Marvel has gotten into the habit of saying they “won” major cons in recent times, and of course… that’s marketing bravado and all in good fun, but it does make me wonder if they really did. It’s impossible to determine such things without lots and lots of qualifiers. And there’s a bit of fuzziness between what actually was a SDCC announcement, what was a pre-announcement but probably belongs on the list, and what just happened last week but was largely unrelated. And things look different on the ground, particularly in the middle of Captain America: The First Avenger release week, than they do via website traffic.
That said: Going by simple pageviews, Marvel vs DC during San Diego is… too close to call in a meaningful way. Though it’s probably worth noting that various Marvel movie-related news is what kept it even. They got a crazy amount of mileage simply by releasing a bit of Avengers film design art every day.
The more noteworthy take-away here is that (unsurprisingly) the other publishers got steamrolled by the Marvel/DC news onslaught. There were some very signficant stories — IDW had a strong slate of announcements, Legendary released some Holy Terror art from Frank Miller (and also worth noting here is that some of Image’s big announcements, came pretty late in the show and thus haven’t peaked yet) — which would probably have garnered substantially more interest overall here had it not been for an unrelenting torrent of Marvel/DC news.
All that aside, here’s the top San Diego-related stuff that people read about on Bleeding Cool:
Well then… after a shakeycam version spreading around like crazy yesterday morning, here’s the official look at that The Amazing Spider-Man Teaser:
DC is releasing a free preview book of material from the new DCU relaunch to comic shops and at San Diego Comic Con this week, and as retailers receive their shipments today glimpses of the material are going to appear like wildfire over the next few hours. Here’s a sample
Some fascinating behind-the-scenes stuff here:
Including Dan DiDio, Eddie Berganza, Bob Harras, Paul Levitz, Paul Cornell, Cliff Chiang and Scott Lodbell…
Why, hello Mr. Hulk.
The New York Daily News reports that in Superman #1, Lois Lane’s chosen fellow is one Daily Planet co-worker Jonathan Carroll. Jim Lee is quoted as saying “Superman is of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, but he can’t have it all. Many of us know what it’s like to be the odd man out and we think readers will have a soft spot for Clark when they see his reaction to Lois’ new boyfriend.”
Apparently this shouldn’t have been announced quite so soon. Friday would have been a better time, to coincide with the Mattel DC Universe panel. Still, it’s out now…
Well last night in the bar, talking to Marvel folks, that creative team seemed to firm up. And this morning I understand that the book will be called The Incredible Hulk #1 and will ship its first issue in October.
She’s looking to take pictures of anybody at Con who is themselves taking pictures of “seXXXy geek girls.” So, basically, if you lapse and try to snap off a quick “upskirt”, you may find yourself photographed, and that image published online. Bus-ted.
During today’s panel for The Dark and The Edge at SDCC, we premiered art from ANIMAL MAN, BLACKHAWKS, DEATHSTROKE, FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E., JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, MEN OF WAR, OMAC, RESURRECTION MAN, SUICIDE SQUAD, SWAMP THING, I, VAMPIRE, and VOODOO. Click through the gallery to see all this new art.
In case you weren’t able to make the panel, be sure to check out some of the new artwork that was shown. Below, you’ll see art from upcoming titles such as WONDER WOMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, STORMWATCH, GREEN ARROW, CAPTAIN ATOM and LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES.
Didn’t have time to post this earlier tonite and didn’t want to let the opportunity pass — there’s some great stuff here. This is the batch of artwork released along with Marvel’s Year Of The X-Men panel today:
Yesterday at San Diego Comic Con, Shocker Toys held a panel. Bleeding Cool tagged it as a possibly controversial one. And so it turned out to be. Because as well as attracting an audience of fans of the companies toys, it also received a visit from one upset over allegations of non payment to Shocker Toys creators.
Fresh from San Diego (as if anything from this sweat pit could really be described as fresh) is this trailer for the second series of The Walking Dead.
Fresh from the recently-concluded panel:
Event fatigue seems to be setting for Dan DiDio who is reaching manic levels on the podium right now, but he thinks people on the flor are feeling better and better about the DC Relaunch.
Some 3D Amazing Spider-Man footage has just played in Hall H, revealing Curt Connors and his transformation into The Lizard.
At the Marvel: Next Big Thing panel, there were announcements of a number of upcoming arcs on a number of projects (including the intriguingly titled Hulk Of Arabia) but there were two very new projects announced.
At the State Of The Industry retailers meeting currently taking place at San Diego Comic Con, David Gabriel of Marvel announced that the endings of the X-Men Schism, Fear Itself and Avengers: The Children’s Crusade series are intentionally intended to coincide in the schedule, as they all tie in to some degree.
At the Flashpoint panel at San Diego Comic Con, it’s been mentioned that the final issue of Flashpoint, published on the same day as Justice League #1, will contain a double page spread to show the journey from Flashpoint to the new reality being set up in the Justice League and the New 52.
Marvel are to publish a new twelve issue twice-monthly mini-series, The Fearless, spinning out of Fear Itself, starting in October. With creators including Matt Fraction, Cullen Bunn, Chris Yost, Mark Bagley and Paul Pelletier, the book will see how Captain America, the Avengers, and others deal with the aftermath of Fear Itself..
Here’s what we’ve been waiting for:
Toy News International has word from yesterday’s DC Direct panel at San Diego Comic Con about figures based on Jim Lee designs for the upcoming new Justice League, giving us a nice look at how some of these costumes look when modeled in 3d. (group shot from jimlee00)
DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio took to facebook a few hours ago to take questions con-panel-style from people who can’t attend the show. A pretty cool idea, I think — and he dropped a few intriguing tidbits in the process. Here’s a bunch of highlights, copypasted so you can see the Q/A’s more clearly:
Over 15o comic book retailers participated in an Amazing Spider-Man #666 promotion to have their store featured on the cover of a specially select print run of the comic in question, out next week.
Concurrent with the release this week of Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel Studios has begun its full court press for promoting its May 2012 release, The Avengers. Here’s newly released concept art for the film featuring a good look at Captain America and Iron Man.
There’s been quite a media blitz over Superman early in this Comic Con week, including interviews with Jim Lee and Dan DiDio regarding the new take on the character among other things. Overall, it paints a very different picture from the Superman we’ve come to know, and Lee, DiDio, and Grant Morrison go on to explain DC’s reasoning behind the changes. Here’s what we’ve learned so far:
October is a big month for X-Men at Marvel. The final issue of X-Men Schism. The final issue of Uncanny X-Men. The first issue of X-Men: Regenesis #1. A 20th Anniversary reissue of Lee and Claremont’s X-Men #1. And the first forty-eight page issue of Wolverine And The X-Men #1. Here is the first cover to that last book by Chris Bachalo… expect to learn more about the identities of the shadowy figures at San Diego Comic Con.
Marvel has given USA Today details on a new line of original hardcover graphic novels which will be… not exactly retellings, according to the piece, but new takes on classic Marvel stories by the current generation of creators.
Bleeding Cool has just been told from a source who should know (and is pretty sure) that the Reborn teaser for San Diego Comic Con, a new book to be writted by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness is….
Wolverine and Cyclops. Wolverine and Cyclops. We’ve been repeatedly told that X-Men Schism will look at a split between the two and two resulting X-Men central books.
Welcome to Tr!ckster Bar the pop up comics shop/bar/life drawing studio over the tracks from San Diego Comic Con. You can’t miss it, just follow the bass beat. Even Brendon Connelly film writer of Bleeding Cool found comics to enjoy there such as Jeff Pidgeon’s Happy Beaver by someone, as Brendon puts it, has a proper job, working at Pixar.
Grant Morrison, J. Michael Straczynski, Scott Lobdell, Matt Idleson, and Mike Johnson were on hand at the Superman panel to discuss the future of Superman and related titles.
For a company that a couple months ago many thought wouldn’t have much presence at San Diego Comic Con this year, Marvel sure is making a lot of noise this week. Here’s the official teaser poster for The Avengers film directed by Joss Whedon:
At the State Of The Industry panel earlier today, David Gabriel of Marvel joked “there’s no one else we could kill”. It seems he was wrong.
And the last big panel from DC for the day:
Most people who read comics know at least the basics of the story. A puny 90lb weakling is transformed by a unique scientific process into a near-perfect human being.
DC’s ambitious schedule of panel talks and art releases continues:
We’ve known for a couple days that Lego was going to be announcing an expansion of its DC license at San Diego Comic Con to include DC’s complete library of characters, but now it appears that they are announcing a wide-ranging deal with Marvel as well. Way to double down, Lego. This should keep twitpic and youtube full of mock DC/Marvel crossovers for years to come.
I’m betting a lot of people just read that and thought to themselves, “I can’t believe X-Men #1 was 20 years ago!” But the best selling single-issue comic book of all time — by Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams — was released in 1991. As a guy who’s been producing comics for almost that long, this project interests me — although the original release was a gorgeous job by all involved, printing & production technology has come a long, long way in that time. Sounds like fun:
Here are painted images of Thor, Nick Fury, Agent Coulson and Maria Hill as they will appear in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers next summer.
At San Diego Comic Con, Marvel has confirmed previous reports of a new Defenders series by Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson. And while this does actually have Namor… these are not all the Defenders. This is the team that goes after the “ticking clocks” of the Marvel Universe.
Anyway, at one of the panels held yesterday evening at San Diego Comic Con, designer and Batmanologist Chip Kidd told the audience that he is working on a Batman comic book for DC. That much of the art has been completed so he expects an announcement sometime soon.
Here’s the stuff you’ve been waiting for: just released from today’s DC New-52 panel, the first 8 pages of Justice League #1 by Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, and Scott Williams:
Tomorrow afternoon at San Diego Comic Con, there is going to be a protest walk over the DC relaunch, and specifically some of the costume changes therein. The different look of Harley Quinn has caused much comment from a skintight Harlequin costume to, well, basically a loose corset.
To be honest, all those titles have been relatively new — AWESOME has been a passion project for a few years. As I’ve been attending comic book conventions for a few decades now, I’ve always wanted to try to find a way in to tell a big huge honking story set in one of these magical places. It just happens that Ilias Kyriazis and I are shopping it to publishers at this time.
All Star Superman and Year One have made 2011 an incredible year for DC Universe Animated Movies, and it might prove tricky for 2012 to not seem like a bit of a slump.
It’s moving day for Geoff Johns, into his new apartment, and he’s here at San Diego Comic Con. Which may explain his abscence for some of the show. Seriously, I think his good lady think he’s just popped out for some packing tape or something. Indeed, wuth Hal Jordan getting evicted from his own apartment, there may be some self experience involved here.
“He was aggressive and belligerent,” Lt. Andra Brown said of the Welsh actor. “He was… berating everyone from the security staff to the United States of America.”
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