DC Delays Goddess
In light of last week's tragedy, DC has
removed its trade paperback reprinting of Garth Ennis and Phil Winslade's
Vertigo series Goddess from the schedule indefinitely. Originally
to be published next month, Goddess concerns a young woman's
realization that she has tremendous destructive powers.
DC Finalizes The Dark Knight
After much discussion, DC has announced the
format for The Dark Knight Strikes Again. It will be a 3-issue
miniseries, each issue being 80 pages with a cover price of $7.95. No
doubt it will be worth it.
"This is Frank (Miller) and Lynn (Varley,
the colorist) at their absolute peak," says Group Editor Bob Schreck.
"If you were blown away by their work on The Dark Knight Returns
or 300, you ain't seen nothin' yet."
A far better excited description than
Schreck gave in San Diego, where he tried to couch it in vague sexual
terms. "You can't have the first time again - the wrapper's off. But
you can still have the best time. This is the best time. (Frank's) had
fifteen years to percolate…."
To which James Robinson dryly interrupted,
"You've just made Frank Miller sound like a Times Square hooker."
Phew. I've been waiting for the opportunity
to relate that story.
DC Gets A New Member Of The Bat-Family
Editor Lysa Hawkins, formerly of Marvel
Comics, has joined the Bat-stable. No word yet on which books she will
be editing, but of her Marvel work still awaiting release we have Witches,
with artwork from Mike Deodato, Jr.
Oni Press Announces Auction
Like many of us, the people at Oni Press
really, really want to help in the wake of this disaster. And so, they
have announced that they will be holding a charity auction.
The current plan is to offer materials
only comics professionals can provide. This means original art, signed
comics, limited editions, statues, scripts, etc. All materials will
be auctioned through Ebay, with proceeds after Ebay fees and shipping
going to the American Red Cross relief fund.
They ask that interested parties e-mail
them at firstname.lastname@example.org, to inform them of what you could donate.
The items should be at the Oni offices by October 1, with the auction
to begin on October 8. Please limit donations to one or two items.
Many artists and writers have already
agreed to be involved, including Warren Ellis, Greg Rucka, Ted Naifeh,
Gail Simone, Brian Wood, Renee French, Steve Rolston, Jen Van Meter,
Beau Smith, Lea Hernandez, Jim Mahfood, Pete Woods, Rebecca Woods, Mike
Norton, Scott Morse, Stan Sakai, Dan Brereton, Shannon Wheeler, Brian
Bendis, Guy Davis, Tom Grummett & Karl Kesel, Chynna Clugston-Major,
Evan Dorkin, Judd Winick, Brad Meltzer, Mike Allred, and Paul Dini.
The editors at Oni stress that this is
no way to be seen as an "Oni" event; rather, they want it to be industry-wide.
Both Marvel and DC have announced plans
to produce special "jam" comics that will benefit victims of last week's
tragedy. No plot details or formats have been released to the public.
Disaster-Themed Movies Off The Schedule
Both Warner Brothers and Disney have removed
highly-hyped movies from their release schedule, due to concerns over
Collateral Damage, an Arnold Schwarzenegger
film, features Arnold seeking revenge on Colombian terrorists after
his family gets killed in the bombing of an American skyscraper.
The black comedy Big Trouble, which
was to be released next week, involves a plot to place a nuclear device
aboard a plane.
No decision has been made yet if and when
these films will be released.
Ironically, perhaps, video stores across
the nation report that they cannot keep in stock movies in which Arnold,
Bruce, or even Steven Seagal kick terrorist ass.
Spider-Man Trailer Yanked
You may have noticed that you cannot view
the Spider-Man movie trailer anymore. That's because in it, Spidey
captures a helicopter full of thieves in a web spun between the World
Trade Center Towers. In response to the disaster, Sony immediately pulled
the trailer from the internet and from movie theaters, as well as the
movie posters that featured the WTC in the background.
Luckily for the cast and crew, the scene
featured in the trailer is actually not in the film at all, but Sony
has been rumored to have ordered that all shots of New York that include
the towers will have them digitally erased.
Bruce Banner Cast?
Variety reports that the front-runner
to play Bruce Banner/The Hulk in Ang Lee's upcoming film is a little-known
(to Americans) Australian actor named Eric Bana. Bana, who has spent
time as a stand-up comedian, made a critical splash this past summer
in an Australian film called Chopper.
This could work. After all, a little-known
Australian ended up playing Wolverine, and that turned out okay.
HBO Pulls Ad Support For Band Of Brothers
…But they wisely did not pre-empt this
week's actual episode. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom
Hanks, Band of Brothers is a gritty, all-too real look at war,
in the guise of the true story of WWII's real Easy Company. No
Sergeant Rock stuff here.
Seriously, if you are not watching this
show, you should be.
Major Networks Delay Their Fall Season
By A Week
The nation hardly notices.
Buckaroo Banzai Coming To DVD
Every fanboy should perk up. MGM has announced
that they will release The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across
The Eighth Dimension on DVD in January of 2002.
This edition will have the requisite deleted
scenes, including the lost prologue with Jamie Lee Curtis as Buckaroo's
If you are not familiar with Buckaroo
Banzai, know this much: Writer Earl Mac Rauch and director W.D. Richter
created a brilliant superhero series and only turned one of the middle
episodes into an actual film. With allusions to previous adventures
(and the unfulfilled promise of more to come), the movie may not be
for everyone, but it is for you.
Also coming just in time is a reprinting
of the brilliant novelization, which has become a cult classic in its
own right. You can
pre-order it now at Amazon.
I know, I know. We've all seen and heard
and read the news over and over, and everyone has their opinion. But
Chairshots gave Michael a soapbox last
week, so I figure it's my turn here.
In our pain and our patriotism, we have
easily slipped into talk of war. While that may frighten many (myself
included), it does seem like the only option we have. If so, let us
enter into it with as much nobility as we can muster. There has been
a lot of talk in this country about vengeance, but not enough about
That said, I would like to make a modest
proposal for punishment of those who have perpetrated these terrible
atrocities against our nation.
Once found, these men should not, under
any circumstances, be put to death, for death holds no terror for them.
No. Instead, let us take a page out of The Princess Bride, and
let them be put to pain.
Armed guards shall be on round-the-clock
duty to hold down the convicted culprits as each and every citizen of
these United States gets a chance to hit them in the face. One shot,
each citizen. The line-up will be around the block, and believe me,
those pops in the snoot will add up.
In addition, once every four hours a lucky
lottery winner will be allowed to haul off and kick them in their nether
regions. Death may hold no terrors, but six nutshots a day do.
This can be done as either a fixed tourist
attraction, or take the villains around the country by train in a whistlestop
How about you? Do you think that movies
should erase all reference to the WTC? That Arnold Schwarzenegger's
career is over? Write to us.
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