Super Size Me Creator Does Comic-Con Documentary
Morgan Spurlock, creator of the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me will be directing a new documentary about San Diego Comic Con entitled Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope. Produced by the geek-culture dream team of Stan Lee, Joss Whedon and Harry Knowles, the documentary will follow seven fans on their journeys to and through the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con.
DC Enters Alternate Universe for Fringe
Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed that DC Comics went Twilight Zone in a recent episode of the Fox science fiction show Fringe. Akiva Goldsman, the director of Fringe’s alternate universe-based season finale, asked DC to provide the artwork and they obliged with art from Carlos D’Anda, JJ Kirby, Michael Lopez and Oliver Nome. Differences in this alternate world include Red Lantern and Red Arrow as the famous pair of “Hard Travelling Heroes”, Supergirl surviving and cradling the body of a dead Superman in Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Jonah Hex joining Justice League International. Full details and pictures are available on DC Comics’ The Source blog.
Heroes Sued by Comics Artist
Comics creator Jazan Wild has filed a $60 million lawsuit against the NBC television show Heroes for similarities between a carnival-based storyline on the show and his graphic novel Carnival of Souls. The Beat, Robot Six and Entertainment Weekly weigh in on the controversy.
Toon Books Sweepstakes
Children’s graphic novel publisher Toon Books and School Library Journal are offering a chance to win a school visit from Geisel Award winning author Geoffrey Hayes, creator of the Benny & Penny books as well as original artwork. 50 runners up will receive a complete library of Toon Books books. The contest runs now through June 22. Details can be found here.
Heroes Con of Charlotte, NC - the oldest independently run comic book convention still in operation – is coming this year from June 4-6 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Guests include Mark Waid, Bill Willingham, Kate Beaton, Mike Mignola, Colleen Coover and many more. Tickets are still available: a three day pass costs $30, general admission is $15 per day and children under 12 may come enter free of charge. The Charlotte Convention Center is located at 501 South College Street, Charlotte, NC. More details are available at the Hereoes Con website.
This Week @ Good Comics For Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids had their age-appropriate guide to CMX manga, a review of Kill Shakespeare Vol. 1-2, a roundtable discussion of the shutdown of CMX manga, the 5/19 listing of comics suitable for all ages and a manga in schools and libraries themed links roundup from Brigid Alverson.
This Week @ The Beat
This week PWCW editor Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat covered the nominees for Britain’s 2010 Eagle Awards for comics, angry reactions across the blogosphere to the closing of CMX Manga, a thought for the day on digital publishing, Marvel and DC, discussed Graphic Novel Reporter’s new list of “core books” for bookstores and libraries that want to include more graphic novels, the strange and sad disappearance of Timespirits creator and Thundercats writer Stephen Perry , announced The Beat’s May Giveaway Frenzy, telling readers how to win free comics from herand hosted a guest column by Yen Press’s Rich Johnson on the recent commercial history of manga in America called “You Say You Want A Revolution”.