Way back in the 90s, a group of Marvel writers and illustrators, growing frustrated with the current business model of comic books created Image Comics. Image would allow them to publish their own work, receive a fair pay, and actually retain the ownership rights to their characters. Now, more than 24 years later, Image is doing pretty good. Responsible for such series as The Walking Dead, Outcast (both of which are now TV shows based on Robert Kirkman’s works), Saga, The Maxx, Youngblood, Shadowhawk, and The Savage Dragon. However, there is one Image Comic property that stands out among the rest, Spawn by Todd McFarlane.
A long time ago, when Costco used to sell comic books in sealed packages ranging from X-Men to Thor to Batman and even Quasar. Who the hell is Quasar? Exactly. Also included in some of those packages were some smaller press comics from a company by the name of Image. Their titles included Youngblood, Brigade, and Bloodstrike. They were part of a universe known as the Extreme Universe and were all created Rob Liefeld. And now Liefeld, along with Akiva Goldsman have just hit a deal with numerous Hollywood executives to bring the Extreme Universe to life and to a theater near you in the not too distant future.
While people may be talking about The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman has another contender coming out of the gate. Outcast, a title out of Skybound/Image comics, is Kirkman and artist Paul Azteca’s excorcism-themed project; centered around protagonist Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. (more…)
PlayStation Network: The multimedia service offered on Sony‘s PlayStation game consoles is set to release its first original series, an adaptation of the comic book series Powers published by Image and written by Ultimate Spider-Man scribe Brian Michael Bendis, who will also executive produce the show.
Powers follows the adventures of a pair of “normal” cops fighting crime in a world where superheroes and villains are very real, and public knowledge. The series will star South African actor Sharlto Copley of District 9, and The Following‘s Susan Heyward, and it’s being produced by Charlie Huston. Director David Slade–known best for directing 30 Days of Night, and several episodes of NBC‘s Hannibal–will helm the first two episodes. More after the jump: (more…)
It would be simplistic to say that comic book adaptations are limited to the books published by DC Comics and Marvel, but when it comes to movies about superheroes, the publishers more or less have that market cornered. That’s kind of surprising, especially for a Hollywood desperate to a) jump on a bandwagon with seemingly infinite rewards, and b) buy up any idea that comes pre-delivered with its own built-in audience. Throughout much of the 90s, Image Comics cranked out one new superhero book after the other, and for a time they did mighty battle with the big two publishers. So where are the movies based on WildC.A.T.s, or Savage Dragon, or Cyber Force? Perhaps this drought is about to be addressed because one of the architects of the Image boom, Rob Liefeld, says that there’s some serious studio interest in one of his characters: Supreme. (more…)
It’s the 1960s in Chicago and superheroes have unionized to fight evil under a contract with the city. This is the world of C.O.W.L., a new Image published comic from writers Kyle Higgins (Nightwing) and Alec Siegel, and artist Rod Reis.
In our exclusive interview with Higgins, we talk about how he developed C.O.W.L. from its short film origins, working with both Siegel and Reis, building new heroes, the differences between DC and Marvel, his time on Nightwing, and his present run on Batman Beyond 2.0.
SyFy made a lot of questionable decisions of the years – I mean look at its name, am I right? – but one of the most vexing thing for fans has been the cable channel’s emphasis on cheap reality shows about annoying so-called nerds and ghost busters from every corner of the the country, while cancelling decent, genuine sci-fi and fantasy series. Might that be changing? Might SyFy be making some bold moves in original programming with a couple of new series from veteran producers of well-loved and established genre producers. (more…)
EDITORS NOTE: In partnership with Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), we bring you another weekly installment of badass, foul mouthed comic book reviews. So without further ado here’s F’N Pryde with her weekly comic book rundown. It’s ”Pryde’s Picks!”
Holy video fail, Batman! I want to apologize profusely for this week’s video quality. There was an audio error in our first draft and then my video editor boyfriend was pulled out to the Bahamas for a work trip. Despite my lame excuses, I want ya’ll to rest assured knowing I’ll be back in HD next week. Anyhoozle…
Marvel found a way to pull at my heartstrings by bringing Wolverine & Cyclops together over a beer while my mouth dropped at the idea of Rogue taking her mutant powers OVER 9000! DC Comics delves a bit more into Commissioner Gordon’s shady past and then pours us a hot cup of Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy pajama party. Alyssa Milano teams up with Boom Entertainment to bring us the intriguing Hacktivist. Image comics won my week with The Walking Dead finally giving me much bloodshed and death in this week’s All Out War. (more…)
Recently, we had a chance to talk face to face with multi-talented comic book writer and artist Tim Seeley at New York Comic Con about his and Mike Norton‘s rural noir zombie thriller Revival, providing a contrast for The Walking Dead, becoming a highly sought after team with Norton, the status of the rumored Hack/Slash film, his interest in bringing his comics to TV or the big screen, and knowing where Revival will end thanks to Lost.
This is a special edition of The BastardCast featuring an interview with God Hates Astronauts creator Ryan Browne. The regular, curse filled podcast’o shenanigans version of The BastardCast will come into your life over the weekend, and you will love it like a bear loves porridge and Young MC music.
Some of the greatest fanbeing/comic series love affairs have been born from the magic of a word of mouth suggestion. That’s how I found God Hates Astronaut, a web-comic that will see a collected print release from Image Comics on October 9th (let your local comic shop know that you want this book NOW).
Weird and wonderfully hysterical, the book details the strange downfall of Star Fighter as he deals with infidelity, a ghost cow, an un-dead pugilist, magic bears, superhero bureaucracy, an asshole cowboy and a massive head.
Created by Ryan Browne (Blast Furnace, The Manhattan Projects) over the course of six years, Browne tells us about the future of God Hates Astronauts, the magic of Reginald VelJohnson (the cop from Die Hard and Family Matters, c’mon people…) and creating GHA’s world.
We also discuss the copious bonus content in the print edition, whether Browne would want to work for Marvel or DC and the creative cost that comes with such a job, his guest work on The Manhattan Projects, the long process from concept to web comic to print.
All that and more on the latest BastardCast Interview.