Aug. 15, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
“Penny Dora and the Wishing Box,” Michael Stock and Sina Grace’s new all-ages Image Comics series, has its roots in a half-page story written five years ago – by, appropriately enough, an 8-year-old. The five-issue fantasy adventure about a young girl in suburban Southern California who finds that titular magical item at her doorstep on the day before Christmas began as a reinvention of the Pandora myth by writer Stock’s daughter, Nico. That short story made it into her school newspaper, and Stock, founder of the longtime popular Part-Time Punks club night at the Echo in Los Angeles and host of the same-named radio show, had her read it on his KXLU-FM (88.9) program. “I will still get calls from time to time from various people being like, ‘Whatever happened to the magic box?’” Stock told Hero Complex during a […]
July 28, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
Who is the most important person in Marvel Comics history? Several audience members responded to Mark Waid’s question by shouting back “Stan Lee!” No, the Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” writer told the crowd gathered for a panel about Marvel’s 75th and the Man Without Fear’s 50th anniversaries. But they were close: It’s Lee’s wife Joanie, Waid said. In 1961, Lee “was starting to feel burned out” after 20 years and about 10,000 issues of various genre stories under the direction of publisher Martin Goodman, said Waid, an expert on comics history, and was looking to do something else with his life. “It was his wife Joanie,” Waid continued, “who said … ‘If you’re done with comics and go away and do something else, at least take one last shot and do something that you really want to do… And if it […]
July 28, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
Chuck Palahniuk paused while describing the story of the upcoming “Fight Club 2” to read the Comic-Con reminder that some audience members may be under 18. He then mentioned, in moderate language, that the unnamed narrator from his 1996 novel and fellow support group faker Marla, now married in the 10-issue Dark Horse comic book continuation, “haven’t had great sex in 10 years,” since Tyler Durden was around. “And Marla is desperate to get laid the way she got laid by Tyler, even if it means titrating her husband’s medication so that late at night she can coax Tyler out of suppression,” Palahniuk said, “even if it means doing this to the extent that Tyler is more and more in the world and eventually destroys their home and their family and drags them into chaos” in search of the couple’s […]
July 26, 2014 | 7:51 p.m.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 | 12:16 p.m.
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.
“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 […]