Welcome back to another edition of ATR.

As I write this, the inaugural New York Comic Con is still in progress. There are a few ATR Agents at the show, and if they uncover anything new today, we?ll update the column.

Now then, on with the Rage.

The Hunter And The Hunted

Thus far, one of the bigger announcements to come out of the New York Comic Con has been Marvel?s new arrangement with Top Cow, which has been described as a ?packaging deal.? There were early rumors about this happening as far back as Wizard World Chicago 2004, but given the amount of time since then, most industry observers thought that the deal wasn?t happening, which is clearly not the case. While Tyler Kirkham and other Top Cow artists will be utilized, I?m told that Marvel?s main interest was in securing Marc Silvestri?s services, presumably to keep him away from the ?distinguished competition.?

It?s not clear what this means for Silvestri?s participation on Hunter-Killer, though I expect that the book will continue either way. And what will Silvestri be working on at Marvel? Details are sketchy, but I hear that he will be teaming with Brian Bendis on an Ultimate book?

This Has A ?Here Comes Tomorrow? Factor of Nine Out of Ten


Word From The Frontline

ATR Agent John Voulieris sent me the following message a few hours ago:

    I?m at the NYC con… lots of fun? but what a disorganized MESS. Line ups everywhere? no directions, panels full, it?s a zoo.

Don?t have much news (too much chaos)…but heard some tidbits:

  • New X-23 mini series coming soon from Marvel
  • Andy Diggle is working on a Batman mini series
  • Vertigo is planning a new crime series? a CSI type book
  • The Suicide Squad will be featured regularly in the new Checkmate book
  • Geoff Johns will return on JSA after Levitz 6 issue run.

 

That?s it for now… like I said? the con was a mess…great vibe, great crowd, tons of people but VERY disorganized…

This Has A ?Jungle Out There? Factor of Eight Out of Ten


The Art of Misdirection

Robert Kirkman had a little bit of fun this week with his most recent column on CBR, wherein he previewed a page from his new Marvel ongoing series:

I’m throwing this one in to get you talking. It’s a new series debuting this summer. I can’t tell you what it is right now, but I can say that it’s not the third Wolverine monthly, someone else is writing that. I’m sure you can easily tell who the artist is. I’m very excited and you should be too. More on this as it develops.

For the record, there is no third Wolverine monthly series. I?m pretty sure that Kirkman was joking on that front.

As for Kirkman?s project: It?s Ant-man, with Phil Hester on art. I?ve been saying that since last summer. Using that page was a clever feint, but still? it?s Ant-man.

Now, you may ask: ?Will the new Ant-man series spin out of Civil War??

Yes? Yes, it will?

This Has A ?Hide Your Picnics? Factor of Ten Out of Ten


A New Dawn

One of our Agents on the show floor sent us another interesting rumor: Joseph Linsner is said to be working on new project for Marvel?

This Has A ?Painting A Pretty Picture? Factor of Seven Out of Ten


The Dark Horse Detective

I?m sure most of you have heard about the deal between Todd McFarlane and DC that in addition to a new crossover, a new Batman/Spawn statue will be co-produced by DC Direct and McFarlane Toys. The interesting thing here is that I?ve heard that this may not be the only co-production on the DC Direct front. There?s talk that DC and Dark Horse may team up to produce action figures from their various crossovers, including Superman/Tarzan?

This Has A ?Faster Than A Speeding Gorilla? Factor of Nine Out of Ten


They Say Annihilation Is Good For The Soul

One of my Marvel sources has passed along a few pages from the upcoming Annihilation event. Enjoy.


This Has A ?Ride The Wave? Factor of Ten Out of Ten


Wild Rocketo Ride

Some of my comic retailer sources have told me that there is still no sign of Rocketo #5 from Speakeasy and the forthcoming trade of the first six issues from Image may actually come out before the fifth issue sees print. In fact, there are even rumors that the final issues from Speakeasy won?t see print at all. When asked to respond to the rumor, Rocketo creator, Frank Espinosa replied:

    Now why does that not surprise me…

I did not think they would publish them, they had a hard enough time publishing the others. My guess is that because Image comics is coming out with the trade on March 8th, they threw in the towel, which is a shame because it would have been nice to have the single issues and the trade out. Right now I don’t think Image has any plans to publish the singles before issue 6, only 7 and up.





As far as the transition to Image has gone, it has been really good, no change at all in the way I do the books except that I have to get them out a bit faster, since they work on a different schedule than Speakeasy in regards to handing in the books. Image is excited about the series, and I hope it does well there. Right now it?s a matter of spreading the word out and letting everyone know Rocketo is still alive! The next six books are really exciting from my point of view, and I can?t wait for you guys to see them.

This Has An ?Incredible Journey? Factor of Nine Out of Ten


Metal Relocation

Staying with Speakeasy for a moment, I?ve heard about another departure from the company: Across The Pond Studios? Metal Locus. There?s no word yet about which publisher the series will end up with, but I?m told that an eight-page Metal Locus story will appear in an upcoming issue of Heavy Metal?

This Has A ?Peddle To The Metal? Factor of Eight Out of Ten


Storm In A Miracle Cup

Longtime ATR Agent ?ML? sent in the following report:

    Interesting events have been taking place lately on the Marvelman/Miracleman yahoo group mailing list, with a “John Junner” accusing Dez Skinn of many crimes, without actually backing any of this up with anything trivial like evidence. Some of Junner’s claims include that Dez misrepresented the copyright situation of Marvelman to Alans Moore and Davis, that he took money from Eclipse intended for those creators and kept it for himself, that he essentially, lied, cheated, and stole every step of the way, as regards the publication and reprinting of Marvelman and then Miracleman.

Junner:

    DEZ TELL THE BOYS AND GIRLS ABOUT THE ECLIPSE DEAL, THEY ALL WANT TO KNOW AND DESERVE TO KNOW, IN PARTICULAR EXPLAIN YOUR “PUBLIC DOMAIN” THEORY, AS ITS THE BIGGEST PILE OF HORSESHIT OF IN THE LAST 20 YEARS.

IF ANY OF YOU RE LEGAL MINDED THEN GO STUDY THE 1911 COPYRIGHT LAW AND LOOK UNDER WHAT CONSTITUTES PUBLIC DOMAIN AGAIN YOU WILL SEE WHO’S LYING, WHAT HE TOLD YOU ALL WAS LIES, PURE LIES.

YOU SEE ITS LIKE THIS, I WORK IN THE CORPORATE SIDE OF PUBLISHING AND I HAVE GOT THE GOODS ON THIS LITTLE PISS ANT AND COME THE MONTH OF MAY I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT I AM GOING TO SHOW EVERYONE THE TRUTH AND WHEN I DO, NO ONE, AND I MEAN NO ONE WILL WANT TO EVER KNOW THIS DISGRACED PRICK EVER AGAIN (AND DEZ YOU KNOW WHAT IM TAKING ABOUT)

Readers of All The Rage will remember that after Marvelman stopped in Warrior, issue 21, with Marvel complaining about the name, a deal was struck with Eclipse to rerun all the episodes so far and have Alan Moore script the concluding episodes under the name “Miracleman”.

Junner again:

    When you did the Eclipse contract of behalf of the 4 copyright holders did you have all their signatures on the contract? (you know that thing about “contract law” and signatures?) Can?t wait to see Gaiman?s Lawyers contracts, as this is where it gets really funny.

Here’s the way I see it playing…

Gaiman “how dare you sir, you sold me a stolen bike!”
Skinn “yeah but I painted it real good so no one will notice the difference”
Gaiman “but I?m going to lose my rep over this Dez”
Skinn “Calm down Neil, pretend you are invisible and keep chanting your own mantra and…”Kimota” (whoosh!) you will become your own self fulfilling prophecy”
Gaiman “Dez my lawyer says were fucked were are going to have to sue you as there is no way back now..Dez..Dez???”
…sound of Dez “legging it”
and that’s Dez’s best answer, isn’t it Dez?

Go on Dez, you know you want to? I know that you know that I’m onto you? bigtime, Mr. Smalltime (as you are known in the States)

You lied, you stole, you conned, you begged but worst of all you betrayed, you did it all and yet you still work on the outskirts of comics, what a stand up guy!

I don’t care about winning friends on this forum, my only purpose is to bring out the truth and Dez knows what he did, don’t you Dez.

You are so busted my friend, you are filth and when everyone knows, you will retire and wont be missed”

The whole thing comes down to the contract between Quality Communications and Eclipse – which we haven’t seen a copy of, and almost certainly won’t, yet which is what would appear someone close to Qual Comms has.

The natural assumption in all this is to presume that this is Phil Hall working behind the scenes, but some diligent IP checking, ISP investigations and discreetly worded inquiries revealed that it isn’t him – he’s been away from comics for a long time now and is all the healthier for it.

Same checks have revealed that although “John Junner” claims to be in New York, he’s actually somewhat closer to (Dez’s) home in the UK…

Thanks, “ML.” Frankly, I’m not sure what to make of this. The Miracleman rights are a mess, we’ve known that for a while. I think the more interesting question here is “Who is ‘John Junner’ and why does he hate Skinn so much?”

This Has A ?Miracles Remain In Short Supply? Factor of Five Out of Ten


Grrls On Demand

Almost a year ago, I mentioned a few comic projects that Bill Messner-Loebs was involved with to get back on his feet. As you may recall, Messner-Loebs was signed to provide covers for a few small press books. Now one of those books, Sinnamon: Grrl Vs. World #1 is finished and is available for purchase via ComiXpress. When asked to comment, Sinnamon creator Angelo Furlan replied:

    I think Print On Demand could be the wave of the future for small publishers so I’m putting my money where my sometimes big mouth is. More importantly, Wild Bill will receive a royalty for every issue sold.

Here’s the link where the book can be purchased.

Among his other projects, Bill’s working on the cover for the second issue. SINNAMON: GRRL VS. WORLD will be a three issue mini-series, with all covers done by Bill. In my opinion, the main appeal of a set up like ComiXpress is that the books are always available for purchase. And you don’t have to leave the comfort of your computer to buy a copy!

For more information, please visit the Catfish Comics Home Page at http://www.catfishcomics.com

This Has A ?Cats In The Kettle? Factor of Seven Out of Ten


That, as they say, is a wrap. Special thanks to John and ?ML? for contributing.

Later,
Blair

PS If anyone has any rumors, stories or news to share, please email me at [email protected]. Thanks to everyone who has been sending stuff in. It?s greatly appreciated.


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