INTERVIEW: "Fantastic Four" EP On Character-Driven Approach, Sequel Plans
Comic Books, Film
“The comic book world is a tough business. If you’re a celebrity with a comic, it already has a residue of shit on it because so many shit celebrity slash wrestler slash race-car driver slash who-gives-a-fuck books have already tainted the possible audience for it. This is not a get-rich-quick thing, it’s not a way to prolong my career – I would like the same fans that I respect in comics to like my books, and I know the only way to get there is to earn it, and the only way to earn it is to come up the same way everybody else does, as much as I can.”
Sure, you’ve got your Steampunk Sarah Palin and your Obama Meets Spider-Man comics, but Arnold Schwarzenegger played Conan before he hit the political arena, so it’s not too surprising that he’s working on becoming a comics character.
Now that his gig as governor of California is over, Schwarzenegger has been hinting broadly that he would like to return to movies. Actually, he didn’t just hint it, he tweeted it, although in an interview with Moviefone he allowed that a change of genre would be in order:
“Extreme fighting and shooting isn’t possible for me anymore,” the actor says. “In the future I’ll need to pick my roles according to my age. Clint Eastwood did it the same way….”
Comics, of course, present no such limitations. On Sunday, Schwarzenegger made an appearance at The Arnold Seminar (don’t ask), and an alert reporter from the fansite TheArnoldFans asked about reports that he was currently reviewing three scripts. Schwarzenegger’s reply:
Comics creator Colleen Doran points out that apparently at one time the model Fabio developed his own Thor cartoon, with himself as the model for the Norse god. “I know posting this will out me as someone who looks at Fabio’s official website,” she writes
She has more images from the “dead in development” cartoon over at her site.
Should that headline read “Michael Jackson wrote a graphic novel!!!” or “Michael Jackson wrote a graphic novel???”
Either way, it appears the late King of Pop will soon be conquering another part of pop culture. Reporting from the Frankfurt Book Fair, Publishers Weekly reveals that Jackson and his friend Gotham Chopra (son of famous guru Deepak Chopra and former honcho of Virgin Comics) had quietly spent years collaborating on a book called Fated, about a reclusive pop superstar whose failed suicide attempt makes him even more famous and “something not quite human.” (Whether that means he somehow gains extraordinary powers or is just, you know, kinda like Michael Jackson remains to be seen.)
The book, a small black-and-white hardcover illustrated by Mukesh Singh, is due out from Random House/Villard in June 2010. Here’s hoping its success leads to a 12-issue Thriller maxi-series.
HBO’s new comedy Bored to Death features a lot of art by artist Dean Haspiel, from the opening sequence he illustrated to the sketches by the character Ray Hueston, played by Zach Galifianakis and inspired by Haspiel himself. Now HBO has a page where they’re collecting all of the artwork by Haspiel/Hueston.
No, your eyes don’t deceive you: That’s Marvel Talent Coordinator C.B. Cebulski with noted, uh, person Paris Hilton. This meeting of the minds took place at last night’s New York Comic Con One Year Out Party at NYC’s Bowlmor Lanes, where a Marvel Editors vs. Marvel Creators bowl-off coincidentally took place near a Paris-attended party. The Creators—who included Greg Pak, Dan Slott, and an on-fire Peter David, who rolled a 177—defeated an Editorial team that boasted Cebulski, Axel Alonso, and Mark Paniccia by a score of 900-873 in a charity match that raised money for the CBLDF. The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald was there, and has more. And oh yeah, NYCC named John Romita Sr. and John Romita Sr. its 2010 Keystone Guests of Honor during the festivities.
Hilton’s run on New Avengers begins with January’s issue #61.*
* NOT TRUE
(pic via @CBCebulski)
In other tribute news, the folks at Wide Awake Press created a tribute book to Michael Jackson that I believe was available in San Diego this past summer, and now they’ve put the entire thing up on the web for free. It features stories and pin-ups of the King of Pop by Andy Runton, Ben Towle, J. Chris Campbell and many more.
DC employee and blogger Rickey Purdin pays tribute to actor Patrick Swayze, who passed away on Monday, with a sketch a day all this month on his blog. Today’s sketch showcases Swayze’s role as zen-surfer-turned-bankrobber Bodhi in Point Break.
Disney’s D23 Expo kicks off today at the Anaheim Convention Center. The four-day event brings together all the various aspects of the Disney company — from theme parks to movies to TV to yes, even comics — under one roof, for panels, screenings, autograph signings and of course the opportunity to buy some Disney stuff. The complete schedule can be found here.
As I first mentioned back in June, BOOM! Studios, which publishes licensed comics based on several Disney properties, will be there and will have two booths at the show. Mark Waid, BOOM!’s editor-in-chief and writer of The Incredibles comic, will be at BOOM!’s display booth in the Disney Consumer Products area (#2209-41) Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Grace Randolph and Amy Mebberson, who also have worked on some of the titles, will be there throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. BOOM! will also have a booth in the Collector’s Forum area, #430, where they’ll be selling many of their Disney titles.
Other guests at the show include Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis, Nicholas Cage, Courteney Cox, John Lasseter and many more. Panels will focus on upcoming films like The Princess and the Frog, Tron: Legacy, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, among others. And no, there’s no mention of anything Marvel-related, nor would I expect there to be considering the deal isn’t final. Maybe next year, though.
My wife’s a huge Disney fan — this is kind of like her Comic-Con — so we’ll be there Friday through Sunday. I plan to post pictures on the CBR Live blog throughout the day, God and iPhone willing, and will likely blog about it when I get a chance. So check back this weekend for updates.
Oni Press will publish it, which Yi says is “about a post-apocalyptic-type of thing where a girl’s going to save the world against the devil.” She adds that the main character “kind of looks like me, only cooler and stronger and tougher and sexier.” You can see the interview with Yi about the book below.