Sunday, June 16, 2019

Weekend Headlines | Liefeld DC/Image Crossover

Rob Liefeld says that his fellow Image Comics founder (and current DC Chief Creative Officer/Co-Publisher) Jim Lee reached out to him recently for a unique crossover between DC and Image.

"So, a few weeks back, I get a call and some texts from Jim Lee, long story short, he asks if I'd be interested in bringing some of my Extreme characters over to DC Comics for a special that would come as soon as the end of this year where the Image characters team up in a bunch of short stories with DC comics characters," Liefeld posted on Facebook. "I said I'd consider it and that's it, nothing else, I assume as of this week, it was still in play."

DC has crossed over with Image on a few previous occasions, including Spawn/Batman and several crossovers with Top Cow's characters. And of course, DC bought Jim Lee's WildStorm imprint (once a part of Image) in 1999. Recently McFarlane signed an expansive toy/action figure deal with DC, and Jim Lee is announced as drawing something for Image's upcoming Spawn #300.
Why would Liefeld seemingly spoil the announcement of such an event? Good question.

"Because I simply didn't care about the affects one iota when I expressed that I think DC Comics should get new management," the writer/artist continued. "You see I'm a fan of all comics, I don't discriminate and there isn't a store in my county that hasn't seen me frequent their establishment looking for another comic book to purchase on a regular basis. I don't speak my mind nearly enough, we all used to talk more openly but everyone fears ramifications now."

"I'd just like a DC Comic company that reflects the one I grew up with, the one that produced Camelot 3000, Watchmen, Dark Knight, New Titans and I'm not intimidated, I'll express it," Liefeld posted. "That's just my opinion, I expressed it because I don't care the fallout. I don't care if there is an Image Comics/DC Comics special and I'm left out as a result. Like, seriously, get outta here with that!"

Weekend Headlines | DC's DOLLAR COMICS Returns After 30+ Years (YES)

If your a comic book fan or just starting to get into comics. The this story is for you

DC's Dollar Comics format is returning after 36 years - at the same price, but with a smaller page count. Beginning on September 4, the publisher will be reprinting special issues from its history as a $1 reprint - similiar to Image Comics' Image Firsts and Marvel Comics' True Believer reprints.

The line will begin with Detective Comics #854 (September 4), Batman #608 (September 11), Harley Quinn #1 (September 18), and Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 (September 25).

The Dollar Comics line was originally instituted in 1977 as deluxe 64-page anthology titles with new material (but no ads) such as Adventure Comics, Batman Faimly, World's Finest Comics and the DC Special Series.

At the time, comics averaged 35¢ in price, so these $1 quadruple-sized comic books were intended by then-DC publisher Jenette Kahn for their comic books to catch up in price to other newstand periodicals such as Time and Life. The line ran off and on before ending in 1983.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday's Headlines | Star Wars Celebration 2020

The next Star Wars Celebration convention event has been confirmed to be taking place August 27 - 30, 2020, in Anaheim, California.

"Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2020 will be four fun-filled days of major announcements, immersive exhibits, an interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, costumes, and other surprises," reads Lucasfilm's announcement. "From young fans of Star Wars animated shows to die-hards fueled by the nostalgia for the original Star Wars trilogy to families that enjoy Star Wars together, there’s something for everyone at Star Wars Celebration. For Star Wars fans, there’s nothing else like it."

The convention center for the event has not been specified. Tickets are scheduled to go on-sale June 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. Pacific.

Friday's Headlines | TOM KING’s Secret TV Project Changed His BATMAN Plans

In case Batman fans (of comics) are wondering what's going on with DC and Tom King. Here is the latest story from yesterday.

Batman writer Tom King recently added the New Gods movie to his resume, which he's writing alongside director Ava Duvernay. Now it seems he's expanding on his work outside of comic books with a TV show in development. What's in the works? King couldn't say.

“I’m working on a DCU movie now (New Gods with Ava DuVernay) and a secret TV show thing that hasn’t been announced,” King told Entertainment Weekly. Back in July, news broke that an hour-long dystopian TV series called States of America written by Tom that is now in development with Topic Studios and Playground. King talked about it briefly on social media at the time, so given he says his "secret TV show thing" is unannounced, it would seemingly infer a different project than States of America.

It's these projects, King explains, that led to a change to his planned 100-issue Batman run - a move that ultimately will lead King to leave the core Batman title to pen a 12-issue Batman/Catwoman
series that King says will carry through the story he originally planned to tell.

“DC was kind enough to see that doing all that and a twice-monthly Batman would be tough. So they divided the Batman book into two monthly books, Batman and Batman/Catwoman," King explained. "Bat/Cat will complete this epic story we’ve been telling and lead to this game-changing moment I’ve been hinting at."

But what's going to happen in the core Batman title? Again, King couldn't say - but he did say it would be "very cool."

"Batman will…well, I can’t tell you, but it’s very cool," King said. "But, because of the beats that will be handled in Batman, I have more room for my storylines in Bat/Cat, which means that the 12 issues can cover all of the story that was part of the original plan.”

“I used to think Batman #100 was the biggest book I’d ever write," King concluded. "Now it’s Bat/Cat #12. Same issue, same artist, same impact, different name - slightly different.”

Along with this news, EW premiered a new cover for Batman #79 by Clay Mann, reproduced here with permission. The next issue in the series, Batman #73, is due out June 19. Batman/Catwoman #1 launches in January.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Comic Book Spotlight! | Jughead Time Police #1

Jughead Time Police #1 $3.99 Archie Comics
BRAND NEW SERIES! When Jughead messes up his Riverdale Annual Bake-Off pie recipe so terribly, he is disqualified and banned from all future Bake-Offs! Jug goes to unthinkable lengths to fix his error: time travel! Even Riverdale's most erudite teenager can't manage the delicate dance of going back in time, and poor Juggie lands himself in an epic battle to keep the time stream intact!