BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for January 23rd, 2012 Nick Boisson January 24, 2012 News Welcome back one and all to Bullet Points! This lovely little news piece used to be written by our esteemed editor, Mr. Daniel Martin Djeljosevic, but he is currently in hot pursuit of a one-armed man who killed his goldfish. So now, Bullet Points is being written by that guy who used to write Pixel Count, that video game news column that you stumbled onto accidentally that one time: Nick Boisson. He may change a few things here and there. He might write way too much about something that could have been said in a couple of sentences. He may say start ranting about something under the guise of it being "related" to the news he is reporting. But, with Nick, you can always be sure of one thing. When we figure out what that one thing is, we'll be sure to let you all know… 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 While on the set of Superman: Man of Steel, Henry Cavill posed for a photograph with a young Superman fan. That little kid is just lucky I wasn't there. I've always wanted a picture with Superman! HERE'S THE NEWS DC's Ron Perazza Named ComiXology's New Vice President ComiXology has just announced Ron Perazza — the man responsible for bridging the gap between print and digital comics over at DC — as the company's new Vice President, General Manager of Publisher and Creator Services. Given his already adept background into the world of digital comics, this is definitely a good move on ComiXology's part and could be a step forward in making digital comics available (and known) to an even wider audience. (via Comic Book Resources) Graphicly Opens Its Platform to Self-Publishing In other digital comics news, Graphicly — in an effort to open its doors to more publishers and creators (therefore, more readers) — have opened up their platform to automated self-publishing. With this, anyone can use Graphicly's service to convert, distribute and promote their digital content to a wide array of marketplaces, including Amazon's Kindle Store, Apple's iBooks, Barnes & Noble's Nook and many other places. This could make it very simple for anyone out there to publish their own comic without worrying about the costs associated with printing and distributing. Is it just me or is there a digital comics publishing war a'brewin'? (via Comic Book Resources) Dark Horse Opens a B.P.R.D. Training Camp for Kids (and it's not fair that I can't go and I hate stupid Dark Horse)! Dark Horse Comics has partnered with Trackers Earth to create the B.P.R.D. Training Camp in Portland, Oregon from July 16 to July 20. There, trainees will be taught survival skills in any environment, martial arts and self-defense from preternatural entities, hand-to-hand weaponry and forensic investigation; all skills an agent of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense must implement to combat the things that go bump in the night! But, before you start buying those non-refundable tickets and finding space in your carry-on for Big Baby (they won't let you have that on a plane, by the way), there is a catch: you must be between the ages of 9 and 17. Now, I know, I know. That really, REALLY sucks! But we don't need them. We'll start our own camp. It won't be official and B.P.R.D. is probably trademarked, but who wants to do things like learn how to survive on un-Earthly planes? That's just silly, Nick. You're a grown-ass man and you cannot fake documentation saying that you are 9, but have that disease that Robin Williams had in Jack, but not as bad! Oh, I think I've said too much… (via Dark Horse Blog) Previews Galore! Here are some images from the beginning of Michael Lark's upcoming run on The Defenders #4, by Matt Fraction, over at Marvel: UPCOMING Popeye from IDW The Release Date: April 2012 The Creator: Roger Langridge (writer), Bruce Ozella (artist) The Publisher: IDW The Skinny: IDW has announced that they are bringing everyone's favorite Sailor Man back to comics, along with all his friends. And, along with the series, they are bringing Roger Lanridge (of Thor: The Mighty Avenger, The Muppet Show (comics) and BOOM's current ongoing series, Snarked!) to write the series, along with Bruce Ozella on art. Prejudgment: Both Lanridge and IDW CEO, Ted Adams, mentioned how much they are looking for the series to be like the old E.C. Segar strips. As someone who has recently started getting into E.C. Segar's Thimble Theatre strips and a huge fan of Roger Lanridge, I'm excited to see what becomes of this series! Milhouse, Bart Simpson's Pal from Bongo The Release Date: April 2012 The Creator: Gail Simone (co-writer), Pat McGrealm (co-writer), Bob Smith (artist), Carol Lay (artist), Jason Ho (artist), Mike Rote (artist) The Publisher: Bongo Comics The Skinny: Gail Simone is writing a Simpsons spin-off one-shot comic about Milhouse. What else do you need to know?! Prejudgment: Milhouse is probably my favorite side-character on The Simpsons and I have loved Gail Simone since she made me care about reading Wonder Woman. I cannot wait for this! Mars Attacks from IDW The Release Date: June 2012 The Creator: John Layman (writer), John McCrea (artist) The Publisher: IDW The Skinny: IDW has nabbed Chew writer, John Layman, to write a series based on the Topps Cards set, Mars Attacks. Along with him on this venture is John McCrea, artist of Dicks. Some of you may also know the title as the film that has Tim Burton fans split right down the center. Prejudgment: I LOVE Tim Burton's Mars Attacks (yeah, I'm one of those guys) for how ridiculous and stupid it is! Personally, I would love to see what these two warped minds can come up with for this series. READ THIS COMIC Open publication – Free publishing – More bleedingcool Bleeding Cool has the first four issues up of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross' Dynamite comic, Kirby Genesis, for free up on their site! By Wednesday (when issue #5 hits comic shelves), they should have the first five issues (#0-#4) up on their site. I highly recommend you give them a read. In the meantime, Kirby Genesis #0 is embedded here for you guys! LOOK WHO'S TALKING Writer John Rozum has decided to come out and explain why he quit writing Static Shock after issue #4. Here's what he said: To say I was disappointed with how things turned out is an understatement. From the first issue on, I was essentially benched by Harvey Richards and artist/writer Scott McDaniel. All of my ideas and suggestions were met with disdain, and Scott McDaniel lectured me on how my method for writing was wrong because it wasn't what the Robert McKee screenwriting book he read told him was the way to do things. The man who'd never written anything was suddenly more expert than me and the editor was agreeing with him. Scott had also never read a Static comic book, nor seen the cartoon series, yet was telling me that my dialogue didn't sound true to the character and would "fix it." There was more concern about seeing that the title sold and didn't get cancelled than there was in telling good stories and having something coherent to bring readers in. This is what led Harvey to insist on the stuff with the two Sharon's and cutting off Static's arm. He had no answers for how to resolve these things, but thought it would keep reader's wowed enough to stick with the series. This, too, was frustrating. It was a lot of grasping at straws and trying to second guess what would keep it selling. It was decided that "bigger action" on every page of every issue was the key. Static's alter ego, Virgil, who was more important to the original series than his super hero persona, was put on the very back burner because Harvey said it wasn't important and that the book just needed to be all action. One of my scripts was deemed too slow because there were a total of 4 pages where no one was hitting or shooting anything. Essentially my job was to transcribe Scott's voluminous and often clunky dialogue into a script format. Any efforts I made to try and finesse, edit, or reduce his dialogue or captions, offended him, and everything had to be changed back to how he'd originally written it, while my dialogue always required his improvement. It always seemed to me that the New 52 was full of artists taking on writing duties. While there are a couple good examples in the line (The Flash and Batwoman), the majority are just pitiful comics. And the need for big action sequences over story and dialogue seems to be what is wrong with most of the line in DC's New 52. Whether this is true or not, I do not know. I just know that Static Shock was not a great series and that I really wanted to like it after Dwayne McDuffie had passed earlier last year. (via John Rozum's blog) TWITTERBUGS @GailSimone: Can't wait to go back to Florida. I want to go see that dang Harry Potter world at Universal. DON'T YOU LAUGH AT ME. @GailSimone: When I go to Florida, I am totally going to look at the Floridians. OH, they shall RUE THE DAY they passed by my looking at area! @SupaJoe: You better recanize! http://pic.twitter.com/RZ4eFs6g @DanSlott: My cat JUST projectile vomited all over the notes for my current Spidey story. Eh. After 50+ issues of ASM, I've gotten worse reviews. @neilhimself: My spellchecker just softly and silently corrected "tumblr" to "tumor". And I thought, WHAT DOES IT KNOW THAT I DO NOT? WATCH THIS VIDEO Moonrise Kingdom is the new film from Wes Anderson (of The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox). There aren't really any cool action movies coming out and nothing comic book-related, so you get this trailer for an indie comedy. Enjoy! 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.