Joe Quesada is name that may not be familiar to many of the people that enjoy Marvel movies and TV shows, but it would be hard to say if there would even be a Marvel today, as we know it, without Quesada’s timely intervention. Starting with a small line of four books no one really cared about, Quesada soon found himself the head of the Marvel Comics at the turn of the century, and a prime force in taking the company from the brink of bankruptcy to being a multimedia empire standing up in its own right amongst the expansive Disney kingdom. He talked about this journey Friday at Fan Expo Canada. (more…)
For something that seemed like it might be a sad occasion, it was actually kind of uproarious. What was billed as Stan Lee’s final Canadian con appearance Sunday morning at Fan Expo Canada was a treat to witness as the Godfather of Marvel Comics shared stories, laughs and memories with a packed house of 4,000 of his closest Canadian fans. If this was a going away party, it was one of the best you could have go to. (more…)
After Todd McFarlane, no one’s had a longer relationship with the Image Comics character Spawn than Greg Capullo. First drawing the character 1993, he kept up with the book and its numerous spin-offs until well into the 21st century. These days though, Capullo is more well-known for his run on Batman with writer Scott Snyder, a five-year collaboration that was critically and commercially successful and saw an expansion of the Batman mythos with some of the Dark Knight’s most popular modern story arcs. Capullo is now working with Mark Millar on his new creator-own book, Reborn, which will likely continue Millar’s winning streak next to books like Kick-Ass, The Secret Service and Wanted. This weekend though, it’s all about Capullo as he comes to Fan Expo Canada in Toronto to sign a few books and shake a few hands, but before that, Capullo took the time to answer a few questions from Nerd Bastards about his Batman legacy, his collaboration with Snyder, and what he’s looking to do in the future in terms of his comics career. (more…)
Tim Sale has put his stamp on a lot of comics’ biggest characters, his work with writer Jeph Loeb is amongst some of the best to come out of the printing press in the last 20 years. The work of the duo on collections like Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman For All Season, Spider-Man Blue, Daredevil Yellow, and their recently completed Captain America White, have not just satisfied comic book readers, but influenced the makers of the live-action movie counterparts of the characters. Talking to Tim Sale though, who appears this weekend at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, you can tell that he’s a thoughtful guy that cares very much about the state of his art form. We talked about how the industry has changed for better and worse, his orderly way of managing his con commitments, and his memories of the dear departed Darwyn Cooke. (more…)
David Finch is at it again! Drawing Batman that is. Back in 2011, Finch was amongst the new creators to join in the re-shuffling of the DC Comics Universe and take the Dark Knight in bold new directions, and now, as DC undergoes Rebirth, Finch returns to Gotham with a new partner and a new mandate. Finch’s credits include Justice League of America, Wonder Woman, and Forever Evil, as well as Marvel books like Ultimate X-Men and New Avengers, but right now his work life’s about Batman, and that’s kind of the way Finch likes it. On the eve of his appearance at Fan Expo Canada this Labour Day weekend, we talked to Finch about Batman’s appeal, how he leaves his mark on the character, and his thoughts on how comic book movies are affecting the way he makes comic book art. (more…)
We should have seen in this coming. The success of Deadpool earlier this year at the box office, has emboldened Rob Liefeld, who co-created Merc with the Mouth, to dig back into menagerie and see what else he can make a profit on. After all, everything else he’s ever done must be genius too, right? That assertion will be put to the test next year when Liefeld and Image Comics relaunch Youngblood, which was one of the founding books and a million seller for Image back in 1992. But this isn’t the same Youngblood from the 90s though, this is an all-new Youngblood that looks laid back and chill for the 20-teens. (more…)
Unless you’ve been living off the grid in a cave or something, you’ve heard that Tony Stark is quitting the Superhero business after Civil War II wraps and is handing the Iron Man mantle to a 15-year-old mechanical genius Riri Williams. The first question in many folks minds was, “What is she gonna call herself… Iron Girl…Iron Maiden…?” Now writer Brian Michael Bendis has revealed the new super hero code name that Riri will adopt when she takes the reins in The Invincible Iron Man #1 later this Fall. (more…)
Remember that time Superman died by the hands of Doomsday in the 90s event comic called “The Death of Superman“? Remember how the only two things to come out of that comic, were the lame Superman death armbands (so that every geek could show solidarity) and how later, Superman would come back to life (like Superman was ever going to stay dead) in the “Reign of Superman” follow-up, thusly and quickly rendering the former comic utterly worthless? Can’t say much about the death armband (though it does make for a “super” bookmark) or the Death of Superman comic, which again is now about as valuable and useful as a roll of toilet paper. However, the return of Superman did bring Superman back in a big bad way. He came back dressed in all in black and a sported a serious mullet. Yes, for a good portion of the 90s, Superman looked like Johnny Cash and WWF’s Razor Ramon, and it was good.
What’s with the trip down Death of Superman memory lane? Well, as you may recall, Zach Snyder shoved the whole Doomsday killeth Superman at the end of Batman V Superman. Much like the “Come on DC, like you have us fooled” doubt that swept the 90’s, do you really think Superman is gonna stay 6 feet under – like he’s not going to make a triumphant return in Justice League? Question is, will he come back the same blue suited boy scout, or will he back “cue the ACDC music* “Back in Black”, like in the comic?
According to Superman himself, Henry Cavill, he just might! (more…)
Who doesn’t love the Buffy the Vampire Slayer? The show where normal teenage high school cheerleader Buffy Summers finds out that not only is the paranormal real, it’s her job to kick it in the teeth—and boy, does she ever. The TV show, a re-imagining and update (created by Avengers and Firefly director Joss Whedon) of the movie of the same name, ran from 1997 ’til 2003 for seven seasons. Fans could not get enough of it; despite the show ending, people clamored for more of Buffy and the gang, which resulted in an ongoing series to continue the story. This resulted in three more seasons in comic form. Now, this fall, the story will continue again. (more…)
The iconic Marvel comic book, The Micronauts, has been rebooted by IDW Publishing, hitting the shelves this past April. Image Comics and Devil’s Due have attempted reboots of the classic series in the early 2000s – but those comics failed to catch on like that amazing book that rockedthe worlds of many a reader back in the day. A brief history: In 1974, the Japanese toy company, Takara, started up the Microman line, ranging from action figures and vehicles to playsets. The storyline had it that the “Micro” characters came from a world called Micro Earth and the tiny alien cyborgs hid on our worlds, disguised as action figures. 19 76 saw the Mego Corporation, who gave kids action figures from Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and Space: 1999 and some cool respective playsets, releasing the Micronaut toys. Flash forward to December 1977 when prolific Marvel Comics’ scribe Bill Mantlo’s son received some Micronaut figures as Christmas presents. Mantlo was intrigued by the toys and felt there was potential for interesting characters and a fascinating Microverse that they inhabited. (more…)