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Archive for July, 2011
Say what you will about the series but for me it’s been a favorite. I liked the ultimate line because it gave characters a modern reboot. Yeah they messed it up at times but Spider-Man never wavered and for that reason it remained my favorite. I’m not here to preach a review at you, I just wanted to share this image below. It’s the last 2 pages of Ultimate Spider-man #160 just so you can see why I will miss this series.
Tomorrow, August 1st, will be a very busy day for Forbidden Panel. It will be the first day in for the Z.K.S. Pinup contest part 2 voting. People will be able to visit various sites and vote on their favorite submission.
Second, presale tickets for the Inland Empire Comic Expo will go on sale. Pre-sale ticket prices will be $10. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $15, $10 if you come in costume and children under 13 are free with a paid adult.
And finally, we will finally get to see the 3rd strip for Security. This one is especially awesome.
So stay close to your screen, and get ready to have a lot of fun.
For those of you who live under a rock, don’t watch the news, weren’t on Facebook or Twitter, or were stuck visiting with family, this past week was the San Diego Comic Con International. With over 150,000 people in attendance, this years Con seemed more epic than previous years.
Comic Con is has changed from a strictly comic book orientated show to a media pop culture madhouse. It is home to various movie studios and video game companies as well as comic book publishers. This annual event is used as an opportunity for those various companies to “reward” it’s fans but staging a presence there that can’t be seen anywhere else. It is also used as an opportunity to announce new titles, provide never before seen footage and previews, as well as giving fans a chance to meet and hang out with their favorite stars and writers and artists. It is a force to be reckoned with.
Forbidden Panel was there with nearly a full staff. We all walked the floor with cameras and voice recorders in hand in order to meet and talk to some of our favorite and normally inaccessible “celebrities”.
Stay tuned to the website in upcoming weeks as we all begin posting some of the great things that we were able to interact with.
A big thanks goes out to Geekscape, who invited Justin and myself to there booth and allowed us to sign copies of ZKS as well as debut our newest comic, El Super Maximo. Thank you to all of our fans that showed up and allowed our experience to be a memorable one. I have included pics from the signing, but as I said previously, keep watch on this site for more news and pics from all of the other staff.
Once again thanks to everyone out there and we hope to see some of you at the Inland Empire Comic Expo in September.
From Dark Horizons
Out doing the “Real Steel” truck event at the San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, Hugh Jackman revealed which character would be the villain in the upcoming “The Wolverine” at 20th Century Fox.
Jackman says “I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting”. He also confirmed that shooting will begin in October with most of it taking place in Japan.
In the comics, the Silver Samurai is a Japanese mutant with the power to charge almost anything with a tachyon field. This enables his katana blade to slice through any known substance, with the exception of adamantium (which covers Wolvie’s skeleton and claws).
“Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good” says Jackman. James Mangold is currently slated to direct.
The Indomina Group, Samuel L. Jackson and Gonzo Studios are teaming to produce a live action film based on the popular “Afro Samurai” animated series.
The original manga followed the life of Afro Samurai who witnessed his father (owner of the No. 1 headband) being killed by the hands of a gunslinger named Justice (owner of the No. 2 headband) while he was a child. As an adult, Afro sets off to avenge his father’s death and kill Justice.
The property was adapted into a five-episode anime TV series by Studio Gonzo in 2007, a TV movie sequel “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” in 2009, and a successful video game. Jackson lent his voice to the character in these works.
Jackson, Jasbinder Singh Mann and Shin Ishikawa will produce. A writer & director will be attached shortly and shooting will take place at Pinewood Indomina Studios in the Dominican Republic in 2012.
San Diego Comic-con usually yields its fair share of announcements and deals about properties being developed as entertainment vehicles. One of the more noteworthy nuggets going into this year’s confab? New life for a movie based on the popular comic book property “The Darkness.”
24 Frames has learned that Mandeville Films, the Walt Disney-affiliated producers behind last year’s Oscar contender “The Fighter,” has pacted with “Darkness” publisher Top Cow to develop a film based on the dark genre piece. A spokeswoman for Mandeville confirmed the deal.
The graphic novels center on a mobster named Jackie Estacado who discovers he has inherited a murderous power known as “the darkness” that allows him to summon creatures from another realm. Estacado must then find a way to tame the power while vanquishing his enemies within the crime family in which he operates.
Co-created by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri in 1996, “The Darkness” has yielded more than 115 books and sold 25 million copies around the world, according to the company. It’s also spawned a popular video game, with a sequel set to come out next year.
The deal marks the latest collaboration between the publisher and the producer. The two have previously partnered to develop movies based on Top Cow’s “Alibi” and “Crosshair” titles. (Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce, while the company’s David Manpearl and Top Cow’s Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins will executive produce.)
“The Darkness” has had several go-rounds in Hollywood. About seven years ago, genre specialists Dimension Films took a crack, and more recently “The Break-Up” producer Scott Stuber attempted to move it forward. But principals are hoping that the time is now right for a dark comic book piece, with anticipation building for Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” next year and Ryan Reynolds preparing to shoot “R.I.P.D.,” an underworld revenge story based on a popular graphic novel.
The deal comes at a time of expansion for Mandeville. The company is set to bring out a remake of the iconic “The Muppets” in the fall as it diversifies beyond the mid-budget comedies of “The Proposal” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” Among other projects, it’s also working on a new comedy from the writers of “The Hangover” and contemplating a follow-up to “The Fighter” based on Micky Ward’s bouts with Arturo Gatti.
From The L.A. Times
From Dark Horizons
Warner Bros. Pictures is in negotiations to pick up Christian Gossett’s Soviet-themed sci-fi fantasy comic book series “The Red Star” which had been put into turnaround by Universal Pictures saysVariety.
The setting is an alternate USSR inspired by Russian folklore and military history – blending technology and magic. The story follows a soldier in the Red Fleet and his wife who become keys to defeating a former brutal ruler and his minions.
Amongst such elements are gigantic flying warships two miles long. Neal Moritz and Jason Netter will produce.
Waterman Entertainment has acquired the film rights to the 80′s Marvel comic “Strikeforce: Morituri” according to a press release from the company.
Set on an Earth that has been conquered by aliens, scientists have developed a way to grant humans superpowers but with a terrible price – they will die within a year.
Despite being doomed, they battle the aliens. Comic creator Peter B. Gillis is co-writing the script with Connor Cochran and production aims to kick off in December.