Monday, May 28, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers- now in paper!

I'm normally not interested in paper folding. My daughter has done some for her art class. And my friend did some paper folding also building Star Wars characters. However after seeing this set I'm going to have to try this for myself.

My Paper Heroes has posted their latest design set of papercrafts and it's focused on the Avengers. Follow the link to the downloadable PDFs and start assembling your own team of Avengers! I will be building the Captain America as the latest edition to my office.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Chip Kidd's Batman: Death By Design

A while ago I previewed a few process pages by artist Dave Taylor of his work on the soon to be published graphic novel, Batman: Death By Design, written by acclaimed graphic designer and novelist Chip Kidd. Recently DC has been showing a few more of the pages.

The graphic novel takes an Elseworlds approach to the Batman and shows a Gotham City influenced as much by the architecture and old Hollywood style as it is by the dark and violent characters that stalk its streets. Kidd describes his approach to the book as such:
 I mean to me I couldn’t think of any other choice to make. It was a style that I really, really wanted to see. I’d like to think it’s unapologetically beautiful and glamorous and also noir; it’s like the great old black-and-white Batman movie that never got made. I wanted it to very much have that feel to it; the feel of the newsroom, the light coming through the blinds, but also the nighttime glamor of Gotham City. The Joker appearing in the middle of it all. These are not new ideas, but I think the way that we’re portraying them gives it, frankly, a sort of “old freshness.”

You can read more of what Kidd has to say about Batman: Death By Design by clicking this LINK. 

Ticker Reviews: Star Wars: Drath Vader and the Ghost Prison #1

This first issue while not featuring much of Darth Vader himself set up the 5 part miniseries and introduced us to the real focal character Larita Tohm, the valedictorian of the first class of Imperial cadets. And from there it's off into the main story. Writer Haden Blackman does such a superb job telling the story from Tohm's perspective that it is easy to forget that in the Star Wars universe these cadets, and obviously Vader himself, are actually the bad guys. Great writing!

The art was very beautiful as well. Agustin Alessio showed an excellent sense of storytelling that worked with and supported Blackman's story but didn't overtake it. Overall it was a great first issue and one of the best introductions to a SW mini Dark Horse has put out in years. I'm eager for the second issue.

After Avengers, Thanos' next stop Thor 2?

We are all wondering how Marvel Studios' plans on following up the Avengers and where Thanos, fresh from his teaser appearance at the end of Marvel's The Avengers would show up next. Will that be in Thor 2? That movie is scheduled for shooting late this summer after the currently filming Iron Man 3 wraps up.

Well Thor himself weighs in on the debate in this interview with MTV:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

More pages from Superman: Earth One vol 2

Here are some more pages from the November shipping Superman: Earth One Vol. 2 original graphic novel. Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis both return for the follow up to 2010's first book in DC's plan series of OGNs.

The Marvel Movie Universe Timeline

We have all seen it and probably more than once, but Marvel's The Avengers is still going strong at the box office. This week it moved up to #4 on the all-time list. While it might lose it's lock on this weekend's ticket sales to Men in Black 3, it still continues to sell tons of tickets.

Marvel has released a timeline infographic charting the key events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, piecing together plot points and facts from all the movies released so far.

Click on it to enlarge. If you are still needing the image to be larger to view, CLICK THIS LINK.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Jon Favreau back on Iron Man 3

Well why should he let not being the director stop him? Jon Favreau, who helmed both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 was on the set of Marvel Studios' follow up to the monster hit The Avengers, Iron Man 3 this week, reprising his role of Happy Hogan,Tony Stark's friend/driver/bodyguard. While he declined to direct the latest installment of the franchise he is on board not just as a member of the cast but also as one of the executive producers.

And for those out there who are looking for controversy between him and current writer/director Shane Black, it should be noted that Favreau himself- along with Robert Downey Jr.- suggested Black for the job.

Marvel's first gay marriage- the cover to Astonishing X-Men #51

Marvel is continuing the full press treatment as it publicizes the marriage of X-Men character Northstar in issue 51 of Astonishing X-Men. Mainstream media has been all over the story of the company first gay superhero wedding. Marvel has now released the special wraparound cover for the issue.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Star Wars 35th Anniversary timeline

It's hard for me to believe that it has really been 35 years since the debut of Star Wars back in 1977. In celebration Newsarama put up an inforgraphic about the history of the Star Wars franchise and phenomena the other day. Thought it was good enough to share. It's pretty big so be sure to click on it to see it full size. If not please visit the link back to Newsarama.

Production begins on The Walking Dead Season 3

Cable network AMC announced that filming on Season 3 of the zombie hit The Walking Dead had recently began. They also provided a behind the scenes feature showing some of the production and talks with the cast.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Frank Miller's Sin City 2 gets a release date

Preproduction must be moving fast on this project. Dimension Films has announced that the sequel titled Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, once again directed by the tag team of Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, will be released on October 4th 2013. So far actors Mickey Rourke and Jessica Alba have been signed to reprise their roles from the first film.

With filming set to begin in late summer there is still time for the other principals to be coaxed to return as well.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

James Badge Dale is Coldblood in 'Iron Man 3'

Variety is reporting that actor James Badge Dale has recently signed to play Eric Savin, the cyborg Coldblood, in Iron Man 3.

In the Marvel comic books, he’s a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army put in charge of Project: Ultra. After stepping on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him and he’s resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood. Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have been putting together a truly stellar cast for ‘Iron Man 3,′ with Ben Kingsley, Andy Lau, Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce all linked to roles in the film. Dale recently co-starred in ‘The Grey’ and Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame.’ He will next appear on the big screen alongside Denzel Washington in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Flight’ later this year, as well as starring in 2013′s ‘World War Z’ and ‘The Lone Ranger.’

The plot for ‘Iron Man 3′ is said to borrow elements from Warren Ellis’ six-issue ‘Iron Man: Extremis’ story arc, which also heavily influenced the first ‘Iron Man’ flick. It focuses heavily on the spread of a virus through nanotechnology. Returning from ‘Iron Man 3′ are Robert Downey Jr as Tony Starks/Iron Man, Don Cheadle as Lt. Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes/War Machine, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Pots. ’Iron Man 3′ will be directed by Shane Black, who is co-writing the script with Drew Pierce. The first ‘Iron Man’ earned $585 million worldwide, while the sequel generated $624 million – big chee$e!  ’Iron Man 3′ opens in cinemas May 3rd, 2013.  Expect casting confirmation soon as the film is set to start filming later this month.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man movie clip leaked online

Check out this long, around 4 minutes, extended clip from this summer's Amazing Spider-Man movie with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. There's a lot of new material here so keep an eye out for that.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Before Watchmen variant covers by Jim Lee

When the Before Watchmen project comic books hit this summer, DC will be having Jim Lee draw the 1:200 variant covers for all of the first issues. Here's a look at the black and white version of Lee's- with regular inker Scott Williams- cover for writer/artist Darwyn Cooke's The Minutemen #1, shipping on June 6.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mark Ruffalo says they are talking about another Hulk movie

Before the release of Marvel's The Avengers, studio president Kevin Feige was pretty certain we had seen the last solo Hulk feature. Marvel had produced two films to varying degrees of success and thought his third appearance in the Avengers film would cap off their handling of the character.

Well flash forward to the now and following the huge, record breaking success of Marvel's The Avengers and the acclaim that latest Hulk/Bruce Banner actor Mark Ruffalo is receiving for the character and things are looking a little different. Last week Marvel's President of Consumer Products Paul Gitter suggested that the company was revising their plans for the Hulk after this movie.

And now Ruffalo himself added this to all the buzz surrounding a possible Hulk movie:
 "The producers have sort of asked me about it in some drunken nights in our European press tour, where I would like to see a new movie go." 
Does this mean it is a done deal? Nope. But it certainly seems though that there is a lot of talking about the possibility of it going on. Stay tuned.

Marvel's The Avengers brings back Joss Whedon's X-Men

Call it a happy coincidence and nothing to do with the super-popularity of Joss Whedon's Avengers film, but Marvel has announced that a novelization of Whedon's highly regarded story arc on Astonishing X-Men will be published sometime this fall.  Famed author and comic book writer Peter David will be handling the adaptation of Whedon's run, done with artist John Cassaday, and one that still sells very well in various collected editions.

David is experienced at adaptions of properties into other media forms, having done many novels based on films as well as a series of Stephen King Dark Tower books.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mark Waid's Thrillbent digital comic site goes live

As has been promised, writer Mark Waid has begun his digital comics initiative by bringing his site,, online as of today. Waid is planning to use that site as a digital comics hub, publishing his own as well as other comics by A list creators. Right now readers who go to the site can check out Waid's initial two series- Luther and Insufferable, the latter with his regular artistic partner Peter Krause.

Bonus clip from Marvel's The Avengers leaked online

We've seen parts of this clip in the preview trailers for the movie, but here is a good chunk of the scene, bootlegged online. Some great stuff with Captain America and Tony Stark arguing.

The Dark Knight Rises trailer debuts online

Arriving before its official debut attached to this week's release of Marvel's The Avengers, the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises has been all over the internet. There is still a little over two months to go before this final part of Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's Batman trilogy arrives in theater. It seems to me that the movie has had a hard time getting some traction in the wake of The Avengers but those two months should help.

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