So what’s been occurring? Well, since the last Lying In The Gutters I’ve been to two comics conventions on two different continents. In the first a war broke out between Wizard World and Reed, and in the second a war broke out between Jedi and Street Fighter. So what’s been happening on the Cool over the last few weeks? And will I get my arse in gear to get this out every week as I intended?
Well, Bleeding Cool covered rumours of DC moving coasts, shots of Doctor Who on set, a sneak peek inside the new TARDIS (and the kind of person who might be moving from Canada to Cardiff), an earlier Con War when a convention organiser was banned from another convention in Dublin which now seems to have all nicely resolved, Marvel swearing at children, Valiant Entertainment suing Jim Shooter… and a later look at the writ in question, Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison gearing up to take over a universe, Rick Olney’s first payment (still waiting for confirmation on any second payment), San Diego’s preview night selling out, Peter Bagge becoming a teacher and a feminist biographer, Warren Ellis writing a Gravel movie, Frenemy and Cages getting optioned, Tony Lee becoming the Cliff Richard of comics (he”s still at number two), kicking off the DragonBall controversy, discovering a new Chicago comic strip, Kevin Smith and Mark Millar on Newsnight with an upload here, CB Cebulski versus Paris Hilton then versus Marvel, looking at the Asterix 50th Anniversary Volume again and again and again, the smash hit Bertrand Russell biocomic, reports from Baltimore Comic Con here, here and here, Alex De Campi joining the Cool, Bloomingdales blooming with DC Comics, my new column to make you all rich, fighting cancer with comics and makeup, Marvel 3.0 looking very familiar, Gaiman twittering an audio novel, Michael Jackson’s comic, and a whole host of travel-expenses-paid-for Big Apple coverage here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here which led to a couple of Jim Lee stories and a couple of Marvel lookie sees (which I just returned to). I must be good value for money. Oh and I announced my own comic, Chase Variant from Image. Then there was Vertigo Crime’s ad on BBC America before and after I’d seen it, talking up Cerebus TV an awful lot, Alan Moore talking more about his new project, Barry Windsor Smith on universal healthcare, Vicaom shelling out for Turtles, giving Wonder Woman Day some much needed publicity, Apple teaming up with Longbox (it’s all but announced I’m now told), announcing a new Deadpool Noir mini-series from Mike Benson, celebrating Steve Oliff’s heroism, Jamie Hewlett charity work, putting a price on plastic rings, then nicking off to the MCM London Expo that I’m still vaguely recovering from, covering a new superhero show too much, finding a new future for Marvel and looking at some robots.