#Trending In The World Of Comics: 01/04/13-01/10/13

In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, tv shows, video games, etc. I’ll also give a shout-out to some favourite comic blog entries and have a social media section involving Twitter. Let’s begin:

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NEWS

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DC Comics HappeningsdccomicslogoA trio of DC news and rumors popped up this week. First off, the US Appeal courts ruled in favour of DC Entertainment in regards to the Siegel estate claiming the rights and ownership in regards to Superman. At least that is over with now…I hope. Secondly, in April DC Comics is going to have something special going on with their covers that month. Let the speculation begin! Lastly, rumors are abound that more writer changes are expected to take place pretty soon in various lower selling DC books. They hope these fresh ideas from these new writers will help reinvigorate the various titles and help them compete with the resurgent Marvel NOW. DC has asked all writers that are relieved of duty not to tweet about it (like Gail Simone did when she was fired from Batgirl). If they stick to this rule there’ll be future DC project opportunities possibly waiting for them while those that throw a fit will not be welcome back. Hopefully these writers that get replaced weren’t fired by e-mail like Simone was.
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Del TorodeltoroDel Toro, Del Toro, Del Toro. It seems a day couldn’t go by this week without some mention of Del Toro and his various comic book adaptations he is working on, or not working on in some cases. Del Toro’s Marvel project (The Hulk TV show) seems to be dead in the water as Del Toro had this to say: “I had one more meeting after Avengers with Jeph Loeb from Marvel and he said, ‘We’re working on it, we’re waiting for a writer,’ he gave me the name of the writer and their resume and I said, ‘That sounds great, let’s wait for him’ because we had delivered a teleplay and I haven’t heard since then.” Del Toro’s Dark Horse project (Hellboy 3) also looks to a bleak future. Del Toro had this to say: “Well, a couple of weeks ago or months ago, I did make a couple of phone  calls to test, to gage the possibility of doing that because it’s a big movie. There’s no takers for a movie of that size. The two movies made their money back and a little bit. They were financially good, but one was fifty and the other one was eighty, eighty five. This is a hundred and forty. So no one wants to do that leap, from the financial side. So unless we find a way to do the mother of all kick starters.” Come on! Isn’t there someone out there willing to give Hellboy a chance? Finally, Del Toro’s DC project (Dark Universe) seems to be progressing along quite nicely. Del Toro is currently working on an outline and mentioned to expect to see Swamp Thing, John Constantine, Deadman, Etrigan, Specter, Zatana and Zatara in the movie. This would be so awesome! Make it happen DC!
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ChewchewChew is an amazing series created by John Layman and Rob Guillory. It’s a zany, outside-of-the-box, humourous comic with mere words simply not doing it justice. Check it out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did. Anyways, this week produced two noteworthy items in regards to this property. One of them concerns Issue #34: this issue will have three covers, one on top of the other and actually encourages you to cut along the dotted line and mix and match the faces underneath. Take a look at one possible combination:chew34I told you they were creative! The second item, and the one even more important, is that work is continuing on the live-action television series for Showtime. In an interview with artist Rob Guillory  this week, he revealed that it is developing into a very faithful adaptation of the comic. I can hardly wait to watch this and hope things turn out better for them then the Locke & Key pilot did.
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Mr. GarcinMr-GarcinMeet Mr. Garcin, the man who created that wonderful collage cover for Amazing Spider-Man #700. And yes, he is wearing a Luchador mask. Apparently, he only appears in public wearing this Black Shadow mask. Also, since he is unable to sign his collage due to it being made-up by other artists’ work, he added a Black Shadow mask to one of the characters on the cover. Don’t believe me? Check out the full story here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/01/07/the-masked-amazing-spider-man-700-cover/
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Help Peter DavidpeterdavidBig thanks to frequent visitor wwayne for bringing this to my attention. All those that wish to help Peter David in his treatment costs go to http://www.comicmix.com/news/2013/01/04/help-peter-david-by-buying-his-e-books-now/. Not only do you get great reads but you help out the man who made them. I read elsewhere that in-between treatments and rehabilitation, Peter David is still cranking out scripts for X-Factor. What a guy!
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In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:

House of Flying Scalpelshttp://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, awesome reviews, and a fellow writer at The Artifice.

Sci-Fi Jubileehttp://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.

Sidekick Reviews http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.

The Indigo Tribehttp://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.

Arousing Grammarhttp://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.

The Comic Stretchhttp://comicstretch.wordpress.com/
One man’s look back at the X-Men through the ages starting with the very first issue. Reading comics while staying healthy at the same time.

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twitter-logoRecommended People To Follow On Twitter
@Comic_Maven
@tommylutz
@AUDone44
@Kooliebear
@TweetsoftheBat
@paul_bowler
@Superherologist
@JulzHendricks
@BlueJaigEyes
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And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Other Blogs you enjoy? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!

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3 thoughts on “#Trending In The World Of Comics: 01/04/13-01/10/13

  1. “More writer changes are expected to take place pretty soon in various lower selling DC books.” I think it’s a tardy and useless move. After 16 months, readers’ pull lists are written in the stone, and a simple change of the creative team won’t widen them. A lot of readers could give a chance to a brand new series, but far less ones would try an “old” series just because it has a new writer. In fact, every time that DC changed the creative team of an iffy New 52 series, that series closed anyway some months later.
    DC could raise the sales of their iffy series by putting some big names on them, but, since those writer changes are going to happen in the lower selling DC books, I don’t think that will happen. But it would be great to see Alan Moore on Firestorm, for example. I love when things go in the least expected way possible, so seeing an A – list writer on a C – list title would make me exult.

    • Agreed. Free promotions are a great idea and may lead them to actually purchasing a comic book…or a digital copy. An expanded “Kids” line would help as well at a lower cost than the regular comics. Got to get them while they’re young.

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