Flash Gordon #6

From the fine folks at Ardden Entertainment (who I interviewed for Extra Sequential #2) is the long awaited last issue of their new Flash Gordon series, but a new series will debut shortly. Flash Gordon #6 has sold out via Diamond distribution, but re-order copies will be available soon, and available in August is the TPB collecting all 6 issues of The Mercy Wars. Info below.

In this thrilling conclusion to ‘The Mercy Wars’ story arc, Flash, Dale, Zarkov, Barin, Thun, Vultan and their army of Lion Men, Arborian Rangers, and Hawk Men take the fight directly to Ming’s palace! Meanwhile, a new, though familiar, threat rears its head, leading into the next exciting Flash Gordon arc!

Keep an eye out for FLASH GORDON: INVASION OF THE RED SWORD #1, coming this Fall!

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Planet Hulk Trailer

Scheduled for a February 2010 release is an animated adaptation of the Greg Pak-penned 2003 Planet Hulk storyline form Marvel Comics. Below is the trailer. It’s not really doing it for me, though the Hulk Vs DVD was very enjoyable.

Radical Party

And the Comic-Con news keeps on coming, almost a week after it finished. This is impressive news though. Radical Publishing really are the new kids on the comics block, but have already made a solid name for themselves thanks to some bold painterly interior art, experienced creators and high concept series. They also know how to get the attention of non-comics media, which is something every publisher could learn from. Thanks to their connections in film and music, due mainly to founder Barry Levine, people outside of the often insular world of funnybooks are sitting up and taking notice, and I have to applaud them for that. Official press release below regarding a Con party.

RADICAL PUBLISHING ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR COMIC-CON CELEBRATION

Nick SimmonsThe biggest names of the comic book and entertainment industry took to the red carpet during THE RADICAL EVENT AT THE HARD ROCK HOTEL at San Diego Comic-Con 2009, hosted by Radical Publishing, Gene Simmons and Nick Simmons, promoting both the future titles of Radical Publishing and the release of Radical’s newest title INCARNATE by Nick Simmons.

Guests included Ain’t It Cool News’ head geek Harry Knowles; filmmaker Len Wiseman, producer and director of Radical’s Shrapnel; Bill Condon, writer and director of Dream Girls; actress Hayden Panettiere of Heroes; Marc Forster, director of Finding Neverland and Quantum of Solace; Wesley Snipes, who brought the character Blade to life in the blockbuster film trilogy; Kellan Lutz, star of Twilight and 90210; Darren Bousman, director of Saw II, III and IV and creator of Radical’s upcoming Abattoir; musician, director, screenwriter and film producer Rob Zombie, who terrified audiences worldwide with The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween; screenwriter Rich Wilkes, who wrote XXX; actor Terry Crews of Everybody Hates Chris and the upcoming The Expendables; actress Virginia Madsen, the Academy Award nominated star of Sideways; actor Thomas Jane, star of Punisher and Hung; actor Eli Roth, who is starring in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Inglourious Basterds; actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, star of The 5th Element and Friday; popular comedian and entertainer Carrot Top; actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, star of G.I. Joe and Lost; and actress Adrianne Palicki of Friday Night Lights; model Jade Cole; and from the Fisher House, trustee Tammy Fisher.

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The event also featured a who’s-who of the biggest names in comics including industry legend Stan Lee; DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Dan DiDio and Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada; Comics icon and designer of Radical’s Hercules series Jim Steranko; Steve Pugh, creative talent behind Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead; Arthur Suydam, fan-favorite artist of Marvel Zombies and creator of Cholly & Flytrap: Center City; David Hine, writer of Radical’s upcoming FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency; as well as the creator of 30 Days of Night and Radical’s City of Dust: A Philip Khrome Story, Steve Niles.

“San Diego Comic-Con International is a weekend of celebration for the comic book industry and this year, Radical has a lot to celebrate,” said Radical Publishing’s President Barry Levine. “This past year, we were awarded Diamond Distribution’s Gem Award for Best New Publisher of the Year; our newest title, Incarnate, has already sold out of its first printing; and we’re set to ring in our next year in style.”

The most exciting is yet to come, beginning fall 2009 with Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime, David Hine’s FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, Nick Percival’s Legends, Jimmy Palmiotti’s Time Bomb and Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski, director of Tron Legacy from Disney. Current Radical titles on the stands include Mateki: The Magic Flute from award winning Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano (Vampire Hunter D, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters), the first book of the epic Shrapnel trilogy, Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising, from Zombie Studios’ Mark Long and novelist Nick Sagan, and the hotly anticipated second installment of Radical’s Hercules series, Hercules: The Knives of Kush by Steve Moore.

This Week’s Marvel Stuff

As usual, there’s a bunch of Marvel goodies going on sale this week, including New Avengers #55, the Dark Reign: The Goblin Legacy one-shot and Dark X-Men: The Beginning #2. For the complete list see the link below.

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Marvel At Comic-Con

Marvel have released a slew of great photos from last week’s Comic-Con, including some impressive fan costumes, the cast at the Iron Man 2 panel, and a great shot of the Iron Man Mark IV armour from next year’s sequel. Go here to see all the photos. On a related note, Marvel dropped the bomb at the Con that they now have the rights to the troubled Marvelman character. If that isn’t enough, they also shared that they are working with Sony on their LittleBigPlanet game, with Marvel characters and exclusive content set to appear in the popular interactive title.

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Comic-Con Farewell

Well, it’s been a week since I arrived for San Diego Comic-Con,which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. I’ve seen some of my favourite writers, such as Mark Waid and Alan Burnett. I chatted to people I’ve interviewed for Broken Frontier and Extra Sequential and handed out about 200 business cards. I talked to cover artist Greg Horn about the dangers of kangaroos. I caught a bus with the wife of Doug Murray, who created The ‘Nam for Marvel and now writes Red Sonja for Dynamite. I mentioned to artist David Mack how he’s a gateway drug, and I got mistaken for an Englishman twice. I finally bought the gorgeous Elephantmen Trades and designer JG Roshell let me know that there’s a film in the works, with possible assistance from WETA Workshop. It will be a combination of live action and CGI. I saw a few Hollywood players and I bought  a ton of new comics. Really 4 days isn’t enough for it all, as it is a spectacle. 125 000 people transform the city each year and radio shows, TV news and newspapers all focused on the Con. It’s a mammoth endeavour.

I also managed to talk to a publisher about the exciting future of Extra Sequential, and generally had a blast. It’s tiring, but hopefully I can sleep for my 20 hour flight home.

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Top Cow Panel

Tracker #1The last panel I went to at Comic-Con was the Top Cow one on Saturday. It was a pretty wild affair, with lots to say and not enough time. President Matt Hawkins, Publisher Filip Sablik and founder Marc Silvestri (complete with sunglasses indoors for extra cool) were the main speakers, but there were more people brought on stage than an American Idol episode.

The first big announcement was about the Magdalena movie, which now has a screenwriter in Holly Brix and director in Ryuhei Kitamura. The showreel of the Japanese film maker was presented, consisting of great films such as Versus, Azumi and the recent (and very bloody) Midnight Meat Train. I’ve seen most of his films and teaming up a female writer with a director who knows how to create wild action films with female characters is a great choice. Even Top Cow admitted that the love of this character is surprising, considering she’s only appeared in limited series and x-overs, and never an ongoing series. A teaser poster had the names of Luke Goss (Blade 2, Hellboy 2) and Jenna Dewan (Step Up, The Grudge 2) and like the series, it centres on the Catholic church and its power plays but will also focus on the transfer of power from one Magdalena to another, with someone trying to “hasten the Second Coming of Christ.”

There will also be a new Magdalena ongoing series written by Ron Marz who writes Witchblade for the company, with Ryan Sook as the cover artist. Marz is so impressed by his work that he was willing to wait until Sook was available. No interior artist has been announced yet.

The next film news was about Aphrodite IX, another rarely seen character whose popularity seems to defy logic. Apparently the statue based on the green haired character is their most popular and more news about that film will come next month. Hawkins only hinted that the lead actress is “very hot.”

A sequel to the gory The Darkness game is in the works, since the first one sold over a million units. A film is also in the works for Jackie Estacado and more news will come in 6-8 weeks.

In December arrives a Darkchylde/The Darkness one-shot x-over from Darkchylde creator Randy Queen. You can read more about that in Broken Frontier’s interview with Queen.

The Pilot Season book, Alibi will also get its own film and Common Grounds, described as “Cheers with superheroes and villains,” will receive its own, darker live action TV series.

Busy scribe Marz will write a series called Artifacts which focuses on the 13 artifacts he’s introduced in his Witchblade series, and what happens when you bring all of them together, which is something very bad.

Tracker was then briefly mentioned and it focuses on a look at werewolves in a new way. It’s written by Jonathan Lincoln with art by Francis Tsai. William Harms, writer of the excellent Impaler series is bringing us Epoch, which is like a “supernatural Fight Club,” with a myriad of creatures from mythology battling it out.

Then Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia and his producing partner Russ Cundiff came on stage (they were both sitting right infront of me) to discuss their gruesome Berserker series that plays with Norse mythology and decapitating rage. Ventimiglia obviously likes what Top Cow are doing and believes they’re the only publisher brave enough to publish the series. The director of the indie film Gabriel, Shane Abbess was pointed out in the audience and fans were encouraged to champion his name as a director behind a Berserker film. 

Another Pilot Season series will begin, with Silvestri and writer Robert Kirkman creating all 5 one-shots, the most popular of which will become a series.

Then things started getting even more rapid-fire, but here’s a rundown. There will be a Cyberforce ongoing with art by Kenneth Rocafort and a writer to be announced later. Christos Gage will be writing a series called Sunset, and Silvestri will be working on Midway Earth, Jack the Giant Killer and Warrior. Their deal with Jeff Katz’s (Booster Gold writer) company American Original was also mentioned. Phew. Expect more detailed announcements from the busy Top Cow crew in the coming months.