still don't have a title, but we do have a new reporter helping us out.
Please join me in thanking Our Man At Wizard World, Arnel De Los Reyes.
Arnel helped keep us up to date as to what was happening in Chicago, and
laid the groundwork for what we hope will be a lot of great articles here
at Fanboy Planet. Thank you, Arnel.
And for everyone else, the contest is still open. Send me a title for
this weekly news round-up via e-mail (see link below), and the winner
will get a copy of Aphrodite IX #1. Admit it, it's the prize package,
DC Lowers Price On A Book!
Even though they
admit this is because they overprinted, it's still cool. DC Comics has
announced that Batman Archives Volume 1, originally solicited
at $49.95, will be just $19.95. Re-released on October 3, the book contains
all of the Batman stories from Detective Comics #27-50, covering
1939 to 1940.
Will Broker Peace Between DC and Marvel Fans, Then Move On To The Middle
For those who believed
that current comics god Kevin Smith could not work for the big two simultaneously,
you are wrong. At Wizard World this past weekend, Smith announced that
he and Green Arrow artist Phil Hester will re-launch a classic
DC title, The Brave and the Bold.
For those who believed Kevin
Smith when he said that he would never write a Batman title, he lied.
The first issue, naturally, will have Batman and Green Arrow, but beyond
that will utilize its familiar formula of Batman teaming up with another
hero in the DCU. B'wana Beast, anyone?
The auteur continues
plans to write Black Cat for Marvel, but though various artists
have been rumored, none have been named.
In a related story,
a charity showing of Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back at Wizard
World had to be cancelled, under the orders of the Fire Marshall.
Captain America Team
Though it had leaked out to websites everywhere,
including ours, Marvel waited until Wizard World to confirm that,
yes, Captain America would become a Marvel Knights title, with
John Rey Nieber and John Cassaday as the creative team.
We Want To Be
The Site With The Most Cake
This is why we really wanted
to go to Wizard World. Ultra-hot writer Brian Michael Bendis
celebrated his birthday Saturday by handing out free cake at his booth.
No word on flavor, edibility, nor how old Bendis actually is.
The On-line Retail Business
Next month, Florida-based publishers
CrossGen Comics will launch their on-line mall for apparel, books, art,
mall was just a good business decision for us," said CrossGen Publisher
Mark Alessi. "We need to find ways to attract new customers into the
world of comics. In the near future we will be confirming some major
partners to help us in this cause. This mall will be part of the bigger
At the rate of
success they're having, that bigger picture may include taking over
Amazon.com. But we could be making that up completely.
Work Continues On Rising Stars
Cinescape reports that J. Michael
Straczynski has turned in the fourth draft of the script for the film
adaptation of his critically acclaimed series. Covering the first eight
issues of the comic, Straczynski hopes that the film will do well enough
to warrant turning it into a film trilogy.
MGM Studios have
announced Rising Stars to be on their production slate for 2002.
David S. Goyer
Gets Two-Picture Deal
New Line Cinema announced that they have bound
screenwriter and erstwhile co-writer on JSA David S. Goyer to
a two picture deal, with the first picture of said deal being Blade
3. Though Blade 2 has not been released yet (obviously),
New Line has enough confidence in the franchise to give Goyer the go-ahead
The second picture
in the deal will allow Goyer to both write and direct. The title and
subject, however, have not been determined.
OZ: Not The Homoerotic Television Show
Sorry, Metal Gear: Solid
fans, but David Hayter's writing career is taking off. The WB has just
announced that he will be creating a show based on L. Frank Baum's Oz
books, hoping that it will be a fit companion for their family series
Picking up on work,
or at least a whim, by Tim Burton, Hayter's plans for the series include
a modern 20-something woman getting whisked to Oz, with none of the
classic characters being any more than a memory to its current residents.
(Uh, David…citizens of Oz are immortal…)
to Variety, ``Not many people realize there were 45 books in the series,
16 of them written by L. Frank Baum, that go way beyond what was covered
in the film. My goal is not to challenge the movie, but instead create
a world that acknowledges the film, but contemporizes Oz so that the
movie seems a glamorized version of a very real, very dangerous place.''
Producer Joel Smith
has long held the rights to develop this show, and provided the headline
Saved by Sci Fi
Hey, that reminds us…someone at the Sci Fi Channel
promised to call us. Dang. Anyway, they've bailed out Stargate SG-1,
so that new episodes will be produced and premiered on American television
on the Sci Fi Channel starting next June.
For those who watched
the show (infinitely superior to the film), Showtime had previously
been the premiere network for episodes.
And for that person
at Sci Fi…call us. Come on. We really liked your mints.
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