Archive for February 2015

Suicide Squad Director Calls Leto’s Joker ‘Majestic’

Suicide Squad director David Ayer is active on social media, and he took to Twitter today to answer some fan questions about his upcoming DC Comics movie adaptation.

One question in particular concerned what Oscar winner Jared Leto's Joker will be like in the movie. Here's how Ayer described him:

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Conventional Matters: London, Raleigh, Culver City, Sunderland And San Diego

A look at a few comic convention and comic art festival announcements of late…

London Super Comic Con, London, March 14th-15th

LSCC has announced their seventh wave of guests.

Henry Flint
Ben Oliver
Jonathan Ross
Yannis Roumboulias
Alessendro Vitti

They also welcome Valiant for the first time to the UK. Gracing the convention cover with Bloodshot and offering a LSCC exclusive variant of Ninjak.

Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh, March 13th-15th

David Tennant will make his Wizard World debut at Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh. He will appear at the inaugural show at the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15.

Free Comic Con Day, Culver City, California, May 2nd

Wonderlands UK Graphic Novel Expo, Sunderland, May 30th

Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell has been announced as latest guest speaker for the U.K. Graphic Novel Expo. Steve joins growing list of speakers including Posy Simmonds, Dave Gibbons, Dylan Horrocks, Hunt Emerson, Paul Gravett and the Talbots for the very first U.K. Graphic Novel Expo, taking place in Sunderland on Saturday 30th May at the City Space building of Sunderland University. It’s your chance to meet the top UK GN publishers from big names such as Jonathan Cape and SelfMadeHero to small press self-publishers. Entry to both the publishers’ Hall and the schedule of talks and panel discussions is free. In the publishers’ Hall, Woodrow Phoenix will be presenting his giant graphic novel She Lives and there will be workshops by Metaphrog and Bryan Talbot.

San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, July 12th

Comic Con have announced their fourth wave of guests

Writer/artist Michael Cho: Shoplifter
Artist Tom Grummett: Fantastic Four, X-Men Forever, Teen Titans
Designer/author Chip Kidd: Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman: Death by Design
Editorial cartoonist Jen Sorenson
Artist Bernie Wrightson: Swamp Thing, Frankenstein



Conventional Matters: London, Raleigh, Culver City, Sunderland And San Diego

“This Issue Plays Out More Like A Horror Film” – Troy Brownfield On Blood Queen Vs Dracula #3

Troy Brownfield based the character of the Blood Queen on one of the most prolific, real-life serial killers in history, Elizabeth Bathory. Now he’s taken that character and put her up against one of the most prolific killers in literature, Count Dracula. Byron Brewer chatted with Brownfield about the third issue in this Vs. series for Dynamite Entertainment Cover art by Jay Anacleto and Fabiano Neves.

Dynamite May 2015 Interview: Troy Brownfield @ Blood Queen vs. Dracula #3

BYRON BREWER: In May, Troy, we are at #3, the penultimate issue in this miniseries. What can we look forward to by way of excitement to prepare for our journey’s end?

TROY BROWNFIELD: This issue plays out more like a horror film. After turning two of Elizabeth’s students in the previous issue, Dracula’s back for revenge, and of course, blood. It’s a bit of a twist on “something’s haunting the castle” kind of stories with Elizabeth as our extremely capable “Final Girl”.

BB: Drac “lays siege to the Blood Queen’s castle” this issue? Ouch! Difficult scene to write, sir?

TB: Not really, because I had such a great time with it. There’s a sequence on the castle stairs in partial darkness that was my favorite thing to put together for the issue. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the excellent team of Kewber Baal, Kirsty Swan and Marshall Dillon makes it all look. They are incredible talents and half of the fun is seeing how they interpret the ideas.

BB: A little bat told me Elizabeth may have a surprise for the Lord of the Undead as he tries to get her to join his unholy army. Any non-spoilery hints? (smile)

TB: I won’t say much, except that you can NEVER count the Blood Queen out. If you look back to her previous series, she was responsible for outwitting and defeating a number of seemingly stronger opponents. She vanquished her own mentor, she handily took down the king’s wizard, and in the interim, she won herself a kingdom. She does not treat opposition lightly. Even if that opposition is the Lord of Vampires.

BB: You seem to love these period-shrouded sagas. How much time do you put into your research?

TB: Can I just say “a lot”? (laughs) It’s important to me as both a writer AND a reader to get things right, or as close to right as I can. Here’s an example: I was a teenager in the 1980s, and more recent films that take place in the ’80s frequently bug me because they act as if “The 80s” all happened at the same time. It’s not true; there were phases and movements in culture. If you do a scene in 1982, you can’t have The Pixies on the radio, for example; they didn’t form until ’86. And so on. With this, Kewber and I were sensitive to era-appropriate armor and weaponry. Like the cannon in #1; I was so happy to find that that monster fit the timeline.

BB: How has it been working on this with artist Kewber Baal?

TB: He’s okay. (laughs) Kewber is great. He’s very focused on doing the best possible job. He’s always asking me about sketches and finished pages; he wants me to see everything as it happens to make sure that he’s realizing what I “saw” as writer and to make sure that there isn’t anything that he needs to change, etc. He excels at the action and suspense.

BB:  Will, as with the end of her last mini, the saga of the Blood Queen continue elsewhere? If so, where and when?

TB: We can’t say for certain at this point, but if Dynamite wants to have me do more Blood Queen, I know EXACTLY what we would do next.

For more information on Blood Queen vs Dracula #3, click here.

“This Issue Plays Out More Like A Horror Film” – Troy Brownfield On Blood Queen Vs Dracula #3

A Preview Of Arrow Season 2.5 #14… Things Get Serious

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again… if you aren’t reading the Arrow Season 2.5 and The Flash Season 0 comics then you are missing out on some important things from the show. In the comics we’ve already seen why Bronze Tiger won’t be part of the Suicide Squad and when Roy Harper actually gets his new suit… and coming up there will be the return of the Huntress.

In this preview for issue #14 we see that Oliver Queen’s whole “not killing anymore” rule goes out the window when it comes to Felicity Smoak in danger. The issue is by Marc Guggenheim, Keto Shimizu, Joe Bennett, Craig Yeung and Szymon Kudranski.

The issue goes on sale digitally Monday.

[Source: SuperheroHype]

A Preview Of Arrow Season 2.5 #14… Things Get Serious

DC Comics Go To War With Marvel In June – Here’s How

Yesterday saw DC Comics hold a Retailer Roadshow in New York, the last such event before the publisher switches coasts for Burbank.

On the second floor of the Time & Life Building, comic book retailers strolled through security, to hear and see a presentation by Bob Wayne -his last such event as well – Jim Lee and Dan DiDio.

There wasn’t a great deal to announce. Two previous retailer roadshows, in Orlando and Burbank, as well as a presentation in Portland and the May solicitations had told a lot of folk what they needed to know, but there was lots of artwork from the Convergence series of series to pore through.

Though much interest was exactly how DC intends to promote the mini-relaunch in June with 24 new books launching or relaunching. And also in the same month that Marvel cancel or suspend a number of their books, replaced by a number of Secret Wars crossover series and mini-series.

Well, DC Comics have told retailers that increasing launch numbers, in some cases above Batman numbers, will see them get an additional 15% discount on launch issues, on top of the 45-50% they may normally get.

Marvel will also be giving incentives on Secret Wars spinoff books, but probably not this much.

It’s all to play for…


DC Comics Go To War With Marvel In June – Here’s How

These Witcher 3 Screenshots Reenforce The Game’s Beauty

I’m genuinely quite excited about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game is looking gorgeous and the open world, vast.

The world of the Witcher has always been the big draw for me, and I think that’s what attracts me to these screenshots. They depict mundane encounters, one having a conversation, one walking up to a castle with hanging men, but they are still striking.

I have faith that CD Projekt Red will deliver on these visuals too. They have in the past.

The images were uploaded to The Witcher‘s Facebook page and were caught by Gamekyo, and then by VG247. Thanks to them for grabbing these.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out on May 19th on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.

These Witcher 3 Screenshots Reenforce The Game’s Beauty

Fancy Some Gothic Carpunk? Preview Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing #1

From IDW Publishing, Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing #1 written by Brian Lynch, with art by Nick Roche follows the story of genius mechanic, Vic Frankenstein. The once-quiet town of Transylvania, Kentucky is under attack from Cadillacula, and it’s up to Vic to come up with a solution. The anticipation has really been building for this release, especially because the date has been pushed back a few times. It is now scheduled to release on March 4th, but I know how you’re feeling…you can’t wait that long! You absolutely must have a taste of what this book is like. Well, guess what? I have a fantastic five-page preview for you thanks to artist Nick Roche.

Want to know more about Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing #1? Brian Lynch and Nick Roche were kind enough to join me here on Bleeding Cool in a fun, hilarious interview that you can find here. For now, enjoy this preview and embrace your excitement for the release on March 4th!

Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog

Fancy Some Gothic Carpunk? Preview Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing #1

A Silly Playable Character Has Been Found In the Latest Hyrule Warriors DLC

Hyrule Warriors released the Boss Pack DLC this week here in Europe which allowed players to step into the shoes of blue pig beast, Ganon. For those in the US, March 12th is the date to mark down.

That wasn’t all though. There is a secret character hidden in the DLC. Eurogamer pointed out moccos-tan Isedelica‘s YouTube video showing a giant Cucco raining down punishment on oodles of enemies. For the uninitiated in Zelda lore, a Cucco is a chicken.

To unlock the character, you have to get an A rank on the third Ganon survival mission. Don’t take him too lightly though. This guy has friends…

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A Silly Playable Character Has Been Found In the Latest Hyrule Warriors DLC

Two Teasers For Game Of Thrones Season 5

Game of Thrones has released two teasers for the upcoming fifth season. Both of them are keeping with the Raven Sight theme they used previously… so the videos are a little blurry and off. The first, The Sight: Brienne and Podrick has Brienne explaining she never wanted to lead but to find someone worthy to follow. While the second, The Sight: Jon Snow and Mance shows Jon Snow trying to get Mance back into the game.

Game of Thrones Season 5 starts April 12th on HBO.

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Two Teasers For Game Of Thrones Season 5

Neil Gaiman To Join Mark Watson’s 27 Hour Comedy Marathon For Comic Relief

Mark Watson makes the world better. Substantially better. And as part of this stand up comedian who once voiced radio ads for me for HMV, and would later give it to you straight, like pear cider 100% from pears, he is well in to running a 27 hour comedy marathon to benefit Comic Relief at the Pleasance in Islington, including reading from Neil Gaiman and doodles from Chris Riddell.

And you can see the whole thing live right here…

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Neil Gaiman To Join Mark Watson’s 27 Hour Comedy Marathon For Comic Relief