By Josh Crawley
While sometimes there are some noteworthy going-ons in the world of comics, there isn’t really all that much newsworthy. Combine that with my lack of anything else to ramble about this week and it looks like we’re going to be on an adventure of not-so-mythic proportions!
How it works: I’ll pretty much scan some comic book websites, sometimes click on links (and share them with you), and babble a bit about what I see and read!
Legion Annual #1 Interview
But before I start (since it’s been lots of places before I got this idea), Scott Pilgrim’s six volumes have been printed in over one million copies total. That’s pretty awesome. Sidebar: I wonder how quick it would take digital sales to reach that number. Even more so, I wonder how it would look on a Kindle or a Nook.
With very little fanfare, DC has canceled orders for Brave and the Bold #36 (teaming Adam Strange and Lois Lane), by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Saiz, and no other issues have been solicited. Inquiries to DC have only been met with the answer that the title itself has not been canceled. This has been a terrific title and we hope it doesn’t get lost while JMS writes Superman and Wonder Woman. We’ll keep you posted!
The Batman: The Brave and the Bold Animated Series finally returns to Cartoon Network with new episodes at 6:30 pm on Friday, September 17 with the 2-Part Starro episode.
by Josh Crawley
featuring photos by “What happens in Vegas” Dave Wagner
For the first time since 2001, I went to Chicago Comic Con without a table in Artists’ Alley to call home. I went merely to walk the floor and, in the off hours, hang out with industry friends. Due to the reduced presence of many industry names, Dave and I didn’t arrive until around 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon. (Normally I’d've arrived Thursday midday.)
By the time I had dinner with Los Brothers Heffron at 6 p.m. in the now-severely overpriced Expoteria (you may as well get the burger & fries over at Gibson’s Steakhouse across the street for USD .50 more; they also have amazing lobster bisque), I was more than ready to be done walking the convention floor.
by Roger Ash
You may have heard that artist Gene Colan (Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula, Iron Man, Howard the Duck, Batman, etc.) broke the shoulder on his drawing arm. In an unrelated incident, Gene also had some original art stolen. Gene’s friend and author Clifford Meth has organized a benefit auction to help Gene.
by Josh Crawley
Sean Phillips incorporating aspects of Jae Lee’s style, colored by Richard Isanove? You’ve got to be kidding me if you don’t think that’s amazing! Conveniently, Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born is coming out in soft cover soon.
Marvel has release information for five Siege tie-in titles that were previously listed as “Classified.” Also, all five books feature interlocking covers by Marko Djurdjevic. Click on the links to learn more!
Siege: Captain America #1
Siege: Loki #1
Siege: Secret Warriors #1
Siege: Spider-Man #1
Siege: Young Avengers #1
by KC Carlson
The big news over at Marvel this month is a two fisted-knockout. Part one is the return of Captain America Steve Rogers to the Marvel Universe in a big way. First, the regular monthly Captain America comic starts up again, as issue #602 features the first chapter of Two Americas by Ed Brubaker and Luke Ross. Then, Steve returns to the Avengers in the pages of New Avengers #61 by Brian Bendis and Stuart Immonen – which is one of the tie-in books for Siege, the second part of the big news from Marvel. Written by Brian Bendis and pencilled by Olivier Coipel, Siege is a four-part series described as the culmination of events beginning with Avengers Disassembled and leading through House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, and the long-awaited (at least by me!) wrap-up of Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign over the Marvel U. Key to the promotion of Siege is the image of Marvel’s core Avengers – Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America – all reunited again, and all the real deal!
by Miles Perzewski
News has sprung that VIZ struck a deal with Disney Channel to air Naruto Shippuden on their Disney XD block! Starting this October, we here in the US will finally get the chance to see the new series. Since this will be airing on Disney, it will be in an edited format. All those waiting to hear the English dub, it’s right in this package as well. Just don’t forget, if you only want uncut episodes you’ll have to go with the DVDs that will soon be coming out.
by Brook Anthony
Taking a rare and well-deserved day off from my full-time gig at Westfield Comics to take my son to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, I witnessed an event that most Americans probably missed: Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo won, in grand fashion, the coveted top spot in the MotoGP race. What does this have to do with comics?