The GeeksverseNEWS Round-up | Week of September 28, 2013

NEWS Round-up | Week of September 28, 2013
Published on Saturday, September 28, 2013 by
[UPDATED] In today’s News Round-up: A look at the John Tiffany graphic novel and a brief Dan Panosian career retrospective; Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, and Sal Buscema get tapped to work on a Krrish 3 spin-off comic, the 2013 British Comics Awards shortlist, and more.
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Over at Bleeding Cool, they’ve posted a preview of Dan Panosian’s John Tiffany, an upcoming graphic novel from bandes dessinée publisher LeLombard about a bounty hunter on the run from rivals and various other nefarious elements who want to see him dead. Below is the trailer, as well as the preview pages:

John Tiffany is to be published exclusively in French for now, but as Panosian (under his user name “urbanbarbarian”) notes in the Bleeding Cool forums, he is working on an English translation for future release in North America.

If Dan Panosian’s name sounds familiar to a certain segment of the North American comics readership, it might be because of his brief, early/mid-1990s association with Rob Liefeld. High-profile gigs in the artist’s budding career include inking Liefeld’s last issue on X-Force—and after Liefeld’s departure to co-found Image Comics, inking Mark Pacella as Marvel scrambled to maintain a Liefeld-esque look on the title—as well as illustrating Liefeld’s original Prophet miniseries.

To say that he has grown by leaps and bounds as an artist since then, and that he has outpaced in technique and skill many of his peers from those heady days of the 1990s comics boom, is very much a gross understatement.

Granted, readers with a keen eye for comics and film/TV credits will likely have seen mounting evidence over the years of Panosian’s development as an artist—Panosian’s website has a comprehensive gallery of not just his best published comics work, but also his storyboards for film and animation and his blog has many samples of his personal and in-progress art. For many comics readers who first encountered Panosian’s work in the early 1990s however, it was probably his turn as the illustrator on 2010’s X-Factor Forever miniseries that finally clued them in to his impressive growth from those early days working within the constraints of what was then Extreme Studios’ Liefeld-derived house-style.


His two-issue 2011 stint on the “Throne of Aquilonia” storyline of Dark Horse’s Conan: Road of Kings also garnered praise, with the Comixverse’s very own Zedric Dimalanta remarking in last year’s review of the hardcover collection that

I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of [Panosian’s] contributions, as my only prior exposure to his work were some fill-in collaborations with Mark Pacella on Marvel’s X-Force back in the early 1990s, when the duo were seemingly doing their darndest to ape the much-maligned Rob Liefeld ‘aesthetic.’

This all just goes to show that early impressions of an artist’s ability may not always hold firm over time, although it it is true that many professional artists, especially if they’ve been working long enough to be able to get to the big stage working for publishers like Marvel and Image, already have certain set tendencies. The best artists however, show a heightened capacity for learning, improvement, and innovation throughout their careers, and it is especially instructive for the fan and the budding artist to trace their development.

The 2013 British Comics Awards shortlist

Finally, a comics awards ceremony that won’t be dominated by Saga. Below are your categories and nominees:

Best Comic

  • The Absence #5 – Martin Stiff (self-published)
  • The Listening Agent – Joe Decie (Blank Slate Books)
  • Mud Man #6 – Paul Grist (Image Comics)
  • Soppy #2 – Philippa Rice (self-published)
  • Winter’s Knight: Day One – Robert M. Ball (Great Beast/self-published)

bca_bestcomicBest Book

  • The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil – Stephen Collins (Jonathan Cape)
  • Judge Dredd: Trifecta – Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Spurrier, Henry Flint, D’Israeli, Carl Critchlow and Simon Coleby (2000AD Graphic Novels)
  • The Man Who Laughs – David Hine and Mark Stafford (Self Made Hero)
  • Mrs. Weber’s Omnibus – Posy Simmonds (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Nao of Brown – Glyn Dillon (Self Made Hero)

bca_bestbookYoung People’s Comic Award

  • Cindy & Biscuit #3 – Dan White (self-published)
  • The Complete Rainbow Orchid – Garen Ewing (Egmont)
  • Hilda & The Bird Parade – Luke Pearson (NoBrow/Flying Eye Books)
  • Playing Out – Jim Medway (Blank Slate Books)
  • The Sleepwalkers – Vivianne Schwarz (Walker Books)


Emerging Talent

  • Isabel Greenberg (The River of Lost Souls)
  • Dilraj Mann (Frank Ocean VS Chris Brown, Make You Notice, Turning Point)
  • Will Morris (The Silver Darlings)
  • Jade Sarson (Cafe Suada)
  • Lizzy Stewart (Solo, Four Days In Brussels, Four Days in Iceland, Object Stories)


[Holy crap, there’s an actual Frank Ocean VS Chris Brown comic? Does this thing have lasers (maybe even Major Lazer) and superpowers and whatnot? Somebody—Image, IDW, Dark Horse, we don’t care—license this baby and bring it over, stat!—ed.]

British Comics Hall of Fame inductee: Leo Baxendale


The British Comics Awards will be given out on Saturday, November 23, 2013 as part of the Thought Bubble Festival (Nov. 17–24, 2013; New Dock Hall, Amouries Dr., Leeds, UK). Previous BCA winners include John Allison for Bad Machinery: The Case of the Fire Inside in the Best Comic category, and Josceline Fenton (Hemlock, Nelson) the Emerging Talent plum.

Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema tapped to work on Krrish 3 spin-off comic

Krrish3-Poster-1According to a report from the Business Standard, producers of the Bollywood superhero film Krrish 3 have hired former Marvel editor-in-chief Tom DeFalco, artist and frequent DeFalco collaborator Ron Frenz, and artist and 2013 HERO Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sal Buscema to create a tie-in digital comic and print comics magazine entitled Krrish: Menace of the Monkey Men.

Krrish 3 stars Hrithik Roshan (Agneepath, Krrish), Priyanka Chopra (Fashion, Krrish), Kangana Ranaut (Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Fashion), and Vivek Oberoi (Grand Masti, Company), and is set to premiere on November 4, 2013. It is reportedly the biggest budgeted film in India’s long cinematic history.

Below are images of art from the in-development comic, mirrored from the press release posted on the Fuzion Productions site, as well as the theatrical trailer for Krrish 3:

ComixTribe’s Epic Kickstarter campaign

Tyler James and Mat Zolman are looking to Kickstarter for help in launching Epic, a comic that they describe as “the story of teenager Eric Ardor, who in a bizarre twist of fate obtains incredible powers, only to learn that his kryptonite… is pretty girls.”

An important thing to note is that production of the comic is already finished, and that the crowdfunding is solely intended to pay for the costs of printing and shipping.

Below is a ten-page preview of Epic #1 as well as the Kickstarter campaign video:

As of this writing, the modest, baseline funding goal of $1,000 has already been reached, and the creators are now looking to meet their “stretch goals.” The campaign is set to end right before midnight, EDT, Oct. 18.

To learn more about Epic as well as the various incentives and unique rewards available for backers, go to the project’s Kickstarter campaign page.

Some like it rough

From the lads over at Asylum Press comes this press release:

September 26, 2013 (Los Angeles) — Asylum Press and Pretend For Real Studios have released a trailer for their upcoming film and several comic book preview pages for their latest horror franchise entitled Rough House.

Rough House is a gritty, action-packed horror movie and comic book series that examines innocent victims thrown into a caged fighting match with deranged serial killers where they fight to the death. Rough House combines the brutal ruckus of Fight Club, the twisted horror of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and drapes it under a cloak of a government black ops conspiracy.

RHouse_00The story begins with an athletic young woman known only as “The Girl” who is kidnapped and thrown into a bizarre world of masked serial killers who torment their victims in brutal underground fights, backyard wrestling matches and deadly mixed martial arts bouts.  She soon proves herself able to hold her own in death matches against colorful masked killers with names like “Bone Job”, “Baby Fat, and “Skeeter the Devil Boy”. Once inside the Rough House ,“The Girl” uncovers dark secrets that possibly link her to a secret government program and to the fighters themselves. As “The Girl’s” psyche is worn down by brainwashing and psychotropic drugs, she becomes more and more of a stone cold killer herself. She must decide whether she will escape the Rough House or stay focused on her true target, the ringleader called “Big Daddy.”

Rough House is based on a story idea and trailer created by Mike L. Taylor of Pretend For Real Studios and a feature length screenplay written by Elizabeth J. Musgrave (Farmhouse, Darwin’s Pâté).

The project will be released as a digital first 4-issue comic book mini-series through Asylum Press and later in print as a graphic novel.

“I have a long history as a comic book artist and I am thrilled to see my movie concept brought to life on the comic book page,” says creator Mike L. Taylor. “We put together a great teaser trailer, we have a killer script and we’re in the process of doing storyboards and concept art for the film.”

“Mike gave me an outline and together we were able to create an interestingly warped world,” reveals writer Elizabeth J. Musgrave. “Each member of “Big Daddy’s” crew is a trained killer, but I tried to inject a tormented soul to each one.”

“We are excited to release this first glimpse into Rough House,” explains publisher Frank Forte. “It’s a dark, twisted tale that delves into what would happen if the victims in a slasher film were bad ass fighters themselves that could give the killers a run for their money…and show the viewer some brutal fight scenes in the process.  We also delve into MK-Ultra, The CIA, Black Ops and government conspiracies, it’s very twisted.” ”

The Rough House trailer was directed by Mike L. Taylor based on a script by Elizabeth Fine and a story by Mike L. Taylor.  It features Ramona Cast (Rad Girls) as “The Girl”, David Yow (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard) as “Big Daddy”, Devyn Ashley as “Baby Fat”, Noshir Dalal as “Bone Job”, Maria Kanellis (WWE DIVA, Playboy) as “Trixxi”, Mike Bray as “Skeeter” and Carlos Cespedes as “Trixxi’s victim”, Rob Czar and Ganesh Hennings as “Dead Heads”,  Nick Seone  as “ear donor” and Brandon Riley, Matt Fry, Joel Peterson, Brian Testa, Mike L. Taylor, Ganesh Hennings  as “Baby Fat’s fans”, Brandon Riley was co-producer, Mike Spatola was make-up FX Supervisor, Anton David was stylist, music by Fantasizer, sound design by Micah Johnson, Matte Paintings by Brandon Riley.

Rough House the comic book will be available digitally on iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle, Mac and PC via the following apps: Comixology, ComicsPlus, Graphicly, My Digital Comics, iBooks, DriveThruComics, and AVE Comics.

Click here to view the 12-page preview gallery for Rough House #1.

Odds and sods

More news from around the world of comics:

  • Jamal Igle talks about his creator-owned all-ages superhero comic, Molly Danger. An excerpt: “I wanted to create a book that I wasn’t seeing on the stands, one that my daughter would want to read. I wanted to create a book that parents and kids could read together.” (MTV Geek)
  • And just like that, MTV Geek has shut down its operations, with seemingly no advance warning. (MTV Geek) [A very sincere “best of luck” to all the staffers who are affected by the closure from all of us at the Comixverse. See you around on the comics news circuit—ed.]
  • Skyman1FCFNLJoshua Hale Fialkov (Elk’s Run, Echoes, Tumor) to write Dark Horse’s Skyman, a four-issue Captain Midnight spin-off title debuting in January 2014. Manuel Garcia (Mystique, Bloodshot) to handle pencils. (Comixverse)
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with a strong US debut on the ABC television network. (BBC)
  • JIm Lee, Dan Didio send retailers a letter thanking them for their support of Villains Month, acknowledges that “we had bumps along the way,” likely a reference to the Final Order Cutoff controversy that had certain retailers being quite vocal online with their displeasure. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Fox to create “a Batman prequel series” entitled Gotham, featuring a young Commissioner Gordon. There are currently no plans for Batman to appear in the series. (Hollywood Reporter) [Anybody else besides me think this might have originally been a typical cop drama that’s been “rebranded” as a superhero spin-off as a response to ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?—ed.]
  • New She-Hulk title to be a part of the All-New Marvel NOW launch. (USA Today)
  • BOOM_IMAGINEAGENTS_001v1_BBOOM! reveals IMAGINE Agents #1 retailer incentive cover drawn by Felipe Smith (Freelancers), will form part of a larger “Police Line-up” connecting image. (Comixverse)
  • Help find Neal Adams’ missing Bucky O’Hare bag full of original art. (Bleeding Cool)
  • Hajime Isayama, whose Attack on Titan series has been dominating the New York Times manga best seller and the Nielsen BookScan Top 20 graphic novels lists these past few months, talks about the inspiration for the invading Titans in the comic: an inarticulate, drunken customer at the Internet cafe he used to work at. (Anime News Network)
  • French comics writer-artist Julie Maroh talks about her graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude (Blue is the Warmest Color), the film adaptation of which became the first comics-based film to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The NC-17 rated film is set to go into limited release in the US on Oct. 25. (USA Today)
  • Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan talks about his upcoming superhero movie Krrish 3, the biggest budgeted film in India’s long and storied cinematic history. (BBC)
  • AdventureTime_OGNCVR_V2_copyKaBOOM! announces Adventure Time, Vol. 2: Pixel Princesses, a econd standalone, original Adventure Time graphic novel set to debut in November, featuring the work of writer Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots, Adventure Time: Playing with Fire) and artist Zack Sterling (Adventure Time: Playing with Fire, Bravest Warriors).
  • Halifax “immortalized” on the limited edition variant cover of Transformers: Regeneration One #0. (CTV News)
  • ComiXology might offer a public IPO, if you believe freelance business writer Tim Beyers. (The Motley Fool)
  • In celebration of Banned Books Week, Michael Dooley takes an in-depth look at the comics Dr. Fredric Wertham singled-out in the now-discredited anti-comics screed, Seduction of the Innocent. (Print)
  • Eisner and Shuster Award-winning Sin Titulo writer-artist Cameron Stewart to hit 14 cities in three countries from October 10 through November 24 in a signing tour to support the release of the new Sin Titulo hardcover published by Dark Horse Books. Stops include New York, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Austin, and Leeds. (Comixverse)
  • We’ve got an update on the spooky new Diamond Select Toys released this week in a comic shop near you. (Comixverse)
In case you missed them…

Don’t forget that we regularly post new previews of trade paperbacks and hardcovers. We’ve got a light slate this week, with sneak peeks at IDW’s Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, Vol. 2 and Image Comics’ Soho Dives, Soho Divas art book being the only new additions to our huge library of preview material. If you haven’t checked out our complete December 2013 solicitations from Image Comics, IDW, and BOOM! Studios, now might be a good time to do so—it’s never too early to start budgeting your holiday comics and graphic novel purchases.

conanbarbarianvol14p0We’ve got a gap week for Leaving Proof, but the July 2013 trades and hardcovers review article—covering eight titles including Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Search, part 2, The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror, Conan, Vol. 14: The Death, and The Reason for Dragons—should have your weekly dose of Zedric’s opinions. If that’s not enough, he’s joined by Moira (with a special assist from Griffen and Phoenix), Joe, and Troy for September’s First Impressions review feature, where they share their thoughts on 11 one-shots, #1s, and assorted “entry-point” comics, including Powerpuff Girls #1, DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe #1, Hit #1, Buzzkill #1, Eternal Warrior #1, Kiss, Me Satan! #1, and more. Troy also has a review of the pilot episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [they should really do something about that title, its so awkward to type with all those periods—ed.] and for you toy collectors out there,‘s Nick Saunders has a new article examining the relationship between rising oil prices and shrinking Transformers—man, things were so much simpler when toys were carved out of wood!

Also check out the most recent Roundtable where Joe, Nick, and Zedric discuss their least favorite comics to live-action TV/film superhero costumes. Some of their choices might surprise you.

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