July 22, 2013 | 11:49 a.m.
Chuck Palahniuk is penning a follow-up to his hit novel “Fight Club,” which was famously adapted into the 1999 David Fincher film of the same name, the author revealed at Comic-Con over the weekend. The sequel will take the form of a serialized graphic novel. Palahniuk confirmed the project on his official fan site, writing, “It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Palahniuk’s breakout book, “Fight Club” […]
July 19, 2013 | 2:16 p.m.
As part of our Comic-Con coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. Next up is Veronica Roth, author of the novel “Divergent,” which is being adapted into a film starring Shailene Woodley and directed by Neil Burger. Two years ago, a few months after I sold “Divergent” movie rights to Summit Entertainment, I went to Comic-Con for the first time. I was mostly just an observer — I had a short press conference in which I explained my book, I people-watched Harry Potter cosplayers to my heart’s content, and that was about it. This year, however, with the “Divergent” movie being released on March 21, 2014, I embarked on a day packed with interviews, a press conference, a panel and a party in […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:41 a.m.
As part of our Comic-Con coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. First up, Evangeline Lilly, the former “Lost” star and author of a new children’s book who will next be seen on the big screen in December in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Hi, Comic-Conners! I’m back after nine years and so thrilled to be part of the perfect chaos that is Comic-Con for the next four days. While I know I will encounter many a “Lost” fan, I am excited to be here to meet “The Hobbit” followers and even more thrilled I can be here with WETA to introduce my new children’s book, “The Squickerwonkers.” Comic-Con gathers passionate folks from all over the world, all ages and demographics, […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:26 p.m.
Addressing the controversy that has erupted over the upcoming film “Ender’s Game,” producer Bob Orci used the Hall H stage at Comic-Con International to offer his impassioned support of LGBT rights. He said the movie does not represent the anti-gay views that have been expressed by author Orson Scott Card, on whose novel the 1985 project is based. “I would hate to see the efforts of all the people who made this movie thwarted for the less than 1% of the people behind the movie, particularly because the message of the book and the movie is tolerance, compassion and empathy,” Orci said. “Ender’s Game” shared the Hall H spotlight with the anticipated film “Divergent,” a dystopian adventure set in postapocalyptic Chicago and starring Shailene Woodley. Not all of the discussion centered on Card. Harrison Ford, who plays Col. Graff in […]
July 10, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
If you’ve ever wondered what Batman has carried in his utility belt over the years, or which rappers have taken their names from comic books, or how the “Peanuts” kids are all related, Tim Leong has the answers for you. Leong’s slick new book “Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe” uses bar graphs, scatter plots, pie charts, venn diagrams, timelines and other gorgeous (and often humorous) infographics to explore Wonder Woman’s ever-changing hemlines throughout her comic history, the life spans of the characters in “The Walking Dead,” the evolution of the Green Lantern Oath and plenty more comics trivia. (Click through the gallery above or the links below for a preview.) “Super Graphic,” from Chronicle Books, is slated for an Aug. 1 release, but the book will be available early at next week’s Comic-Con International in […]
July 09, 2013 | 11:34 a.m.
Amazon is launching its own comics publishing imprint and is already lining up a star roster. Jet City Comics, which Amazon announced Tuesday, is slated to include the likes of George R.R. Martin, Hugh Howey and Neal Stephenson. Jet City’s titles — which so far appear to be already-published stories repackaged as graphic novels and comics — will be published on Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, with print editions available at amazon.com and other comics retailers. “Comics and graphic novels, especially in digital format, represent a unique area for innovation,” said Jeff Belle, vice president of Amazon Publishing, in a news release. “Our focus will be on adapting great books for this medium as a means of expanding the audience for our authors, pushing boundaries with new ideas that combine visual and narrative storytelling, and creating compelling new experiences for readers.” The […]
June 26, 2013 | 4:20 p.m.
Luc Besson’s 2010 film adaptation of “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec” is finally crossing the pond. The French film, based on the popular comic by Eisner Award winner Jacques Tardi, will be released Aug. 13 on Blu-ray and DVD. “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec” stars French actress Louise Bourgoin as the film’s globe-trotting, mystery-solving heroine, an erudite reporter who finds herself entangled in an early 20th-century adventure complete with mummies, the Moulin Rouge cabaret and a pterosaur. Other cast members include Mathieu Amalric (“Quantum of Solace,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), Gilles Lellouche (“Love Me If You Dare”), Jean-Paul Rouve (“La Vie En Rose”), Jacky Nercessian (“Le Grand Voyage”), and Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”). Besson (“La Femme Nikita,” “The Fifth Element”), who is no stranger to sci-fi and fantasy, penned the screenplay as well […]
June 26, 2013 | 2:25 p.m.
Wonder Woman is getting a modern makeover in an upcoming graphic novel by award-winning comic writer Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette. “Wonder Woman: Earth One” reimagines the Amazon warrior’s mythic origin in a modern-day setting. The graphic novel follows J. Michael Straczynski’s “Superman: Earth One” and Geoff Johns’ “Batman: Earth One.” For Morrison, who is nearing the end of his successful run with “Batman Incorporated” (issue No. 13 is due out July 24), writing a Wonder Woman book represented a chance to round out the trinity. Morrison has already written extensive Superman and Batman stories, but Wonder Woman has always been a periphery character in his work. Paquette (“Ultimate X-Men,” “Swamp Thing”) drew a handful of “Wonder Woman” books in the late 1990s. The 120-page “Wonder Woman: Earth One” comes at a time when the lasso-wielding heroine appears to […]
June 25, 2013 | 4:31 p.m.
Science-fiction writer Richard Matheson died on Sunday at age 87, leaving a legacy of some of the best genre storytelling in literature, television and film. Matheson’s prolific career includes dozens of novels and more than 100 short stories, not to mention screenplays for the big and small screens. Among Matheson’s works are “A Stir of Echoes,” “Ride the Nightmare” and his 1954 novel “I Am Legend” (on which no less than three movies were based, including the 2007 Will Smith feature), as well as many of “The Twilight Zone’s” most memorable episodes, such as “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” Matheson also wrote several Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, including “House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Raven,” for filmmaker Roger Corman. Matheson had been scheduled to receive the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films’ Visionary Award during […]
June 18, 2013 | 2:44 p.m.
Author Jim Ottaviani has made a name for himself writing graphic novels about some of the greatest minds in science, including Isaac Newton, Niels Bohr and Galileo Galilei. The Eisner Award nominee’s latest comics project, out last week from First Second books, is no exception. “Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas,” beautifully illustrated by Maris Wicks, explores the lives of the three greatest primatologists of the last century and the scientific research these women performed in Africa and Indonesia, studying chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. Ottaviani, a former nuclear engineer whose other graphic novels include “Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists” and the New York Times bestseller “Feynman,” says that comics and science are a natural fit. Hero Complex caught up with Ottaviani to talk about science, comics and “Primates.” HC: What was the catalyst for this project? […]