At this weekend’s Emerald City Comicon, Brian Michael Bendis said that this week’s Spider-Woman #7 would be the last issue of the series. Over on his message board forum, he shares a few more details on why the book is ending:
alex did the work of 24 issues just to make this story. it was a lot of concentrated spider-woman for one man. i got to come and go to other projects. this was all he was doing, day in and day out. when we got to 7, he needed a break. i didn’t want to go on with it without him.
meanwhile, we’ve been deving our new icon book for two years. its something different. something bold. it’s time to do that. if you love our work, you’ll love it. it will be announced in chicago.
this was not a matter of sales or interest. we were number one on itunes for weeks.
thank you for digging her as much as i . she will be in every issue of avengers. and when the dust clears marvel has told us to consider returning to it and we might.
After an Origin limited series in 2005, Spider-Woman returned to her own ongoing series last fall, along with a “motion comic” on iTunes. Her previous ongoing last 50 issues before being canceled in 1983.
Publishing | Bestselling author James Patterson is partnering with IDW Publishing for adaptations of his novels and comics based on new material. The first title, a five-part miniseries based on Patterson’s young-adult novel Witch & Wizard, will debut in May.
“Comics could reach a much larger audience than they do right now,” the author tells USA Today. “With all of the quality work and talent that’s out there, this industry could be so much bigger.”
Retailing | Discussion, or perhaps dissection, of retailer Brian Hibbs’ annual BookScan analysis continues: Hibbs, responding to Tom Spurgeon’s criticisms; Eric Reynolds, associate publisher of Fantagraphics; Hibbs, responding to Reynolds; and Johanna Draper Carlson. [Tilting at Windmills]
A motion-comic Web series is in the works based on the successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight, confirming rumors that began back in June.
Sci Fi Wire reports that voice casting has begun for Faith, Kennedy and Robin Wood — all familiar to viewers of the television series — and Season Eight characters such as Lady Genevieve Savidge, Roden and Twilight. And if you sound like Daniel Craig, the casting director has a part just for you.
Interview dates are set for this week, which makes it seem as if production is moving fairly quickly.
Sci Fi Wire has the full list of roles and character descriptions. Meanwhile, this comments thread at Whedonesque has fan reaction.
The company will transform the former Virgin Megastore into a three-story outdoor screen to show the adaptation of the bestselling comic by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday.
Astonishing X-Men is Marvel’s second motion comic. Spider-Woman, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, debuted in August.
The premiere will serve as the centerpiece for the first “Marvelfest” in Union Square Park, which will feature appearances by creators, a costume contest and giveaways. The event begins at 6 p.m.
Digital Comics | Dark Horse announced via press release that both Umbrella Academy and Hellboy: Seed of Destruction are available through the iTunes Store, with subsequent issues available soon. Seed of Destruction is available as four issues at $0.99 each, or as a bundle of all four issues for $3.99. The first issue of Apocalypse Suite is available for free, with issues #2–#6 only $0.99 each, or a bundle of all six issues for $4.99.
Digital Comics | Disney Comics Worldwide shares more details on Disney’s DigiComics initiative. They’ll eventually be rolled out worldwide, starting in December in English-speaking countries and Italy. They’ll be available for the iPhone, iPod and Sony PSP, and eventually Disney hopes to expand to other platforms like Nokia phones and the Wii. The stories will initially come from “the huge archive that The Walt Disney Company Italy has built up in the last 50 years.”
Motion Comics | All five episodes of the Spider Woman, Agent of S.W.O.R.D. motion comic are now available for free viewing on Hulu. Because it is “intended for mature audiences,” you’ll have to register and verify your age.
A couple of tidbits about upcoming BOOM! projects popped up on the internet recently. First up, Wil Wheaton posts on his blog that he recently did the voice work for an Irredeemable motion comic. Wheaton will provide the voice of Mr. Qubit, the leader of the resistance against The Plutonian.
And second, Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon posted on Twitter that he’s working on a “top secret” project for the publisher. He didn’t offer any other details, and neither did BOOM! when asked.
Tablets | Gizmodo reports on the long-rumored Apple Tablet device, saying that Apple “is in talks with several media companies rooted in print, negotiating content for a ‘new device.’” In addition, Apple has also applied for a patent on a “multi-touch surface that could accommodate two full hands and distinguish between palms and individual fingers for typing, gestures and more,” according to the Apple Insider.
Scott McCloud comments on the potential for such a device to change comics: “Most of today’s comics publishers are likely to jump into the pool with their clothes on—print-style pages intact. But if Apple’s gadget is anything like what’s being described, we could see a shift over time from point-and-click fragmented delivery, like what we have on the Web today, to more continuous spatial metaphors of the sort a lot of us turn-of-the-century mad scientists were playing with. Should be interesting.”
Not to be outdone by the likes of Warner Bros. and Marvel, cartoonist Dean Trippe has launched a motion comic of his web series Butterfly. Sure, the technology — “proprietary LoComicMotion Technology” — isn’t quite there yet, and the interface could use a little fine-tuning, but …
(Hey, I thought it was pretty funny.)
Marvel.com posted a couple of videos yesterday related to two recent announcements about their digital comics efforts. First, here’s a sneak preview of the PSP Digital Comics service announced earlier this month:
Marvel also recently announced a partnership with a company called Aniboom, a “virtual animation studio” that will give animators “the opportunity to create unique motion comics based on comic book stories starring such renowned Super Heroes as the Hulk, Wolverine and Nova.” Basically it’s a contest where contestants create a Motion Comic based on a Wolverine vs. Hulk story or a Nova story. The grand prize is $10,000.
You can check out a promotional video about the contest after the jump.
After a bevy of announcements earlier in the week about movie deals and video-game adaptations, Comic-Con International officially kicked off Thursday with news of the hiring of an industry veteran, and three significant book acquisitions.
IDW Publishing revealed that Bob Schreck, a longtime senior group editor at DC Comics, will join the company as senior editor in October. He’ll focus on developing new projects and new talent.
An editor at Comico and Dark Horse, Schreck co-founded Oni Press with Joe Nozemack in 1996. Three years later he joined DC Comics, where he oversaw the Batman line and, eventually, edited the All-Star titles and developed new projects for Vertigo. He was laid off in January during a wave of major cutbacks by Warner Bros.
Day One’s major publishing news came from Scholastic, Drawn & Quarterly and Dark Horse.
Scholastic announced that Jeff Smith will release new Bone titles with co-writer Tom Sniegoski, beginning in summer 2010 with Bone: Tall Tales. The fall will see the expansion of the Bone world with the first book in the Quest for the Spark trilogy, overseen and illustrated by Smith and written by Sniegoski.
Drawn & Quarterly acquired the rights to Daniel Clowes’ new graphic novel Wilson, the cartoonist’s first book not to be originally serialized in Eightball. The title, described as a “portrait of the modern egoist,” will debut in May 2010.
Dark Horse, meanwhile, rolled out an overview of its convention announcements, which include plans to release all three volumes of the popular European noir series Blacksad.
In other Thursday highlights:
Warner Premiere and Warner Digital Distribution today announced the next three titles in the Warner Premiere Motion Comics line: Superman: Red Son, Batgirl: Year One, and Batman: Black and White Collection 2.
For a limited time, the first episode of Red Son is available for free download from the iTunes Store.
Motion comics blend sequential art with limited animation, adding voiceovers and a musical score.
Superman: Red Son is the Eisner Award-winning 2003 Elseworlds miniseries by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson that imagines what might’ve happened had the Man of Steel been raised in the Soviet Union.
In 2003′s Batgirl: Year One, writers Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon and artists Alvaro Lopez and Marcos Martin retold Barbara Gordon’s origin as Batgirl.
Batman: Black & White Collection 2 features short stories by such creators as John Arcudi, Ed Brubaker, John Buscema, Howard Chaykin, Archie Goodwin, Sean Phillips, Walter Simonson, Ryan Sook and Danijel Zezelj.
All three titles are now available on iTunes.
Fans checking into their hotel rooms over the next couple of days in San Diego may be in for a fun surprise, as Hero Complex shows off the designs for five different room keys featuring Warner Bros. properties, including Superman: Red Son (above). In addition to giving you somewhere to sleep, the cards also will allow users to download a free episode of one of the shows that are spotlighted — Chuck, Fringe, Supernatural or Smallville — or the Superman: Red Son motion comic.
I hope my hotel is one of the lucky ones …