CHICAGO DAY 3: Wizard World Final News Roundup

  • By now, everyone knows the next Marvel Comics team to get the Ultimate treatment will be the Fantastic Four. But when pressed for news about the successful line, Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada revealed another possible Ultimate title: "Ultimate Rocket Raccoon." We can only hope he was kidding.
  • During Friday's panel about the Ultimate line, writer Brian Michael Bendis said fans can expect to see an Ultimate version of Carnage soon in the "Ultimate Spider-Man" title. "It's something I've been working on for a year and a half," Bendis said.
  • "Sandman" collectors can look forward to a "Sandman: Endless Nights" poster by Frank Quitely.
  • The next "100 Bullets" collection is dubbed "Six Feet Under the Gun" and should be on stands in September. Although the series is taking a bit of a hiatus while writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso work on their "Batman" arc, Azzarello assured fans the series will continue.
  • Speaking of "Batman," writer Paul Dini and artist Bruce Timm (both of the award-winning "Batman" cartoons) are working on a new comic about fan-favorite femme fatales Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. The book has been years in the making but also was the source of a good laugh at one Wizard World panel. "We can't promise it will be funny, we can't promise it'll be good, but there's a shower scene in every issue," Dini said.
  • Upcoming "Daredevil" writer/artist David Mack painted an image of singer Tori Amos for an upcoming calendar that will raise money for RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the country's largest anti-sexual assault organization. His painting will adorn the page for July, a month he chose. "It's the seventh month - that's my favorite number," the artist explained. The calendar is available at: http://www.rainn.org/calendar.html.
  • Speaking of Mack, he's thrilled to be replacing pal Brian Michael Bendis on "Ultimate X-Men." "We've got some cool stories that I'm working on," he said. "I'm really excited about it."
  • Since Black Lightning's daughter, Thunder, is a member of the new "Outsiders," writer Judd Winick promises dear old dad will appear in an upcoming story arc, likely in issues 9 and 10.
  • Kevin Smith may be Hollywood's biggest fanboy, but he's no fan of Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. "Pizza is meant to be flat," he complained during his Q&A panel about the Windy City's legendary thick dish. "What's this? That's quiche."
  • Smith got a big laugh during the session when a local film student criticized his last movie, "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back." After the crowd booed the guy mercilessly, Smith quipped: "Man, that's not the smartest move, to come to this panel and say, "Fuck 'Jay and Silent Bob.'"
  • One of the best costumes seen on the Wizard World floor was the striking man in full Wesley Snipes "Blade" gear. Excellent choice, Mr. Daywalker.

  • Can't mention the best costume without mentioning some of the worst. Was it the guy in the bumpy Captain America suit whose boots were falling apart, or the girl spotted wearing only a bra, panties and stockings? At least Cap followed the theme of the weekend.

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