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Heroes Con + Wizard World Philly | Catching up on the weekend’s news



This past weekend Philadelphia welcomed Wizard World, while Charlotte hosted HeroesCon. Two East Coast conventions, separated by more than 500 miles and a couple of states. If you were away from your computer, then you may have missed some of the announcements that sprang from both venues:

• For years people have been asking for an “iTunes for comics.” Well, it looks like we might actually get one. Rantz Hoseley’s Longbox will be a free download available later this year for PC, Macs and Linux. Comics can be download for a suggested price point of $.99 per issue, with the potential for block and subscription pricing. BOOM! and Top Cow have already signed on.

• Marvel had a lot of announcements at the show. Spinning out of the Uncanny X-Men/Dark Avengers crossover that kicks off any day now will be a series of one-shots that fall under the heading of Dark Reign: The List. Basically Norman Osbourn starts making a list of everyone standing in his way who he needs to do dirty, nasty things to.

The eight one shots and the creators working on them are:

Dark Reign: The List – Daredevil by Andy Diggle and Billy Tan
Dark Reign: The List – Wolverine by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic
Dark Reign: The List – Hulk by Greg Pak and Ben Oliver
Dark Reign: The List – Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott and Adam Kubert
Dark Reign: The List – Avengers by Brian Bendis and Marko Djurdjevic
Dark Reign: The List – Uncanny X-Men by Matt Fraction and Alan Davis
Dark Reign: The List – Secret Warriors by Jonathan Hickman and Ed McGuiness
Dark Reign: The List – Punisher by Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.

The project was announced at around the same time both in Philadelphia and in Charlotte. For more info, check out CBR’s interviews with Bendis, Fraction and Remender, as well as Pak, Hickman and Aaron. Also, Aaron talks a little bit about his Wolverine one-shot on his blog; it will feature both Marvel Boy and Fantomex, as well as a new Weapon XVI.

• Several of Spider-Man’s classic villains, like Electro, Rhino and Mysterio, are returning in a storyline called “The Gauntlet.” It also looks like the Black Cat is back for some Spidey lovin’.

Astonishing X-Men

Astonishing X-Men

• Creative team shuffles … Andy Diggle and Roberto De La Torre are the new creative team on Daredevil with issue #501. Rick Remender and Mahmud S. Asrar are doing a guest issue of Thunderbolts, which will feature Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Phil Jimenez is the new artist on Astonishing X-Men, joining Warren Ellis as of issue #31. And apparently Sean McKeever’s exclusive contract with DC is up, as he’s working on a new series for Marvel called Nomad: Girl Without a World, starring the Bucky from the Heroes Reborn comics.

• The new Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Voodoo, gets his own series in October written by Rick Remender, while the old Sorcerer Supreme gets a mini-series by Mark Waid.

• Marvel is launching another Moon Knight ongoing series by crime novelist and Punisher writer Gregg Hurwitz, with art by Jerome Opeña.

• Daniel Way and Richard Corben are working on a Starr the Slayer mini-series for Marvel MAX.

• Psylocke will star in a mini-series written by Christopher Yost. “The mandate on this series was ‘Tell us a story that reminds everyone of why she’s so kick ass,'” Yost told Kiel Phegley.

• Kieron Gillen and Cary Nord are working on an Ares mini-series.

• Gregg Schigiel and Jacob Chabot are doing an X-Babies mini-series that will feature the return of several Star Comics characters.

There’s more Marvel Zombies coming.

• DC Comics used both conventions to show off their new Wednesday Comics title. Check out this picture from HeroesCon:

Wednesday Comics

Wednesday Comics

That’s editor Ian Sattler, showing off a copy.

In Philadelphia, Dan DiDio announced a new Jonah Hex hardcover by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Tony DeZuniga. He also announced a new Doc Savage series by Brian Azarello and Rags Morales set in an alternate universe where he’ll interact with the Spirit and the Blackhawks.

• Andy Runton’s Owly, published by Top Shelf, is now available on the Kindle.

• Jeff Katz revealed the first four titles for his American Original company.

• Former Wizard employee Steven Hoveke, who now runs Square 1 Press and has published convention sketchbooks by both Walt Simonson and Howard Chaykin, was barred from re-entering Wizard World Philadelphia on Saturday. He tells the story of what happened on his company’s blog and posted on Twitter that he was barred because of his affiliation with the Long Beach Comic Con. (Via Bleeding Cool)

• Artist Michael Cho was upset to find out someone was walking around HeroesCon wearing a shirt featuring his art. (Via the Comics Reporter)



You know, I wasn’t away from the computer all weekend. I just couldn’t be bothered to read every article on the off-chance I’d find something to interest me. This type of post? Much, much much more useful. Thank you for this.



According to Phil Jimenez is only on for 5 Issues. I wonder why no one reporting at that convention asked Quesada who the artist will be AFTER Phil Jimenez?

Seems like Quesada is screwing up yet another Warren Ellis Project. The previous screwed up projects being
– Taking Steve McNiven off of “Ultimate Secret” miniseries so that he could waste his time and talent on the abysmal “Civil War”

– Canceling NextWave because Brian Bendis mentioned that he wanted to steal Stuart Immonen for his own Ultimate Spider-Man

– Quesada Canceling Newuniversal after lying by saying that he was strongly behind the project.

– Quesada announcing 1 full year ahead of time Warren Ellis’ and Simone Bianchi’s run on Astonishing X-Men and then not staying on top of Bianchi to make sure he got a long head start. Apparently, Bianchi didn’t even start doing the art until June 2008.

Apparently, the only two writers who have any weight with Quesada are Bendis and Millar. It’s a shame he only pays attention to the WORST writers at Marvel.

Kevin Melrose

June 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm

“Canceling NextWave because Brian Bendis mentioned that he wanted to steal Stuart Immonen for his own Ultimate Spider-Man”

It’s been stated repeatedly why Nextwave was canceled, and that’s not it.

“Quesada Canceling Newuniversal after lying by saying that he was strongly behind the project.”

Ellis said earlier this year the delay with newuniversal was due to the destruction of his computer and back-ups.

“Apparently, Bianchi didn’t even start doing the art until June 2008.”

Considering that the first issue of his run debuted on July 2, 2008, that’s impossible.

Longbox sounds interesting.

Of course, while the letters “DRM” are never used anywhere in that article, the word “secure” is in several places and presumably means the same thing. Pass.

Memo to developers: iTunes has dropped DRM from its music. You may want to bear this in mind if you want to be “the iTunes of” something. And make repeated comparisons between your product and iTunes.

The fact still remains. Joe Quesada sucks. In fact, the Big Two’s EICs both suck. I actually miss Jim Shooter.

Trust me, FD, nobody who worked with Shooter wants him back.

But he seems like a genius when compared to Didio or Quesada…

Pfft, listen to the EiC bashing with nothing to back it up other than “just because”. Comics have never been better. The TPB market is exceptional, and the creative teams + product rarely disappoint.

I also love hearing about this ‘relationship’ people think Joe Q has with Millar and Bendis, as if they share a house together or something. Both writers deal with the actual editors on their respective titles. They only ever come into contact with Joe Q at summits, or on courteous occasions.

And yes, J. Jonah, I’m sure Quesada sits there menacingly plotting away ideas on how to sabotage Ellis’ projects. God, that’s just so ignorant. Quesada isn’t the X-title editor. While we haven’t been given a reason as to why this series was so delayed, we have seen proactive action in the replacement of Bianchi for Jimenez – who has probably been working on the project for the past few months, seeing as he was pulled off his Amazing Spidey arc.

Believe it or not, but Quesada and DiDio aren’t actually trying to run their companies into the ground. The only reason you hear people complaining about stuff is because there’s no reason to speak up if you’re unhappy. Having worked in customer service I know this. So for every negative comment you see on the net, there are a thousand people who disagree, but aren’t compelled to blab on about it. If they all posted, it would be clear that Marvel and DC are doing terrific jobs at the moment.

It’s amazing how much Heroes has grown from the fairly small regional show it was back when my wife and I first started attending in 2004 to the national show it is now in 2009. Shelton, Dustin and company truly do an incredible job year after year. We were unable to attend this year, but went to Adventure Con the prior weekend, and it closely resembled Heroes from about 5 years ago. Looking forward to seeing how huge Heroes gets next year when we return…

Shooter was not popular in-house, but he did steer a good ship at Marvel and make a lot of readers happy. That’s a hell of a lot more than Joe Q. or Dan Didio can say despite being surrounded by yes men and people who get coddled despite the heavy-handed misguided editorial direction.


You’re so credulous, Kevin.

As to the Simone Bianchi delays. HE HAD A WHOLE FREAKIN YEAR to get prepared and HE DIDN’T. That’s the point! It was Quesada’s responsibility to make sure he was getting the work done and HE DIDN’T.

I think there’s enough evidence here that Warren Ellis’ work at Marvel has been sabotaged at every turn. While Quesada caters to Bendis’ every whim.

Warren Ellis has no interest in antagonizing Quesada or Bendis for that matter. He has bills to pay. But that doesn’t mean that comics journalists, SUCH AS THEY ARE, have to tow Marvel Comics’ party line, Kevin.

Yeah, because I don’t buy into Dan Brownian theories — such as they are — I’m “credulous,” and toeing the “party line.”

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