Forbidden Panel

24 Pages of Art, 24 Pages of story in 24 hours.  A challenge that thousands across the country accepted on Oct 20th and Forbidden Panel was there doing their part.  We sent Martin Bright out to 4 Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga, CA to cover this momentous event as Justin and AJ tackle this challenge for the 4th year in a row with Daniel, Junior, and Lou in tow.  Please tune in to hear the stories of a comic book store full of dedicated writers and artists and they do their best to meet this challenge head on and kick it’s ass.

SupermanWarner Bros. has won a blockbuster victory that could entitle it to maintain its copyright stake in Superman.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in California granted the studios motion for summary judgment on the question of whether a 1992 agreement with Jean Peavy, the sister of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster, precludes the estates attempt to terminate a copyright grant. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright comes four years after another federal judge in California confirmed the validity of a termination notice from the estate of the other co-creator, Jerry Siegel. The termination attempts have threatened Warners hold on its lucrative Superman franchise.

Here’s the full ruling.

The judge ruled “that the 1992 Agreement, which represented the Shuster heirs’ opportunity to renegotiate the prior grants of Joe Shuster’s copyrights, superseded and replaced all prior grants of the Superman copyrights. The 1992 Agreement thus represents the parties’ operative agreement and, as a post-1978 grant, it is not subject to termination.”

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Keyleaf Comics Teams Up With The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund And 4 Color Fantasies For A Charity Poker Tournament

SAN DIEGO, CA — KEYLEAF COMICS is joining with 4 COLOR FANTASIES to hold a charity poker tournament with all proceeds going to the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CBLDF). The Texas Hold’Em tournament will be at 4 Color Fantasies (7172 Archibald Avenue  Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701) on Saturday, November 10th at 7pm. There are 32 seats available, each seat is $40. All proceeds will go to the CBLDF.

DUST creators JAMES NINNESS and JOHN NARCOMEY will be in attendance. All players will receive a signed DUST: Withered Earth TPB, an exclusive print from John Narcomey, a mutant bandana and more. First, second, and third place prizes will be donations from all involved as well as other incredible creators of comics, films and vinyl toys, including: Joel Gomez, Tim Daniel, Art of Fiction, Brett Simmons, Dragatomi and Spanky Stokes. Any other publishers, retailers or creators who would like to donate prizes can contact Keyleaf at info@keyleafcomics.com.

Tickets are first-come, first-serve. Interested attendees must email info@keyleafcomics.com for info.

Keyleaf Comics is based in San Diego, CA and is under the exclusive ownership of Benjamin Glibert. All intellectual properties are the exclusive property of their creators, licensed by Keyleaf Comics. For more information on this release, Keyleaf Comics, or the creators of the titles listed above, please contact Benjamin Glibert at ben@keyleafcomics.com, (619) 206-3563, and visit keyleafcomics.com.

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Because it doesn’t have to mention brutal rapes or the location of the big finale, this plot blurb for the movie version of Kick-Ass 2 doesn’t get into some of the changes from the comics that we already know about.

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ Aaron Taylor-Johnson insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes Jim Carrey, our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist Christopher Mintz-Plasse—reborn as The Mother F%&^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl Chloë Grace Moretz can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Also note the lack of ‘balls’ and ‘walls’, or indeed any kind of subtitle at all.

via The Kick-Ass 2 Official Plot Blurb Makes It Seem Faithful To The Comics | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

You cant keep a good S.H.I.E.L.D. agent down it seems. Clark Greggs Agent Coulson, the key bridging character in the various Marvel Phase One films, is coming to television.Agent Coulson Returns In "S.H.I.E.L.D."

Gregg himself made an appearance at the Marvel TV panel at New York Comic Con over the weekend where a video conference call with Joss Whedon confirmed that Coulson will return and lead the cast of characters in the upcoming “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series on ABC says Screen Crush.

How the characters death in Marvels “The Avengers” will be dealt with in the series is unknown, and those involved are keeping that angle secret for now while enjoying the inevitable online speculation about it.

via Agent Coulson Returns In “S.H.I.E.L.D.” | News | Dark Horizons.

Coming literally seconds after reading the Uncanny X-Men and Batmen #13 Part 1 of Death of the Family, AJ and Martin discuss the pros and cons of Marvel NOW!!! and what possible implications and affects it will have on future titles.

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Stan Lee Media Inc., which keep in mind our beloved Stan is no long any part of, has decided to sue Walt Disney over the rights to the Marvel characters. The company is claiming that Disney doesn’t own the rights to the Marvel characters and they want a piece of the $5.5 billion it says the Disney has made from superhero movies and merchandise based on characters created by Stan Lee.

“Defendant The Walt Disney Company has represented to the public that it, in fact, owns the copyright to these characters as well as to hundreds of other characters created by Stan Lee. Those representations made to the public by The Walt Disney Company are false.”

Pretty interesting that they have just decided to speak up now being that they claim these rights were signed over by Mr. Lee back in 1998. Oh, that’s right. Marvel Studios and Disney just recently had the third highest grossing film of all time and now you guys own the rights to these characters? As Mr. Vanko said in Iron Man 2, “When Blood is in the water the sharks will come”.

Oh, and surprising. They also want full control over anything done with these characters in the future. Well, I hope Stan Lee Media Inc. is prepared to get royally screwed by the mouse because Disney is vicious in court.

Source: Deadline

via Stan Lee’s Former Company Suing Disney For Billions Over Marvel Characters | Geekscape.

“The Man with the Iron Fists” director RZA has signed on to helm an adaptation of Grant Morrisons new comic “Happy!” says Heat Vision.

RZA, Grant Morrison Feeling "Happy"

The story follows Nick Sax, an assassin who nearly dies after a hit goes bad. Inexplicably he begins to see Happy, a tiny blue horse whose optimistic disposition never sours.

Nick and his new friend team up to save the life of a troubled kid while trying to find redemption for Nick himself.

Grant Morrison will adapt the screenplay while Reginald Hudlin is producing. The trio will develop the project before seeking a studio or financier.

via RZA, Grant Morrison Feeling “Happy” | News | Dark Horizons.

Electronic Arts‘ hit video game “Battlefield: Bad Company” is being turned into “Bad Company”, an hourlong action comedy TV series for FOX says Kotaku.

The story follows four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector. They soon realize their former C.O. used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks.

"Battlefield: Bad Company" Turns TV Series

While the main “Battlefield” game series resembles the various other contemporary military multiplayer-centric first-person shooters on the market ie. “Call of Duty”, “Medal of Honor”, Bad Company was unique in that it was developed for consoles and focused primarily on a single player campaign with distinct characters.

Sony TV and Happy Madison are producing the series which “Alias” scribe John Eisendrath is writing and executive producing. Patrick Bach, Patrick O’Brien and Doug Robinson will also serve as executive producers on the series.

via “Battlefield: Bad Company” Turns TV Series | News | Dark Horizons.

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