Oct. 31, 2014 | 9:00 a.m.
Neil Gaiman, author of the “The Graveyard Book,” didn’t have to think twice before choosing an artist to adapt the sweet and spooky coming-of-age tale into a graphic novel. “It wasn’t like I had a shortlist,” Gaiman said. “I went to [P.] Craig Russell and said, ‘Craig, how would you like to do this?’ And he did. … The reason I love working with Craig is Craig knows what he’s doing and is so brilliant.” Russell, the Ohio-based illustrator and graphic novelist (“The Ring of the Nibelung,” “Night Music,” “Elric”), and bestselling fantasy author Gaiman (“American Gods,” “Stardust”) have collaborated on half a dozen projects, beginning with the 50th issue of Gaiman’s “Sandman” comic (“Ramadan”) more than 20 years ago, and including “Coraline” and several short stories. “The Graveyard Book: Volume 2,” out this month from HarperCollins in time for Halloween, […]
Dec. 23, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
2013 was a superb year for fans of genre entertainment. Major comic book heroes celebrated milestone anniversaries, as did “Doctor Who.” “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” continued to demonstrate that fantastic tales, both grim and transporting, can make for compelling, compulsory viewing. Dragons, female warriors and Tom Hiddleston stormed the multiplex in blockbuster fashion, while next-generation gaming consoles arrived, just in time for Christmas. There was plenty of big news about 2015 projects as well — namely, that J.J. Abrams will direct the first live-action “Star Wars” film since 2005, and that Ben Affleck will take over the role of Batman from Gotham City’s previous Caped Crusader, Christian Bale. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most memorable moments in film, TV, comic books and games, in no particular order. Feel free to share your […]
Nov. 08, 2013 | 10:54 a.m.
The first Neil Gaiman-authored video game may not have many words from the celebrated fantasy writer. But that’s exactly the way Gaiman wants it, said Matt Korba, co-founder of developing studio the Odd Gentleman. “Wayward Manor,” initially unveiled this summer and due in 2014 for the PC and Mac, puts players in control of a ghost on a haunting spree. When the L.A. studio and Gaiman first began discussing the project, said Korba, Gaiman had an early request: no lengthy in-game cinematic sequences. The story, requested Gaiman, would be told via player actions rather than scripted, plot-heavy moments — what the gaming industry refers to as “cut-scenes.” This, said Korba, is when he knew the collaboration would work. “From the start,” Korba remembers, “Neil said, ‘We’re not telling the story through cut-scenes.’ Like, ‘That’s boring. Nobody plays games to watch cut-scenes.’ This is […]
Oct. 13, 2013 | 7:22 a.m.
It’s been 17 years since an issue of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed, bestselling “Sandman” series hit stands, and — noting that it’s about 17 days until the first installment of the writer’s “Sandman: Overture” miniseries with artist J.H. Williams III is released — Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond decided to give one reader a 17-second look at that hotly anticipated No. 1. It might have been a little more than 17 seconds: As “Coffin Hill” writer Caitlin Kittredge pointed out, DC marketing executive John Cunningham at first set the timer for 17 minutes. But after a loose vocal count-out, the chosen woman (she waved more vigorously than others for the chance) was invited up on stage to share her reaction with the crowd at a Saturday evening panel held by the DC mature-readers imprint at New York Comic Con, with freedom […]
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 22, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
SAN DIEGO — Batman and Superman joined forces, Wolverine reunited with an entire team of X-Men, and “Avengers” villain Loki commanded the 6,500 audience members assembled in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H to worship him as a god as the rapturous crowd cheered wildly — just business as usual at the pop culture expo known as Comic-Con International. Word of a sequel to the summer’s Zack Snyder-directed Superman movie “Man of Steel,” which is set for release in 2015 and will feature Batman among its cast of characters, was perhaps the biggest news to emerge from the four-day celebration of film, television, video games and comic books that attracts about 130,000 visitors to the city’s downtown — many clad in colorful costumes. One of the most powerful draws for those fans is the opportunity to see exclusive trailers […]
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 | 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 01, 2013 | 8:46 p.m.
DC Entertainment imprint Vertigo has released the first image for Neil Gaiman’s upcoming “Sandman” prequel comic series, as well as its title, release schedule and Comic-Con International plans. “The Sandman: Overture” unites Gaiman and artist J.H. Williams III (“Batwoman,” “Promethea”) for a new six-issue miniseries set before “Sandman” No. 1, the critically acclaimed comic series that ran from 1989 to 1996. Gaiman’s series, which garnered 19 Eisner and six Harvey Awards, followed the mysterious Lord of Dreams, also known as Dream or Morpheus, after he was captured and held prisoner for 70 years. Morpheus escapes his imprisonment and enters modern times, and works to rebuild his now-rundown kingdom in the dream realm. “Overture” will explore Morpheus’ world before he was captured. “This is the one story that we never got to tell,” Gaiman said in a statement. “In ‘Sandman’ No. […]
March 21, 2013 | 2:13 p.m.
Celebrated novelist and children’s book author Neil Gaiman will return to the medium that launched his career: comics. Marvel announced Thursday that Gaiman will contribute to the final issue of the “Age of Ultron” storyline and co-write “Guardians of the Galaxy” No. 5 with Brian Michael Bendis. This marks the first time Gaiman has worked with Marvel since 2007. Perhaps his best known writing for comics was with the “Sandman” series published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. The final entry of “Age of Ultron,” scheduled for release in June, has been hyped by Marvel as an unpredictable, universe-changing event. But the company is doing its best to avoid spoilers. Marvel also announced the popular character Angela, which Gaiman created with artist Todd McFarlane for Image Comics’ “Spawn” series in 1993, would make an appearance in “Age of Ultron.” It may seem like […]