Young Justice Promo

Based on the DC Comics series of the same name, as well as the Teen Titans series that fcouses on former, and current, superhero sidekicks, the new cartoon Young Justice premieres on the Cartoon Network in America on November 26 with a 1 hour special. Below is a cool looking promo. I might just enjoy this more than Batman: Brave and the Bold.

That’s Kid Flash, Robin and the new Aqualad you can see, as well as Superboy and Guardian, and the kids’ various mentors.

Jason Aaron Breaks It Down

Writer Jason Aaron got noticed through his gritty crime drama Scalped, published from DC/Vertigo and has since done work for Marvel, writing Ghost Rider, Punisher and Wolverine stories. He recently started a regular column at CBR in which he speaks, or rather writes, candidly about the realities of the comic book biz. It’s necessary reading for curious fans and wannabe professionals.

In his latest column, he talks about income, taxes and other stuff that may seem boring to anyone except those who want to also be a comic book pro one day. Here’s a taste:

But anyway, how do you know that the page rate this company is offering you is a fair one? You don’t. Unless you ask other creators and find out what they’re getting paid. That’s sometimes an awkward thing to do, even among friends. Sometimes especially among friends. But it’s good business. I’m all for creators being open with their peers about what they’re getting paid. Otherwise, you’d never have any idea if you’re getting screwed or not. I don’t remember my first page rate for Marvel, from back in 2002 when I did an 8 page Wolverine story as a contest winner, but in 2004 when I first started writing for Vertigo, I got $90 a page. Now I know guys who get page rates that are much less than that. Depends on the company you’re working for. But as I understand it, if you’re doing a book for Marvel or DC, that’s probably a pretty typical starting page rate. For a writer at least. If you’re an artist, it should be much more. If you’re a letterer, probably a good bit less. Again, ask around to other creators who are in the same boat as you and are comfortable talking about what they make in order to find out where you really stand.

You can read all 9 columns right here.

Xenozoic Collected

Xenozoic from Mark Scultz is like Rocketeer by Dave Stevens, as in it’s a series I’m vaguely familiar with but have never read. It’s also widely praised for its classic adventurism and dynamic artwork. Now the fine people at Flesk Publications have released a collected edition of all the Xenozoic tales from creator Mark Scultz. The series was also a cartoon called Cadillacs and Dinosaurs in the early 1990s. Details about the black and white tome below.

Flesk Publications is pleased to announce their new release, Xenozoic by Mark Schultz!

Welcome to the Xenozoic Age, a post-apocalyptic landscape where dinosaurs roam freely…and humanity is the endangered species!

Forced into hiding by a global ecological cataclysm, humans emerge from their underground warrens half a millennium later to discover that the Earth has been totally transformed. All of the familiar flora and fauna are gone, replaced by a radically altered natural order populated by rampaging dinosaurs and strange, new creatures. It takes guts, grim determination, ingenuity and a whole lot of old-fashioned luck just to survive, much less thrive, in this alien wilderness—all qualities that ace mechanic Jack Tenrec, lovely scientist Hannah Dundee and their friends possess in abundance.

But even the worthiest of these hardy souls are hard-pressed to surmount the obstacles presented by their new homeland. And when those trials are further compounded by the underhanded and selfish actions of the cutthroat human scavengers they encounter, brains and bravery might not be enough.

Xenozoic combines lush and richly realized ink-and-brush artwork with a pulp-fueled narrative to create an action-packed fantasy—an unrelenting adventure that also serves as a subtle cautionary fable concerning the unforeseen consequences that shortsighted present-day decisions might have upon future generations.

When asked about his new book, author and artist Mark Schultz explains, “When Flesk Publications expressed interest in publishing a new collection of my Xenozoic stories, I couldn’t have been happier. I knew that the reproduction and packaging would be of the highest quality—the very best. The new scans show my brushwork with more clarity than previously, and with the full tonalities within the blacks evident. My drybrush technique has never been reproduced more faithfully. The generous page count allowed for the addition of extra illustrations, as well. It’s a beautifully designed book—I’m very proud of the entire package.”

Flesk publisher, John Fleskes further notes, “This book features all of the stories written and drawn by Mark Schultz to date. He has created new drawings to introduce all twenty stories, as well as provided additional illustrations. Schultz also fully hand colored the new cover artwork using watercolors, providing a rich overtone unlike anything he has done before.

“With the exception of two stories, ‘Green Air’ (11-pages) and ‘The Rules of the Game’ (10-pages), all of the artwork has been reproduced from the originals. These other two stories were scanned from original proofs.

“I’m very excited about this hefty 352-page Xenozoic book!”

Xenozoic is now available at your local comic book shop and bookstore. Introduction by Craig Elliott, 352-page softbound edition with 4” French flaps, 8.5” x 11” for $39.95. ISBN: 978-1-933865-31-7. Full details and sample pages can be viewed at the Xenozoic product page at the Flesk Publications website. Furthermore, orders can be placed direct through Flesk on their online store.

Heaven Sent From Image Comics

I’m always curious to read any vaguely supernatural themed comic that uses a Christian worldview, or variations thereof, in its storytelling. Usually I end up rolling my eyes in frustration, much like I did as expected in the recent Legion film. I’ll give this new Image series a go though. Official details below.

HEAVEN SENT
The mission is murder in new Image Comics title from Marc Guggenheim’s Collider Entertainment
An average man gets sent on a heavenly task this February in THE MISSION, from Marc Guggenheim’s Collider Entertainment.
In THE MISSION, a typical working guy finds his life upended when he’s approached by a mysterious figure who claims to be the archangel Gabriel. Gabriel tells him he’s been chosen for a mission in the battle between good and evil. The mission? Murder! Did our hero actually get a command from an angel or is he losing his mind?
Written by JON HOEBER and ERICH HOEBER, who wrote the screenplays for Red and Battleship, THE MISSION is produced by ALISA TAGER (HALCYON, Serenity) and MARC GUGGENHEIM (HALCYON, No Ordinary Family). The series is stunningly illustrated by WERTHER DELL’EDERA (Dark Entries, Loveless) and colored by ARIANNA FLOREAN.
“Jon and Erich have written the perfect supernatural thriller,” says Guggenheim. “People have questioned the existence of God and angels for millennia, but the main character of THE MISSION has to face the reality of this conundrum, and the twists and turns will have the readers guessing as well. Werther’s art is a flawless companion to the story, putting into pictures the discord our hero confronts.”
Whether the battle is between good and evil or between sanity and lunacy, it begins in THE MISSION #1 (DEC100433), a 32-page full-color comic book for $2.99, will be in stores February 23, 2011. Collider Entertainment’s first release with Image Comics, HALCYON #1, is available now.