Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Yup, that's right, I'll be at Baltimore Comicon, October 10th and 11th, 2009, along with my Gaijin pals Brian Stelfreeze, Karl Story, Doug Wagner, and Laura Martin.
Also, I've noticed the last couple of years that more and more people are inquiring ahead of time about getting on my sketch list via e-mail or Facebook. To that end, I've decided to accept up to eight people right now, if anyone's interested. E-mail me about it at firstname.lastname@example.org...
And you can see many examples of my con sketches at the following links:
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Batman Brave & Bold Deluxe Blue Beetle Child Costume-- New for 2009!
Overtake criminals with your immense strength!
Become Batman's right hand man in the Batman Brave & Bold Deluxe Blue Beetle costume, which includes a muscled Blue Beetle scarab jumpsuit complete with bold blue and black contrasts and attached boot covers. A brilliant blue eye poppin' Beetle mask is also included in this courageous costume. With you around, villains won't have time for chillin'.
* Available in Child Sizes: Small, Medium, Large.
* Includes: Jumpsuit, Mask.
* This is an officially licensed Batman ™ costume.
* Invite friends to dress as superheroes for a heroic group look!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Monday, September 21st, 2009
By Alex Segura
Have you checked out the great work writer Greg Rucka and artist Cully Hamner are doing monthly in the pages of the QUESTION co-feature in DETECTIVE COMICS? If not, you’re missing out. But here at The Source, we’re all about spotlighting all the fun stuff coming out of these offices, and THE QUESTION is no exception. In DETECTIVE COMICS #857, the Question’s search for a missing girl leads Renee to a human trafficking ring, and the Question suddenly finds herself in way over her head.
DETECTIVE COMICS #857 hits 9/23. Check back later today for a preview of the main feature, from Rucka and the super-talented J.H. Williams III.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I'm struck by how sharply I still remember what happened eight years ago today. Over on the Gaijin Forum a couple of years back, I asked the question, "Where were you and what were you doing when you heard the news?" This is what I wrote then, and I invite you to share the moment that you first realized what was happening:
I was at the studio when Karl called me from home, and said that I'd better turn on the TV or get to the computer.
"An airliner hit the World Trade Center," he said. "While I was watching CNN, another one hit the other tower."
"Another one? Another airliner?" I had already opened up my homepage, the USAToday website. There was a grainy photo of the smoldering towers. "Holy shit."
"Yeah, this wasn't an accident," Karl said.
I got off the phone with him, and called out to Brian as I walked into the breakroom. As I was looking around for the remote, he walked in.
"A what hit the what?" I turned on the TV, and we sat in stunned silence. We watched as the footage of the second plane hitting was run and rerun. We watched the towers both come down. There was disbelief as they reported that the Pentagon had been hit, and then the crash in Pennsylvania. For some reason, I had trouble sitting still, and kept getting up to go to the rest room, to wash my hands, to go outside, to do anything but sit there and feel completely unable to Do Something. We all tried, with some success, to at least call and e-mail friends and colleagues in New York, to make sure they were okay.
For the rest of the day, as we all showed up at the studio, we wondered: Are they going to hit us next?
So, where were you?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
BG: It seems Red is gaining momentum, is the script finished for the film? and how would you describe the script you've written?
EH: The script is done and we may start production pretty soon. Summit just hired a fantastic director, Robert Schwentke - who most recently did The Time Traveller's Wife - and we're trying to round out the cast. Red is an action comedy with a lot of really meaty character parts and a lot of heart. The tone's a bit like Butch and Sundance. Both dramatic and comedic at the same time.
BG: It's been announced that Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman have signed on to star in the film do they fit the characters you've written?
EH: They're really perfect. And the studio's making offers to other actors of that caliber, so there may be more big announcements soon.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
WARNER BROS. CREATES DC ENTERTAINMENT
Diane Nelson to Serve as President, DC Entertainment
Paul Levitz to Segue from President & Publisher of DC Comics
To Writer, Contributing Editor and Overall Consultant to DC Entertainment
(Dateline – Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (WBEI) has created DC Entertainment Inc., a new company founded to fully realize the power and value of the DC Comics brand and characters across all media and platforms, to be run by Diane Nelson, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, and Alan Horn, President & COO, Warner Bros.
DC Entertainment, a separate division of WBEI, will be charged with strategically integrating the DC Comics business, brand and characters deeply into Warner Bros. Entertainment and all its content and distribution businesses. DC Entertainment, which will work with each of the Warner Bros. divisions, will also tap into the tremendous expertise the Studio has in building and sustaining franchises and prioritize DC properties as key titles and growth drivers across all of the Studio, including feature films, television, interactive entertainment, direct-to-consumer platforms and consumer products. The DC Comics publishing business will remain the cornerstone of DC Entertainment, releasing approximately 90 comic books through its various imprints and 30 graphic novels a month and continuing to build on its creative leadership in the comic book industry.
In her new role, Nelson will report to Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in order to best capitalize on DC Entertainment’s theatrical development and production activities and their importance to drive its overall business with each of the divisions of Warner Bros.
Nelson will bring her expertise and more than 20 years’ experience in creative brand management, strategic marketing and content development and production to ensuring DC Entertainment’s dual mission of marshalling Warner Bros.’ resources to maximize the potential of the DC brand while remaining respectful of and collaborative with creators, talent, fans and source material. Additionally, Nelson will continue to oversee the franchise management of the Harry Potter property, which she has done since 2000, and also continue to represent the Studio’s interests with the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling. Nelson will segue from her post as President, Warner Premiere but maintain oversight responsibilities of that division. (An executive succession plan for Warner Premiere will be announced shortly.)
Paul Levitz, who has served as President & Publisher of DC Comics since 2002, will segue from that role to return to his roots as a writer for DC and become a contributing editor and overall consultant to DCE. This transition will take place as expeditiously as possible without disrupting DC’s business operations.
In his new role, Levitz will be called upon for his deep knowledge and more than three-decade history with DC Comics, both as a comic creator and an executive. Besides serving as a writer on a number of DC Comics titles, he will be a contributing editor and consultant to DC Entertainment on projects in various media. Additionally, he will consult as needed on the transition and integration of the DC Comics organization into DC Entertainment and will utilize his unique experience, knowledge and relationships with the comics industry’s creative community to help achieve DC Entertainment’s goal of maximizing the value of DC properties. Further, Levitz will advise DC Entertainment on creative and rights-holder relationships, in particular regarding the legacy relationships that have been a part of DC Comics for decades.
Widely recognized and respected for his support of writers, artists and creators in the comics industry, Levitz is best known creatively for his work with DC Comics, having written most of the classic DC characters, including Batman, Wonder Woman and the Superman newspaper strip. At Comicon International in 2008, Levitz was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the only industry executive ever so honored.
“DC Comics and its super hero characters are truly touchstones of popular culture, and the formation of DC Entertainment is a major step in our company’s efforts to realize the full potential of this incredible wellspring of creative properties,” said Meyer. “Diane knows our studio as a creative executive, a marketer and a senior manager, and this varied background will help her effectively and creatively integrate the DC brand and properties across all our businesses. We’re also thrilled that Paul will remain involved with DC and we’ll be able to tap his expertise to help us reach our goals for this new business.”
“It’s no secret that DC has myriad rich and untapped possibilities from its deep library of iconic and lesser-known characters,” said Horn. “While we’ve had great success in films and television, the formation of DC Entertainment will help us to bring more DC properties across additional platforms to fans around the world, while maintaining brand integrity and authenticity. Diane is a terrific choice to lead DC Entertainment, and with Paul in his new role as a valued consultant and contributing editor, both our company and comic fans win.”
“Based on the great success we’ve had working with DC Comics to create some of the most popular and successful super hero films of all time, I’ve long believed that there was much more we could do across all of Warner Bros.’ businesses with this great body of characters and stories,” said Robinov. “The prioritization of DC and the creation of DC Entertainment is a great opportunity that reaches far beyond the film group. There are endless creative possibilities to build upon the many significant successes already achieved by my colleagues Kevin Tsujihara and the Home Entertainment Group in the videogame, home video and direct-to-platform arenas and Bruce Rosenblum and the Television Group in live-action, animated and digital series. Collectively, we have the ability to grow a body of properties highlighting the iconic characters and the diversity of the creative output of DC Comics.”
“The founding of DC Entertainment fully recognizes our desire to provide both the DC properties and fans the type of content that is only possible through a concerted cross-company, multi-platform effort,” said Nelson. “DC Entertainment will help us to formally take the great working relationships between DC Comics and various Warner Bros. businesses to the next level in order to maximize every opportunity to bring DC’s unrivalled collection of titles and characters to life.”
“After so many roles at DC, it’s exciting to look forward to focusing on my writing and being able to remain a part of the company I love as it grows into its next stage,” said Levitz. “It’s a new golden age for comics and DC’s great characters, and I hope my new position will allow me to contribute to that magic time.”
DC Comics will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2010 (NEW FUN COMICS #1, the first DC comic, began publishing in 1935), at which time more explicit details regarding DC Entertainment’s corporate and management structure, film and content release slate, creative roster and business objectives will be unveiled at a multi-faceted anniversary celebration and press conference in the first quarter of the year.
Current DC properties in development and/or production at Warner Bros. Entertainment include:
– “Human Target” is being produced by Warner Bros. Television for a mid-season debut on Fox.
– “Midnight Mass” is in series development at Warner Bros. Television for consideration for the 2010-11 season.
– “Jonah Hex,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ supernatural Western starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox and John Malkovich, recently wrapped production in Louisiana.
– “The Losers,” Dark Castle/Warner Bros. Pictures’ action-adventure drama starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans, began principal photography mid-July in Puerto Rico.
– “The Green Lantern,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ next big superhero tentpole release, recently cast Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. The film has a projected second quarter 2011 release date.
– “Lobo,” based on the DC Comics anti-hero, has Guy Ritchie attached as a director; Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona are producing for Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.
– Warner Premiere’s direct-to-platform DVD animated release of “Green Lantern: First Flight” debuted July 28.
– Warner Bros. Animation currently produces “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” which airs on Cartoon Network.
– Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released “Batman: Arkham Asylum” on August 25, a dark, action packed videogame adventure for Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows.
Prior to being named President, DC Entertainment, Nelson most recently served as President, Warner Premiere since its founding in 2006. Warner Premiere is a Studio-based production company which develops and produces high-quality, direct-to-DVD and short-form digital content, including the highly successful line of DC Universe animated DVD titles, and also pioneered the development of the motion comics category. Under Nelson’s leadership, Warner Premiere functions as a full-service production entity with its own resources and release schedule, furthering the Studio’s mandate of being a destination for both established and up-and-coming talent to create stand-alone properties as well as experiment in new media.
Before that, Nelson served as Executive Vice President, Global Brand Management, Warner Bros. Entertainment, with the primary responsibility of working cross-divisionally and throughout Time Warner to maximize and optimize all the various windows and outlets available to the Studio’s signature franchises, brands and event properties on a global basis. In this post, Nelson’s primary focus was the management of the Harry Potter brand, which she has overseen since the brand’s launch at the Studio in 1999. These efforts have helped drive the success of the brand to become the most successful film franchise of all time, as well as a respected consumer property that has generated billions of dollars for the Studio.
At Global Brand Management, Nelson and her team of more than 15 employees worked in all media and platforms to support a number of other key franchise properties, including “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” “Happy Feet,” “Polar Express” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” among others.
Prior to overseeing Global Brand Management, Nelson had served as Executive Vice President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. Nelson rose quickly through the ranks, having also served as Senior Vice President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures and prior to that, Senior Vice President, Family Entertainment, Warner Bros. Corporate Worldwide Marketing and Planning. She was also Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Promotions, a post to which she was promoted in March 1998, after joining the Studio in September 1996 as Director of Worldwide Corporate Promotions.
Nelson came to the Studio from Walt Disney Records, where she served as Director of National Promotions. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Anyway, here are some examples from my Audible library. You'll notice that I lean in the non-fiction direction:
1776 and Truman, both by David McCullough. Titles are pretty self-explanatory, but McCullough's voice is so elegant and both books are really engaging.
No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which examines the importance of the Roosevelt White House and the relationship between FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt.
The Greatest Story Ever Sold, by Frank Rich. A look at the trail of fictions that led us into the Iraq War.
Kiss And Make-Up, Gene Simmons' memoir. Interesting, if a bit arrogant (as you'd expect from Simmons)
Manhunt, by James L. Swanson. A gripping account of the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, written almost in the style of a thriller.
Gasping For Airtime, Jay Mohr's memoir of his time as a cast member on SNL. Funny, entertaining, and pathetically self-involved.
109 East Palace, by Jennet Connant, about Dorothy McKibbin, a widow who ran a front for the Manhattan Project.
The Cell, by John Miller, Michael Stone, & Chris Mitchell. A handful of FBI agents, New York cops, and journalists on the trail of Osama bin Laden in the years leading up to 9/11. Fascinating stuff.
Broken Government and Conservatives Without Conscience, both by former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean. In the first book, he traces the decline of the federal government, starting with the Nixon Administration; in the second, he examines neo-conservatives' authoritarian leanings, and posits that they have run amok, throwing American political discourse into chaos. Agree or not, it's a very interesting book.
The Godfather, by Mario Puzo. If you haven't heard of it, something's wrong with you.
A Ball, A Dog, And A Monkey, by Michael D'Antonio. The first year of the Space Race, 1957-58, was pretty nutty, believe it or not. Worth a read/listen.
Walt Disney, by Neal Gabler. Very thorough and balanced biography of a guy who really was a brilliant and deeply flawed person.
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, by Peter Biskind. Scorsese, Coppola , Spielberg, Lucas, Bogdanovich, et al.... the Hollywood generation that defined cinema in the 70's and 80's. You'll slap your forehead at some of the craziness.
Band Of Brothers and The Wild Blue, both by Stephen Ambrose. The first is the definitive account of Easy Co, 101st Airborne, 506th PIR, which you'll remember was made into a great mini-series for HBO. Some of the material was repurposed for Ambrose's other books, D-Day and Citizen Soldiers, but this is the one you should read. The second book is about the boys who flew the B-24's. It focuses on George McGovern, a hero of 35 missions and later a U.S. Senator, who still later ran for President. Love this book.
Born Standing Up, Steve Martin's memoir. Funny, affecting, and very real.
The Last Campaign, by Thurston Clarke. A pretty absorbing look into Robert Kennedy's transformation from ruthless political operative to inspiring voice for change, his run for the presidency, and his tragic death.
AC/DC, by Tom McNichol. No, not the band. It's about the fight over how electricity would be transmitted, and how Thomas Edison lost control of what would eventually become General Electric.
All The President's Men. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward won a Pulitzer for the investigation of the Watergate scandal, and this book was made into an excellent film. Both are worthwhile.
America (The Book), by Jon Stewart & The Writers of The Daily Show. Need I say more?
*This is a legacy deal, though, as I'm a longtime customer. I do believe it's slightly more expensive now.