Category Archives: Bleeding Cool

A Look At Kapow Day One, From My Vantage Point

Kapow day one, by Brendon Connelly aged 38 years and one month.

I didn’t spend much time at the Johsntonesque stand today, nor did I spend too long in panels. But some interesting stuff did happen.

First of all, I watched the Pros vs. Fans comic trivia quiz. Jonathan Ross presided over a battle* between three industry figures: Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons and John Romita Jr.; and three fans: Stewart Lee, Joel Ronson, son of Jon, and a girl called Rebecca or Rachel or Riley or something with an R. Probably not Rick or Robert, maybe the unisex Robin. I honestly forget.

She really knew her stuff.

It seemed that I was the only person in the room to know that Sidney J. Furie was the director of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.Mark Millar was probably the only person in the room to think Richard Fleischer directed Superman 2.

Duncan Jones did a Q&A on the IGN stage and reiterated many of his points about Moon and Source Code that we’ve been enjoying in his interviews for a while now. Jones did say he was on the Wolverine "hit list", but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere – he’s more interested in trying to realise a sci-fi script that he’s writing himself. As ever, he came across as honest and candid and just thoroughly decent.

Throughout the day, lots of people were discussing what they thought tomorrow’s "Movie X" would be. Scheduled for an early afternoon screening is a mystery movie that Millar has described as a "summer superhero film" featuring a lead character who wears a cape and has a strange name.

Most people seem to assume it’s absolutely, definitely Thor. But I’m not so convinced. Here are my reasons why, and my best guess as to what we will be seeing.

The screenings at Kapow seem to be using Blu-ray or DVD technology, or maybe DigiBeta or something a little older like that. I haven’t seen any evidence that there’s a full, theatrical-style DLP projector tucked away anywhere.

When it was suggested that the screening might take place in one of the nearby cinemas, I went out and checked their screening times for tomorrow. Neither had any gap for a one-off film, let alone at time billed in the Kapow program, so we can forget the possibility of a surprise relocation.

So, I’m thinking it’s very unlikely we’ll be watching Thor. This would involve Paramount burning it off to a disc, and presenting it in 2D in big halls with fairly high ambient light. Doesn’t strike me as likely, or indeed wise.

I think it much more likely that we’ll be presented with a title that’s soon to be released on DVD or Blu-ray. I suppose there’s a good few it could be but my hunch is that it might be Woochi: The Demon Slayer.

You already know he’s got a funny name. You can take my word for it that he has a cape, because he does. The film is very soon headed to DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK. But… is he a superhero?

Well, according to the latest press release he is. The e-mail I received was titled "There’s a New Superhero In Town".

So that’s my guess, on all available evidence.I might be completely wrong and we could all be about to get into a fight for seats to see Thor, but I wouldn’t suggest you bet on it.

The best panel of the day, I think, was the Attack the Block one. Contrary to some reports (ahem) only three scenes were screened, not the whole movie, but they went down very well indeed. Director Joe Cornish and stars John Boyega and Luke Treadaway did an on stage Q&A – actually their second of the day, and with the same moderator and many of the same questions, but the first was carried out on the tiny IGN stage.

Two of the clips were the ones we’ve already seen on Film 2011, etc., but the third one was fresh and went as far as Cornish would allow in teasing his aliens. Much respect for his desire to have them remain surprising for when people see the movie in full.

It was from these two Q&A sessions, in combination, that my previous report was gleaned.

Outside of the Q&A, I did get to have a nice chat with Joe Cornish and found out lots of interesting things you can expect to see form a feature in the not too distant future. He’s thoughtful and interesting and his film bears plenty of discussion.

I could sum up most of the rest of the day with a "Meh" if I wanted to. If I were, say, tired or had other things to write or research or was feeling a bit hungry or wanted the loo. So…

Meh. Meh meh meh.

I did spend some time talking to interesting people in the bar afterwards, but those stories are for another time, I’m afraid.

If you’re at Kapow tomorrow, do try and say hello. I’ll probably be wearing a Bleeding Cool T-shirt just for visibility’s sake.

*Yeah, right.

Rob Granito Makes It To Kapow

This is the TARDIS in the middle of the Kapow show floor

See that sticker? Let’s get a closer look.

Blimey. Well, we know how he got here. but how did he nick it off the Doctor?

Nick Spencer And Emma Rios To Launch New Cloak And Dagger Series

So here’s another story ripped from the floor of Kapow. Nick Spencer and Emma Rios, new Marvel superstars, are taking over a couple of my own favourite Marvel characters, Cloak And Dagger.

The series will spin out of the current Spider Island running through the Amazing Spider-Man books and will take place in their classic New York stomping ground. Thematically it’s a book about a relationship and the forces that both bring the two together – and then pull them apart.

Nice.

Cloak and Dagger were two of my favourite characters as a kid and, indeed, I was banned from reading their adventures in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man, not so much because of Dagger’s cut out costume, but that their origins and adventures were steeped in the drug trade. Somehow I managed not to grow up to be a drug dealer…

Nick Spencer And Emma Rios To Launch To New Cloak And Dagger Series

So here’s another story ripped from the floor of Kapow. Nick Spencer and Emma Rios, new Marvel superstars, are taking over a couple of my own favourite Marvel characters, Cloak And Dagger.

The series will spin out of the current Spider Island running through the Amazing Spider-Man books and will take place in their classic New York stomping ground. Thematically it’s a book about a relationship and the forces that both bring the two together – and then pull them apart.

Nice.

Cloak and Dagger were two of my favourite characters as a kid and, indeed, I was banned from reading their adventures in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man, not so much because of Dagger’s cut out costume, but that their origins and adventures were steeped in the drug trade. Somehow I managed not to grow up to be a drug dealer…

Ant Man Second Draft Delivered Two Days Ago By Edgar Wright And Joe Cornish, Cornish Has Ideas For Attack The Block 2

Sorry for the brusqueness of this post, I’m blogging on a very small thing in a place with no real signal availability.

Speaking this afternoon at Kapow, Joe Cornish has revealed that he and Edgar Wright delivered the "second draft" of Ant Man just two days ago. That’s one more hurdle jumped – or if I know Wright and Cornish, leapt.

Cornish also said that he has some definite ideas for an Attack the Block sequel so "maybe one day" he’ll get to make it.

More to follow…

Ant Man Second Draft Delivered Two Days Ago By Edgar Wright And Joe Cornish, Cornish Has Ideas For Attack The Block 2 – UPDATED With More Details

Sorry for the brusqueness of this post, I’m blogging on a very small thing in a place with no real signal availability.

Speaking this afternoon at Kapow, Joe Cornish has revealed that he and Edgar Wright delivered the "second draft" of Ant Man just two days ago. That’s one more hurdle jumped – or if I know Wright and Cornish, leapt.

Cornish also said that he has some definite ideas for an Attack the Block sequel so "maybe one day" he’ll get to make it.

More to follow…

UPDATE: Asked if the Ant Man script was based on any run of the comics in particular and presented with the example of Robert Kirkman’s run, Cornish said that it’s definitely not Kirkman but wouldn’t say any more. He did clarify that he is a fan of Kirkman, however.

As regards the idea for Attack the Block 2, Cornish told the amassed fans at his afternoon panel that the idea was Edgar Wright’s, and that it’s "brilliant". Cornish said that he doesn’t think it should be his

Saturday Runaround – Lit By Kapow

ConWatch:I’m off to Kapow this morning. But it’s not the only comics thing happening this week, Eisner-nominated Heidi MacDonald hasplenty of coverage of MoCCA in New York this weekend, and that’s where I’ll be reading my coverage, on the Beat.

This is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.

They say I am a work in progress. The fools.

Travis Charest Sneaks A Project Involving 1940s Wolvie and Cap

When I get asked what I’m working on I usually don’t have a decent answer, until now. This is just a sketch so don’t read too much into it, but I can say it features Cap and Wolverineand part of it takes place in the early 1940’s…

The Silver Snail: Comics icon sold, to move – thestar.com

The Silver Snail comic book store, that 35-year-old, world-famous emporium of comics, action figures and toys, is packing up its distinctive, colourful window displays of superheroes and moving elsewhere ? to the Annex, perhaps, or Yonge St.

Yeah, That Turned Out Not to Be Such a Good Idea – New York News – Runnin’ Scared

In the last couple of days, it’s been pointed out to me quite clearly that this was not the best way to help out the cartooning industry.

Michael Sporn Animation – Splog » NFB Animation Chart

At this event, an important document was sold. It was a large poster delineating the early history of animation through the Golden Age. The chart was developed by Andr?artin. Anyone who was anyone, back then, owned this poster.

Thor: God of Thunder Prologue Trailer | Superhero Hype

SEGA has released a new cinematic prologue trailer for the company’s upcoming third-person action title Thor: God of Thunder. The game will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS on May 3, 2011. A Nintendo 3DS game will be available later in the year.

Flashpoint Friday: Who is behind Project Superman?

Wow, 18 Flashpoint Friday posts this week.

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The Static #25 cover was published with a black heart-shape cut-out cover over it after some talks with DC higher-ups because they didn?t want it printed at all. Why did DC censor it? Some said it could have been seen as promoting teen sex or promiscuity, with the book of sex, and condoms on the cover.Static #25 Censored Cover

Scrooge McDuck, Richie Rich, Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark On The Forbes Fictional 15

The members of our 2011 list of wealthiest fictional characters have an average net worth of $9.7 billion, up 20% from last year. In aggregate, the Fictional 15 are worth $131.6 billion –more than the gross domestic product of New Zealand.

More Live from Transmedia Hollywood 2: Visual Culture and Design > SydneysBuzz

The smartest thing i did was hire Mark Warshaw. 25 years ago his agent didn?t want to mention comic books, and now Loeb finds that people say ?oh, you work in comics. Let?s have a meeting.? He was brought on for the Buffy animated series for Fox Kids. The series never made it off the ground because Disney bought Fox Kids. Jeph Loeb now works for Disney because of their purchasing of Marvel. One of his comics was inspiration for Smallville and then Loeb went to work on Smallville.

RN-T.com – 2 arrested in connection with armed robbery of Magic game cards from comic book shop

The two young men knew what they wanted ? a notebook full of cards for the fantasy game Magic: The Gathering. To get them, police said, one of the men held a stun gun on Legends owner Gordon Lee at the Broad Street comic book shop Wednesday.

WC11: Vado Recounts 25 Years of SLG

Some of SLG’s greatest success came less from risky gambles and more from good luck. Although "Fish Masters" was never their premiere title, the comic tie-in to a local television show did score the young SLG exposure to late-night television watchers. Among the insomniacs was an aspiring comic book creator who grabbed the address for Vado’s storefront off the screen and drove by to drop off a sample of his work. Jhonen Vasquez’s envelope containing sat on Vado’s desk for a good while before Vado figured out he had something with potential in Vasquez and "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac."

Another New Thor Clip Debuts

Paramount Pictures has debuted a new clip for Thor through Yahoo! Movies, featuring a longer look at the characters of Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings as well as a hand-to-hand struggle in a hospital.

Friday Trending Topics: Holding The Line At $2.99

Guy Gardner does tend to have his moments, doesn’t he? I still laugh about the One Punch page and that was 25 (!!) years ago now. Back in realtime, it’s another big convention weekend, with Kapow and Supanova among others going on, and people are talking about Ra’s Al Ghul, Marvel/DC numbers, Thor, and yes, Rob Granito.

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Guy Gardner And The Frost Giants

Here?s an image that?s been doing the rounds, a clipped panel from a recent issue of Green Lantern, labelled Guy Gardner And The Frost Giants.

The Rob Granito Interview ? From One Year Ago

All approaches to Rob Granito, his wife Alison Granito and his agent Alison G (look, let?s keep the pretence they are seperate people to as to appease them) from Bleeding Cool, even after the interview offers were made, have been ignored. Not surprisingly. But we do have an exclusive interview with Rob from one year ago, with Michael Goldstein. And, because this is Bleeding Cool, we have annodated it?

DC And Marvel Basically Tread Water In March 2011 Stats

Right now, DC are probably feeling like Mad Hatters. The new Diamond statistics for comics distributed to the North American direct market of comic shops are out. And it?s a telling judgment on DC?s Hold The Line At $2.99 campaign.

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New Thor Clip Features That Special Cameo Guest Star I Won?t Spoil In The Headline

This clip from Thor seems to suggest that the special cameo guest star was added to the film so late in the day that they?ve simply been spliced into the film between pre-existing shots, and with no apparent narrative impact. Check it out for yourself, and prepare to drop your jaw in disbelief ? unless, of course, you?re frightened of SPOILERS.

Ra?s Al Ghul Has Been Cast In The Dark Knight Rises ? Can You Guess Who?s Playing Him?

You might consider this unexpected casting to be something of a SPOILER, so I want to warn you plenty up front. Turn back now if feeling delicate about the possibility.

NSFW Trailer For Lars Von Trier?s Sci-Fi Film Melancholia ? UPDATED With Better Version

Zentropa have unveiled the first trailer for Lars von Trier?s ?beautiful movie about the end of the world?, Melancholia. The film largely takes place in flashback to the last days of life on Earth as the planet Melancholia approaches on a terrible trajectory.

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DC And Marvel Basically Tread Water In March 2011 Stats

Right now, DC are probably feeling like Mad Hatters. The new Diamond statistics for comics distributed to the North American direct market of comic shops are out. And it?s a telling judgment on DC?s Hold The Line At $2.99 campaign.

Both unit share and market share are pretty much the same as in February. Admittedly Marvel had the death of Human Torch and traditionally take advantage of five week months like March over DC, as well as increasing Captain America and Thor books in time fior the movies, but it’s not as if DC hasn’t been busy either with books like The Dark Knight shipping and Unwritten gaining the top spot for graphic novels.. But overall DC has not seen the sales increases on its $2.99 than it might have expected. Of course, Marvel have increased the number of $2.99 books, and without dropping the page count. This is still ongoing…

In other market news, Image solidify their position in third place and it’s fair to say that April’s figures should give a further boost to this publisher.

Here are those stats in full.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLAR</p>SHAREUNIT

SHAREMARVEL COMICS39.63%45.28%DC COMICS27.62%31.50%IMAGE COMICS5.45%5.09%IDW PUBLISHING5.03%4.14%DARK HORSE COMICS4.27%2.86%DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT3.02%2.74%BOOM! STUDIOS2.09%1.66%VIZ MEDIA1.15%0.50%AVATAR PRESS0.96%0.80%EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD0.88%0.22%OTHER NON-TOP 109.90%5.20%COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARSUNITSMARCH 2011 VS. FEBRUARY 2011COMICS17.13%18.97%GRAPHIC NOVELS13.86%18.38%TOTAL COMICS/GN16.07%18.93%MARCH 2011 VS. MARCH 2010COMICS-2.43%0.81%GRAPHIC NOVELS-10.01%-16.61%TOTAL COMICS/GN-4.98%-0.81%FIRST QUARTER 2011 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2010COMICS-8.57%-8.05%GRAPHIC NOVELS-7.24%-13.25%TOTAL COMICS/GN-8.14%-8.49%

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

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RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR1THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 3: DEAD MAN’S KNOCK TP$14.99DEC100305DC2BATMAN AND ROBIN: BATMAN REBORN TP$14.99DEC100246DC3TAKIO HC$9.95DEC100634MAR4BATMAN: TIME AND THE BATMAN HC$19.99NOV100225DC5BATMAN BEYOND: HUSH BEYOND TP$14.99DEC100245DC6IZOMBIE VOLUME 1: DEAD TO THE WORLD TP$14.99DEC100299DC7BLEACH VOLUME 34 TP$9.99DEC101080VIZ8THE WALKING DEAD VOLUME 1: DAYS GONE BYE$9.99JUL068351IMA9MORNING GLORIES VOL. 1: FOR A BETTER FUTURE$9.99DEC100470IMA10THE THANOS IMPERATIVE HC$24.99DEC100645MARTOP 10 TOYS

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR1WORLD OF WARCRAFT SERIES 7 ACTION FIGURESMAR100358DC2COVER GIRLS OF THE DCU: SUPERGIRL STATUEJUN100300DC3WORLD OF WARCRAFT: LICH KING ARTHAS DLX FIGUREAPR100323DC4JOKER 1/4-SCALE MUSEUM QUALITY STATUEAPR100304DC5DC X BISHOUJO: CATWOMAN STATUEOCT101632KOT6BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM SERIES 1 ACTION FIGURESJUN100288DC7BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: BATMAN BY TONY DANIELJUN100299DC8HEROES OF THE DCU: BLACKEST NIGHT HAL JORDAN BUSTJUN100297DC9MYSTIQUE STATUEMAY101624BOW10WOMEN OF THE DCU SERIES 3: POISON IVY BUSTJUL100279DC

TOP 10 GAMES

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PLAY KITJAN111978NEC5MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MIRRODIN BESIEGED BOOSTER PACKSDEC101712WIZ6YU-GI-OH! TCG 3D BONDS BEYOND TIME MOVIE PACKSDEC101687KON7YU-GI-OH! TCG: DRAGUNITY LEGION STRUCTURE DECKJAN111945KON8DC HEROCLIX: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD BOOSTER PACKJAN101703NEC9MARVEL HEROCLIX: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN BOOSTER PACKJUN101864NEC10MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: DECK BUILDERS TOOLKIT 2011 EDITIONJAN111972WIZ

Deadpool Has A Director – It’s Debutant Tim Miller

Tim Miller‘s history is in VFX. A quick look at his resume shows that he worked on both of Brian Singer’s X-Men movies, alongside such Bleeding Cool favourites as Babe: Pig in the City, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes.*

As such, I can see that he’s probably very good at what he does. Or, at least, what he has been doing. Up next, a new chapter, and here’s hoping he’s very good at that too, because Deadline say he’s been tasked with directing the Deadpool movie. For those a little confused, that’s the upcoming superhero film in which Ryan Reynolds will be wearing red.

We’ve learned a lot about thisDeadpool project here at BC Towers (including which other Marvel characters have roles in the script), and our abiding impression is that, yes, it could be a something rather exciting. Silly, but exciting – thanks in no small part to the high-metabolism screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Debut films can tend to be very raw, and that wouldn’t seem inappropriate here, the truth be told. This is something of an anything-goes project, and really could use somebody full of energy and vim.

The signing of Miller would suggest that the film’s schedule is coming together, at least in principle. Presumably this will have knock-on effects for Ryan Reynolds’ other big projects, including R.I.P.D and any Green Lantern sequel. Indeed, we may already know about the first of these repercussions, as just tonight it was reported that Zach Galifianakis has left the R.I.P.D cast roster over scheduling concerns.

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