SDCC 2015 News

The biggest comicon in the world enters its second full day of programming today in San Diego, but here’s a quick listing of news from SDCC as of Thursday that I found interesting.

It appears that Ben Affleck is going all-in with Batman. It was reported that he will not only star in a solo Batman film, but is working on the script with Geoff Johns and will direct the movie. Given that Deadline is citing “studio sources,” I imagine that we’ll be hearing more definitive news soon. Regardless, what do you think of Affleck taking on such a leadership role in regards to the Caped Crusader?

BBC unveiled the new Season 9 Doctor Who trailer, and we get more of the female version of the Master, which is good, but also more of the same old classic villains, which might be good. Plus Arya Stark (aka Maisie Williams) comes for a visit that looks promising.

Finally in moving pictures news is the SDCC trailer debut of Alan Tudyk’s webseries Con Man. This looks like a lot of snarky fun, in part because of all the people that Tudyk hired/asked/cajoled into being in the series, including Nathan Fillion, Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Tricia Helfer, Gina Torres, Sean Maher, Seth Green, Michael Dorn, Joss Whedon, et al. Also, who doesn’t love a bit of fun being poked at your expense? I will be buying the DVD when it’s released, but the on demand viewing begins at Vimeo on September 30.

As far as comics news, Jim Starlin will be returning to Dreadstar to write and draw a mini-series to debut via some publisher after he finishes with it. Dreadstar was a series that I only got into a little bit (actually, the six-issue Dreadstar and Company from 1985), but knew it was a big deal at the time. I’m curious why Starlin wants to come back to the character and the universe after nearly 30 years.

Dark Horse and Joëlle Jones announced a sequel to Lady Killer, possibly coming in 2016. The first miniseries is one I had wanted to get, but decided to wait for the trade, and I’ve regretted that decision based on reader reaction. Without having read more than preview samples, I already plan on buying this sequel as well.

IDW will also be debuting a new mini-series, but for the Star Trek line, called Star Trek: Starfleet Academy by Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrot, and Derek Charm. It’ll chronicle new characters as they attend the academy, as well as reveal in flashbacks more of the Enterprise crew’s time there. I’ve really been enjoying the main Star Trek series (heading its way to issue 50 come October), so I will probably be getting this mini.

Finally, Vertigo announced 12 new series to debut October through December, 2015:

  • The Twilight Children by Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke
  • Survivors’ Club by Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen and Ryan Kelly
  • Clean Room #1 by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
  • Art Ops by Shaun Simon and Michael Allred
  • Unfollow by Rob Williams and Mike Dowling
  • Slash & Burn by Si Spencer, Max Dunbar and Ande Parks
  • Red Thorn by David Baillie and Meghan Hetrick
  • Jacked by Eric Kripke and John Higgins
  • Sheriff of Baghdad by Tom King and Mitch Gerads
  • New Romancer by Peter Milligan and Brett Parson
  • Lucifer by Holly Black and Lee Garbett
  • Last Gang in Town by Simon Oliver and Rufus Dayglo

Just based on name talent alone, I’ll be looking intently at The Twilight Children (Hernandez and Cooke?!), Clean Room (Gail Simone; this was debuted at Emerald City Comicon earlier this year and it looks like fun), Art Ops (Michael Allred), Sheriff of Badhdad (Tom King), New Romancer (Peter Milligan), and Lucifer (both for the character and Lee Garbett). And, of course, I’m looking forward to finding out more about the rest.

What SDCC news piqued your interest?

Podcast Episode 72: Breaking Late News: SDCC 2014

This episode we discuss the news coming out of the 2014 Comic-Con International in San Diego.

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New Comics Wednesday 7/30/14

Happy New Comics Wednesday! Here are the comics that I’ll be getting from this week, plus some San Diego Comic-Con news.

New Comics this week

  • AVENGERS #33
  • BODIES #1: the premise of a murder mystery across decades is what hooked me.
  • EAST OF WEST #14
  • FATALE #24: Sigh. The final issue. Fortunately, there’s already a new Brubaker/Phillips project coming out very soon.
  • HAWKEYE #19: Wait, this book is still around? :) I’ve missed it sooo much!
  • MANHATTAN PROJECTS #22: Possibly my final issue.
  • NEW 52 FUTURES END #13
  • SANDMAN OVERTURE #3: Wait, this book is still around? ;) I may have to reread the first two.
  • TEN GRAND #10
  • VERTIGO QUARTERLY #1 MAGENTA: the next quarterly issue–I hope this one is a little better than the last issue.
  • WAKE #10: The end of this series. I wasn’t all that impressed by the story, but I enjoyed the art.

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San Diego Comic-Con News

Here are some news bits coming out of the 2014 Comic-Con International in San Diego that caught my eye.

First up, and possibly most important, is that comiXology is offering DRM-free backup files of participating select titles. If the major companies can be persuaded to follow suit, I may become more of a digital reader. However, most of my books that are currently available to be backed up aren’t really worth it to me. But this can only get better and bigger, right? Here’s hoping.

Grant Morrison conceived of the Multiversity map and it’s interesting. I cannot wait to see how all of this ties together!

Warner Bros. released the first look at Gal Godot in her Wonder Woman suit/armor/outfit, and she looks great! I tweeted about the lack of color, but others pointed out that what we’re seeing is probably not the way the suit actually looks in the film. And I love the fact that she’s got the short sword. C’mon! She’s an Amazon warrior! When peace fails, she may have to kick ass. :)

Forget all those other DC properties being brought to the small screen, I’m most excited for Constantine, and the latest trailer is AWESOME! October 24 is too far away….

Guardians of the Galaxy hasn’t even debuted yet, but Marvel Studios has announced a release date for the sequel, and an animated series is on the way. What?! What is it about this franchise that has Marvel doubling (tripling?) down on it? I guess I’ll just have to watch the movie and find out.

The one comic book related gem that has me excited was the announcement that Spider-Woman will be getting another shot at an ongoing (I’m still bitter over the Bendis/Maleev series getting cut short–what a great premise that was) with writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Greg Land. Yes, it’s tied to the Spider-Verse event, but I don’t care because I get a Spider-Woman series!

Finally, but certainly not least, the 2014 Eisner winners were announced. I’m ashamed to say that I have not read many of the nominees, let alone the winners, but congrats to all of those whose talent has been recognized!

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Podcast Episode 51: San Diego Comic-Con News

Travis joins me to discuss news coming out of or talked about during the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.

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