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LBCC: BOOM! Studios Spotlight Panel

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Next up was “NOLA,” written by Chris Gorak. Gorak recently directed a critically acclaimed indie film called “Right At Your Door,” and BOOM! was very glad to work with him on his love letter to his hometown.

“‘NOLA’ is shorthand for New Orleans, Louisiana,” said Gagnon. “Our lead character is beaten and left for dead after a Katrina-like event, so she puts on her butt-kicking boots and starts getting revenge on those that wronged her. She’s almost the spirit of the city.”

Pierluigi Cothran of the “Heroes” graphic novel will handle the scripting chores on the title based on Gorak’s story.

“Dingo” follows its eponymous character as he tries to track down his missing brother in a world of urban fantasy and noir intrigue. “This is [Nelson’s] next, I would say, career hallmark,” said Gagnon.

The next slide rang in the BOOM! Kids comic line, and the crowd cheered.

“Kids comics? Those’ll never sell!” joked Gagnon.

After recounting popular properties like “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars,” Gagnon talked about how excited everyone at BOOM! is about last week’s announcement of a “Wall-E” ongoing series. J. Torres (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold”) will handle the writing, while art by will be provided by Morgan Luthi (Zuda Comics’ “Octane Jungle”).

“We’re very excited and have high expectations for it, because everyone does,” said Gagnon.

The Disney extravaganza didn’t stop there. BOOM! plans on unleashing two hardcover volumes reprinting Don Rosa’s “Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.” And while initially the panel had planned to tease a surprise involving “Scrooge,” audience members managed to force it out of them.

“There will be an exclusive ‘Uncle Scrooge’ cover available at Baltimore Comic-Con,” said Gagnon. Previously, the cover has only been sold in France, so it will be new to American eyes.

Finally, the floor was opened up for questions. Someone asked if the purchase of Marvel Comics by Disney was going to change Boom’s publication of Pixar properties and/or their Disney character comic line.

“Everything needs to be vetted by Disney before it goes out or is said,” said Richie. “In all seriousness, I believe our press release announcing that we’re publishing Pixar is still pending approval.”

With that, Mosher closed out the panel to applause from the crowd. “Big, bold, BOOM!, baby! We’re done!”