Scene and Heard: Midnight, Texas!

August 1, 2017 by  
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In honor of the premiere of Midnight, Texas, here’s the cast and executive producer for Midnight, Texas!

IDW Publishing Recaps Comic-Con 2017

Press Release:

San Diego-based publisherIDW, was well represented at this year’s Comic-Con International and made some noise, thanks to IDW’s high profile booth signings, in-demand exclusives, and major announcements! Not to mention walking away from the annual Eisner ceremony with awards for Best Anthology – Love is Love, and Best Reality-Based Work – March: Book Three.

As they celebrated the trilogy’s conclusion, Congressman John LewisAndrew Aydin, and Nate Powell not only received Eisner Awards for March: Book Three, but also Inkpot Awards for their contributions to the field of comics, before leading hundreds of students, teachers, and fans in an inspiring march through Comic-Con.

Love is Love project organizer, Marc Andreyko, was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for his efforts to aid the victims of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The benefit anthology raised over $167K for those affected.

Legendary comics creator Walter Simonson, whose Ragnarök is published under IDW, was honored during the ceremony as well, being inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in recognition of his long and outstanding career.

With so many announcements hitting during the biggest trade show of the year, we’ve compiled a handy guide to what exciting news IDW/Top Shelf made at the event.

Sonic the Hedgehog — Everyone’s favorite blue blur is returning to comics in 2018, now under IDW’s editorial guidance as SEGA announced a new publishing partnership.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — Award-winning creators Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill will conclude their careers in comics with a final storyline, “The Tempest,” beginning in June.

Goosebumps — This October, encounter monsters old and new in IDW’s comic series from the terrifying world of R.L. Stine’s bestselling series.

Black Crown’s Assassinistas — This 6-issue miniseries from writer Tini Howard (Hack/Slash) and newly minted Will Eisner Hall of Famer Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets) packs a punch. Ex-hitwoman Octavia comes out of retirement, dragging her college-aged son and his boyfriend along on her mission to kick some serious ass this December.

Black Crown’s Punks Not Dead — Courtesy of writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds, cross the pond this January for this UK-based tale of Fergie, a boy in search of his father, and his companion, the ghost of The Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious (obviously).

TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 — The Heroes in a Half Shell and the original ‘busters will reunite for a 5-week crossover event series this November from Erik BurnhamTom Waltz, and Dan Schoening.

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call —The heroines of the 2016 feature film are returning to comics this October, now with their own series, from Ghostbusters veterans, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell.

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions — The new anthology comic set in Jem’s world will premiere this November, with an all-star lineup of rotating creative teams including Jem mainstay Sophie Campbell, plus Kate Leth and Tana Ford joining the jam session.

The X-Files: JFK Disclosure — This two-part special, written by Denton J. Tipton with art by Menton3, will reveal the truth surrounding one of the greatest conspiracies in American history.

Gears of War — The popular video game franchise will return to comics in January 2018, with writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) scripting new stories. In addition, IDW will be reprinting the previous Gears of War comics into collections.

Glénat — IDW Publishing and French publisher Glénat are teaming up on a new joint initiative to publish original graphic novels in the U.S. and France, publishing genre graphic novels that will fit into both markets. It kicks off with a new fantasy series, The Highest House, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, creators of The Unwritten.

30 Days of Night  — Fresh art from the upcoming reimagining of the vampire tale set in Alaska was unveiled. From writer/co-creator Steve Niles and artist Piotr Kowalski (Sex), a new take on the modern classic arrives this December.

Star Trek: Discovery — The first details about the comic book tie-in to the upcoming Star Trek TV series were teased, including a Klingon-centric storyline. It will be written by Mike Johnson and Star Trek: Discovery TV writer Kirsten Beyer with art by Tony Shasteen with more details to come about the October launching title.

Visionaries — Hasbro’s Visionaries return to comics was teased from the creative team of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim) and artist Fico Ossio (Revolution).

Unicron is coming!  — First Strike, the next major Hasbro comic book event from IDW, will see Unicron enter the picture, which can only mean one thing – destruction!

For additional details or assets for all of the above, please reach out to IDW’s media contact.

IDW Publishing thanks all of its talented creators, dedicated fans, and the hardworking staff of Comic-Con International for another amazing year! See you all in 2018!

Scene on Video: San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Our collection of 2017 SDCC videos including trailers, panels, cosplay music videos, etc.

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SDCC Digest #2

More highlights from the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.

SDCC 2017 Thor: Ragnarok Trailer, Panel, and Interviews

Everything Thor: Ragnarok related for you in one place.

SDCC Digest #1

Some highlights from the first couple of days of the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.

UPDATED: Scene on Video LIVE: IGN at SDCC 2017

 

Scene on Video LIVE: Marvel at SDCC 2017

JULY 20
11:00 AM PST|Good Morning Comic-Con
11:20 AM PST|Booth Tour – Marvel
11:30 AM PST|THWIP Live!
12:00 PM PST|Booth Tour
12:05 PM PST|Marvel Top 10
12:10 PM PST|Guest Interview
12:20 PM PST|Eat the Universe
12:25 PM PST|Marvel Top 10
12:30 PM PST|Guest Interview
12:50 PM PST|Booth Tour
12:55 PM PST|Sizzle Reel of All Original Series
01:00 PM PST|Marvel Merch Spotlight
01:15 PM PST|Booth Tour
01:20 PM PST|Ask Marvel: Signing Station
01:30 PM PST|ESPN College Moment
01:45 PM PST|Jack Kirby D23 Spotlight
01:50 PM PST|Marvel Becoming: How To
02:05 PM PST|Static Cam Shot
02:10 PM PST|Eat the Universe
02:15 PM PST|Marvel Becoming Live!
02:45 PM PST|Booth Tour
02:50 PM PST|Marvel Gaming Segment
03:40 PM PST|Booth Tour
03:45 PM PST|D23/Oculus
03:55 PM PST|Sky Viper Drone
03:57 PM PST|M&M Groot Glass Bowl
04:00 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
04:10 PM PST|Static Cam Shot
04:15 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
04:30 PM PST|Quickdraw Live!

JULY 21
11:00 AM PST|Good Morning Comic-Con
11:15 AM PST|Marvel
11:55 AM PST|Marvel Top 10
12:00 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
12:10 PM PST|Quickdraw Live!
12:25 PM PST|Sizzle Reel of All Original Series
12:30 PM PST|Karen Gillan/Michael Rooker Signing
01:00 PM PST|Booth Tour – Marvel
01:10 PM PST|Booth Tour
01:15 PM PST|THWIP Live!
01:45 PM PST|Cosplay Photo Op
01:50 PM PST|Sponsorship Segment
02:00 PM PST|Booth Tour
02:05 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
02:15 PM PST|Black Eyed Peas Signing
02:45 PM PST|Ask Marvel: Signing Station
02:55 PM PST|Static Cam
03:00 PM PST|Marvel Gaming Segment
03:25 PM PST|Booth Tour – Marvel
03:35 PM PST|Marvel Merch Spotlight
03:45 PM PST|Marvel
04:15 PM PST|Marvel Becoming Live!
04:40 PM PST|Static Cam

JULY 22
11:00 AM PST|Good Morning Comic-Con
11:05 AM PST|Ask Marvel: Signing Station
11:15 AM PST|THWIP Live!
11:45 AM PST|Giveaway Hour
12:00 PM PST|Marvel Gaming Segment
12:30 PM PST|Booth Tour
12:35 PM PST|Booth Tour – Marvel
12:45 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
01:00 PM PST|Quickdraw Live!
01:15 PM PST|Sponsorship Segment
01:30 PM PST|D23/PB&J Package
01:35 PM PST|Marvel Studios
02:00 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
02:15 PM PST|Kids Cosplay Competition
02:45 PM PST|Guest Interview
03:00 PM PST|Marvel Top 10
03:15 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
03:30 PM PST|Lockjaw Unveiling
03:45 PM PST|Eat the Universe
03:50 PM PST|Marvel Studios
04:25 PM PST|Sizzle Reel of All Original Series
04:30 PM PST|Good Night Comic-Con

JULY 23
11:00 AM PST|Good Morning Comic-Con
11:15 AM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
11:30 AM PST|Cosplay Competition
11:45 AM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
12:00 PM PST|Cosplay Competition
12:15 PM PST|Quickdraw Live!
12:30 PM PST|Marvel Animations
12:45 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
01:00 PM PST|Guest Interview
01:15 PM PST|Marvel Gaming Segment
01:45 PM PST|Reaction: Marvel Panels SDCC 2017
02:00 PM PST|Marvel Becoming Live!
02:30 PM PST|Sizzle Reel of All Original Series
02:35 PM PST|Guest Interview
02:45 PM PST|Goodbye Comic-Con

UPDATED: Scene on Video: Sideshow Collectibles at SDCC 2017

Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2017 Report!

Chicago. I had been there before. It was 2014, and the occasion was Wizard World. April 2017 was my second trip to the city that the poet Carl Sandburg called “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, / Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; / Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders.” Railroads are no longer America’s arteries, and big shoulders are now an 80s fashion relic, but I, like Sandburg, “have seen painted women / under the gas lamps / luring the farm boys.”

   

Such women in Chi-Town can mean only one thing: the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2. I went with my convention buddy John, whom you will remember from Spooky Empire, Minneapolis Wizard World, and Florida Supercon. We stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Opened in 1893 in anticipation of the World’s Columbian Exposition–i.e., the Chicago World’s Fair–the place was a blend of grand and shabby. John likened it to “the Stanley Hotel meets Super 8.”

We grabbed some dinner and walked around downtown, which was eerily empty for a Thursday evening. I saw a few people with the telltale Pokémon shirts, beanies, and/or Barbossa beads and thought: convention goers. Things would heat up the next day and be full-bore by Saturday. John was looking forward to panel discussions and stellar cosplays. I had my usual assortment of books to be signed.

One thing going to conventions with John has taught me is the value of the convention app (if there is one). I still like the printed program of course–great for signatures. But John always downloads the app because it is (1) updated in real time, (2) doesn’t require him to keep up with something else, and (3) makes him feel tech wizard-y. And the C2E2 app is sweet! It has autograph schedules, prices, and locations for every celebrity. The prices were an especially nice feature. Most conventions don’t post these in advance, which makes budgeting for the weekend Mulvaney-esque.

Another innovation was getting my badge in the mail. If you read my first DragonCon report, then you know my acrimony regarding registration lines. John agrees: “Just charge an extra 40 cents and mail everyone’s badge.” How satisfying it was to open an envelope in February, slide out my shiny badge, and reflect on at least one queue not in my future.

Of course, it is impossible to avoid lines altogether. It is an axiom that, no matter which line I choose–supermarket, toll road, ATM, wherever–it will the line with problems: a technical malfunction, say, or a non-English-speaking customer, or an employee who skipped training. At conventions, I am similarly thwarted. Steve Blum was scheduled to sign at 11:00am on Friday, which was great. Fridays are the least crowded days, making them best for autographs–except this Friday. All around me, guests were meeting fans, posing for pictures, translating Celtic texts, building additions onto homes. Meanwhile, I waited. And waited. Blum’s line grew longer than the Santa Fe Trail, and still I waited. The con staff began setting up his booth at 11:50, suggesting he would arrive at 12:00 rather than the advertised 11:00. In fact, it was almost 1:00 when he got there.

Autograph lines. Look closely, and you’ll see me with a floor-length beard.

Rob Liefeld was also late, though not as egregiously. His line would have been long anyway–everbody loves Robert–but there was a new thing complicating it: VIP clients. For $125 in advance ($160 on-site), you would get two signed exclusive comics, one signed Deadpool print, one autograph ticket for your own item, and a picture with Liefeld. He is a quick signer, and friendly without being effusive, which moves the line along. But it is a gut punch to get aaaaaaalmost to the table and be superseded by a group of VIPs. I said there should be VIP signing times and non-VIP signing times, but John argued that would dilute the perks of being a VIP, one of which is the freedom not to have to visit the booth at a specific time.

Those who eschewed the VIP ticket could choose from Liefeld’s a la carte menu.

The growing practice of comic creators charging for autographs has been discussed a lot lately. I don’t mind a blanket charge because, as Dan Seitz argues, “sign your name a hundred times in a row. It’s simple work, but it’s work. You pay people for work.” I do mind creators charging more for a CGC-witnessed signature. Is it more work to write your name when a third party is watching? And charging more to sign a more valuable book like New Mutants #98 is merely a money grab. After all, a number of market forces affect secondary value that have little to do with the quality of the product.

But I care less about cost than about time, the latter of which is more precious and fleeting at a convention. Memo, then, to all creators and celebrities: don’t be late to your signings! The convention is your job for a particular weekend. Do your job. I cannot conceive of any legitimate reason for a guest who is in a city where they have no other business and is staying at a hotel across the street to be unable to make an 11:00am appointment. I am at this convention to meet you, be enthralled by you, and then carry your name across the land. Hard to do that when you’re a no-show Jones.

As for the rest of the convention, it was a delight. C2E2 is big–70,000+ attendees–but the open floor plan gives plenty of space, so I never felt pinioned. The dealer room had all the comics dealers together, all the anime dealers together, all the T-shirt dealers together, etc., which made shopping go smoother. The family area had games, a play space, chairs for adults to rest, and circus performers. The selection of comic creators was spectacular–Stan Lee, Frank Miller (too bad he was there Saturday only and sold-out), Greg Rucka, Rob Liefeld, Matt Wagner, and some who don’t do many conventions anymore, like Dan Jurgens. There were fewer actors than I expected, but this reinforces the focus of C2E2–comic and entertainment, not the other way around. John said there weren’t enough panels and seminars for a convention this size, but the ones he attended were good. His favorite dealt with using comics to boost literacy and teach science. Finally, there was a larger selection of (over-priced) food vendors than I find at most conventions.

If you’ve never been to Chicago, go. And if you’ve never been to C2E2, go. Most conventions are run by small nonprofits, who are exposed as amateurs in a number of ways, but the power of ReedPOP ups the professionalism. Despite three different volunteers being unable to tell me where Frank Miller’s autograph sessions would be held, I found C2E2 to be well-managed, well-marketed, and an all-around pleasure.

Want to see more images from C2E2? Here you go!

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse / and strong and cunning.”

 

Must. Catch. Train.

 

I always wanted to be an Ivy League graduate.

 

Look at that chicken . . . and the two cosplayers beside him.

 

At least I didn’t have to queue to see Q.

 

Strangely enough, John lost his voice after this picture with the Sea Witch.

 

“Wait’ll they get a load of me.”

 

“Sure, honey, I’ll go get your purse from the car. Be right back.”

 

Some people put a lot of thought into their cosplays. Others just wing it.

 

Two big reasons to go to C2E2 are . . . um . . .

 

C2E2 just goes on . . .

 

and on . . .

 

and on.

 

Cosplay Central: the heroes behind the heroes

 

Chicago is cold enough without this guy being in town.

 

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