Gets a New Image…
With no small regret,
the Insight Studios Group announced today that Frank Cho would be leaving
after issue #26 of Liberty Meadows. No particular reason for
the move was cited, though both sides stress that it is not a personality
conflict. In fact, Cho will still be contributing to various Insight
projects (again, undefined) in the future.
So where does this
leave Liberty Meadows? The press release refers to Cho "going
solo," but the book will be published by Image Comics. Whether that
will be renumbered from 1 was not clear.
Despite the almost
constant brouhaha surrounding Image co-founder Todd McFarlane on the
Spawn line, Image has a great reputation dealing with creator-owned
works, and a bigger promotional budget. Since leaving the steady income
of newspaper syndication, the recently "with child" Cho likely just
needs money for the baby's new shoes.
Last week, long-time
DC president Jenette Kahn stepped down to move on to bigger and better
In her place, DC
has named Paul Levitz as President and Publisher, moving him up from
Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief. Levitz has definitely come up through
the ranks, including a fan-favored stint as writer of The Legion
of Super-Heroes in the early eighties.
Levitz has come under fire for being the man responsible for the shredding
of entire print runs of books he deemed objectionable at the last minute.
Though some were reprinted after revision, we still have not seen the
fabled Elseworlds 80-Page Giant stateside. (2,000 copies in England
managed to survive.)
It's also rumored
that Levitz has a huge problem with the content and style of The
Authority, and has been behind all the editorial problems that book
has faced in recent months. For more information on that, check out
Rich Johnston's column All The Rage at Silver
So will DC get
bowdlerized as a result? The man may not have quite as broad a taste
as fans would like, but DC has done plenty of great work under his watch,
and it would seem silly to think that may change. But why not work ourselves
up into a good lather?
Dini Does Another
Oni Press announced
that it will be releasing a new book from creator Paul Dini in May.
Titled Mutant, Texas, the book will follow the adventures of
Sheriff Ida Red, a flying cowgirl with the ability to shoot lightning
from her hands. She's the law in a town full of super-powered beings.
(but fun-sounding) book is the second direct-to-comics concept from
Dini (best known for the Batman and Superman animated series) after
the popular Jingle Belle.
J. Bone will provide
the art, commenting, "Paul said he wanted to do something in the southwest,
and I thought, 'Oooh, great! Denim!' There's not enough denim in comics,
and I've had my fill of plaid school-girl skirts."
I'll just leave
that one alone.
JLA Meets Planetary
Sources at DC have
confirmed that this summer should see a JLA/Planetary crossover. Nothing
much is known beyond the assignment of Jerry Ordway to do the art over
a script by, of course, Warren Ellis.
To Bring Back Old Works
Comics will reprint writer/artist Timothy Truman's The Wilderness,
a book long out of print but well-respected. The historically accurate
Western had once been the province of First Comics before the rights
reverted to Truman.
The new web e-publisher
considers this an experiment, hopefully offering creators a new way
to get their work directly in the hands of fans without negotiating
away their rights. Other creators have expressed interest in following
Truman, but the company declines to name names right now.
Though the details
have not yet been set, this could finally be the right step in fulfilling
the promise of the internet for comics distribution. If this were Little
Annie Fanny, though, there would be no question.
The Truth Is
producer/writer/director Frank Spotnitz has entered into a two-picture
writing and directing deal with Dimension Films. His first film will
be Into The Ether, about a medical resident who suspects that
her hospital's patients are dying through unnatural means. Spotnitz
will re-write the script by Brian Carr.
No word on how
(or if) this will affect his behind-the-scenes role on the second big
screen X-Files outing, nor his production responsibilities for
Chris Carter's first film, announced last summer. (Announced, and quite
honestly, mysteriously easily forgotten about by all concerned in the
wake of the 9th Season.)
The Future Ain't
What It Used To Be
Amidst a lot
of grumbling from the production offices of Futurama, word has
come down through Aint It Cool
that the show has been outright (but quietly) cancelled by Fox.
like a red-headed stepchild by the network, this season of Futurama
has actually seen only four new episodes broadcast. The rumor has it
that at this rate, Fox believes they can simply stretch this so-called
"Season Four" into a Season Five, and just burn the remaining episodes
whenever they need to fill a hole in the schedule.
Yeah, they're just
geniuses over there, this being the same network that made sure that
no one actually realized that the brilliant The Tick was on,
either, by pre-empting it every other week and then showing episodes
on different nights. At least Futurama has the benefit of always
being on Sundays at 7 unless there's football, which there almost always
has been so far.
Please send your
potential aneurysms to Fox.
And Yet, I'll
Be There For You…
though, has been renewed for another season, with each cast member rumored
to be getting over $1 Milllion per episode next year.
Would anyone at
NBC like Futurama or The Tick? Please?
Ah, The Birds
of Prey, At Last…
Already, the WB
Pilot Birds of Prey has a fansite. Thankfully so, because Gotham
Clock Tower has uncovered the casting for the pilot.
Dina Meyer, who
you may remember from the film Starship Troopers has been tapped
to play Barbara Gordon, aka Oracle. Fresh from a recurring role on Dark
Angel is Ashley Scott, who will be playing The Huntress. (The Huntress
fills the role in the pilot that Black Canary has in the comics.)
runaway The Black Canary will be Rachel Skarsten, a veteran of some
Disney Channel movies and shows. In a rare casting moment, the 16-year-old
Skarsten will be playing a character who is actually 17. This precedent
could lead to a rash of high school age characters actually looking
like they're in high school, and the very foundations of our television
society will crumble.
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