Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-fourth chapter in the latest volume of the long-running gossip and rumour column for the comic book industry. Over ten years damnit! Written by British comics commentator, me, Rich Johnston, it’s read by comic book professionals and readers alike. Loved and hated equally, every Monday (ish) it brings the stories not-quite-ready-for-primetime, a look behind the curtain, a sniff of the toilet seat, the worst and the best that the comics industry can inspire. Go in with your eyes open, your blinkers off and a peg on your nose.
As for the traffic lights, RED means that the story is unlikely to be true, and you should read that with that context. AMBER signifies an identifiable agenda/slant or bias in the source that may affect the work, or that the source isn’t clear, or another factor that might bring the piece into doubt. GREEN means that the story feels right to me, my gut instinct says go for it. However, as is often the case, while the gist may be correct, the detail may be wrong – and in fact I may be having an off day and the whole thing may be buggered. It wouldn’t be the first time.
As I said, from the 10th to the 13th of February, I’ll be in Los Angeles with work.
On the tenth, we’re getting a few LA people out for a bit of a meal, followed by drinks. Or vice versa. Any venue suggestions most welcome… send them to email@example.com
LEE ON MOORE – Edited 1/26/04 12:00 AM PST
The week after, Alan Moore on Brian Eno.
You know, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from listening to just a little more Radio 4 every now and again.
Anyway, the current “G.I. Joe” book is being cancelled at #45 – not 42 or 43. However, from issues 43-up, although Brandon Jerwa is credited as writer, publisher Josh Blaylock is guiding the series in a very hands on fashion. Which is why the books may start not resembling their solicitations quite as much…
There will be a major character death before the cancellation – a female COBRA agent.
“G.I. Joe: Reloaded” is still going to be cancelled in mid-run.
But the decision to go to a new continuity has been scrapped. The new #1 will, however, not be led by the previous continuity. The new team, led by General Rey, will be small in number and all wear standard uniforms. Joe Casey is still the writer, and artists such as Stefano Caselli, Guido Guidi and Igor Kordey are being considered.
MO’ RO BO
And still the receivership information, if there is any, hasn’t been released.
Since no one seems to be able to find Pat & Roger for payment in the DreamWave office….
Well, a quick look at the domain registration for Dream Engine’s web address provides some insight for a few of the ex-Dreamwave creators who have been emailing me this week.
Name Roger Lee
Postal Address Dream Engine Inc. 6 Chaplin Court Richmond Hill ON L4B 2Y1 Canada
That should do you folks!
One of its stated aims is to reduce the Marvel mutant population drastically – back to the “a few special people” days of early X-Men, rather than the current “everyone and his second cousin.”
So – mass mutant death ahoy.
ROSES OF SUCCESS
Charlotte Hatherley’s upcoming single “Bastardo” looks to do for the UK girl’s comic what A-Ha’s video for “Take On Me” did. As in, make everyone go “oh, girls’ comics, I remember those, you don’t see them around anymore do you?” and then go on to watch the latest from Scissor Sisters.
Anyway, the video for “Bastardo is directed by Edgar Wright and features a few of his acting troupe, Simon Pegg (“Spaced,” “Shaun Of the Dead”), David Walliams (“Little Britain,” the Nationwide radio ads I’m going to LA to collect an award for), Lauren Lavernne (“Kenicke,” my freebie list) and Julia Davis (“Nighty Night”). You may spy certain British artists at work, including LITG fave Frazer Irving. It’s a great video, and the song is very rocked-up Kirsty Macoll, but I warn you… play it twice and it’ll be on your internal iPod for a good few days.
Wright also directed the video for “Summer” from Charlotte Hatherley but that didn’t have any comics in it and it isn’t online.
THAT’S A CLASSIC DEATH, MAN…
That’s “classic” Lady Death. Yes, I know, not sure if the meaning of the word has changed since my English Literature class or not. But man, the fans love her!
And the suspiciously accurate Avatar rumours don’t stop. Seems that “Firestorm” writer Stuart Moore will be writing “Stargate: Atlantis” as a comic book from Avatar this summer.
No sign of “Holed Up” #3 yet. But, as always, you’ll be the first to know.
GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS
Including passing a mini-refridgerator through his digestive system it seems.
And with Titan putting out “The Spider” in May and “The Steel Claw” in September to play off the publication of “Albion” by Wildstorm, it seems like Britain’s Golden Age of comics is getting its own revival.
I’m really not sure about that. I mean, I know what Bryan’s trying to do here, but will the Superman audience really accept a straight actor in a leading role in the movie? There will be accusations that Singer’s got some kind of straight agenda that I think will, ultimately, harm the franchise.
Sorry Bryan. I hope you weather the storm.
DEAD LIKE BRYAN
Bryan Fuller is writing and producing the adaptation of “Amazing Screw on Head” for Sci-Fi. In the SuicideGirls interview he talks about his approach, future storylines, what Mignola wanted to change, who Fuller wants to direct the show and much, much more.
CRISIS OF INFINITE MOORCOCKS
I understand it will have major influence on the recently-announced-but-LITG-rumoured-a-few-months-ago series “Day Of Vengeance” (which probably means “Villains United” is just round the corner). Which, coincidentally, has a cover by Moorcock-contributor Walt Simonson.
I’m starting to hear that “DC Countdown” and the resulting “Crisis II” project may have major Moorcock input.
Time for a new multiverse anyone?
New publicity for old. Good trick if you can pull it off.
PLUGGING THE GAPS
“Mongo Le Magnifique 1: Une Affaire Des Sorciers,” written by LF Bollée and drawn by LITG favourite Roger Mason has been published by EP Editions. It’s an adaptation of the crime novel “An Affair of Sorcerers” by the American author George Chesbro, which features the dwarf P.I. Mongo The Magnificent; an ex-circus performer who lives in 70’s New York.
More of Roger’s work here. He’s also working on a sequel. And English rights are available.
And while I’m in full plug mode, one of my favourite comic shops, Comix-Shop is having a half price sale on everything, from the 29th to the 2nd of February in their Maidenhead store.
And one of my other favourite comic shops, Orbital, has moved from a basement in Old Compton Street, London to a basement on Charing Cross Road next to Mr Topps and opposite Sainsburys. So get a discount comic, a discount haircut and a discount sandwich in one go.
After Marvel went into bankruptcy, it was argued that this made a number of contracts void. And as the company emerged, all creators were sent rather stringent contracts “clarifying” existing deals. Some signed them happily. Some got their contracts negotiated.
But it’s arguable than Stan Lee could have walked away owning the lot, sinking Marvel. On that basis, 10% was but a sizeable drop in the ocean.
And, yes, if the likes of Steve Ditko didn’t sign a new contract after bankruptcy (and signs are that he didn’t), well…
“HACK/ SLASH, Horror comic book multimedia stage adaptation will hold auditions Thursday, January 27, 7-10pm, & Sunday, January 30 12-2 PM, Sheil Park, Chicago. Need young, fiery women (think ‘Buffy’ with an edge), extremely tall men and assorted college types. Info: 773-989-4515.”
Adapted and directed by Chad Wise who previously developed “Evil Dead: The Musical.”
Tell them Lying In The Gutters sent you.
“Yeah, I hate to even correct the rumor, since I sound like a homophobic publicist racing to assure the tabloid-reading public that his star client is straight… but when our arc ends, and Longshot isn’t ‘outted,’ I don’t want readers to think that Marvel squashed that element of the story, you know? It was never in there.
“But disappointed readers hoping for hot man-on-man action can always check out the current arc of ‘Ex-Machina’ (recently nominated for a GLAAD Award!), which tackles the controversial subject of same-sex marriage.”
RECRUITING IN THE GUTTERS
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