Sure, everyone’s mind is on the looming behemoth over on the West Coast, but I can’t help but direct your attention back to one of the more recent shows with this collection of video from Heroes Con last month.
Tom Spurgeon has all 11 clips over at The Comics Reporter, as well as a rundown of what you’re likely to find in them (though he’s not making any promises).
It’s worth keeping in mind that this convention occurred during the height of activity on the "Dan DiDio is being fired" rumor mill, and the first clip (which I’ve embedded here) features Spurgeon’s opening query of DiDio during the "State of the Industry" panel, asking him simply, "How was your week?" (Hint: It occurs around the 5:00 mark.)
There was no shortage of confused, then surprised, faces in the long line for Sunday’s "ReBoot Panel with Gavin Blair and Dan DiDio" at New York Comic Con. Attendees were at first incredulous that the line was so long, then happy to discover so many fellow fans of the late-’90s animated television series.
Even the creators of the series were surprised.
"Oh, my god! Can you believe this?" exclaimed Dan DiDio as he approached his fellow ReBootcreator Gavin Blair.
"I am blown away by the turnout," explained Blair. "I recognize a quarter of these people from coming by the booth. But the rest is like, ‘Oh my god, where did you come from?’ What’s blowing me away about this con and the Toronto con I was at in August is the age range of the people coming up to me."
"I got little kids, their parents and I got their grandparents coming up to me about how much they love the show," continued Blair. "We wrote the bright, colorful, wacky graphics for the kids and we put the grown-up jokes for the adults. Now the kids are grown-up saying ‘Hey, now I get those jokes.’"
Booked in one of the smaller panel rooms, the event filled to capacity with people sitting in the aisles. The panel was organized to promote The Art of ReBoot hardcover book and the initiative to re-launch the series as a theatrical movie. Panelists included supervising animator Gavin Blair, story editor Dan DiDio (now Executive Editor at DC Comics), character modeler (and producer of the hardcover) Jim Su and Paul Gertz of Rainmaker Entertainment.
Blair and DiDio quickly became the focus of the panel as they reminisced about the groundbreaking CGI animated series that imagined what electronic life was like inside a computer. In the series, Bob the Guardian and his friends defended the system from viruses, hackers and troublesome games. Since the show is no longer on the air, the tone was unrestrained and the panelists were frank about their memories of the series.
As DiDio explained, he wasn’t originally one of the creators of the series. He was the series liason for the ABC network.
"The first show I was assigned was ReBoot," said DiDio. "You’re looking at the first computer-animated television series ever. Nobody knows what’s going on. Nobody knows how it’s being done."
Blair then explained that, as they showed DiDio around the Mainframe Entertainment production studios, they had the same staffers sit in different rooms so he would think the operation was bigger than it actually was.
In an interview with IGN, DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio sheds some light on both projects, and adds that the publisher learned some important lessons from comparing the structures of two of their most recent event-driven storylines, Sinestro War and Countdown.
When you work with a smaller group of creators, you have a much tighter control over what the message of the story is, and a much tighter sense of what that story is, and how to build momentum and excitement in that story. So we’re trying to do that right now, and we have a number of things that will be occurring throughout the DCU that really have that tightness, but also that large sense of scope.
So when you see Final Crisis occurring, it’ll have a tight but incredibly expansive story in regards to what’s being covered and the characters involved, but there are only going to be a handful of creators that will be working through the Final Crisis story. Kurt has a stranglehold in a very good way on Trinity and Trinity’s story for the year run of the book, and more importantly, you’ll see similar things like that occurring in the Batman group of books, the Superman group of books, and even more things building along those lines in some of the other series over the course of the next year.
When longtime Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley announced he was moving to DC Comics, it caused quite the uproar in the comics scene. Now, Newsarama has a peek at the first piece of art from Bagley’s new, mystery project.
The ‘Rama crew also reposted the following excerpt from a Bagley interview last month that, they believe, sheds some light on the secret project:
"…my old buddy Kurt Busiek and I are together again for what looks like a really great project. I’m also really happy that Art Thibert will be inking me . He did a bang-up job when he and I worked together on Ultimate Spider-Man. I just got back from a three-day creative meet with Dan DiDio, Mike Carlin, Liz Gehrlien, Kurt, and Ian Sattler. It went great—they’re a bunch of great people with a real passion for what they do."
Saying, "Anything DC can do, we can do better," Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada today announced plans for next summer’s big event. "365 will be a daily comic," he said. "Every single day, including weekends and holidays."
Like 52, the new series will have a team of writers and artists. Twenty-eight writers, including Marvel All-Stars Ed Brubaker, Garth Ennis, Mark Millar, Chris Claremont, Tom DeFalco, Peter David, Brian Bendis, Mike Carey, Robert Kirkman, Paul Jenkins and Roy Thomas, among others. All will follow the direction of "show runner," Andrew Helfer, who is coming on board to see that all the deadlines are met.
"We have everything in place," Quesada said. "Andy lined up Bill Sienkiewicz and George Perez to alternate covers."
The first issue of 365 will go on sale on a year from today. Cover price will be $10.00 each issue. "That’s what it took for Diamond to handle the shipping," Quesada said.
In retaliation, Dan DiDio announced that DC would launch The Hundred Years War. "Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and other super-heroes get stuck in a line at the Motor Vehicles Bureau," he explained. "It’s up to the rest of the DC Universe to fight the universe-threatening evil. Can Comet the Super-Horse and Ambush Bug save the day? Will someone die? Will anyone live? You might think you don’t care, but you will."
Being married to a freelancer often has its perks, and one of the more delightful ones occurred last Thursday night, as we were invited to DC Comics’ editorial-freelance dinner to kick off the NYCC. This was a great way to meet folks like Gail Simone who, as it turned out, we never saw for the rest of the weekend.
Trish Mulvihill has lots of photos at her blog, but we especially wanted to note the appearance of the chicken heads. Originally part of the platter presentation for the wonderful Asian feast prepared by our host, the chicken heads soon took on a life of their own. As we (who should have known better) didn’t bring our camera to the event, the photos below are courtesy of Harvey Richards, who shared our table along with Gail and her beau Scott, Rags Morales, and Dan DiDio.
At the NYCC “DCU: A Better Tomorrow – Today” panel, DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio may have let the cat out of the bag.
DiDio was asked if in the Countdown teaser image The Flash was Barry Allen and Red Robin was Jason Todd. DiDio got flustered before answering “yes.”
This drew icy stares from the rest of the panel members and applause from the crowd. DiDio’s mic was taken away for the remainder of the panel. The final question for the panel was “Who would you like to kill during Countdown?” and Greg Rucka closed the panel by looking at DiDio and saying, “I’m looking at him.”
A librarian friend of mine used to sigh that his job would be perfect "if it weren’t for the patrons." One is tempted to say the same about a convention that’s only in the trade show stages — right now it’s very comfortable and easy to move around and seems pretty organized. But it also has the air of anticipatory set-up to it. The comics industry works better when it’s inclusionary, and as nice as it is to meet and greet pros there’s just more excitement in the air when the fans add to the mix. But let’s start with some photos, if the Javits Center wi-fi connection holds out: