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We’ve showcased plenty of creative marriage proposals and ceremonies, with all of the trappings, from the “battle wedding” and slasher-comic engagement photos to the Scott Pilgrim-themed proposal scavenger hunt and the Bat-themed wedding. However, this one may take the cake (so to speak): When Victor Delgado wanted to ask his girlfriend to marry him, he turned to some friends — more than 50 of them, in fact — for help. A lot of help.
It took months of shooting and weeks of editing, not to mention assistance from the likes of the Costumers Guild of Hawaii, the Pacific Outpost 501st, Ghostbusters:Hawaii Division and the League of Shadows Hawaii, but the epic mash-up of sci-fi and action movies produced by Oahu-based JHM Productions was undoubtedly worth it. If, y’know, Delgado’s girlfriend said “yes.”
To help promote the April 14 release of the new edition of Paul Pope’s long-out-of-print 1999 graphic novel Escapo, Z2 Comics has released a video in which the artist describes his vision of the book, and more.
“[It’s] my attempt at at making an incredible Fellini meets Jack Kirby mash-up comic book, y’know, like the artist who escapes death,” he explains. “I thought it was time to do something really serious, y’know. I was really into Nick Cave at the time, and the Murder Ballads album came out, and he had ‘Stagger Lee’ and ‘Henry Lee’ and all of these beautiful songs, and it’s like, ‘Man, I think I can do something like this in comics.'”
The new edition, which Pope refers to as “a new book,” is redesigned in the French BD format by Jim Pascoe, and boasts colors by Shay Plummer, more than 50 pages of bonus content, pin-ups by other artists and a two-page alternate ending previously seen only in the French edition.
“We know that our fans — and fans of pop culture — come from all races and beliefs, and any sexual orientation,” Bruce MacIntosh, director of programming, said in a statement. “Denver Comic Con guests and programming are deliberately geared towards informing and entertaining the fanboy and fangirl in all of us! Being inclusive of the entire community — both the communities of Denver and the pop-culture community as a whole — has been a focus of DCC since its inception.”
Creators | Frannie Jackson talks with a handful of prominent creator couples — Mike Allred and Laura Allred, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction, Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin — about sexism within the comics industry. “I’m occasionally invited to participate in panel discussions about ‘women in comics,’” Coover says. “I’m usually emotionally torn by those invitations, because, yeah, I want women in comics to thrive and be seen as thriving, but I’d much rather be part of a discussion about ‘awesome creators in comics’ that’s stacked with awesome women and men.” [Paste]
Retailing | Andrew Wyrich visits several comics shops in the North Jersey area and finds they rely on a friendly atmosphere and incentive programs to keep customers coming back. “People who buy comics tend to have a $40 weekly budget,” said Len Katz, co-owner of The Joker’s Child in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. “We hear of people who love comics, but eventually just hit a wall with expenses. The key for us is to get customers coming back. The reality is we are not a necessary item; we aren’t milk, bread or cheese.” [The Record]
Earlier this month we mentioned that Ashley Wood’s company 3A planned to follow its 12-inch Invincible Iron Man figures with more Marvel collectibles, and at Toy Fair in New York City they delivered with the debut of Doctor Doom. Or, rather, an incomplete version of the ruler of Latveria, courtesy of Action Figure Fury — enough to let you know the finished version is going to look pretty incredible.
There’s no word yet when Doom will go on sale. 3A is only now taking pre-orders for those Iron Man figures (to the tune of $220 each), so it’ll probably be a while yet. Start saving those pennies.
The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation has announced the dates and schedule for the sixth Will Eisner Week, a series of events in more than a dozen cities designed to promote graphic novels, literacy, free speech and the legacy of the late cartoonist. The celebration is scheduled in the week surrounding Eisner’s birthday on March 6.
“This year, Will Eisner Week’s sixth, we are celebrating events in more places than ever,” organizing committee chair Danny Fingeroth said in a statement. “Some amazing people are planning some incredible events to spread the word about how significant graphic novels have become, and to celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work created over a career that spanned seven decades.”
Check out the schedule below.
If you’ve long wondered what Wolverine and Cyclops might be like as cats, welcome to the Internet: Filmmaker Kaipo Jones has created a pair of videos in which he envisions s cat first with indestructible adamantium claws and then with optic blasts. The world — not to mention the house — will never be the same again.
Less than three weeks after the final issue of DC Comics’ The Green Team: Teen Trillionaires arrived in stores, Gail Simone has announced the cancellation of its companion series The Movement with May’s Issue 12.
Unfortunately, this book just never found a big enough audience,” the writer posted Sunday on her blog. “The people who loved it, loved it hard, but that number was too small. I am bummed about it, we wanted to do a book that didn’t read or look like anything else out there, and I think we accomplished that. I take the responsibility, I think it took a little while for people to really adopt the characters, which was a conscious choice but also a risky one in this very cautious market where people have to be extra careful of which books they choose.”
Launched in May 2013, The Movement and The Green Team were a look at the 1 percent and the 99 percent, the haves and have-nots, in the DC Universe: While The Green Team, by Art Baltazar, Franco and Ig Guara, centered on teens who used their wealth to purchase power — and super powers — Simone and Freddie E. Williams II’s The Movement focused on another group of teens who used their abilities to fight corruption in Corral City.
“Whenever a book is cancelled, people often get mad at the publisher — it’s understandable, but in this case, we received nothing but support from DC,” Simone wrote. “They knew it was a dicey prospect, a book not set in Gotham or Metropolis with no known heroes, and an unusual core theme. They knew it was a bit risky commercially and they did it anyway, and they let us run out to twelve issues to finish it properly, when almost any other publisher would have cut it earlier on.”
Takehiko Inoue’s acclaimed samurai adventure will go on a four-month hiatus from Kodansha’s Morning magazine while the artist devotes his time to research and other matters. Anime New Network reports the manga will return June 19.
Debuting in 1988, the series is a fictionalized account of the life of late 16th/early 17th-century Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Earning the Kodansha Manga Award and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, the title has sold more than 22 million copies worldwide.
The 34th volume will be released in March in North America by Viz Media.
Vagabond previously was placed on an 18-month hiatus, beginning in September 2010 and ending in March 2012, because of Inoue’s ongoing health issues. He continued to work on his basketball manga Real, which is released at the more leisurely pace of about one volume per year.
Only days after the debut of Hasbro’s Guardians of the Galaxy action figures, as part of its Marvel Legends series, the Funko POP! Vinyl line has emerged in the wild — at Toy Fair in New York City, naturally.
Planned for summer release, ahead of director James Gunn’s film, the POP! Vinyls feature Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and Star-Lord (sorry once again, Yondu fans). Marvel Toy News has more photos and many more details.
Publishing | Variety speaks with Madrigall President Antoine Gallimard about how the French publishing giant and its holdings (Gallimard, Casterman, Flammarion and Futuropolis, among them) handle the film rights to their many graphic novels, and the popularity of comics as source material: “I think that the French publishing and film industries feed on, complement, and ultimately do help each other. The number of films adapted from books that are produced every year in France is eloquent testimony to this.” Noting that, “In recent years, there’s a real feeding-frenzy for graphic novels, comic books,” Gaillimard says, “Comedy, in all its variants, is the most popular of adapted materials.” [Variety]
Legal | An Algerian judge has made a preliminary recommendation of 18 months’ imprisonment for cartoonist Djamel Ghanem for drawing a cartoon, which was never published, that government officials deemed offensive. In an odd twist, Ghanem was sued by his own newspaper, La Voix de l’Oranie, which tends to favor the current administration, and as a result, he has been blackballed by the Algerian media. The cartoon is critical of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid for a fourth term but doesn’t even depict the president — it shows two people in conversation, comparing the fourth term to baby diapers — Ghanem said the point was that Algerians were treated like children. Pressed by the district attorney to admit the cartoon was insulting to the Bouteflika, Ghanem insisted that wasn’t his intention. [Global Voices Online]
Word has only recently begun to circulate about the Dec. 25 death of Dallas Fantasy Fair founder Larry Lankford, a prominent figure in both the Texas and national convention scenes of the 1980s and early ’90s. He was 53.
“I will always remember him as a pioneer of the Texas convention scene,” Arlington retailer Cole Houston wrote on the funeral home’s memorial page, “someone who got me started as a convention vendor, inspired the tiny conventions I produced, and brought me and other attendees of the Fantasy Fairs memories that will last a lifetime.”
A veteran of the D-Con sci-fi/comics events held sporadically throughout the 1970s, Lankford launched the Dallas Fantasy Fair in 1982, attracting such guests as Frank Miller, John Byrne and Gil Kane to the inaugural show. By 1988, the convention had become so successful that he spun off three smaller two-day events in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Those were followed in 1992 and 1993 by a series of well-remembered Dallas Minicons, one-day expos that drew about 500 attendees each.
Welcome to Best of 7, where we talk about “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out.
I should add that this post contains SPOILERS for Batman #28 and All-New X-Men #23, so read at your own risk. Now let’s get to it …
While the creator has been focused on the Star Wars universe lately — and in fact has a new Star Wars-themed book featuring more adventures of Daddy Darth Vader and little Luke and Leia coming soon — Kids Are Weird returns Brown to his home planet and his observations about his own kid.
The crowdfunding site Kickstarter, a popular platform for creators to fund their comics or other artistic endeavors, revealed today that their site was hacked earlier this week. They said no credit card information was compromised, but other user data was accessed.
According to the blog post, accessed information included “usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords. Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one.” They urged users to change their password immediately.
Kickstarter found out about the breach on Wednesday, when they were contacted by law enforcement. They said they’ve only found evidence of unauthorized activity on two Kickstarter user accounts thus far. They later added that they don’t store full credit card numbers, but for pledges to projects outside of the United States, they store the last four digits and expiration dates for credit cards. Payments for domestic projects go through Amazon rather than through the Kickstarter site.