Take a first look at the cover for THE RAVAGERS #3!
Considered by many to be "The Oscars" of comic book industry awards,the winners will be named this July at the San Diego Comic-Con International, the largest and oldest comic convention in the United States.
DC Entertainment congratulates all of this year’s nominees. For the full list click here.
And now for our 2012 Eisner Award Nominees:
Best Limited Series
FLASHPOINT: BATMAN – KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE, by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (Collected in the FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT FEATURING BATMAN TP)
THE NEW YORK FIVE, by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly (Collected in THE NEW YORK FIVE TP)
Jeff Lemire, ANIMAL MAN; FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN AND THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN, FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E., SWEET TOOTH
Best Single Issue:
THE UNWRITTEN #24: “Stairway to Heaven” by Mike Carey, Peter Gross, and Al Davison (Collected in THE UNWRITTEN VOL. ON TO GENESIS TP)
Best Reality-Based Work:
MARZI: A MEMOIR, by Marzena Sowa and Sylvain Savoia
Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12)
THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, by Sholly Fisch, Rick Burchett, and Dan Davis (Collected in THE ALL-NEW BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD TP)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
THE SUGAR AND SPIKE ARCHIVES VOL. 1 HC, by Sheldon Mayer
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
WE3 DELUXE EDITION HC, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
Mike Carey, THE UNWRITTEN
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:
Michael Allred, iZOMBIE
Best Cover Artist:
Michael Allred, iZOMBIE
Yuko Shimizu, THE UNWRITTEN
Laura Allred, iZOMBIE
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books:
THE MAD FOLD-IN COLLECTION by Al Jaffee (Chronicle)
Best Publication Design:
THE MAD FOLD-IN COLLECTION designed by Michael Morris (Chronicle)
What are the top 3 things you need to know about SWAMP THING or ANIMAL MAN?
SS: Swamp Thing: he's big, he's green and he's badass. Really though, what you need to know is that Dr. Alec Holland was born with a strange connection to the Green - the earth's network of plant life. As for many people before him, this connection was a sign that he was destined to become the fabled protector of the Green, a powerful creature known as Swamp Thing. But with Alec, the connection was stronger than most, so strong the Green believed Alec might be destined to become the greatest Swamp Thing ever, a warrior-king Swamp Thing. Alec resisted this destiny for a long time, but now he has accepted it out of love for a woman named Abilgail Arcane, to save her from a death force called the Rot, and so Alec has been transformed into the Swamp Thing - a swamp thing more powerful than any that came before. Just like Buddy is Animal Man, the avatar of the Red, the network of all living creatures, Alec is Swamp Thing, the avatar of the Green. Both of them have an enemy in the Rot.
JL: Animal Man is a father and husband first and a "superhero" second. Any
decisions he makes are with his family in mind. And in many ways the
book is as much about the entire family as it is about Buddy Baker. His
4-year old daugther Maxine is the next Avatar of The Red, the lifeweb
that connects all living things. Buddy is her protector, and stands in
her place until she is ready. Buddy can connect to any animal and take
on their traits. In upcoming issues we'll see these powers grow and
evolve into something more.
What's been your biggest challenge working on SWAMP THING or ANIMAL MAN with the knowledge that it will have ramifications in another title (s)?
SS: Honestly, the biggest challenge is simply keeping up with Jeff - his imaginative storytelling and amazing character work on A-Man have me in awe every month.
JL: I agree. Scott's biggest challenge is keeping up with me. But seriously,
both Animal Man and Swampy have such a revered history that the
challenge is living up to what's come before, while at the same time
doing something new and making the characters our own.
How often do you talk story?
SS: We talk all the time. Every couple days. We're like high school girls, but we talk about rot-monsters with baby-heads and such.
JL: If you ask my wife, we talk way too much. But Scott's my best friend and
we have so much fun talking about comics and coming up with these
stories it's hard not to.
What's been your favorite moment of each other's book so far and what are you most excited for in the other's book this summer?
SS: There are so many. I think the one I'll name here though was the moment the Hunters came through into our world through the zoo animals. I knew it was coming from having spoken to Jeff, but it still terrified me.
JL: I love the scene where Abby and Alec lay down in the grass and her side
wilts and his grows all lush. A really brilliant poetic moment that said so much with so little.
I'm most excited for all the other DC universe characters that will be popping
up in the crossover...fans are in for more than a few surprises. The scope
of the story is much bigger than just Animal Man and Swamp Thing
Team red or team green? Why?
SS: Team Green of course. Swamp Thing forever!
JL: TEAM BROWN!! Go Rot, go!!!
DCE at C2E2!
The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2, will take place this April 13-15 in the North Building at McCormick Place in Chicago, and DC Entertainment will be there in full force!
We'll have a lot going on at C2E2 pertaining to BEFORE WATCHMEN, from panels to promotional items to signings with the talent. In addition, we'll have news from Vertigo and The New 52.
If you're in town for the show, please come visit us at booth #115; and if you're not able to attend, be sure to check out dccomics.com for all the updates!
See you in Chicago!
- Ian Sattler, DC Entertainment
DC ENTERTAINMENT TO SHOWCASE “BEFORE WATCHMEN,” DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 AND VERTIGO AT KAPOW!
Leading Entertainment Company Will Bring Top Executives and Talent to UK Convention
DC Entertainment announced its plans today to bring some of the company’s top executives and creators to Kapow! to discuss the year’s highly anticipated BEFORE WATCHMEN comic book event, the record-breaking initiative that took the industry by storm this past September, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, and the four new series from acclaimed adult imprint, Vertigo. On hand to discuss all things DC Entertainment will be Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, Vertigo Senior Editor and BEFORE WATCHMEN series editor, Will Dennis, Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne, and a roster of major talent including Scott Snyder, Peter Milligan, Paul Cornell and Ian Churchill. This event, which takes place May 19-20, will be occurring only a small number of weeks before the release of the inaugural issues of BEFORE WATCHMEN on June 2nd.
DC ALL ACCESS - SPECIAL EDITION
Panelists: Dan DiDio, Bob Wayne, Will Dennis, Scott Snyder, Peter Milligan, Paul Cornell
Don’t miss this panel about the sure-to-be most talked about project of 2012, BEFORE WATCHMEN! Join DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, Editor Will Dennis, and Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne as they talk about this next game-changing event. They’ll also join writers Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE), Peter Milligan (HELLBLAZER) and Paul Cornell (SAUCER COUNTRY) to share the latest news on all your favorite Vertigo titles and discuss details about the new wave of Vertigo! No comics fan will want to miss this!
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
Panelists: Dan DiDio, Bob Wayne, Scott Snyder, Peter Milligan, Paul Cornell, Ian Churchill
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is the industry’s most talked about industry-shattering event of the last year. Although the landscape has changed, we’re not done making news! Come by and be a part of history as DCE Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne discuss the books that are shaping the dawn of this new era along with some of the major talent writing and illustrating these titles, including Scott Snyder (BATMAN, SWAMP THING), Peter Milligan (RED LANTERNS), Paul Cornell (STORMWATCH) and Ian Churchill (THE RAVAGERS).
Artist Yanick Pacquette and writer Scott Snyder re-designed the look of Swamp Thing which was revealed on the cover of issue #8 (below). Swamp Thing now has what looks like a crown, body armor, and boots made of bark, and to top it off, some incredible wings. A true warrior.
Check out Yanick Pacquette's Swamp Thing character sketches here.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #6 has sold out and will be going back to press for its second printing. Written by New York Times bestselling author Geoff Johns and illustrated by legendary artist Jim Lee, the issue concludes the first story arc of the flagship series, showcasing the defeat of Darkseid and the formation of the team.
The bestselling comic book of 2011, JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 has been to press seven times already. Issues 4 and 5 have both been back to press for second printings, as well.
The second printing of JUSTICE LEAGUE #6 lands in comic book stores on May 2, the same day as JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 1: ORIGIN - the hardbound edition which collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #1-6.
SUPERMAN #1 has sold out again, and will be going back to press for its third printing. From the creative team of George Perez and Jesus Merino, this launch issue kicked off the modern adventures of the Man of Tomorrow in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, debuting the character’s iconic and distinctive new look.
The third printing of SUPERMAN #1 will be available in comic book stores on May 2, 2012.
It may be April, but we’re not fooling around this week. Alec Holland embraces his destiny and we see Swamp Thing’s awesome new look. Superman slips into the red and blue and squares off against Brainiac in the conclusion to Grant Morrison’s first ACTION COMICS story arc. And we say sayanara to O.M.A.C., MEN OF WAR, HAWK AND DOVE and STATIC SHOCK (at least temporarily) as their ongoing titles finish their run. All of this excitement hits shops on Wednesday, but you can entertain yourself until then with this week’s previews.
Here’s what hit the web yesterday…
USA TODAY previewed O.M.A.C. #8 and interviewed writer Dan DiDio.
MAXIM previewed JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #8.
POPMATTERS previewed RED LANTERNS #8.
WIRED’s GEEKDAD previewed ANIMAL MAN #8.
IGN previewed SWAMP THING #8.
GAWKER’s IO9 previewed MEN OF WAR #8.
UGO previewed BATWING #8.
MTV GEEK previewed ACTION COMICS #8.
COMIC BOOK RESOURCES previewed GREEN ARROW #8.
NEWSARAMA previewed DETECTIVE COMICS #8.
COMICVINE previewed STATIC SHOCK #8.
IFANBOY previewed HAWK AND DOVE #8.
The DC Comics Website previewed STORMWATCH #8.