San Diego Comic-Con Sales Back on 11/22
San Diego Comic Con ticket sales, which were scheduled to begin earlier this month but failed due to technical difficulties, are scheduled to return on November 22 at 6 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Prices have raised slightly this year to $105 for an adult four-day pass and $37 for a one day pass. More details are available from PWCW's own Heidi MacDonald.
Marvel Comes to Singapore
Marvel Comics is making its first full convention appearance in Asia ever this December at the Singapore Toys, Games & Comics Convention, organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con and Chicago’s C2E2. Announced guests include C.B. Cebulski – Marvel’s premiere talent scout, Gail Simone, Ivan Brandon, Alex Maleev, David Lloyd and Salvador Larocca. STGCC will take place on December 10-12 at the SUNTEC Singapore convention center, halls 401 & 402 located at 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore.
Batman Arena Show
Tour details for the Batman Live arena show have been announced. A live show aimed at family audiences but “not a musical”, Batman Live will kick off in Manchester, UK next summer. The show will first tour Britain, Ireland and Europe before coming to the USA in the summer of 2012. Tickets for the UK and Ireland go on sale this Friday. More details can be found at Batmanlive.com.
Zombieland Writers Take On Cowboy Ninja Viking
The film rights to Cowboy Ninja Viking, the Image comic by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, have been purchased by Disney and the writing team of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese have been attached to write the script. Cowboy Ninja Viking is a comic about people with dissociative identity disorder being trained with a different assassin skillset for each of their multiple personalities – in this case, the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking. Wernick and Reese wrote the script for the 2009 film Zombieland and have also written the script for the upcoming Deadpool film currently in development and slated to star Ryan Reynolds. More details are available at Deadline.com.
Legendary Pictures Announces Comics Division
Legendary Pictures, the production company behind The Dark Knight, Inception and Watchmen has announced that it is starting a comics publishing division, Legendary Comics. Bob Schreck – formerly Senior Editor at IDW, founder of Oni Press and respected veteran of DC and Dark Horse – will be heading it. Legendary Comics aims to produce 4-6 original graphic novels per year. More details are available at the Los Angeles Times here.
Neil Gaiman Short Film The Price on Kickstarter
The Price, a short fan-made animated film based on Neil Gaiman’s story of the same title, endorsed and narrated by Gaiman himself, is seeking funding on Kickstarter. Interested parties can view The Price’s teaser trailer and Kickstarter page here.
Grand Opening of New Midtown Comics Location
Midtown Comics, one of the most popular and respected comic book stores in the New York City area, is opening a brand new location which is not located in midtown Manhattan. Midtown Comics, which already has two locations – one in Times Square, one near Grand Central Station – is opening a store in the downtown Financial District on November 10. Grand opening events will continue through December and include Jonathan Layman signing his hit book Chew on December 16 and DC co-publisher Jim Lee on December 19. More details are available on the Midtown Comics website.
This Week @ Good Comics For Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids had a good webcomic for kids: The Last of the Polar Bears, what the GC4K bloggers are reading this week, a preview of Boom!’s new comic Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns, a Reviews and Previews links roundup from Brigid Alverson and the 11/3 roundup of good comics for kids.
This Week @ The Beat
This week PWCW editor Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat covered October sales and the long tail, Spider Man promoting fire safety, what's up with Vertigo, discussed Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010, antique comics coloring and lettering tools, two previews of Elmer - the comic about sentient chickens, the secret treasure Stan Lee may or may not have in his garage, Amazon's top ten graphic novels of 2010, Diamond's graphic novel sales rising, “journalist” thieves at MCM, the return of the con-wars – or perhaps not, Wizard expanding its convention empire into Canada and New Orleans (Parlez vous Francais, Monsieur Shamus?), and featured a very exclusive interview with Marvel on the question of pricing.