BARRY BLANKENSHIP’S POSTERS ARE BRIGHT, POPPY AND AWESOME
By Chris Sims
I’ve been thinking a lot about picking up some new art lately to decorate these old walls. I mean, don’t worry, that framed theatrical poster for The Goonies ain’t going nowhere, but I’ve had it for years and it’s getting a little stale. Perhaps the Gooies r only Good Enuf.
Either way, I’m seriously considering decking out every flat surface in this place with the art of Barry Blankenship. His work is beautifully bright, fantastically clever, focused on detailed, poppy representations of stuff like Monster Squad, Scott Pilgrim and, of course, the Batman, and that means it’s right up my alley.
COMICS ALLIANCE PODCAST 106: AMAZON BUYS COMIXOLOGY
The big story of the week is the acquisition of leading digital comics retailer ComiXology by Amazon.com. ComiXology has facilitated over 200 million downloads of digital comics, making it the largest provider of American comic books from nearly every major publisher as well as small press and independent creators. Amazon.com is one of if not the biggest retailers of, well, everything in the world, including a leading seller of digital content in the form of music, video and electronic books.
What does this acquisition mean for Comixology and the American comic book industry as a whole? To address these questions and ask even more besides, Senior Editor Andy Khouri is joined tthis week by Heidi MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief of comics news and culture site The Beat; Matt D. Wilson, ComicsAlliance contributor and the writer of the digital comic book Copernicus Jones, Robot Detective; and Alison Baker and Chris Roberson, publishers of Monkeybrain Comics, an imprint with an exclusive digital distribution deal with ComiXology.
HERE’S THE ‘TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES’ ‘BROTHERS’ TV SPOT
The newest TV spot for the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ movie has debuted, offering a brief, but revealing look at the characters in the film.
The TV spot, uploaded by IGN, may only last for 30 seconds, but we’re shown quick snippets of new characters that haven’t been seen in the first live action trailer for the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed movie, which lasted for about a minute more.
If you’ve got keen eyes and fast reflexes, you can pause during the TV spot to catch glimpses of Master Splinter brandishing a katana and Will Arnett‘s Vernon Fenwick clutching a shocked April O’Neil, played by Megan Fox.
2014 EISNER AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED: IMAGE LEADS, STRONG SHOWINGS FROM DARK HORSE AND VERTIGO
San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is looming just over the horizon, and that means that it’s almost time for the annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Today, the nominees were announced, and Image Comics led the pack with 20 nominations across all categories, including four out of five of the nominations for Best Continuing Series, with the remaining spot going to Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye at Marvel.
Also interesting to note: While there were several nominations for Vertigo titles like Trillium and The Wake, DC’s “New 52″ line of superhero titles was almost completely shut out, with their only nod coming from Scott Snyder’s nomination for Best Writer.
INTERVIEW: SCOTT SNYDER ON ‘BATMAN: ZERO YEAR – DARK CITY’, PART ONE
By Chris Sims
Today, in the first part of our interview, Snyder discusses the return of Dr. Death, why he wanted to pay homage to Frank Miller’s Year One and Dark Knight Returns while at the same time breaking away from them as much as possible, and why “Dark City” was the most challenging part of the story to write.
ComicsAlliance: So let’s start with Dr. Death. He’s a character who’s commonly regarded as the first supervillain to show up in Detective Comics, but I’m curious as to why you went with him rather than Hugo Strange or the Mad Monk, who are both earlier foes for Batman.
Scott Snyder: I actually went back and considered using the Mad Monk in a different way, but I didn’t think I could pull it off. I’ve always loved the idea of Dr. Death and Lord Death Man. Not necessarily the iteration that was in Detective Comics back then, but this idea of Batman facing a character with death in his moniker at the beginning. So much of what Bruce needs to learn, I think, and this actually comes in a lot in the next section, “Wild City,” is that being Batman means transcending death. Both believing that you can physically, over and over again, but more than that, giving yourself up to this bigger idea and sacrificing any sort of personal life and your body to be larger. Your own physicality, your own mortality.
MONDO PRESENTS MIKE MITCHELL’S NEW MARVEL PORTRAITS IN SPECIAL GALLERY SHOW
Purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic and pop cultural celebrations (such as the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 20th anniversary screening), Mondo has announced its next comic book-inspired event will be an exhibition of portraits of Marvel Comics characters illustrated by artist Mike MItchell. Running from April 25 through May 17 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, Mitchell’s show, officially called “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo,” will include pieces inspired by the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and more.
THERE IS NO ONE WAY TO LIVE OR DIE: ‘DAYTRIPPER: THE DELUXE EDITION’ SKETCHBOOK
By Andy Khouri
Originally serialized in ten issues by Vertigo throughout 2010, Daytripper has since become known as the master work of Brazilian cartoonists and brothers Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. The gorgeously illustrated Daytripper employs (and in some cases innovates) the special language of comics to ends that are at once uplifting and devastating, creating a truly emotional journey into the soul of a man whose life, loves and home seem as intimate as your own.
Daytripper’s original issues won Eisner, Harvey and Eagle Awards, and its paperback collection became a New York Times bestseller. Soon to be available as a hardcover for the first time in the US, Vertigo’s Daytripper: The Deluxe Edition recompiles the story in an oversized edition with improved paper stock, a wraparound cover and a behind-the-scenes section containing sketches, layouts and other artwork by Bá and Moon from throughout the Daytripper creative process. Courtesy of Vertigo, ComicsAlliance is pleased to present an advanced look at that very special material in the gallery below, including the very first drawings created for Daytripper.
THE X-MEN EPISODE GUIDE 3×19: ‘NIGHTCRAWLER’
By Chris Sims
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.
This week, Nightcrawler shows up and Wolverine finds Jesus. Not even kidding.
VISION ACTOR PAUL BETTANY TEASES ‘AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON’ ABILITIES
He couldn’t reveal much on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last Friday night, but Avengers: Age of Ultron star Paul Bettany was able to tease some information about his transition from voicing Tony Stark’s AI Jarvis in the Iron Man movies to going full-fledged Vision on May 1, 2015.
After promoting his new role in Transcendence, Kimmel dug into Bettany’s synthezoid role, asking what his powers would be in the film.
“Oh, I can do all sorts of things, but I’m not allowed to really talk about them, and what we’re going to do because there might be a Marvel agent in the room who will actually wrestle me to the ground and fire me,” Bettany (presumably) joked.