New York Comic Con

Oct. 14, 2013 | 10:39 a.m.

NYCC 2013: Kelly Sue DeConnick, fellow Women of Marvel speak up

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“Dudes, we love you too, but you have like 19,000 panels,” “Captain Marvel” writer Kelly Sue DeConnick said. “This one is ours.” She continued a tradition Sunday afternoon at New York Comic Con that she started several “Women of Marvel” panels ago, saying that the assembled are no longer addressing the idea that women don’t read comics or superhero comics. “That’s over,” she said to screams of approval. DeConnick then had the women in the room who are interested in working in the comics industry stand up, and instructed them to make friends: “You are going to need each other. There is room up here – we’ll just keep making the table longer. We need you. We want you. You all have unique voices and gifts, and this industry absolutely needs you. The thing is, we need you to be […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

NYCC: ‘Superior Spider-Man’ details, ‘Captain Marvel’ relaunch, more

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Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.” The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.) “Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

NYCC: Shows like ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ are major draws

Andrew Lincoln, left, Danai Gurira, Steve Yuan and Lauren Cohan attend "The Walking Dead" panel at New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center on Oct. 12, 2013. (Laura Cavanaugh / Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK — At the Javits Center in Manhattan this past weekend, the Frodos and Jokers were easily outnumbered by the Heisenbergs and Khalesis. Reflecting television’s place on top of the pop-culture food chain, the lineup at New York Comic Con was dominated by the small screen, with panels about shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” proving a major draw among the estimated 130,000 attendees. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books and anime, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture — particularly television. “I definitely have seen a really strong increase in the TV presence over the past couple of years,” said Kim Mueller, content and talent director at ReedPOP, the company that produces the 7-year-old […]
Oct. 13, 2013 | 7:22 a.m.

NYCC 2013: Vertigo panel talks ‘Sandman,’ ‘American Vampire,’ more

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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 […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 10:03 p.m.

NYCC: ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ previews new episode (spoilers)

Between comic book news and details about a touring live attraction, Marvel had plenty of information to share with fans at New York Comic Con Saturday. The company’s big push into prime time, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” also managed a moment in the spotlight with Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, and actors Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, who play lab geniuses Fitz and Simmons, turning up to preview Tuesday’s episode and talk up the show. (Those who don’t want to know details about the upcoming episode should stop reading now.) This episode introduces a new character — a former protege of Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) named Amador, who’s equipped with a camera in her eye — and opens with an elaborate action sequence on the Stockholm subway, one that was actually filmed in Sweden, just as the […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 8:16 p.m.

NYCC 2013: ‘Silver Surfer’ and more All-New Marvel Now reveals

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[Updated 6:35 a.m. PDT Oct. 13 with images from All-New Marvel Now announcements] It was code-named “Rad!,” and the crowd agreed that it was when the mystery All-New Marvel Now project from writer Dan Slott and artist Mike Allred was revealed to be “Silver Surfer,” greeting the news with sustained applause Saturday afternoon at Marvel’s “Inhumanity” panel at New York Comic Con. The writer said the series, about the “most [Jack] Kirby-ish of characters doing the most insane stuff in weird, cosmic, quirky places” will feature a notable new presence, a sort of companion for the alien hero (Slott has often talked and tweeted about being a “Doctor Who” fanatic). “When you think of the Silver Surfer, you think of the lone sentinel of the skyways,” Slott said. “He’s always very lonely on that board all by himself. And this […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.

NYCC: ‘Walking Dead’ panel features Norman Reedus, cast news, premiere tease

“The Walking Dead” spin-off won’t hit the airwaves for a while yet, but at New York Comic Con on Saturday, “The Daryl Dixon Show” was already in full effect. In a panel moderated by “Community” star (and self-proclaimed “Walking Dead” super-fan) Yvette Nicole Brown, cast members Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira and Chad Coleman teased the season ahead, which resumes several months after the bloody confrontation between the prison population and the Governor’s (David Morrissey) forces. The actors were joined by comic book author Robert Kirkman, newly appointed show runner Scott Gimple and executive producers Greg Nicotero (also the series special effects makeup guru), Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. But all anyone wanted to know about, or at least it seemed, is what Daryl would be up to in the season ahead — specifically […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.

‘Marvel Universe Live’: Behind the scenes of a superhero arena show

Lauren Stark auditions for "Marvel Universe Live" at the Cirque School in Hollywood on Sept. 14, 2013. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Kirk Jenkins doesn’t seem to notice the young woman suspended in the air in front of him, contorting her body through a hoop, or the man in a nearby corner, spinning a fighting stick. Instead, Jenkins sits on the side of the room of the Cirque School studio in Hollywood, intently focused on the steel blades in his hands. The Wolverine-reminiscent weapons are called kamas, and Jenkins grips them with controlled strength as he quietly goes through the motions of his 30-second audition routine. Jenkins, 24, who flew to Los Angeles from his home in Warrenton, Va., along with his father and coach Ron Jenkins, is one of hundreds of people to audition for “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action arena stunt show that will unite many of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers. The Los […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 1:49 p.m.

NYCC 2013: IDW announces Steranko, Cooke, Gibbons, Schulz books

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Jack Kirby’s “New Gods,” Jim Steranko’s “Nick Fury” works, Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen” and Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” will all get deluxe books reproducing their original penciled-and-inked pages from IDW Publishing. And Steranko and the company are at work on a new, original project. The San Diego-based comics and art book publisher announced the Artist’s or Artifact Editions of the hugely influential works at its Saturday morning “Most Explosive Panel of 2013” at New York Comic Con, with Steranko as a surprise guest. The iconoclastic Steranko, a comics legend and Twitter sensation with a head of distinctive white hair, entered to the James Bond theme music and was frank about both his stature and his interactions with other publishers. “I probably have the distinction of producing the smallest amount of work that made the most amount of noise in this business. You […]
Oct. 11, 2013 | 10:47 p.m.

NYCC 2013: Scott Snyder details ‘Batman: Zero Year,’ ‘Eternal’

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When it comes to revealing “Batman” details at convention panels, the title’s bestselling, Eisner Award-winning writer Scott Snyder can’t help himself. And he had plenty to share at DC’s Bat-family books panel Friday at New York Comic Con. The panel also covered the just-announced “Batman: Eternal” 2014 weekly series — for which Snyder is “show runner” — that marks the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary year. “Listen, I’ve been on panels with this guy where he’s reading the dialogue from the script,” Greg Capullo, his artist-partner on the chart-topper, said to crowd laughter. “I go, ‘What is he doing?’ … Stay away from Scott Snyder unless you’ve already purchased the book.” The writer, who’s also working on “Superman Unchained” and co-created “American Vampire,” was unveiling some goings-on from next month’s “Batman” No. 25, part of the earnest, enthusiastic team’s “Zero Year” […]
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