Monkeys, monkeys everywhere, and not
a drop to drink.
Frank Cho Cancels The Liberty Meadows
On December 30, 2001, the beloved comics
strip Liberty Meadows will end with a cliff-hanger ending - the
wedding of Brandy. But to who? Frank Cho only has this to say:
"Fear not, faithful fans! Liberty Meadows
lives! It lives, I tell you! Liberty Meadows the comic strip will transform
itself into Liberty Meadows - the comic book. Okay, I'll be the first
to admit that there's already a comic book called Liberty Meadows. Hey,
we publish it, so I know all about it. (Trust me on this one.) From
the sales, it seems clear that a lot of you know about it, too. Well,
relax, the comic book version isn't going anywhere In fact, it's getting
The last episode of the strip will direct
readers to their comics shops, where they will be able to purchase The
Liberty Meadows Wedding Album, which will feature (obviously) all
new material, out of continuity to the regular monthly book, which reprints
and rewrites previously published strips. Eventually the monthly will
become all new material.
I assume that the syndicate Cho has contracted
to has been given a sweeeeet piece of the pie for this one.
Dark Horse Comics Have Monkey Boys
Of Their Own
On November 7, Dark Horse will release
Sock Monkey: A Children's Book, an illustrated prose story by
Tony Millionaire, at a list price of $9.95. This one will go to both
comic shops and regular bookstores.
Millionaire, of course, has been publishing
the comic book adventures of Uncle Gabby, a clever little sock monkey,
for some time. In addition, his strip Maakies has appeared in
animated form on Saturday Night Live.
But that's not all Dark Horse has coming
On October 17, 2001, Dark Horse joins
forces with DC for a team-up that was really only a matter of time:
Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle. The orphaned Kal-El will
be raised by apes, while John Clayton will become an adventuring wastrel.
How will their fates collide and straighten out? Spend the $2.99 to
DC Wants You To Buy The Dark Knight
Well, duh. But they're really going out
of their way to help. The publisher announced this week that they will
be shipping the book on a staggered schedule, guaranteeing that stores
that sell out of their initial order will be quickly re-stocked, and
allowing them to budget accordingly.
Also, all the copies will be shipped out
of regional distribution centers, again to minimize the wait time once
the book has been released.
See? These are the kinds of actions retailers
need. Just as CrossGen helped out last week for New York stores, DC
gets it: without the retailers, the industry will be hosed.
Panicking Over Watchmen
After a flurry of internet reports that
X-Men writer David Hayter intends to write and direct an adaptation
of Moore and Gibbons' classic, Hayter has spoken up to Comics
Yes, he would like to write the adaptation.
He is negotiating with the current owners of the film rights. But no,
he does not intend to direct himself, nor has he made any concrete plans
as to what would have to be cut.
So please, people, stop panicking over
The Invisibles Closer To Being Seen?
Grant Morrison reports that once again
he has some production companies sniffing around The Invisibles.
Having read the whole series, I only have
this to say about a movie adaptation: I'd like to see you try.
Diesel Definitely Dumps Daredevil
Due to his schedule with the upcoming
film XXX, Vin Diesel has outright rejected any role in the film
version of Daredevil.
Allegedly in talks now is Ben Affleck,
which is really just rude, since Matt Damon has said he wants it. The
role of Daredevil, not Ben Affleck.
But in all this, I have to ask: what's
Rex Smith doing these days?
Farscape Goes Even Farther
The Sci Fi Network has renewed Farscape
for two more years, a 44 episode commitment. Sci Fi Channel president
Bonnie Hammer said, ``Farscape is our signature show, and with
this deal, it now becomes our longest-running original series ever.''
When asked to comment about a similar
deal for Emeril, NBC executives said, "what are you, high?"
And Now, A Moment Of Smugness In Smallville
The Superman Homepage has confirmed what
I hypothesized in my review of the Smallville
pilot: original Ma Kent was just too young. Replaced actress Cynthia
Ettinger joked, "They told me I was too young and pretty... which you
would never guess from seeing how awful I looked in the pilot."
Evidently the WB brass felt that viewers
would not believe Ettinger could have a son star Tom Welling's age.
Especially since that age is in the mid-twenties.
This may not be newsworthy, but it just
goes to show that despite what co-editor Michael Goodson says, I occasionally
do know what I'm talking about.
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