July 20, 2013 | 3:15 p.m.
What seems to excite Neil Gaiman most when talking about the upcoming “Sandman: Overture” miniseries with artist J.H. Williams III is just how odd the story is. He laughed when calling the six-part story — his first Sandman tale in 10 years — a “very, very strange book.” And he said it was decidedly different from the 75-issue, 1988-1996 “Sandman” series whose No. 1 issue this story will end at: “This is not about the story of Morpheus’ capture, how it changed him, the kind of change-or-die, ‘Kindly Ones’ story. This is about how some weird [stuff] happened a long way away and some bad stuff happened a long way away and how he had to try to sort it out whether he wanted to or not.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “Sandman” is back out of the Dreaming […]
July 20, 2013 | 2:26 p.m.
Why does Bruce Wayne love Gotham City, “Batman” writer Scott Snyder asked a packed room during the “Zero Year” panel Saturday morning at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “His parents were killed there, he doesn’t live there. Why would he protect it? His answer: “He loves it because he knows it’s the greatest antagonist in the world, and if you stay there it will burn you down and build you back up. If you can survive that, you will come out the greatest pinnacle of human achievement and the hero you know in your heart that you could become.” He and artist Greg Capullo – who have teamed on the bestselling “Batman” since DC’s New 52 continuity reboot began in the fall of 2011 – talked about their thinking in telling a new version of the Caped Crusader’s origin story […]
July 20, 2013 | 1:40 p.m.
While the San Diego Convention Center hosts the fanboys and hit-girls of Comic-Con during the day, in the evening the bars, hotels and streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter become the home of the annual convention’s lively nightlife. Comic-Con has earned a reputation for its hospitality to many fandoms as it has expanded from a mere comic book convention to an event that celebrates all genres with major fan followings. The annual gathering of some 130,000 pop culture enthusiasts gives way to a lavish party scene. Sure, there’s still a cosplay prom and countless trivia contests, and many attendees spend their nights camped out on the sidewalks awaiting badges for the panels. But the mainstream Hollywood studios that have been attracted to Comic-Con in the last decade also shell out big bucks to entertain celebrities and industry members who make the […]
July 20, 2013 | 9:44 a.m.
Joss Whedon is a busy guy, but his fans would love for him to do more. In fact, judging by the questions asked during the Dark Horse Joss Whedon panel, fans would prefer if Whedon did everything there is to do — from revisiting a Wonder Woman movie to Shakespeare to Broadway to more comics. Scott Allie, head of Dark Horse Comics, was introduced Whedon to a rousing ovation. The vibe at the panel was celebratory, even reverent. “Thanks, Joss Whedon, for looking at me” was one of the greetings the filmmaker received when he opened the floor up to questions, which was right away. There were no updates from Whedon or long speeches about the industry — he knows his crowd and knows that they most likely already know what he’s doing. “I’m not here for your entertainment,” said […]
July 20, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
“Saturday Night Live’s” Taran Killam asked the IDW Publishing panel audience on Friday who likes James Bond. A cheer went up. “This has nothing to do with James Bond,” he said of his upcoming comic series “The Illegitimates.” “This is completely separate from James Bond.” In the book, which he’s writing with Marc Andreyko, Agent Steele, the world’s greatest secret agent – who is definitely not world-traveling, sleeping-with-female-agents James Bond – is killed in action. His employer, Olympus, turns to five of his illegitimate children to replace him. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 The series was a among a number of upcoming original and licensed projects showcased in IDW’s “Panel to End All Panels,” which was led by editor Chris Ryall. The horror series “Locke & Key,” an original work by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, has […]
July 20, 2013 | 6:30 a.m.
Chris Ware’s innovative “Building Stories” had a lease on the Eisner Awards dais Friday night at Comic-Con International in San Diego, winning four awards — the most of any project this year. The unconventional set — a box containing 14 related but free-standing comics about residents who share a building — took home the prizes for writer/artist, new graphic album, publication design and lettering. Times book critic David L. Ulin wrote that with “Building Stories” Ware “has upped the ante, pushing comics in a new direction while paying tribute to their history.” Editor Chip Kidd, accepting the trophies on behalf of the absent creator, cracked early in the ceremony – the Oscars of comics — in the Hilton Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom that “giving Chris Ware an award for lettering is kind of like giving Frank Lloyd Wright an award for doorknobs.” […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:00 p.m.
SAN DIEGO — On the first day of Comic-Con, producer Ben Browning was dozing in the lobby of the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, exhausted after an early morning drive from Los Angeles to promote his independent science fiction film “Europa Report.” Browning was waiting to make a presentation in the San Diego Convention Center’s largest and most infamous room, Hall H, which holds more than 6,000 people and hosts the event’s biggest names — casts of movies and TV shows with cult-like followings, such as “The Hunger Games,” “Captain America” and “The Walking Dead.” Alpha fans camp out overnight for the chance to see stars and advance footage on the cavernous hall’s jumbo screens, and the fans’ penchant for sharing reactions via social media has made the space a temple of pop culture marketing and snark. FULL COVERAGE: San […]
July 19, 2013 | 5:06 p.m.
In planning “Trinity War,” DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns told a panel about the summer crossover event, a key question emerged: “What’s the most devastating thing you can do to the Justice League?” His answer: Make its members “lose faith in Superman.” In “Justice League” No. 22, the first chapter of “Trinity War” which came out earlier this month, Superman was seen killing Doctor Light, a new member of the Justice League of America — a government-sponsored team designed to combat the Justice League if necessary. But other forces were at work, and the resulting mystery –- who used Superman? –- drives the story. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Wonder Woman thinks it’s related to Superman’s handling Pandora’s box, from which all evil sprang, but Batman is convinced there’s a scientific answer. They pursue answers separately. At […]
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 | 8:00 a.m.
Dark Horse Comics touted its recent and upcoming superhero efforts Thursday by emphasizing that the characters aren’t what you’ll see over at Marvel or DC. Exhibit A: “Buzzkill.” Donny Cates, who’s writing the series with Toadies drummer Mark Reznicek, with art by Geoff Shaw, said the title character is “a superhero who gains powers and abilities by doing drugs and drinking alcohol” — pausing for laughs to subside — “and something happened to him where he could be so powerful and so amped up that he blacked out. And when he awoke there were thousands of people dead … and now he’s trying to get his act together by going through the 12 steps, trying to get clean. But just because he wants to get clean doesn’t mean the city’s supervillains are just going to let him walk away.” He […]