Spider-Man Parody Musical Sells Out, Original Spider-Man Show Script
The Spidey Project, a new musical parodying Spider-Man but not Julie Taymor's recent and troubled production, has sold out its two performance run in minutes. Originally scheduled for one show on March 14, the free show's tickets sold out within minutes. A second performance was scheduled to accommodate demand, and that sold out in 30 seconds. Created by Jon Roufaeal and Justin Moran in concert with the People's Improv Theate, the work was inspired by the challenge of creating a fully-functional Spider-Man musical in just one month on a tiny budget, as opposed to the years and millions Taymor, Bono and The Edge have spent on Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. The show will be entirely free and is currently scheduled to run for one night only – March 14. More details are available on their site.
Meanwhile, comics stalwart Jim Shooter has posted the full script to Spider-Man: The Night of Doom, the show that was to have been the first live-action Spider-Man show ever. The post also contains a history of the ill-fated project as recalled by Shooter. You can read it here.
Kirkman and Liefeld Team Up On New Series
Award-winning comics bestseller Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead, has teamed up with 90's comics giant Rob Liefeld for The Infinite, a new science fiction comic. The Infinite will center around a time traveller teaming up with his younger self in order to save the world, and will be published by Kirkman's Skybound imprint at Image Comics. More details are available here.
Neil Gaiman & Jim Lee Digital Charity Comic
Comics legends Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee have teamed up on a comic for charity. Together, they've created 100 Words, a benefit comic for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which is now available from the DC Comics Comixology app for $0.99. Originally appearing in the CBLDF benefit anthology Liberty Comics #2, a digital version has been launched to bring it to a larger audience. All the profits from the digital version go to the CBLDF. More details are available here.
The Comics Journal Unveils New Site
Longrunning comics magazine The Comics Journal has opened its newly revamped website for business. TCJ.com will now be edited by the veteran team of Dan Nadel and Tim Hodler. The site can be found at TCJ.com, and promises to have the full back issues of the magazine available online for subscribers by the end of the year.
Digital Wizard World Magazine Premieres
The digital successor to the late Wizard Magazine and Toy Fare Magazine has now premeiered its first issue online. It features such items as Twisted Toy Theater, a Thundercats spotlight, and an article on the future of digital comics. It's available here.
This Week @ Good Comics For Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids had a review ofFairy Navigator Runa Vol. 1, the 3/2 listing of comics suitable for all ages, and a News from the North -themed links roundup.
This Week @ The Beat
This week at PWCW editor Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat, she covered January's dismal month-to-month comics sales figures, Betty Boop's entry into the public domain, discusses whether or not comics can support new characters, and explains why International Women's Day matters - yes, even in comics.