Emily the Strange
Why should Emily and the Strangers, the band formed in the current Dark Horse miniseries by the perpetually 13-year-old Emily the Strange, be restricted to comics? As far as creator Rob Reger is concerned, it shouldn’t be. And so he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to make Emily and her band real.
Reger plans to create an animated Emily and the Strangers single — the first release from Emily’s record label Strangerous — in collaboration with John King (Dust Brothers, Beck, Tenacious D), Money Mark (Beastie Boys) and Chantal Claret (Morningwood) and animators Ghostbot Studios. If all goes according to plan, the animated single will be officially release in July at Comic-Con International.
There’s just one hitch: Reger needs $55,000 to make it happen (be breaks down where the money will go on the Kickstarter page). To help reach that goal, he’s offering rewards likes passes to the animation screening, Kickstarter-exclusive posters, vinyl singles, signed original artwork, video chats and more. The Kickstarter campaign ends May 11.
After a late afternoon opening to the general public on Thursday, the New York Comic Con kicked into high gear today with panels, announcements and the usual con craziness we’ve come to expect from big shows. Here’s a round-up of comic-related news and announcements coming out of Friday. If you missed anything from Thursday, I’ve also got your back. I’d also point you to Brigid Alverson’s rundown of the ICv2 sessions before NYCC that go deep on comic sales in 2011 and 2012 thus far, if you’re into that.
• Keith Giffen returns to the stars next year with Threshold, a new DC Comics series that features Blue Beetle, Space Ranger, Star Hawkins, the original Starfire and other space heroes, with a Larfleeze back-up. Giffen also seemingly confirmed that the current Blue Beetle series is coming to an end.
• Vertigo announced several new projects today, including The Wake by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Trillium by Jeff Lemire and an Unwrtten/Fables event that will see the Unwritten characters wander into the Fables comic. Snyder said that American Vampire will go on hiatus after issue #34 so he and artist Rafael Albuquerque can catch up on it. When it returns, it’ll jump ahead to the 1960s.