Major Spoilerite KayCee had a chance to head out to PAX Prime in Seattle, WA over the weekend, and shared her experience with us, to share it with you.
From what started as a quick six-page story over on Penny Arcade has found its way into an ongoing series from Cryptozoic Entertainment. Lookouts #1 gets the Major Spoilers treatment just around the bend.
One of the longest-running and most successful webcomics in Fremont is partnering with one of the best-established and creatively progressive independent comics publishers. In August 2012, Oni Press will become the official publisher of the popular Penny Arcade comic strips, beginning with the release of the 8th volume in the series. Created by the legendary tag team of Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, Magical Kids in Danger collects every Penny Arcade comic from 2007. The book will feature new commentary by Holkins, a peek into Krahulik’s process for designing the cover, and a new forward by Cliff Bleszinski, design director for Epic Games, the makers of Gears of War.
Before you shake your head and cry out in disbelief, check out what Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins have to say about the PennY Arcade Reality TV Show.
I have exciting news to share! A while back we talked about a reality show based on life here at Penny Arcade. It was just something we kicked around during a podcast but the idea stuck with us. We kept getting mail from people saying that this was actually something they’d be interested in. Eventually we decided to partner with 2 Player Productions and actually do it. So now we have camera guys here in the office filming us make strips, play game and eat lunch. They also followed us around during PAX and they will be at the CP charity dinner. I’m super proud to announce that the pilot episode is now available. You can watch the two part pilot episode right here on the newly designed PATV page.
So watch the pilot and let us know what you think. Drop us a mail or hit the forum, we’d love to know what you think. Our plan is to release two episodes like this per month. You’ll be able to watch them all right here on the site. I know we’re hard to look at in our human form but if you can stomach it, I think the show is pretty interesting.
To be fair, this really isn’t a television show, as much as it is a web video series, but it is still really cool.Â Just be happy no one wants to see The Major Spoilers Show… just yet.
Editor’s Note:Â The following is from the diary of Major Spoilers’ Number One Fan, Julian, as he adventures forth in an attempt to win the Major Spoilers’ Julian Challenge.
As I write this, it is currently Thursday 9 PM, I just got back from a full day of walking and signatures at the 40th Anniversary from the San Diego Comic-Con, and I am absolutely BEAT.
Seriously, every year I go to this big time comic book and entertainment bash, and every year Iâ€™m shocked at how dead tired I am.Â But I will soldier on, for you, the Major Spoilers Readers that want this Poster Project to happen!
If you have never read Sean Wang’s Runners series, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy as soon as you can.Â If you can’t do that, head over to the newly launched website runnersuniverse.com to read the first series Runners: Bad Goods for free.Â The series takes a look at a group of alien smugglers who happen upon a shipment that is more than it appears – and then all heck breaks loose.
The follow up series Runners: The Big Snow Job, was to be published a year ago by Archaia Studios Press, but will now appear online when the Bad Goods runs concludes online.
â€œIâ€™m still a fan of print comics,â€ continues Wang, â€œso the second series will still be collected into graphic novel format after it finishes posting online. But I hope to use the free webcomic to build the audience as large as possible in the meantime. I firmly believe that many who read the series online atÂ www.runnersuniverse.com will still want to purchase the printed volumes. Hopefully, with a larger audience that is familiar with the series, comic stores can then order the books with more confidence that they aren’t â€˜taking a chanceâ€™ on an unknown small press book. So everyone wins! â€œ
Wang does point out something every web comic fan should do – purchase the collected editions of your favorite series to support the creators.Â I’ve done it with Penny Arcade, Wapsi Square, Least I Could Do, Sinfest, and The Dreamland Chronicles.Â Runners is an excellent series, and deserves your attention.
“I know there are plenty of web comic artists who are able to subsist on the income they make from their website, but they aren’t making money from their comics; they’re making money from merchandise. Not to belittle web-only comic artists, but when their income is derived from t-shirts, it makes them salesmen first, artists second.”
– Neil Swaab
Oh man, talk about opening mouth and inserting foot.Â This lead to all sorts of reactions including this well thought out post by Jeph Jacques, which ultimately lead to Mr. Swaab issuing a public apology.
Oh and hey, those webcomic things have a bunch of panels at the New York Comic Con, featuring many of those webcomic gurus featured in the image above.
The minds behind the New York Comic Con have released its current list of panels for the show.Â It’s quite a list, and there are panels attendees will really want to check out.
Here’s a sampling of the panels I found interesting:
BOOM! Studios: BIG! BOLD! BOOM! Join Mark Waid, Ross Richie, and Chip Mosher as they run down the most exciting new projects at BOOM! Including a special announcement by Mark Waid that is sure to make your head explode! (Friday, 2:15-3:15)
The Business of Webcomics! LIVE!: Watch PVP Onlineâ€™s Scott Kurtz take thematic suggestions from the crowd as he, on stage, creates a brand new online property while Penny Arcadeâ€™s Robert Khoo simultaneously turns these concepts into monetizeable business models. Take notes! (Friday, 3:15-4:15)
TMNT: Quarter Century of Artistic Evolution: In 1984, TMNT creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman published their first black and white TMNT comic book. Since then, the Turtles have gone from underground hit to worldwide phenomenon. A panel of Mirage artists â€” led and moderated by Steve Murphy â€” will walk fans through the artistic evolution of the Turtles. Artists Eric Talbot, Jim Lawson, Michael Dooney and Steve Lavigne have been with Mirage since the beginning and will give true and new TMNT fans an insider look at the art behind the beloved characters. What is their inspiration? Who is their favorite character? What generation of TMNT do they associate with most and why? How do art and story come together? And what might be next? (Friday, 5:45-6:45)
History of Superhero Movies: Past, Present, and Future: Comic books started out modestly eight decades ago, printed on pulp paper and appealing to a very young audience. Today, comics are American mythology with a broad ranging readership, with legendary characters and stories that have transcended time and inspired generations of readers and artists in all different mediums. Film and entertainment historian Eddy Friedfeld analyzes the comic book movie, how far the genre has come and where it is heading: From the innovative Fleischer animated Superman cartoons and the Columbia Batman and Superman serials of the 1940â€™s to George Reeves and Christopher Reeveâ€™s Men of Steel, to the modern collection of Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney and Bale Batmans, Spider-Man trilogy, and a new crop of cinema superheroes, including Spiderman, Iron Man, The Spirit, The Hulk, and Hancock who have taken the genre to new levels of entertainment and insight. (Sunday, 11:15am-12:15pm)
Head over to the New York Comic Con website for the complete rundown.
Tonight on the Major Spoilers Podcast (recorded on Tuesday, available on Wednesday), we’ll be drawing for the winner of the Major Spoilers Dark Knight Strikes Back statue, inspired by Frank Miller’s work on DK2.Â Take the jump to see all the entrants.
I posted a quick update about the Major Spoilers Dark Knight 2 Limited Edition Contest the other day, allowing contestants to enter as many times as they like, providing there is someone different in each picture.Â Julian took us up on the new deal and has turned in a few pics from San Diego Comic Con.
I gotta give Julian credit, he had the balls to go up to some well known names, take a photo, and enter the contest.
Who did Julian get his pics taken with?Â Take the jump to find out, and see who you are up against in the Major Spoilers Dark Knight 2 contest.
Here is the New Comic Release list for comics scheduled to be in stores June 11, 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.
This list was last updated June 6, 2008.