BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for January 30th, 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
Now, we've all seen Frank Quitely's art in some wonderful titles like We3, Batman and Robin, and All-Star Superman, but now the man has taken on a whole new saga: Star Wars! Here is Frank Quitely's contribution to the coffee table book that makes me want to buy a coffee table, Star Wars Art: Comics.
HERE'S THE NEWS
Because Everyone Else Is... Bongo Comics Gets a New Logo
First, DC. Then, Oni Press. Now, Bongo Comics -- known as the publisher of those comics based on Matt Groening properties -- has come out with a brand new logo for the company, along with new logos for their entire line of comics.
Now, I am not a fan of this new logo. And, to be fair, I am not a die-hard Bongo Comics reader, so it is not as if I'm whining just because I'm a fanboy who's afraid of change. I just think that the original design had that certain old, art-deco quality to it that set it apart from its peers. This new one, in my humble opinion, looks like a twelve-year-old made it on MS Paint.
I do, however, love the new title designs on the comics!
(via The Beat)
Image Expo Special Guest: Ed Brubaker!
There has been quite a guest list building for Image Comics' upcoming Image Expo, a celebration of the publisher's 20-Year Anniversary. The newest name added to the crowd of remarkable talent is none other than Ed Brubaker.
Brubaker is currently writing Fatale for Image and will be on the panel for writing comics on Saturday, February 25, at noon. Also on the panel are fellow writers Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, John Layman, Nick Spencer, and Brian K. Vaughan.
Honestly, I hate that I don't live in northern California to go to this...
Matthew Vaughn Returning to Direct X-Men: First Class Sequel, Singer Producing
When announced that 20th Century Fox production president Emma Watts was signed for a new contract through 2015, it was also announced that one of her new deals is that Matthew Vaughn (director of Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class) would be returning to the director's chair for the sequel to X-Men: First Class.
Also returning is Bryan Singer as the sequel's producer. Singer is best known for directing the first two films of the original franchise, X-Men and X2: X-Men United.
It will be interesting to see where the sequel goes considering how the film ended. I thought the first one was great, but I'm hesitant about this sequel. Hopefully, with Singer and Vaughn, this won't be another X-Men: The Last Stand.
(via Deadline Hollywood)
COMICS: Saturday Night Live from Bluewater
Release Date: March 2012
Creators: Chad Lambert (writer), Patricio Carbajal (artist)
Publisher: Bluewater Comics
The Skinny: The latest subject of Bluewater's line of biographical comics, COMICS, is the long-running sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live. This is the first time that the series will take on an institution rather than an individual. The issue will attempt to chronicle the show's 37-year history in a mere 24 pages.
Prejudgment: While I am skeptical about how much a single issue can say about such a history-rich franchise that I have been a fan of for a vast majority of my life, I am really hoping that this is a success. As a fan of the Comic Book Comics series, historical/biographical comics are something that I would like to see done more and more. I will definitely pick this one up.
LOOK WHO'S TALKING
Matt Maiellaro -- creator of Aqua Teen Hunger Force -- talks a bit about his debut graphic novel, The Knowbodys from Kickstart Comics.
The Knowbodys is a detective story about two super-human parents who work for the government, policing supernatural activity, and move their family to New Orleans for work.
Here's what Maiellaro has to say about it:
Knobodys is really a detective story involving a family that is able to see supernatural urban legend worlds. They basically police that whole world. They work for a section of a government program that keeps all that in check so the supernatural world doesn't come zipping into our human world and screw everything up. It revolves around a family called the Knowbodys. The parents do all the work and their two kids don't know what they're doing -- it's a big secret. Ultimately, I think it's about the fun of policing the supernatural world, but it's also about family. It's about recognizing what's important to you. Maybe your work takes over your life and you don't see what's important in your immediate vicinity. It's a lot about focus.
It wasn't hard to tell the story, it was hard to tell the story in the amount of frames and words I was allotted per page. When I first wrote the story, after Samantha and I agreed on the synopsis, I basically turned in a 90-page-screenplay thinking, "Okay, there's the screenplay -- now you guys make the comic book." [Laughs]
With "Knobodys," I just wanted to show people I could tell a real story where you get emotionally involved with the characters, you really liked them and you want them to win -- you root for them. I think it's got some pretty silly stuff in it that, if you know my other work, you'll read some of this stuff and -- like when they have to go tell the werewolf next door to shut up because they're too loud, and when the Mom climbing a bridge because the poltergeist feels like he's not doing a good job anymore and she has to convince him to go back to his job. There's stuff like that in there that speaks to the animation stuff I do.
Read the interview over on CBR.
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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.