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July 26, 2014 | 7:51 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Saga’s’ Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples on raising Hazel

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“Saga,” writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples told their panel’s capacity crowd Saturday at Comic-Con, is Hazel’s story. The daughter of Alana and Marko – on-the-run lovers born of warring alien species – Hazel narrates Vaughan and Staples’ creator-owned, Eisner Award-winning hit Image Comics series from an as yet unseen future. Readers first met her just as she was being born, and in the most recent issues see her as a toddler. “Her parents are a very important part of her life now,” said Vaughan, who hasn’t been shy about killing off “Saga” characters. “But they might not always be.” After the audience’s mournful reaction to that, he jokingly offered, “Or maybe they’ll always be!” The truly out-there sci-fi series’ first deluxe hardcover, collecting the first 18 issues, has a cover image of the infant Hazel breastfeeding, with […]
July 26, 2014 | 4:27 p.m.

Comic-Con: Marvel reveals ‘Star Wars,’ Darth Vader, Leia comics

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Marvel is launching back into “Star Wars” comics with major creative Force, with three series – a core title, plus a Darth Vader ongoing and a Princess Leia miniseries — rolling out in January, February and March. Writer Jason Aaron (“Thor, God of Thunder”) and John Cassaday (“Astonishing X-Men”), who Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada introduced to the “Cup o’ Joe” Comic-Con International panel Saturday afternoon as “Jedis,” will pick up the story right after the original film in January’s “Star Wars” No. 1, an ongoing monthly series. “As far as I’m concerned it’s 1977, and we’ve just been hired to produce the direct sequel to that original movie,” Aaron said. “I want everybody here who reads this book to feel like I felt when I was a kid and first met these characters … I want you to […]
July 26, 2014 | 11:23 a.m.

Comic-Con: IDW announces ‘Star Trek to the Planet of the Apes,’ more

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Capt. Kirk, meet Col. Taylor. IDW Publishing is boldly going there, with “Star Trek to the Planet of the Apes,” an intercompany crossover with Boom Studios. It’s landing in January, IDW announced Friday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego during its “Rock This Town” panel. “It’s a madhouse! It seems like David and I get the fun phone calls,” Scott Tipton said of himself and his writing partner brother, who have teamed on “Star Trek” and “Doctor Who” titles at the company, adding that they worked to find a space within the “Planet of the Apes” movies’ chronology to work in a visit from the Starship Enterprise. He made clear that the cosmically weird crossover will be based on the franchises’ original casts: “Classic ‘Apes’ to me means Heston,” he said. The art will be by Rachel Stott. The […]
July 26, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Saga,’ Matt Fraction, IDW win big at Eisner Awards

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“Saga’s” Alana and Marko, lovers from warring alien races, may always be on the run with their daughter, but the truly out-there science-fiction adventure was once again welcomed with open arms at the Eisner Awards. Brian K. Vaughan’s and Fiona Staples’ Image Comics series continued to dominate in its second year as a contender, winning its second consecutive awards for continuing series and writer, and adding the painter prize for Staples. Responsible for bringing the CBS show “Under the Dome” to television and also a former “Lost” producer in addition to his comics work, Vaughan told the crowd Friday night at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom, “People always ask, ‘What have you learned working in film and television?’ I guess I’ve learned that comics are not an equal medium — that we are a vastly superior medium.” Trying […]
July 25, 2014 | 7:59 p.m.

Comic-Con: Grant Morrison educates fans about DC’s ‘Multiversity’

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When Grant Morrison thinks of the DC multiverse, he hears a song. “Basically, the DC universe is a piece of music,” the acclaimed Scottish writer told the “Multiversity Enroll” panel Friday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “All the worlds vibrate at different wavelengths and pitches, and if you get them all together, it’s a song …” Then he added, to laughter, “probably something by Lady Gaga.” “It’s a comic book, and it sings,” he said. Musical structure is the basis for the storytelling of the long-in-the-works “Multiversity” event from the comics savant behind such original mind-benders as “The Invisibles” and “Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery” and visionary looks at DC characters, including “Doom Patrol,” “All-Star Superman” and a seven-year run on Batman titles that concluded last year. “Multiversity” is set to launch next month. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con […]
July 25, 2014 | 5:53 p.m.

Comic-Con: Marvel touts ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ cast, ‘Agent Carter’ directors

Actor Clark Gregg attends San Diego's Comic-Con International on July 25, 2014. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb might not have been able to shed much light on the future plot lines of Marvel’s two ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” — the studio really relies on its narrative surprises — but he did reveal some key cast and directors on Marvel TV’s Comic-Con International panel on Friday. Loeb confirmed that Lucy Lawless will join the cast of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” in the show’s second season as a tough, knife-wielding longtime veteran named Isabelle Hartley. She’ll be joined by a young English actor named Nick Blood (yes, it’s his real name) as the mercenary Lance Hunter, known to comics fans as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s British counterpart, S.T.R.I.K.E. The third new cast member is Reed Diamond, who will play Hydra villain Daniel Whitehall. Additionally, guest star Patton Oswalt appeared in character as […]
July 25, 2014 | 12:16 p.m.

Comic-Con: Dan Slott, Mark Waid explore Spider-Verse, Daredevil

The "Spider-Verse" story line launches in November. This image is composed of covers by Gabriele Dell'Otto. (Marvel)
The Spider-Verse continues to expand – even before fans have seen it form. Marvel announced more tie-in books to the Spider-people-from-every-place-and-every-time event starting in November at a panel about the story line Friday morning at Comic-Con. “Spider-Verse Team-Up” and “Scarlet Spiders” join the previously announced miniseries “Edge of Spider-Verse” in adding to the main story that runs in “Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 9 through 14. Each of the three issues of “Team-Up” will feature two stories – the first in each by writer Christos Gage and art by Dave Williams, with the second stories written by different past Spider-writers, including one by Roger Stern and one by Tom DeFalco. “Scarlet Spiders” by writer Mike Costa and artist Paco Diaz features two Scarlet Spider-Men (Ben Reilly and Kaine) and Ultimate Jessica Drew – all clones. As for the main story, by writer […]
July 25, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘American Vampire,’ ‘Fables,’ more at Vertigo panel

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“American Vampire: Second Cycle” writer Scott Snyder told the “Vertigo: Defy Conventions” audience at Comic-Con on Thursday evening that one of the joys of his and artist Rafael Albuquerque’s series is “we’re able to explore different moments in American history and … talk about American culture and why things are monstrous or heroic at different moments.” Coming up: a space race tale that involves — naturally — astronaut chimps who become vampires. That arrives in No. 6, but before that readers will get a look at the background of the deadly enemy known as the Gray Trader in a tale set during the Gold Rush. It’s all part of giving the series’ second half the “biggest, craziest war we can create between different species of vampires, different species of monsters — you’re going to see everything from mummies, werewolves, demons, everything […]
July 25, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.

Comic-Con: Bill Finger’s Batman legacy detailed by Denny O’Neil, more

Batman’s Gotham City is a dark place, and Bill Finger’s place in that mythos has long been in the shadows. But in the character’s 75th anniversary year – also the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth – the spotlight has found Finger. Among those helping to bring attention to the long-uncredited Bat-scribe: Denny O’Neil. After decades on Batman titles, from the 1970s and from the mid-1980s to the new millennium as an editor, O’Neil told a Comic-Con International panel crowd Thursday morning he was left with one regret: “I wish I’d tried harder to get him credit,” though he added that he understands “legalities” made that unlikely. O’Neil actually met Finger – who received a cover mention on DC’s Batman Day giveaway edition of “Detective Comics” No. 27 and is credited by proponents with largely creating the Dark Knight and […]
July 25, 2014 | 8:24 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: George R.R. Martin says he’s the first comic book fan

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His name may be mostly associated with fantasy these days, thanks to HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” but George R.R. Martin and comic books go way back. Way, way back. “I’m actually the first comic book fan,” Martin told the crowd at a Comic-Con panel dedicated to his comic book work on Thursday. As a young comic fan in 1964, Martin attended the first comic book convention ever held in New York City, attended by what he remembers as 30 people. He met Flo Steinberg and Steve Ditko there, but more importantly, he said, he was first in line and received a badge designated “#1.” “All of you are my children,” the author told the crowd. “God help me.” While the discussion never strayed into the current status of “The Winds of Winter,” the highly anticipated sixth book in the “Song […]
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