My 800th Post!

Well actually the 800th post was yesterday, but now I’ve passed that impressive number. Now it may not sound like  a lot but it brings me joy to say it. Here’s some other numbers now that I’m in the mood for patting myself on the back.

9, 599 – total number the 3 issues of Extra Sequential have been read on Scribd

17, 438 – total number of ES subscribers on Scribd

69, 549 – total number of ES page views on Issuu

350 – number of U.S cents Arcana #1 (upcoming print version of ES) will cost

72 – number of days until Arcana #1 hits shelves. Oh, what a happy day that will be!

On a less self-congratulatory note, thanks to everyone who’s read, commented and liked my nerdy ramblings over the last 16 months. It’s all very much appreciated, and I have much more nerdiness to explore, dissect and promote in the future. Hope you stay!

David Tischman Interview

Up at Broken Frontier now is my interview with writer David Tischman. He’s responsible for series such as Bite Club, and the current Red Herring from Wildstorm. Also released this week is his new series from 12 Gauge Comics, called Luke McBain,with artists Kody Chamberlain and Brian Stelfreeze. It’s a 4 ish mini based on country singer Trace Adkins. Now before you shake your head, give the series a go as its action packed, justice touting story sounds pretty cool. You can read the whole interview here.

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Last Week’s Winners

Star Wars: Invasion #5 CvrStar Wars: Invasion #5 by writer Tom Taylor and artist Colin Wilson. You’d think Dark Horse would be running out of steam with the Star Wars franchise by now, with series detailing all manner of eras and characters. Taylor and Wilson proved with this series that there’s still life left in it yet. By focusing on the new Galfrdian family and the larger assault by the vile, yet popular, Yuuzhang Vong race the pair have managed to knit new and intriguing elements into Lucas’ favourite playground. This last issue (for now, as the series will begin again early next year) has been a satisfying conclusion (of sorts) to this arc. Taylor has handled the older SW characters such as Luke, Leia and Han wisely, but not with kid gloves. It never feels like they’re on the page just to appear to traditional SW fans. However, with Finn and co. on board Taylor and Wilson show that the SW world is a varied beast that still has room for new concepts and characters that could very well live as long as their famous screen counterparts.

Psylocke #1 by Chris Yost and Harvey Talibao. Back in the day (ie, the mid ’90s) pretty much every X-character had their own mini-series without any real reason (apart from the obvious cynical one – $) and I thought this would be the same. It was, but I still enjoyed it. I’ve always had a mild fanboy crush for Psylocke. She is a hot Eurasian ninja after all. This first issue of four, is a great intro, or re-intro, to the character. It begins with a fight on the island of Utopia, before a flight to Japan with Wolverine, which leads to a run-in with the local authorities, a splendid bout with a few Hand ninja in a cemetery and a declaration of vengeance. Pyslocke’s narration offers the odd quip about souls and identities, which is fitting enough with an origin as complex as Betsy’s, and also included is the first part of a back-up series focusing on Cable and the young Hope. This is pencilled by Steve Dillon, which would be great in anything but a superhero book. It just doesn’t seem the same when he’s out of the more “realistic” worlds of Punisher and Preacher.

Pope Hats #1 CvrPope Hats #1 by Ethan Rilly. Every month when I do my ordering from Previews, I make sure to support at least one indie title. That was the reasoning behind this purchase. They’re not always nice surprises, but you got to try. There was a slight feeling that I was missing something here, like beginning with Season 2 of a TV series, but overall it was enjoyable and funny. Centering on a young woman named Frances, her drink-loving friend Vickie and an odd ghost that only Frances can see who offers random statements (“Sometimes I go into the woods and carry  a bear on my back.”) it makes for a light, and amusing tale. Essentially filled with scenes of conversation with dialogue that Kevin Smith would be proud of the black and white approach to the art is just as simple as the narrative, but it all hangs together well and seems like the kind of witty and off-beat story that you’d find in the arty section of your local Blockbuster.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths Trailer

Oh yeah, this is what I’m talking about! Whereas Marvel’s direct to DVD animated films have been fairly bland affairs treated with kid gloves, Warner Bros. are giving DC diehards film after film to get excited about. It’s a smart approach that they’ve employed with every recent film, such as Superman/Doomsday, Green Lantern: First Flight and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and it goes a little something like this; don’t bog down the story in exposition but just get straight to what the fans want. Apparently Public Enemies sold like gangbusters, and now Warner Bros. are considering a first for this series; a sequel.

This approach works splendidly, as it’s the fanboys and girls that lap this stuff up and expect the same kind of maturity and action they get from their comics. However, with great extras explaining just who these characters are and revealing a little DC history, newbies need not be overwhelmed, but hopefully intrigued by the DCU.

So, gushing aside, next year’s DVD feature is entitled Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and features a good Lex Luthor from an alternate earth visiting “our” Justice League’s aid in wiping out their evil counterparts, the Crime Syndicate. Trailer below. I said Public Enemies was the best of these films, but I may just have to revise that statement early next year.

Kick-Ass Trailer

Kick-Ass, based on the guilt pleasure comic of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. debuts on cinemas on April 16. It stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage and Superbad’s McLovin and is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust).It’s all about the titular teen who, inspired by his love of superheroes, decides to become one himself, making fans, enemies and lots of costly mistakes along the way. Black humour, blood and a high-five to fanboys everywhere. Trailer below, though it doesn’t really give the film justice and plays it generally safe.

TV Show Comics On iPhone

We have a feature in the first issue of Arcana on comiXology and the work they’re doing bringing comics to the wonders of the iPhone. The number of  TV shows comic adaptations  on the handy device seems to be increasing too, with The Middle Man and Spartacus: Blood and Sand comics giving fans of the live action shows to follow their digital counterparts. There’s a short article here on the topic, even though they do describe X-Men as “animation influenced.” Oh well. At least comics are being promoted in various formats these days and it’s not just the sometimes intimidating/bewildering LCS as the only option for getting your mitts on some sequential art goodness.

Casper And The Spectrals #1

Casper and the Spectrals #1Ardden Entertainment made a good impression with their new Flash Gordon series and look set to use the same contemporary approach to another classic character – Casper. I know when the cover of the first issue was released a while back a few jaded fanboys rolled their eyes with this apparently desperate attempt to make the loveable ghost “down with the kids,” but really there are so few all-ages series on the shelves today, especially those in which parents, (or even grandparents in this case as Casper is turning 60!) can enjoy with their children. Newsarama seemed to enjoy the first issue and it is written by Ardden’s Brendan Deneen as well as great Spider-Man writers J.M DeMatteis and Todd Dezago, so is worth a look. Details below. The first issue is available this week.

Just in time for Casper the Friendly Ghost’s 60th anniversary, Ardden Entertainment proudly debuts Casper And The Spectrals, an all-new take on the world’s most famous ghost and his two friends, Wendy the Witch and Hot Stuff!  There is a city within New York City known as Spooky Town, but most humans are unable to see it. Within this city live the Spectrals, the ghosts, goblins, demons and witches of the world. When an ancient entity known as the Volbragg threatens both New York and Spooky Town, Casper and his friends are forced to band together and defeat an unimaginable evil!

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Story by JM DeMatteis & Brendan Deneen; Script by Todd DeZago; Art by Pedro Delgado; Color by Kieran Oats

Bryan Talbot Interview

Over at the always insightful Sci Fi Pulse (they cover not just comics, but films, TV, etc too) is a rather interesting interview with British creator Bryan Talbot. Talbot is the man behind the classic Luther Arkwright and recently released Grandville. The full interview can be heard, yes heard, next month at Blog Talk Radio, and while you’re there you may like to listen to the other interviews, with people such as Amanda Tapping from TV’s Sanctuary and Richard Emms from publisher Ardden (Flash Gordon, the new Casper and the Spectrals). For a teaser of the Talbot interview and more details visit Sci Fi Pulse.

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Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 Covers

Hitting stores on November 18 is the penultimate part of the pretty, and action packed Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer series. Details from Top Cow below.

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Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today the upcoming release of the penultimate installment of Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 the first crossover between Top Cow’s Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer teams. Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 is written by Mark Waid (Amazing Spider-Man, Strange), who co-created Hunter-Killer with Top Cow’s CEO and founder Marc Silvestri in 2005, with artwork by Kenneth Rocafort (Madame Mirage, Pilot Season: The Core), who drew the final four issues of the initial Hunter-Killer Season One series.

In Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4, both the Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer teams have discovered that Morningstar and Cyberdata are working towards a frightening global-spanning goal, but will the two teams be able to trust each other enough to survive the encounter against their true foes?

Silvestri created Cyberforce as the first comic book title to be produced by his newly-formed company in 1992. Hunter-Killer was created in 2005 by Silvestri and Waid. Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer picks up after Hunter-Killer: Season One wrapped up.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 will arrive in stores on November 18th and features covers by Rocafort and Whilce Portacio (Image United).

Two cover variants will be offered for Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4, one by series artist Rocafort and another by Top Cow “Artist Pit” alumni Joe Benitez (Soulfire, Teen Titans). The fully colored Benitez cover is revealed for the first time now.

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #4 will retail for $2.99 as part of Top Cow’s own initiative to keep all of their regular comics priced at $2.99 for the duration of the 2009 calendar year.

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Siege: What Price Victory?

Marvel’s newest epic is called Siege and revolves around Norman Osborn and his nefarious plans for Thor’s home of Asgard. They’ve been releasing teaser images for the last 2 weeks, and below is the latest, by Simone Bianchi with the relevant info (including the Final Order Cutoff and release dates for the mini-series). You can see the whole collection of teaser images over at Broken Frontier.

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What Price Victory?

SIEGE: THE CABAL [Prologue to Siege] (OCT090467)
SIEGE: THE CABAL DAVIS VARIANT (SEP098227)
SIEGE: THE CABAL FINCH SKETCH VARIANT (SEP098228)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by MICHAEL LARK
Cover by DAVID FINCH
Variant Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Sketch Variant Cover by DAVID FINCH
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC—11/12/09, On-Sale—12/2/09

SIEGE #1 (of 4) (NOV090419)
SIEGE #1 (of 4) DELL’OTTO VARIANT (NOV090420)
SIEGE #1 (of 4) QUESADA VARIANT (NOV090421)
SIEGE #1 (of 4) COIPEL SKETCH VARIANT (NOV090422)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
Sketch Variant by OLIVIER COIPEL
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC—12/10/09, On-Sale—1/6/10

Behind The Scenes

Thanks to the always informative Superman Homepage for sharing this fantastic new YouTube resource. FX guy Steve Johnson has worked on many major Hollywood films over the last 30 years and now that he’s no longer in the biz, he wants to get all his archival footage out there. Steve’s introductory video shows some of what we can expect, such as concept work, deleted scenes and more from films such as Spider-Man 2, Fantastic Four and the so-glad-it-was-never-made Tim Burton Superman film from the mid 1990s. Check it out below.

Work In Comics Site

I meant to mention this a while ago, but here it is now. Below is the press release for the new Work In Comics website. It’s a great idea to get similarly minded comics fans together on creative collaborations. The people behind the wonderful Septagon Studios are behind it, who we featured in Extra Sequential. Check out all the details below.

Work In Comics is a job and collaboration platform which is designed specifically for the needs of putting together comics. Users looking for work or looking to hire will be able to come to Work In Comics to find potential prospects. Why go surfing all over the net when you can come to one place and find what you’re looking for?
The site is designed to gather comic book creators in all areas of comic development to help fulfill their needs of various comic services. Work In Comics is built upon the experiences of many independent creators, and how their careers in the comics industry could have used one or two fewer challenges; this platform will serve as an aid for those creators. Work In Comics provides an all-in-one platform to help aspiring creators build their comic team.

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The website also offers various services such as a Creator Announcement section where creators are free to post upcoming events, convention appearances, or project launches, a Work In Comics blog where users will be able to get the latest tips and advice on how to get involved in the comics industry, and more. Best of all, Work In Comics is a FREE service.

Many more great features will be added shortly; we encourage our users to read the various guidelines and help topics in order to get started in creating their first post. We also encourage our users to provide feedback and suggestions through our “give feedback” feature on the Work In Comics blog, so as to help improve the site.

Some Features of Work In Comics include:
• Targeted Job Postings
• Multiple Search Options
• Upload Your Resume and demo reels
• Subscriptions and RSS features.
• Post Your Announcement
• It’s ALL FREE!

About Work In Comics:
http://www.workincomics.com

Our goal at Work In Comics is to help you find fellow creators in all areas of comic development. It is a place where people looking for work in comics can find opportunities, or create their own. We have great tools and resources available to help get you started on your way to building your comic team and getting your comic project realized.

• Find a Writer
• Choose an Artist
• Search for opportunities
• Build your comic team

Work In Comics

Opportunities. Resources. Collaboration.

Work In Comics Video demo and FAQ
http://workincomicsblog.septagonstudios.com/?p=69
http://workincomics.septagonstudios.com/faq

Work In Comics Blog and Tutorials at:
http://workincomicsblog.septagonstudios.com

Work In Comics founded in 2009, a division of Septagon Studios, Inc.

Digested From Gestalt

Now available from Gestalt Publishing are the first two issues of creator Bobby N’s Digested series. Bobby’s work was the highlight for me (and many others) in Gestalt’s recent Flinch anthology, so to see the writer/artist be the focus of these slice of life pages is sure to be a treat. More details and preview pages can be seen at Gestalt’s site.

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Modern Masters For $10

Those delightful folks at TwoMorrows give the gerky portion of the world some pretty good products, with their books and magazines mainly focused on comics of the 1970s and 80s. They currently have a sale on (until the end of November) where you can get their entire back catalogue of Modern Master books for only $10. Each book is over 100 pages and primarily black and white and centres on a particular talented artist, with interviews, art and such. Artists covered include George Perez, Bruce Timm, Alan Davis and more. See them all here.

 

Modern Masters: Frank Cho