Dark Horse Comics brings a Manga contest to the masses

It’s time to break out those drawing tablets, sketch pads or anything else you can muster as Dark Horse Comics is bringing a manga contest to the masses. To celebrate the FLCL Omnibus they’re opening the gates to have manga and comic fans to draw their own 2-4 page story inspired by manga in some form (characters,series,styles). It also has to include Dark Horse in some way but it can be simple to include history, logos or just as a subject.

Grand Prize!

  • 7′ Cardcaptor Sakura Banner
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol. 1
  • Gate 7 Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Book 3
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 2
  • The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 11
  • MPD Psycho Vol. 10
  • Oh My Goddess Vol. 14 & 16
  • Berserk Vol. 33
  • Evangelion 1.11 – You are (Not) Alone Blu-ray
  • Afro Samurai Resurrection – Special Edition Director’s Cut Blu-ray
Judge
  • Carl Horn – Dark Horse Manga Editor
Check out the Dark Horse Blog for more information and get to work on those entries!

Link: Dark Horse Blog

DC Showcase hits KAPOW! 2012 in London

KAPOW! is coming to London next month and DC is continuing their streak of appearances by showing up there as well. Before Watchmen, The New 52 and Vertigo are ready to rock. Panel information is below for the London show so check it out and we’ll follow-up with anything else that DC has to announce!

DC ALL ACCESS – SPECIAL EDITION
Panelists: Dan DiDio, Bob Wayne, Will Dennis, Scott Snyder, Peter Milligan, Paul Cornell
Don’t miss this panel about the sure-to-be most talked about project of 2012, BEFORE WATCHMEN! Join DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, Editor Will Dennis, and Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne as they talk about this next game-changing event. They’ll also join writers Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE), Peter Milligan (HELLBLAZER) and Paul Cornell (SAUCER COUNTRY) to share the latest news on all your favorite Vertigo titles and discuss details about the new wave of Vertigo! No comics fan will want to miss this!

DC COMICS – THE NEW 52
Panelists: Dan DiDio, Bob Wayne, Scott Snyder, Peter Milligan, Paul Cornell, Ian Churchill
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is the industry’s most talked about industry-shattering event of the last year. Although the landscape has changed, we’re not done making news! Come by and be a part of history as DCE Co-Publisher Dan DiDio and Senior Vice President of Sales Bob Wayne discuss the books that are shaping the dawn of this new era along with some of the major talent writing and illustrating these titles, including Scott Snyder (BATMAN, SWAMP THING), Peter Milligan (RED LANTERNS), Paul Cornell (STORMWATCH) and Ian Churchill (THE RAVAGERS).

Link: DC Comics Blog

*Updated *DC Comics hits C2E2 2012 with panels and more!

DC confirms today they’ll be attending C2E2 this year, they’re holding out at booth #115 and launching promo events, signings and panels for fans. Vertigo announcements will roll out at the show and updates on the New 52 will follow, the team doesn’t have much else to share but they’re promising to talk quite a bit on Before Watchmen as a special treat.

Check back for updates on their schedule for the show and we’ll keep the c2E2 news flowing!

*Update: From C2E2

Friday
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DC All Access

Date: Friday, April 13
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: S402ab

Speakers: David Finch , Kevin Maguire , Scott Snyder

Description:
A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC Comic’s top Editors as they talk all things DC! Find out what’s going on behind the scenes at DC Comics! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talent including David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Kevin Maguire (Worlds’ Finest) and Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing), so don’t miss out!

Saturday
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DC Entertainment: Talent Search Orientation

Date: Saturday, April 14
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: N426b

Speaker: Mark Chiarello

Description:
Join DCE’s VP – Art Direction and Design, Mark Chiarello, for an informative orientation session that will explain how DCE’s Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of the DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD Magazine brands. If you want to learn what DCE looks for in artists and how to improve your chances of becoming a working professional, then this is the panel for you! In order to have your work reviewed, attendance at this orientation session is mandatory. (Please note: Not all attendees are guaranteed a one-on-one review.)

DC Comics – The New 52

Date: Saturday, April 14
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Location: S401abc

Speakers: Bob Harras , Chris Burnham , Geoff Johns , Jimmy Palmiotti , Patrick Gleason , Scott Snyder

Description:
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 is the most talked about event of the last year, and we’re not done making news! Come by and be a part of history as DCE Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras is joined by your favorite top-notch talent such as Chris Burnham (Batman, Incorporated), Patrick Gleason (Batman and Robin), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), and Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) to discuss the books that are shaping this new era!

DC All Access – Special Edition: Before Watchmen

Date: Saturday, April 14
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: S401abc

Speakers: Adam Hughes , Amanda Conner , Brian Azzarello , Dan DiDio , J. Michael Straczynski , Lee Bermejo , Len Wein , Mark Chiarello , Will Dennis

Description:
It’s not the end of the world. It’s the beginning! Don’t miss this panel about the most talked about comic book series of 2012! Join DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, VP – Art Direction and Design Mark Chiarello, Senior Editor Will Dennis, Brian Azzarello (Before Watchmen: Rorschach), Lee Bermejo (Before Watchmen: Rorschach), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre), Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan), Len Wein (Before Watchmen: Ozymandias, Curse of the Crimson Corsair) and J. Michael Straczynski (Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan and Superman: Earth One) as they talk about this game-changing event! Hurm!

Sunday
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DC Comics for Kids!

Date: Sunday, April 15
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: S402ab

Speakers: Art Baltazar , Franco

Description:
They may be young – but they’re still heroes! Come join the Eisner Award winning team of Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans) as they bring their one-of-kind energy and humor to discuss the upcoming, action-packed, awesomeness that is Superman Family Adventures as well as other DC Comics for kids! Don’t miss this all-ages panel!

Art Masters – Drawing DC

Date: Sunday, April 15
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: S402ab

Speakers: David Finch , Kevin Maguire , Mark Chiarello , Patrick Gleason

Description:
What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! Join VP – Art Direction and Design Mark Chiarello and DC Comics top artists David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Patrick Gleason (Batman and Robin), and Kevin Maguire (Worlds’ Finest) for a unique peek into their visual approach in shaping DC Comics!

Swamp Thing gets a makeover from DC

Yanick Pacquette and Scott Snyder have been tinkering in the workshop on Swamp Thing and issue #8 reveals a new shift for our hero in the story. His body design has evolved to incorporate armor, boots wings and even a crown or helmet of sorts. While I do love the cover, some of the illustrations provided from the concept process are simply amazing and shouldn’t be missed. Check out the gallery below for the goods.

Link: DC Comics Blog

A Black Widow trailer appears and Robert Downey Jr. Talks Avengers

On the 4th day of April Marvel gave to… well they gave a new trailer showcasing Black Widow in The Avengers movie, it’s a pretty sweet clip although she still will have quite a challenge ahead against the supernatural forces at work. Worth a watch especially if you like to see Scarlett Johansson getting acrobatic and wrecking shop.

Robert Downey Jr. follows up on that by interviewing with Marvel about his role in the Avengers as Tony Stark and how the impressions found of his character leading into the movie wont exactly dictate where we see him now. Given the story control has shifted hands and we’ve seen Tony make leaps and bounds between stories that’s not a far cry for expectations.
He also notes how impressive it is to work with Joss Whedon on this film and how any situation can flip in a moments notice working with him, any challenges in scripts or scenes are tackled in a moments notice and the fluid motion of the whole thing goes uninterrupted.
“[Joss] is really quick and incredibly responsible to his job requirements, to the letter,” Downey, Jr. said. “There’s a scene at the end that kind of unites Thor and Cap and Tony, and it needed to say a lot…but it couldn’t be two pages, so [Joss] said, ‘Give me a second.’ It ended up being four lines that included all of us and he gave us three pages of options. The guy is kind of a machine, but [what he writes] feels organic.”
It’s a good sign for the movie, Marvel has had a very unsteady past with franchise successes but this seems to be their strongest card to play yet. On top of this momentum the company is also pushing forward news on Thor 2 coming November 15, 2013 and Iron Man 3 in May 3, 2013.

Review – Avengers vs X-Men #1

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller: Carlo Pagulayan, Salvador, Larroca Martinez, Alan Davis
Inker: Mark Morales, Leinil Francis Yu, Micheal Jason Paz,
Colorist: Christopher Sotomayor, Jason Keith, Edgar Delgado (STUDIO F)
Letterer: Neurotic Cartoonist Inc
Artist: Olivier Coipel
Published by: Marvel Comics

Once again Marvel brings us another event that my change the Marvel Universe, with events like Secret Invasion, Civil War,  World War Hulk and many more the hype surrounding Avengers Vs. X-Men has become massive with fans and media this 12 part issue crossover has the setup to be another classic event in the Marvel Universe, with Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr.teaming for Avengers Vs X-Men #1

Lets get to it from the jump, the issue is very well written and picks up right after issue #0. Each character has his or her own voice that you stands out which is to be expected when there’s this much in the balance. This Issue starts with a young alien boy on a farm looking outside at the sky as he turns to call his father, a yellow flash brightens the sky and the boy and his father including everything else is completely wiped out in a fiery blaze, next scene Gliese 851 c that yellow flash which you can clearly tell is the Phoenix Force blasts its way into space leaving the planet and inhabitants scorched.

Next we see the Avengers at a Avengers Tower in New york City, they are gathering to what looks like a meeting, when all of sudden a comet-like meteor races across the sky, hits a plane and building before landing in the middle of the street. The Avengers move to save the all the people involved in the crash then make way to the crash site where a badly injured Nova is on the verge of passing out, he has a message that they only barely catch and it’s not good. Meanwhile, in San Francisco on Utopia Island home of the X-men, Cyclops is having a very serious training session with Hope to point where she manifests the very thing which is starting this drama. She sends Cyclops flying back, stunned by what she has done Hope ask’s him if he had seen what she just did and everyone is just speechless.

Swap back to the Avengers and Iron man and Captain America are at a meeting with the president where they show him recon footage of the Phoenix Force travel fast towards earth, Cap mentions that he has a team on its way to intercept it before it hits earth but that plan is quickly interrupted with news they were hoping to avoid. Spurred to react, Captain America visits the Jean Grey School for higher learning, there he talks with Wolverine about the situation and if he can convince Cyclops and the X-Men help them stop it.

Back on Utopia, Magneto, Emma Frost,Colossus and Namor confront Cyclops about his attitude and the way he is pushing Hope, he explains to them that the Phoenix force can be the rebirth of something big for Mutants. The conversation ends when Emma senses Captain America and Cyclops confronts him at the Islands coast. Cap ask’s if the X-Men will help the avengers stop the Phoenix Force from taking Hope as its host. Angry that Cap views the Phoenix Force as a threat rather than a rebirth for humankind, things turn south when Cyclops tells Cap to get off his Island and blasts him to which Cap calls for the Avengers to assemble.

Final thoughts: With a smooth flow to the story AvX #1 is a great first start for this crossover, although there’s question that need to be answered and that’s. “What position are the Avengers Taking”? I mean they really don’t elaborate too much on why they want to stop the Phoenix Force form finding Hope.You know where the X-Men stand protect Hope and let her become the new host. As far as the artwork style is ok there are some inconsistency in some panels but other than that AvX#1 is well worth it and I’m looking forward to reading more issues…

Published: April 04, 2012

Story:★★★★★ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

 

Marvel Comics updates App store! (4/4/12)

It’s Wednesday and time to crank open that wallet, Marvel has new releases to their mobile app including Avengers vs X-Men and a ton of older titles for purchase on your iOS or Android phone / tablet. The full list is below and available right now, get in on it and catch some of the latest comics from the company this week before gossip hits and you’re running for cover to avoid the awesome news about some of these titles.

If you don’t have the Marvel Comics App, you can find it in the App Store from iTunes and the Google Play Store

Digital Comics On-Sale This Week:
AGE OF APOCALYPSE (2012) #2
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #683
AVENGERS ACADEMY (2010) #28
AVENGERS (2010) #7
AVENGERS (2010) #8
AVENGERS (2010) #9
AVENGERS (2010) #10
AVENGERS (2010) #11
AVENGERS (2010) #12
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN (2012) #1
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN INFINITE (2012) #1
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #19
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #20
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #21
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #22
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #23
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #24
BLACK PANTHER (2005) #25
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #5
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #6
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #7
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #8
DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE (2010) #9
DAREDEVIL (2011) #10.1
FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS (2011) #12
HULK (2008) #50
MARCH MARVEL PREVIEWS (2012) #1
NEW MUTANTS (2009) #40
THUNDERBOLTS (2006) #172
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #1
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #2
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #3
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #4
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #5
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 (2010) #6
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #9
VENOM (2011) #15
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2011) #8
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN: ALPHA AND OMEGA (2012) #4
X-23 (2010) #7
X-23 (2010) #8
X-23 (2010) #9
X-CLUB (2011) #5

Digital Collections On-Sale This Week:
AVENGERS ACADEMY VOL. 1: PERMANENT RECORD
DEADPOOL/AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/INCREDIBLE HULK: IDENTITY WARS
JOHN CARTER: PRINCESS OF MARS
JOHN CARTER: WORLD OF MARS
MIGHTY AVENGERS VOL. 2: VENOM BOMB
NEW AVENGERS VOL. 7: THE TRUST
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Link: Marvel News

Review – Avengers vs X-Men #0

Writers: Brian Michael Bendis (Scarlet Witch) & Jason Aaron (Hope)
Artist: Frank Cho
Color: Jason Keith
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover: Frank Cho & Jason Keith
Variant Cover: Stephanie Hans
Published by: Marvel Comics

Avengers vs X-Men is here, we’re taking a step back and looking over issue #0 before jumping into our review of issue #1. We get to see all the major players coming into the story including Scarlet Witch and Hope Summers.

Issue #0 opens up to classic trouble on the horizon, M.O.D.O.K. and his crew are on the move but confronted by Scarlet Witch a still troubled ex-Avenger, the battle breaks out with full force and backup soon arrives. Happy reunions are anywhere but in this story, while her close companions want to help her cope with the aftermath and find some salvation in this mess the rest of the team lacks such compassion.

Overall Avengers vs X-Men #0 is a good intro, it’s the calm before the storm and honestly it’s not that calm at all, the tensions are high with the Avengers vs Scarlet witch or more specifically with Vision and her. Hope and the X-Men are riding at high stress levels regarding the future and protecting her from any future threats, given people have traveled through time and space to get her out of the picture it’s understandable for them to be worried about the worst coming true.Conflict doesn’t hit these teams just on a wider team level but all the way to the individual level, Hope graces the pages of issue #0 and her tension with Cyclops also comes through, being caged up for so long isn’t exactly sitting with the one claimed as the mutant messiah and she’s ready to break. All the bad experiences from losing Cable still surround her and she finds that she needs a little more to vent in this world and cope with it all. Unfortunately her version of venting drives a bit more trouble than Cyclops and the X-Men might desire. The rocket pack flying Hope moonlights to pass her frustrations and do some good in the world on her own time outside of the X-Men, it’s a good thrill to see in the book and helps setup her position in what’s coming toward her life.

Artistically it’s a fluid book, the pages are action filled and the page is the canvas, by that I mean even the panel borders can’t contain what’s breaking out in the Marvel universe right now. Color is solid, emotions are well portrayed and gestures are spot on and it all carries itself without going too far into a realm of realism or photo effect as we see alive in other series. It’s a positive shift and it plays well to this being a fantasy universe more than something closer to home. Cho and Keith drive it hope with a full range of color and strong body language.

Release Date: March 28, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆