§ In an interview with Percy Carey, musician/actor/model Tyrese Gibson (above) reveals how he got caught up in the glamorous, exciting world of comics books.
Tyrese Gibson: I have always been open minded to new things, and I’ve said this a few times: I’m no comic book veteran, but when I went to ComiCon to promote Death Race, that energy out there really did something to me. I had no idea…So that’s when I decided I wanted to not only be a part of this world, but I wanna create something that I know the die hard comic book followers out there would appreciate.
Gibson was so starstruck that he is getting on board the comics train with his OWN creation, something called MAYHEM, which
doesn’t have hasn’t announced a publisher yet. If you took every interview with a celebrity where they explain how awesome comics are and how much they love them, threw them in a stew pot and made a nice reduction of them, you would get this interview. In fact, we don’t even really need to link to them any more, but then we would have no reason to go searching for pictures of Tyrese Gibson any more. So it’s a real win/lose situation.
§ Director Michel Gondry says that cartoon collaboration with Daniel Clowes is still on:
CS: What about the stuff you were going to do with Daniel Clowes, is that still going to happen sometime?
Gondry: Yeah, yeah, yeah, we (doing) a cartoon, an animated film that I co-directed with my son, called “Megalomania,” and it’s being produced by Curious Pictures in New York. Dan Clowes wrote the screenplay and we have Steve Buscemi doing the voice of the main character. I guess I will do that more efficiently after “The Green Hornet” but they already started to work on it.
§ Alex Ross has been named the first guest at next year’s C2E2, the new Chicago-based comics convention being put together by Reed Exhibitions, the guys who bring you the New York Comic-Con. Reed also threw a big launch party in Chicago last night, and we’re sure someone blogged about it somewhere.
§ According to Mel Caylo’s Twitter, he’s just joined Archaia Studios Press:
Just accepted a marketing position with Archaia Studios Press, publisher of MOUSE GUARD. It’s great to be back!
Thanks to everyone for the congratulatory wishes. I’m excited to work for Archaia! Best part? I get to stay in LA!
Caylo was formerly with Wizard and Top Cow.
§ Jud Meyers of the comic shop Each-2 writes a customer’s turn to the dark side:
Tom and Sheila began to change. She became more vocal about what he purchased and his irritation with her grew.
“Do you really need two of those?” Sheila would say.
He’d reply, “Do you ever not get the things you want?”
She’d roll her eyes and scoff, holding her tongue in public.
Eventually, as is usually the case with these types of scenarios, they would stand at my register and hear the words I’ve so often spoken in my time in retail.
“I’m afraid your card’s been declined.”
They would whisper to one another, shrug it off and hand me a different piece of plastic that would work. Or not.
§ Following up on a story we linked to the other day, in his regular Q&A session at Newsarama, Dan DiDio clarifies Mike Kunkel is stil on BILLY BATSON:
19. Finally – can you clarify what’s going on with Mike Kunkel and Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam?
DD: Sure – he’s not leaving it. That all was started with me trying to make an announcement from a panel audience because Art and Franco were there. What happened was that we wanted to get Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam back on a monthly schedule. Because of that, we’re very well aware that Mike could not deliver on a monthly schedule, but we wanted to make sure that the book kept coming out, so we lifted Art and Franco to be writing team on the issues that Mike can’t be there for. We’ve got two more issues by Mike that he’s working on now, and once they’re ready to go, we’ll be soliciting those as well. So Mike is by no means away from Billy Batson right now – we just wanted to get our kids books on a monthly schedule, so we had to use two different teams on this.
§ In other retail news, A new version of MOBY, the POS software, has just been released.