The news and announcements flowed freely on the first day of the brand new C2E2 convention, as well as at the Diamond retailer’s summit on Thursday. Here’s a quick summary, in case you missed anything …
- At the Diamond retailer’s summit, Diamond polled retailers on the possibility of moving from a Wednesday to a Tuesday ship date for comics. This would put them in line with DVDs, music and books.
- Marvel kicked off the con with a lot of announcements, not the least of which was two different Captain America mini-series. First up, Steve Rogers jumps into action in Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier, a four-issue miniseries by Ed Brubaker and artist Dale Eaglesham that kicks off in July. Eaglesham will no longer be drawing Fantastic Four as a result.
- That same month brings Captain America: Patriot, by Karl Kesel and Mitch Breitweiser. The four-issue series stars Jeff Mace, the former Patriot who took on the uniform while Rogers was frozen in a block of ice.
- Marvel also discussed the long-talked about Shadowland, a five-issue series by Andy Diggle and Billy Tan during their Mondo Marvel panel and their retailer presentation on Thursday. “You’re going to see a ton of heroes from Spider-Man and Wolverine to Luke Cage…some are fighting to keep New York safe, and some are fighting to keep it unsafe due to Daredevil’s takeover of the ninja organization The Hand,” said Editor Steve Wacker.
- Ultimate Mystery by Brian Michael Bendis and Rafael Sandoval will follow up on the Ultimate Enemy series and deliver “a really big change to the Ultimate Universe.” It will be followed by a book called Ultimate Comics Doom.
- The Punisher is going to war with the Marvel Universe once again in the aptly titled Marvel Universe Vs. The Punisher.
- Jonathan Hickman said that Secret Warriors would reach its natural conclusion around issue #27 or 28.
- The Muppet Show‘s Roger Langridge will team with artist Chris Samnee (who drew the recent Area 10 graphic novel for Vertigo) on an all-ages Thor title called Thor: The Mighty Avenger. “There’s a streak of hope a mile wide in the whole concept of super heroes that hasn’t been exploited much in recent years, doubly so in a comic where one of the central icons is a rainbow,” Langridge told Marvel.com. “So, yes, I’m all about the hope.”
- In other Marvel all-ages news, Brian Clevinger (Atomic Robo) and Brian Churilla (Rex Mundi) are working on an update of the classic Infinity Gauntlet miniseries called Avengers & The Infinity Gauntlet.
- And Marvel’s Avengers Academy book will feature Justice, Tigra, Hank Pym, Quicksilver and Speedball in teaching roles.
- I don’t think anything new was announced at the DC Nation panel today, but I do like this story about Jim Lee leaving a sketch hidden somewhere at the convention and tweeting about it to his followers.
- However DC did announce at the retailer’s summit a 30 Days of Night/X-Files crossover coming from Wildstorm. Author Peter Straub was on hand to talk about The Green Woman, his Vertigo series with Michael Easton and John Bolton that was announced a few years ago. And Fables #100 will be a 100-page issue with a board game insert.
- IDW has picked up the license to do comics based on the granddaddy of all role-playing games, Dungeons & Dragons. An introductory #0 issue if due in August, with a miniseries set in the “Dark Sun” campaign setting due in January. No word on whether Uni will make an appearance.
- Our own Brigid Alverson let us know that Carla Speed McNeil has signed a book deal with Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse will publish the Eisner winner’s long-running Finder, Torch and three more books. She’ll also contribute to a revived Dark Horse Presents.
- Dark Horse also announced they’ve teamed up with Hammer Films to make comics based on their films. They are also working on comics based on the upcoming film Let Me In, the American version of the Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In.
- Graphic.ly launched their digital comics software today.
That’s a pretty big day for a brand new con, so I’m sure C2E2 is sleeping well tonight. Check back tomorrow for more updates.