A variant cover for Marvel Comics #1000 featured a collage celebrating 80 years of Marvel history… and some characters from rival DC Comics.
One of the just-solicited variant covers for August’s Marvel Comics #1000 is a collage of art and covers from numerous Marvel Comics stories dating back to the 1930s – and apparently, one image that traces back to a DC comic book from just a few years ago.
Spotted by Twitter user ‘Symbiobro’, the image, which appears in the collage in the middle right hand side of the image, depicts two men kissing. It seems to be ‘sampled’ from a page from DC Comics’ Earth 2 #2. The characters depicted in that scene are Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of Earth 2, and his partner.
However, that doesn’t mean that comics creators can’t make a sustainable living working outside of the mainstream comic book industry.
There’s been an explosion in six-figure crowdfunded comic book projects on Indiegogo, but you wouldn’t know it from visiting most of the news outlets that cover comics.
Sure, much has been made about Kickstarter’s comic book campaigns lately, even by the mainstream press. But you hardly ever hear anything about rival Indiegogo campaigns, even though on average they seem to be raising more per campaign.
Why not? I blame politics and mainstream publishing’s grip on comics media.
And it’s personal and political bias that is (in my opinion) keeping mainstream comic book news outlets from covering a boom in independent comic book funding and creation. Most (but not all) of the campaign creators lean conservative, and some creators openly identify as “comicsgate.”
In today’s divisive political climate, being openly conservative is likely an undesirable trait for freelancers to have in an industry that is dominated mostly by progressives. There’s some debate as to whether or not there’s actually a “blacklist” of conservatives in comics. But given how hostile many comics creators are to conservatives on social media it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that many of these people wouldn’t want to share comics credits with a political “enemy.”
I’ve noticed some “high strangeness” around how comics treats some conservative and “free-thinking” creators, and I’m a liberal.
Ethan Van Sciver’s CYBERFROG has made over $800,000 on Indiegogo… but no one is talking about it.
Former DC Comics artist turned YouTube commentator Ethan Van Sciver has raised over $800,000 in total for three different campaigns of his self-published title Cyberfrog. This includes the initial run as well as two variant runs. His initial campaign (at over $538K) would have landed him in the Top 5 most-funded campaigns of all-time had he been on Kickstarter.
Add to this that Van Sciver was also the only Marvel or DC pro that had generated over $500K in crowdfunding at the time. (The rest were webcomics creators, and Gabriel Picolo has since beaten Van Sciver’s initial campaign total.)
Yet none of the major comics news outlets seemed to cover the success of Cyberfrog as it was happening. I searched Newsarama, ComicBook.com Bleeding Cool, CBR, Comics Beat — nada.
Had his campaign been on Kickstarter, it probably would have been all over the place. (Kickstarter definitely has the better PR machine in the comics space, that’s for sure.)
Richard Meyer’s JAWBREAKERS made over $450,000, placing him in the Top 10 of Crowdfunded Comics Campaigns… but you can’t talk about HIM.
Love him or hate him, YouTube comics critic turned comics creator Richard C. Meyer (formerly known as Diversity & Comics) made bank on his Jawbreakers campaign. Over the course of two campaigns (one for a “remaster”), he raised over $450,000 with the first doing $400K.
And the comic book industry lost its bleepin’ mind. Things got so bad that Meyer is now in the middle of a lawsuit with Mark Waid, who he alleges interfered in a publishing deal with Antarctic Press.
The campaign seemingly got little to no mainstream coverage outside of admonishing Meyer’s “hot takes” on YouTube and his lawsuit with Waid. That $450,000 was generated almost entirely by his YouTube presence and word of mouth.
How about major gaming sites like IGN, Kotaku and Polygon?
Nope, nope and nope.
Aside from a handful of blogs that cover Indiegogo campaigns and some smaller gaming sites, nobody talked about the runaway success of Earthworm Jim: Launch the Cow.
TenNapel is an outspoken conservative, but stressed that this project wasn’t “comicsgate.”
Doesn’t matter. The campaign is absolutely newsworthy for a variety of reasons, but media won’t touch it because they don’t like him.
The list goes on and on…
There have been dozens and dozens of other successful campaigns on Indiegogo in the past year, but you’re not hearing about them. And it is newsworthy. Especially at a time when the comic book industry is in “crisis mode.”
Comic Industry news is Comic Industry news, and it needs to be reported on.
But regardless of how you feel about the creators of these comic books, the fact that there are Indiegogo campaigns that would easily rank in the Top 10 most funded comics projects of all time on Kickstarter that are deliberately not being covered by most comic book “news” outlets is complete failure of “comics journalism.”
Personal bias and vendettas should have no place when there is legitimate, factual news about the comic book industry to be reported. People are making good money in comics on Indiegogo. Many of those comics are apolitical. And in a time when comic shops are closing at at alarming rate and mainstream publishers and laying off, this news does need to be reported.
It’s like the entire comic book “industry” and the journalists that cover it all decided to turn a blind eye to a massive opportunity for creators of all kinds.
Look, you don’t have to like the politics of the people behind the campaigns. But as an advocate for independent comics and for creators finding a better way to get paid to do the things they love, I’m legitimately angry that this isn’t being covered. It’s doing a huge disservice to displaced creators and up-and-comers to deliberately not tell them that there are other options out there.
The situation with these Indiegogo campaigns confirms to me what I’ve suspected for years.
Beyond politics, I personally think some of the animosity toward these campaigns is that most have a connection to creators who’ve become popular on YouTube. Comic book blogs are quickly losing relevance in the age of YouTube, and the dance that publishers and comics journalists did for the past couple of years just isn’t working as well as it used to.
Even Neutrals and OG Comics Creators are getting caught in the crossfire of this bullshit.
There seems to be a “secret war” between comics media outlets and their supporters, and YouTubers and their supporters these days, with neutral parties and even oldschool comics creators being caught in the crossfire on social media.
Alterna Comics has seen a massive uptick in sales of their newsprint comics over the past year. They’ve also faced a lot of backlash from Twitter outrage mobs because they won’t take a “side.”
Alterna Comicscame under attack by “Twitter outrage mobs” because publisher Peter Simeti didn’t want people working with Alterna to use blockbots and wouldn’t publicly denounce readers who identified as “comicsgate.”
More recently, legendary comics creator Billy Tucci also got a taste of what it’s like to go up against “Club Comics” on Twitter. However, he had some choice words for them…
Again. I don't ever recall hitching my wagon to anyone. I'm Billy Fucking Tucci. Comic books about heroes, antiheroes and the journey will prevail over such strange and unwarranted toxicity. It always does.
Billy “Fucking” Tucci had some thoughts on the crazy censorship and collusion going on in the comic book industry on his own YouTube channel, Crowdfunding Comics. He was joined by Gemstone Publishing’s J.C. Vaughn and co-host Nile Scala.
The doomsday clock is ticking on the careers of many people working in comics right now.
Crowdfunding might be one of the only viable life rafts for a lot of comics creators, and to ignore the success of these campaigns, comics is acting like Denethor in Lord of the Rings — burning not just himself alive, but even those who can’t speak for themselves like Faramir.
The choice to burn yourself down with the rest of a dying industry or not should be yours and yours alone to make.
Real journalists lay out all the facts and options. And there are options for creators who want to escape the dying mainstream industry.
You just won’t hear about all of them from Club Comics and the blogs that support it.
EDIT: Catch our recent livestream talking about the subject here.
NOTE: Some of the opinions expressed above are just that — opinions. They do not necessarily reflect the views of other D-Rezzed contributors, sponsors or advertisers.
Yes, thanks to a little help from Dungeon Master (and a Renault SUV) Hank the Ranger, Eric the Cavalier, Diana the Acrobat, Presto the Magician, Shiela the Thief, and Bobby the Barbarian finally find their way back to the carnival that transported them to the DnD realm all those years ago.
The trailer also features their nemesis Venger, Uni the unicorn and — surprisingly — classic DnD supermonster Tiamat!
Why Brazil? Dungeons & Dragons was known as Dragon Cave in Brazil, and was apparently quite popular there.
The Dungeons & Dragons cartoon never did get a proper ending, although it was planned for the teenagers to finally find their way home in the series finale “Requiem.” Sadly, the episode was never produced and the kids have been stuck in limbo ever since.
The Sonic the Hedgehog live-action movie has been pushed back to February 14, 2020. This is due to the studio deciding that the need to rework Sonic after fan backlash over the un-Sonic-like design of the character.
The movie’s director took to Twitter earlier today to make the announcement.
The hashtag seems to indicate that this is so the visual FX artists have ample time to rework Sonic, as there was a growing concern they’d be worked to the bone to make the initial release of November 2019.
Director Jeff Fowler also took to Twitter earlier in the month to announce that Sonic would be redesigned to be more in line with his classic video game counterpart.
Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie#gottafixfast 🔧✌️
Not everybody is happy about the decision to make Sonic fans happy.
Of course the internet is lit up with the usual articles attacking the “entitled” fans for wanting their favorite characters to look and act like their favorite characters.
In fact, according to ComicBook.com it’s dangerous to give fans what they want, even if it might hedge(hog?) your bets at the box office…
Arguably the most dangerous example of fans demanding a creator please them came with the Sonic teaser. (…)
While this was considered a “win” by one faction of fans, it doesn’t account for the fans who actually enjoyed this initial design. Additionally, Fowler didn’t note how the design would be changed, which opens up the notion that an upcoming design still won’t be embraced by fans. Now that there’s a precedent that, if you’re loud enough, you will get what you want, it means that anytime enough fans don’t enjoy a piece of art, they can band together to voice their complaints and point to, “Well, Sonic changed the design, so you can change this.”
And then there’s Twitter…
Shit like this is why redoing Sonic is so fucking dangerous.
Listening to entitled fans is what kills artistic vision.
Imagine if Ledger had petitions up when fans heard about him playing Joker and we never got that.
So, if rumors are to be believed, the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ show is back on again.
This rumor has almost as much “on” and “off” as The Karate Kid.
If you’ve been following along it was previously rumored that there would be an Obi-Wan Kenobi series on the upcoming Disney streaming service. Then it was said that it was going to be scrapped and now, apparently, it’s back on.
” An industry insider recently revealed to We Got This Covered that Disney is not only planning to bring Obi-Wan to their streaming service, in a brand new series, but it’ll also see the return of McGregor to the franchise. Details are scarce right now, but it seems the House of Mouse is planning to make an official announcement in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned.”
Personally, I’m hoping this is true. I would like to see a show with Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-Wan. It sounds like he’s on board for it.
But that’s not all!
Sounds like we might be getting a Boba Fett show as well. Again, We Got This Covered did an article about this news, that I assume they got from the same “Industry insider” that indicated Obi-Wan was back on.
“Speaking exclusively to We Got This Covered, an industry insider revealed that Disney will be adapting Boba Fett for the small screen. Specifically, for their Disney Plus streaming service. No casting or plot details were disclosed, but with The Mandalorian reportedly costing the company $100 million to produce, we wouldn’t be surprised if the House of Mouse chose to spend an equal amount of money on Boba and co. to put together something on the same scale as Jon Favreau’s aforementioned show.”
I do wonder if they would do Boba Fett as a prequel to his time in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, or as a sequel with him escaping the Sarlacc pit?
Right now it seems it’s all based on this one person’s statements, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. We will just have to wait for Disney to make an announcement to confirm it. Till then it’s all just speculation.
What’s interesting to me is that both of these characters would be George Lucas Star Wars characters.
What do you think? Would you watch these? Comment and let us know!
Better start saving now for that trip to Black Spire Outpost village on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the new 14-acre themed lands coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
A sampling of the out of this world prices for some of the biggest ticket merchandise available in Galaxy’s Edge:
$199.99 for the build-your-own lightsaber experience at the Savi’s Workshop — Handbuilt Lightsabers shop (comes with a carrying case)
$99.99 for the build-your-own droid experience at the Droid Depot shop (comes with a carrying box)
$149.99 for the DJ R-3X — the former Star Tours pilot Rex turned cantina DJ — remote-controlled toy that talks, rolls and wirelessly plays music from your smartphone at Droid Depot
$59.99 for the C-3PO toy that cries “What’s going on?” when you rip his head off at Droid Depot
$42 for an Endor collectible souvenir mug at Oga’s Cantina
$32 for a Porg collectible souvenir mug you can get with a Cliff Dweller cocktail at Oga’s Cantina
Some people have been inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and they wish it had more Original Trilogy.
Disney is already letting some select media outlets and “social media influencers” into Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge, and not everyone is terribly thrilled with it. One of the complaints seems to be the over-reliance on the Sequel Trilogy.
Now, keep in mind that Disney greenlit Galaxy’s Edge when everyone was excited about The Force Awakens. Had they waited until after The Last Jedi (and the subsequent fan backlash) they may have planned a little differently.
Regardless, it’s opening soon and — like so much of Disney Parks these days — it won’t be cheap.
UDON Entertainment is thrilled to announce the release of SANDRA ON THE ROCKS VOLUME 1, a spin-off of the beloved and award-winning webcomic, Ménage à 3! Freckle-faced Sandra is the girl next door striving to become the next top model, but so far her career has been more booth babe than runway walker. As this crazy Canadian tries to make it in France, Sandra has to deal with a sadistic supervisor, an icy ex-model, a seductive chauffeur, and beautiful people at every turn trying to date, develop, or destroy her!
A webcomic series that started in 2011, SANDRA ON THE ROCKS is helmed by the creative duo of writer David Lumsdon (Ménage à 3) and artist Saiful Remy “Eisu” Mokhtar (Carmen Chamelia, No Pink Ponies). The first of two volumes to be published by UDON Entertainment, SANDRA ON THE ROCKS VOLUME 1 collects over 250 installments of the popular webcomic series, including print-exclusive bonus stories!
ABOUT UDON ENTERTAINMENT UDON Entertainment is a publisher of original and translated art books, graphic novels, and manga. The publisher’s best-known projects are those based on popular video game franchises, including Street Fighter, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Dark Souls, Persona, Bayonetta, Bloodborne, and many more. UDON also publishes books based on top anime properties including Neon Genesis Evangelion, Kill la Kill, FLCL, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Robotech.
A limited supply of the vintage beverage will be available starting on Thursday as part of a robust promotional campaign related to the coming season of “Stranger Things,” the supernatural thriller set in the 1980s.
The revival of New Coke comes as part of a large-scale marketing effort of the kind usually associated with summertime blockbusters. Netflix said it had teamed up with about 75 companies, including Baskin-Robbins, Levi’s and H&M Group, to draw attention to “Stranger Things.”
So the return of New Coke is a marketing ploy?
That’s weird, because “New Coke” has become synonymous with tone deaf marketing.
I think the hard lesson Coca-Cola learned from its utter failure should be one the entertainment industry learns from.
For those of you who are too young to remember, Coke was getting its ass kicked by Pepsi in blind taste tests back in the day. Someone in marketing came up with the brilliant idea to just “reboot” Coke.
Never mind that there were other marketing factors at play.
Never mind that Coke had a solid fan base that revolted when the formula was suddenly changed.
Never mind that they could have introduced a new product alongside old Coke to keep the old fans happy while also courting new fans.
Nope. Like much of today’s entertainment industry, everything was suddenly changed to stay current year… to disastrous effect.
New Coke was such a debacle that Coke had to re-introduce the original Coca-Cola formula a few months later as “Coca-Cola Classic.” And now New Coke is but a memory. One that’s about to dusted off thanks to Netflix.
Pop Culture Reboots, Re-imaginings and New Coke.
I often joke that unwanted reboots or re-imaginings of tried and true pop culture institutions that face backlash from their respective fandoms are “New Coke.”
One of the best examples in recent memory is Ghostbusters 2016. Nobody wanted a Ghostbusters sequel without the original cast. Certainly, nobody wanted a complete reboot of Ghostbusters. And nobody wanted a completely gender-swapped Ghostbusters for no other reason than to be current year.
The movie bombed.
A key difference between New Coke and Ghostbusters 2016 was that the Coca-Cola Company didn’t attack Coke drinkers by calling them sexists.
But just like Coca-Cola, Sony Pictures knew it had to please to please the existing fan base and it backpeddled be announcing a Ghostbusters 3 that would be a direct sequel to the first two movies. Ghostbusters 2016 was seemingly swept under the rug.
Other examples of the “New Coking” of Pop Culture includes Marvel Comics and their tendency to replace original, beloved comic book characters with dollar store replacements. Often these characters don’t come into their own, books are cancelled and the original heroes return to try and salvage book sales a few months later.
A smarter move, of course, would’ve been to introduce these new heroes alongside the existing characters so they wouldn’t be seen by fans as just knock-offs.
(The Hollywood Reporterhas documented Marvel’s disastrous attempts at replacing most of its core heroes, its endless reboots and its subsequent decision to return the original characters to their respective books. Marvel is still reeling from the damage.)
Fans are loyal, until they’re spurned.
New Coke should be a lesson in what not to do when you’ve got an existing audience. While it’s true that the status quo needs to be shaken up from time to time, alienating a fanbase completely is never a smart business move.
Coca-Cola President Donald Keough said of New Coke during a press conference…
“There is a twist to this story which will please every humanist and will probably keep Harvard professors puzzled for years. The simple fact is that all the time and money and skill poured into consumer research on the new Coca-Cola could not measure or reveal the deep and abiding emotional attachment to original Coca-Cola felt by so many people.”
I think it’s the same for Pop Culture. People do form an emotional attachment, and we;re learning that hell hath no fury like a fandom scorned.
We finally have some more photos of the upcoming Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance a prequel to the Dark Crystal from the 1980’s, that will air on Netflix.
There still is no release date for this yet, just sometime in 2019, but we do have a look at some images that were posted on Twitter by The Dark Crystal Podcast.
Personally, I love how they label these, it’s generic so it’s kind of funny. The costumes and characters seem just as detailed and elaborate as the original!
The Skeksis “Scientist”
Deet and Hup (They didn’t get a “name”)
There is a list of voice actors for this show, but I’m most excited that they are going to have Aughra (Donna Kimball) in it!
Some of the voice actors announced are: Helena Bonham-Carter, Toby Jones, Alicia Vikander, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Caitriona Balfe, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Teo James, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill (yay,) Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, and Olafur Darri Olafsson.
It’s looking pretty good, but we don’t really have too much to go on yet. From what I’m seeing I’m hopefully optimistic that it will amazing and doesn’t go the way some redone 1980’s properties have been going.
I always loved The Dark Crystal, being a kid in the 1980’s was hard core, we had The Dark Crystal (still find the Emperor disintegrating creepy.) My Little Ponies fought Tirak and he was pretty much a demon, oh and Care Bears had their own demon type character in Dark Heart and “The Spirit” character. How about The Last Unicorn? That one had a creepy skeleton who wanted to drink and the unicorns were all driven into the sea by a bull made of fire. Or the Great Owl in the Secret of Nimh? Went to the theater to see The Black Cauldron and that was a bit dark. Do we even want to talk about Artax in The Neverending Story? Kids from the 80’s have seen some stuff! I hope this new prequel delivers in the creepy cool 1980’s department, because it would be a refreshing change with the toned down “It’s for kids” reboot/sequel trend. (All the ones I mentioned were for kids too.)
I am going to stay optimistic as the new images look good and the sequel comic, The Power of the Dark Crystal, was done very well so I have high hopes.