On Saturday at the Long Beach Comic Con, the collective minds behind “Man of Action” gathered for a panel to discuss the future of their creative endeavors. Entitled “Man of Action: Beyond Ben 10,” the panel covered the future of their brand in the wake of their hit show “Ben 10” and the spinoff “Ben 10: Alien Force,” a brand which has spawned toys, comics and even a live action film for Cartoon Network. The panel featured Steven Seagle, Duncan Rouleau and Joe Casey.
Early in the panel, the men of action announced that they had no intention of resting on their laurels after “Ben 10” and that a new series is in the works already.
“One of the things that’s happening right now with both Cartoon Network and now with Disney and Marvel is you’ve got series like ‘I-Carly’ that appeal to girls. Both of these networks are trying to do things that skew a little older and keep the boys watching,” Seagle teased. “Something that appeals to fourteen year olds and eleven year olds simultaneously.”
But before discussing the details of their new animated show, the panel plugged a variety of new creator-owned books coming from the “Man of Action” creators.
The first of these books was “Soul Kiss” written by Steven T. Seagle and drawn by artist Marco Cinello. The story of a young girl who can steal souls with simply a kiss, “Soul Kiss” originally began as an online animated short before evolving into a comic.
The second book announced was “Imperial,” another book written by Steven T. Seagle, with art by Mark Dos Santos. “[This is] a superhero book like no superhero book you’ve ever seen,” Seagle said, promoting his work. “Because I can do that.”
The next book, from writer Joe Kelly is called “Bad Dog,” the story of two bounty hunters, a werewolf and an ex-preacher with a hair trigger temper. The book is a return to form for Kelly, the former writer of ‘Deadpool,’ channeling his dark comedy, anti-hero writing talents.
The penultimate of the books teased was an un-named project from Mike Allred and Steven Seagle. This summer at Comic Con International in San Diego, fans were treated to an announcement that Mike Allred and Steven Seagle would not be doing a book together in 2010. “Mike Allred and I announced that we were not doing a book. I’m here to confirm that we’re still not doing anything,” Seagle said. “So if you want to not learn more about it, grab one of the pamphlets up front.”
The pamphlet in question is a promo image, stating simply: “Allred. Seagle. Some stories should not be told,” with the date “2010” printed at the bottom.
Lastly, the panel promoted another series by Seagle, with artist Teddy Kristiansen, entitled “Genius.”
As the panel wound down, the trio began talking about their new series to follow “Ben 10” – “Generator Rex.” The creators were tightlipped about details for the series, which follows the adventures of a fifteen year old boy named Rex, who is able to create machines with his body after being infected by nanites. Rex is recruited by a shadowy organization known as Providence, which sends him around the world in pursuit of monsters also created by the nanites.
“The funny thing about animation is it takes a long time. We’ve written all twenty episodes of ‘Rex,’ so far,” Seagle said.
“Well… almost,” Casey corrected.
“Almost. We’re basically done. But we’ve still yet to see one episode animated.” “Generator Rex” is expected to premiere in 2010.
“‘Rex’ will hopefully skew older,” Seagle said. “It’s much more of a science fiction concept. More of a hard edged world.”
The trio were unsure of what details they could reveal, but teased a few interesting tidbits. “We can’t say anything that we didn’t reveal at Comic Con,” Rouleau said.
“The voice of Rex is Daryl Sabara, from ‘Spy Kids,'” Seagle said. “So we’re very excited about that.”
One fan with an interest in animation asked how the music was chosen for cartoon series like “Ben 10” and “Generator Rex.” “That’s a good question,” Rouleau said. “I’m not saying we have them, but we were trying to get Tool to do the theme to ‘Rex.’ So you pick based on the tone, but we wanted something with more of an edge.”
The last question taken was from a young child who wanted to know why Rex was smiling in the promo image shown. “What he doesn’t like is being in the secret organization,” Seagle said, referring to Providence. “What he does like is when he’s out having fun. You saw him when he was out having fun.”