Best New Talent
Karl Moline's Upcoming CrossGen Project
Gets 15 Harvey Award Nominations
…and already some
are grumbling about ballot stuffing. Please. The Harvey Awards, named
after cartooning great Harvey Kurtzman, are the only industry awards
nominated and selected entirely by comics professionals.
So why are 15 nominations
worth trumpeting? Because that's more than any other major publisher
got, speaking not so much to a lack of quality projects elsewhere, but
to the overall quality of the CrossGen line. In addition, penciller
Karl Moline received a nomination as Best New Talent for his work on
Joss Whedon's Fray. And who's got Moline all sewed up to an exclusive
contract for the upcoming Route 666?
Sigh. If you have
to ask, it's just not worth answering.
Mark Waid withdrew from the Harvey Awards, citing only personal reasons.
Waid had received a nomination for his work on Ruse.
On the heels of
that announcement, CrossGen put a spin on it, lauding Waid for his acknowledgment
that a comic book is not just the effort of one creator, and that artists
Butch Guice and Mike Perkins were an integral part of Ruse's
So on the heels
of that, Mark Waid stepped forward once again and said that while
he basically agreed with the points made by CrossGen, he hadn't actually
made any of them himself. Again he stressed that the withdrawal of his
name for nomination was for personal reasons.
My guess is that
Waid is just a front for Dalton Trumbo and can't take the guilt.
Batteries not included.
Lives Again, But Not Night Nurse…Is There No Justice?
Marvel Comics made
a lot of noise about their MAX line this week, announcing some long-term
plans and dashing the hopes of those who looked forward to the Night
Nurse revival. The schedule simply has not worked out for the Gail
Simone-penned series, though she has obviously not fallen out of favor
with the powers that be. Already she has the revamp of Deadpool
What MAX editor
Axel Alonso really wanted to push is the imminent re-imagining (for
what, the fourth or fifth time?) of Deathlok for the mature imprint,
launching this summer. Written by Daniel Way, with art by Darick Robertson
(Fury), the series promises to be "a sci-fi black comedy," according
"If you hated Fury,
you're really gonna hate Deathlok," Alonso says. "Think Waterworld
-- only there is no water and there is a plot." I didn't see Waterworld,
but I thought the speedboat stunt show at Universal Studios was pretty
entertaining. And I ended up hating Fury. I'm so there.
Why is The Hulk
Some of you may
be aware that Toy Fair, the annual toy industry showcase, wrapped up
a couple of weeks ago. More toy-oriented sites have been abuzz since
then over all the great figures coming from Toy Biz (Marvel's wholly
owned toymaker), tying in both to the Spider-Man movie and the Marvel
Universe as a whole.
But what most sites
have not been talking about is a strange sub-set of Marvel superhero
figures that make DC's Pocket Heroes look positively cool. Toybiz will
be releasing a line of heroes for fans under 5, dressed for pro-social
activities in their neighborhoods. Okay, so it's for the kiddies, I
can accept that. But didn't Spider-Man suffer enough in his "beach fun"
edition a couple of years ago?
I'm including a shot of "Firefighting Spider-Man," which again, at least
teaches kids something about real heroes. But "Construction Worker Hulk?"
Kids are going to take The Hulk to heart, as, strangely, they always
seem to do (kids love Hulk, Hulk love kids…as a between meal snack),
just in time for Ang Lee's film adaptation to completely traumatize
Bite me, Fanboy...
And Now The
Expected Slice of Cheesecake…
A couple of years
ago, I found myself walking along a row at the San Diego Comic Convention
when I hit a crowd staring forward in an hypnotic trance. Wondering
what the hullabaloo was all about, I discovered that I'd accidentally
wandered in front of the Harris Comics booth, where Vampirella was making
The name of the
model escapes me, but the claustrophobic sensation of being surrounded
by sweaty fanboys never will, even though I, too, became one of them
for a few moments.
Comics has a new spokesmodel wearing the fabled red floss, chosen a
few months ago with a flurry of attention from Wizard. But now
the rest of the world has caught on. Maria DiAngelis appears in the
April issue of FHM, on sale today, in a three-page pictorial
both in costume and, um, out of costume and in another one that's really
just as good if not better.
I need to lie down.
It Has To
Be Better Than Final Fantasy…
20th Century Fox
(currently a comics fan's best friend with X-Men 2 and Daredevil
getting underway) has just acquired the rights to make a live-action
version of DragonBall Z.
Created by Japanese
writer Akira Toriyama as a comic, DragonBall Z has spun into
videogames, cartoons, Burger King toys and a never-ending library of
video releases. But then, many of you probably knew that.
Anybody got an
opinion on this one? Here's the Fanboy Planet editorial confession for
the week: I've never seen the show. Never played with the toys or the
games. So what's the big deal. How about you tell me - is this something
that begs to be made into a live-action film?
As reviewer Michael
Goodson noted this week (and as I should have mentioned last week),
Cartoon Network has renewed Justice League for a second season
of 26 episodes. So there is justice after all.