Comics Writer Detained At LAX

Now this is an interesting piece of news. Writer Mark Sable was detained by airport security because of his latest comic script. It’s both scary and funny at the same time. Poor guy. He took it well though. It reminded me of the time last year when I returned home from Comic-Con and customs went through ALL of my purchases, even my laptop and cameras. That was nowhere near as concerning as this would’ve been though. Of course, this could all be made up. Maybe it never happened at all and is just a clever marketing ploy. Bet it works though.


Ripped-from-the-headlines espionage series causes alarm at LAX


TSA did not understand that comic books could be about anything other than superheroes

“My privacy is a small price to pay for educating the government about the medium.”

Comics writer Mark Sable was detained by TSA security guards at LAX this past weekend when they discovered inflammatory material in a script for Sable’s new BOOM Studios miniseries UNTHINKABLE. The comic series follows members of a government think tank that was tasked with coming up with 9/11-type “unthinkable” terrorist scenarios that now are coming true. 

Sable was detained while traveling from LAX to NYC to attend a signing for the premiere of UNTHINKABLE #1 at Jim Hanley’s Universe this Wednesday, May 13th. 

Fans and friends were made aware of the TSA detention when Sable “Twittered” about the events at, after he was released. 

Sable wrote BOOM! Studios a more in-depth version of the encounter to release to the public: 

“Flying from Los Angeles to New York for a signing at Jim Hanley’s Universe Wednesday (May 13th), I was flagged at the gate for ‘extra screening’. I was subjected to not one, but two invasive searches of my person and belongings. TSA agents then “discovered” the script for UNTHINKABLE #3. They sat and read the script while I stood there, without any personal items, identification or ticket, which had all been confiscated. 

“The minute I saw the faces of the agents, I knew I was in trouble. The first page of the UNTHINKABLE script mentioned 9/11, terror plots and the fact that the (fictional) world had become a police state. The TSA agents then proceeded to interrogate me, having a hard time understanding that a comic book could be about anything other than superheroes, let alone that anyone actually wrote scripts for comics. 

“I cooperated politely and tried to explain to them the irony of the situation. While UNTHINKABLE blurs the line between fiction and reality, the story is based on a real-life government think tank where a writer was tasked to design worst-case terror scenarios. The fictional story of UNTHINKABLE unfolds when the writer’s scenarios come true, and he becomes a suspect in the terrorist attacks. 

“In the end, I feel my privacy is a small price to pay for educating the government about the medium.” 

Female Bucky Returns?

Another teaser image was released from Marvel yesterday. These images seem to be working, as fanboy tongues get wagging each time. To celebrate the release of Captain America #600 on June 17, this image lays hints as to what’s next. The issue is written by Ed Brubaker, Mark Waid, Roger Stern and Stan Lee. That’s some of the best writers Cap has had over the decades. The art will be supplied by a bunch of people too including Butch Guice, Luke Ross and Howard Chaykin. I knew the character in the promo looked familiar, before I picked it – the female Bucky from the controversial late 1990s Heroes Reborn saga. Perhaps the issue will be an anthology issue with looks at Captain America from different eras, like the current Hulk: Broken Worlds series. Either way, it appears that something big is stirring in Cap’s world, as also evidenced by the 5 issue series entitled Reborn (from Brubaker and Bryan Hitch) that hits in July. That’s all we know for now, as Marvel have only released the white word, “Reborn” on a black background as a teaser for that series. Maybe Steve Rogers will be reborn, or perhaps it an allusion to Heroes Reborn, with the female Bucky teaming up with James Barnes, the original Bucky and current Cap. Who knows?


King City Returns

King CityImage Comics had great success with the new old-timey crime series, Viking in its larger format and are bringing back another series in the same style. Press release below.
The Eisner-nominated major debut by cartoonist Brandon Graham, KING CITY, finally continues in an ongoing series presented in the deluxe, oversized format courtesy of TOKYOPOP and Image Comics!

“Continuing KING CITY has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled that TOKYOPOP and Image Comics are bringing it back in the best way possible,” Graham said. “We’re doing it as thirty-two page monthly issues, the first six issues remastering the original series along with as much cool new work as I can fit, in a format akin to Image’s VIKING. Starting with issue 7, the series will consist entirely of all-new material. This is KING CITY looking better than I’d ever hoped- in burlydeluxe oversized serializations.”

KING CITY is solely populated by the weirdest of the weird including Joe, a thief-for-hire with a cat capable of becoming any tool or weapon.  Amongst his friends are his co-hort,  Pete, who is too busy falling in love with an alien he’s forced to betray to assist in their latest mission and Anna, who can’t help but watch her boyfriend literally turn into the drug he’s addicted to. The ongoing series will consist of remastered and original material, in the same deluxe format as Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein’s VIKING. 

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson said, “Brandon represents a whole new generation of cartoonists coming into comics with a fresh eye for creating original material unlike anything else out there. We’re excited to be working with both Brandon and TOKYOPOP on returning KING CITY to the stands in a way no one has seen before.”

Added Mike Kiley, Senior VP at TOKYOPOP, ““We’’re very happy that Brandon’’s amazing book is going to appear in this deluxe format. I’’m especially looking forward to seeing Earthling J. Catingsworth III in all his over-sized glory.””

KING CITY #1, a 32-page black and white oversized comic book for $2.99, will be in-stores August 19th.