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The bad news is that Conan O’Brien’s car is in the shop. The good news is that he can rent the Batmobile from Batman v Superman for just $5 more than a Chevy Malibu. Who could possibly pass that up? Not O’Brien and Andy Richter, as we see in this cold open from TBS’s Conan.
We learn a few surprising things from the segment: Bruce Wayne is a fan of the Spin Doctors (Pocket Full of Kryptonite, naturally); the Batmobile has an ingenious cloaking device; and you should really be careful which buttons you push in the cockpit.
Cabinet Holdings has acquired Paradox Entertainment Inc., which owns the rights to the Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane and the rest of the Robert E. Howard library, as well as role-playing games like Mutant and Mutant Chronicles.
Paradox founder Fredrik Malmberg, who left the company a year ago to focus on film production, is the president and CEO of Cabinet Holdings. He produced 2011’s Conan the Barbarian movie and is overseeing the upcoming Legend of Conan.
More than a year after the initial announcement, Conan O’Brien has provided a few more details about bringing his late-night show to Comic-Con International.
Although Conan typically airs Monday through Thursday on TBS, on last night’s episode he revealed that for the July 8-12 convention, it will be broadcast Wednesday through Saturday. “We’ve never done anything like that before,” O’Brien said. “It’s pretty cool.”
Passings | Bermuda-based cartoonist Peter Woolcock died Wednesday after being struck by a car as he was walking to the office of The Royal Gazette to deliver his weekly cartoon. He was 88. Born and raised on a farm in Argentina, Woolcock served on a British tank crew in World War II (during which time he also kept a sketchbook) and worked as a cartoonist and illustrator for almost 60 years, first for children’s magazines in the United Kingdom and then, after moving in 1981 to Bermuda, as an editorial cartoonist. Both his editors and the politicians he depicted have kind things to say in this lengthy obituary, which notes that his final cartoon was about San Diego losing the bid to host the America’s Cup. [The Royal Gazette]
Creators | Candorville cartoonist Darrin Bell talks about the political cartoons he drew in response to the non-indictments of the police officers in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, as well as his own experiences as a black man who got “the talk” when he was 6 or 7 years old and will some day have to give it to his own son. [Comic Riffs]
Recalling reading his sister’s Archie comics as a child, an “upset” David Letterman last night delivered the news of Archie Andrews’ death to his Late Show audience.
“Archie is going to be shot dead,” Letterman said. “I don’t know what to say — the Archie people have grown up now, and as I understand it Archie, defending a friend of his who is gay, takes a bullet for his gay friend and is shot dead. He dies a hero, but he’s dead. […] What do we do? What’s next, Dagwood Bumstead chokes to death on one of those sandwiches?”
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. So let’s take a look at the last seven days in comics …
While everyone else is trying to get a hotel room for this year’s Comic-Con International, Conan O’Brien is already planning for 2015.
TBS has announced he’ll head to San Diego July 2-8, 2015 for a week of shows, marking the first time a late-night talk show has broadcast from the annual event. Conan will set up at the historic Spreckels Theatre, just minutes away from the San Diego Convention Center.
If you don’t hear about the super-secret screening at Comic-Con International of a clip from director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, you’re certainly not the only one. Fear not, though, as talk-show host Conan O’Brien has you covered.
“They showed it, and it was very private, very secret, and they showed it — fans lost their minds,” he said on last night’s episode of Conan. “They’re not going to show it again. We actually get a hold of the clip. Yes, you’re welcome! […] We got a hold of it, and we’re risking a lot of legal trouble here, but we’re just gonna go for it.”
Conan O’Brien’s weeklong visit to Atlanta wouldn’t be complete without a crossover with AMC’s hit adaptation of The Walking Dead, which calls the city home.
The opening monologue of last night’s Conan was interrupted by a frantic Merle Dixon and Carol Peletier (played by Michael Rooker and Melissa McBride), seeking protection from the herd of walkers outside (not zombies, as Merle noted to the talk-show host).
“Please, please, we’re good people,” Carol pleads, clearly not speaking for the elder Dixon brother. Soon, however, they discover what’s inside Atlanta’s Tabernacle may be worse than what lurks outside.
Digital comics | Although the Marvel Unlimited and DC Comics apps work very differently, Noel Murray has similar complaints about both: Specific titles are difficult to find, and the damn things keep crashing: “Frankly, while some of the other major comics apps have better search functions — Dark Horse’s, for example — none of the big companies have created the digital comics retailing equivalent of an Amazon or iTunes.” [Hero Complex]
Publishing | Drawn & Quarterly has announced its fall lineup, which includes Peter Bagge’s biography Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story. [Drawn & Quarterly]
Robert Kirkman appeared last night on TBS’s Conan to discuss all things Walking Dead, from his wife’s distaste for his zombie franchise to rejected merchandising opportunities — perfume! energy drinks! — to host Conan O’Brien’s nitpicks, including why there are no undead animals.
“The honest answer to that is, The Walking Dead is based on a comic book,” Kirkman replied, “the artist that draws the comic book, Charlie Adlard, loves drawing people, loves drawing zombies, does not enjoy drawing animals so much.”
Watch the clips below.
Dark Horse will adapt one of Robert E. Howard’s last published Conan stories beginning in May with the debut of King Conan: Hour of the Dragon.
MTV Geek reports the new ongoing series, by Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello and José Villarrubia, will be based on the 1935-36 serial The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conqueror. It centers on a middle-aged Conan, now king of Aquilonia, as his throne is threatened by conspirators who hope to depose him in favor of the kingdom’s rightful heir by resurrecting Xaltotun, an ancient sorcerer from the empire of Acheron.
King Conan: Hour of the Dragon, which features covers by Gerald Parel and Sanjulian, debuts May 29.
It’s Saturday, so it must be time for Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Lance, a comic fan and veteran who shares his collection of long boxes, statues, replicas and more.
If you’d like to see your collection here, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief write-up and some jpgs. Let’s make it happen!
And now here is Lance …
When writers and artists aim to break into the industry, the big question they have to ask themselves is if they’re ready for comics. But once cartoonist Vasilis Lolos broke into comics, he found out that sometimes comics wasn’t ready for him.
Lolos had already created a substantial amount of comics in his native Greece before he made his American debut in 2005’s Flight Vol. 2. But once he moved to New York, he quickly built up steam with a series of minicomics like Nebuli and Hats before garnering attention in 2006 as the artist of Image’s Pirates of Coney Island. While that series experienced some delays and ultimately went on hiatus after its sixth issue, Lolos continued pushing his way into comics and partnered with a group of like-minded cartoonists for two award-winning anthologies, 5 and Pixu. That work drew the interest of Marvel and DC Comics, which hired him for one-off stories like a back-up in a Spider-Man title and an issue of Brian Wood’s Northlanders. But after the latter’s release in 2009, nothing.
Next week’s Conan the Barbarian #8 marks the Lolos’ first published comic in more than three years. With this glimmer of new work and talk on his website of more to come, I contacted Lolos to find out where he’s been all this time. What I discovered was the story of his struggles with comics and life, which he’s working through and working into his art.
Despite all of the fallout, and guffaws, from the Great Left-Wing Bane Conspiracy, Conan O’Brien suggests we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the theory. “Now before you judge Rush Limbaugh, I’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises,” he teased on last night’s Conan. “I think Rush might have a point.”
To back up his assertion, O’Brien rolled out a trailer for the Christopher Nolan film that features Tom Hardy’s Bane growling never-before-heard dialogue like, “I’m going to torture you like a dog tied to the top of my car” and “The streets will run red with blood before I release my tax returns.”
The Dark Knight Rises, with real dialogue from
Bain Bane, arrives in theaters at midnight.