April 15, 2015 | 12:01 p.m.
Herb Trimpe, a veteran comic book artist who helped shape Marvel’s Silver Age of comics, died Monday at 75. Trimpe is perhaps best known for his work as the artist on “The Incredible Hulk” from 1968 to 1975. It was during this run that Trimpe became the first artist to draw Wolverine for publication when the mutant debuted in “Incredible Hulk” No. 180 in 1974 (Wolverine’s first full appearance was in the following issue, also drawn by Trimpe). While Wolverine, co-created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita Sr., is a notable exception, Trimpe was a co-creator for nearly all of the characters introduced during his “Hulk” tenure, including Jim Wilson and Doc Samson, whom he co-created with Thomas. Trimpe was also the mind behind the Hulkbusters military unit, led by Gen. Thunderbolt Ross (who was created by Stan […]
April 08, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.
Inside a large conference room at the Anaheim Convention Center, the line of fans waiting to question cast members of the BBC America sci-fi series “Orphan Black” at last weekend’s WonderCon was long. Most of the show’s enthusiasts expressed admiration for star Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple characters on the show (but was missing from the Saturday panel), and asked about plot points and any hints they could share about the show’s upcoming third season. But when one fan asked actor Jordan Gavaris about his portrayal of Felix, the unapologetically sassy and effeminate gay foster brother of main character Sarah Manning, the conversation turned into a more thoughtful discussion on diversity and authentic representation of queer characters. Felix’s uninhibited approach to sexuality sets him apart from more socially acceptable gay characters often seen in mainstream entertainment. “We get stuck sometimes […]
April 05, 2015 | 2:45 p.m.
Editor Wil Moss moderated a motley crew of writers at the “Marvel: Next Big Thing” panel, though, of course, the next big thing was not discussed much and many of the questions about Marvel’s Secret Wars and its Battleword had to be left unanswered. “We can’t say anything [about ‘Secret Wars’] except that we’re excited,” said panelist Rick Remender, a writer on “Avengers: Rage of Ultron,” “All-New Captain America,” and “Uncanny Avengers.” “Other than the death of Spider-Man. Whoops,” added Remender. Maybe if writer Jonathan Hickman, who is guiding the series, had been there, some things may have leaked out, but this group of writers on the panel — which included Remender, Cullen Bunn (writer, “Magneto”), Sam Humphries (writer, “Guardians of the Galaxy” & “X-Men: The Black Vortex,” “The Legendary Star-Lord”), James Robinson (writer, “Fantastic Four,” “Invaders”) and Greg Weisman […]
April 05, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
DC Comics’ Jeff King did double duty at Anaheim’s WonderCon. The writer of the comic company’s major crossover series “Convergence” also served as the moderator of the comic convention’s panel designed to hype the comics and hopefully answer a few questions about the upcoming special event. It may not have completely succeeded in the latter, but with some of the interesting pairings and crowd-pleasing images, it certainly did OK with the former. Like its rival Marvel’s Secret Wars event, the people speaking about the comic book super series could not reveal too much about what was about to go down. However, an all-star panel consisting of Len Wein, Scott Lobdell, Dan Jurgens, Marc Andreyko and colorist Peter Steigerwald did show images from the titles that they’d be working on, and all talked a bit about how their characters would fit into the “Convergence” universe. First, King did go […]
April 04, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.
What happens when universes collide? A “Star Trek” and “Green Lantern” crossover miniseries was announced Saturday during the IDW Publishing panel at WonderCon 2015. The San Diego-based comics publisher has joined forces with DC Entertainment for “Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War,” a special six-part event set to kick off in July. “We’ve looked forward to bringing these two iconic universes together for a long time,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW president and chief operating officer, in a statement released before the panel. “Star Trek and Green Lantern both share so many of the same science-fiction adventure themes and ideals, that a galaxy-spanning crossover like this is simply … logical.” The monthly “Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War” will be written by Mike Johnson, a veteran “Star Trek” comic writer, with interior art by Angel Hernandez of “Infinite Crisis: Fight for […]
April 03, 2015 | 8:16 p.m.
Batman versus Superman’s grandmother? Batgirl cavorting with a vigilante rock star? The many differing personalities of the comics in the Bat-world came into focus early Friday on the first day of Anaheim’s WonderCon. Let’s get this out of the way: There was no news regarding Convergence, a huge crossover storyline that promises big changes to the DC universe. Convergence, however, will be addressed in a Saturday panel. The Bat-discussion centered on new characters, as well as the upcoming portrayals of a couple of old favorites. The panelists — Tom King, Greg Pak, Babs Tarr and Brenden Fletcher — kept up a lively discussion in a room at the Anaheim Convention Center. Moderated by Tiffany Smith from DC All Access, each creator spoke enthusiastically about their projects, and where their books are heading in the immediate future. Pak started it all off talking […]
April 02, 2015 | 6:43 p.m.
A legion of superheroes, zombies, Jedi Knights and more costumed fans will be descending upon the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend for WonderCon, an annual pop culture expo expected to draw some 60,000 sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book professionals and enthusiasts. The expo, which begins Friday and has its roots in the Bay Area but has been held in Disneyland’s backyard since 2012, serves as the unofficial kickoff for Southern California’s burgeoning convention season celebrating fandom and pop culture. This year’s lineup includes mid-April’s Star Wars Celebration, Disney’s D23 Expo in August, the gaming industry’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, July’s Anime Expo, Stan Lee’s Comikaze in fall and, of course, San Diego’s massive Comic-Con International, set for July 9-12. WonderCon is a sort of junior sibling to the San Diego mega-convention, which has drawn upward of 130,000 […]
April 01, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.
Long before Scarlet Witch, Batgirl or even Wonder Woman, women were shaping the comics business. “She Makes Comics,” a feature-length documentary that had its premiere at last month’s Long Beach Comic Expo, traces the enduring impact women have had on the industry. Chances are its deeper than many remember. While increasing diversity in pop culture, and comics in particular, is an of-the-moment issue — no less than three panels at this weekend’s WonderCon will explore the subject — women have been a guiding force in the modern comics industry since at least the early 20th century. “She Makes Comics” contains the footage to prove it. The film goes behind the scenes and features interviews with dozens of influential industry figures, ranging from comics pioneer Joyce Farmer, Comic-Con International organizer Jackie Estrada, comic book editor Janelle Asselin and founding editor of DC’s edgy imprint Vertigo Karen […]
March 31, 2015 | 1:29 p.m.
In Marvel’s original “House of M,” Wanda Maximoff helped usher in a seismic change in the universe with her “No more mutants” proclamation — a charge that essentially wiped out the powers of millions of mutants. But what if that never happened? What if the Magneto-led utopia that the Scarlet Witch had previously created had just continued? That is the premise of Marvel’s new “House of M.” This new worldview will shape the Monarchy of M territory and will be part of the ongoing Secret Wars’ Battleworld series. Dennis Hopeless, who’s current run on “Spider-Woman” is getting a lot of positive buzz after a brief cover controversy, is shaping this universe, with art from Kris Anka. Hero Complex is revealing the cover for issue No. 1, and we caught up with Hopeless to ask a bit about this new section of Battleworld and the family dynamics in […]
March 24, 2015 | 12:30 p.m.
Spider-Man may not be teaming with the Avengers on the big screen for some time, but Southern California fans can watch the webslinger side-by-side with Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow and even Wolverine and his fellow X-Men this week. The arena stunt show, “Marvel Universe Live,” which has been performed in various U.S. cities over the last year, opens in Anaheim on Thursday, before eventually making its way to Ontario and Inglewood. Bringing together more than 25 Marvel icons, the Feld Entertainment-produced show pits Spidey and other superheroes against some of the Marvel Universe’s most nefarious villains. The powerful cosmic cube — once shattered by Thor — has been reconstructed by Loki, who teams with baddies like Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Electro, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, to use the cube to destroy the planet. To celebrate the show’s Anaheim kickoff, the first 250 attendees dressed in a […]