– G4’s Blair Butler, best known for her “Fresh Ink” comic based segment of “ATTACK OF THE SHOW” will shift from reviewing comics to producing one with Image Comics. HEART will debut on November 2nd and consist of a four issue mini series alongside artist Kevin Mellon, a JOE KIRBY SCHOOL graduate who just finished SHIELD: INFINITY over at Marvel Comics (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/blair-butler-has-heart-110830.html). The series combines Butler’s love of comics with mixed martial artists (MMA) as it covers office drone Oren Redmond as he decides to enter the world of MMA as “Rooster” apparently. In other words, this is a “sports comic”. While such stories are very common in the world of Japanese manga – mostly with boxers, but also with baseball, tennis, and basketball – they remain a very niche market in the American direct market. A 2002 era, four part tennis comic released by Marvel this summer couldn’t even sell in the Top 300 list at it’s debut. At the very least, Butler is willing to follow her passion and avoid common comic book genres, which are superheroes and horror (usually involving vampires or zombies).
– A public relations representative from Turnit.com (http://www.turnit.com/) has contacted this Examiner regarding the unique online publication site she represents. Turnit offers a viable alternative to comic creators publishing online in that it allows them to register for free and upload ready-to-print pages of their work to be transferred into files for digital distribution and printing – a PDF file (http://www.turnit.com/#publishers). For creators who merely seek to transfer and publish their work online without running their own website, there are no fees of any kind. However, for those who seek to sell copies of their issues, they will have to split their earnings with Web Impact on a 50-50 basis. Many magazines already have ties to Turnit, such as LIFESTYLE, JETSETTERS, BALI & BEYOND, and THE WRESTLING PRESS. With digital publishing fast becoming the gateway option for many indie creators, Turnit.com is another website that offers such creators a viable option to consider.
– Frank “Cheesecake” Cho, hot of the heels of his last Image Comics series, 50 GIRLS 50 (about fifty girls who lose their clothes in space; dead serious), is launching another creator owned series with the publisher. This next one is called GUNS AND DINOS, and one has to wonder what the premise is about (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/frank-cho-guns-dinos-interview-110902.html). The details are that it involves a military unit that has been zapped back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Similar plots have been done before; in the comic book world, the best known was XENOZOIC TALES by Mark Schultz, which was published by KITCHEN PRESS from 1987 to 1997 and was briefly adapted as a CBS cartoon called “CADILLACS AND DINOSAURS” from 1993-1994. This is also on the heels of Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard’s SUPER-DINOSAUR published via Image’s imprint, SKYBOUND (a.k.a. Robert Kirkman’s Playhouse). Cho’s GUNS AND DINOS will debut in November and be a three issue series. His other creator owned titles include JUNGLE GIRL from Dynamite Comics, which is naturally cribbed from his (in)famous SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL Marvel comics from the start of the decade. No word on whether any girls or dinosaurs will lose their clothes here.
– Bust out those booster packs! IDW is set to publish a comic book series for MAGIC: THE GATHERING – yes, based around the world of the collectable trading card game that debuted in 1993 – in December with a four issue series (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/magic-the-gathering-idw-110901.html). It will be written by Matt Forbeck, who has written some LORD OF THE RINGS tabletop RPG books, and new artist Martín Cóccolo. MAGIC: THE GATHERING comics were historically published by Dark Horse and Valiant Comics; the latter should tell you how long it has been between issues (over ten years).
– Th3rd World Studios will welcome Halloween in October with THE PACK, a three issue mini series (of 30 page issues) revolving around a merger of werewolf horror and 80’s high school drama (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/horror-high-school-hughes-the-pack-110830.html). It is the creation of ex-Marvel editor Mike Raicht and artist Daniel Faccilongo; Raicht is currently the co-writer of THE NEW YORK TIMES’ bestselling comic THE STUFF OF LEGEND. Raicht describes this as a union of his love of 1980’s horror films (such as “WOLFEN” and “THE HOWLING”) and John Hughes films like “THE BREAKFAST CLUB”. The series will feature a cast everyone already knows, such as the jock, the cheerleader, the nerd, and the new kid, as they react to and investigate the murder of their school’s top student. One wonders if this has anything to do with the surprising buzz that the reboot of “TEEN WOLF” (itself originally an 80’s film) on cable got. Will endless comics about zombies and vampires find some competition with the furry side of horror? Stay tuned.
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