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post-Con rundown

by John Cook IV

While Marvel was definitely a force at the con, with its model of Odin’s throne from the upcoming Thor movie, DC was celebrating its 76th anniversary in a big way. There was a discussion of the Blackest Night storyline and the follow-up, Brightest Day, involving the White Lanterns. A picture was displayed as a teaser, with many plot elements shown graphically as to the upcoming events for the story. Some of these elements included Aqualad posing near a cave with Black Manta’s red eyes glowing within, Deadman carving into a stone tablet, the White Lantern symbol on a tree (possibly the Tree of Life perhaps?) and Aquaman in a state of repose near the White Lantern as Queen Mara rushes to him. Also mentioned was Flashpoint, a storyline featuring Flash and just about every speedster/Speed Forse user in DC history. Details weren’t laid out, but expect to hear more from DC in the near future on this one. The major event for Superman is the upcoming Superman:Grounded story, where he walks across the country, trying to reconnect with the people. Of course, Batman was a big topic, with his upcoming return to Gotham from the dead and his travails through history. Grant Morrison will be writing a new series, called Batman Inc., where he coordinates the activities of the various Gotham heroes. Also of interest is House of Hush, where an inmate is released from prison and has a score to settle with Thomas Wayne and who is seeking out Hush for assistance in his search for vengeance against Bruce Wayne. On the Vertigo imprint side of things, there is a sequel to Road to Perdition being written by Max Allen Collins called Return to Perdition in the works. Also mentioned was Revolver, where a man who lives a pretty ordinary life suddenly wakes up in a post apocalyptic nightmare, and switches back and forth between these two worlds when he sleeps. He must then investigate why this is happening, and also, why to him specifically. Daytripper will continue as we learn more about the main character’s plane crash, rise to stardom as an author and the odd events in his life that sometimes lead to bizzare conclusions. In Hellblazer, John Constantine is getting married, and certain entities don’t want this to happen. Look for the arc “Bloody Carnations” for the answers. Finally, a new Li’l Endless title is coming out called Delirium’s Party, which showcases the Endless as cute superdeformed children.

Smaller press was also out in force this year, and Oni Press has some good titles to entertain the masses with. SuperPro KO is about professional wrestling, and the comic is cartoony, over the top and looks wonderful so far. A new title called 6th Gun, set in post Civil War America, is about 6 weapons of power and what happens when the last one is in the hands of a pacifist named Emily. Does she trust shifty men to protect her, or give up the gun to even shiftier men and be done with it all? Finally Resurrection is ending up its first year. This is a series that asks the reader what would happen after an alien invasion we won, and the aliens leave? The planet is in disarray and humanity must now start anew.

Dark Horse was also showcasing a lot in this year’s panel. Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy will continue, The Goon’s backup character the Buzzard has a miniseries that will continue and their licensed titles will continue to go strong. Star Wars will have a ‘series of series’ called Blood Ties, where 2 characters with a blood tie of a sort will be showcased in a miniseries. The first one will be about Jango and Boba Fett working together. The upcoming vampire movie Let Me In will be made into a comic adaptation, about a female vampire who is physically only 12 years old. The Gold key heroes Dr. Solar, Magnus Robot Fighter and Turok Son of Stone will be brought into the fold, with Jim Shooter as writer, who edited their adventures when he was at Valiant.

While there is a lot more to discuss, I did detect a note of secrecy at many of the panels, and there was of course a push towards digital comics as well as TV shows and movies. With all of the new material coming out, now is a wonderful time to be involved in pop culture and comics in general.

The main idea of this blog is to review books that have recently come out or to give you an idea of books in advance by obtaining advanced copies. My next blog will run down the rating system and include a review of 3 books, and look for a top 10 list of my personal favorite of the new crop of books. Until next time, boys and girls, I’ll see you in the funny papers!

New Phoros on Photo Page

Tim Wong has posted some new celebrity photos including the cast of Walking Dead and Stan Lee on the photos page.

Check out the Cosplayers as well

Pictures Posted on Photos Page

New Photos from Con Posted on our photos page!

Check it out!

HAMILL, CONROY LEAD ALL-STAR VOICE CAST FOR DC UNIVERSETM ONLINE

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that two of animation’s most well-known talents lead a triple-A cast of voice actors in providing their skills for the upcoming online action game, DC UniverseTM Online.  Mark Hamill (Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: The Animated Series) will once again voice The Joker, while Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Batman: Arkham Asylum) will bring to life everyone’s favorite dark knight, Batman.

“We’re excited that not only will Mark and Kevin bring their talent back to the DC Universe as part of DC Universe Online, but we’ve hit the jackpot with a full cast that are veterans of movies, TV shows and games that our fans are crazy about,” said Sony Online Entertainment Vice President of Development, John Blakely.  “Several of these actors are recognized as the definitive voices for these characters, and will help us in creating an authentic and exciting experience for fans when they get in the game.”

Besides becoming an international pop-culture icon as the protagonist in George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, Broadway veteran Mark Hamill’s career has encompassed virtually all aspects of modern media available to an actor – stage, screen, television, movies and video games.  Hamill received a Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Michael Stewart’s Harrigan ‘n’ Hart. He has also performed in hundreds of TV cartoons:  Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy, Samurai Jack, Spider-Man, Powerpuff Girls, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, Little Mermaid, Phantom 2040, Johnny Bravo, Fairly Odd Parents, The Flintstones, Jonny Quest and Scooby Doo.  He’s also provided his voice for several animated feature films:  Joseph, Prince of Dreams, Balto II, Wizards, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker, for which he received two “Annie” award nominations. 

Kevin Conroy is best known to audiences for his role as Batman in Batman: The Animated Series. Conroy continued to voice Batman in the subsequent series The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited.  His tenure in the role also includes the films Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, and Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. He also voiced Batman for the character’s guest appearances in Superman: The Animated Series, Static Shock and The Zeta Project. Conroy has also voiced Batman in the DC Universe Animated original movies Batman: Gotham Knight, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.  In a full tally of his performances, Conroy has portrayed the superhero longer than any other actor in either live-action or animation.

The rest of the cast will provide voices for the following iconic characters:

Adam Baldwin (Superman) -Baldwin has amassed an impressive and expansive range of film roles, from large studio projects to gritty independent films.  Baldwin has worked with many of Hollywood’s most successful actors and directors, including Stanley Kubrick, Kevin Costner and Richard Donner.  In the sci-fi world, audiences know Baldwin for his starring role on Firefly recurring roles on The X-Files, Angel and The Visitor, and guest starring roles on Stargate SG-1 and the new The Outer Limits. He followed up his Firefly character once again in Joss Whedon’s motion picture, Serenity.  This fall, he returns as John Casey in the NBC drama Chuck.

Gina Torres (Wonder Woman) – Currently starring in the new ABC Family series Huge, Torres’ most notable television credits are her performances as assassin Anna Espinosa on Alias and Zoe Washburn, the shotgun-toting mercenary on Joss Whedon’s Firefly (and the feature film Serenity), in addition to her roles in Xena: Warrior Princess and Cleopatra 2525, which earned her an ALMA award.  Her film credits include The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded, I Think I Love My Wife and Hair Show.  She has also voiced the characters of Vixen in the Justice League animated series and Superwoman in the DC Universe animated feature Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

James Marsters (Lex Luthor) – James Marsters may best be known for the role of Spike, the cult favorite punk-goth vampire that he played for six seasons on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then on the final season of the spin-off show Angel.  He is a headlining fan favorite at conventions worldwide honoring the show and sci-fi genre.  Marsters played the role of Brainiac on the series Smallville and can also be seen in his recurring role on the hit BBC America show Torchwood, playing the ruthless and sexually deviant Captain John, as well as his recurring role on Battlestar Galactica as Barnabas GreeleyOn the big screen, Marsters was featured in the live action adaptation of the hit Japanese video game Dragon Ball, in which he portrays Lord Piccolo, the evil war lord set on destroying the earth.  Marsters’ upcoming role will be as the recurring villain on CBS’s reboot of the classic series Hawaii Five-O

Michelle Forbes (Circe) – One of the industry’s most prolific actors, Forbes brings an intense quality to every role she tackles.  She has appeared in such independent films as Kalifornia and Swimming with Sharks.  Last year she made her debut in the groundbreaking HBO series True Blood starring as Maryann, a wealthy local who has mysterious intentions.  She has also appeared as Kate Weston in the critically acclaimed HBO series In Treatment.  In 2005, Forbes received rave reviews when she starred as Admiral Helena Cain in the intelligent and politically charged series Battlestar Galactica

In DC Universe Online, players will be thrust headlong into an action-packed online world based on the heroes, villains and landmarks of the DC Universe. In the game, players step into the role of the next legendary superhero or villain and are given the choice to save or conquer the universe online. Along the way, players will be fighting alongside or against iconic DC characters as well as other players for the fate of the DC Universe. 

DC Universe Online is scheduled to ship November 2, 2010 for both the PC and the PLAYSTATION® 3 Computer Entertainment System, and his expected to carry a rating of “T” (for Teen) by the ESRB.  For more information, check out the product website at www.dcuniverseonline.com.

PREVIEW NIGHT AT COMIC CON

Its Preview Night ! Day 0 of the big Comic Con fiasco and TME will be there in full force.

Remember preview night starts at 6pm so get there early to get enough time to pick up your badges and eat a wholesome meal before the show begins!

Just remember there is a Lolita’s Taco show near the convention center if you are looking for quick cheap eats!

IRON MAN Armor and Stan Winston Tribute

"IRON MAN" MARK I, II AND III, IRON MONGER ARMOR SUITS; "AVATAR" 14 FT. AMP SUIT
HIGHLIGHT PROFILES IN HISTORY / STAN WINSTON STUDIO TRIBUTE TO THE LATE STAN WINSTON
AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

Fans Will Be Treated To A Once-In-A-Lifetime Display of Iconic Creations, A
Multimedia Display, Exclusive Footage and Free Photo Opportunities in Honor of The
Legendary, Multiple Academy Award-Winning Visual Effects Genius

Calabasas, CA, July 17, 2010-The Mark I, Mark II and Mark III armor suits-Iron Man
armor from Iron Man and Iron Man 2, worn by Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, and
the 14 foot Iron Monger armor suit worn by Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane in Iron Man
and the 14 foot AMP (Amplified Mobility Platform) Suit worn by Stephen Lang in
Avatar will be on display in Booth #1605 as Profiles in History, the world's largest
auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia and Stan Winston Studio pays tribute to the late
visual effects legend Stan Winston at San Diego Comic-Con. Fans will be free to take
pictures with these enormous iconic creations, meet Matt Winston, actor and son of
Stan Winston and be treated to a special multimedia display.

"We are thrilled about hosting this tribute to the genius of Stan Winston, allowing
the fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of his awe-inspiring creations
up close.  This celebration of Stan's visionary spirit will continue through the
creation of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, which, in conjunction with
the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, will provide specialized training on techniques
learned by the legendary creature effects pioneer," said Joe Maddalena, President of
Profiles in History.

Profiles in History will host this tribute in #Booth 1605 during regular Comic-Con
hours as follows:

Wednesday, July 21: 6:00PM - 9:00PM (Preview Night)
Thursday, July 22 through Saturday, July 24: 9:30AM - 7:00PM
Sunday, July 25: 9:30AM - 5:00PM

Comic-Con attendees are also invited to attend a special panel, The Winston Effect,
on Saturday, July 24, from 5:30-6:30 in Room 7AB, followed by a Q&A. Creature and
VFX luminaries will discuss Stan Winston's impact on the art of Character Creation -
past, present and future. The panel will include messages from Jim Cameron and Tim
Burton about a thrilling new Stan Winston endeavor. Panelists include John
Rosengrant (Stan Winston Lifer and co-owner of Legacy Effects), Shane Mahan (Stan
Winston Lifer and co-owner of Legacy Effects), J. Alan Scott (Animatronic Effects
Supervisor and co-owner of Legacy Effects), Alec Gillis (Academy Award nominated
co-founder of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.),Tom Woodruff, Jr. (Academy Award winning
co-founder of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.), Howard Berger (Academy Award winning
co-owner of KNB EFX), Van Ling (VFX Supervisor, problem-solver and
troublemaker), Alex Alvarez (Founder and president, the Gnomon School of Visual
Effects), and Matt Winston (Actor and co-founder of SWSCA).

Profiles in History's next auction will be LOST: The Official Show Auction, taking
place August 21 and 22, live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. For details,
please visit: http://www.profilesinhistory.com/lost-the-auction.html.

About Profiles in History:

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation's leading
dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents,
vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.  Profiles in History has held some of
the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia. Their
auctions include costumes, props and set pieces from both vintage and contemporary
film, television, and rock 'n roll. Profiles in History's location in Calabasas
Hills, CA- virtually a stone's throw away from every major Hollywood studio -
ensures a constant flow of fantastic and rare collectibles. With an extensive
network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an
important role in the preservation of motion picture history.

Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the "Cowardly Lion"
costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from
Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds" dress from
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); a King Kong six-sheet movie poster ($345,000);
the Command Chair from the "U.S.S. Enterprise" ($304,750); the original "Robot" from
Lost in Space ($264,500); Luke Skywalker's lightsaber ($240,000); Margaret
Hamilton's "Wicked Witch" hat from The Wizard of Oz ($230,000); the Black Beauty car
from The Green Hornet ($192,000); George Reeves' Superman costume from The
Adventures of Superman ($126,500); the H.R. Giger designed Alien creature suit from
Alien ($126,500); a full-scale T-Rex head from Jurassic Park ($126,500), the Leaping
Alien Warrior figure from Aliens ($126,500), Christopher Reeve's 'Superman' costume
from Superman: The Movie ($115,000), C-3PO's helmet ($120,000),  The Wizard of Oz
'Winkie' Guard Costume ($115,000); a "Ming the Merciless" cape from Flash Gordon
($115,000) and the Hydraulic screen-used Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic
Park II ($115,000).

REPRESENTING THE WORKS OF JACK KIRBY

Sid and Marty Krofft changed Saturday mornings forever when the sibling puppeteers unleashed colorful characters like H.R. Pufnstuf and The Bugaloos on a generation of sugary-cereal-fueled kids growing up in the 1970s and ’80s. They will debut a brand new compilation DVD this fall, the first release in their exclusive new partnership with Vivendi Entertainment. As this upcoming release will celebrate the Kroffts’ past, the brothers are looking to the future with a new partnership with Ruby-Spears Productions, the legendary animation studio responsible for Scooby Doo. They are working together to bring to life numerous illustrations that iconic comic book artist Jack Kirby created for Ruby-Spears Productions in the ’80s.

Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times writes: “The characteristics of a Jack Kirby illustration are easily distinguished: extravagantly costumed heroes and nefarious villains locked in titanic struggles; foreshortened fists, feet and muscles that seem to pop off the page; intricately detailed settings meant to conjure the ancient past or suggest the distant future.” The Krofft brothers will appear for the first time together with Joe Ruby and Ken Spears at Comic-Con 2010 for an exclusive panel discussion called Behind the Scenes with Sid & Marty Krofft, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears: A Look at the Past, Present and Future. Join them for a look back at what they have achieved and then take a look to the future with their new partnership in Creations from the World of Jack Kirby. The panel will be moderated by producer Bonny Dore.

WHO:         Sid & Marty Krofft, Joe Ruby, Ken Spears

WHAT:       An exclusive panel and Q & A (moderated by Bonny Dore)

WHERE:    Comic-Con San Diego – Room 24ABC    

WHEN:       Saturday, July 24 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. 

After the panel, Sid & Marty Krofft, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears will appear in Huckleberry’s booth # 4149 for a signing from 3:00-4:00 PM.

About Sid & Marty Krofft

Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft have been producing quality family entertainment for over 30 years. Sid & Marty became a household name in the ’70s with a series of remarkable programs that featured elaborate sets and fanciful characters. H.R. Pufnstuf was the first in a long line of beloved programs created by the Kroffts, including The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Land Of The Lost, Far Out Space Nuts, Lost Saucer, The Krofft Supershow Hour, The Bay City Rollers Show, Wonderbug and Bigfoot & Wildboy. The Kroffts’ success with Saturday morning television prompted a demand for them to produce prime-time programming. They produced various prime-time series and specials, including The Brady Bunch Hour, The Donny & Marie Show and Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters.

About Ruby/Spears

While at CBS then ABC television Ruby/Spears created such memorable shows as Scooby Doo, Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, Captain Caveman, JabberJaw, The Harlem Globetrotters, Josie and the Pussycats and in association with Sid and Marty Krofft/ABC such memorable shows as Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and Wonder Bug. Ruby-Spears Productions, the studio was formed in 1977 and there they created and produced over 36 hit series including such huge Saturday Morning programs as Thundarr the Barbarian, The Centurions, Goldie Gold. Plasticman , Mighty Man and Yukk, Rickety Rockett, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Fangface, Dink the Little Dinosaur, Mega Man and Skysurfer Strike Force. Ruby-Spears won an Emmy and a Humanitas Prize for a CBS Afternoon School Break Special entitled The Day They Came to Arrest The Book and they also have multiple awards for Action for Children’s Television. Ruby-Spears has scrupulously guarded what may be its greatest asset, a wealth of development properties and extraordinary comic art from the brilliant and creative mind of the world famous comic artist Jack Kirby[creator of Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four and many others].