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Saturday at Comic-Con International in San Diego, once upon a time, was “big movie day” at the con … back before every day became big movie day at the con. Still, today somewhat lived up to its reputation for being eventful, as the Avengers assembled on stage, Green Lantern movie footage was shown and one poor fan was stabbed in the eye while attending programming in Hall H, where several of the big movie panels took place. The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center, while his attacker was taken away by police after attendees detained him.
In happier news, here’s what was announced on the comics front:
• Marvel Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada confirmed that Marvel is “gonna be doing some CrossGen stuff.” CrossGen, which published numerous titles like Sojourn, Way of the Rat, Abadazad and Meridian starting 1998, went bankrupt in 2004. Disney bought their assets that same year.
Their titles covered many different genres, from fantasy to horror to detective stories. “I think with the CrossGen stuff you’re going to see us attempt a little more genre publishing, which I think is much-needed in our imprint,” Quesada said. No word yet on what properties they plan to bring back.
• Kurt Busiek announced that American Gothic, the urban fantasy comic announced at last year’s WildStorm panel, will now be called Witchlands. The series will be drawn by Connor Willumson. Busiek is also working on an Arrowsmith novel titled Arrowsmith: Far from the Fields We Know, which will include illustrations by Carlos Pacheco.
• Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness are working on a new Marvel project called Avengers 3 featuring Captain America, Thor and Iron Man.
• DC Comics announced that Chloe Sullivan from the TV show Smallville will appear in the Jimmy Olsen co-feature that will run in Action Comics. They also announced a new title called Weird Worlds, starring Aaron Lopresti’s Garbage Man and other characters. “Monster books, they’ve become horror books in the last 15 years, but I want to get back to monsters as superheroes,” Lopresti said of the character.
• Christos Gage and Darick Robertson are teaming up on an as-yet-unrevealed WildStorm comic.
• Fantagraphics announced today that they’ve obtained the rights from Disney to publish the complete Mickey Mouse comic strips by Floyd Gottfredson.
• Tokyopop, Yen Press and Drawn & Quarterly have all announced that they’ve picked up new manga licenses. Tokyopop has picked up Koge-Donbo’s Naki Shōjo no Tame no Pavane (Pavane for a Dead Girl) and Ghost Face, by Min-Woo Hyung. D&Q will publish two Shigeru Mizuki manga, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths and NonNonBā. Yen will publish Otoyome-Gatari, Highschool of the Dead, Aron’s Absurd Armada, Betrayal Knows My Name, and another arc of Higurashi When They Cry.
• John Byrne’s Next Men are returning in new stories from IDW this December.
• Marvel confirmed, finally, that the Atlas team of Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman are taking over the Hulk.
• IDW will publish a four-issue Rocketeer anthology by various creators, including Mike Allred, Kurt Busiek, John Cassaday, Darwyn Cooke, Michael Golden, Gene Ha, Michael Kaluta, Garry Leach, Bruce Timm and Bill Willingham, with covers by Alex Ross.
• IDW will also publish the Ultimate Alex Raymond Collection: The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim.
• Joe Kelly will team again with J. M. Ken Nimura, the artist on I Kill Giants, for an Image Comics project called Immortal Sergeant.
• All nine issues of Joe Madureira’s Battle Chasers will be collected in an oversized hardback in November.
Movie, television and video games
• Fans who weathered a long day of movie panels, not to mention the horrible stabbing I mentioned earlier, ended the day in Hall H with the Marvel Studios panel, where directors and cast from Thor, Captain America and the Avengers gathered on stage to discuss the upcoming films.
• Sony released an extended trailer for the upcoming DC Universe Online game, which has to be seen to be believed. I played the game yesterday, and will have a longer report on what I thought, but I played as Nightwing, and boy did Dick Grayson get the beatdown of a lifetime. I’m pretty sure the Joker and Harlequin I was fighting were ringers.
• Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis will help produce and write the aptly named Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.
• A new CGI animated Green Lantern series is coming to Cartoon Network.
• Top Cow Productions announced a Witchblade video game.
• Ameratsu, the spirit dog main character from the video game Okami, and Thor have joined the cast of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
• The video teaser shown during the Walking Dead TV panel this weekend can be found online.
• Footage has been released from The Goon animated movie.
• Today brought several unveilings, from the Green Lantern movie logo and the Avengers movie logo to the Destroyer armor from next summer’s Thor movie and the first photo from the upcoming Cowboys & Aliens movie.