There’s a great big world of comic books beyond superhero stories. For example, the biggest series on basic cable, The Walking Dead, is based on a long-running black and white comic book where there’s nary a super-power or cape and cowl in sight. Hollywood now seems to be turning to that idea non-superhero comics might make good TV. Preacher is currently in production to air sometime next year on AMC, and this after years of attempted development to turn it into a feature film. And now, according to sources, another Vertigo comic, Y: The Last Man, is about to follow a similar course. (more…)
Brian K. Vaughan
In “alternate reality” science fiction, one of the few tropes more engaging than alt-history – which shows us how things might have been changed if a historical lynch-pin event had a different outcome than that which we already know – is perhaps best described as alt-future: showing how our society would handle something that could conceivably happen based on our current world, even if the likelihood of that happening is extremely slim. That’s the premise we are given in We Stand on Guard, a planned 5-issue mini-series. The United States and Canada share the longest international land border in the world… what if our two countries went to war against each other?
We know that the comic book business has been changing just as much as any other business that has seen modern reading habits shift from what’s printed to what’s posted. The digital revolution has changed things, and the only thing anyone can really agree on is that things are changing. So they are changing again. Marvel Comics announced a deal today with the e-book/periodical digital distribution platform Scribd to offer hundreds of Marvel comic books via Scribd’s subscription service. Think of it as Netflix for comics, and now, for just $8.99 per month, you can read some of your favorite adventures of the Avengers, the X-Men and Spider-Man. (more…)
This week in comic book censorship news, Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga is undergoing a bit of harassment from Apple. Apparently, they’re refusing to distribute the latest issue, #12, via their apps due to some questionably sexy content. A debate has arisen, however, of whether Apple is doing this because they don’t want to associate themselves with what they see as pornography, or whether it’s because the nature of the pornography in question is same-sex.
Apple has been on a rampage as of late, taking down more than 1500 other titles that it deemed inappropriate. They’re not happy with anything dirty being sold through them, but they have run Saga freely up to the current issue and, if creator Vaughan can be trusted, there have been worse things in previous issues.
Vaughan’s press release states his own opinion on the matter:
Annoying press release thing: APPLE vs. SAGA #12
As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a series for the proverbial “mature reader.” Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps. This is a drag, especially because our book has featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past, but there you go. Fiona and I could always edit the images in question, but everything we put into the book is there to advance our story, not (just) to shock or titillate, so we’re not changing s**t.
Apologies to everyone who reads our series on iPads or iPhones, but here are your alternatives for Wednesday:
1) Head over to you friendly neighborhood comics shop and pick up a physical copy of our issue that you can have and hold forever.
2) While you’re at it, don’t forget to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which helps protect retailers who are brave enough to carry work that some in their communities might consider offensive. You can find signed copies of Saga at the CBLDF site right now.
3) Download the issue directly through sites like https://comics.imagecomics.com or on your non-Apple smartphone or tablet.
4) If all else fails, you might be able to find SAGA #12 in Apple’s iBookstore, which apparently sometimes allows more adult material to be sold than through its apps. Crazy, right?
Anyway, special thanks to Eric Stephenson and everyone at Image for supporting our decision, and for always being so supportive of creators. Sorry again to readers for the inconvenience, but I hope everyone will be able to find an issue that Fiona and I are particularly proud of. And after you do, please check out PanelSyndicate.com, the new digital comics site I own with artist Marcos Martin, which remains 100% uncensored by corporate overlords.
So the question of whether this is because of the nature of the sex is up for debate. Legally, Apple is entitled to refuse to sell anything they don’t want to. With the proliferation of other ways to get the comic, their opinion probably doesn’t mean very much in the short-run – just another group of people who don’t approve of this or that. Luckily for us, we have the Internet, which no one entity rules (unless you count LOLcats).
Thanks to IGN for the heads-up.
The comic book movie is dominated by big name franchises like The Avengers and The Dark Knight – even Man of Steel is netting a ton of attention and it isn’t even out yet – but one comic book adaptation has been on the rise since 2007. According to Deadline, commercial director Dan Trachtenberg has been called upon to direct the long awaited Y: The Last Man film adaptation for New Line Cinema.
When a mysterious plague strikes, it kills every male mammal on Earth. It seems that the only exception is Yorick Brown, an amateur escape artist in New York, and his male Capuchin monkey, Ampersand. The only two known males left on the planet to survive, the pair, under the order of the new President of the United States and protection of Agent 355, must travel in search of a brilliant geneticist and cloning expert in search of answers. All the while they must survive the dangers of the new world and those that would use Yorick’s survival to their own means.
It sounds like an awesome tale – and it is, as evidenced with a five Eisner Awards for Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. Y: The Last Man is long overdue for the adaptation it deserves. I Am Number Four director D. J. Caruso was at one time attached to the script, but ultimately walked away from the project back in 2010 saying in an interview with MovieWeb:
“I didn’t think that you could take Yorick’s story and put it in to a two-hour movie and do it justice. That was sort of the difference. I think that New Line, working with Warner Bros. in their new relationship, just felt reluctant thinking that we can’t leave this thing open. If you are familiar with the comic book you know it’s just mind-boggling.”
This was based on Caruso’s hope to see the Vertigo series become a film trilogy and that could still happen with Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia‘s new draft of the script.
As for Trachtenberg, the studio is pretty confident that he’s the right man for the job – if you’ve seen the Portal: No Escape short film, you’d agree as well. If you can turn a seven minute film into over eleven million views (at this point in time), you reserve the right to stick your foot in the doorway of Hollywood at least once.
Source: Geek Tyrant
For fans, Y: The Last Man is one of those comic-to-film efforts that keeps going one step forward and three steps back. Once upon a time, D.J. Curoso was prepping a trilogy based on the Brian K. Vaughan-penned graphic novel starring his Disturbia and Eagle Eye-star Shia Labeouf. Then Incredible Hulk director Louis Letterier came aboard and encountered similar difficulty getting Y made.
But a recent draft of a screenplay penned by Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia seems to have New Line grinning with anticipation… From all the money they’re going to make from Y: The Last Man the movie once they get a director and get it into production, which is what they’re now trying to do.
Here’s the latest word from Vulture:
We hear that the studio is very pleased with a draft from former Jericho writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and has already begun the process of meeting with director candidates to hire for the project.
Y: The Last Man followed the adventures of Yorrick, the last man on Earth after a plague wiped out all mammals with an X chromosome. The 60-issue series, published between 2002 and 2008, follows Yorrick and his monkey Ampersand as they travel the post-plague Earth trying to find the reason for their immunity, and the key to humanity’s survival.
More news as it develops (and hopefully it will develop this time).
For me, anything new from Brian K. Vaughan is a must-buy. After giving the world both Ex Machina and Y:The Last Man, he’s earned it. I’ve been pumped for Saga since it was announced at Comic-Con last summer, and I went to my local comics shop this week wishin’ and hopin’ for a book that wouldn’t disappoint. Would the Vaughan magic transfer over to the space opera scale he was going for?
Eisner Award-winning comics writer Brian K. Vaughan will return to the world of comics next year with a new creator-owned sci-fi series Saga. Vaughan and Saga’s publisher – Image Comics – announced the series Saturday at ComicCon.
Vaughan has contributed to everything from Batman to Ultimate X-Men, but is best known for his own created titles like Runaways, Y: The Last Man (2008 Best Series Eisner) and Ex Machina (2005 Best New Series and Best Writer Eisners). He’s spent the last couple of years working in Hollywood as a writer for Lost and crafting screen adaptations of his own comics, but now he’s coming back to the medium that made him a star.
Fiona Staples (who most recently has been drawing stuff like Jonah Hex and Superman/Batman for DC) will draw the book. Details are scant on the plot, but in an interview with our friends at Comic Book Resource, Vaughan said it’s definitely sci-fi (he names Star Wars as a key inspiration), and it’s definitely for mature readers.
So far, all that I’ve seen is a beautiful teaser poster by Fiona Staples for the new series that two of you are collaborating on, which is called “Saga.” The poster features two enticing characters with Spockian ears, horns and wings. Is it safe to say this is a science fiction/fantasy tale?
Yep, sci-fi/fantasy for adults. We’re gonna earn that “M” rating.
I know you’re not ready to share too many details just yet as the first issue doesn’t ship till 2012, but big picture, what can you tell us about “Saga”?
“Saga” is an epic drama chronicling the life and times of one young family fighting to survive a never-ending war. 100 percent creator-owned. Ongoing. Monthly. Fiona and I are banking issues now.
And the two characters from the poster, are they the series’ leads? Even if not, who are they?
I guess you could call them our romantic leads. Afraid I can’t say much more than that yet.
I know we’re all supposed to be starstruck by all the movie stars and cinema giants roaming around ComicCon these days, but honestly, this is what that joint is really about. One of the most acclaimed writers of his generations is on his way back to the medium with an epic sci-fi book for grown-ups? Hell yeah.
“The First Hundred Days” collects the first five issues of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina, one of two brilliant series the writer has introduced to comics fans in the last decade, the other being the somewhat better known Y: The Last Man. While Y is a story told on a somewhat bigger scale, with a bigger concept and a more action-heavy story, Ex Machina may very well be the better tale. It’s part political thriller, part hero’s journey, part superhero adventure and part psychological trip, all told with Vaughan’s flair for playing with chronology, brilliant dialogue, and primal attachment to compelling characters.
In another case of “What I really want to do is direct” Brian K. Vaughn -creator of such comic classics like Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina and Runaways- wants to get off the pages and get behind a camera.
BKV is a lord who blesses us with good stories. However, all of his top comics are at same stage of development for big-screen translation. Each moving at a snails pace, basically early production limbo. His best known property, Y: The Last Man, has been talked about for years, but nothing has come of it. And Runaways got put on hold as it’s less of a priority to the big name comic-book adaptations in the pipeline ( HR says they want to release it post-Avengers). Vaughn himself, recently left ABC’s Lost to write screenplays and generated some buzz with a film called Roundtable, but he’s itchin’ to get out there. Which is why he just signed with a new agency: Verve. While agency turnover is boring, The Hollywood Reporter’s recent story on the subject had a little nugget about Vaughan working on a screenplay he plans to direct:
Brian K. Vaughan… has signed with Verve. He was previously at CAA… A believer in the creation of original material, Vaughan is cooking up several new projects across various media, including a new screenplay on which he plans to make his feature directorial debut.
So, in addition to being part of the hairless club for men comic scribes (Bendis, Morrison, and him), he wants to step back from a medium that he is quite effective in and explore the possiblities of being a first-time director on a new comic-book type movie? OK, I get Vaughan is one of the best, underrated writers currently working in movies and the fact that he has yet to see his name on the big screen is a tragedy, but direct? Eh, I guess if you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself. Good luck, fucker.
Vaughan’s skills as a director are as yet unknown, but his instincts and abilities as a storyteller are strong. We await more news on his projects keenly.
source: The Hollywood Reporter