GameWatch: DCU Online gets, well, eviscerated;
TalentRelationsWatch: DC Comics look to hire… well… CB Cebulski by the look of it.
DC Comics seeks a Coordinator Talent Relations & Services for the DC Editorial Administration department.
- Provides frequent and regular contact with freelance talent, including monitoring workloads, noting any payment, shipping or communication problems, and updating Talent on relevant company information and news.
- Coordinates return of original artwork to freelance artists, according to established company guidelines.
- Coordinates the ordering and distribution of talent complimentary copies of DC publications, according to established company guidelines and specific talent agreements.
- Coordinates and monitors the booking of travel for freelance talent and department personnel.
- Assistance to VP and Director on projects as needed.
TalentRelationsWatch2: Talking of which – shouldn’t someone have told all the people working on Boom’s Pixar books that they were now going to be published by Marvel too?
BordersWatch: The Australian Borders went bust yesterday too. And may be having clearance sales by the weekend. No Chapter 11 protection here…
IndiaWatch: The New Delhi Comic Con kicks off this Saturday.
Patil’s 2008 debut novel “Kari” and Sarnath Banerjee’s “Corridor”, published in 2004, are aimed squarely at adult readers, with snake-wielding superheroes replaced by impotent men and androgynous lesbians.
“When I wrote “Corridor” and tried to get publishers interested, no one understood what on earth I was writing about. At times, I felt like a pickle seller, going from place to place, trying to sell my book,” Banerjee said.
Today, things have changed, he said. “Everyone wants to make a graphic novel now: jump on the bandwagon.”
This is The Bleeding Cool ComicChron Robot speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.
With the acquisition of Marvel by Disney it was probably inevitable that Marvel would get a chance to publish comic material based on the Disney/Pixar stable of characters. When Boom! Studios stopped soliciting for its Pixar-based comics, the handwriting was on the wall.
According to John Jackson Miller, “including all comics, trades, graphic novels, and magazines, Diamond had sales of approximately $419 million.” Meanwhile, according to Hibbs’ BookScan data, sales of comics in the mainstream retail were $172.4 million last year. In other words, BookScan accounted for about 30% of aggregate sales between the two markets.
Uncanny X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, New Mutants and X-Men: Legacy are all missing from the May solicitations.
“I am a comic book guy. I did some work on the first ‘Wolverine.’ I love comic books and in some ways, because studios are making less dramas, there are a lot of dramatic elements and themes that you can get away with in a superhero movie, like Chris Nolan did in ‘Batman’, that you couldn’t get away with in any other movie. You can do dramatic stuff if it’s dealing with all superhero stuff, and that’s what I wanted to try to do.”
The Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction will be held March 4-6. It is expected the Batmobile will fetch anywhere from $200,000 to $275,000 when it comes up for bid. That would be quite a coup because this Batmobile cost Warner Brothers a reported $2.5 million as a promotional vehicle.
But while some entertainment websites ran with the announcement, or awaited confirmation from Warner Bros., the fans got to work.
Aguirre-Sacasa is a strong choice. While his credits include most recently writing a new book to the Charles Strouse/Lee Adams musical It’s A Plane, It’s SUPERMAN! that was a hit at the Dallas Theatre Center, he has also written Spider-Man comics for Marvel. He also writes on the HBO series Big Love and Aguirre-Sacasa is repped by WME.
“The organic webs which Sam Raimi gave him — and which Jim Cameron also would have given him had he directed the first Spidey film — certainly worked beautifully in the movie, and perhaps allowed for better special effects than my idea of limited webbing might have done.”
300 director Zack Snyder, meanwhile, is currently occupied working on the new Superman movie, which is due to start shooting this summer and hit theaters late next year, effectively preventing Snyder from taking the directing reigns of Xerxes until 2012. Whether Xerxes could hold until Snyder would be available is unclear: The project — based, like 300, on a Frank Miller graphic novel — remains in active development but has not yet been greenlit.
California federal judge Stephen Wilson is allowing the authorities now controlling SLMI to pursue a lawsuit against Lee for improperly transferring the intellectual property rights to many legendary comic book characters including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Thor, and more. On Monday, with Judge Wilson’s blessing, the plaintiff filed a new consolidated complaint that alleges that Lee assigned rights to these characters to SLMI in 1998 and then colluded to divert assets to his other companies, QED Productions and Pow! Entertainment, before they eventually wound up in Marvel’s hands as the result of a settlement.
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