BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for January 26th, 2012A comics news article
Bullet Points is Comics Bulletin's weekday roundup of some of the most notable news, criticism, tweets and other craziness of the comics industry.
Think of it as the entire comics internet shrunk down into one convenient article, for people with not enough time to check every single comics website on the Internet.
LOOK AT THIS
Ren & Stimpy as Batman & Robin!
This is just one of six images and I highly recommend you check out the rest. Specifically the last one: Professor X and Magneto/CatDog. It is... something you need to see.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Oni Press Gets a New Logo!
Indie comics publisher Oni Press is changing their beloved logo that so many of us have grown attached to. Their original logo was designed by Dave Gibbons and has been used (or some variation of it) since the company began back in 1997. But, don't worry. This isn't a DC Comics fiasco, by any means.
The new logo is by Oni's Art Director, Keith Wood, and will hit shelves for the first time on the cover of the company's newest original title, Brian Churilla's The Secret History of D.B. Cooper.
Read the press release after the jump:
ONI PRESS UNVEILS NEW COMPANY LOGO
Independent comics publisher Oni Press is adopting a brand new look! Now a respected mainstay with a dedication to creator-driven comic books, Oni Press entered the publishing game late in 1997, at a time when the comic industry was down and conventional wisdom had suggested it would never bounce back. Over the next decade-and-a-half, the company beat the odds, producing a consistently successful line of comics and graphic novels while adapting to expanding markets and new technologies. To honor this bold new future, Oni Press has reimagined its most recognizable feature: the company logo.
“Yep, for the first time since we started publishing in 1997, we’ve done a complete overhaul of our logo,” wrote Oni Press editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones in an e-mail to the company's creator base. “The original Oni Press logo was designed by the amazing Dave Gibbons and based on a small trinket that publisher Joe Nozemack’s brother had brought back with him from a trip to Japan. It’s an iconic image that has served us well for a long time. We can’t thank Dave enough for contributing such a significant piece of our company’s brand and identity.”
Jones joined Oni Press in 1999, beginning as an assistant editor before helming books like Brian Wood and Steve Rolston's Pounded and Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series. “As Oni Press has evolved over the last several years,” he continued, “we felt it was time for a change. We’re not the same company we were in 1997 and Art Director Keith Wood has continually raised the bar in terms of our books' design and packaging. It was time to let him loose on the company’s core iconography. Throughout 2011, Keith worked with Cory Casoni (Director of Sales & Marketing), Joe Nozemack (Publisher), and myself to narrow down the pool of potential designs and refine his initial concepts into the modern, versatile, and downright awesome logo that will soon adorn all of our new comics.”
Fittingly, the new logo will debut on one of Oni Press' newest and most original acquisitions: Brian Churilla’s The Secret History of D.B. Cooper. The first issue of this full-color series ships to comic book stores on March 14, 2012. The revamped Oni Press icon will appear on all books following, and there will also be merchandise and promotional items featuring the image available at conventions throughout the year.
“This is only the beginning,” promises Director of Marketing Cory Casoni. “We have plenty of big announcements and new publishing initiatives on the way. It would be easy for us to rest on our laurels, but instead we're going to make the next couple of years our biggest yet.”
CBLDF Announces New 2012 Member Benefits
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced their member benefits for the new year today. There is a lot of great swag that they're giving those who make a donations (they get exponentially more awesome the more you donate), but the universal one that all members get is a membership card with stunning original art by Cliff Chiang (the current artist on Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman)!
Here are the other great things you could get with your donations to support free speech in the medium according to CBLDF:
Membership starts at $25 per year, and every membership includes Chiang’s amazing membership card. At the $50 Supporter level, members receive a membership card, a car window decal, and a button set that includes a badge that proudly proclaims membership in the CBLDF.
The $100 Advocate members receive all of the Supporter premiums and also their choice of a CBLDF Tote Bag, featuring art by the great Sergio Aragonés; our popular “I READ BANNED COMICS” t-shirt; or a CBLDF branded water bottle, featuring the gone-but-not-forgotten Comics Code Authority emblem.
With a $250 Defender membership, donors receive the Supporter package, and their choice of TWO of the Advocate premiums. With the $500 Protector membership, members receive the entire Supporter and Advocate packages. At the Protector level, members will also have their name listed in a special “Thank You” section of the LIBERTY ANNUAL 2012, and they will receive a limited edition, full-color print of the membership card artwork, numbered and signed by artist Cliff Chiang!The $1000 Champion membership includes everything in the other membership premium packages, plus the member’s choice of an autographed hardcover, signed on an exclusive “CBLDF Champion” bookplate, from one of the following creators:
WATCHMEN, signed by Dave Gibbons
MAUS, signed by art spiegelman
PREACHER Deluxe Edition vol. 1, signed by Garth Ennis
Y THE LAST MAN Deluxe Edition vol. 1, signed by Brian K. Vaughan
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, signed by Neil Gaiman
Valiant Hires Atom! Freeman for New Retailer Outreach Program
The recent relaunch of Valiant Entertainment is going straight to the retailers for support. And to do this, they have hired former retailer Atom! Freeman as Valiant's Sales Manager.
Freeman's first order of business: personally contacting all of the almost 2,500 retailers in the country in an effort to open up a dialogue between Valiant and the retail community.
Honestly, this is something that I have never heard a comic publisher ever doing for its clientele and I don't understand why none of the "big two" have done this. Sure, they let retailers know what's going on via press releases, but if Dan DiDio had personally contacted retailers when launching the New 52, there may have been far less hesitance at the beginning. Hell, If Axel Alonso or Joe Quesada did this for the Ultimate Comics relaunch or the barrage of Earth-616 #1's that they've been releasing, they may have fared better against DC's relaunch. This is a great move on Valiant's part and a fantastic way for them to relaunch the company. I'm sure they'll get more orders for X-O Manowar #1 out of this.
(via Valiant Entertainment)
Neal McDonough says Captain America 2 To Start Filming Late-2012
While speaking to IMDb about his role on FX's Justified, Neal McDonough was asked about reprising his role as Dum Dum Dugan in the next Captain America film and he says that Marvel Entertainment is planning to go into production on the sequel at the end of this year. Then, after that, the long spoken-of Nick Fury movie!
"Yeah, they’re planning (to go into production for) Captain America 2 for the end of this year, because Marvel does one film at a time. So they’re going to do Thor 2 and as soon as Thor has wrapped, they’ll do Cap 2. Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into Nick Fury because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything."
(via IMDb TV Blog)
Tanpopo from BOOM!
Release Date: March 2012
Creator: Camilla d'Errico
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
The Skinny: Tanpopo follows a young girl, Tanpopo, who is superhumanly intelligent yet unhumanly emotionless. She is attached to a machine and ruled by mind. One day, her heart rises up and she fights to discover her humanity and feel what other humans feel. The story of Tanpopo is inspired and narrated by passages from classic literature, all mixed with d'Errico's unique art style.
Prejudgments: This book sounds beautiful and I cannot wait to experience this tale. As a fan of both classic literature and beautiful artwork, I will definitely seek this first volume out in March and I hope you will too.
Read BOOM's press release for Tanpopo that we posted earlier. My quick synopsis does not do the book justice.
LOOK WHO'S TALKING
Geoff Johns spoke with Newsarama about his upcoming backup story that starts in issue #7 of Justice League with artist Gary Frank, The Curse of Shazam!:
"You know, Gary and I just finished working on Batman: Earth One, and Shazam's a character that we've talked about. It's so different from Batman. It's such a different flavor. It's less a superhero story and more of a magical adventure about a kid who doesn't have a family. It's just such a different tone, and the pacing's very different.
"It's just not something that either of us has done before. And it's a lot of fun, and there's a lot of humor involved with these kids and Billy in particular. And Shazam is a character I've worked with before in JSA and Black Adam quite a bit, so I've always liked those characters. And this gave us an opportunity to reset it and push that magical element a little further than it's been pushed before."
Not only that, but the Big Red Cheese is going to lose his original name. No longer will he be called Captain Marvel, but simply, Shazam. Why the change?
"Well, there are a lot of reasons for the change. One is that everybody thinks he's called Shazam already, outside of comics. It's also, for all sorts of reasons, calling him Shazam just made sense for us. And, you know, every comic book he's in right now has Shazam on the cover. So I think just by embracing that and calling him Shazam.
"And you'll see it actually make sense in story, why he's called Shazam rather than Captain Marvel. That's just what he's going to be called for us from now on."
I normally trust Geoff Johns when he takes on a character and I hated that Capta-- Shazam was missing from the new DCU. As long as Billy & Mary Batson and Freddie Freeman are kept true to their characters, I'll be happy. And with Johns being a glutton for classic characters, I'm not too worried.
WATCH THIS VIDEO
Now, I'm sure this is just going to be one of those long SuperBowl ads for something. Maybe a Ferrari ad for a new GT California. But we can always hope and dream for a sequel.
Also, I just realized that this is the second time I refer to Ferris Bueller's Day Off this week...
Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.