According to the New York Times, there are several major studios not attending the biggest comic book convention of the year. Warner Bros., Walt Disney Studios, Dreamworks Animation, and The Weinstein Company have all decided to sit out this year. Even more strange, it appears Marvel Entertainment is still on the fence as to whether or not the company will have a major studio push at the convention.
Could it be that H’wood has pushed the convention too far? In years past, the San Diego Comic Con was a huge way to push films and properties, and then get the comic book and pop culture fans to spread the word to others to get them to go to the big picture show, too. If it wasn’t for CCI: San Diego, the original Star Wars may not have ever made it, and certainly films like 300 would never have become so popular if it wasn’t for convention promotion. The last couple of years, convention goers and online sites have complained about the Hollywoodification of the convention (Yes, a new word I just made up), and we may have seen the effects of last year’s movie push finally getting the best of the studio system, as fickle fans turned against the movies being promoted heavily. TRON: Legacy, Sucker Punch and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World had con goers turning lukewarm about the films before they hit the theater, and subsequently, the films didn’t perform as well as the studios had hoped.
Still, it looks like Sony will be there pushing the new Spider-Man film, Paramount will be there with Tintin, and Universal is still planning on something having to do with Cowboys and Aliens. While Hall H will most certainly be filled with fans, the show floor might be a bit less congested this year, as the 130,000 attendees aren’t crowded around one or two booths pushing their latest film. On the plus side, smaller studios now have a chance to push their films to fans and not be cast aside due to the thrill of the major studios showing off the big stars and giving away bits of ephemera.
Does this announcement signal a major change in how H’wood perceives comic book and pop culture films, or has the L.A. Times Hero Complex Film Festival replaced Hall H as a way to push their wares without having to travel a hundred plus miles?
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Arriving in stores in two weeks is Marvel’s Dark Reign: The List – Hulk, featuring the green goliath bringing the smack down to Norman Osborn.Â Marvel sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek that you can see after the jump.
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Spider-Woman Episode 4 Sneak Peek
Marvel is proud to unveil new footage from the critically acclaimed Spider-Woman motion comic! The New York Times Best-Selling team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev continue Marvelâ€™s first ever original motion comic as Spider-Woman battles the Thunderbolts! Spider-Woman Episode 4 hits iTunes on September 28th and no True Believer can afford to miss it! Discover more at www.marvel.com/motioncomics!
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Marvel is proud to unveil new footage from the critically acclaimed Spider-Woman motion comic! The New York Times Best-Selling team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev (Halo Uprising) continue Marvelâ€™s first ever original motion comic as Jessica Drew shows the world why Spider-Woman is force to be reckoned with! Spider-Woman Episode 3 hits iTunes on September 16th and no True Believer can afford to miss it! Discover more at www.marvel.com/motioncomics!
Marvel has released a new trailer for the second installmentÂ of the Spider-Woman Motion Comics that is available on iTunes today.Â If you were wondering if you should drop the coin on this series, the trailers will help with that decision.
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Marvel is proud to unveil new footage from the critically acclaimed Spider-Woman motion comic! The New York Times Best-Selling team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev (Halo Uprising) continue Marvelâ€™s first ever original motion comic as Spider-Woman finds herself at odds with the law in Madripoor and that may spell the end of her mission as an Agent of S.W.O.R.D.! Spider-Woman Episode 2 hits iTunes on September 2nd and no True Believer can afford to miss it! Discover more at www.marvel.com/motioncomics!
If you missed the first installment, there’s a trailer for that too, right after the jump!
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Anyone get a chance to read Parker since its release last week?Â I have it sitting here, but have been quite swamped with comic convention coverage, and other work stuff to dive into it.
In its first week of release, IDW is proud to announce that Darwyn Cookeâ€™s The Hunter, an adaptation of Richard Starkâ€™s novel, debuted on The New York Times best seller list at number three. The Hunter has earned high praise for Cookeâ€™s compelling interpretation of Parker, and has been critically lauded nationwide by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly.
Darwyn Cooke, the Eisner Award-winning writer and artist of such classics as DC: The New Frontier, Selinaâ€™s Big Score, and The Spirit, brings to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Starkâ€™s Parker. Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake.
The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only the thought of revenge burning in his mind.
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Kyle Baker posted this image of Isaiah Bradley from Baker and Morales’Â Truth: Red, White & Black series.Â Baker tagged the image with “For an upcoming Marvel gig”.Â Could this be the answer to the big secret of Reborn #1 and Captain America #600 that has everyone in a twitter lately?Â There has been a lot of speculation about a black Captain America since the first star-on-black-background image was pushed out from the House of Ideas a couple of months ago.
The speculators have further claimed the July 13 early release date is also going to tie into the announcement that Will Smith will play Cap in the coming Captain America movie.
Interestingly no one has made any mention to the publicity bit featuring Rikki Barnes.Â Maybe she’ll be the new sidekick? And what if all of this plays out to be true, what then of the current Bucky Cap?
It’s all rumor and speculation, mixed in with a bit of truth that gets everyone up in arms.Â All of the hints being dropped about is a great example of viral marketing.
It’s just too bad all the chatter is being bandied about throughout the comic book Intardwebz, and not in other media.Â This kind of speculation and talk could have a lot of positive long term impact for comics in general, instead of the the two day coverage coming from one select mass media outlet on July 13, 2009 to get one company a crap load of money in the short term.
The real story in all of this is, “Who is Marvel teaming up with for this “breaking” story?” Newsweek, The New York Times, Steve Colbert?
I’ll let the Major Spoiler Legion use the comment section below to shout out their thoughts, rants, and ideas.Â Keep it civil.
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Following the smash hit, Star Trek: Countdown, currently third on The New York Times Best Seller List, IDW is proud to announce its latest must-read Trek series, Spock: Reflections. The series sheds light on Spockâ€™s life leading up to the new feature film, and offers key insights on this iconic character, as well as a startling revelation.
â€œThe new movie offers so much new material for Star Trek fans that we knew we had to do more than just Countdown to help create as complete an experience as possible,â€ said Scott Dunbier, IDWâ€™s Star Trek editor. â€œThis series offers a candid and occasionally poignant look at Spock.â€
In Spock: Reflections, writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton delve into the choices that led Spock to live on Romulus, where Countdown begins. Artist David Messina beautifully illustrates the flashbacks that shed light on Spockâ€™s path. The four-issue miniseries will be available monthly, beginning in July.
â€œWith a character as complex and well-known as Mr. Spock, there are the famous dramatic moments everyone remembers, and thereâ€™s still so much that lies undiscovered,â€ said Scott Tipton, the seriesâ€™ co-writer. â€œIn Reflections, weâ€™re getting the opportunity here to take a look at some of the key moments between the famous moments, and really see what makes Spockâ€™s character so â€“ dare I say it â€“ fascinating.â€
Spock: Reflections is a licensed product of CBS Consumer Products.
Star Trek: Spock: Reflections #1 will be available in stores in July 2009.
For the third week in a row, fans have flocked to their local comic book store for Angel: After the Fall! The hardcover graphic novel earned the sixth spot on The New York Times Best Seller List, marking the seventh week since the list began in March that IDW books have been ranked.
â€œWe are truly flattered that fans love Angel so much,â€ says IDWâ€™s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Chris Ryall. â€œCreator Joss Whedon and writer Brian Lynch have developed an amazing story about what happens to Angel after the TV showâ€™s finale, and fans clearly canâ€™t get enough.â€
Angel: After the Fall Volume 3, number six on this weekâ€™s Best Seller List, continues the adventures of Angel, Spike and the rest of the cast who survived the final episode and puts long-time friends-turned-enemies on a collision course.
â€œItâ€™s pretty impressive that, even without a TV show, the books continue to attract such attention from fans,â€ added Ryall. â€œAnd overall, weâ€™re very excited that IDW books have made the Best Seller List nearly every week since it started.â€
Learn more about all of IDWâ€™s top quality books at IDWPublishing.com.
Ten years ago this month, four young entrepreneurs launched a small creative services company. A decade later, IDW has grown to be the fourth-largest comic book and graphic novel publisher, with a diverse catalog of new and classic books, representing every major entertainment genre. To commemorate its tenth anniversary, the company will release the two-volume hardcover IDW: The First Decade in May, 2009. Volume 1 of IDW: The First Decade is currently available online at IDWPublishing.com.
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In case you missed Marvel’s last major event — and by last I mean most recent event, and not final event — Secret Invasion is back in a slew of trade paperbacks so you can finally join in on all the talk around the water cooler about the series that lead to the current state of affairs in the Marvel universe with Norman Osborne in charge.
â€œWeâ€™re very appreciative of the unprecedented support from retailers, fans and the press for Secret Invasion,â€ said David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales & Circulation. â€œWith the recent announcement of Secret Invasion Black Panther and Runaways/Young Avengers making the New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers List, we thought this would be a good time to remind fans of the affordable packages we have available for them to catch the stories they might have missed, while also alerting new fans of a way to discover what led to Dark Reign.â€
Sixteen trades are already available, with fifteen more on the way between now and June. Take the jump for the complete list, so you have all the background you need (hint: the Earth wins).
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(San Diego, CA; February 24, 2009) Brian Hibbs joins IDW Publishing for the second collection of his influential column â€œTilting at Windmills.â€Â Â Owner of San Franciscoâ€™s premier comic book store, Comix Experience, Hibbs provides a dynamic and useful guide for new and established retailers who sell comics. Tilting at Windmills Volume 1, also available from IDW, was a startlingly prescient look at the rise and fall of the comics industry in the â€˜90â€™s. Tilting at Windmills Volume 2 is sure to prove as insightful and colorful a read as Hibbs tackles topics as controversial and varied as book market sales, â€œeventâ€ storylines, and the influence of Manga on modern comics.
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