Steve Niles

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We’ve had Godzilla Vs King Kong, Freddy Vs Jason, Aliens Vs Predator… Now, someone’s had the good sense to finally bring us a rumble worthy of the backwoods of North America, the battle of the hairy beasts of the forest. It will be werewolves versus Bigfoot action when Hollywood producers get through adapting the comic, Savage for the big screen. (more…)

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So you folks all remember the rumormill going wild back when the Evil Dead remake hit the screens?  Remember Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell talking about how they would like to continue the story of Ash following the events of Army of Darkness?  Well, it looks like we will get to find out what happened to our beloved chainsaw-hand hero, although perhaps not quite the way we were expecting.  It appears that Army of Darkness will be continuing, albeit in a comic book format.  Check out all the Ashy goodness after the jump.

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Comic writer Steve Niles lets us know about utilizing Kickstarter, staying fresh, writing DC and Marvel characters, and merging Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night for Criminal Macabre: The Final Night — The 30 Days of Night Crossover.

Your Kickstarter with Ben Templesmith and menton3 for Lust was recently funded. What was the impetus that drove you to funding through Kickstarter? How do you think that funding like this will change – or, maybe, has already started changing – the nature of comics or comics publishing?

Steve Niles: There were a lot of reasons to try Kickstarter. As indie creators we don’t have many publishing options and the weirder the project the harder it is to find a home for.

We knew coming out of the gate that we wanted Lust to be something different, a bit of an experiment. That right there put us at risk in the eyes of most publishers. The other is, also as an indie creator, we have trouble getting our books to fans so Kickstarter offered us a way to go directly to fans. The biggest reason though was a great chance to work with Templesmith and Menton again. I love those guys and I’m hoping this is the first of many “weird” projects.

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We told you last month about the Aurora Rise benefit that is being organized by All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, CO to help the victims of the Aurora masacre and now, with Aurora Rise set to go on this weekend we wanted to remind you about this awesome event and the collective comic book community response to this tragedy.

In the time since late July the event has grown immensely — securing Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, Matt Fraction and others for in-store signings and appearances. They have also added the support of DC and Marvel, who have joined Dark Horse Comics and Image Comics as sponsors.

The event has now been picked up and covered by Comic Book Resources, Newsarama, Bleeding Cool, and serveral other outlets, with Rich Johnston and company over at Bleeding Cool repeatedly reporting on the event and donating items to All C’s. Speaking of items that have been donated that list is astonishing and with all proceeds from the silent auction going to the Alex Sullivan Fund and Giving First Aurora, this is bound to make an impact on the lives of those most affected by those horrific events. You can check the Aurora Rise Facebook page for updates on the list of products that will be available, including a small selection of items that may be auctioned online.

In the time since I first heard about Aurora Rise I have spoken with a number of people in the comics community and the sense of purpose and the selflessness that I have encountered has been awe inspiring. From Mr. Farnsworth dedicating his time and turning over his store to help not just the people he knows and knew but also victims that he had never encountered, to Aub Driver over at Dark Horse sounding the horn to the comic book media and Sarah DeLine over at Image coordinating across multiple imprints like Top Cow and Skybound to get people to Aurora and get donations in — all so impressive, all so helpful. I spoke to artist Tim Daniel via email about the event as well and I wanted to share with you what he told me.

The genuine nature of Jason [Farnsworth]’s desire to assist the victims and families of the Aurora shooting was palpable. I could feel the emotion in his words; the simmering frustration and outright shock mixed with a real hope to help make a difference in these people’s lives. Jason’s words gave voice to my own feelings about the shootings. Through his efforts, I had a chance to contribute something, because none of what happened that night made any sense to me. Selfish really, when I think about it – but also in a way, cathartic  – being able to contribute some marketing materials and help grow the awareness of the Benefit Event. Once again though, credit to someone else here, in the person of Colorado artist Anthony Gregori, who took my rough graphics and banged out polished art elements for me to arrange within 24 hrs. Having Tony hail from Colorado, only made it more appropriate and personal.

All of this comes from my admiration of the comics industry as a community, having been witness to so many selfless acts by creators over the last several years; whether it was benefit auctions, donations, appearances – there is always someone in need and often, I’ve seen members of the comics industry step-in with money or goods or whatever, in order to assist others. I’m very grateful to find myself to be a part of such a kind, generous, compassionate community. Jason’s customers, his friends and fellow Aurorans, whether they were in that theater or not – support this industry every Wednesday – there is an undeniable relationship there between each of them and those of us making comics. I’m proud to see the various publishers and individual creators that have stepped forward and  acknowledge that connection.

The Aurora Rise event takes place this weekend, August 25th and 26th at All C’s Collectibles. All C’s is located at 1250 South Abillene Street Aurora, CO. Their phone number is: (303) 751-6882 and their email is: allcs@comcast.net. If you live in the Denver/Aurora area or if you know someone who lives in the area please either stop by or let them know that they should stop by to watch Jason Farnsworth and the comic book community rise up to help those in need in the moments after many have forgotten the hell that they have and will go through as time goes on.

 

Craven and Niles Team Up for New Comic-to-Film Project

Wes Craven‘s been making films for over 40 years, but he’s still charting new territory. Now he’s co-creating a comic book, which he will eventually turn into a movie, and he’s doing it with none other than Steve Niles of 30 Days of Night fame.

The project is called Coming of Rage, and it will be Craven and producer Arnold Rifkin‘s first publication through Liquid Comics, who they signed a partnership deal with in 2010. Craven created the concept, and writer Niles will pen the five-issue miniseries. The eventual film will be produced Rifkin and Liquid Comics CEO Sharad Devarajan.

There’s no word on concept or story for Coming of Rage save for the above teaser art, but Deadline is reporting that “it is pretty clear that there’ll be a healthy dose of horror, blood and suspense.”

Craven, best known for creating A Nightmare on Elm Street, has spent the last few years producing remakes of his popular prior hits like Nightmare, The Hills Have Eyes and Last House on the Left. His last two films were the sequel Scream 4, and his original screenplay My Soul to Take.

Coming of Rage is scheduled to be published sometime next year.

Source: Comic Book Resources

Daredevil with Ben Affleck sucked. We all know this (If you don’t, well I adore your ignorance). Personally, I always thought the blind lawyer who moonlights as a vigilante would make for some great TV. After all, people sure do love them Law and Order type shows, it would so work. Much to my dismay, FOX has no plans for Daredevil television. However, they have a reboot planned. This we know as well. Until now there has been very little news on the new Daredevil movie other than the fact that David Slade (Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night) will be directing. Recently, Mr. Slade posted a brief update on the status of the film via the good ‘ole Twitter. Slade tweeted that Fringe writer Brad Caleb Kane has officially completed the first draft of the script.

I’m interested to see where they take this flick. It couldn’t be any worse than the first film…right? RIGHT!?

Via: Geek Tyrant

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