Just woken up. This column would have been sooner but the whole sleep-jetlag thing decided it wanted to get cocky.
This is the fifty-ninth weekly episode of Lying In The Gutters, the industry’s mostly-favourite rumour column and gossip sheet. At all times, remember the rumour rules. Red light means it’s probably bullshit, Yellow light means I think there’s an element of truth and Green means you get bet your life on it. Or someone’s life. Not mine, I’ve been wrong before. Just ask Paul Jenkins. Take everything you read with a rock of sea salt and if you do repost information here elsewhere, please include a warning to that effect. And a link. Man does not live by hits alone – but I could do with the attention. I blame Nick Barrucci for encouraging me.
Sadly this Wednesday’s planned Chicago Con Camerama Waiting for Tommy special has had to be cancelled, due to a lost/stolen digital camera. Curses. 60 beautiful shots of the most bizarre costumes, the hotel district, Kevin Smith in full fellatio mime, Jim Lee posing with his poker trophy in front of a very relaxed Alex Ross and Mark Millar, Patty Jeres Goddess Power Shot, Jim Lee (again) pointing his cake slicer at the camera, Heidi MacDonald in the pink, The Incredible Doran, mini-Tony Panaccio beneath his CrossGen Tower Of Power, all lost to the fates of Chicago…
So… let’s revive the Camerama from your perspective – why not send in your Chicago photos? Click on Feedback, attach them, send them on before Wednesday… captions welcome. Initial audience estimates are just under 50,000… so there’s a good chance you might be there!
And do make sure you read last Wednesday’s Stan Lee book Waiting for Tommy. The Stan Lee movie pitches from the seventies are a hoot!
The fact that I had no knowledge of this incident didn’t seem to matter, nor that he wasn’t sure where, online, it had taken place or indeed what exactly I’d said. The only explanation I could proffer was that maybe I’d talked about the creators use of “parenthesis” but that was soon dismissed. I’ll be contacting the named creator shortly to see if I can shed some light on the affair and clear this matter up. Because I’m still flummoxed.
I thought I’d managed to smooth things over with Jenkins later that night – although the snooker cue in his hand at the time may have helped, but I heard that this didn’t seem to be the case.
If nothing else, it nicely divided the convention into two camps. And gave everyone something to talk about.
THANKING THEIR LUCKY STARS
Josh declined, citing happiness at Marvel.
JoJo also tells me that Darwyn Cooke is also Marvel-bound after his “New Frontier” project is concluded.
See, it’s not just DC-everything…
I talked to John earlier in the week and he told me “Yeah, sure. It looks like I’ll be taking the project elsewhere! Marvel has graciously allowed me to shop it around. No hard feelings, honestly! It might be Image that I work with. Ironic, isn’t it?”
It was rather. After all, when Image started John was vehement in his position about staying at Marvel, a company that had shown loyalty to him.
Romita told me, “If Marvel had come up with a creator owned contract…I wouldn’t be speaking about this.” Mind you he also said, “but I deny any reference to hot fudge Sundays!”
Image look like they’ll be taking quite a few more books from marvel’s A-list with this clarification of Marvel’s stance.
Marvel’s position on creator-owned titles seems to have come from the top – namely Avi Arad. Publishing books that Marvel isn’t in a position to sell as movies didn’t go over too well. And one line I was given from a Marvel big wig was “we don’t want another Moonshadow” – the book that Marvel published, then DC later republished and collected. Although, you know, that was only because Marvel didn’t want to republish it…
Robin Riggs has just broken ranks and gone public with non-payment on the inkers board about seriously late unpaid work that’s been published by CrossGen. And this story has echoed from other creators over the last few months.
However, the films seem to be going ahead, with major creative talents behind them. One movie contact told me they were discussing CrossGen with a Warner Brothers executive who had signed a number of titles up, telling him “well, they’re cheap.” CrossGen’s insistence on delivering low option figures, combined with the guaranteed employment of directors and showrunners gives each project an initial low bottom line, but a contract that means the studio has to start spending money on a project within months. Clever. DC should steal it, it’s clearly worked with Warner Brothers.
And their trick of telling directors that they’re only guidance on a project is not to let it suck, sees them then choosing to turn to the books for inspiration, rather than as often happens, take the books and see what they can change.
The diversity of the CrossGen books helps as well. With “Pirates Of The Caribbean” doing so well, remind me, which comic book company has a pirate comic book in pre-production? And expect “Way Of The Rat” to be first out of the gate.
The question is whether CrossGen can hang on long enough for the movies to make a difference, and provide an audience for all the new methods of distribution and exposure CrossGen has invested in…
MORE MANGA MOVES
Best known for their “how-to” books, with rumours about a new line of manga novels, their decision to use a “real” publisher to work with, rather than the usual comic-related distributors is interesting at least.
NOT A FLASH IN THE PAN
UPDATE: See how these stories get twisted? One reader writes “You have Eduardo Russo (Rizzo?) listed as the upcoming flash artist, when it’s actually Alberto Dose before Howard Porter comes on. His style is INCREDIBLY similar to Rizzo’s.”
Time to kill a Gutterati…
BALL AND ADAMANTIUM CHAIN
PUTTING ON THE TITZ
Feel free to send in scans…
(Thanks to Comics Continuum for this photo)
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN…
“My best guess? Braniac.”
Smith also criticised editors who believe him when he says he’ll stick to a schedule – and cited Bob Schreck as one who didn’t.
THE MADNESS OF UDON
This will, of course, be naught compared to the frenzy for issue 1… with that pesky story by Joe Madueira. And while Udon are going to be overprinting, something tells me it’s not going to be enough.
Mark Ricketts of “Lurid” fame had an impressive lineup of work to show off at Chicago. With “Whiskey Dickel, Int’l Cowgirl” graphic novel coming out any day now from Image, he was proud to show off “Dioramas, A Love Story” drawn by Dario Brizuela which is especially nasty and does some very nice things with the medium for March next year. And then there’s “Lazarus Jack” for April…
Some very attractive original graphic novels. Well worth looking out for.
SNIPS AND CUTS
On the DC Universe, “the toybox is open for Morrison” – Dan DiDio. Apparently the Hank Kingsley look-alike believes this is just one way to secure the top five selling books are DC books.
“Teen Titans” 1 has sold 90,000 copies before the third print.
David Mack will be writing “Ultimate X-Men,” co-writing with Bendis for 6 issues then taking the book solo from issue 50.
Every story you hear about Nelson is true – including the one about the Godzilla costume he wears that was made by his mum.
George R Martin was absent from a number of places that were promoting his upcoming comic book work. Word was that his bought plane ticket hadn’t quite materialised… clearly he should have done something for Dynamic Forces instead.
Waid’s got a Superman project planned after “Birthright.”
Look for a Superman Team-Up series.
Dustin Nguyen has left “Wildcats 3.0” for one of the new Didio-inspired books.
And just what evilness was discussed by myself, Mark Millar, Alex Ross, Heidi MacDonald and Jim Lee in the lobby of the Sofitel hotel until 5am Monday morning? Plenty evil!!!
Unless of course you live in Italy that is. There, you can buy a trade paperback of the comic series, in Italian. Apparently the company published the series, then collected it.
THE INCREDIBLE BULK
And why not check out Glenn’s new message board while you’re at it???
NOBODY SAY KIMOTA…
Sadly, the cease and desist just came in…
PIMPING THE PIMP
Watch out for the “With whom” bit…
This column will no doubt continue in this Wednesday’s Waiting for Tommy at Dynamic Forces. Send in your photos now!
Also just watched the last episode of “Firefly.” Don’t know if any Americans have seen it yet, but hey, that’s what the DVD will be for. “David Lynch directing Alien” was my comment. I loved this show, and the last episode was the best of the lot. Someone should really pick up the licence.
RECRUITING IN THE GUTTERS
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