Extra Sequential Podcast #59-Donald Duck & DuckTales

55 mins. Don’t cry fowl, but we discuss the whacky and funny Fantagraphics collection of Carl Barks’ much loved 1940s Donald Duck stories, and compare them to BOOM! Studios’ current DuckTales…tales. Also, Ninja Turtles, Mythbusters and capitalism.

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2:53 NEWS

Amanda Waller gets retconned to a thin woman!

Marvel is no longer publishing any of French publisher’s Soleil’s great comics

Batman: Year One animated clip

 

John Dies at the End cast pics

9:43 THEME – DONALD DUCK AND DUCKTALES 

We tell you why creator Carl Barks is loved for his storytelling prowess and surprisingly funny and absurd humour in his Donald, Scrooge, etc tales and compare it with the modern equivalent in BOOM! Studio’s latest DuckTales mini-series.

You can get Fantagraphics’ Donald Duck in Lost in the Andes in November.

The 4 issues of BOOM!’s DuckTales series, Rightful Owners, are available now.

48: 02 A FEW QUICK THOUGHTS ON THE DC #1s WE’VE READ

 

Marvel’s Tron Comic

It looks like this is the first official collaboration between Marvel and Disney since their new merger, and they’ve picked a good film to partner with. Official details below.

Marvel Announces TRON: THE BETRAYAL

Marvel is proud to announce TRON: The Betrayal, a new two-issue limited series serializing the highly anticipated graphic novel from Disney Publishing Worldwide, tying into Walt Disney Pictures’ high-tech adventure TRON: Legacy, which hits U.S. theaters in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX 3D® on December 17, 2010. The limited two-issue series arrives in October and serves as a prequel to TRON: Legacy. Each extra-sized issue of TRON: The Betrayal features a new cover by superstar artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man). Featuring art and stories by some of the top names in comics today, this all-new story extends upon the mythology of the world of TRON.

The storytelling picks up in the aftermath of Walt Disney Pictures’ first film in its franchise TRON. Kevin Flynn is now in charge of Encom, the world’s largest video game company. Kevin, a break-through game developer, has built the Grid, a digital world filled with living programs. This new virtual world is about to develop a life of its own and, in order to control it, Flynn’s going to need to help of an old friend…named Tron.

“Marvel Publishing is excited to bring Disney Book Group’s first TRON graphic novel to comic book fans in this limited series,” said Ruwan Jayatilleke, Marvel Senior Vice President, Development & Planning, Print, Animation and Digital Media. “So whether you’re new to TRON or a longtime fan, TRON: The Betrayal is an action-packed thrill-ride that will not disappoint!”

This October, experience this must-read story in TRON: The Betrayal #1 before TRON: Legacy lights up the big screen!

TRON: THE BETRAYAL #1 (of 2)

Written by JAI NITZ

Plot courtesy STARLIGHT RUNNER ENTERTAINMENT

Pencils by ANDIE TONG

Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

Rated A…$3.99

ON SALE IN OCTOBER 2010

BOOM!’s Best This Week

So, suppose you went to your friendly neighbourhood comic shop on Saturday for Free Comic Book Day, to see what was what, and maybe get your kids or younger relatives into comics for the first time. Well, this week diverse indie publisher BOOM! Studios have something for your every reading requirement to keep you in the (good) habit. The final issue of Muppet King Arthur is out, as is the latest issue (#5) in their wonderfully entertaining and thankfully ongoing The Muppet Show Comic Book and Walt Disney Comics and Stories #706. See previews from these two issues below. For something that will bring the chuckles to both kids and adults, you can’t go wrong with the awesome Toy Story: The Return of Buzz Lightyear TPB, which collects the very amusing 4 issue series from Jesse Blaze Snider and Nathan Watson. Also in collected form are the first 4 issues of Roger Langridge’s The Muppet Show series.

If you’re chasing something a bit more mature, either the Nola TPB (heroine wakes up battered in a New Orleans hospital facing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and revenge on her mind), the Incorruptible TPB by Mark Waid and Jean Diaz, which is a reverse Irredeemable of sorts, following villain turned hero Max Damage, or the latest issues of 28 Days Later (#10), Irredeemable (#13) or Codebreakers (#10). There ya go! Plenty to choose from.

Boom’s Disney Series Now Ongoing

Press release below from BOOM! Studios about their now ongoing Disney books. It’s great to see they’re not stopping, due to Disney’s purchase of Marvel.

Mickey, Donald, Goofy and more of your Disney favorites
return in two epic ongoing adventures series!

Enchantment and excitement are around every corner as two new Disney comics debut this January, WIZARDS OF MICKEY and DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES.

WIZARDS OF MICKEY #1 continues the epic tale of magical adventure that will finish its first arc in MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS issues #296 – #299. Popular enough to garner its own stand alone series, the WIZARDS OF MICKEY serial continues the adventures of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy as they compete in the Grand Wizard’s tournament, determined to win all the pieces of the Sorcerer Supreme’s crown and free Mickey’s master from the clutches of the evil Phantom Blot!

With WIZARDS OF MICKEY spinning off into its own series, MICKEY MOUSE & FRIENDS takes a break with issue #299, while we prepare the next wave of amazing Mickey adventures.

DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES bursts from the pages of WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES, where the first arc of the story is featured in WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES #699 – #702. DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES follows Super Goof, The Duck Avenger, Eega Beeva, The Red Bat and more coming together as Disney’s mightiest band of heroes, ready to stomp out the bad guys wherever they may lurk!

With DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD spinning off into its own series, WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES #703 will see the debut of a new serial entitled, “Mickey Mouse and The World to Come” by internationally renowned Disney writer and artist Casty.

“The fan response to WIZARDS OF MICKEY and DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD has been completely insane,” says BOOM! Disney Editor Aaron Sparrow. “These characters have reached a whole new audience, and fans, old and new, have clamored to have these stories in their own dedicated series. Well, you demanded it and we delivered. WIZARDS OF MICKEY & DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD will be their own series starting this January!”

WIZARDS OF MICKEY is an ongoing series written by Stefano Ambrosio, with delightful interior art by Lorenzo Pastrovicchio. Issue one ships with two covers in a 50/50 split, and a 1/10 incentive cover. The series features fantastic cover art by Magic Eye Studios and has a Diamond Code of NOV090699.

DISNEY’S HERO SQUAD: ULTRAHEROES is an ongoing series written by Riccardo Secchi, with amazing interior art by Stefano Turconi. Issue one ships with two covers in a 50/50 split, and a 1/10 incentive cover. The series features fantastic cover art by Magic Eye Studios and DWITT, and has a Diamond Code of NOV090686.

All BOOM! titles are serialized as individual 24-page comic books in Direct Market comic book collector shops and newsstands; then each four issue complete story will be collected into graphic novel trade paperbacks available in the mass market via Borders, Barnes & Noble and the direct market as well. Kable Distribution Services, Inc. distributes a BOOM! line of monthly publications to the newsstand market.

Marvel/Disney Deal Reactions

I won’t harp on about this, as the geekosphere is still in a tizzy about the just announced deal that has Disney buying Marvel for $4 billion. However, there’s some interesting reactions to be found from comic book pros at CBR, Newsarama and Broken Frontier. My initial thought over this whole thing was somewhere between a mix of panic, distrust and cautious optimism. However, with a fresh day comes new tidbits, from the sites above, such as the fact that Disney will leave Marvel well alone and won’t interfere, so we won’t see Wolvie offering hugs instead of claws to the gut. Disney are impressed by the way Marvel operate and don’t want to mess with that. Disney are approaching this in the same way they did when they bought Pixar and Jim Henson’s company.

Hopefully more kids will see comics now. It wasn’t that long ago that I saw a spinner rack at Target. Those days may return. Disney want that young male demographic and Hannah Montana ain’t doing that. With their theme parks, retail outlets and whatnot, Marvel could get a presence outside of comic shops like they haven’t had in years.

Apparently Robert Iger, the man who made the announcement yesterday, and the head of Disney is Jerry Iger’s nephew. Jerry Iger founded the famous Eisner & Iger comic book production house in the 1930s, so hopefully that respect for comics rubs off on Bob.

Of course, Disney may not be pushing Marvel’s more mature comics and may just focus on the all-ages stuff like Marvel Adventures, but then again Disney have their hands in many pies. They were once responsible for signing  Insane Clown Posse through their Hollywood Records and via Touchstone Pictures are releasing Bruce Willis’ new film, Surrogates.

Of course, a CGI X-Men film is possible too, though perhaps not until the deal with 20th Century Fox is over, and BOOM! Studios hold the keys to Disney comics, so Marvel won’t be making them. Only time will tell, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing the Disney logo on Dark Avengers. It may just be a brave new future and give Marvel some financial stability and freedom. DC Comics has been owned by Warner Bros. for the last 3 decades and they’ve profited greatly from it.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. Now here’s a few great covers from this week’s new Marvel releases. For the full list, see the link below the pics.

Deadpool #15

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Disney Buys Marvel!

I know – what?! Well, it’s not April Fool’s Day and CBR and Newsarama are reporting it. The rather boring press release below doesn’t really reveal a lot, but I think it’s a good thing, as long as Joe Quesada still remains in charge and X-Men won’t be filled with princesses and singing animals. I’m sure Marvel will have plenty to say about this in the coming days, and I can already sense fanboys in a spin. The loose link is that Disney characters have been in comics for decades, and Mickey Mouse and pals are now being published by BOOM! Studios, and they’re making the Surrogates film based on the Top Shelf comic. Still – wow. DC Comics  is owned by Warner Bros. and now this. The two largest English speaking comic book publishers on the planet are now owned by multi-national corporations. Is that a good thing? Check out Disney CEO Robert A. Iger’s official video announcement here.

Worldwide leader in family entertainment agrees to acquire Marvel and its portfolio of over 5,000 characters

Acquisition highlights Disney’s strategic focus on quality branded content, technological innovation and international expansion to build long-term shareholder value.

Building on its strategy of delivering quality branded content to people around the world, The Walt DisneyCompany (DIS) has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (MVL) in a stock and cash transaction, the companies announced today.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney on August 28, 2009, Marvel shareholders would receive a total of $30 per share in cash plus approximately 0.745 Disney shares for each Marvel share they own. At closing, the amount of cash and stock will be adjusted if necessary so that the total value of the Disney stock issued as merger consideration based on its trading value at that time is not less than 40% of the total merger consideration.

Based on the closing price of Disney stock on Friday, August 28, the transaction value is $50 per Marvel share or approximately $4 billion.

“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”

“We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation,” Iger said.

“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses,” said Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s Chief Executive Officer. “This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters. Mr. Perlmutter will oversee the Marvel properties, and will work directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build and further integrate Marvel’s properties.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Marvel have each approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, effectiveness of a registration statement with respect to Disney shares issued in the transaction and other customary closing conditions. The agreement will require the approval of Marvel shareholders. Marvel was advised on the transaction by BofA Merrill Lynch.