The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
Conventions | ReedPOP Senior Vice President Lance Fensterman looks back at New York Comic Con 2015, which drew 167,000 people over four days; the increase came from making Thursday a full day, he says. Fensterman also offers some thoughts on conventions in general, saying the market is starting to become saturated, but not in terms of fans, who will always go to a cool show: “I think the saturation is more so on the side of content, and by content, I mean exhibitors, brands, guests, studios,” he says. “They don’t need that many shows.” Dealers will always show up, but, Fensterman says, “Fans don’t want to pay a ticket price to come in to spend money. There needs to be content that is engaging, exciting and unique. And there’s a limited quantity on that.” [ICv2]
Legal | Representatives of Comic-Con International and Salt Lake Comic Con are scheduled to meet Nov. 24 with a federal judge to discuss a possible resolution of their dispute over the term “Comic Con.” Comic-Con International sued the Utah event in 2014, insisting organizers were attempting to “confuse and deceive” fans and exhibitors with their use of the term “Comic Con.” The producers of Salt Lake Comic Con have called the lawsuit “frivolous,” arguing that Comic-Con International’s trademarks are invalid. Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Bryan Brandenberg, who met this week with Comic-Con International organizers, said he’s confident a settlement would be “greats news for our fans,” but he declined to say whether the Utah event would keep its name. [KSL.com]
Amid the tumult of New York Comic Con, i09.com was able to zero in on one of the burning questions of the day: What would Donald Trump look like as various supervillains?
So one of the website’s contributors headed down Artists Alley to ask a handful of creators, including Joe Staton, Jim Mahfood and Nathan Fox, to try their hands at it. And, boy, are we glad they did. The results ranged from Poison Ivy to The Joker to Ursula, but Fox’s MODOK easily emerges the winner.
That incredible 9-and-a-half-foot-tall Hulkbuster cosplay was the talk of New York Comic Con, generating buzz both on the exhibition floor and on social media. Extreme Costumes even won Best of Show in the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay.
Now Tech Insider offers a close-up look at the costume in this video, which details the lengths creator Thomas DePetrillo must go to when he suits up: It takes him a whopping 20 minutes — and that’s with assistance. Of course, those stilts can’t make it easy.
Whether you’re attending New York Comic Con or merely following along on social media, you’ve likely caught sight of the enormous Hulkbuster strutting around the exhibition floor. Don’t be alarmed: It’s that incredible cosplay we showcased just last week from Extreme Costumes.
If you already own the signature khaki coveralls and indispensable proton pack, you may want to complete the ensemble with a pair of hand-made, limited-edition Ghostbusters sneakers.
Unveiled this week at New York Comic Con by Australian company Nookiee, the officially licensed shoes come in a handful of styles for men and women: there are those inspired by the Ghostbuster suit, complete with “elbow pads” on the heels and “Stantz,” “Spengler,” “Venkman” or “Zeddemore” stitched on the side; the “no ghost” variety, in black or white; and “Gozer.”
Hasbro has officially unveiled images of the new wave of 6-inch figures from its Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series, including General Hux and a First Order Snowtrooper. But as cool as they are, they’re nothing compared to what the toymaker showcased last night at New York Comic Con.
At its annual ’Twas the Night Before … Party, Hasbro displayed the very first Han Solo figure from the new film. Although no official photos have been released just yet, some folks were on hand to snap their own.
Auctions | A rare drawing of Tintin by Hergé from the 1936 book The Blue Lotus was sold at auction Monday in Hong Kong for $1.2 million. The black-and-white illustration, which depicts Tintin and Snowy being pulled in a rickshaw through the streets of Shanghai, is the only original piece from the book that remains in private hands. [BBC News]
As part of the 150th-anniversary celebration of the Fire Department, City of New York, the FDNY Foundation has teamed with Marvel to display and auction off specially designed helmets at New York Comic Con.
According to the New York Daily News, 10 helmets featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk and Black Widow and others were designed by such artists as Joe Quesada, Kaare Andrews, Walt Simonson and Damion Scott. The full lineup will be unveiled today during the “This Week in Marvel” podcast at Discovery Times Square.
Just ahead of New York Comic Con, Kodansha Comics it teasing its “Biggest ‘Attack on Titan’ Manga Announcement Ever” panel with the release of art by artist Tomer Hanuka.
No additional details were provided, leaving fans to try to discern clues from the art itself. Hanuka only offered, “This is massive.”
ComiXology will give away limited-edition print variants of select Submit comics next week at New York Comic Con.
As announced this morning at EW.com, throughout Oct. 8-11 convention, 500 copies of each of these titles will be available on a first come, first serve basis: Aw Yeah, Comics #1, by Art Balthazar and Franco; the Fresh Romance anthology, edited by Janelle Asselin; Gamma #1, by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas; Heathen #1, by Nastasha Alterici; and Revenger #1, by Chuck Forseman.
TruForce Collectibles has unveiled a New York Comic Con-exclusive Mega Man X action figure that will undoubtedly make franchise fans wish October would hurry up and get here. And that they’d bought tickets.
Described as “X’s evil counterpart developed by a mysterious man during the formation of the X-Hunters,” X-Kai features more than 30 points of articulation, die-cast armor on its chest, shins and feet, an LED X-Buster, purple effects parts, and a display stand.
As we begin the countdown to New York Comic Con, Funko has unveiled its first wave of event-exclusive merchandise, including a Batman: Arkham Asylum (Detective Mode) 6-inch Dorbz, a Walking Dead bloody Daryl Dixon Vinyl Idolz, and a Tenth Doctor Pop! figure in a spacesuit.
They’re joined by the likes of the Star Wars Platinum Greedo Hikari figure, the classic Battlestar Galactica Commander Cylon Pop! figure, the Bravest Warriors Catbug Orange Glow Pop! figure, and the Futurama Alternate Universe Fry and Leela Pop! two-pack.
If you’re among the thousands of Naruto fans hoping to get Masashi Kishimoto’s autograph during his appearances in October at New York Comic Con and New York Super Week, Viz Media has announced what you’ll have to do.
In his first-ever appearance in the United States, Kishimoto will participate in two convention panels, on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10, and two signing sessions, on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10.
Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto will make his first-ever appearance outside of Japan in October at New York Comic Con and New York Super Week.
Kishimoto, who concluded the bestselling manga in November after 15 years, will participate in two convention panels (on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 10), and multiple autograph sessions at Kinokuniya Bookstore and Barnes & Noble as part of New York Super Week.