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On February 10, 1992, MTV VJ Karyn Bryant set up shop in the Marvel Comics bullpen to get the inside scoop on how comics were made at the height of the industry boom, while also tossing to awesome new videos from Seal, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Genesis. Almost 22 years later, the video of Bryant’s day of picking up “Deathlok” issues and peeking over letterer’s shoulders has made its way online.
The video was uploaded by former Marvel employee Jared Osborn, who can be seen early on in the video lettering a panel featuring Nightcrawler and Wolverine. Bryant also talks to another letterer, Dave, that’s working on “Web of Spider-Man” #88 on top of his “120 Minutes”-esque workspace.
Most awesomely, Bryant gets facetime with Bob Harras, editor of the X-Men line at the time, and senior executive editor Mark Gruenwald, who talks about his groundbreaking run as writer on “Captain America.”
MTV is returning to San Diego for Comic-Con International, and it’s bringing Linkin Park along.
The rock band will headline the inaugural mtvU Fandom Awards and MTV Fan Fest, to be held Thursday, July 24 — the first day of Comic-Con — at San Diego’s Petco Park. Both events will be open to convention badge holders. MTV and mtvU will air a one-hour special with highlights of the events on Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
If it’s Saturday, it must be time for another Stan Lee announcement. Sandy Cohen at The Associated Press spoke with Lee about a new digital series called The Seekers that will run on their new MTV Geek website.
While the series is created by Lee, it will be written and drawn by an as-yet-undiscovered creative team. MTV will hold a contest to find a writer and artist to bring the comic to life. The winners will work with Lee and his company, POW! Entertainment, to develop the concept and create the comic.
Lee said The Seekers is “actually the start of a tremendous franchise,” and he hopes to turn it into a TV series or movie.
It’s been a busy weekend for Lee; in addition to the new MTV series, we also found out that he’s co-writing a new sci-fi graphic novel starring Romeo and Juliet, as well as creating superheroes based on hockey teams. Lee also introduced the new MTV Geek site in a video earlier this week.
Although it’s been a few decades since Adam West played the title role in the 1960s TV series Batman, the actor is now moving from being a comic character to a comic creator. MTV announced today that The Mis-Adventures Of Adam West will debut in Spring 2011 from Bluewater Comics as an ongoing series co-written by West, Walter Fernandez Jr. and Arastao Maree.
Per the post on MTV’s Splash Page blog, the comic will feature “a dimension-hopping adventure featuring encounters both fictional and within [West’s] real-life history.”
“That’s what I wanted: something that was more Walter Mitty or ‘Pink Panther,’ with adventure the kids will love, and action,” he told reporter Rick Marshall. “For example, an adventure might be based on him meeting Batman and how he feels about it. . . He might even be meeting himself as Mayor West on ‘Family Guy,’ and laughing at it or along with it. There are so many ways to go, as you know — especially with the audience today. I have this incredibly wonderful fanbase out there, and I know they’ll love this.”
It will be interesting to see how they pull off a meeting with Batman that doesn’t have the lawyers at Warner Bros. calling a foul. The book will feature interior art by Lipe, who drew another famous 1960s TV star in William Shatner Presents: TekWar, with covers by Matt Bellisle.
Daria, the cult-hit MTV animated series that spun out of Beavis and Butt-Head, is maybe the most iconic look at disaffected ’90s high-schoolers this side of My So-Called Life, and it finally hit DVD this week. What better way to celebrate than checking out artist Ming Doyle’s gorgeous tribute to this joyous occasion, featuring Daria and Jane?
Happy day-after-Free Comic Book Day to everyone, and welcome to another edition of What are you reading? Our guest this week is Rick Marshall, editor of MTV’s Splash Page blog. To see what Rick and the rest of the Robot 6 crew have been reading this week, read on …
If you’ve been watching The Maxx cartoons over on MTV.com and were thinking, “Boy, wouldn’t it be nice if I could buy these on DVD?” then have I got some news for you … Heidi over at The Beat points out that Amazon has a listing for The Maxx: The Complete Series. No release date is listed yet.
The cartoon adapted the comics by Sam Kieth, which were published by Image Comics back in the 1990s. The Maxx lived in two worlds — our world, where he was a bum, and in a surreal Australian outback, where he was a hero. If you’ve never seen it before and wanna check something out that’s a bit off the beaten path, it’s worth watching the streams on MTV.com.
(Fans of MTV’s crazy 90s cartoons may also want to know that The Head will also be available via Amazon).