Here’s part three of Zenescope’s panel for their Charmed comics at San Diego Comic-Con 2010! Here, they show us some cover art and talk about the making of issues #0 and #1.
We’ve got part two of Zenescope panel for their Charmed comics at San Diego Comic-Con 2010! Here, writers Paul Ruditis, writer of the Charmed novels and episode guides, and Raven Gregory, writer of Zenescope’s Beyond Wonderland and more, talk about their unique partnership:
Warner Brothers screened the pilot to its upcoming series, Nikita, during Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con, and we got to see it! Starring international action star Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard, Mission: Impossible III), Lyndsey Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother, The Young and the Restless), and Shane West (ER, A Walk to Remember), Nikita is a sleek yet over-so-slightly clunky adaptation of both the Luc Besson film, La Femme Nikita, and the USA Network’s television series, La Femme Nikita.
The series sticks pretty closely to the USA show: there’s a rebellious Nikita (Maggie Q), a handler named Michael (Shaw) who may have unresolved feelings for her, a shadowy government organization who is taking criminals without family or friends and turning them into assassins, a possibly evil, definitely pissy head of operations (Percy, played by Xander Berkeley), a lovable geek named Birkoff (Aaron Stanford), and a beautiful-yet-deadly den mother who puts the final polish on these lovely assassins, played by Melinda Clarke (The OC, CSI).
The pilot even begins with a sequence that plays like a repeat of the USA Nikita’s origin: a drug robbery goes very wrong, and a young lady is wrongly accused of murder, sentenced to death, and instead recruited by Division (instead of Section). The twist? The recruit in question is a drug-addicted, hostile young lady named Alex.
You see, in this series, Nikita escaped from Division three years prior, after they killed her fiance, a “civilian” who had no idea he started out as her cover. Now she’s back, and she’s determined to take down Division.
Maggie Q was born to play this role–gorgeous and lithe, yet totally believable as an intelligent badass. She’s slender but not fragile–more like a blade, as she uses her Division training against them in spectacular fashion and boldly confronts her former “employers.” Her former teammates seemingly hold a soft spot for her, but it’s one woman against an army . . . or is it? There’s a twist at the end that I won’t spoil, but it looks like as usual, nothing is as it seems in the world of Nikita.
But let’s cut to the chase: is it any good? I enjoyed the pilot, but the jury’s still out. There were some painful lines of dialogue, such as “I made a mistake. I fell in love,” and this episode was pretty exposition-heavy (normal for a pilot, of course). But the actors are all game, the action sequences are slick, and the show has a sly sense of humor that’s promising. And man. Maggie Q is hot, and I’m a heterosexual woman.
Artist and writer Darick Robertson will donate a sketch to our Second Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! His amazing sketch of Conan the Barbarian, pictured below, will be auctioned off by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in San Diego Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 in Room 3, with 100% of the proceeds going toward the fight for the First Amendment rights of the comics community!
Robertson wrote and drew Conan the Cimmerian: The Weight of the Crown for Dark Horse Comics, and he also provided covers for the publisher’s Solomon Kane: Death’s Black Riders miniseries. He’s also well known as co-creator and artist for Transmetropolitan and The Boys.
Want your own Conan to take home? You’re in luck, if you’re attending SDCC this year. Robertson’s Conan sketch, as well as all of the amazing donations from our publishers and creators–will be reproduced as free limited-edition autograph cards that we will be giving away for free at Comic-Con! If you’re headed to San Diego later this month, make sure to visit all of our participants’ booths ASAP, as well as the TFAW booth, to collect them all.
Check out Robertson’s Conan sketch, below:
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Talk about going above and beyond! The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard is donating nine sketches to our Second Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! These original black-and-white sketches, all of Walking Dead characters, will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which will auction them off at SDCC Saturday, July 24, with 100% of the proceeds going toward the fight for the First Amendment rights of the comics community!
Charlie Adlard has drawn almost every single issue of The Walking Dead for Image Comics, which will soon be a television series for AMC! These nine sketches will comprise AMC’s banner for their upcoming show, so it includes characters who are [SPOILER ALERT!] long-gone from the comics series. Check them out below, and we’re sure you’ll be as impressed with them as we are!
Fortunately, you can get your own copies of these sketches–for free–if you go to San Diego Comic-Con this year. We will be making limited-edition autograph cards of all nine of Adlard’s sketches–as well as all of the artwork donated by our participating publishers and creators! If you’re headed to SDCC, make sure to visit their booths–or the TFAW booth–to collect yours. Quantities are limited and these will go quickly, so lock down your game plan now!
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Every month, we choose a few outstanding product reviewers and send them free stuff as part of our Product Review Contest. After poring through some amazing product reviews from June’s submissions, we narrowed the field to three victors.
Teresa from California reviewed the Firefly: Still Flying SC and here’s what she had to say:
The show may be long gone but with this book you can extend your enjoyment and pretend that it’s still on the air. It’s like seeing a long-lost friend once again. It’s a must have for Firefly fans.
Dixon from Tennessee reviewed Green Hornet Year One #2. Here’s what he had to say about the issue:
I gave this one four stars because I’m just really enjoying the comic. Wagner and co are hitting all the right beats for me with this year one story. I love the vintage setting and the way the color pallet and art work bring it to life so vividly. The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is because it reminds me so much of the Lone Ranger origin books Dynamite – not to mention Batman Begins.
However, I don’t say that in a bad way! This is a great retelling of the Hornet’s origin with a crackling good “Kato-only” adventure paralleling it.
Think Batman Begins type story telling set in Indiana Jones’ time with Elliot Ness’ Chicago backdrop. High fives all around for Wagner and crew!
And Dane from Wisconsin wrote a really good review for the 100 Bullets TPB Vol. 1: First Shot, Last Call.
I ordered the first 2 TPB of this series because it sounded really good but then I got it and it was regular book(ish) paper and I thought all graphic novels were printed on glossy magazine paper so I was sad but then I started reading and I was enthralled. It’s about people who are given a briefcase with 100 untraceable bullets, a gun, and evidence proving someone ruined their life. The rest is up to them. Really good series so far.
All three of this month’s winners will get $25 TFAW gift certificates to pick up anything they want! Thank you to everybody who submitted product reviews last month and congratulations to the winners.
As always, we’re choosing our product reviews carefully, so please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.
So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.
HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:
Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!
There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.
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