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SDCC ’13 | Check out Hasbro’s Marvel figures display

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To show off their line of Marvel figures at the San Diego Comic Con this year, Hasbro went all out and create a huge “fight scene” diorama featuring Marvel characters of all shapes and sizes — including a few custom figures built specifically for the display. Justin Aclin, who does PR for Hasbro as his day job (by night — or, actually, by morning commute — he writes Star Wars and SHOOT First comics for Dark Horse), gave me a tour of the booth and told me that it took them five hours to put the display together.

Check out some shots of it, along with some of their other action figures, below.

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SDCC ’13 | ‘Saga,’ David Aja, Chris Ware among Eisner winners

eisnerawards_logoThe 2013 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were presented tonight in San Diego in conjunction with Comic-Con International, with Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, Hawkeye‘s David Aja and Building Stories by Chris Ware taking home multiple awards.

You can find the complete list of nominees, with the winners bolded, below.

Best Short Story

  • “A Birdsong Shatters the Still,” by Jeff Wilson and Ted May, in Injury #4 (Ted May/Alternative)
  • “Elmview” by Jon McNaught, in Dockwood (Nobrow)
  • “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch,” by Michael Kupperman, in Tales Designed to Thrizzle #8 (Fantagraphics)
  • “Moving Forward,” by drewscape, in Monsters, Miracles, & Mayonnaise (Epigram Books)
  • “Rainbow Moment,” by Lilli Carré, in Heads or Tails (Fantagraphics)

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SDCC ’13 | Oni to publish Spears and Callahan’s ‘The Auteur’

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Today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Oni Press announced a new ongoing series, The Auteur by Rick Spears (Teenagers from Mars), James Callahan (Strange Detective Tales, Rotting In Dirtville) and Luigi Anderson. Spears said it’s his first ongoing series, and that he and Callahan have been friends for years.

The comic is about Nathan T. Rex, a big-time movie producer, and the first movie in his already-filmed mega tentpole trilogy has just flopped, dooming the rest of the films. With his career in Hollywood pretty much sunk, he decides to punch up the horror film he’s working on by bringing in a serial killer as the consultant. “Then it gets weird,” Spears said. “I’m very excited that Oni is letting me do this. I only hope they don’t regret it.”

The comic is due in spring 2014. ComicsAlliance has a preview of the first issue, and an interview with Spears.

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SDCC ’13 | Vaughn gets to the bottom of things with ‘Avery Fatbottom’

jenEvilQueenWrite what you know, they say, and as you can see from the picture to the right, Jen Vaughn knows Renaissance fairs.

So it’s no surprise that her new Monkeybrain Comics title, debuting today on comiXology, is about a Renaissance fair organizer and, as it turns out, detective.

“The comic is about the Renaissance Fair, a summer long affair,” she told ROBOT 6. “It’s a living, breathing organism with multiple parts (crazy, though). Avery Fatbottom is the organizer, a king is what it’s called. They are usually a bit self-absorbed and self-important. After being the fair’s accountant for years, she’s taken over after the death of her parents. But someone doesn’t like that and people (and animals) are gonna get hurt. She’s got a best friend in the fair and a little love interest but the fair’s the thing.”

I spoke with Vaughn about Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective, her day job at Fantagraphics, her own history with Ren fairs, and more.

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SDCC ’13 | Golden Age meets grim’n'gritty in ‘Captain Ultimate’

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There’s a new hero in town, one straight out of the Golden Age … wait, what? Captain Ultimate by Joey Esposito, Benjamin Bailey, Boykoesh and Ed Ryzowski debuts on comiXology today as one of five new titles from Monkeybrain Comics. The all-ages superhero title centers on a young boy and his admiration for a Golden Age hero, Captain Ultimate, who disappeared some years before — but makes his triumphant return just in time to save a city from a giant monster.

I spoke with Esposito and Bailey about the new comic, which they’ll discuss tonight at the Monkeybrain panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego (8 p.m. in Room 28DE)

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SDCC ’13 | Sunday programming schedule released

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Kids take center stage on the last day of Comic-Con International, as proven by the rich slate of panels dedicated to kids’ comics, all-ages comics and animation on Sunday, July 21.

DC Comics, Archaia, Archie, IDW and Oni Press all host kid-friendly panels, while DC Entertainment shows off episodes of Beware the Batman and Teen Titans Go. You’ll also find spotlight panels for Neil Gaiman, Ted Naifeh, Faith Erin Hicks, Mike Norton, Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens and Adam Hughes, and a tribute panel to Jack Kirby.

Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:

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SDCC ’13 | Saturday programming schedule released

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Comic-Con International continued to reveal the programming schedule for San Diego as they rolled out the panels and events scheduled for Saturday, July 20.

The third day brings panels from Skybound, BOOM!, Archaia, Top Shelf, Fantagraphics, Drawn + Quarterly, Top Cow, Archie, Action Lab Entertainment, IDW and Rebellion, Dark Horse, Image Comics, Valiant and Lion Forge Comics, the makers of those Saved by the Bell and Knight Rider comics that are coming soon. DC has panels dedicated to Green Lantern, Superman’s 75th anniversary, Sandman and Batman: Year Zero, while Marvel has panels on Infinity, their video games, animation slate and their movies, which include Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (no doubt they’ll have a little more than that). In what is likely his first trip to Comic-Con, Congressman John Lewis will be on hand to talk about his book from Top Shelf, March.

You’ll also find spotlight panels on Russ Heath, Sam Kieth, Val Mayerik, Vera Brosgol, John Romita Jr., Jon Bogdanove, Jim Lee, George Perez, Gerry Conway, Frank Brunner, Roy Thomas and Paul Dini, as well as a tribute to Joe Kubert. The day wraps up with the annual CCI Masquerade.

Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:

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SDCC ’13 | Friday programming schedule released

comic-con-fridayAnd just like clockwork, Comic-Con International organizers have rolled out the programming schedule for Friday, July 19.

On its second day, the San Diego convention kicks into high gear, with publishing panels from Dark Horse (including one dedicated to Joss Whedon’s titles, and another to Star Wars), DC Comics, IDW (including the Hasbro licenses), Marvel (including the perennial “Cup O’ Joe”), Oni Press, Titan Comics and UDON, retrospectives devoted to ElfQuest, Walt Kelly, Aspen and Strangers in Paradise, and tributes to the late Carmine Infantino and Kim Thompson.

Oh, and don’t forget the Eisner Awards ceremony, which caps off the day.

Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:

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SDCC ’13 | Dark Horse bringing ‘Prometheus’ to its ‘Aliens’ line

prometheus posterDark Horse, whose history with the Alien movie franchise dates back 25 years, has confirmed it will publish a comic tied to director Ridley Scott’s 2012 prequel Prometheus.

“We’re brewing something up that I think the fans of Ridley Scott’s amazing film will really like,” Dark Horse President Mike Richardson told The Hollywood Reporter. An official announcement is promised soon, presumably at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Bleeding Cool reported earlier this week that the publisher would be introducing characters and concepts from Prometheus into its licensed Aliens comics.

Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, the Fox film centers on the crew of a spaceship that follows a star map discovered among the artifacts of several ancient civilizations on Earth. Seeking the origins of humanity on a distant planet, they instead uncover a threat that could bring about the extinction of the entire race. Fox confirmed in August that a sequel to Prometheus is in development.

Dark Horse began publishing Aliens comics in 1988, two years after the release of James Cameron’s film of the same name. While some series have direct ties to the big-screen franchise, using the same characters and building upon the storylines, others are merely set within the same universe. Over the years, the comics have crossed over with other characters, most notably Predator, The Terminator, Batman, Superman, Judge Dredd and WildC.A.T.s.

SDCC ’13 | Thursday programming schedule released

comic-conWhile many of us were enjoying our holiday, Comic-Con International organizers were busy releasing the programming schedule for Thursday, July 18, the first full day of the San Diego convention. The rundown for Friday, July 19 should come along early this afternoon.

As we’ve come to expect, Thursday’s lineup is a healthy mix of comics, television, toys, fantasy and film (although light on the latter, which take center stage on Friday and Saturday). The comics programming includes panels from Avatar Press, Bongo Comics (it’s the publisher’s 20th anniversary), BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Kodansha Comics, Marvel, Monkeybrain Comics (it’s that publisher’s first anniversary), TwoMorrows, Vertigo, Viz Media and Warp Comics.

However, that’s only for starters, as there are spotlights on Chris Samnee, Jeff Smith, J.H. Williams III, Dan Parent and Gary Frank, The Walking Dead‘s 10th-anniversary panel, and discussions about digital comics, gender in comics, LGBT webcomics and much, much more.

Check out some of the comics-related highlights below, and visit the Comic-Con website for the full schedule:

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San Diego Comic-Con 2013 badges go on sale today for 2012 attendees [UPDATED]

The line for next year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego starts forming today. Preregistration for the 2013 convention starts at 8 a.m. Pacific today for those who attended the con this past July.

If you bought a four-day attendee or one-day attendee badge in 2012, you should have received an email with registration details for 2013–this doesn’t apply to press, pros and exhibitors (exhibitor information can be found here). Pricing for next year’s convention is available in this handy chart from the CCI site:

As noted in the con’s registration badge sale FAQ, you’ll need your Member ID account. You can buy passes for three other people besides yourself, as long as they also attended the con in 2012.

Open online registration will occur sometime in early 2013 for the general public. The 2013 SDCC will run July 18-21, with preview night on July 17.

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