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SDCC ’13 | A roundup of pre-convention news

robotech-voltronPreview Night doesn’t begin for another 11 hours, but judging from the flurry of announcements, Comic-Con International has been well under way since, oh, about Monday. So, if it feels like you’re already falling behind, that’s because you probably are.

To help you catch up, we’ve rounded up early news from DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Madefire and Marvel, along with a few other convention-related items.

• Dynamite Entertainment came out of the gate running this week with news that Steve Niles and Dennis Calero will reboot Army of Darkness, James Robinson will launch his crime romance Grand Passion, the Legends of Red Sonja miniseries will team Gail Simone with an all-female creative team that includes Marjorie M. Liu, Nancy A. Collins, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Mercedes Lackey, Nicola Scott and Devin Grayson, Peter Milligan will debut his sci-fi action series Terminal Hero, Duane Swiercyznski will expand the publisher’s crime line with Ex-Con, Howard Chaykin will return to The Shadow with the miniseries Midnight in Moscow, NBC’s Heroes will get a “fifth season” in a series written by Cullen Bunn, the acquisition of the Robotech license spawns a Robotech/Voltron crossover, and The Heart of the Beast, the graphic novel by Dean Motter, Judith Dupré and Sean Phillips, will receive a 20th-anniversary prestige-format edition.

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Appeals court rejects artist’s lawsuit against NBC’s ‘Heroes’

Exhibit 1B from Jazan Wild's complaint

Exhibit 1B from Jazan Wild’s complaint

The Ninth Circuit rejected a comic creator’s $60-million claim against NBC Universal and the producers of the television series Heroes, determining there was no evidence of copyright infringement.

Jazan Wild (aka Jason Barnes) sued the network and Tim Kring’s Tailwind Productions in May 2010, accusing them of stealing the “carnival of lost souls and outcasts” depicted in the fourth season of the drama from his 2005-2006 comic series Jazan Wild’s Carnival of Souls. In his original complaint, he laid out numerous side-by-side comparisons that he contends prove the TV show’s traveling carnival is “virtually identical” to the one in his comic series.

However, in May 2011, a federal judge found that Heroes and Carnival of Souls “differ markedly in mood and setting, and weren’t substantially similar works, and therefore Wild had failed to prove his claim for copyright infringement. In Wild’s appeal, he insisted the judge erred by using too rigorous of a test to determine infringement, arguing that the wide availability of his comic meant he had to meet a lower standard of proof.

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Jazan Wild asks Ninth Circuit to reinstate Heroes lawsuit

Carnival of Souls #1

Comics creator Jazan Wild on Monday asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to revive his $60 million copyright-infringement lawsuit against NBC Universal and the producers of Heroes, arguing that a trial judge shouldn’t have thrown out his claims nearly two years ago.

Wild (aka Jason Barnes) sued the network and Tim Kring’s Tailwind Productions in May 2010, accusing them of stealing the “carnival of lost souls and outcasts” depicted in the fourth season of the drama from his 2005-2006 comic series Jazan Wild’s Carnival of Souls. In his original complaint, he laid out numerous side-by-side comparisons that he contends prove the TV show’s traveling carnival is “virtually identical” to the one in his comic series.

But in May 2011, U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess determined that Heroes and Carnival of Souls “differ markedly in mood and setting, and weren’t substantially similar works, and therefore Wild had failed to prove his claim for copyright infringement. In Wild’s appeal, he insisted the judge erred by using too rigorous of a test to determine infringement, arguing that the wide availability of his comic meant he had to meet a lower standard of proof.

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Heroes actor Todd Staswick and artist Dennis Calero look for the Devil Inside

No, it’ s not an INXS tribute.

It’s a “guns blazing, white-knuckled, preternatural joy ride to hell and back,” according to its creators Dennis Calero (Solar Man of the Atom, X-Men: Noir) and actor Todd Staswick (Heroes, The Riches). Devil Inside is a new online strip that follows an arcane drifter named Jack Springheel (Springheel Jack, get it??) who’s on the run with a bounty on his head. Sara Lima at ComicVine did an interview with them about the series in July.

Devil Inside is 28 pages into its run, and Calero and Staswick post up a new installment each week on Staswick’s website.

See Carnival of Souls comparisons from $60-million Heroes lawsuit

Carnival of Souls #1

Carnival of Souls #1

Carnival Comics has provided Robot 6 with a copy of Jazan Wild’s $60-million lawsuit against NBC and Heroes creator Tim Kring, complete with color images detailing alleged similarities between the TV series and the comic Carnival of Souls.

The lawsuit, filed May 13 in Los Angeles federal court, alleges that the traveling carnival featured prominently in the fourth season of Heroes is “virtually identical” to the one depicted in Wild’s 2005-2006 comic series.

Wild (aka Jason Barnes) wants to prevent NBC from rebroadcasting the season, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages for copyright infringement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition and unjust enrichment.

After the break you can see some of the side-by-side comparisons from the complaint:

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Comic creator sues for $60 million over Heroes carnival storyline

From "Jazan Wild's Carnival of Souls"

From "Jazan Wild's Carnival of Souls"

Just a day before NBC announced the cancellation of Heroes, a comic creator sued the network and Tim Kring’s Tailwind Productions, claiming they ripped off the “carnival of lost souls and outcasts” used in the show’s fourth season.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, Jazan Wild (aka Jason Barnes) claims the traveling carnival that menaced the final season of the NBC drama is “virtually identical” to the one depicted in his 2005-2006 comic series Jazan Wild’s Carnival of Souls.

“The settings and the storylines are virtually the same,” the complaint states. “The main character in both stories leads a carnival of lost souls and outcasts. This dark character seeks to make his carnival more powerful by recruiting new members with special abilities. The appearance of some of the characters is also virtually identical to those in the plaintiff’s books. […] Even the dialogue is similar. Indeed, some of the scenes in Heroes appear as if plaintiff’s books were used as storyboards by the defendants.”

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Heroes, Season 4: Greater evil, greater good … greater cleavage?

"Heroes" Season 4 poster

"Heroes" Season 4 poster

James Hibberd has the promotional poster for the fourth season of NBC’s Heroes, in which Claire Bennett apparently becomes Power Girl.

I’m not sure which is more distracting, the Star Trek-style lens flare over Spock’s Sylar’s shoulder, or — wait, no, I’m sure. Eyes forward, Hiro.

SDCC ’09 | Another round of pictures

Iron Men

Iron Men

Here are a few more pictures I took at the San Diego Comic-Con last week, many of which appeared on the CBR Live blog already, but I thought I’d group them all together over here. The picture above shows the four sets of Iron Man armor (Iron Men?) from the Marvel booth this year.

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