Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nerds get thuggish: Stabbing at Comic-Con

Well here's a story I didn't really expect to write about. At San Diego's Comic-Con a man stabbed another man in the eye with a pen.

It happened in Hall C, the room normally held for big events because it's the larger room in the con, just before Universal pictures panel for films like Cowboys & Alien and Paul.

It seems the indecent may have been over squatting, a practice where fans wait in the room during one event to make sure they get a good (or just a) seat for another panel.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Static in 2011

Over the weekend DC comics released the news that there will be a new Static series coming out next year.

Great news if you are a fan of the 90's series like I was.

Hopefully we will see the Milestone characters used more. I know many Milestone fans that wonder why after DC got the right to use the milestone characters aren't they being used more. In the 2 years since the Milestone character became part of the DCU we've only had Static in teen titans, the use of a few Milestone characters in Justice League when Dwayne Mcduffie (co-founder of Milestone) was writing the title and the Milestone for ever mini series. Not a lot when you compare it to the fact that around that same time DC was also using Archie comics' Red Circle characters and gave number of those characters their own one-shot specials and comic series.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Things are spinning for Sonic the Hedgehog

First the voice of Sonic (also known as Steve Urkel) has been report on hitting his girl friend in her breast and now the Sonic world is turned upside down again with the news that Ken Penders won a copyright lawsuit that gives him the rights for the characters he made during his run of Sonic The hedgehog comics.

Ken Penders say's that
As a result, I am now officially recognized by the U.S. Government as the owner of every single SONIC and KNUCKLES story I ever created

What does this mean?

That means anyone seeking to use my characters, concepts and stories that were published in the pages of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, various SONIC 48-page specials, various issues of SONIC SUPER SPECIALS, the PRINCESS SALLY mini-series, the SONIC'S FRIENDLY NEMESIS KNUCKLES mini-series, KNUCKLES THE DARK LEGION and the KNUCKLES THE ECHIDNA series, must first contact me for permission and to make arrangements for the use of this material.

This ruling also means that Archie wont be able to use Ken Penders characters anymore or reprint stories with his character unless they contact him first.

Which I think will be a hit for Archie since Sonic is a good selling title for the company and they sell a reprints of their stories in different formats (tbp, digest etc) The reprint point is probably the bigger issue since Archie still has rights to Sonic and a lot of the character created by sega and I guess some others and maybe can just reboot the series if they can't come to an agreement with Penders on the use of the characters.

The thing about this story is that I'm happy for Penders for getting the rights to his character but I'm surprised Archie didn't negotiate something with him before it got to a point where Penders felt that he needed to go to court.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Wonder Woman's new look

I'm sure by now you have seen the news that Jim Lee has designed a new look for Wonder Woman.

And you have surely read a lot of comic book fans complain about the look.

I have to say I like the new look.

everyone has different taste so I understand that not everyone is going to like the look but reading the comments on DC's blog I think some fans are just going a little hyperbolic in their stating there dislike of Wonder Woman's new custom. I mean I read a guy who said that he vomited when he say the look and others saying they will no longer read Wonder Woman because of it (hmmm makes one wonder why they where reading the book, if they are now stopping because the character is now fully clothed)