¶ Marc-Oliver Frisch is now link blogging! He notes that Marvel will be publishing their own bargain-priced, entry-level line of reprints, sort of like DC’s After the Watchmen promotion:
The books mentioned are Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca’s Invincible Iron Man #1 (which will be free, to kick things off), Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Captain America #1, Eric Shanower and Skottie Young’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1, J. Michael Straczynski and Olivier Coipel’s Thor #1 and, finally, one of the various adult-oriented Punisher comics published under the Max imprint—it may be one by Garth Ennis, or the recent relaunch by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon.
¶ Speaking of Thor, it’s confirmed that Matt Fraction will be writing the book, with John Romita Jr on the art.
GB: Tell me a bit about Thor and how you viewed him as a fan – was he a key character for you growing up? MF: There was one run– Walt Simonson’s– that I thought hung the moon but, weirdly enough, the character wasn’t a favorite particularly beyond what Walt did. And then, as an adult, a few years ago, I was at a friend’s house and saw a Kirby/Giacoia original Thor page on his wall and… and it was like an array of lock tumblers just clicked into place in my head. Like — the art, the character, the myth, the potential — the whole thing came to me in a weird revelation. I got obsessed with the character because for the first time I felt like I figured out, I sort of innately understood, just what you could do with Thor. How big it was, what the potential was, what the book was really, or could really, be about. For the first time I knew what Thor meant. Believe it or not, this is just one of several completely insane-sounding stories that have happened to me regarding Thor since I fell into the big guy’s orbit. I’ve reconciled myself with just buying the ticket, taking the ride, and sounding like a mental patient until I’m done.
¶ Dash Shaw has been chosen as one of 12 filmmakers for the January 2010 Sundance Screenwriters Labs, a prestigious program that helps young filmmakers develop the scripts for their projects. Previous particiants include Quentin Tarrantino, Darren Aronofky, etc etc. Shaw’s project?
Dash Shaw (writer/director) / Slobs and Nags (U.S.A.): Told with hand-drawn animation, a disconnected family is thrown into chaos when the scientist father loses the test subject of his experiment with appearance-altering technology.
Shaw’s animation for The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. on IFC have been well received, so a full length animated feature would be…full of possibilities.
UPDATE: Shaw talks about the project on his website and reveals that Frank Santoro is contributing on the art end. This gets better and better! Above, a cast drawing.