Kiss Chase – Update II

Looks like we might have a fair few updates this weekend – although my moving house might scupper that…

Anyway, a San Diego attender heard that Warren Ellis was to write a 30 issue series for Avatar (as a series of minis) starring the lead from Strange Kiss and Stranger Kisses, William Gravel, with art by Strange Kiss artist Mike Wolfer.

Warren responded, defining his role, saying “The word you’re looking for is ‘Plotmastering'”.

Warren also confirmed another San Diego rumour, that he’s to write a 6 issue mini-series called Scars, drawn by Jason Burrows.

Keep them coming, people!

This Has A Rumour Value Of 9 Out Of 10

Update I – Hell Spurned

As well as Newsarama’s gradual confirmation, clarification of a number of rumours, they’ve mentioned Ashley Wood’s new project for Wildstorm with Joe Casey… no, go see them to see what it’s all about.

But Ashley’s also left Hellspawn – he announced his resignation from the book on the Spawn Message Boards, saying:

    [T]o all the people that dug my art, a big thanks, to all that didnt, at least it was something different.

Everything is about to change.

Oh yea, uno shipped.


Hellspawn has had a chequered history, from the book being critised by its own editorial column, Bendis leaving it and then being fired from Sam And Twitch, having Bendis’ name remain on a book he didn’t write, the reintroduction of Miracleman without consulting partners in the property and seemingly against the wishes of the fanbase and now the artist that gave that book its distinct visual style leaving… what now for this undead title?

Certainly Newsarama’s report that when asked if his new book would be drawn in the same way as Hellspawn, the definite “No” they received may indicate a parting of ways?

This Has A Rumour Value Of 8 Out Of 10

San Diego Sucks Arse!

Okay you lucky San Diego-ers, while I’m stuck in miserable raining Britain with nary a job to cover my head, you lot are gallivanting in the baking sun and freezing air conditioning of SDCC, drinking till dawn and getting down with the good, the bad and the remarkably ugly. I wish I had some money. So instead I’m just getting drunk this weekend, which is why i decided to give you an early column. So remember:

  • Last Gasp and Fantagraphics have the good weed.
  • Take photos of the freakiest attendeess. Hope that no one takes photos of you for the same reason.
  • If you’re a pro, turn your badge inside out or keep it at a kooky angle. Watch the heads of people approaching you twist and turn.
  • If anyone asks “is this free” reply with a thesis on zen philosophy.
  • Keep your ear out. Anything juicy you hear, you tell little old me. Remember, feel sorry for me. I’m unemployed, being rained on and feeling sorry for myself. You owe me your scoops, damn you.
  • In any panel discussion with company executives, mention All the Rage and tell me the reaction you got. Mocking laughter is the best one, I find.
  • Apparently there’s something to do with comics happeneing there as well. So buy one or two while you’re there, why don’t you?

Anyway. Here’s a few pre-SDCC teasers…

Image Creates Substance

I’ve heard fanboy talk that one of the projects to be announced at San Diego is an Image 10 Year Anniversary anthology book, containing work by the four remaining founders, Jim Valentino, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Erik Larsen, writing and drawing new stories.

Could this possibly include the new Shadowhawk Jim Valentino story mentioned recently?

And could this also have contributed to the reason Todd didn’t take up the Spider-Man/Spawn crossover challenge, so as not to diminish the impact of this project?

This Has A Rumour Value Of 5 Out Of 10

Hell Mouth

I hear talk that Dark Horse is planning a spinoff mini-series to Hellboy, featuring characters from Mike Mignola’s most enjoyable series. Mignola is plotting while Stupid, Stupid Rat Creatures’ Tom Sniegoski and Buffy’s Christopher Golden co-plot and script. I hear that Spectre’s Ryan Sook left DC for this very project.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 5 Out Of 10

Are You Mature?

Okay, this is all we’ve been able to figure out about the Wildstorm Mature line here at All The Rage. Anyone who can help fill the gaps?

Authority (Azzarello and Dillon)
Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips monthly
Ed Brubaker mini-series
Another big name writer monthly…

Pathetic isn’t it? So come on people, help join the dots. I want names, dates and numbers here!

This Has A Pathetic Value Of 7 Out Of 10

An Authoritarian Aside

Art Adams on Authority – ooh, that’s gotta hurt!

Tit Bits

Hoping to hear more about these at SDCC…

  • I hear there’s a spectacular Elektra-Wolverine crossover on the way.
  • I hear Kevin Smith will be writing a new Doctor Strange comic for Marvel.
  • I hear from a couple of people that none of Dan Raspler’s team at DC Comics are going to San Diego this year. Reasons are not clear…

These Have Rumour Values Of 7 Out Of 10

Talking To Chuck Dixon

Chuck Dixon writes to remind us that, rather than the 11 book transcribed to him for October, he’s actually got closer to 16 books, including Simpsons and Superman/Tarzan.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 9 Out Of 10

Talking To Ethan Van Scriver

Ethan Van Scriver writes to say, in comment to Sunday’s column, “Just to help deny a rumour (which seems to have a low ‘rumour value’ anyhow, I do speak with Grant Morrison whenever I need to about his scripts. But it is true that I do it through e-mail, since it would become expensive if we did it over the phone!”

This Has A Rumour Value Of 9 Out Of 10

Batman Killer

Anyone here read Just Imagine Stan Lee’s Batman? Great to see Stan Lee’s knack for conjuring up catchy alliterative names like Batman’s new secret identity, Wayne Williams.

Hang on, wasn’t Wayne Williams convicted for murdering children in Atlanta?

Looking forward to Just Imagine Stan Lee’s Superman, featuring mild-mannered family man turned superhero, Charles Manson.

This Has A Go-On-Ask-Bob-Wayne-About-This-During-The-DC-Panel Value Of 8 Out Of 10

Vertigo Drop

I hear that Tammy Beattie has been made redundant from Vertigo. Tammy was Karen Berger’s assistant, and used to be Heidi MacDonalds’. Rumours abound about personality conflicts and differing working styles. DC declined to comment.

This Has A Rumour Value Of 7 Out Of 10

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