Friday 9/18/09 Links

Friday 9/18/09 Links

Grant Morrison Documentary
http://www.grantmorrisonmovie.com/

I’ve actually had the good fortune to meet Grant Morrison in person (ironically along with filmmaker and comic book creator Patrick Meaney). Mr. Morrison is one of the most gifted and polite comic book writers that I have spoken with and he also has one of the most unique approaches to the comic book medium since Jack Kirby. The documentary that Patrick Meaney has filmed explores the writer through his groundbreaking work on the Invisibles.

The film features extensive interviews with Morrison himself, as he recounts his own life story: his early days, growing up in Scotland; the start of his comics career; the crazy years of the ’90s, as his life and his comics became enmeshed; and his more recent attempts to turn personal troubles and social darkness into compelling comics. The film also gives insight into his creative process, including a look into his vaunted idea notebooks.

Complimenting Morrison’s own words are interviews with many of his most important collaborators, including Dan DiDio, Frazer Irving, Phil Jimenez, Geoff Johns, Cameron Stewart, Jill Thompson, Mark Waid, and others. The film is scheduled for completion in mid-2010.

This project has been covered considerably in the media, including Publisher’s WeeklyWizard,Arthur MagazineCBR’s Robot 6ComicopiaMajor SpoilersSequential MindedGoma de Mascar,Daily Comic Book CoversBear AlleyComic Book JesusComics AllianceCuindando Pop,OmeleteOnerdescritor, and X-Ray Spex.

The documentary is currently available for pre-order from SequArt.

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Another friend and comic book co-creator also active in the multimedia world is Michael LaRiccia (who provided the excellent story ‘The Last of the Spitting Baboons for Zebra). He has many projects on the shelves right now including a story focusing on the vintage videogame Joust in the third volume of the videogame-themed anthology Life Meter.

Life Meter Comics
http://lifemetercomics.com/

Life Meter Comics, the anthology of video-game inspired comics returns, bigger and better than ever!

Life Meter 3 will be the first FULL-COLOR volume, featuring both blast processing and Mode-7! Sporting a dynamic cover by Ben Hatke (Flight, Zita the Space Girl), this print collection will be 120-pages and include original stories by Neil Babra (Flight, Hamlet), Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Monica Gallagher (Gods & Undergrads), K.C. Green (Gunshow), Faith Erin Hicks (Zombies Calling), Matthew Loux (Salt Water Taffy), Mike Maihack (Cow and Buffalo), Jonathan Rivera (Heartbreak), and tons more! Profits will be donated to Childsplay.org

Debuting at the Small Press Expo will be a limited 1st edition of Life Meter 3! There will be exactly 40 copies, each signed and numbed with an exclusive print by Zack Giallongo!

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340x_320122388_c5f0213b8e_b_01Doctor Who Top 10: fans vote for all-time best episode
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/doctor-who/6199603/Doctor-Who-Top-10-fans-vote-for-all-time-best-episode.html

Hilariously #2 is a ‘Doctor-less’ story… ah, fandom. You tickle me.

Top Ten Episodes of Doctor Who
1. THE CAVES OF ANDROZANI (1984) starring PETER DAVISON
2. BLINK (2007) starring DAVID TENNANT
3. GENESIS OF THE DALEKS (1975) starring TOM BAKER
4. THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG (1977) starring TOM BAKER
5. THE EMPTY CHILD (2005) starring CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON
6. HUMAN NATURE (2007) starring DAVID TENNANT
7. PYRAMIDS OF MARS (1975) starring TOM BAKER
8. CITY OF DEATH (1979) starring TOM BAKER
9. THE ROBOTS OF DEATH (1977) starring TOM BAKER
10. BAD WOLF (2005) starring CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON

There are three issues I’d raise with this list:

1. Surely this list needs a face-lift as the same stories are featured nearly every year. Genesis of the Daleks, Caves of Androzani and Talons of Weng Chiang are worthy of praise but… come on!

2. No Hartnell, Troughton ore Pertwee stories? Not one?

3. It also makes no sense to vote for part one of a two part story in the modern program, though I agree that ‘Family of Blood’ and ‘The Doctor Dances’ are both lousy endings to otherwise good stories. Surely that invalidates the nomination, right?

What do you think missed the list?

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Joe Quesada gives a rare and candid guided tour of the Marvel offices
http://www.slatev.com/index.html?bcpid=988327350&bclid=29897817001&bctid=40327176001

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Raiders of the Lost Ark… 1951 Style

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Spider-Man 4 release date, return of Kirsten Dunst and IMAX format all confirmed in one day

Kirsten Dunst Is Back For Spider-Man 4!
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/LetsCutTheBS/news/?a=10109

Spider-Man 4 Gets Release Date
http://www.hollyscoop.com/movies/tobey-maguire/spider-man-4-gets-release-date_1699.aspx

Spidey is officially coming back to the big screen! Spider Man 4 has finally gotten a release date. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the fourth installment will arrive on Thursday, May 5th, 2011.

SPIDER-MAN 4 Spins a Web of a Enormous Size in IMAX in May 2011
http://www.collider.com/2009/09/15/spider-man-4-spins-a-web-of-enormous-size-imax-in-may-2011/

And what’s this about Spider-Man and Thor fighting at the box office?

Marvel movie competition: Spider-Man’s release date pits it against the Thor movie!
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/BrentSprecher/news/?a=10138

Spidey fights Thor?
http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=28588

While the fans obviously benefit from a summer filled with superhero smackdowns, keep in mind that Spidey and Thor may live in the same comic universe but have different movie homes (Sony for Spidey, Marvel/Paramount for Thor). In the past Spidey climbed to as much as $400 million thanks to a lack of serious comic character competition. Will Mjolnir manage to damage Peter Parker’s pockets?

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Dark Reign: The List – X-Men Preview
http://marvel.com/news/comicstories.9550.SNEAK_PEEK~colon~_Dark_Reign~colon~_The_List_-_X-Men

DARK REIGN: THE LIST – X-MEN
WRITER: Matt Fraction
PENCILS: Alan Davis
INKS: Mark Farmer
COLORED BY: Nathan Fairbairn
LETTERED BY: VC – Joe Caramagna
THE STORY:
The fallout of UTOPIA begins here. What else could Norman Osborn possibly do to the X-Men? Plus, Matt Fraction’s first Marvel story featuring the X-Men! 48 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T …$3.99

It has been interesting and odd seeing Namor become part of the X-Men family. As ‘the first mutant’ of Marvel Comics (stated as a marketing ploy on 1990 for John Byrne’s Namor series) the potential has always existed to fold the Sub-Mariner into the X-books but to finally see it as a reality is bizarre.

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Jonah Hex writer Jimmy Palmiotti on Marvel/Disney and DC Entertainment
http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/09/17/listen-to-jimmy-palmiotti-19/

MARVEL/DISNEY: I think this is a good thing. Simply because Joe Quesada and I were working at Marvel when they were in Chapter 11 and saw a lot of people lose their jobs and worry about things that were not the content of the books. And with us doing the Marvel Knights line at the time, it was added pressure for everyone. I look at this deal and I see a fantastic future for the characters and the creators to expand and grow with the company. Doesn’t Disney own a few studios and TV channels? Well… I am guessing they now have over 5,000 characters to pick from and develop some cool shows and games and so on and they will need guys like me to help out at some point… at the very least, they will make more work for everyone.

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So much for the cabal of supervillains…

The Dark Avengers Meet Their Doom In December
http://www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.9522.The_Dark_Avengers_Meet_Their_Doom

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Director Jonathan Mostow Explains the Difference Between Surrogates and Terminator
http://blogs.amctv.com/scifi-scanner/2009/09/jonathan-mostow-interview.php

Awkwardly, I must admit that I only recently discovered this movie but already I am very excited about it. A unique blend of comic book style and sci-fi concept could produce a brilliant flick. Oh and it was filmed in a cluster of depressed mill towns of Massachussetts.

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‘Smallville’ exclusive: Julian Sands is (Young) Jor-El
http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2009/09/11/smallville-exclusive-julian-sands-is-young-jor-el/

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Smallville has cast Julian Sands (24, Warlock, a million other things) to play a young Jor-El. He’ll make his debut in the November episode “Kandor” when it’s revealed that he arrived with Zod and the other Kandorians.

It is so bizarre to see Julian Sands in anything commercially viable but I’m happy to see the strange actor dip his toes into the world of comic book entertainment. What’s next? Dr Stange? Dr Doom in the suspected Fantastic Four revamp?

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tweet from MST3K and rifftrax’s Mike Nelson:
michaeljnelsonRecording Dragon Wars today. And it does indeed feel like going off to war.

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Teens discover suspected Warwolf, promptly beat it to death
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2009/09/teens-discover-suspected-warwolf-promptly-beat-it-to-death/

A group of excitable, and violent, teens in Panama may have saved our planet from other-dimensional invasion.

According to media reports, the kids were playing in a town north of Panama City when they saw a grotesque, hairless creature emerge from a cave. So what did they do?

Why, they beat it to death, of course.

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6 thoughts on “Friday 9/18/09 Links

  1. Thanks for the info on the Morrison documentary, I shall certainly be keeping an eye for that next year.

    I think you’re being a bit harsh on the Doctor Who survey – it was run by Doctor Who Monthly Magazine and actually featured the run-down of the whole 200 episodes, in fan preference order. I was actually surprised how it wasn’t biased towards the 9th & 10th Doctor stories, with the legions of vocal new fans that RTD has brought to the show. That said Blink isn’t “Doctor-less”, it’s Doctor-lite and the survey was judging episodes of the show, not The Doctor’s roll in them.

    Just my tuppence…

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  2. Acrobatic, thanks for visiting and linking. I’m sure that Patrick’s documentary on Morrison will be amazing. The lucky guy got to hang with the writer for ages and just talk comics. I’m insanely jealous.

    I’m aware of the parameters of the Dr Who poll, just amused that a story where Sally Sparrow is the focus got the #2 spot. I like Blink a lot, actually, but the number 2 best episode ever?… really? That seems more than a little odd especially when the other slots occupied by the ‘classic series’ have been unchanged since I had a Walkman on my hip. Has fandom not changed their mind at all on the classic series?

    They should also just include part two of the other new series stories rather than leave out part two because… well… it’s a bit crap actually. In each case part one is amazing and part two is a disappointment. The Doctor Dances isn’t really that bad but The Family of Blood is just a dreadful follow up to a magnificent first part.

    … my five pounds 50.

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  3. Just revisiting Doctor Who Monthly I noticed that the modern two-part stories were actually rated as a single entity, it’s just lazy journalism by The Telegraph that reported them under the name of just the first episode.

    Looking forward to your reviews/previews of the stories as yet unavailable on DVD.

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  4. Hi! Thanks for mentioning the doc. As a producer on the project, I’m excited about where it’s going. You might have seen that we have a new trailer up. You can check it out at http://thethirdage.blip.tv/file/2940222/
    I thought you might also be interested in a webseries that Respect Films is producing called The Third Age. It’s something of a psychedelic sci-fi, and is largely influenced by Morrison’s work. It definitely has some magical elements that are an important part of the show. You can see all the episodes at http://www.thethirdagebegins.com
    Would love to hear what you think.

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