High Level Promotions At DC
Eddie Berganza has been named Executive Editor of the DC Universe line, Matt Idelson has been named the Superman Group Editor and Mike Marts has been named the Batman Group Editor. Mark Chiarello has been named Senior Vice President of Art Direction and Design, Ian Sattler has been named Editorial Director of Special Projects and Archival Editions and Amit Desai has been named Senior Vice President of Franchise Management.
Segura Heads to Archie Comics
Meanwhile, Alex Segura has left his Publicity Manager position at DC to become Executive Director of Publicity and Marketing at Archie Comics, and Austin Trunick will take over as the DCU publicist. More details are available at DC's official blog, The Source.
Marvel Pulls Fantastic 4 from Newsstands to Prevent Spoilers
In an official press release, Marvel Comics announced that it would be pulling Fantastic Four #587 from newsstands in an attempt to prevent spoilers. The second to last issue of Marvel's longest-running series, #587 will come polybagged to prevent people “ruining the surprise”. The issue will feature the breakup of the Fantastic Four, but the events leading up to it are being kept secret with these unprecedented precautions.
DC's Teen Titan Raven Gets a TV Show
As a replacement series to the long-running Smallville, ending this season, The CW has begun work on a live-action series based on the Teen Titans comic book character Raven. Previously appearing on tv in the Cartoon Network cartoon Teen Titans, Raven is a young, goth-like, magic-using superhero – the daughter of a demon, who must fight to keep her powers and heritage from turning her toward evil. How the CW will choose to interpret this character, or who they will cast in the role, remains unknown. Previous attempts by The CW to follow Smallville have included an ill-fated Aquaman pilot and The Graysons, a series about the circus life of the original Robin's doomed family, which never made it to the screen.
Don Rosa's Donald Duck to be Collected by Boom
The rare, early Donald Duck comics from internationally beloved comics creator Don Rosa will be collected in chronological order by Boom! Studios in a series of trade paperbacks. Rosa's work was originally spread between a series of publishers which held the Disney character comics license. Rosa, who is still alive, stopped creating Disney comics in 2008 due to health concerns and financial issues. Walt Disney Treasury: Donald Duck Vol. 1 & 2 will collect Rosa's first Donald Duck stories in North America for the first time in nearly twenty years and will hit comic shops and bookstores in June and August of 2011 respectively. More details are available here.
Spider-Man Musical on SNL
Last weekend's Saturday Night Live featured a sketch about the upcoming and accident-prone Spider-Man musical. In the Weekend Update sketch, a comedian portraying a cast member hung upside down from the ceiling while being interviewed about the dangers of his job. The sketch is available to watch online, courtesy of NBC, here.
Mike Mignola Video Interview
This Week @ Good Comics For Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids had a review of Grand Guignol Orchestra Vol. 1,what the GC4K bloggers are reading this week, a preview of the new Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers comic, a Turn Off The Dark themed links roundup and the 12/2 roundup of good comics for kids.
This Week @ The Beat