
Study of fiction as a literary genre through readings, in-class discussion, and analytical assignments. Emphasis will be on a particular type of fiction.
There is a link to the school store and a list of books for the course. It’s unknown if the course book list was available before the course began. The course was taught the previous semester and third time the course has been taught. There has not been a previous complaint and the course having previously been held provided opportunity to find out more. There are a total of ten books for the course.
Associate English Professor Ryan Bartlett said in an interview:
I chose several highly acclaimed, award-winning graphic novels in my English 250 course not because they are purportedly racy but because each speaks to the struggles of the human condition. As Faulkner states, ‘The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself.’ The same may be said about reading literature. The characters in the chosen graphic novels are all struggling with issues of morality, self discovery, heart break, etc. The course in question has also been supported by the faculty, administration and approved by the board.
Shultz had said “at most I would like the books eradicated from the system. I don’t want them taught anymore. I don’t want anyone else to have to read this garbage.”
She remained in the course after approaching the professor about the curriculum to not receive a zero. It’s unknown when she did so. This claim is also odd as many professors I spoke to said that students could drop a course well into it with only a financial hit.
Tara’s father Greg Shultz said:
If they (had) put a disclaimer on this, we wouldn’t have taken the course.
It’s interesting he used the word “we.”
College administrators are looking into the complaint and the books being sold in the bookstore where there are “under-aged kids here at this campus.”
This comes after numerous op-eds from College Professors about the PC nature on campus and fear to use some texts or express some opinions due to this sort of reaction.
Update: The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund points out “the school requires instructors (p. 20) to distribute a detailed syllabus on the first day of the term–and ample time to withdraw with no effect on her grade. Fourteen other courses offered at Crafton Hills fulfill the same degree requirement as English 250. The college’s online calendar shows that the Spring semester began on January 12, and the last date to drop a course with no grade penalty was January 30. Shultz apparently brought up her objections to four out of ten books covered in the class after that date, when her only options were to complete the assigned work or withdraw with a 0.”
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.
Today Vertigo announced that vampire hunter Travis Kidd makes his return in American Vampire: The Long Road To Hell #1. This oversized special issue is co-written by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque with art and cover by series artist Albuquerque and a variant cover by Tony Moore. This is Albuquerque’s first time writing for Vertigo.
American Vampire: The Long Road To Hell arrives on June 12.
Also, to prepare folks for the return of The Sandman this fall, Vertigo will be publishing The Sandman Omnibus Volume 1.
This massive hardcover collects The Sandman issues #1-37 and The Sandman Special #1—the first half of Neil Gaiman’s highly acclaimed classic horror comic book series.