C2E2: DC “All Access” Spotlights Many Stars

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Earlier today, DC Comics kicked off their C2E2 weekend in Chicago with “All Access”. The star studded panel included Bobbie Chase, Brian Azzarello, Charles Soule, Dan Jurgens, Greg Lockard, Greg Pak, Jim Chadwick, Kyle Higgins, Nicola Scott, and Scott Snyder.

While there weren’t any surprise announcements, fans got creator insight about upcoming books from Batman Eternal to Secret Origins. Here’s a few tidbits from the panel and its Q&A.

C2E2: Marvel Takes Digital to a New Level, Reveals Documentary Series in the Works

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Marvel’s House of Ideas panel at C2E2 2015 was hosted by Ryan Penagos and features Nick Lowe, Joshua Hale Fialkov, and Mark Waid on stage, focusing heavily on Marvel’s digital endeavors with brief mentions of the 75th anniversary of Marvel Comics, the Marvel Gaming Universe, and a new documentary series called Tales to Astonish.

Joshua Hale Fialkov and Juan Bobilo will be bringing Amazing Spider-man: Who Am I? to the Marvel Infinite Comics lineup, but unlike titles like AvX and Wolverine, Who Am I? will be released in a batch on May 6 containing the first four chapters, with another batch of chapters to be released approximately a month later.

Demographic research: They like Magic the Gathering in Alaska

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Tweet Well is seems that those Facebook demographic analysis that our own Brett Schenker has been delving into, can be used for just about anything. Estately has used FB demos to come up with The Nerdiest States In America – to do it they analyzed the percentage of users in 12 foundational categories: Star Trek: […]

C2E2: Get a free ride from Uber

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Tweet As attested by Torsten’s comprehensive transit guide, getting around the cavernous McCormick Place where the ongoing C2E2 show is being held is no easy matter and getting away from it can be hellish. However, the show has teamed with Uber, the get a ride app, to offer a FREE ride for new signees. Existing […]

So how many people really attended Salt Lake City Con?

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TweetWhen news that the Salt Lake City FanX last weekend claimed to be the third largest comic con in the US came out earlier this week, there was some questioning by some veteran con observers of whether this number was accurate, given the number of people shown in photos. I reached out to the show […]

C2E2014: “I’m Batman” Pop Quiz!

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TweetOh no!  Batman’s dastardly diabolical villains have stolen the creator credits from DC’s Batman75 standee display at C2E2 in Chicago! Can you identify the creator(s) who created each iconic portrait of the Caped Crusader before the show closes on Sunday, guaranteeing each gets the credit they deserve for making Batman such an iconic figure for […]

Woodring wins Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize at Penn State

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Tweet Just prior to introducing special guest speaker Joyce Farmer at Penn State last night, Steven Herb from The Pennsylvania Center for the Book announced the 2014 winner and honorees for the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize. Fran by Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics) picked up the prize while Heck by Zander Cannon (TopShelf) and Boxers & […]

Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets a little over stuffed

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As I’ve written before, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is probably my favorite superhero movie after the original Christopher Reeve Superman. (I’m not in love with the Nolan Batmans although I get why people like them.) It’s one of the very few superhero films with an autuer’s imprimatur, and it’s just plain goofy as heck, veering between horror pastiche of the directors own work, sappy musical and a sad meditation on middle-aged loneliness. Raimi is old enough to have the original Ditko Spidey as his inspiration, from the upside down kiss to the rogue’s gallery of old men in greying wife-beaters—supposedly one of the reasons Raimi and the studio parted ways on Spidey 4 was that Raimi wanted the Vulture as the villain, and the studio wanted a more up to date bad guy.

In Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, all the references have been updated. This is the ultimate world of Bryan Hitch, Greg Land and Greg Horn, all blazing cgi and mottled, gloomy photoshop. The soundtrack has been similarly updated, with a group known as the Magnificent Six—which includes everyone from Pharrell Williams to Johnny Marr—blasting catchy singles. In what passes for innovation here, a scene where Peter Parker does the obligatory Google search to find out a mystery, instead of the chugging string music of every other superhero movie, we get a Phillip Phillips song.

C2E2014: Where Everything Is

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TweetC2E2′s on once again, and this year, it’s being held in the South Hall.  (Oh, how I await the day when it takes up the entire complex!  2.6 MILLION sq.ft. of exhibit space!  60 acres! 45 football fields!  Can you imagine the programming going on all over the building?  The theater?  The ballrooms?) *ahem*  Sorry… […]