You say you want
to be able to walk into a Barnes & Noble and find your favorite graphic
novels? Well, sure, for quite some time you could find the best of Image,
Marvel and DC, but despite an obviously aggressive reprint plan, CrossGen
has remained conspicuously absent. Until now.
This morning Director
of Corporate Communications Ian M. Feller announced that CrossGen had
signed with the LPC Group to be exclusive distributors of their trade
paperbacks, Compendia, and any other projects specific to the book trade
(such as the beautiful CrossGen Illustrated of a couple of months
Through LPC, the
largest distributor of graphic novels in the United States, CrossGen
will now have a presence in bookstores, discount chains, libraries and
(crucially for Fanboy Planet) on Amazon.com.
You can bet we'll
be heavily schlepping once that happens.
Pulls You Into Its Web
Lots and lots of
big announcements got made at MegaCon this past weekend, but the Fanboy
Planeteers were too busy entertaining the locals of Santa Clara, California
to make it to Florida. As promised, CrossGen dropped a big bombshell
in the form of a new on-line project.
On The Web aka COW, the project is CrossGen's latest
effort to make it easy for new readers to start actually reading. 51
back issues (so far) of CrossGen comics have been posted on the site,
set up in conjunction with a variety of comics news sites (though not
Fanboy Planet - we don't take it personally. Yet.).
For the first two
months, reading will be free, and then CrossGen will impose a $1 a month
fee for unlimited access. In addition, two issues will be added per
week. By the end of 2002, more than 200 issues will be on-line.
If you're one of
those still not reading CrossGen, this is a pretty nifty way to get
caught up. The powers that be there also swear that COW will
have a reprint schedule that lags behind The
Compendium Project, for those who just can't resist the feel and
smell of a real-live comic book. (We count ourselves in this category.)
Keeps His Artist A While Longer
Kevin Smith has
gotten hip-deep in other things again, including the Black Cat
mini-series for Marvel (which, thanks to Smith's justifiable grousing,
will now actually have the name "Black Cat" in the title). So as he
ends his run on Green Arrow, it may be a while before he gets
to the hotly anticipated revival of DC's The Brave And The Bold.
What does this
mean? Current Green Arrow artists Phil Hester and Ande Parks
were to start work on the new project (and still will, eventually),
but DC announced at Megacon that they will remain with the Emerald Archer
at least through new writer Brad Meltzer's arc, said to be about six
Smith also announced
that the moratorium on other titles using Green Arrow had been lifted,
starting with early issues of Hawkman. Of course, readers of
our interview with Hawkman writer Geoff Johns already knew that.
Laying the Smackdown
A New Series, Too...
Not content to
just draw Green Arrow (okay, he is content, but you know
what I mean…), Phil Hester will be creating a four-issue mini-series
for Image Comics, called The Holy Terror, a horror/adventure
set in the world of professional wrestling. Hester described it as crossing
El Santo films with those of John Carpenter.
He went on to explain,
"No, it's not another 'Rock 'n' Wrestling'/Hulk Hogan/Acclaim comic.'
We're treating the wrestling not only as a source of action, but as
a lifestyle completely alien to most people. We're trying to offer a
Ball Four or North Dallas Forty expose of the wrestling
life. You're just as likely to see our main characters renting cars,
eating at truck stops and trashing motel rooms as you are to see them
apply a figure-four leg lock.
"All this is a
setting for a story about a struggling wrestler who becomes embroiled
in a centuries old conflict between savage ancient gods. He's exposed
to a source of power that, while beneficial to his faltering wrestling
career, is slowly corrupting his soul, making him a vessel for those
ancient, evil forces.
"Oh, yeah... there's
a lot of fighting."
Takes On The Big Three
Also coming out
of MegaCon, comics creator Matt Wagner announced that he would be writing
and drawing a three-issue mini-series for DC tackling their flagship
Wagner, who has
recently been the cover artist for Green Arrow, wants to cover
Wonder Woman's first meetings with Superman and Batman. He said the
dynamic among the three fascinated him, especially since combining any
two seemed to make sense, but not all three. The mini-series will explore
that further, and heck, just give him an excuse to draw the big guns.
The future is in
Declares State of Emergency
Thanks to its popularity
(or controversy), Rockstar Games has just sold its new PS2 title State
of Emergency to New Line Cinema and Zide/Perry Entertainment.
In the game, players
try to start riots and generally stir up the populace in an attempt
to topple a fascist corporate government that has ruined American life.
Clearly, New Line recognized that this strikes a chord, or are they
just acting on orders of the man in order to squelch its popularity?
One Super Mario Brothers type movie and it could all be over.
The studio has
turned the project over to screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift,
who also at one point worked on Freddy vs. Jason. Yep. They're
trying to squelch it.
Not So Much
New As Just Confirmation…
last week that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a go
under director Stephen Norrington. It has an $80 million budget, and
a star: as long rumored, Sean Connery has signed on as Alan Quartermain.
The trade magazine
also mentioned that the production is shooting from the script by James
Robinson, writer of Starman.
World Thinks Only Bert Is Evil…
Chaos! Comics founder
Brian Pulido announced that he has taken back the movie rights to his
creation Evil Ernie, and will be directing it himself.
"It's a $5-million
zombie meltdown movie, much in the tradition of Night of the Living
Dead, Halloween, Nightmare of Elm Street and Blair Witch
to some degree," he said at MegaCon, making sure that he covered all
Pulido and co-producer
Adam Goldfine will seek funding this summer, to shoot from a script
currently being written by Violent Messiahs creator Joshua Dysart.
It's not the only
Chaos! property headed for the big screen, though. In addition to the
Lady Death animated film confirmed a couple of weeks ago, Pulido
announced that Bad Kitty had been picked up by producer David
L. Wolper, while Gale Ann Hurd (producer of The Terminator) has
Chuck Jones 1912-2002
By now you've probably
heard that animation great Chuck Jones passed away last Friday, at the
age of 89. What you may not have known is that Boomerang - Cartoon Network's
little sister network - will be running a Chuck Jones Marathon in tribute.
Starting at 8 AM
on Friday, March 1st, Boomerang will run 24 hours of nothing but Chuck
Jones cartoons. While a line-up isn't available yet, chances are that
any time you tune in there will be something on that was an integral
part of your childhood. Jones created the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote
(as well as Wile E.'s clone, Sam Wolf, star of the current Playstation
game Sheep Raider). He brought opera to the Looney Tunes without
making it hurt. And after leaving Warner Brothers, he went on to direct
the classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a work alone that
guarantees him a spot in the pantheon of animation.
Check it out and
laugh, because that's what Jones would prefer you to do.
We Get Silver Bullets?
Hey, you fans of
CBS' Wolf Lake! Yeah, you three. E!
Online's Wanda reports that UPN has picked up all nine shot episodes
of the show to run on Wednesdays after Enterprise. It may not
end up in full-blown renewal, as all the cast have been released from
their contracts, but it should help ease the pain of its loss.
For the rest of
us, Wolf Lake tells of a community of wolves that have learned
to shape-shift into humans, or vice versa. It never seemed too clear
from promos. All I really know is that Lou Diamond Phillips was on it,
and because CBS is owned by the same company that owns UPN (Viacom),
it looks like we should beg CBS to revive The Tick. That way,
even if it dies again, it could still get revived on yet another network.
Sob. Oh, Tick.
She's Mad Hot. And
we mean that.
Me Feel LOTS Better…
Clock Tower, the fansite already set up to track the Birds of
Prey TV series, reports that another piece of casting has fallen
According to the
site, Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne of Twin
Peaks) has landed the role of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, current head
of Arkham Asylum. If the name rings a bell but you can't quite put your
finger on it, you clearly stumbled onto this page by mistake. Quinzel
is, of course, the real name of Harley Quinn, the clown princess of
crime and America's Psychotic Sweetheart.
Keep your fingers
crossed that this pilot gets shot and picked up, because every time
we get a piece of news on it, it just sounds better and better.