Entertainment Weekly has an interesting interview with Alan Moore on comics and motion media.
Do you think that any good can come of comics movies?
I increasingly fear that nothing good can come of almost any adaptation, and obviously thatâ€™s sweeping. There are a couple of adaptations that are perhaps as good or better than the original work. But the vast majority of them are pointless.
We all know that Alan Moore has never been a fan of his work being translated into motion picture or television form.Â I just thought this was a good summation of his overall argument.
IDW Publishing has announced it will be collecting the three-issue mini-series Snaked into a trade paperback.
Written by Clifford Meth, with art by Rufus Dayglo, Snaked tells the story of Bill Timmons, who is born with scales and a latent ability for bloody outburst… but when Timmons makes it to the high-profile political scene, he finds out who the *real* snakes are.
The trade will also include the original short stories that were inspired by the series and illustrated by Dave Cockrum.Â If you are a fan of comics that are turned into movies, you might want to snag this trade for reading soon, as it has been picked up by Elysium Film.
Boom! Studios has announced Matt Gagnon has been promoted to Managing Editor of Boom! Studios.Â Gagnon first started at Boom! as the editor of the Farscape comic line.Â He will be under the supervision of EOC Mark Waid as he moves into his new position.
“Matt Gagnon is like the Michael Clayton of comics. At his previous job at Meltdown, I saw him in action, making things happen and fixing problems. At BOOM! he’s done the same thing, to the point where I probably ought to start fearing for my job,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid.
Hopefully Mr. Waid isn’t fearing for his job, because he’s doing one hell of a job himself.Â Congrats to Matt for his promotion. via Boom! Studios
I’m in the process of cleaning out the Major Spoilers Toy Closet (something that is taking forever).Â The toy collection goes back nearly 20 years and contains a variety of figures (some are for sale), and I’m constantly amazed at the number of different styles a particular character can take.
This brings me to…
Yes, take the jump and see all the Darkseid incarnations.
With Marvel Apes debuting in September, Marvel will also release Monkey Variants for many of its titles.Â Kicking us off are the variant covers to Ghost Rider #26 and Moon Knight #21.Â For some reason people go bananas for monkeys in comics, and variants seem to do well too, so I guess Marvel will have a couple of sell out titles on its hands.
Since today’s podcast is all about Ultimate-izing comics and television shows, here’s a look at the original Ultimate line – DC’s Elseworlds.
This is a fan film a few friends and I shot about a year ago. We were planning on shooting a series of 2-4 minute original story webisodes dealing with characters in the DC Universe. This is the first webisode in the series.
According to the USA Today, Robert Rodriguez and Rose McGowan are once again teaming up to bring the metal bikini clad red haired she-devil with a swoard to the big screen.
“I was surprised when Rose brought me a script of Red Sonja that she liked,” Rodriguez says from his home base of Austin, where he is shooting Shorts, a family film with James Spader and Jon Cryer. “I found it very entertaining. Sonja was strong, smart, cunning â€” just about everything she’d have to be to survive.”
Thankfully, Rodriguez and McGowan are using material from the comics and from the works of Robert E. Howard, and are steering clear for the first Red Sonja movie.
Robert E. Howard…we might have something on that soon…
Viper Comics has sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles arriving in stores September 2008.Â Josh Howard fans will want to pay attention to the order forms as his new series T-Bird and Throttle arrives.
Here is the New Comic Release list for comics scheduled to be in stores June 25, 2008. There may be items on this list that are not shipped at the last minute, or new material may be added. Check with your local retailer for more details.
According to director Peter Segal, the production is still feeling the aftershocks of the writer’s strike.
We’re still working on the script. An interesting little development, but it’s an annoying one, is that after a strike there are residual effects and one was that everyone who was a writer suddenly had a back log of assignments as did John August, so we started to do our re-write process but he had to service some of these other prior commitments. So now we’re kind of waiting in line to get him back but it’s worked out okay because we’ve been working on the marketing of this and getting this going, so we’ve been doing enough to keep ourselves busy and as soon as this movie gets released then we’re going to focus again on ‘Billy Batson and the Legend of Shazam‘.
Well gosh darn that!Â Of all the superheroes to get a movie make over, this is one that could be really good, especially if they make it a true adventure ala the old seriels.Â If Segal plays his cards right, and there is a really good script, Shazam could finally get the last laugh by out performing Superman Returns.
Or – “In Which I Discuss The Changing Role Of The Limited Series…”
It’s difficult to remember that, in comics terms, the Limited Series has only been around for a few short years.Â (Well, I should probably amend that statement to say the INTENTIONALLY Limited Series.Â A lot of books ran 4, 5, or 6 issues and got cancelled due to sales, editorial caveat, or general sucktitude.)Â Used to be that the point of the Limited Series was to showcase characters who hadn’t been seen in a while, or to finish off story points that didn’t have another venue.Â These days it seems like the Limited Series is nothing but a backdoor pilot, a way of saying “we’re just not sure this concept has legs.”Â And unfortunately, many of the current crop of limiteds suffers because of this mentality…Â Is Last Defenders one of them?Â Clickety click click click, dangolinternet!