Welcome back to another edition of ATR. This has been a rare, two-column week here at Rage Central. For those of you who may have missed it last Friday, here?s the link to my feature length interview with Damon Lindelof, the co-creator of Lost and the writer of Marvel?s upcoming Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine miniseries.
And now for your weekly dose of Rage…
The Subatomic Ant
Remember the rumored Ant-man miniseries by Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester that was mentioned here a few weeks back? It?s looking more and more like it?s going to happen. The latest I?ve heard is that it?s planned for some time in Spring 2006.
This Has A ?Plan Your Picnics Accordingly? Factor of Seven Out of Ten
The Only Good Zombie Is A?
Time for another Robert Kirkman related item… What is this, Buy My Books?
Anyway, as I?m sure you?ve all heard by now, last week?s Marvel Zombies story was confirmed with the release of Marvel?s latest solicitations. And now, we?ve got an early look at the first three pages by Sean Phillips.
On a related topic, Phillips revealed his own Zombie connection in a post at Millarworld. It turns out that Phillips had worked on a 28 Days Later? comic with Alex Garland (the screenwriter of said film) that never saw print…
The Trouble With Mjolnir
In an interview over at Newsarma, Michael Oeming had this to say about the long awaited Thor relaunch:
- Thor will return, and last I heard, (Mark) Millar is still writing it when he’s ready and I think that?s great, and the new direction sounds like it will help Thor become a mainstream Marvel Icon again.
However it?s been about six months since he said that, so plans could have been changed in the interim. Things are still a bit murky at this point.
This Has A ?Blame Loki? Factor of Six Out of Ten
The Two Mikes
For the second time in a month, a press release has sparked a verbal sparing match between creators. In this case, it was Mike Bullock?s announcement that Runemaster Studios is pulling out of Alias ?due to material breaches?, and plans to take Lions, Tigers & Bears and The Gimoles to another publisher.
Alias publisher, Mike S. Miller quickly appeared to address the claim of ?material breaches?:
- The simple fact of the matter is that both series took a major loss.
- sales were so low that we had no choice but to cancel funding on the project. We gave Runemaster the option of finishing out the series without advanced funding, and were awaiting their response when we read this PR on Newsarama.
There was no material breach of contract.
Obviously we hope for the best for Runemaster and its partners, and good luck to whatever publisher decided to pick them up.
Ron Marz, (editor of Lions, Tigers & Bears) fires back:
- While you’re at it, Mike, you might want to talk to Brett about paying Mike Bullock and other creators what you owe them.
Just a thought.
- We’re taking care of it. Thanks for your concern, Ron.
Later in the thread, Miller checks in again:
- Okay, again, thanks to those who support Alias, but I’m a little confused by the ‘kicking them when they’re down’ bit.
I mean, we’re talking about one studio that had one book coming out through us that was selling so poorly that we were going to cancel it.
So… how does that bring us ‘down’? Again, our biggest seller, Lullaby, is doing better numbers through Alias directly than it did when it was at Image. We just topped our highest selling 75 cent book by several thousand copies with the orders on Victoria’s Secret Service. We’re signing up some bigger name talent for launch next spring (that we’ll talk about when the time comes), and we’re constantly a top 20 publisher in a field of hundreds. Sometimes closer to top 10.
So… yeah, we lose Gimoles. Big whoop-ti-do, we were canceling it anyway. How does that bring us down exactly?
The thing is, I hear that Bullock and company aren?t the only creators to be on their way out of Alias. Most of the departing creators are rumored to be going to the same independent company. I can?t say which one, but it should be simple enough to figure out?
This Has A ?To The Lifeboats!? Factor of Five Out of Ten
Over the last twenty years, Ty Templeton has made his name as both an artist and writer on projects like Batman Adventures, Spider-Man/Human Torch, and The Simpsons. However, Templeton is taking on the role of editor for the newly formed Mr. Comics, which will debut in December with a Planet of The Apes miniseries (which Templeton will also be co-writing). The genesis of Mr. Comics came from humble beginnings, as Templeton elaborates:
- Mr. Comics was originally a very, very small company here in Canada. Steve Valentine, the publisher had put a couple of small press titles that he had produced on his own, which he distributed himself locally over a few hundred miles. I saw a couple of them and I liked the production values, but I didn?t think the art or the stories were particularly strong. And I noticed that the publisher?s address was literally two miles from my front door, so I drove over to talk to him and asked him what it is he wanted to do with publishing comics. He had hired art students to do his comics and you could really tell. They weren?t especially strong, art wise. So I said, ?I know a lot of people who aren?t working fulltime, why don?t I hook you up with some folks who can make good comics?? And while we were discussing this, he started talking about whether I wanted to edit the books, rather than just putting writers and artists together and start turning this into a real company. I enjoyed the idea of the challenge and that?s where we got started.
However Big Max won?t be our first project. Steve wanted our debut into the larger comic world to be with a set of pre-existing characters rather than characters you?ve never heard of, even with someone like Dan Slott. He put a list of properties together that he was interested in pursuing, one of which was Planet of The Apes. I told him that I didn?t have an objective opinion of this, because Planet of The Apes happens to be my favorite movie ever made. I think he picked it up based on my enthusiasm and I am thrilled beyond belief that I?m getting to work on it.
This Has A ?Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius!!? Factor of Nine Out of Ten
One of our ATR Associates out in Chicago passed along a few pics from last Friday?s opening night performance of Hack/Slash: Stagefright:
Here?s the leading lady, Stefani Bishop, mugging for the camera after the show.
This Has A ?Bloody Mary? Factor of Seven Out of Ten
The Big Green
Here?s a quick look at Keith Giffen and Mitch Breitweiser?s four-issue Drax The Destroyer miniseries, which I believe is coming out this Wednesday.
This Has A ?You Don?t Know Drax!!!? Factor of Eight Out of Ten
The Cap Is Back
We?ve got a special treat for ATR readers this week? CapvsBats has checked in to report that he is now the proud father of a baby girl named Haigen (baby pictures can be found here. However, Cap?s newfound fatherhood hasn?t dulled his appetite for satire. In fact, he?s got a new parody remix this week targeting the latest Supergirl series. Enjoy.
And that?s a wrap. Special thanks to Cap for contributing. Cap also extends his thanks to Chris Sim at the-isb.Blogspot.com for coming up with the idea for the ?Kill Bill? tribute on the Supergirl cover.
See you in seven.
PS If anyone has any rumors, stories or news to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to everyone who has been sending stuff in. It?s greatly appreciated.