MCCLATCHEY revealed that beginning with issue#7, fan-favorite Ann Nocenti would be taking over as the writer for GREEN ARROW. The news has since been reported on by various other outlets including IGN, THE SACRAMENTO BEE, COMIC BOOK RESOURCES and IFANBOY.
Over at MTV GEEK, there's an exclusive first look at NIGHTWING #2 by Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows, J.P. Mayer and Paulo Siqueira.
Meanwhile, DC Entertainment has announced an exclusive partnership with General Mills cereals. In specially marked boxes of various Big G cereals such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Golden Grahams, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Trix, custom JUSTICE LEAGUE comic books will be made available. For more information, check out THE NEW YORK TIMES, ICV2 and ROBOT 6’s coverage of the announcement.
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As you may have heard, there have been more than 5 million first issues of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 sold in only six weeks.
How many comic books are we talking about? With New York Comic Con kicking off tonight, let’s look to some of New York’s famous landmarks for some visual context. It takes (approximately):
· 2,090,880 comic books laid end to end to stretch from one end of New York State to the other. We’ve sold enough DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 first issues to span New York State in its entirety two times over.
· 174,480 comic books stacked on top of each other to reach the top of the Empire State Building. That’s every copy of GREEN LANTERN #1—with issues to spare.
· 36,600 comic books stacked in a pile to reach the top of the Statue of Liberty. That means copies of WONDER WOMAN #1 could reach the top of Lady Liberty almost three times.
Oh, and 5 million copies sold? That’s enough copies of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 to lay out and span the distance from New York to Chicago – with some left over.
Various outlets have already started covering this, including THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, VARIETY, CLEVELAND PLAIN-DEALER, COMIC BOOK RESOURCES and COMIC VINE. Outlets that have run THE ASSOCIATED PRESS’ story already include THE WASHINGTON POST, FOX NEWS, NEWSDAY and THE KANSAS CITY STAR.
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Fan-favorite creator Ann Nocenti will be taking over as writer for GREEN ARROW in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 – her first ongoing series for DC Comics. Nocenti has previously written for such iconic DC Comics characters as Batman, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, and is well known across the industry for her work on gritty, street-level heroes.
“I'm thrilled to be taking over Green Arrow. What I adore about the Arrow is his recklessness. He'll shoot off on an impulse, dispatch someone if they deserve it; his heroism is instinctive. I start with a crazy trilogy that is chock full of surprises. Arrow gets a new woman (and boy, is it complicated), flings himself out of his old life into a new one, and meets a new world class villain. It’s gonna be a wild ride!"
Nocenti’s run begins with GREEN ARROW #7, so don’t miss it.
Lots of big things this afternoon, folks!
ROLLING STONE featured their exclusive preview of next week’s JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 on their homepage. “So how do we get from that world to the world we all kind of know DC to be, which is a one of hope and where these characters are more champions than outcasts?" DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and JUSTICE LEAGUE artist Jim Lee told ROLLING STONE. "That's what JUSTICE LEAGUE is about. It's about showing when these characters come together to save humanity, and humanity accepts who they are. Then there's that transition from that kind of dark world to one that has a little bit more hope and a brighter future."
VARIETY published an article about the widening of the Batman franchise via the marketing campaign behind the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY video game, calling out the game’s accompanying comic book series.
Entertainment website UGO has your first look at DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #2 by Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang.
And the day has finally come. IFANBOY broke their six-week consecutive selection of titles from DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 as their “Pick of the Week.” Some upstart named Scott Snyder claimed the title this week with his terrific Vertigo series, AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. Seven weeks in a row of DC Entertainment titles? Not too shabby if I do say so myself.
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New York Comic Con officially kicks off today with its convention preview night. Over the course of the next few days, numerous DC Entertainment creative teams will be holding signings at the DC Entertainment booth. Come by to say hello and get your favorite writers’ and artists’ signatures on your books and DC Entertainment memorabilia. Check out the signings schedule below:
Thursday, October 13th
Cliff Chiang, Tony Daniel, Jim Lee
Art Baltazar, Franco, Francis Manapul, Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Scott Snyder
Friday, October 14th
11 AM-12 PM
Jason Aaron, Bernard Chang, JG Jones, Chris Roberson, Eric Wallace
Greg Capullo, Tony Daniel, Sean Murphy, Amy Reeder, Scott Snyder, Philip Tan, Peter Tomasi
Dan Abnett, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Mikel Janin, J.T. Krul, Andy Lanning, Jeff Lemire, Jerry Ordway
Tony Bedard, Fernando Blanco, Josh Fialkov, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair, Matt Sturges
Eddy Barrows, Chris Burnham, Yildiray Cinar, Adam Glass, Kyle Higgins, Jock, Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Ricardo Sanchez
Brian Buccellato, Sterling Gates, Rob Liefeld, David Lloyd, Kevin Maguire, Francis Manapul
Art Baltazar, Riccardo Burchielli, Franco, Rebecca Guay, Paul Levitz, Moritat, Fabian Nicieza, Dustin Nguyen, Francis Portela, Brian Wood
Saturday, October 15th
11 AM-12 PM
Dan Abnett, Eddy Barrows, Tony Bedard, Riccardo Burchielli, Yildiray Cinar, Tony Daniel, Kyle Higgins, Andy Lanning, Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Brian Wood
Lee Bermejo, David Lloyd, Kevin Maguire, Amy Reeder
Greg Capullo, Jeff Lemire, Paul Levitz, Sean Murphy, Fabian Nicieza, Francis Portela, Scott Snyder, Philip Tan, Peter Tomasi
Brian Azzarello, Chris Burnham, Matteo Casali, Cliff Chiang, Kristian Donaldson, J.G. Jones, Matt Sturges, Eric Wallace
Mahmud Asrar, Brian Buccellato, Shane Davis, Sterling Gates, Mikel Janin, Jock, Dan Jurgens, J.T. Krul, Chris Roberson
Adam Glass, Justin Gray, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Moritat, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ricardo Sanchez, Alex Sinclair, Duane Swierczynski
Art Baltazar, Franco, Rebecca Guay, Dustin Nguyen, Sylvain Savoia, Marzena Sowa
Sunday, October 16th
11 AM-12 PM
Greg Capullo, Tony Daniel, John Ficarra, Jeff Lemire, Kevin Shinick, Scott Snyder, Philip Tan, Sam Viviano
Jim Lee, Paul Levitz, Francis Portela, Steve Scott, Alex Sinclair, Matt Sturges, Paul Tobin, Joshua Williamson
Bernard Chang, Moritat, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chris Roberson
Art Baltazar, Matteo Casali, Kristian Donaldson, Josh Fialkov, Franco, Jerry Ordway, Frank Quietly
Brian Azzarello, Fernando Blanco, Brian Buccellato, Cliff Chiang, Shane Davis, Francis Manapul, Sylvain Savoia, Marzena Sowa
Diamond announced today that next year's Free Comic Book Day t-shirt will feature DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. Oh and Jim Lee has agreed to do the art for the custom shirt. Last year's shirt with art by Darwyn Cooke was pretty amazing. What will Jim cook up?
May is still a long way off and we don't have the design to share just yet, so everybody who loves free comic books (and t-shirts) should keep checking THE SOURCE for updates.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY continued their exclusive weekly previews of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 with BATMAN #2, which received prominent placement on the site’s homepage. The preview was picked up by PEREZ HILTON. “There's Batman and bad guys and the Bat-cycle! What more could you ask for?” wrote Perez.
MAXIM caught up with DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and JUSTICE LEAGUE artist Jim Lee about New York Comic Con, which kicks off tonight at the Javits Center in Manhattan. “I’d say bathe every day, that would be top on my priority list,” Lee said while distributing his basic rules for surviving NYCC. “I would think, as a fan, plan your day. If you wing it, you’ll have a decent experience, but you will not be utilizing the experience to the full capacity.” Be sure to head over to MAXIM to read the full interview and check out your exclusive first look at Jim’s variant cover for BATMAN #2, in stores next week.
BET broke the exclusive news that New York-based Marc Bernardin would be taking over as the writer for STATIC SHOCK, beginning with issue #7. “I relate to his love for family, his sort of passion for science and technology,” Bernardin said of series protagonist Virgil Hawkins. “I like his selflessness when it comes to the people of his city.”
“I wanted to get to know Virgil a bit more than we have so far,” Bernardin revealed to COMIC BOOK RESOURCES when asked about the direction he intends to take on STATIC SHOCK. “The thing that defines a hero is choice. They choose to do the hard thing when everyone else would do the easy one. They choose to put themselves in harm's way. So we need to know more about the kind of person who makes that kind of choice, especially one so young.”
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New York-based writer Marc Bernardin is the new ongoing writer for STATIC SHOCK, the Harlem-based superhero in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52.
A writer on the SyFy Channel’s ALPHAS, Bernardin is also known for his work on THE HIGHWAYMEN and THE AUTHORITY comic books and as a former writer for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. Bernardin’s debut as the writer of STATIC SHOCK will be issue #7, with Scott McDaniel remaining on the title as illustrator.
What can fans expect from the new creative team? While keeping up the action that Static fans have come to expect, Bernardin will also be focusing on Static’s teenaged alter-ego - Virgil Hawkins - and his family life, because it's not always easy being a young superhero in a new city.
"The thing that excites me, as both a writer and a reader, about STATIC SHOCK is that it features a hero that we don't really know yet -- at least, in comics, anyway. (Fans of the Static Shock TV show will kindly forgive me.) Virgil Hawkins is young, still figuring out the full extent of his powers, and navigating the full range of teenage tragedies: Being the new kid in a new school, asking out the pretty girl, finding time for his homework, etc. And he's one of the few young heroes without a built-in father figure: He's not an offshoot of Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, or the Martian Manhunter. He's his own man, for better or for worse. And all of that offers a lot of grist for the writer-y mill. And I'd be lying if I said that I didn't feel a humbling sense of responsibility to get this one right. The late Dwayne McDuffie still stands as a titan in this industry – and while I'm not so presumptuous as to think I can write Static as well as he did, I'm hoping I can write a Static he'd get a chuckle out of."
As part of DC Comics-The New 52 Art Tour, GREEN LANTERN artist Doug Mahnke will be appearing at Source Comics tonight. This event will feature process pieces from GREEN LANTERN #1, BATWOMAN #1 and THE FLASH #1. If you're in the area stop by to meet him and get your GREEN LANTERN comic books signed!
Wednesday, October 12
1601 West Larpentur Ave.
Falcon Heights, MN 55113
DC Comics-The New 52 Art Tour arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday. The event with Rags Morales and Rick Bryant showcased their artwork on ACTION COMICS #1.
Rags and Jessi posed with original artwork on display at Fat Jack’s Comicrypt prior to signing.
The informative process pieces from ACTION COMICS, WONDER WOMAN and SWAMP THING lined the walls.
Rick Bryant, Jessi and Rags Morales had fun as they signed comics.
The turnout was terrific. Fans chatted with Rags and Rick and enjoyed viewing all the wonderful art. A great time was had by all.
Thanks to Fat Jack’s Comicrypt for hosting the event and to Rags and Rick for taking the time out of their busy schedules to participate!
Next stop on the DC Comics-The New 52 Art Tour is Source Comics in Minnesota showcasing Doug Mahnke’s art on GREEN LANTERN #1!
Wow. Where to begin? These are exciting times at DC Comics...our new 52 titles are off to a great start, and we have YOU to thank for all of the positive buzz. There are so many exciting projects in my office I could mention...Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's BATMAN...our new BATWING series...the all-new BLACKHAWKS...but today I'm talking about one project in particular...
Pain. Prejudice. Two words I don't normally associate with things that are great, but hey, an editor can change the way he thinks about things, right? And this project has definitely changed my way of looking at things. This project is an eye-opener, pure and simple.
PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE is more than just a character study, more than just a five-issue miniseries debuting this October. PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE is a seductive, in-depth look into the past, present (and perhaps the future) of Batman's most complex foe, Oswald Cobblepot--THE PENGUIN.
So you think you're familiar with the intimate secrets of Cobblepot's dark past? Think again.
L.A. Times best-selling author and suspense novelist Gregg Hurwitz delivers a sinister, macabre tale that is brilliantly illustrated by graphic artist Szymon Kudranski (BRUCE WAYNE: THE ROAD HOME, MANHUNTER, Spawn). Both creators are at the top of their game with this project. I couldn't be more happy.
Well, actually I could be more happy...I'd be happy if everyone reading this column rushes to pick up (or download!) a copy of PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE. You won't want to miss it. Trust me--it's an eye opener!
Mike Marts -- BATMAN Group Editor