This morning, the comics industry was hit with huge news, stating that Disney had bought out Marvel for $4 billion dollars. What does this mean, and what implications will they have for the books we’ve come to know and love?
According to twitter responses and press statements, the reaction seems generally positive for the most part. Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada states, “Welcome to this moment in history. Everyone relax, this is incredible news and all is well in the Marvel U. ”
Marvel powerhouse writer Brian Michael Bendis quotes on his twitter, “to the lovely reporters who have emailed and follow me here. no comment. i am too dumb to understand high finance. me write funny books.”
Marvel editor and writer CB Cebulski on his twitter: “Allow me to reassure you right now, guys, that Marvel’s going to continue to produce great comic books the way we always have.”
While most are enthused of the pre eminent entertainment company joining forces with the creative forces of Marvel, there are some creators that are more wary of the transaction:
Artist Jamal Igle: “To Marvel.. good luck with the new ownership. You’ll soon find out why they’re referred to in animation circles as Mouseschwitz.”
Colorist Christina Strain: “Not pleased by morning news.”
I feel that as long as Disney does not hinder any creative decisions and stifles potential ideas for stories, this is a win win situation. The marketing power of Disney and the recognizablity of both companies can only add to the popularity of the characters we know and love. CBR posts some of the implications of this deal here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=22747
Hopefully, this is the dawn of a new and great era!
And on a funny note, Brian Michael Bendis adds, “no, i did not kill the wasp to make way for tinkerbell. but she would be a kick ass avenger”
Meet ERIC BATTLE @ GRAHAM CRACKERS COMICS of CHICAGO LOOP
Friday Oct. 9th from 2-4pm
Eric Battle is in town for the BLACK AGE XIII produced by Onli Studios but has kindly agreed to stop by the store to meet any fans that can’t make it to the show!
Eric was recently the artist on MARVEL COMICS TIMESTORM 2009-2099 mini-series! As well as drawing George R. R. Martin’s Wildcards – The Hard Call 6 issue mini, plus he did a bang up job on DC COMICS Tales of the Unexpected featuring the Spectre!
Earlier projects include working on GREEN LANTERN: BROTHER KEEPER, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA Tower of Babel storyline, BATMAN Under the Hood, GREEN ARROW Moving Targets & BIRDS of PREY between Dark & Dawn, YOUNG JUSTICE, X-FACTOR, CABLE, IMPULSE, HARDWARE, BATGIRL, AQUAMAN, WHAT IF, WONDER WOMAN and too many comics to list!
Graham Crackers, 77 E. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60602
From Whitney Matheson’s PopCandy blog:
This week I hope NYC-based readers will join me on Sept. 2nd for a cool event at the Apple Store in SoHo: I’ll be chatting with director Mike Judge about his new movie, Extract, and we’ll be watching several scenes from the film.
I’m a longtime fan of Judge’s work, so expect a few questions about Office Space and Beavis and Butt-Head as well. Also, as you may know, King of the Hill ends its 13-season run Sept. 13.
If you have any questions for Mike, let me know, and I’ll try to fit ‘em in. (He’ll also be taking questions from the audience, which should be fun.)
The event starts at 7 p.m., and the Apple Store is located at 103 Prince St.
Apple Store, 103 Prince Street, New York City, NY 10012
Saturday, September 26
Runaway Brain Academy Award nominated director, Chris Bailey, and acclaimed Disney sculptor (who just happens to be responsible for a particular R.B. statue….) Patrick Romandy-Simmons will be here, signing this VERY limited release.
Don’t miss it. It really is super cool……..
Brave New World Comics, 22722 Lyons Avenue, #6, Newhall, CA 91321
Weekly Woburn Warehouse Show, has BEGUN!
Get in on the Ground Floor! This show is a BLAST!
NEXT UP Thursday September 3rd. FREE TABLE IF YOU BOOK THE FOLLOWING WEEK! 4PM-8PM We are inviting you to join us for our new weekly comics book and collectables show. Comics, Cards, Toys. Tables are only $25! (35 tables)
The Show runs 4pm-8pm. Admission is a measley $1. Coming at ya like freight train EVERY Week! What else do you have to do on a Thursday night anyway?? You can submit books for CGC grading every week at the show! Collectors thinking of selling??? Buy a table. This show is going to be a blast!
Retailers reserve your tables now! 978-459-5323
Best Western Hotel, MONTVALE AVE , WOBURN, MA right off rt 93 (EXIT 36) take a right!
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Union Square’s own big-time comic artist, Joe Quinones, has gained more visibility this summer as the artist on DC’s Wednesday Comics Green Lantern page.
The 12-issue series ends September 23, so Joe will be on-hand to sign issues of Wednesday Comics, or other work of his, such as his cover for Hack/Slash #12, pin-up in Madman #16 or even a copy of last year’s Fluff Boy! comic.
Bring a friend!
Hub Comics, 19 Bow Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Duane Swierczynski @ Comic Book Club
COMIC BOOK CLUB
A Live Weekly Talk Show about Comic Books
Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben
Tuesday, September 8th @ 8:00 PM
September 8: Duane Swierczynski (Cable)
People’s Improv Theater, 154 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
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Indy publisher and Convention Scene New Editor, Joe Fauvel gives his 2¢ on the Mini MegaCon.
Celebrated artist and Fall Out Boy, bassist and lyricist, Pete Wentz will sign copies of band’s new comic book series, FOB Presents Fall Out Toy Works on Tuesday, September 1st at a special midnight signing session at Meltdown Comics on 7522 Sunset Boulevard. The result of an extraordinary combination of creative minds, Fall Out Toy Works is an anthology loosely based on the Fall Out Boy song “Tiffany Blews” from the band’s current multi-platinum CD Folie Ã Deux.
Wentz, a huge comic book aficionado, will personally deliver the first 100 issues to the store and be on hand to meet fans and sign copies of the first edition in the series, along with the co-creator, LA based designer Darren Romanelli and Nathan Cabrera.
The five issue, miniseries was envisioned by Wentz and Romanelli, penned by acclaimed writer Brett Lewis (Bulletproof Monk), brought to life with art by Sam Basri of Imaginary Friends Studios, and in partnership with Jeff Krelitz of Double Barrel Motion Labs. The story follows the complex relationship between the creator, The Toymaker, and the created, the android Tiffany, who embark on a turbulent ride in a world of unscrupulous characters and sinister plans to find the true meaning of life and love.
WHO: Musician/Entrepreneur/Activist/ Pete Wentz, Darren Romanelli and Nathan Cabrera
WHAT: Signing of comic book series
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept 1st at 12:00a.m.
WHERE: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles CA, 90046
All media must be credentialed to cover this event. For all media inquires please contact Yaa Yamoah at 212-981-5265 or Yaa_Yamoah@dkcnews.com
FALL OUT TOY WORKS Meltdown Exclusive issue # 1 By Nathan Cabrera & Dr. Romanelli
We at Meltdown are lucky enough to confirm the addition of World Famous Painter, Sculptor, Toy Pimp, Actress, Adulter, Butcher, Hired Killer and Cover Artist Nathan Cabrera (Recent/Related Work: Lupe Fiasco, Dr. Romanelli, R beams X)
Mr. Cabrera will be in Los Angeles and on-hand to sign FALL OUT TOY WORKS Meltdown Exclusive issue #1 With Mr. Wentz and Dr. Romanelli.
Please find many a head cracking link to the varied works Nathan Cabrera has done in the last few years. We look forward to having him be a part of this unprecedented event.
Mid-Ohio-Con Announces New Guests for October 3-4, 2009 Show
Advance Tickets Are Now On Sale Online Exclusively Through TicketLeap
Gregg Berger (Transformers), Yancy Butler (Witchblade), and Daniel Logan (Star Wars, Hercules) as Special Media Guests
Mid-Ohio-Con Will Showcase More Than 100 Creators from the Worlds of Comics, Film, Television and Video Games
Registration is Still Open with a Good Selection of Exhibitor Booths, Indie Publisher Booths and Tables in Creators’ Common
August 27, 2009 – Columbus, Ohio
Mid-Ohio-Con today announced that Gregg Berger (Voice of Grimlock in Transformers), Yancy Butler (Star of TNT’s Witchblade), and Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones) will join Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 as special media guests. These stars join a fantastic roster of media guests that also include headliners James Kyson Lee (Ando on NBC’s Heroes) and Ray Park (Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra).
“We are thrilled to add Gregg Berger, Yancy Butler, and Daniel Logan to the Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 guest roster,” said James Henry, Managing Director of Mid-Ohio-Con. “We have assembled an incredible list of guests from the worlds of comic books, gaming, film, and television at this year’s show and we’ll have much more to report about programming, special events and our exhibitors in the coming days.”
The guest list for 2009 also features guests of honor Bernie Wrightson and Michael Golden along with Dick Ayers, Art Baltazar, Jacob Chabot, Mark Evanier, Ron Frenz, Gary Friedrich, Chris Giarrusso, Bryan J.L. Glass, Mike Grell, Fred Hembeck, Tony Isabella, Joe Jusko, Barry Kitson, Scott Kolins, David Mack, Sean McKeever, Todd Nauck, Josef Rubinstein, P. Craig Russell, Steve Scott, Chris Sprouse, Mark Sumerak, Mark Texeira, Herb Trimpe, Billy Tucci, Renee Witterstaetter, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman and many more.
Registration is still open with a good selection of Exhibitor Booths, Indie Publisher Booths, and Creators’ Common Tables. The show floor in Exhibition Hall E at the Greater Columbus Convention Center will accommodate nearly 200 Exhibitor Booths for retailers, publishers, manufacturers, and service providers, and 100 Creators’ Common tables for artists, writers, actors, and other guests.
Please visit the new Mid-Ohio-Con web site at midohiocon.com for further information and regular updates on Mid-Ohio-Con 2009. The new site is the primary source for all things related to this year’s Mid-Ohio-Con, including details on featured guests, registration forms, and information about show dates, venue, and other key areas of interest for attendees, exhibitors, and guests.
Now entering its 29th year, Mid-Ohio-Con is one of America’s longest-running and most successful pop culture conventions. Each year, Mid-Ohio-Con brings fans of all ages together with leading comic book writers and artists, film and television creators and stars, as well as publishers and retailers from across the nation. Mid-Ohio-Con 2009 will be held on October 3-4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Mid-Ohio-Con can be found online at midohiocon.com as well as on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.