Well, Toy Fair is officially over, folks. All that’s left is to sweep up the wayward Legos, find a place for all of the free promotional swag, and calmly reflect on the passing of yet another convention.
Oh, and there’s always the "Clip Reel" — or, as we call it in the InterWebs News, the "Round-Up" article. So, just in case you missed any of our Toy Fair 2008 coverage, here are some of the announcements, audio, video and photos from Toy Fair ’08 we collected thus far.
We still have some audio and video wrap-up coverage, including today’s edition of ComicMix Radio, so keep an eye on the site over the rest of the week. As a special "bonus feature" of sorts, I’ve included a few photos after the round-up below of some sights, scenes, and, of course, toys that were favorites of the ComicMix crew but didn’t quite fit into the rest of our coverage.
With the summer super-hero blockbusters come the inevitable novelizations. It used to be almost every movie from every genre would receive the prose treatment but with time, that has been winnowed dramatically. These days it appears just the genre films get the attention and not even all those receive a book.
The blockbuster, tent pole films for 2008 will be receiving not only novelizations but tie-in and spin-off books galore. One, Speed Racer, does not have a novelization but a ton of related books for the younger audiences.
Here’s a look at the 2008 novelization list, in order of film release, with some rather familiar names attached:
The deals are taking their positions by the pole, ready to make “Go, Speed Racer, go,” next year’s biggest catch phrase. Just announced by Speed Racer Enterprises are a series of new licensing deals; the most interesting (to you readers) is IDW landing comic book rights.
In addition to all new comics, they have the rights to collect previous incarnations of the anime series, one of the earliest to be imported from Japan.There have been eleven different comic series from publishers including Now, Malibu, and DC Comics with the earliest dating back to 1990.
IDW expects to have their first releases out in the first quarter of 2008 to catch the anticipation of the new feature length film from the Wachowskis, due May 9.Speed racer joins IDW’s growing line of licensed books which already includes Angel, Star Trek, and Transformers.
A new animated series, entitled Speed Racer: The Next Generation, will also debut with twenty-six episodes on Nicktoons.LionsGate has already announced the first DVD collection of this series will also be available in 2008. The original fifty-two episodes are already available in a multi-volume DVD set.
Yes, it’s true. The Wachowski Brothers, who started writing comics for Marvel before they went on to direct The Matrix trilogy, wrote and produced the V For Vendetta movie, publish Burlyman Comics (home of Doc Frankenstein and Shaolin Cowboy), and now making Speed Racer, exist no longer.
Larry Wachowski has completed his gender reassignment and is now going by the name Lana. From now on, Lana and brother Andy will now be known simply as "The Wachowskis", and it’s expected that Andy will be handling the press junkets for Speed Racer.
Interzone #211, a special Michael Moorock issue, will be published in a week, so TTA Press has posted its table of contents. Besides a new Moorcock story and novel excerpt, there are stories from Carlos Hernandez, Aliette de Bodard, and Grace Dugan, among other things.
Ansible has put out its 240th issue, full of the usual stuff – quotes that make people look bad, amusing anecdotes, dates, and so forth.
John Joseph Adams’s article about writing workshops, “Basic Training for Writers,” from the SFWA Bulletin, has been posted on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America website as a PDF.
First full weekend of summer arrives, so grab a frosty one and settle in for some lazy, hazy Big ComicMix Broadcast pop culture nuggets – like news of the next Speed Racer cartoon, what’s coming to the X-Men this summer and more on the process it took to combine Rosario Dawson, two major comics talents and more into one new comic book series … plus a trip back to when the King was on The Strip!
A pretty big outcome for the second day of the 2007 Licensing Show. Lots of movie pushes, of course with this being one of the biggest franchise summers in film history. Warner Bros was there in the same form as last year, showing off some of the new cars from their new flicks. We got the first peak at the The Dark Knight’s brand new BatPod (and no, you can’t play music on it, its just a cooler name than Bat-Cycle) also we got an up-close look at the new Mach 5 from next summer’s Speed Racer.
Also in the movie department, we got a bit of a tease over at Marvel’s booth for both The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man slated to come out next summer as well. Nothing too exciting over there, but the New Line booth was surprisingly pretty popular. To promote next year’s Golden Compass, there was a nine-foot armored bear, and despite popular belief, not only do I like girls, but I am also really looking forward to this film. Based of the series of His Dark Materials books by Phillip Pullman, this is the first of the series, and looks to be even better than last year’s underachiever in The Chronicles of Narnia.
They also were promoting a film that I have heard absolutely no buzz about up until today entitled Inkheart starring Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, and Helen Mirren, based on the book by Carnelia Funke of the same title.
The BBC booth was also there promoting the hell out of Doctor Who, which I had absolutely no qualms with. This big push was due to the American release of series three to the Sci-Fi Network next month. Also coming to Sci-Fi in August, and came to me as a huge surprise was a remake of Flash Gordon. Now before I dusted off my Queen soundtrack and started to dance, I did a little bit of research, and the creative team consists of some of the minds that brought us Relic Hunter, Beastmaster, Young Blades, Andromeda, and oh, yes: Painkiller Jane. So before we all get excited and break out the champagne, I’d bet on this show being off the air before the bottle runs dry.
Finally, and by far my favorite part of today’s show was the news about Xip3, a new jacket company buying the rights to Transformers to release a “Transforming Jacket” that will be released with the DVD in November. I got to see first hand how this works, and it’s pretty cool. The jacket is black with silver accents, and can “transform” from a sports jacket to a backpack to a pillow in seconds. The unisex jackets will all be numbered and in sizes extra small to extra large. You can reserve your copy starting in July over at the Xip3 website.
Overall, a great show and I can’t wait to hear what wonderful things await for the ComicMix crew for day three!
The huge San Diego Comic-Con International has lined up an astonishing number of movie and teevee previews this year. The partial list includes Alien vs. Predator 2: No Peace on Earth; American Gangster; Babylon AD; Balls of Fury; Battlestar Galactica; Beowulf; The Bourne Ultimatum; Coraline; Fred Claus; Get Smart; The Golden Compass; Hellboy 2: The Golden Army; Heroes; I Am Legend; The Incredible Hulk; Indiana Jones 4; Invasion; Iron Man; Lost; National Treasure 2; Resident Evil: Extinction; Speed Racer; The Strangers; Stardust; Star Trek XI; Sunshine; Sweeney Todd; 30 Days of Night; Trick ‘r Treat; Wanted; Where the Wild Things Are and White Out.
Don’t be surprised if many of the actors and creative personnel are there to hawk their efforts. Good grief; I remember all the way back when the San Diego show was actually focused on comic books.
This year’s show will be held at the San Diego Convention Center July 26 through 29. If you don’t already have hotel reservations, make certain you take your passport or birth certificate.
Stringer Lisa Sullivan tips us off to this piece in Variety: Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver are working with Mattel to turn "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" into a live-action film. Justin Marks (currently best known to comics fans as the scripter for the Green Arrow Super Max movie) is set to write the script. Silver will produce.
As ICV2 notes: "The announcement of a major new live action motion picture initiative based on a popular property from the 1980s just six weeks before the big screen debut of Michael Bay’s blockbuster adaptation of another 80s animated series, the Transformers, a property owned by Mattel’s biggest rival Hasbro, is certainly not just coincidental. It is further evidence of a trend that also includes Warner Bros. live action versions of the Speed Racer and Voltron animated series."